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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:33 pm 
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Here is my 19?? Marin bear valley. Previously owned by another RetroBiker, i always fancied this bike since he got his hands on it, in fact i even bought the wheel set for another bike i have.

less words more pictures :lol:

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king headset to 8)

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weight with headset in - 2.796kg

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original tyres 8)

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old skool marin bottle :D

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bought some xt stuff - only to find out the shifter is broken :(

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the reason i was interested in this frame - it wont be staying old skool now.....

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all built up :lol: :lol: :lol:

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more detailed pictures to come, and a change of spec as money comes in :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:45 pm 
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Frame: marin bear valley - 199?

Fork: manitou mars, 2001ish i'm told

Headset: chris king thread less
Stem: deda quattro 130mm
Handlebar: scott fr
Grips: lizard skin dual compound logo lock on

Brakes: shimano deore m525
Brake Pads: ebc i believe

Shifters: shimano deore lx
Front Derailleur: shimano deore xt
Rear Derailleur: shimano deore xt
Derailleur Cables: clarks teflon coated
Cassette: shimano hg61 12-36 9 speed
Chain: sram 971
Cranks: shimano deore lx - hollowtech II
Chainrings: shimano 22-32-42 (i think)
Bottom Bracket: shimano deore hollowtech II
Pedals: shimano spd/dmr v8

Hub Skewers: shimano deore
Rims: f - mavic crossride r - alex dp20 disc
Hubs: f - mavic crossride r - shimano deore lx
Tyres: f - maxxis highroller 2.35" 42a r - marin lite 2.1"

Saddle: scott
Seatpost: fsa gravity
Seatpost Binder: original

Weight: just over 29lbs


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:53 pm 
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Nice update, looks good.

My wife has still not forgiven me for persuading her to sell her 1990 BV around 15 years ago.

One of these days I'll find her another one.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:54 pm 
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Plans - short term -

maxxis highroller 1.9" with light weight innertubes
seat - duno yet, want something comfier
seatpost - think ill need something with some adjustably to set the seat at the right angle
flat bars - looking at ritchey wcs stuff, or Thomson if my numbers come up :roll:
polish up the cranks since i keep failing at it :oops:

longerterm -

ive never owned anything xtr or thomson and id like that to change :wink:

light weight road front mech
xt cassette 11-32 and lighter chain when current is worn out
xt shifters - need to be 9 speed
matching wheels


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:58 pm 
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I have Charge Spoon saddles on most of my bikes, they are light, comfy and cheap.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 6:07 pm 
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ive heard alot of things about these charge spoons, i am looking into them, wondering if i could get brown to work :? do you ride over 20 miles? struggling to get reports off people who ride more than 10 miles with them :roll:


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 6:10 pm 
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double post


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 6:19 pm 
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I've done a number of 30k off road rides (around 20 miles) with no issues at all.

They are wide enough to be supportive, but are not so padded that they are squashy, if that makes sense.

An alternative is the Madison Flux. I have one on a Yates, as I wanted a black saddle, and the spoon at the time was more of a grey colour. The Flux is the same shape, but possibly has slightly thicker padding.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 6:20 pm 
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Very nice mate, though I'm slightly confused by the frame! The decals are mid 90's, but if I recall correctly Marin hardtails didn't have disc mounts until at least 2000. Is the disc mount a later custom addition?


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 8:55 pm 
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^^ in that case i shall try out a spoon, thank you :lol:

^yes its a later addition, by a frame builder in dronfield i believe :D


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