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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 4:14 pm 
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My Specialized family, I don't what is is that makes a Specialized a Specialized, but I like it.

Specialized Steel (1994)
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Unfortunately not useable, it is rotten at the chainstay near the bottom bracket. In the future I would like to copy the geometry and use this frame as an example for a custom replica frame build in titanium or steel. This one will stay in my bedroom as a reminder I do buy everything I see on ebay or other sites.

Specialized S-works M4 (1999) (Sold it!)
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"Retro" setup: Chris King, XT/XTR, Thomson, Easton, Fizik, Schwalbe. At the moment is this bike not useable due to a broken front axle. I've bought a second hand Chris King and the XTR M960 hub will go into the dumpster. Later this year I hope to get a new Chris King rear hub, so the rear M960 can join the front hub. Normally I do not throw away stuff, especially retro stuff, but the hubs are to waisted.

I also are still searching for an old XTR 960 rear mech (1998) and some shifters from the same period, because the XT shifters are ugly although they perform well. I think XTR shifters from 1998 and other Shimano bits from that year are more in place with the Bike.

Update 23 March 2009:
At the end of the summer I've sold the M4, the Sid was broken and the overall handling of the M4 was not so good. I think it was one size to small. This made me decide to sell the bike, and search the web for a replacement. Eventually I found one.

None retro stuff:
Specialized M5 (2003)
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My hardtail competition bike:
Fork: Fox F80RLT
Headset & hubs: Chris King
Groupset: XT/XTR
Tires: Schwalbe NoNi and RaRa
Saddle: Fizik
Stem & seatpost: Thomson X4 & Elite
Handlebars: Easton EA 70
Brake cable: Nokon

Specialized M5 Epic (2003, "new" addition to the collection)
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My full suspension competition bike:
Fork: Fox F80RL
Headset & hubs: Chris King
Groupset: XT/XTR
Tires: Schwalbe NoNi and RaRa
Saddle: Fizik
Stem & seatpost: Thomson X4 & Elite
Handlebars: Easton EA 70
Brake cable: Nokon

Specialized Allez Pro (2006)
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My racer for those lovely rides in the Dutch hills, Belgian Ardennes and French Alpes.
Groupset: Campagnolo Centaur grey, crankset will be updated
Tires: Schwalbe Stelvio
Saddle: Fizik
Stem & seatpost: Thomson X4 & Elite
Handlebars: Easton EA 50
Brake cable: Nokon

As you can see my bikes are for 95% build with components from the same brands. I don't like a mix of all kind of brands and colors. Now I have unity and IMHO a nice setup.

In the future I hope to extend my collection with a proper S-works retro bike. Limited storage, and financial funding are only two things that keep me from this wish. Although I can't complain at the moment.

Cheers,
Gène


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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 4:23 pm 
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S-works steel looks like a 94 to me...


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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 4:25 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Thanks, I didn't know for sure, but it could be right.


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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 5:39 pm 
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Enne, woe in Limburg woenst du daan??? ;-)


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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 8:42 pm 
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Send the XTR hubs this way if you are just going to bin them!

Modern crankset on your old S Works, you should be ashamed :wink:


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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 9:44 pm 
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Hi,

Too bad your steel S-works is rotten. There was a sweet one offered on a famous classified site. Kind of aquafade style paintscheme. It is in the 1992 S-works catalogue.

Think the S-works steel is my fave spec


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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 9:52 pm 
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Your 03 M5 is awesome. This is how a race hardtail should look.


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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 10:04 pm 
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Loving the M5...stealth

What kind of weight does it come in at?


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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 11:22 pm 
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Void(EN12-82) wrote:
Enne, woe in Limburg woenst du daan???
In de buurt vaan Mestreech :wink:

icantthinkofausername wrote:
Send the XTR hubs this way if you are just going to bin them!

Modern crankset on your old S Works, you should be ashamed :wink:


If you pay the transportation costs, you will recieve a nice box with al the bits and pieces.


Elev12k wrote:
Hi,

Too bad your steel S-works is rotten. There was a sweet one offered on a famous classified site. Kind of aquafade style paintscheme. It is in the 1992 S-works catalogue.

Think the S-works steel is my fave spec


It was indeed a minor setback, but I really hope I can buy a custom frame set that will just look like the original (only one size bigger :wink: )

ameybrook wrote:
Your 03 M5 is awesome. This is how a race hardtail should look.


Thanks! It is also a really nice ride, the buy of a lifetime. It was a bit of gamble. It is 19" frame, and I 'm 1.95 mtrs long and should actually ride a size bigger. It was eventually the best gamble I ever made, I have no regrets, because the bike handles great and is a far more better ride comparing to my 21" ride I use to drive.

jeed wrote:
Loving the M5...stealth

What kind of weight does it come in at?


I have no idea :oops:, but it is not very light: 8+kg if I have to gues

grtz
Gène


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PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2008 9:12 am 
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Gène wrote:
Void(EN12-82) wrote:
Enne, woe in Limburg woenst du daan???
In de buurt vaan Mestreech :wink:


Berg? Meerssen? Ulestroate? Vallekeberg? Schin op Geul? St. Gietere? Scheulder? Merregeroate? Ich kom vaan Berg en Terbliet noamelik, woen noe in Soest jammer genoog :-(

Sorry guys, couldn't resist... just ignore me on this one 8) :twisted:


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