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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 7:37 pm 
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Spotted this on Gumtree recently and picked it up last weekend. As far as I can see every nut and bolt on it is 100% original spec including tyres and saddle. One of the DX shifters had been replaced with some new style tat but I had a spare identical DX module which I have subsequently fitted.
Only downside is a ding in the top tube and a few marks on the frame.

My initial thoughts were to strip it down and refurb the frame but seeing as Zolatone is so hard to replicate I thought sod it. I really like the idea of keeping the bike original so I am not doing anything with it other than adding some decals from Gil. I also like the fact that it has a few marks as it is 22 years old!

Took it out for a good spin today accompanied by little markie on his newly built 90 Eldridge. Love the ride of these old rigid bikes and she didnt miss a beat.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 7:54 pm 
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Cleaning/detailing every part of that would be a great project.

Keep us posted.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 8:09 pm 
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Planning to detail a few areas I.e the hubs/cantis but I want to have it as a useable bike so not going to go mad. Will update post with any changes made. Looking forward to getting decals on.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:20 pm 
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Looking good mate...careful though once the zolatone gets in your blood....
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 12:44 am 
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New set of decals ordered from Gil today. Will update when fitted :-)


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 6:12 pm 
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Added the new decals from Gil last night -

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 7:18 pm 
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nice. the decals have made a big difference!

Are those DX shifting ok? they often get lazy and mis-fire. nice to see zolatone in good shape though.

great, now i want one, thanks...i think :wink: :lol:


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 7:41 pm 
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Loving this very nice with the new decals really spruce it up...just need to sort the forks and will look even better...Loving your work!

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 8:46 pm 
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Agree with the direction a decent service/set up and new decals makes that a lovely thing..enjoy


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 9:03 pm 
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Congratulations.... beautiful bike :cool:

'90 and '91 Zoletone Marin's are right up there for being my favourite retro-rides. Check out my 1990 Elridge in my sig :wink:

Enjoy riding it... they're a great ride.


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