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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 6:43 pm 
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As promised in the chat, here it comes.

A few weeks ago I got the Marin karma'd by a colleague. He had that bike since new. And it has been his work bike for many years. He was doing a few thousand kilometers a year, summer and winter, sun, rain and snow. He really cared about the bike, changed cassettes, chains, bbs... But lately he was more and more complaining about how hard it was to get new parts. He did not like the alivio grade cassettes, for example. I told him it was no big problem to by used stuff that was in ok nick, but for him it seems it was time for a new bike. And this is how I got his gold bike.

This is how it looked like. Poor thing :facepalm:
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I had it sitting in my basement for a few weeks, trying to decide what to do with it. I was happily building my FSR until suddenly it was finished. The weather was still bad and I had nothing to do so...

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Why am I even doing this? :facepalm:


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 6:58 pm 
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Lovely! I know it is going to be another great build ;)


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 7:22 pm 
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Marin always turned out decent product so well worth a clean and rebuild.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 7:41 pm 
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xxnick1975 wrote:
Marin always turned out decent product so well worth a clean and rebuild.


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Yep Marin ave been pretty good at making quality bikes so this will be good and solid again after you've fixed it up so it's well worth the effort and i bet your mate will be well gutted when it's sorted as it will only be then that he'll realise his mistake ;) ..


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 8:28 pm 
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I agree to that, too. Or else the frame would not have survived those 25years of hard use. I am pretty impressed actually. No dents, no cracks. That reminds me. I have to weight the frame!

While sanding the scratches, I was thinking about the build. Black tendency might look good. But the seatpost is polished. Hmm..
The bike came with DX/XT mix. I think it will be XT this time. Black rims, skinwalls.
I will try that first.

What I would like to try with the brakes is an old hyrastop magura. Would even be tc. But that would render the nice roller canti hanger useless.
The other possibility would be a nice set of br-m730. Unfortunately the only set I have is mounted on the biketech. Hmm...


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 9:25 pm 
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I always liked that combination of polished frame, black components and brown saddle, grips and possibly tires...


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 9:31 pm 
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I have here a few more impressions of the top tube.

This is where the lock was attatched:
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This is after a few seconds of sandig, to highlight all the defects in the surface, so its easy to picture it. The whole top tube is sprinkled like that:
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Then some 240, 340, 600, steel wool...

At the moment:
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Its getting there...


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 9:53 pm 
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Nice work so far mate as that cross bar is looking really tidy ..


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2016 12:06 am 
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Starting to take shape now and my size too:-))


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2016 8:40 am 
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Nice Marin! Looks like this thing was covered in a layer of salt! Is this all corrosion? Good to see this bike shine again!


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