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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 9:27 am 
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Great job again Neil, love build of the bike. :D


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 9:44 am 
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Great review Neil... you need to post that in the owners section on Dekerfs web site!

My view, in comparing my Ritchey tubed Dekerf with my later Lloyd are quite similar. The comment about the front end staying planted is definitely a feature on the Dekerf... It was a real eye opener in this respect, how keen the Lloyd was to lift on even small climbs.

To summarise. For me, the Lloyd is the ultimate race bike. To put it into horsy parlance, a bit like Frankel, a pure thoroughbred, but you'd be worried about it straining a fetlock or something...

The Dekerf, is a lot less flighty and just feels bulletproof. I also feel it looks like it's going 40 mph when stood still! Again in horsey terms, you'd be thinking of one of Harvey Smiths steeds - a solid old beast that is completely controllable when starting to test it a bit!

PS. I think I've adequately shown that I know nothing about horses!! :D


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 9:57 am 
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ringo wrote:
PS. I think I've adequately shown that I know nothing about horses!! :D

Yes I think you have, but thank you for trying.

Off out now, I have a horse to ride. :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 6:54 pm 
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Yet another fantastic bike! I agree about the mechs, m950 could well look better.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:00 pm 
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iveto1983 wrote:
I agree about the mechs, m950 could well look better.

Either that or maybe SRAM :shock:





JOKE! Joke, joke everybody, calm down calm down.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:50 pm 
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How nerdy was that! :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:55 pm 
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The History Man wrote:
How nerdy was that! :mrgreen:

What can I say?

About as nerdy as the rest of the site. :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:57 pm 
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I found myself checking tyre logo positions on the last pair I fitted. Nuff said :facepalm:

It is lovely by the way. Do they make them in BFG?


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:05 pm 
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The History Man wrote:
I found myself checking tyre logo positions on the last pair I fitted.

GOOD MAN. :mrgreen:

As for size: 21" is the biggest currently listed, but they do custom work too. :shock:

http://www.dekerf.com/Details.asp?id=1#geo


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 9:01 pm 
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Bit of an update.

The mechs have been changed, initially to 952 F&R, but the front mech was an E mount and it just didn't work well, so it now have a NOS top pull XT.

As a try out, we did a bit of a family and friends run at Haldon trail centre near Exeter yesterday. Haldon is a superb centre with well designed, well built and well maintained trails. A lot of the trails have a well bedded fine gravel surface, but there's plenty of peaty soil and bare rock too.

We rode the blue and then the red trails, both were a good test for me and the Dekerf. I'm glad to say we both coped admirably with the trails and despite complaining a couple of times with chattering chain and clunking forks (there are some pretty rough rocky sections which if taken too fast...... :mrgreen: ) I never had a moments worry.

Thinking about the frame after the ride, I have to say that the compliance shown by the frame and at the same time it's ability to turn extremely swiftly without losing grip at any point is really special. Obviously being rigid you do take the hits when riding slab rocks and hard rough surfaces, but a lot of the real sting is taken out of the trail by the frame while at the same time it is no problem to kick on hard coming out of a corner, or when the trail climbs sharply. Steering is pinpoint accurate, which is a great comfort when the only smooth line on the trail is almost exactly the width of the tyres. The back end is thrown about at times, but it always lands solidly and never feels like it is going to fishtail and over react and throw you over the bars.

I am totally and utterly impressed with this bike and will be riding it all winter; rain, shine and snow.


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