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 Post subject: Re: Brodie Sovereign
PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 6:26 pm 
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just curious what the tt measurement is on the 18" catalyst? 22"?


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 Post subject: Re: Brodie Sovereign
PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 1:41 am 
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rocketboy2000 wrote:
just curious what the tt measurement is on the 18" catalyst? 22"?

Looking at the 94 catalogue in the RB gallery/archive section, it says 22.2" for 16" frame and and 22.9" for 18". Not sure what differences, if any between my 93 models and the 94.

Anyway, secured some more blue "bling". A set of NOS CT canti brakes. Also have a blue set of Avid Ultimate SD canti levers on their way to me. ;)


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 Post subject: Anatomy of a Gator!
PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 7:35 pm 
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Elusive fork finally acquired! :D

Sanded down the rust areas and the legs are sound. It needs a complete strip and repaint. Anyone ever take the legs off the crown? I've heard/read it's not only bolted but bonded as well??? :? From what I can see, the legs look to be painted before mounted to the crown.

Also what about the grub screws on the drop-outs? Any clue what they are for? I'm guessing to secure the drop-outs. Can the drop-outs be taken off if the grub screws and loosened/removed?


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 Post subject: Re: Brodie Sovereign
PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 7:37 pm 
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Glad you got the fork Frank :D ( :twisted: )

Looks like this one is a keeper then :D


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 Post subject: Re: Brodie Sovereign
PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 7:39 pm 
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Roy had his green/white ones painted - sure he'll be along with some tips soon.


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 Post subject: Re: Brodie Sovereign
PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 12:36 am 
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raidan73 wrote:
Glad you got the fork Frank :D ( :twisted: )

Looks like this one is a keeper then :D


Keeper? If you're referring to the fork, then that's a definate yes. Although the steerer is too short for the larger Catalyst. But fine for the Sovereign.

Still need to determine if the Sovereign is a better fit. Fingers crossed on that as it now has the fork. I'll be assembling and testing the components hopefully in the next week or so. I already installed the RF ti bb and blue turbine cranks, RF hs, Syncros stem, RF bar and Gator. The ti Syncros post might be a tad short for the 16" frame. I have a longer black Syncros post, but i rather the ti as i think it'll be a better fit colour-wise.


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 Post subject: Re: Brodie Sovereign
PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 3:09 am 
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You're a dirty pirate hooker! JK! Looks great RockiMtn! Subscribed to this thread!!


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 Post subject: Re: Brodie Sovereign
PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 1:19 am 
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so i test fitted the components onto the frame/fork. only things not final are the brake levers, headset and maybe the tyres. still waiting on a set of blue Avid Ult SD canti levers to arrive, which will replace the black Avid Ult SD V levers currently mounted.

i installed a silver RF threaded Real Seal HS, as i had the blue one installed on the Catalyst and couldn't be bothered uninstalling right now. as threaded RF Real Seal HS are a fixed stack height with no way of adding standard spacers, and the Gator steerer is a tad longer than what's needed, instead of prematurely cutting it down, i lucked out with a hack i discovered in which i mounted a spare RF threadless top race first and then the threaded RF top race on top to take up the difference. worked out pretty good, it almost seems like it's supposed to be like that. :lol:

quickly took it for a spin around the neighborhood and i think i have a winner here. although without proper grips installed, i still got a sense that the bike would handle well and the fit seems to be spot on for me. i thought perhaps the Syncros Ti seatpost might be too short and i would need a longer extension but it was JUST the right height with enough post inserted into the frame to be at the bottom of the top tube edge of the seat cluster. :D

what's still needed to finish the bike which i've already have is a set of white grips and blue bullseye jockey wheels. i'd like to replace the black avid rollamajig with a blue one if i can find one, but if not, the black will be fine. and the tyres maybe swapped from the current Ritchey Z Max to a set of Smoke/Darts.

now on to reproducing the Sovereign decals before getting the frame stripped and repainted. i'm almost tempted to repaint it black as it is now. the blue and white accents works surprisingly well with the black frame/fork/stem. i could even use a longer black Syncros post i have which would give me even more post insertion to finish it off nicely! :? but overall i'm still leaning towards the blue/white combo i've already come up with.


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 Post subject: Re: Brodie Sovereign
PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 2:13 am 
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Looking Sweet!!! Where oh where did you ever find such a rare fork?? hahaha :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Brodie Sovereign
PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 2:28 am 
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Bike looks awesome! I can never find colored RF bars. Any chance on selling the Catalyst?


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