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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 4:25 pm 
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Finished this afternoon. This is an almost identical replica of the Tufftrax i had BITD. The only difference is the colour- the original was a non Comp model in blue.
I bought my Tufftrax back in the summer of 1990 from JE James cycles in Sheffield and did thousands of miles on the Moors of Yorkshire and beyond. As the miles mounted and parts wore out I began a programe of improvements. First to go was the saddle, the original lasted about a week before I tore the top off it near Hardraw force in the Dales. Next up were the forks after falling in love with a pair of Switchblades in my LBS. Over the next two year the groupset was changed to full XT. The yellow cables were swapped over from my brothers Ridgeback, he hated the yellow and I didn't mind them so to stop his moaning we did a trade- so I have recreated them on this one too.
Many happy memories on this bike. It had paniers and a Blackburn rack on it back then, which I have dug out and will be refitting for the summer and I will be back on those Moors retracing some of the epic routes that my friends and i enjoyed all those years ago.

The only thing missing from the original spec is a black Rock Ring- does anyone have one?

I hope you saracen lovers like it!

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Its now sat along side my replica Cannondale SM600- another of my bikes from BITD that I have built up. Back then I had the two bikes but I always wanted a RC100 to go with them. I now have my dream team from the early 90's complete- 18 years late but I've got there at last :wink: I'll get some pics of them all together when the sun comes out.

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Frame: 1991 saracen Tufftrax Competition, Tange MTB Tubing

Fork: Tange Switchblade Mk1

Headset: Shimano 105
Stem: Girvin Flexstem
Handlebar: Kolo Titanium
Grips: Yeti (Grab ons to be fitted)
Barends: None

Brakes: Shimano Deore XT M732
Brake Pads: Shimano Deore XT
Brake Cables: Clarkes
Cantilever cable hangers: Shimano Deore XT
Brake Levers: Shimano Deore LX

Shifters: Shimano Deore XT M732
Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT M733
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT M 733

Derailleur Cables: Clarkes
Cassette: Shimano Hyperglide
Chain: Shimano
Cranks: Shimano Deore XT M732
Crank Bolts: Generic
Chainrings: Shimano Deore XT Hyperglide, Biopace inner
Chainring bolts: Shimano
Bottom Bracket: Royce Titanium
Pedals: Shimano Deore XT M732

Hub Skewers: Ringle Ti
Rims: Wolber for Saracen
Hubs: Shimano Deore
Nipples: Alloy
Spokes: Stainless Double Butted
Tyres: Ritchey Z-max 2.1
Tubes: Specialized

Saddle: San Marco Rolls
Seatpost: Kalloy for Saracen
Seatpost Binder: Generic

Weight: 27.4 lbs

Cheers
Si


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 4:29 pm 
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Very nice Si, a proper old British mtb.

See my FS thread for black Rock Ring 110 BCD.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 5:58 pm 
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What a nice clean build, very nice indeed!


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 10:14 am 
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Might be interested in that Rock Ring- could you PM me some picks Mark?

Just heading out of the house now for it's maiden voyage. :wink:

Si


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 4:55 pm 
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Hi Si i have a nos silver rock ring you can have if needed.

Ta steve


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 5:02 pm 
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Dr S wrote:
I hope you saracen lovers like it!


For sure :lol:

Its a beaut ! I remember it on ebay looking sad with the add ons etc. A great tranformation, Really lovin the forks 8)

Bring on Saracen of the month .......................................

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:36 pm 
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Gravy Monster wrote:

Bring on Saracen of the month .......................................



Yep!

Lovely build!


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 1:42 am 
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Nice! Now all you have to do is to fit the front straddle wire correctly. :P :lol:


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 2:31 am 
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thats really lovely!
i like your ambition to reproduce the companions of your youth. unique!


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 5:36 am 
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Super clean. I love the story!! :)


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