So, a couple of hours before I went to Bristol last week, a couple more on Friday evening and all I had left to do today was drill the
hole in the fork crown slightly bigger and fit the front brake cables; job done...
I'm really pleased with the way this has turned out, even if it isn't for me.
The idea was to build it using just what I had in the shed that wasn't going on anything of mine, and wasn't really suitable for a
'For Sale' thread. The frame (which was originally blue) I bought for SWMBO but it was too big for her, and too small for me; the
wheelset came off my original cro-mega; the fork, stem and brakes are from the Carrera that is morphing into my red Wot
7-speed STi's were originally on the first incarnation of SWMBO's Spesh; seat, tyres and grips from my Y2K Explosif; crankset is a
modern triple I bought for my RSP before I changed my mind (
) but it doesn't look dissimilar to the Curves that Kona fitted so
looks kinda cool; SPD's are by Wellgo (just one of several red pairs I bought in an attempt to get them 'just right' on my cro-mega,
before changing my mind and fitting yellow ones instead!)...
...the only additional outlay was for the pair of Blackburn cages (I had one but two were requested
) and the black leather
chainstay protector because I didn't want to use up one of my dwindling stock of XT Sharkfins (and the copies are too naff).
As usual I set everything up as I built it on the patio in the back garden; taking it for a quick 'shake down' ride for some photo's I
was pleasantly surprised that it all worked like clockwork; because the cables all came off previous builds they are all nicely
pre-stretched so nothing needed adjusting at all
I'm as sure as I can be that the frame is a '95; and this is the first bike I've built with a threaded headset...
...the decals ( from konaben82
) finish it off nicely, even though they are '97, as I really like B&W on red.
Now I'm quite envious that this isn't my bike, though I think the new owner will be more than happy with it...