Part 4 of 4: The finished article ridden and rated
Chainstay Protector: Pace Carbon Armour
Heard bad things about these not sticking but with the Pace theme I thought I’d take a chance. I prepared the chainstay exactly as I was directed to by the instructions, stuck it down and then went the extra mile by securely taping it into postion for a couple of week with masking tape. Looked great when I removed the masking tape, for all of a day, then peeled. I’ve secured it with helicopter tape in the end, how disappointing are modern Pace products!
The Finished Article
Frame: Orange Clockwork (17.5” C-T)
Fork: Pace RC-30 (1” a-head steerer)
Headset: M-Part 1”
Stem: Syncros 140mm 0 Deg (1 1/8” shimmed to 1”)
Handlebar: Pace Renthal RC-130
Grips: ODI Attack (cut down in size)
Barends: X-Lite Ski
Brakes: Shimano XTR M900 with titanium M6 pivot bolts
Brake Pads: Shimano XTR M900 (non cartridge)
Brake Cables: Shimano XTR (modern v-brake type)
Cantilever cable hangers: Shimano XTR M900 with titanium M6 bolts
Brake Levers: Shimano XTR M900 STI
Shifters: Shimano XTR M900 STI with titanium M5 bolts
Front Derailleur: Shimano XTR M900 28.6mm Bottom Pull
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XTR M900 with Venhill titanium break away bolt.
Derailleur Cables: Shimano XTR (modern)
Cassette: Shimano XTR M900 P-Type 12-28t
Chain: SRAM PC890
Cranks: Shimano XTR M900 175mm
Crank Bolts: Middleburn Self-Extracting
Chainrings: Shimano XTR M900 26/36/46t
Chainring bolts: TA specialities titanium inner and Middleburn alloy outer
Bottom Bracket: Shimano UN-73 68x107mm
Pedals: Shimano M737 SPD
Hub Skewers: Shimano XTR M900
Rims: Mavic M231 CD 32h front, Mavic M261 CD 36h rear
Hubs: Shimano XTR M900 32h front, Shimano XTR M900 36h rear
Tyres: Ritchey Z-Max 26x2.1” amberwall
Saddle: Selle Italia Flite titanium
Seatpost: Shimano XTR M910 26.8mm
Seatpost Bolt: Campagnolo
As I wrote at the very start I've always had a thing for the Orange Clockwork, they are a British mtb icon of the era I relate to the most. I'm proud with the way mine has turned out, it's a real head turner and specced to a level that back in the day would be beyond my wildest dreams.
There have been a few things with this build that i've been disappointed with. Firstly, the rear wheel that needed repair. In the end the freewheel was fine, it was rough edges on the spindle cones that were catching and restricting the freewheel. Fortunately it was a cheap fix, but not what you'd expect from an expensive set of wheels. Secondly, I was disappointed with the modern Pace chainstay protector. Crap unless you have a perfectly flat chainstay to stick it to. Finally, the frame seems to suffer with seatpost slippage, i'll rough up the seat tube internals and see if this sorts the problem.
I've had a couple of very short rides on it so far and it all feels very nice indeed. I'm going to take it out for a longer ride this evening to shake it down properly. The gears and brakes are excellent as you'd expect, i'm really getting the hang of setting up this M900 XTR now and it's working just as good as it looks.
The only negatives I can think of are the seatpost slippage, poor mud clearance for a British mtb and perhaps the top tube is a dab shorter than i'd like.
Thanks for looking.