Rob Atkin wrote:
No paint is used - the frame is given an electric charge and the powder is blown onto it, sticking to the frame magnetically.
The pedant in feels that I should point out that the powder actually sticks to the frame electrostatically.
The powder is usually polyester so it's not magnetic.
Anyway now I've got that out of my system I should say that the bike looks great.
I was tempted by that frame when I saw it at the Surrey Hills ride, but I got distracted by a Saracen e-stay frame instead.
I remember that it was very light and the ribbed down tube and tidy welds suggested that it was of good quality.
I can't remember whether it had Ritchey drop-outs or not...?
The down-tube is Tange Ultimate Ultrastrong Prestige tubing, which is very good quality stuff. I imagine the rest of the frame could well be Tange Ulitimate too.
Bit of info here:--> http://www.equusbicycle.com/bike/tange/tange.htm
So for decals I'd look at least to getting hold of one of these to replace the original one:
It looks great built up, and I really like the colour. Bit of a mismatch of components with a 1989 Deore rear mech, a 1997 XT front mech and 2012 Deore V brakes amongst others.
Can't fault it in terms of a functional build though.
Personally I reckon that it would look great with a full black 1994/95 LX groupset.