Here are the photos, finally …
they aren’t professional jobs but I have tried to do my best with my trusty (retro
) 4.0 mp Sony DSC-P9. They don’t seem to catch the main frame colour quite right, in reality it’s a bit darker than the pics suggest.
I appreciate my bike probably isn’t to everyone’s liking but it isn’t everyone’s bike
its built how I wanted to build it and for how I want to use it
Hopefully it will get appreciated for the work I have put into it
and hopefully that doesn’t make me sound to much like a tosser …
The bike hasn’t actually changed much from how I rode it back in the early 90’s – colour wise, component choice etc i.e. I haven’t changed it to suit modern fashion / retro tastes etc. I have however taken the opportunity to add some Ti goodies that I just couldn’t afford back then and to put its condition back to (better than ?) new
It hasn’t actually cost a ‘stupid’ amount to build, because of the time it has taken
I have had the time to source the stuff when the price has been right i.e. the NOS Ritchey crank cost less than I have now seen used one’s sell for …
Its been interesting (and worrying
) to see how the cost of some of the stuff I bought early on has escalated over the time I have been building …
All details, photos and weight are with the bike set up perfectly for me and are how I will use it - the only thing I will add is a computer and a water bottle
Here goes :
: 17.5” 1990 Marin Bear Valley. Full Tange double butted Cromo. Oversize down tube. Bulge butted seat tube. De lugged. Chain stay bridge removed. Polished stainless steel bottle boss bolts. Frame number : M904010468. Finished in satin RAL7016 (anthracite grey).
: OE Marin. OE Tange (but not in the correct Marin colours
but still looking
). Non OE USA flag (but nicer than the OE ones
: Spinner Tange MTB Cromo. Spinner investment cast safety drop outs. De lugged. Fork steerer tube identification : spinner 1989 h-4 cr-mo 22.2x27. Finished in gloss RAL9005 (jet black).
: OE Tange.
: Mavic 231 profile PSP. Hand built by Dave Hinde.
: Stainless double butted. Radial front. Two cross rear.
: Shimano Deore XT 32 hole (M730 / M732).
: Michelin road XC 1.4” slicks.
: Maxxis fly weight.
: Purely custom valve caps. Purely custom collars. Rim hole adaptors. Heat shrink sleeves on valve stems.
: Shimano 7 speed hyperglide 12-21 (HG70).
Handle bar & stem
: Girvin Ti flex stem with integral Ti bars. Polished Venhill Ti expander bolt. Red elastomer. Color coded noodle. Polished Ti bolts. Hard anodized pivots & bushes. Bead blasted with polished Marin logo.
: Kolo Ti. Polished Ti bolts. Bead blasted with polished Marin logos. Onza ‘Porcupine’ end caps (bars). Onza ‘logo’ end caps (bar ends).
: Onza Ules.
: Shimano Deore XTR (M900). Loose balls. Polished Gorilla head lock. Polished stainless steel bolt.
: Shimano UN54 110mm. SRP Ti bolts. Custom stainless steel washers.
: Ritchey logic compact. Ta specialties 50, 38 rings. Polished Ti bolts. X-lite crank bolt covers.
: Xpedo inox.
: KMC X8-93.
: Selle Italia Flite Ti. Logos removed.
: USE Ti. Bead blasted with polished USE logo. Hard anodized clamp. Polished stainless steel bolts. USE hard anodized shim.
: Ringle. Ti axles (Wheel). Steel Axle (Seat). Custom parts. Hard anodized parts. Polished aluminium parts, axle ends and barrels.
: Shimano Deore XT (M735). Polished stainless steel bolts. Black aluminium washer. Black end cap (glued on).
: Shimano Deore XT short cage (M735). Polished Venhill Ti pivot bolt. Polished stainless steel bolts. Hard anodized Bullseye bottom pulley wheel. Black end cap (glued on).
: Shimano Deore XT 7 speed thumb shifters (M732). Modified clamps. Stainless steel bolts.
: Shimano Deore (MT63). Modified clamps. Stainless steel bolts. Re-Zinced components.
: Shimano Deore (M732). Polished stainless steel bolts. Custom stainless steel washers. Re-Zinced components. Kool stop quick claw replaceable pads.
/ housings : Shimano Deore XTR. Black end caps (glued on). I-Link frame protection.
/ housings : Shimano Deore XT (mt730). Custom stainless steel ferrules. Black end caps (glued on). I-Link frame protection.
: Hard anodized avid tri-dangle cable carriers.
(Is it sad to line up the ‘Shimano’ text ?
: Specialized composite road cage.
Chain stay protector
: Shimano Deore XT shark fin (M730)
: Finish Line ceramic.
: Finish Line ceramic.
: Halfords copper grease.
: Loctite 243.
GT85 for general cleaning.
(exactly as above) : 10.95 Kg / 24.14 lb’s.
Edited to add the pictures and text. Happy with the pics on this post so I will probably won’t edit this again.