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 Post subject: Claud Butler Spectre
PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2016 9:43 pm 
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This arrived today. Claud Butler Spectre, fitted with some very nice Shocktech forks.

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Still has the lycra saddle! It's not done much for a few years but its not bad really. The forks need a rebuild and new elastomers, but aside from that, just a case of new cables and some lube. Will put some red oxide on the bare metal bits and get out on it.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 11:16 pm 
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nice pump!


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 11:22 pm 
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xxnick1975 wrote:
nice pump!


Yeah, its what drew me to it. I already have a black Zefal but no brackets for it. i didnt really look at the bike itself until i actually owned it and my mate delivered it for me.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 6:17 pm 
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Nice looking CB. Made at the Lincolnshire factory?


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Nice looking CB. Made at the Lincolnshire factory?



Wowzers, that's cool. Not seen that colour before.

Not sure where it was made tbh. I don't really know anything about them.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 6:34 pm 
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james1985 wrote:
mechagouki wrote:

NOS!

Nice looking CB. Made at the Lincolnshire factory?



Wowzers, that's cool. Not seen that colour before.

Not sure where it was made tbh. I don't really know anything about them.


Originally a London based marque, the name was acquired by Elswick-Falcon in the mid 1980s, lots of good steel bikes made at the factory in Brigg, Lincs (my Mum lives just down the road).


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 11:15 pm 
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mechagouki wrote:
james1985 wrote:
mechagouki wrote:

NOS!

Nice looking CB. Made at the Lincolnshire factory?



Wowzers, that's cool. Not seen that colour before.

Not sure where it was made tbh. I don't really know anything about them.


Originally a London based marque, the name was acquired by Elswick-Falcon in the mid 1980s, lots of good steel bikes made at the factory in Brigg, Lincs (my Mum lives just down the road).


Good to know, cheers. I must admit i wasnt expecting much for my £36 but its a nice frame, a few nice touches. Cant wait to crack on and get it ridable. Its a keeper.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 10:52 pm 
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I had a look at the front forks today.
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1st stage of polishing complete, im quite happy with the results. They will do nicely after a final going over.

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The insides, erm... not so good. I think the elastomers are deffo beyond saving.

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I am still deciding which way to go with these.


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Yup, those elastomer are toast (or gloop)!
Early Manitou elastomers should work (the fork is basically a close copy of the original Manitou forks), I managed to salvage a few elastomer from my Shocktech forks and supplemented them with a couple of elastomer from some Pace RC-35 forks, you need a bit of trial and error to get it right though.


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Should brigg made as far as I know all the Reynolds framed bikes were handmade there and it was only when they moved to alloy that they became Far East made generic frames.
What you have there is a proper old skool craftsman made lugged steel frame made out of some fairly good tubes.

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