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PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2013 7:44 pm 
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I've always hankered after a MK2 Shock a Billy and Rick tempted me with his Black SAB but it wasn't to be so.

Then I spot this on US EBay whist on holiday in France. Contacted the seller who agreed to ship to the UK. A 3:30am alarm was set to capture this beast. High start price and zero bids right up to the wire.

Still a few weeks away but can't wait. Looks like it's been fairly poorly specced but really it's the frame that's important.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 10:19 pm 
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Very nice Dave.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 1:44 pm 
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Very nice, looking forward to seeing what you are gonna do with it! Worth the early morning alarm I reckon :)


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 8:54 pm 
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It's in the UK! Being held to random by customs... Pickup on Saturday I think. :lol: :lol: :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 10:00 am 
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Been meaning to get this one up...

Another US import. Love getting Fats from the US, and California specifically seems to keep them low on rust compared to one that's been regularly thrashed round the Lake District. Suppose the same reason a Californian Karmann Ghia from Cali are so tidy - same inherent rust worries too!

Anyway, here's some inspection pics, looks like it was sat in a garage for a long while, lots of dust, cobwebs and filth. Under all that though the frame is stunning Sapphire and only has a few minor scrapes. It even still has a protective sticker over the seat clamp hole!

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It amazes me how someone would buy a Fat of this value and deck it out with LX and such basic parts - the bars looked like they came off a £100 bike. Weird mix of LX, M730 and 740.

Decided to strip it right back to then have a blank canvas. When I got into it seem to looks like it's never even been property wet. There's odd spots of rust on components but crank threads, BB and canti bosses have what looks like factory grease.

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Here we go, down to pretty much the bare frame.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 1:43 pm 
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Thrown together test build... Not sure about the forks and have option on a Raceface or Cooks crank - think black/silver is the way yo go.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 5:26 pm 
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liking that Dave 8)
Is this the model that Darren Tapp used to race on back in the day?


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 6:25 pm 
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Think he rode one of the Amp rear ends rather than the Mk2..


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 6:34 pm 
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Lovely and a great colour too. On my bucket list to try someday after reading the reviews along with a retro Manitou full sus.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2014 1:01 am 
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fattiman wrote:
liking that Dave 8)
Is this the model that Darren Tapp used to race on back in the day?


Yes it is, he rode a team violet one with HED downhill rims and green and silver ringle parts. As Dave says he also rode the AMP one in white iirc.


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