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Do I take it back to absolute original?
Leave it well alone - its great 47%  47%  [ 7 ]
Take it back to off the shelf spec - truly retro 53%  53%  [ 8 ]
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 6:28 pm 
Devout Dirtbag

Joined: Thu Jul 10, 2008 11:22 am
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Location: Now in NZ. missing the retros left in UK
Hi,
This is the first decent MTB I ever owned. Bought new by me in '97 (I've still got the receipt!!!)
It's taken on many guises over the years but this is how I left it several years ago when I moved back to the UK from New Zealand leaving the bike behind in the care of a close friend.
Fortunately, earlier this year I managed to scrape a few pennies together to get back over and cycle the length of the north island (1200km) - with the main intention of collecting the bike.

The current specs are:
Full Shimano M750 groupset
Easton EA50 finishing kit
Rockshox SID XC's
Another set of Mavic X317 RED rims
XLITE red ano crank bolts,seatpost QR and head spacers
All work originally carried out in 2001

Now I'm pondering......
Do I take it back to absolute original? Let me know what you think

Many thanks

Dino


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 6:32 pm 
Old School Grand Master
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Location: Behind you with the duct tape pulled out.
Looks good as is chap. I like the fact it has been upgraded over the years keep its history and story with you.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 6:59 pm 
Retro Guru
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Ditto bud, It looks a treat. 8)


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 7:22 pm 
King of the DuckBoard
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''Do I take it back to absolute original? Let me know what you think ''

That looks nasty. restore back to it's excellent original best.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 11:23 pm 
Gold Trader / PoTM Winner
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It's your bike, it's evolved as you evolved as a rider, and as such should continue to do so
Catalogue spec = bland, boring and devoid of history, character and personality

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 12:01 pm 
Old School Hero
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Location: Plymouth uk
theres a lad in work with one of these.its almost 100% original,just missing its white industries crank !

i only think he has it for cheap transport rather than being a retro ride.im doing all i can do buy it off him,haha!!


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 12:17 pm 
Gold Trader / MacRetro rider
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just check the frame hasn't upgraded to the cracked edition , most do


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