Thought I should start a thread in the correct place!
So...after a couple of years hunting for the right model I stumbled across this ol girl on Ebay last night. Some frantic emailing to the seller told me that he was a fellow retrobiker! I pleaded...offered my right kidney then even my wife but thankfully he accepted my cash offer!!
So this afternoon like an excited kid I went to pick it up...Its everything I had hoped for! Firstly it fits...secondly the zolatone paint is near perfect...a couple of bits needed here and there but basically very much up to scratch!
In the ebay ad it had said that the left hand shifter didn't shift down from the big front ring to the middle only into the small...turns out the shifter was fine and that the front mech was too low and fouling the big ring. This wasn't allowing it into the middle ring but with the added pressure of shifting to the small ring it would force it past the big ring...so problem solved!
The rims were thought quite worn a little concave but this may have just been mistaken for the concave on RM17s. I might try and source a pair of black or grey Mavic M231's or Araya RM17's NOS rims and relace them to the hubs (which are M730 XT and silky smooth) everything else is in very good condition...a couple of scuffs to the decals but nothing much to worry about.
It has a very strange seatpost size though 30.3mm!...which may account for the need for a band on front mech. I'm guessing the prestige tubes they used where a non standard size...Oh in case anyones interested I thought I would weight it and it comes in just under 26lbs! Happy with that!
A couple of things that I would like to change so I'll keep updating as things change
A happy retrobiker and thanks to the forum for its assistance! NOW FOR SALE AS A COMPLETE BIKE! SEE LINK BELOW!viewtopic.php?f=2&p=2517390#p2517390