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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2016 7:33 pm 
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I've been looking for a drop bar project for some time so when a friend offered up an Ala Carte, I couldn't resist. If you've ever broached one of these builds, then you know they can be somewhat "quirky" to get them correct so a special thanks and shout out to Rumpfy for his infinite wisdom and guidance along the way!

The frame serial number is SM23791 and is of 1995 production. Critical dims are 1-1/8" head tube, 17.75" seat tube C-C and a 22.25" TT C-C.

It came a little rough, so it was powder coated white and painted in a traditional "Jelly-Bean." I was super lucky to get an uber rare Salsa P10 in 1 1/8", two sets of WTB bars and two sets of NOS DKG Shift Ease plates (similar to the elusive WTB shifter mounts) that allow you, with slight modification, to mount Rapid Fire shifters. The mounting holes have to be drilled out to accept a long M6 bolt. Mounting the shifter plates to the bars which are 23.8mm in diameter require the use of cobbling mounting bands from old Suntour Command 7 speed shifters. I had an extra M900 kit set aside for the right project so that was a no-brainer for me. Through some great forum members I found a sweet Bontrager Comp fork with a 1 1/8" steerer. I stripped it down and painted the legs a flat black and scored a repro decal by Gil. Below are the specs and final build pics to come next week after her maiden voyage.

The Build
Year: 1995
Frame: Salsa Ala Carte
Fork:Bontrager Comp with titanium steerer
Stem: Salsa P10 1 1/8"
Headset: Shimano XT
Bottom Bracket: Phil Wood
Handlebar: WTB RM-2
Shifters: Shimano XTR M900 via DKG mounts
Front Derailleur: Shimano XTR M900
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XTR M900
Brake Levers: Dia Compe Grand Compe Aero
Front Brake: Shimano XTR M900 SLR
Rear Brake: Shimano XTR M900 SLR
Crankset: Shimano XTR M900
Chainrings: Shimano XTR 26-36-46
Pedals: Shimano M737s
Hubs: Bontrager RaceLites
Rims: Bontrager Comp RaceLites
Tires: Dart and Smoke Skinwalls
Wheel QR: Salsa Flip-Off Rasta
Seatpost: Shimano XTR
Saddle: Selle Italia Flite
Seatpost QR: Salsa Flip Lock
Bar Tape: Velox
Cogs: Shimano XTR M900
Chain: Shimano HG

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Suntour Bands

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Bontrager Comp fork

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DKG Shift Ease Plates

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Mounted

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Ready for the stand

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Signing in, looks mint!!!!


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Yessssssss 8)

Gonna be awesome!


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Stunning, apart from the bar thing!


al. 8)


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2016 8:20 pm 
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Looking good - signing in for updates :-)


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al wrote:
Stunning, apart from the bar thing!


al. 8)


I need one drop bar in my quiver Al. :facepalm:

Thanks all.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2016 10:25 pm 
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that set up is stunning, signing in for a belter...


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Loving the frame and innovative shifters.


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Smithjss70 wrote:
al wrote:
Stunning, apart from the bar thing!


al. 8)


I need one drop bar in my quiver Al. :facepalm:

Thanks all.


You don't, you want one... pure selfishness if you ask me.


al. :wink:


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2016 11:35 pm 
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I didn't. :lol:


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