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 Post subject: Re: Dave Yates Max OR
PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 2:02 pm 
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that is porn!!! love it :)
(bit jealous too)


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 Post subject: Re: Dave Yates Max OR
PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 6:51 pm 
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Very cool indeed, I'm also of the opinion that this must have been custom specced originally as some kind of hardcore dropbar tourer a la Roberts Roughstuff, especially with the shifter mounts and extra braze ons. I'm thinking that the thicker stays were to help strengthen the rear triangle for luggage maybe.. I wonder if a call to DY would shed any light on it?

It's also a timely reminder that I need to crack on with the buildup of my second one... :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Dave Yates Max OR
PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 7:28 pm 
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I bought this off stuy a member here, and he told me the addition braze ons, panniers and a dynamo etc, were added when it was resprayed by Argos, by the original owner.

He has/had some pictures of it with drops.

I did email mr and mrs yates, and basically got a confirmation they build it but they held no other info.


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 Post subject: Re: Dave Yates Max OR
PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 7:34 pm 
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xxnick1975 wrote:
I bought this off stuy a member here, and he told me the addition braze ons, panniers and a dynamo etc, were added when it was resprayed by Argos, by the original owner.

He has/had some pictures of it with drops.

I did email mr and mrs yates, and basically got a confirmation they build it but they held no other info.


Ahhh...that explains that then, still cool as though. would like to see it with drops 8)


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 Post subject: Re: Dave Yates Max OR
PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 7:50 pm 
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xxnick1975 wrote:
I bought this off stuy a member here, and he told me the addition braze ons, panniers and a dynamo etc, were added when it was resprayed by Argos, by the original owner.

He has/had some pictures of it with drops.

I did email mr and mrs yates, and basically got a confirmation they build it but they held no other info.


In that case, based on Nevadasmith's frame that I was looking at recently, I fancy this could well be a DONKISNOB. It's those lovely fat chain stays that make me think that, although without one in front of me (I wish) I can't check some of the other details, like seat clamp, canti bridge etc.

Whatever, it's a very nice bike and I bet it rides well. I always think you can 'feel' a bit of Dave's sense of fun with his bikes, especially when they track like they are on rails downhill, and pop little wheelies going up steep climbs, which is slightly unnerving at times. :shock:

I too have e-mailed Debbie, and got almost no information other than, 'yup it's one of ours'. I think Dave has moved a few times over the years, and so the original paperwork has all but dissapeared.


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 Post subject: Re: Dave Yates Max OR
PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 6:36 pm 
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COLUMBUS MAX....., fillet brazed, with matching fork.

Beautiful.... 8) 8) 8)


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 Post subject: Re: Dave Yates Max OR
PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 11:08 am 
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UPDATE.

Sorry, I forgot about this thread.

I finished this build before Christmas, but didn't have the chance to ride the Yates until last weekend, so here are a few details.

I had Argos remove all the touring related hardware from the forks, but unfortunately it was not possible to match the flam blue, so rather than have the whole lot resprayed, I went for metallic black. At some point in the future I may send the frame and forks back to Dave for a reversal from tourer to mtb and a complete respray.

Build is part 97 and part retromod, all of which is pretty self explanatory.

I can't give a full road test, as at the time of the first ride I was only just back on a bike after 9 weeks of illness, so I'll update with a proper test soon. What I can say is that this is an extremely light and nimble feeling bike. It climbs well and although a little light on the really steep stuff, it does keep the front end in touch with the ground.

At some point I want to do a back to back with my DeKerf Mountain, as the Yates feels similar in several respects, including a totally confidence inspiring stability over rocky, wet and slippery surfaces.

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In the woods. (A bit blurry, as I was puffing like a train when I took it)

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Thanks to Nick for selling me the frame, it really is a spanking good'un.


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 Post subject: Re: Dave Yates Max OR
PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 12:08 pm 
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Oh I really do like that ! 8)
I like the black fork with the blue, you could always go the full hog and get it all re-spayed at a later date, not that it needs it tho !


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 Post subject: Re: Dave Yates Max OR
PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 7:53 pm 
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RIDE REPORT

No pics, as I was having too much fun to stop.

MY GOD it was muddy in the woods. Since the last time I was there we have had another three or four inches of rain, and I got home looking like the mud monster on two wheels..... EXCELLENT.

The road ride to the woods was quite an eye opener. I have ridden lots of bikes on this section of road now, and the feedback I was getting was that the forks and frame are really well matched (as you'd expect), both taking out all of the usual road buzz.

The gravel path is now a gravel, mud and leaf path, made more interesting by the addition of lots of sticks thrown into the bigger puddles. As we all know, wet muddy 10 inch long sticks and mountain bike tyres are not the best of friends. Anyway, as the tyres were working well and the steering on the Yates is millimetre perfect, I was able to pick my way through, even at a fair old canter.

On the first really steep climb, the Fire XC Pro's showed they were not the knobbly DH tyres that are on the DeKerf, and they gave up the fight about 2/3rds of the way up.

On the plus side, they roll really well and I was able to carve all the twisty turns a a good speed.

The double hump was not rideable, so I trotted up them and hopped back on for the switchbacks, which were both taken with ease. I guess my riding and balance are improving, but I have to say the Yates made the lefthander straightforward and the righthander downright easy.

Bless North Somerset Parks Dept. Someone has been the length of the long rocky climb and cut back all the brambles and overhanging branches. This means instead of the pencil thin rocky path flanked on one side by killer brambles and on the other by a muddy gully edged with more killer brambles, there is now actually a path wide enough to pick a route over.

The Yates lack of weight was noticeable on the climb, as even when losing traction completely, I was still able to keep plugging up the climb, and it really was not as hard today as it was a couple of day ago on the DeKerf, which by it's very nature is a heavier bike.

The gentle downhill gravel path was a hoot, as the Yates is so light, so sure footed and so well balanced that I really don't have to think about anything at all, just riding.

The gradual fast rocky climb was a bit of an eye opener; first because as I came belting round a corner I found a result of last nights gales, in the form of a large tree lying across the path. Second because the Yates is really pretty smooth over the rocks, which tells you that the frame is flexing exactly as it should... I likey.

MUD, and I mean major mud. All the bridleways are brilliant at present and this is where I must have taken on my bog monster look. The short sharp climb defeated me, but only because I was having a little trouble getting the granny gear, so was much slower on my approach to the climb. I am sure that with a tiny bit more speed at the start, I would have cleared it, no problem.

Yet more mud and the Yates just flies through it. Of course it helps that I know the woods well and know which route to take, but never the less, we still cracked on through the gloop in fine style.

The road section to the back of the golf course was also quick, with that rather satisfying thrum thrum thrum thrum coming off the tyres to match the power being pumped through the pedals.

The rocky / muddy path was taken with absolute ease, both standing and sitting, the Yates and Fire Pros made nothing of it all.

Down towards the fram, the track was really thick and muddy and even downhill, progress got a bit slow and a bit of a slog for a couple of hundred yards, but once onto harder ground, the speed picked up again. I then swung left onto the little single track, or badger track as my son calls it, below the paddocks at the local stables. This path finishes in a sharp right turn straight into a muddy rocky climb that looks like a river bed. Well, we managed the climb with traction aplenty, much to my delight.

Then home, down the banzai hill, slowed by some dopey cow in an Astra who needed to brake for every parked car, until the point where she realised she had some muddy grinning loony overtaking, at which point she took off like a scolded cat.

Into the end of my road and the short steep climb was taken easy,easy,easy. No flex, not trouble, no nothing, just climb.

A quick belt down the hill to my place and we were done... oh, no we weren't, as 100 yards from my house a car overtook. I immediately recognised the car as one belonging to a bloke who just moved in two doors up. I also know he likes to reverse his car onto the drive, and sure enough, with me bombing along at close to 30 m.p.h, he pulled right and blocked the entire road, while putting his hazard warning lights on.

If I had been driving a 42 tonne truck, he would now be dead, as it was, I had anticipated his move and had the brakes on hard. Never have I been happier to have a pair of SQUEEEEEEKY front brakes. I missed the front of his car by about six inches, and got some form of apologetic wave from the dopey ******* (insert you personal favourite insult).

My conclusion? The Yates is a darlin. It is light, quick steering, nimble and kicks on at a terrific rate. It seems happy to handle almost any terrain with ease yet at the same time it is a very neutral ride. It is as close to my DeKerf Mountain as any bike I have ridden, no wonder Dave is not that keen on Chris' work :-)

One change that must be made; I have to lose my M600 Shimano levers, as they really don't suit this installation. I have some Avid levers I'll try, or get some of those nice 1997 Shimano XT lever in silver / black that just look pure class to me. Oh and I have to toe in those front brake blocks... or maybe not!


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 Post subject: Re: Dave Yates Max OR
PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 8:50 pm 
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Looks good Neil, glad you are enjoying her


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