I've finally finished my first retro bike restoration so here it is.
Frame: Orange P7 17"
Forks: Manitou 3
Groupset: Deore XT m737 (m739 rear mech)
Cassette: Sram PG850
Chain: Sram PG850
Wheels: Deore XT m737 hubs on Sun CR17A Rims, DT Swiss DB spokes
Tyres: Panaracer Fire XC folding
Stem: Syncros Cattleprod
Bars: Syncros Pro
Barends: Xlite stubbie enduro
Grips: ODI Attack
Seatpost: USE Aluminium
Seat: Flite Ti with funky yellow kevlar corners!! (hmmm?)
The idea was to get a bike that I wanted BITD but that I just couldn't afford. I always wanted a clockwork, however when I started out on this long and expensive journey, clockwork frames were going for a small fortune. I guess everyone has good memories of them. P7 frames on the other hand, were relitively cheap, so it made sense to base my retro orange around a P7. This frame came up on ebay, I believe it 96, I'm basing this assumption on the fact that it has a canti cable guide on the wishbone and the later front slotted seat tube. Unfortunetly Orange don't keep records of there frame numbers.
I've then garnished it with 1994 kit as that is when my love affair with bikes started.
Thanks to gil_m for sorting out the frame decals, I think you will agree that they are truely awesome.
Thanks to cjax for the bars.. Just what i was looking for.
And finally thanks to Sheldon Brown (RIP) for having such a great website to explain wheel building... This build wouldn't have been half as fun, or challenging if I hadn't laced together my own wheels! (lets hope that they don't collapse in a heap on the first ride
Heres some pics..
Plenty of Oranges in the shed..