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 Post subject: 1990 Bontrager Off Road
PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 6:27 am 
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I picked this Bontrager frame up from Velo Cult. Started out as an innocent enough project...all the Bontragers I'd previously tried (Race, Race Lite, TiLite) I found forgettable. In fact I found their ride to be displeasing (especially at speed). But they are an iconic bike with a great cult following and I always liked the earlier versions of this bike with the riveted cable guildes. Not to mention they yield from Santa Cruz, my favorite place to ride. I figured I was missing something.
So I set out to build one using my go to kit. Maybe a bit dull, but tried and true. And more importantly, predictable. I've found multiple bikes with like (or similar) set ups allow for great comparison between different frames or forks. I can't say for sure why, but my experience on this first gen 'production' OR was a pleasant one. I even held a Strava KOM on a short quick twisty section on my local shake down trail for quite some time using this bike. It was built as a work horse. A beater.

Then I got an email from Joe Breeze looking for bikes for the SFO Museum Exhibit. I passed on some leads for a few bikes, but also offered this Bontrager as a possible option.
As luck would have it, the bike was selected for display. A week ago, I was thrashing it down the side of a mountain...and now it was going to be on display for thousands (hundreds of thousands?) to see. As a collector and vrc advocate (and resident forum slut/asshole), I needed to make sure the bike was something I could be proud of and accurately represented Keith's work. With the help of Bontrager experts Hollister and Mr. Orange, they coached me to correct details I would have otherwise missed (eg: the correct seat collar and proper rd cable routing). Changes to Salsa stem and qr's (since Ross and Keith were friends), nice display tires and saddle. And a lot of cleaning.

The end result is a classic looking mountain bike.

A few pics to enjoy as well as the full photoshoot (with new and old pics, full build spec):
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rumpfy/set ... 630675237/

As purchased:
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As ridden (initial build):
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As finished:
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On display at the SFO Museum:

In holding:
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Last to go in place:
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On display (back of Keith's head):
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Coming home:
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 7:22 am 
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Even the Back of Keiths head looks pleased.

And the RockShox fork placement was perfect too.

This sort of contribution is what RETROBIKE is all about for me.

Thanks for sharing.

Carl.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 7:33 am 
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KB and TR admiring the bike at the opening party
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I thought I had a better shot of the display card somewhere
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 7:45 am 
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Excellent Hollister.

Bloody Brilliant.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 8:54 am 
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So cool !
What an exhibition 8) !!!


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 10:38 pm 
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Beautiful. Simply beautiful.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 10:39 pm 
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And that cable routing. Interesting. I did not know that.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 12:09 am 
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Another amazing stunner Eric. You continue to push out these top quality bikes like they're just lying around. Also, had no idea the display was coming back to SF Airport. May need to change plans from Oakland Airport to SF just to see the rad bikes.

Later Amigo


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 1:40 am 
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Thanks for the kind words guys. One of those projects that just fell into place the way is was supposed to.




gingernuts/badger wrote:
And that cable routing. Interesting. I did not know that.


I didn't either. I was kindly corrected. Always learnin'!


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 1:41 am 
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BensterSD wrote:
Another amazing stunner Eric. You continue to push out these top quality bikes like they're just lying around. Also, had no idea the display was coming back to SF Airport. May need to change plans from Oakland Airport to SF just to see the rad bikes.

Later Amigo


It was there! I'm afraid its all done now.


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