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PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2013 1:07 pm 
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Continuing to side-step the inevitable strip and polish job, I have grabbed few bits of blue bling for the build. Matching brake & gear cables, ferrules, nipples and presta valve caps ordered and in transit - hopefully it won't look over the top once it all gets included.

Still on the lookout for a nice crankset to compliment this build - any suggestions? Obvious Middleburn option with blue spider although would want a decent colour match. I bought a set of Black LX cranks which I have stripped and mirror polished - could possibly send them off for annodizing so that is another option.

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 Post subject: Re: Orange E3
PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:54 pm 
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You are making better progress than me, but as usual Im trying to do too much in upgrading my Aluminium O with M900 at the same time as doing the E3 & P7
I will start rigid with the E3 using F9 forks but may change to Pace RC35 or 36 later
I managed to get some XT to Mavic 717 very nice wheels
Im still trying to decide on what groupset to run but have started to collect both M950 9 speed and some XT/XTR 8 speed, what about you?
I put out a Wanted for a 34.9mm front mech today
I will start my build thread in the next few days

E3's like buses none for ages then two come along!


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 Post subject: Re: Orange E3
PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:20 pm 
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I've made a point of putting everything else on hold until I've completed this one now - been juggling too many half finished projects for last few weeks. Got most of bits now. I like the sound of your wheels! I decided to keep the ones I bought the bike with for now: Hope Silver Hubs with Mavic 117 Ceramic SUP rims - some of the ceramic has worn away - a shame as they are really nice wheels.

I've got a mint XT groupset to go on here - already had most of it and it felt a better fit than XTR. I might have a spare 34.9 front mech lying around - I'll check.

I was after a replacement frame for a few weeks - I was offered that frame that you have snapped up - looked in really good nick - I just wanted something a little less finished so I could get my hands a bit dirty :lol: But that was when I had planned on only getting the one bike - since then I've had upto 7 bikes at one time - managed to trim it back to 3 now.

I look forward to seeing your thread in motion!

My polish job so far...


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 Post subject: Re: Orange E3
PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 4:13 pm 
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Wow!! That looks lovely :)

How many hours did that take??


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 Post subject: Re: Orange E3
PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 4:19 pm 
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It does look good, how did you get it like that in the end? Tin Foil shiney side?

I got my P7 looking like that at the moment, just came back from C&G Finishes having been clear laquered as its nickel and will rust very quickly, no need to worry about that with the E3 :-)
Im considering not putting on any graphics but will build up first and see how it looks

Let me know if you find a mech - ta


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 Post subject: Re: Orange E3
PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 4:39 pm 
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Tried the foil method to remove the lacquer but couldn't get it to work - user error no doubt. So then moved onto Nitromors paintstripper - however, the newer green stuff is not as potent so it took a few coats before I started to have any joy.

Started off with some course steel wool to remove most of it - quite fiddly around the welds (there are still some small bits left which I haven't had the patience to sort yet). Once the lacquer was out the way I could see any areas that needed particular attention - namely the chainstay which had small amount of chain suck - sanded this out with some course wet n dry.

Then I used a stepped-process of about 3 different grades of wet n dry (240 - 400 - 600). This left me with a good base for polishing.

I bought a cheap polishing kit for my drill off eBay a few weeks back and had already practiced on a couple of other frames and some old cranks etc. Again, this is a stepped process using 3 different drill attachments and two different grades of polishing block.

All in all - reckon I spent a good 6-7 hours doing this from start to finish - and I'm still not done!

I know others would much rather pay for a professional to do it for them, and I can see the benefits - however, I always saw this as a slow burner type project though and in a funny sort of way I found the polishing quite therapeutic...and I now have forearms like Popeye!! 8)


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 Post subject: Re: Orange E3
PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 12:20 pm 
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Built her back up. Picture taken with all the other siblings, two of them sadly now passed away due to head-tube trauma. The frame in foreground though is most recently purchased from Matthews in the preferred 19" so looking forward to giving it a polish and some decals - then this project should be complete :D :D


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