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 Post subject: DeKerf
PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 2:36 pm 
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The number 2 bike on my all-time favourite retro bike list has just arrived............

Ever since reading the test of a green DeKerf in MTB Pro back in 1994, its been a must buy for me.

I've been casually searching for a couple of years and responded to a Retrobike ad for a Solitaire back in February. That had sadly sold, but the buyer, Ackers, got in touch to say that this one which he had bought a few weeks earlier was now for sale.

All I've done so far is give it a loving polish. The plan will be to build it up with the parts from the Saracen Kili Ultra Ti singlespeed to give it a bit of a ride this week and take it from there.

There is a chance its going to be slightly too small. Its an 18.5" centre to top which is normally my size but the head tube is only 95mm long so there is going to be quite a lot of spacers under the stem even to fill the 200mm steerer on the Pace RC30 forks (and ideally I'd like the stem a bit higher still).

Once I've determined the riding position is correct, I'll then get around to buying the right looking bits. So far I'm undecided on the forks, cranks, brakes and stem. The RC30's may be fine and they certainly look better than some Kona P2's I have lying around. The v-brakes will then have to go because you can't have a back brake cable hanger without it holding something! WTB Speedmasters seem like the right way to go if I can get hold of some. I've also got some really nice M900 XTR cranks but I may try and make it a Shimano free zone. Middleburns will look nice but its a bit of an obvious choice and they're over-priced. The stem is another thing I'm unsure about. I have a 110mm alu Ritchey job which will give the right sort of position but look all wrong. I've also got a NOS steel Ritchey Forcelite which will look right but is too long and low................ Looking for some advice on these items please. I think its a '95 or '96 model so looking for ideas from that era.

As you can see from the photos, the condition is fantastically original. There are enough minor marks to show its been used, but not enough to make it look like its been re-sprayed.


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 Post subject: Re: DeKerf
PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 2:43 pm 
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Hopefully you'll indulge me with a few more detail shots.


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 Post subject: Re: DeKerf
PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 6:02 pm 
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Looks a beauty. Is it a Mountain?

I am looking for one of these (or later) myself and had in mind some Race Face forged cranks and black Syncros post and stem.

would be interested to see how you get on with the size. You say 18.5 C-T, is that top of the seat tube? I take it that makes this the frame size 18.5?


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 Post subject: Re: DeKerf
PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 7:43 pm 
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the_duke wrote:
Looks a beauty. Is it a Mountain?

I am looking for one of these (or later) myself and had in mind some Race Face forged cranks and black Syncros post and stem.

would be interested to see how you get on with the size. You say 18.5 C-T, is that top of the seat tube? I take it that makes this the frame size 18.5?


They size on the weird side, sort of between other makers sizes, 18.5's come up big, on standover height and very Long TT, even the 17.5's are big.


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 Post subject: Re: DeKerf
PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 8:12 pm 
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Wold Ranger wrote:
They size on the weird side, sort of between other makers sizes, 18.5's come up big, on standover height and very Long TT, even the 17.5's are big.


And they always seem to be too big for me! I think small Canadians don't ride bikes.


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 Post subject: Re: DeKerf
PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 12:31 am 
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I remember reading that same review and feeling the need. Well done. I had a kermit green 1998 team and regret selling it. Looking forward to see how it comes on.


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 Post subject: Re: DeKerf
PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2013 7:10 pm 
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Lovely frame, obviously bought from a reputable seller :lol:

I think xtr m950 and early raceface parts would look great, basically what I'm building mine up with :D


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 Post subject: Re: DeKerf
PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2013 8:25 pm 
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Nice score! If you contact Chris Dekerf he has pots of touch up paint ready and waiting for you!
You may find the RC30s a bit short; what are they-395mm a-c? If so you could always use a +10mm Chris King crown race to use up some of that steerer.


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 Post subject: Re: DeKerf
PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 6:04 pm 
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Tazio wrote:
... I think small Canadians don't ride bikes.

they don't exist :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: DeKerf
PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 10:21 pm 
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suburbanreuben wrote:
Nice score! If you contact Chris Dekerf he has pots of touch up paint ready and waiting for you!
You may find the RC30s a bit short; what are they-395mm a-c? If so you could always use a +10mm Chris King crown race to use up some of that steerer.


Yep, the RC30's are 395mm. If I'm honest, they don't look quite right length wise. Went out for my first ride tonight and it did feel a bit "nose down" so I'm keen to try something else.

Do you happen to know what length the geometry suits? I have some 425mm RC30's on my RC200 I may try but I'm also considering some 410 to 425mm Project 2's

Both RC30's and P2's seem to be going for big money so any other thoughts welcome


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