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PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 8:09 pm 
National & North West AEC
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Location: Macclesfield Forest
1996 Specialized Stumpjumper

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I got this 20 inch frame a few weeks ago from Rampage for the princely sum of just £20. Cosmetically it certainly has patina, but it's structurally fine and free of any rust.

So after establishing it's a 96 indigo blue Stumpjumper I set about deciding how to go about building it up. As usual with my builds I tend to go for a period correct approach where possible and practical.
I also had it in mind that this bike was being built up as one of my potential choices for my solo ride at Mountain Mayhem this year. That meant that I would lean towards reliability and a comfortable riding position.
This justified the inclusion of a few modern parts.

The groupset is mostly made up of Shimano Deore LX in it's M565 incarnation. The fork is a Spinner rigid fork which was lying around in my workshop. In the future I would like to find some Rock Shox Judy XC or SL forks if possible.

Notably I went for a 1x8 gearing set up. I've ridden a 1x9 on my main 'modern' bike for the past couple of years and have really got used to the simplicity of such a configuration.
It's hilly where I live so I use a 34-34 (1:1) low gear and for this bike I've initially gone for a 32-32 low end.
I've also fabricated a chain guide from an old damaged Superstar Components XCR guide and some plastic light mounts.
I first test on a few very rocky and bumpy descents suggest that it's doing the job it's supposed to do in keeping the chain on.

Anyway, here are some nice big pictures:

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Patina on the decals

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Specialized bar ends - essential for 24 hour comfort

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Shimano LX M565 8 speed shifter - I had a spare NOS one of these in the spare parts storage facility

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I had this M563 brake lever already. A previous owner had done a very nice job of removing the shifter mount

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LX M563 cranks and a single 32t TA chainring. A 107mm BB gives a perfect chainline

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LX M565 rear mech

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LX M565 canti brakes

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LX M565 rear hub built up with Mavic XM317 rim

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LX M564 front hub built up with Mavic XM317 rim - technically a suspension specific front hub

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X-Lite Clikon seatpost - I found this NOS post at a cycle jumble for a few quid. It's a 27.2mm post so there's also a shim to fit into the 30.2mm seat-tube

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Charge Spoon - a cheap but very comfortable and stylish saddle

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Charge Splashback 2.1 dual compound folding tyres - I had to give these a try out at just £24 a pair. They are a bit scary in the mud though...

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Every bike should have carefully selected colour matched valve caps - these red/orange come with Planet X tubes

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Page from the 1996 Specialized Dealer Handbook for reference


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 8:21 pm 
retrobike rider / Gold Trader
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I do like your build threads!

Nice deal on the frame. If they are like the aluminium brethen of 97-99 then they are pure xc .. Found them quite long. Power along when the cranks are turned though.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 8:22 pm 
retrobike rider / Gold Trader
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Love this lx groupset too


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 3:53 am 
National & North West AEC
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Thanks coomber, I do like the black LX groupsets. The problem though from a collectors perspective is that there were so many variations on it between 1993 M560 and the change to the blue/grey LX M570 components in 1999.

I currently have most of the original M560 components, alot of the M563 and M565/6 stuff and pretty much all the M567 bits. I've also got the M569 crankset. So a pretty good selection from the black era.

The other problem of course is finding bikes to put them all on, and the space required to do so...


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 2:52 pm 
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Very nice!

Love the black LX parts! Got some on my 1994 M2 (viewtopic.php?t=226645), looks good and works great!!


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2013 7:38 pm 
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Glad it went to a good home to be used!
IIRC coomber, it has a 24.5" top tube!


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 10:13 pm 
National & North West AEC
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I changed the forks to a set of Rock Shox Judy XCs a few weeks ago on this bike. They have had coil springs fitted to replace the elastomers. Cosmetically and structurally the forks are almost perfect, both inside and out, but I did have to refill the damping cartridge.
I went for 15wt oil rather than the usual 7.5wt oil for a bit of extra damping to compensate for the coil springs.

Also fitted a new cage on the chainring guide to make sure that chain stays in place with the eight speed set up.
And finally changed the rear 2.1 inch rear tyre to a 1.8 for better clearance.

Here are a few photos from a short ride last night. The forks worked really nicely.

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