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PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2020 3:05 pm 
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A while back I picked up an '88 Pine Mountain; it was one I nearly bought back in the day and still had a hankering for.

These were high up in the Marin hierarchy back then - made of lugged heat treated tange prestige. The one I got was sound but not good paintwise, so the plan was to turn it into a stealthy, practical woods bike for kicking around and camping.

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So it's been coated green and some leafy patterns stencilled on; the rest of the build is black/silver themed with a nod to the old Ritchey Commandos. Wheels I built myself from some Mavic M6/7 CDs and good ol' M730 hubs.

I've got two set ups: one is Bullmoose with big levers and phat high density grips stylee.

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This is great fun for knocking around with the kids on local trails, but not really comfy enough for longer rides with camping gear.

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So to remedy this, and to replace an old 'Dale I stupidly sold, I've also put together a Dirt Drop front end. This uses flared Specialized BB1s, and non aero 105 levers; shifting is taken care of with Suntour XC thumbies. I prefer these to barend shifters as the cable runs are neater. Bar wrap is Neubaums and twine, a la Rivendell.

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So far its proved comfy and smooth and no too hefty. Looking forward to taking it on an overnighter when time and weather allows. I'm digging the old school blackburn rack: this will allow a tent toll and a big Carradice saddle bag.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2020 3:14 pm 
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Looking good 8) How do you find the shifters mounted like that, functionally? I'm undecided between Barcons, Suntour Butterfly, or maybe something like you've done there


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I'm finding the shifters work very well. I previously had them on (under) the flat section of the bar, but that was a compromise. This way you can wrangle things from the drops or hoods.

I quite like butterflys, but they take up quite a bit of room; there might be some wishbone shifters that could be made to fit the wider diameter bars too.


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