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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:54 pm 
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Hi everyone, this is far from a first project for me but its the first I'm going to document on this website. Its a 1992 ( I think ) Orange Aluminium Elite, 17" with original forks. I bought it off ebay towards the end of 2016 ( I did notice it mentioned on here afterwards) but it was built with a lot of non original stuff. In fact, the only period and correct thing on it was the front suntour mech. I sold all the bits and ended up with a free frame and forks plus a few quid to spend. I intend to build it as cheap as possible by obtaining most of the bits in a similar way. The frame is totally crack free and hasn't been ridden for over a decade. I have some wheels and a few bits to get it going but will hopefully upgrade as time goes by. First job is to get the frame polished and nasty laquer removed, and obtain some lovely new stickers for it. I intend to use it mainly for dry road use when finished with some slick-ish tyres. The brakes, crank, STI's and rear mech are all Deore XT, the hubs are obviously hope but annoyingly one is a 32 spoke and one 36.


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Nice start. I built an Elite with blue bits and it worked really well. 8)


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:17 pm 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:28 pm 
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Great project... look forward to your progress. Nice and light, polish up well.. The only issue is sourcing out 1 1/4 stuff, but it does come up for sale on here fairly frequently.


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Contact Gil_M for decals as he has these on file. :wink:


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:34 pm 
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Yes gil does very fine decals too!


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 10:50 am 
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:xmas-big-grin: Stickers ordered! :xmas-big-grin:

Now that's done I can make a start on getting this manky laquer off.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 11:18 am 
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Welcome to the site 8) I always liked the Elites over the Aluminium 'O', but have never owned one...

It should be a nice project to kick off with - be warned though, others will inevitably follow :facepalm:

Full M73* XT will be spot on IMO and wheels look good by the way, looking at them I'm guessing the 36 hole is on the rear, which isn't actually a bad thing if you intend to ride it regularly (it's good to have a bit more stiffness there, so to say!)

I'll look forward to seeing this one develop :)


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 1:03 pm 
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A good start there. You've got the Ali forks too..... my 'skip save' Elite started off in much the same way - Think mine weighed in at about 23lbs all done. Looking forward to seeing progress.

There's a link to the 'elite owners' here-
viewtopic.php?f=6&t=186867&start=40

There's also links in that thread to sizes of Headset/ bottom bracket / seat post / front mech etc...

cheers.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 1:32 pm 
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Thanks fella's. It is definitely going to be one of many. Me and my youngest son just built another Zaskar over a couple of evenings this week, always had a thing for GT's and is my second Zaskar to keep. also had an xcr3000, xcr2000, pantera, outpost, avalanche 0.0, karakoram but never kept any of them for long. Its safe to say I have a thing for GT's. I may post some pics in the appropriate thread.

B o B - thanks for the link, I've read about your £30 one three or four times already over the last few months, excellent work. I love a bargain and its always nice to see somebody rescue something when its owner is about to throw it out.


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