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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:46 pm 
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I am very excited! :D

Working on pics now!


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 8:21 pm 
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Sounds very interesting Melvin, in the absence of pics any description available? This wasn't Simon's ss beauty was it?


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 8:56 pm 
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Here they are! :D =>

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Type II fork, Togglecam and New Paradigm GreaseGuard headset =>

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GreaseGuard for hubs too. The little dot is a grease port. Right pic: Handmade by Steve Potts 8) =>

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The bottom bracket is a GreaseGuard unit too. The original bolts are missing though. Shop probably threw them away when replacing the cranks :evil: WTD: Original WTB GreaseGuard crank bolts.

140mm spacing for wheels with less dish (thuss stronger wheels) =>

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This is a bike of a trully exceptional class. Refinement is very high and it is full of very clever, innovative ideas. It is not the popular favourite (like FATs, Yetis and Kleins are), but be a select group of true connaisseurs the WTB is VERY HIGHLY regarded. Well, they have a point!

I am so happy I got my hands on this Phoenix. Overhere in Holland the Retro-thing seems to take off too now. Compared with years ago I have a hard time on local classified sites nowadays. So many people browsing (and they all think everything is cheap, because they are used to modern bike prices :? ). Now this WTB seemed to stay somewhat below surface, what was my luck. Well, it probably had also a lot do with that it was posted sunday evening and I had it in my boot monday afternoon :lol: With such one has to have a prompt reaction. I am very well aware this is a once in a live time oppertunity!

I got it from a gent in Utrecht. He had no car and used this bike to be mobile and more specificly for touring/travel purposes. He took very well care of it. Regularly GreaseGuard'ing 8) all parts... Little bummer is some rust is present under paint top toptube and front seattube. So it needs a repaint. Will do my utmost to get it right of course.

The gent bought the bike with other, more high end parts around mid 90s. Over the years many parts were swapped for modern not so well matching (plain ugly) parts here and there. I will choose a more racy, high end direction for the new build. I do not completely rule out the option the Bruce Gordon rack stays though. Not made up my mind on that yet.

Of course I am really looking forward to do this project. I will put a lot effort in it to make everything right. I will keep you people up to date on the project from time to time and ask for your advise when needed. Stay tuned!


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 9:53 pm 
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Another nice buy Melvin .

You must need a warehouse by now . :D


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2008 1:49 am 
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Oh Mel, you lucky dog!

Nice find...it'll be a beauty soon.

cheers,

rody


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2008 3:17 am 
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Elev12k wrote:
Little bummer is some rust is present under paint top toptube and front seattube. So it needs a repaint. Will do my utmost to get it right of course.


From what I can see the rust doesn't look too bad and I'd be tempted to live with it as is for a while, but given your other builds I'm sure you will get it right if you repaint.

Nice one :D


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2008 10:12 am 
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with a small amount of work (namely chucking those handlebars!) thats going to be very sweet ;)


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2008 10:44 am 
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Whoo that is nice... :D


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2008 12:05 pm 
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Gotta say, you've got a nose for sniffing out some real classic beauties Melv.

Nice find indeedy 8)


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2008 12:41 pm 
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Fab bike Melvin, will love to see it again once you have put your own mark on it


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