Retrobike Forum Index

It is currently Sun Nov 18, 2018 3:45 am

* Login   * Register * Search  * FAQ



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 11 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next
Author Message
PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 5:39 pm 
Dirt Disciple
User avatar

Joined: Mon Jun 18, 2012 3:40 pm
Posts: 59
Location: Rostrevor, NI
Apologies for another Zaskar build thread. Ive hankered after one of these for a good few years and finally got round to paying too much on eBay for a tired and dirty 16" frame.

I didn't take too many pics of the build process, but got a few.

The eBay ad was light on details and it was definitely a gamble as the Manitou 3 forks looked totally knackered, the smattering of parts looked well worn with heavy oxidizing. Anyway the trigger was pulled and this thing arrived a few weeks ago.

Image

Here it is in the cold light of my garage. Good grief i'm gonna need more autosol...

Image

I stripped it down and started inspecting the parts. The elastomers in the forks had turned to mush. It took some considerable effort to get them out. Unfortunately the long bolt that goes through the elastomer stack had snapped where it enters the adjuster barrel at the bottom of the fork. I still have to drill out the snapped part of the both from the barrel, but I had a good set of Manitou EFCs sitting about, so they'll do fine for the time being.

Then the polishing began:

Image

Turned out the frame was in really good nick. No cracks or dents and only small surface scratches here and there. Started with the 800 girt sand paper, progressing to 1200, then a good buff with the autosol and we're in business.

See that left hand crank...that fkr didn't want to budge. I stripped the threads using a standard crank puller, then tried a modified bearing puller. Still not budging. Applied heat to the crank and still nothing. Eventually after lots of bad language i decided life's too short and out came the dremmel:

Image

That was pretty satisfying actually.

Now for some parts. I got an almost full m900 groupset from Niels (just missing a LH shifter):

Image

Polishing done. I found a battered old Uno seatpost that fitted. It's rubbish but will do for now. Also sourced some cool GT grips. It's beginning to take shape:

Image

Then some tryes from Germany and a new BB as the M900 one in Niel's groupset was a 68mm shell and the zaskar needed a 73mm:

Image

Got a LH m900 shifter and a flite saddle from Nikica. Unfortunately the shifter was broken. The philips screwdriver is pointing at the bit that was broken:

Image

Luckily Wadsy was selling some M900 shifter spares with stripped barrel adjuster threads, so I got those stripped down Nikica's shifter and bingo, one working and fully serviced LH shifter). Weirdly i really enjoyed that process. There's great satisfaction in getting old parts like that working again.

Finally she's all together. the whole thing only took about 5 weeks from start to finish. Still gotta do something about that damn seatpost!

Image

Image

Ive a thing for shiney bikes, so brought the other two out for a bit of fresh air:

Image

Image

This is my '94 Sintesi Bromont. Bought in BikePro in Kingsheath, Birmingham and raced (badly) for 4 years before being superseded by a '98 Kona Stab (which I also still have). Being a poor student at the time the Sintesi had a mis-mash of parts, but I've since replaced those with a full M737 XT group.

Image

Image

My AMP has a thread somewhere on here, but here she is again. It's not really a rider as there's so much play in the linkages, but she takes pride of place in the garage and I frequently just sit and marvel at the pure engineering beauty

Image

Image

As usual, I couldnt have done the Zaskar without the help from some great people here on Retrobike. So to, Martin, Niels, Kurt and Nikica...cheers fellas!


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 7:04 pm 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:57 am
Posts: 420
Location: St. Louis, MO USA
Looks great. I'm a fan of shiney bikes too. Nice collection.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:30 pm 
Old School Hero

Joined: Mon Sep 07, 2015 8:19 am
Posts: 245
Nice collection, I like the sintesi too : classic and original


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re:
PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 11:42 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Sat Oct 17, 2015 3:13 pm
Posts: 24
Location: mansfield
Nice bike, ive just purchase a 93 zaskar hope it looks that good when I've done it. :D


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 12:02 am 
Old School Grand Master
User avatar

Joined: Thu Nov 26, 2015 7:29 pm
Posts: 4450
Location: peak district
8) great build, amazing what a bit of polishing does. Well worth the effort.

And a very nice collection of bikes there, wouldnt mind any one of them :) have you got a link to the Amp thread?

Also love that Verlicchi 8)

Mark


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re:
PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 12:21 am 
Old School Grand Master
User avatar

Joined: Tue Oct 09, 2007 3:12 pm
Posts: 4750
Location: The Shire
Lovely trio you have there. Great work on the Zaskar restoration. and love the Sintesi 8)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re:
PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:43 am 
Old School Grand Master

Joined: Tue Nov 11, 2008 1:45 pm
Posts: 5499
Location: UK
I was watching this one on ebay, good to see it went to a good home. Your amp research is pretty cool too 8)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re:
PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2018 12:08 pm 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Sun Jun 27, 2010 1:41 pm
Posts: 304
Location: Wirral
Great looking Zaskar, enjoy riding it.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:31 am 
Dirt Disciple
User avatar

Joined: Sat Mar 22, 2008 7:36 pm
Posts: 46
Location: Bavaria
Nice ride!
Just one thing: those brake pads on the front are wrong, the long bit needs to face backwards.
Enjoy


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:39 pm 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Fri Jun 06, 2014 8:07 pm
Posts: 464
Location: Tunbridge Wells
Nice work on the frame. I think it would take me 5 weeks just to get half way through the polishing...


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 11 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: M-Power, xerxes and 22 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

About Us

Follow Retrobike

Other cool stuff

All content © 2005-2015 Retrobike unless otherwise stated.
Cookies Policy.
bikedeals - the best bike deals in one place
FatCOGS - Fat Chance Owner's Group

Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group