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 Post subject: 1992 Specialized M2
PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:41 am 
retrobike rider / Gold Trader
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Having promised myself I wouldn't ever buy another bike with a smaller than 20" frame, this was such a bargain I couldn't resist.

I didn't buy it with the intention of keeping it, or certainly not the frame, but having ridden it it isn't as cramped as I though, so I'm tempted!

More pictures, details etc. are likely to follow once I decide what's happening with it.


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 Post subject: Re: 1992 Specialized M2
PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:11 am 
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I think you'll keep it! These are lovely!


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 Post subject: Re: 1992 Specialized M2
PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 10:21 pm 
Classified Mod / Lincs, East and South Yorks AEC
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Loving it Will, god knows how you fit on it though!


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 Post subject: Re: 1992 Specialized M2
PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 11:58 am 
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Well I've done about 60 miles on it so far this week and just about to head out for some more.

I'll have to throw some off-road tyres on it to give it a proper test when I have time.


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 Post subject: Re: 1992 Specialized M2
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 12:37 pm 
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Not that long after I bought this, I was riding along when there was an impressive BANG and I found the rear rim had split - lesson here is check "new" bikes more thoroughly. So, three years later it's still sat in the garage *cough* spare bedroom *cough* without me even having had a chance to try it off-road. I've had some replacement rims (modern) sitting around for ages, but I finally decided to take them to the LBS to get them built up this week, so this bike should finally be back in usage in a couple of weeks time. I'm looking forward to seeing how the tiny frame feels off-road :)


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 Post subject: Re: 1992 Specialized M2
PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 7:08 am 
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Well, finally I have got the wheels rebuilt. I had the original hubs built onto (modern :? ) Mach 1 Nitro rims. They are still French made and seem nice enough so I'll see how they go. Hopefully I'll find time tomorrow to build and ride it. Three wheels built (including spokes) for £50 thanks to Bob's Bikes (in Hull) who send them off to a place in Lincoln. All the wheels I've had built by them before are still in perfect shape, so that bodes well.


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 Post subject: Re: 1992 Specialized M2
PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2016 11:02 pm 
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Finally rebuilt. I took it down the road to check all the fine tuning was complete .... and ended up riding 30 miles.

How can a bike so small feel so good?

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(Apologies for the poor phone photos)

I figure even though it is 16", the long seat post and stem help the position. Even the hand space on the bars is set up small so my hands only just fit between the bar ends and brake levers, but all in all it creates a bike that just feels really agile.

Having finally taken it off-road, my opinion is that it is a great, sharp frame to ride and feels like your power is transferred very easily and smoothly. It's pretty firm to ride though, even with decent sized tyres and when I got home tonight I certainly felt a bit of buzz in my hands and feet. The braking feels really sharp too, with the new rims and replacement Ritchey pads.

Despite me probably looking ludicrous on such a small bike and the fact I need to reduce the number of bikes I have, I will be keeping this awhile yet as it's probably my most favoured bike to ride off-road at the moment.


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