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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:27 pm 
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must say yours looks a fair bit better than mine :( http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?p=1765106#1765106


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:13 am 
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I picked this Raleigh Activator GS on eBay for £35, it's something I had wanted for a long time. It was in pretty good condition but with obviously poor quality parts.

To fit the forks I bought a length of 25.4mm aluminium tube and made the headset crown on the lathe, it is a push fit into the bottom of the steerer, which then bolts to the lower crown.
A member on here kindly made a ring to enable the top crown to use a standard steerer.

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I spent around 4 hours making a slightly longer axle for Hope hub I was going to use, in the end I didn't use it, I went with the Royce / Mavic 231 ceramic instead.

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The RaceFace BB needed modifying to fit, it was too wide and wouldn't fit into the BB shell, it was ground down. It still rubs against the chain set slightly.


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Thanks to Dead Rats for telling me these mech hangers exist!

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:33 am 
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Ummm ... what to say? .... interesting seat angle.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 2:03 pm 
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Got to admire your cojones and time/money/effort to make stuff fit :)

I almost rebuilt a donor Emmelle recently just to upset the establishment and because the Taiwanese frame was the same weight as my 501 Claud Butler ~2.7kg

Still got my eye on a couple of other undesirable brands I'd like to give similar treatment to someday, although not as extreme as this!


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 2:09 pm 
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Hmmmm........now I have a Emmelle Dolomite frame and fork so maybe full XTR with Mavic Crossmax..................yeah right, if I could afford full XTR and Crossmax i wouldn't have an Emmelle Dolomite :lol:


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 2:43 pm 
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great job, but how does it ride?


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 10:04 pm 
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Brilliant , absoloutley brilliant

Love it


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 10:53 pm 
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mikee wrote:
Brilliant , absoloutley brilliant

Love it
:lol: :lol: :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:28 am 
retrobike rider / Gold Trader
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velomaniac wrote:
Hmmmm........now I have a Emmelle Dolomite frame and fork so maybe full XTR with Mavic Crossmax..................yeah right, if I could afford full XTR and Crossmax i wouldn't have an Emmelle Dolomite :lol:


From memory the Dolomite wasn't too bad. Couple of local lads had them in 1989 and the spec was very similar to my Tufftrax. Obviously mine was better and I told them so. They then went out and got a 1990 Cro Mega and Al Mega. BAH!!!


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:42 am 
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Interesting. Bike does look certainly better. I quite like idea of it and appreciate your effort whatever reason is behind that. Welds are even more awful on close up though. Who they hired? What kind of welding is that?


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