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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2008 10:57 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Location: Sydney AUSTRALIA
Hi guys,

New here and loving some of the bikes I've been checking out.

I've been busy working on a bike I found under the house. It's an old (but not vintage) Specialized Hardrock which I never really loved and only bought for fitness purposes.

I'm getting back into bikes, and the catching up on the culture has been a lot of fun. Mountain bikes in particular have come a long way since 1993 which was when I was most into them (pre-suspension forks, pre-rapid fire, pre-disc brakes).

I've built this bike without a clear goal in mind, so there's already been a little bit of trial and error, and a lot more to come. What I've done is somewhat sacreligious to some I'm sure but it's different. It's been a lot of fun though and that's what I really wanted, was to have a lot of fun building it. I'm sure when it comes time to actually start riding it, the modifications will change (I'm already thinking of going back to rigids as the front forks are way too heavy).


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2008 10:59 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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OK, so here's the build:

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How I found her, under the house.

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Cleaned up and serviced.

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Grip Shift.

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Rims and spokes were looking pretty nasty.

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Off with their heads!

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Marzochi DJ's. I've always wanted suspension forks, never ever tried them. These were for looks, more than function though. I wanted a very beefy and aggressive front end.

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The bike had a 1 1/8 threaded steerer which meant I could drop in a new style stem/fork system (phew!). Also meant that I could try disc brakes!

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The frame was bead blasted then powdercoated an off white.

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The woman becomes a man.

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That thin back wheel and tyre combo have got to go.

More pics soon!


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 9:22 am 
Posh Mark
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Welcome!

I like it :D

Not conventional by any means (which isn't a bad thing :wink: )

Photos when finished! :D :D

Mark


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 10:28 am 
BoTM Winner
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If I scroll up its a damn good restoration :)


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 10:34 am 
Lincs AEC
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Dirt jump, 4x and all that isn't my personal cup of tea....BUT I tip my hat to you as that is a beautiful restoration of a sweet bike. Lovely. 8)


The off white works so well.


Congrats :wink:


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 5:51 pm 
SotS Winner
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You should have had rear disc mounts and a stay brace welded on before the repaint - you know you're gonna want a rear disc sooner or later (sooner):wink:

I really liked the bike in its original build by the way, looks like Hardrocks got a much better spec in Oz than they did in North America.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2008 11:10 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Cheers guys, didn't think it would go down too well here, but you guys are a friendly mob :)

I do have a rear disc brake adapter but I'm loving the canti's on the back, it's just a little bit of the old bike that's still there, and still working fine. I like the idea of leaving some things from the original bike!

I doubt I'll be needing more rear brake power any time soon, but only testing time will tell.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 1:10 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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OK she's come a fair way since the above pics, new directions. Some latest pics:

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 1:20 pm 
Old School Grand Master
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That sure looks Purdy. 8)


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 1:30 pm 
Lincs AEC
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21lbs :shock:

What forks are they BTW :?


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