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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:04 pm 
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Location: In a belfry with some bears in SW England...
So.....this turned up this morning :P

Advertised on here a few weeks back, no one seemed to pick up on it, and I was worried for a while that maybe it wasn't a real one, and everyone else knew that, and I was being stupid. But it's definitely genuine, so maybe it was the size that put folks off - 14.5" measured GT's way. (Thanks, by the way, to the seller Adam, 'mrmcqueen', for his patience while I asked stupid questions!)

Having had, as many of you will remember, the 16" dented Zaskar frame that turned out to be too big, as I always knew it would, and in the past having had a 12.5" Avalanche of the same era as this, which was always a tad too small, I'd never owned, but knew I needed, this size of GT. And really it would always have to be a '97 Zaskar, to fulfill a long held ambition, based on the fact I couldn't afford one when I got back into MTBing in that year....

Gave it a good degunk and polish, but left the tatty decals and a Race Face sticker on the NDS chain stay, as what I'm really aiming for is the look it would have if I'd owned it myself from new. Hence not worrying too much about modern tyres, etc, things would be upgraded or replaced over the years anyway.

Love the colour, must be rare? Thoughts please on the black or the blue bars, not really fair to ask as the blue ones don't look right without the controls on! And the seat post....thought they were always 27.2? But the very short one it came with is 27.0 and falls straight in, a 27.2 definitely won't go, although putting the bore gauge into the seat tube reveals 27.2 on some takes, and 27 on others! :facepalm:

As it arrived, before a clean up:


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:07 pm 
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After a degunk and polish, when paint started to come off with the cutting compound, I stopped :lol:


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:11 pm 
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Location: In a belfry with some bears in SW England...
Now to make a decision on the bars, and whether to go geared on the front or stick to a 1 x 8 build...


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:17 pm 
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good start


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:19 pm 
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Very nice indeed! Not sure how I missed this. I think the problem is the stem should be black or even yellow but not alloy. I can't believe how well that paint turned out - what compound did you use?


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:23 pm 
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I just use car cutting in compound and T Cut mixed together, then car polish afterwards :D

It was never going to come up much better than this. I thought the stem could stay as the seat post will probably be silver, whatever happens....


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:30 pm 
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Nice one Kaz, happy you finally got one. I'll be keeping an eye on this build.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:33 pm 
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Thank you I have some Marzocchi arches to polish this might be ideal.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 9:04 pm 
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Oooooh, this is gonna be good! 8) Love it Kaz!!


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 9:10 pm 
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Wow! 8)

Can't quite believe how well that's come up.

I look forward to seeing the full build. Given how far you've gone in less than a day, I'm guessing it'll be finished by about 6pm tomorrow! :D

It actually had a yellow Atomic stem (and black bars, fwiw) when I bought it, but I'm afraid that went on a bitsa full sus I sold on a couple of years back.

Glad it's gone to a good home.

Adam


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