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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 6:45 pm 
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Several months ago I took a little trip to check out a bike I found on my local Craigslist. When we arrived, this is what was wheeled out...

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Oh yeah...it was being ridden like that... :shock:

This is a pic of it after I threw a bunch of parts at it in an effort to just get it rideable...

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The POS fork made that a pointless effort. I eventually stripped all those temporary parts off and proceeded to slowly piece it together. I pulled off the SR fork and went with a Tange rigid fork that I painted to match the red on the frame. I had originally planned to keep most of the Suntour XC Pro parts but they just didn't want to cooperate, so most of them came off. In their place I went with some old Gripshift shifters I originally had on my '94 Kona Cinder Cone. Shimano XT derailleurs replaced the XC Pro front and Expert rear. The wheelset was swapped for a Bullseye/Mavic setup with IRC Mythos XC tires. The seatpost, bar-ends, cranks and brake levers were also pulled from my old Kona. The Ritchey stem is from my wife's Bridgestone MB3. :P Don't remember where the bars came from but they work well with everything else.

I haven't had a chance to take it out for anything more than a ride around the block but I can tell it's gonna be a fun ride!

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 7:06 pm 
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Wow, that looked fantastic now, a big difference how you change the bike and think you did an excellent job, the bike went from an ugly duck to a lovely swan, nice one :)


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 8:18 pm 
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What a can of WD-40 can do :)




Congratulations, what a metamorphose! Are you planning to serious riding it or will it be more be used like a garage queen?


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 8:45 pm 
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Elev12k wrote:
What a can of WD-40 can do :)




Congratulations, what a metamorphose! Are you planning to serious riding it or will it be more be used like a garage queen?
My main ride is a modern f/s...but I like to take my older bikes out once in a while as well. This one will see some trail time. :D


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 9:59 pm 
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There's a whole lot more to that bike than first meets the eye - congrats on a fine job!

Mr K


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 10:45 pm 
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what a transformation. thats a really interesting build. looked at the "new" pictures ant thought, hmm nice and shiney. then LOOKED at the pics. lovely


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 11:10 pm 
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Top work, especially in seeing how to make the transformation.


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Fantastic restoration on a scarce bike, lovely :)


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2008 10:12 pm 
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neilll wrote:
Fantastic restoration on a scarce bike, lovely :)
I figured it deserved better... :D


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2008 10:24 pm 
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loooking real fine!


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