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PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 12:55 pm 
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I'm really excited about this one....

This all started about a year ago when i saw biocandy had SteveW's old dekerf SS for sale. I wasnt in a position to buy at the time, but a speculative email a couple of months ago, a bit of negotiation, and here it is.

As a few of you might know this one was the only 853 Single speed Dekerf did, so its pretty rare! It also featured on Bike radar and in What MTB:

http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/article/w ... ame-31325/

I've always been a singlespeed fan. It makes sense to me when i have little time to ride it makes things more interesting. I also like the simple aesthetics of a nicely made SS, and this is the nicest i've seen :)

I've started to gather some parts. Before you say it, yes i know i have canti brakes and theres no cable hanger at the back, but ive got a couple of ways round this :wink:

So heres some Pics (excuse my crusty old carpet!)

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 2:06 pm 
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Threw a few parts at it to check the size...

Looks pretty daft but non of these parts will be used.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 5:15 pm 
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Watching with interest.

Full rigid singlespeed=fast and nimble.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 7:10 pm 
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Rich, you will love riding the Dekerf, I guarantee it.

P2 forks will work well if you are going rigid, I have some on my 94 Mountain and they suit the frame perfectly.

Looking forward to watching this build.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 7:30 pm 
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Thanks guys. Neil, I was looking for something special like the Caygill, albeit something in the right size for me... I'm over the moon with this, its very well built and unique.

I do a fair bit of trail riding and MTB centres, so may go the 'semi retro' route and fit V brakes, and dare i say it, suspension, to make it more capable. But the other side of me thinks 'keep it old school', after all i do have a more modern trail bike already.

the one thing I'm convinced of- it WILL have white industries hubs, which i've always wanted! May have to wait a couple of months to save up...


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 7:39 pm 
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You'll be surprised how well it will cope with trails as a rigid.

I took mine to Haldon near Exeter a few weeks ago and rode both the blue and red trails without any bother. Yes, you have to watch your line a little, but that is so easy on a DeKerf, you just spot the route and ride it.

I have Cane Creek Direct Curve V brakes on mine and they work a treat, powerful, but with really good modulation.

However you build it, you will like it, they are great frames.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 8:23 pm 
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NeilM wrote:
You'll be surprised how well it will cope with trails as a rigid.

However you build it, you will like it, they are great frames.


You probably won't stop at one though...
No-one does!


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 8:38 pm 
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suburbanreuben wrote:
You probably won't stop at one though...
No-one does!


Ain't that the truth. :oops:


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:14 pm 
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Lovely looking frame.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:16 pm 
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Any idea an eventual weight build?


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