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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:44 am 
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Saw one of these with full rasta. It looked incredible but the guy split it up for sale sadly. Big outlay but worth it as it really works with this green. Looks like your BOI will be ~ 1deg slacker than std but not too noticable.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2019 9:55 am 
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So the chameleon Yo was not long of this parish. I could not get over the dent in the top tube and was not willing to Invest in a post-repair respray so I moved it on and bought a (dented - see separate thread) Indy Fab Steel deluxe to build and MKOnes ‘92 Team Marin to ride.

The Team Marin was in very good original order and the only thing I did was to fit Hope wheels with new tubeless tyres from the Yo. Ok I oiled the chain and adjusted the seatpost and fitted my choice of grips and saddle but I didn’t even need to tune the gears before taking it on its maiden voyage

I was keen to see how this bike, which cost 1/8th what I sold the Yo for would be like in the same trails.

And the difference was......

..... well bugger all. I really could not note anything of any significance other than the fact i had more fun on the Marin as I wasn’t terrified of scratching it. The steering was a bit barge like due to its very long top tube and 135mm Stem, but the frame itself actually felt a bit more zingy and the longer headtube gave a better more heads up riding pidition


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2019 9:58 am 
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Here are some photos of that ride


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:01 am 
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And post (very thorough) clean up


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:09 am 
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Since that first 3hr ride on the Marin, I’ve since taken it out twice more, for 4 hours /70km each. The only change was to fit a shorter, 110mm Marin lite quill stem. It was a bit of a challenge to get the brake cable hanger on with enough threads to engage the headset locknut but by using a Tange nut with a thread which went all the way to the bottom it just worked

And the result was a revelation. The same pingy ride quality remained the same but now the steering was razor sharp. I loved riding it.

I keep intending to fit fatter tyres and an in-line seatpost but to be honest, the bike is so good as it is I can’t really be bothered. Sure the mismatching wheels bug me from an aesthetic point of view but get it muddy enough and I don’t notice.

I’m not sure where to go with this bike now. It’s not really “premium” enough for my collection but it’s a great (and cheap) rider. I’ve just re-purchased my old candy red Dekerf and thanks to Jez, I’ve got a dekerf Ti Bar-Stem combo to go on it, and some nice/nos m900. But then will I be trapped the same way I was with the Yo of it being too nice to ride?????

Nice problems to have I guess. And at least I can ride this bike unlike the dozen “nicer” project bikes which are filling my loft.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:10 am 
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Loving the team, I owned an earlier one which was a beauty to ride, found the Yo more robust feeling and intuitive but a lot of that may have been the fork and perceived ‘super bike’ feel.

Great to see a muddy bike :)


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:11 am 
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Photos with the new stem


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