Retrobike Forum Index

It is currently Sun Dec 11, 2016 3:22 pm

* Login   * Register * Search  * FAQ



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 12 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: Saracen Tufftrax elite
PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 3:04 am 
Retro Guru

Joined: Wed Jul 17, 2013 1:19 am
Posts: 345
Hi all,

my Father has a 1992 Saracen Tufftrax Elite which I've told him it has been 'stolen'.

It's his baby, he's had it since brand new (I can only just remember going with him to get it). When I was a lad I trashed this bike and he was pretty upset about it. I have fond memories of this bike riding around our local canal paths with my dad, some of the best days of my life. If someone genuinely offered me £10k for this bike, I wouldn't take it. (....call it 11 and we've got a deal).

I remember him having a stash of cash that he'd been saving for a few years to get this thing.

I've stripped it down and stashed it in the loft, cleaning part by part without him seeing.

I will post pictures of it before I stripped it but I really really need some help on this. I'm on a very small budget but i'll do anything to get this bike back to original spec.

The handlebars are bent, saddle is ripped, pedals are shot and grips are worn. It also has no tyres.

If anybody has any parts or knows of any that I can get my hands on to rebuild this bike for my dad, I'd be really grateful. Here's how it should look:

Image


James


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 7:56 am 
National & North West AEC
National & North West AEC
User avatar

Joined: Mon Nov 03, 2008 12:43 am
Posts: 8146
Location: Macclesfield Forest
The components are a mix of Shimano Deore LX M550 and Deore DX in the MT-62 and M650 incarnations.

So you'll need the following parts:

Image
M550 Deore LX rear mech

Image
M550 Deore LX front mech. I think it's a 31.8mm band size for a 92 Tufftrax Elite.

Image
M550 Deore LX chainset, although you could use a Deore MT-60 chainset here. Cartridge type BB though in 1992

Image
M550 Deore LX hubs.

Image
Saracen rather sensibly specced Deore MT-62 thumbshifters rather than rapidfire shifters.

Image
Also fitted Deore MT-63 brake levers as standard too.

Image
Cantilever brakes were Deore DX M650 as far as I know.

Let me know if you need any more details for the rest of the spec.
Good luck with finding everything. Fortunately these parts are relatively common so you shouldn't have too much trouble.

Looking forward to seeing how you get on.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 10:28 am 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:58 am
Posts: 70
Location: Collier Street near Bedgebury Forest
Will be following this with interest


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 10:44 am 
retrobike rider
retrobike rider
User avatar

Joined: Fri Sep 18, 2009 12:52 pm
Posts: 1412
Location: Devon
Great stuff.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 1:05 pm 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jan 30, 2007 1:17 pm
Posts: 905
Location: not close enough to Wales...
Cool idea, will be watching this


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 9:34 pm 
Retro Guru

Joined: Wed Jul 17, 2013 1:19 am
Posts: 345
I already have all those parts, the bike is 90% there.

Only parts it actually 'needs' are tyres, brake-pads, handlebars, grips, pedals.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 9:42 pm 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jan 30, 2007 1:17 pm
Posts: 905
Location: not close enough to Wales...
There is a chap on here who is selling panaracer smoke classics, they will give you that retro look again that black walls don't !

viewtopic.php?t=257248


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 3:58 pm 
National & North West AEC
National & North West AEC
User avatar

Joined: Mon Nov 03, 2008 12:43 am
Posts: 8146
Location: Macclesfield Forest
retrotrack wrote:
I already have all those parts, the bike is 90% there.

Only parts it actually 'needs' are tyres, brake-pads, handlebars, grips, pedals.


Although not the exact same parts as originally specced, here's what I would recommend.

The bars would've been a pretty generic silver flat bar, probably made by Kalloy.
SJS Cycles sell these Thorn branded ones: --> http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/thorn-6061-a ... prod12868/
The logo can easily be removed with a dab of paint stripper.

For pads I'd recommend Aztecs. Very good performance and period correct: --> http://www.ukbikestore.co.uk/product/10 ... black.html

Period correct grips: --> http://www.wiggle.co.uk/odi-attack-handlebar-grips/

Tyres are a bit more tricky. They were originally Ritchey Megabites. These haven't been in production for many years and a decent set of original skinwalls would set you back a lot of money.

A good modern compromise is these Charge Splashbacks: --> http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Pair-of-Charg ... 19e18dc430
Ridiculously cheap on ebay.

For pedals, a pair of LX flat pedals should be fairly easy to track down.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 12:42 am 
Retro Guru

Joined: Wed Jul 17, 2013 1:19 am
Posts: 345
Thanks for the update guys :)

I sadly didn't get this finished for Xmas due to funds and time but I'm hammering through it now! Pics soon..


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:11 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Wed Jan 08, 2014 3:55 pm
Posts: 16
I have just given my tufftrax elite frame to a friend to do a retro build. I loved it. So much so i kept the frame from age 14 to a few weeks ago. Many happy memories of it


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 12 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: cce, Eldolhor, felixdelrio, james1985, Stick Legs and 42 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

About Us

Follow Retrobike

Other cool stuff

All content © 2005-2015 Retrobike unless otherwise stated.
Cookies Policy.
bikedeals - the best bike deals in one place
FatCOGS - Fat Chance Owner's Group

Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group