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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 11:50 am 
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got this for 27 euros including delivery
drive side chain stay has bad rash, and there's s few more marks here and there
argento vivo Hard Touch paint, is the hard touch hard to replicate?
may just clean up and respray rear triangle me self, and use as my serious off roadie, the other two are basically brand show ponies, this one has linage to Gary Fisher, and is legitimately an mtb frame set
was thinking of deore xt for this one, rear stay and forks are curious
the right honorable Mombat says these were only made for one year
Columbus cyber tubing, 1 1/8 headtube with un threaded steering tube


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 12:27 am 
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I cleaned the rash up, now naked steel, and there are numerous other marks on the frame.
I will find out if I can replicate decals, and maybe powder coat the frame (gunmetaL grey) as I can get it done cheaply, and it would be hard 'touch' compared to most resto paint jobs
then I could go on it and not worry if I fell down or hit a tree about the paint i think
forks are strange, i've found no other images of argento vivio's with the hip like curve
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in negotiations re a used Italian mtb gruppo to put on it,
again, one i wouldn't have to worry about scratching


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 5:58 am 
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I think this will build up into a cool bike, especially with an Italian gruppo!


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 8:29 am 
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You seem to be getting a bit of a taste for mtb's.

Excellent :twisted:

May I suggest a silver / black build, I just did this with my Dave Lloyd and I'm very pleased with the results.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 10:43 am 
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Hey Niel, How you doing mate?
well, I do like silver,and would leave it near original colour,
I though with gun metal, decals replicated as is, and predominately black components it could be a stealth bohemoth,
is it a crime to powder coat if intending to really use it?
some of the modern paint refurbs are a lot less mark resistant the the original


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 1:53 pm 
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saarf wrote:
Hey Niel, How you doing mate?
well, I do like silver,and would leave it near original colour,
I though with gun metal, decals replicated as is, and predominately black components it could be a stealth bohemoth,
is it a crime to powder coat if intending to really use it?
some of the modern paint refurbs are a lot less mark resistant the the original


I'm good thanks.

As far as I'm concerned, it's your bike, so you can build it the way you choose, I know I always do. :mrgreen:

Powder coat: I always feel that a hand made or high quality frame deserves good paint, although, there are some matsers of the art of powder coating, so I guess a lot depends on who does the work.

Here's my example of silver and black; a mix of new running gear and age related parts. It rides like a dream.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 2:38 pm 
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that's a fine piece there Squire,
The jury's gone back out now on the colour scheme choice
the original is textured, I dont think it would be too expensive doing it in the original silver, but the rub would be losing the "hard touch'' effect.
I know a couple of good painters, so I'll enquire, I think a decent powder coat job should be no more than 100 euros, the frame cost 27 posted, and I'll try to see if I can get the decals replicated for under 75.
If seen argentovivos in decent nick listed an 250 -300, so i really wouldn't want to be going over that refurbing this


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:55 pm 
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I just sent an email to my usual refurbishers for a quote re respray and decals, I cleaned the chain stays up, and here's some pics of the unusual rear triangle and bridge


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 4:20 am 
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well, I managed to put another campagnolo gruppo together, black crankset, and used
this is an argento vivo made from columbus cyber mtb, what was better , this or sentiero made with columbus thron?
mombat says the argento vivo was made for only one year, that;s all i can find out
i put the drop bars on for a giggle in a mock up


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 4:21 am 
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and i got the smart sams for 30 euros the pair posted
possibly because they're grey :facepalm: :arrow:


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