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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 9:25 pm 
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1994; Cycle World, Romsey.
A quiet youth is seen gazing at the bizarre Superbike in the centre of the store. In the coming weeks, he was seen retuning to the store at weekends to catch another glimpse of this strange creation.


Nearly 20 years later, that bike never left me. Even during my non-cycling years, I'd think about it. Steel is real, but as an impressionable teenager, Carbon was the future and absolutely fascinating. There are only two other bikes that ever stayed with me the same as this one and I own one of them; I honestly never believed that I'd actually get my hands on one of these.

It will be stripped, tidied up (not that there's much that needs doing, mainly the forks) and ridden.

I've thrown on a saddle and grips, and some wheels I had lying around, but I suspect it'll end up with either M900 or Royce hubs, and a Brooks saddle.

My dream bike:

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I know it's not everyones cup of tea. I fully expect it to be a Marmite bike, but I'd love to hear your opinions either way.

Spec:
Frame: Lotus Carbon Monocoque

Fork: Mag 21 SL

Headset: XT
Stem: Lotus Sport (Kalloy)
Handlebar: Lotus Sport
Brakes: M900 (front) Magura Hydrostop (rear)
Brake Pads: M900 (front) Magura (rear)
Brake Levers: M900 (front) Magura Hydrostop (rear)
Shifters: M900
Front Derailleur: M900
Rear Derailleur: M900
Cassette: M737
Cranks: M900
Bottom Bracket: UN91
Hub Skewers: Hope Ti
Rims: Mavic 231
Hubs: Hope Ti glide/Fatso
Nipples: DT Alloy
Spokes: DT D/B
Saddle: Madison Flux
Seatpost: Lotus sport (Kalloy)

Weight: Circa 25lb


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 Post subject: Re: 1994 Lotus Monocoque
PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 9:35 pm 
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Unusual and funky, I like it.


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 Post subject: Re: 1994 Lotus Monocoque
PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 9:41 pm 
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So wrong it's right.


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 Post subject: Re: 1994 Lotus Monocoque
PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 9:58 pm 
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Looks like a neater example than mine. Glad it went to you :)


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 Post subject: Re: 1994 Lotus Monocoque
PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:00 pm 
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Love the form of the frames on theese, so organic it just flows from stem to drop outs.


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 Post subject: Re: 1994 Lotus Monocoque
PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:01 pm 
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Love it
But then I like odd things

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 Post subject: Re: 1994 Lotus Monocoque
PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:14 pm 
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Congratulations on getting your unicorn ! Don't forget THAT's THE MAIN THING.
You can now play with spec to your hearts content cos it's YOURS !

I used to drool at GT Zaskars as I rode my beloved bottom of the range GT.
Now I have one ... !


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 Post subject: Re: 1994 Lotus Monocoque
PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:16 pm 
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As a retrobiker and a Lotus specialist I need to get one of these. Love it ;)


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 Post subject: Re: 1994 Lotus Monocoque
PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:19 pm 
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Wow, that's a better response than I expected! :lol:


MADJEZ wrote:
Congratulations on getting your unicorn ! Don't forget THAT's THE MAIN THING.
You can now play with spec to your hearts content cos it's YOURS !


I avoided using the term unicorn, I thought someone would pick me up on the flaw! :lol: :lol: :facepalm: But yes, she'll never be sold, and I've already decided she'll get nothing but the best. As soon as I've payed the wife back the money I borrowed!

JeRkY wrote:
Love the form of the frames on theese, so organic it just flows from stem to drop outs.


100%. They're sculpted. Have you actually ridden yours yet? I can't wait to find out how she rides.

Yetinut wrote:
As a retrobiker and a Lotus specialist I need to get one of these. Love it ;)


This is only the second I've ever seen for sale. I've been looking for years.


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 Post subject: Re: 1994 Lotus Monocoque
PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 11:35 pm 
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Very cool, like others have said everything I don't like about bikes but when combined make for a cool ride.


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