Where to begin. I have always been a huge fan of what Spooky Cycles has done. As a kid I was at the races drooling over their too-cool-for-school frames, bikes, and riders. All I could afford was the t-shirts, which I still have many of. When I was a bit older and had better funds I searched my little heart out to find a used Spooky but found none on the market at the time (early 2000s). Eventually I found a used Supertouch cross frame and bought it as quick as I could. I was aware this bike existed but hadn't actually ever seen one. I decided to turn it into my fixed gear commuter bike (this was before having a fixed gear was a trend). I built it up with the help of Harris cyclery in Boston, Massachusetts. I walked in and they had my wheelset hanging on the wall. White Industries Eno with red ano Mavic MA-3 rims. I set it up as a flip flop so I could do a little off road coasting. It has gone through many conversions over the years, mainly staying a singlespeed for it's early lie with me. Last year someone here in New York City stole my rear wheel because they knew what it was and that it was worth something. The only other wheel I had was a Shimano Nexus 7 speed internally geared behemoth. I set that up and rode it all Winter long with good result. Recently I came across a new wheelset for it, a used and inexpensive set of Mavic Heliums. It had been used as a cross wheelset and that is exactly what I have built the bike up for now. Well, I have a larger front chainring for now in order to commute on it as needed. This has been my main commuter bike since I bought it and has been a trusty companion in all weather and terrains. Without further ado, here is my Spooky Supertouch cross bike as I have it built now.
In all it's red anodized glory!
The new drivetrain. The Race Face crank has been on it for several years now, but the addition of the Paul rear der. is a crowning acheivement. I got it on another classified about 10 years ago for pennies because the previous owner had bent it a little and hadn't gotten it to really work right. So without ever trying to set it up I hung it from my rear view in the car for a few years. For this incarnation of the Spooky I figure I'd try it out and see if the slight bend in the cage would be an issue. As it turns out the cage isn't bent to much that it goes into the spokes and I was able to get it to shift reasonably well! I added a 42 tooth Sugino ring. I have a 34t Race Face for when I want to take it off road.
Crank close up.
Some nice dings and scuffs on the der. The pulley bolt heads are mighty stripped but the pulleys themselves spin smoothly and are relatively new.
Here is the front end, with 1" Kinesis aluminum cross fork (custom spooky decals), handlebar off a Bianchi Milano, XT rapidfire lever combo, and Paul E-Lever doing front duty on a Paul Neo-Retro. Add in a King no logo Nothreadset and a Kore Elite stem from back in the day and I'm golden! Pedro's lock on grips. I have no head tube or downtube decals at the moment but got some new ones when visiting the new Spooky headquarters in Massachusetts a few months back (Spooky has re-opened it's doors after a several year hiatus).
The paint is very scratched up and has lost any luster it once had. Same with the fork, it seems to have lost any type of shine years ago.
Detail of headset.
Detail of Unicrown and downtube gusset.
Original sticker on downtube, and obvious paint wear.
Here is where there should be a rear canti but the current shifter combo doesn't allow it. I'm hoping to add original red Paul Love levers and a shifter pod instead of the combo to make this more true to form.
Finally we have the serial number on the bb shell. When I was at the new Spooky headquarters I talked to them about this bike and they told me that only 12 of these were ever made! They had manufacturing issues of some sort. Maybe Mickey can chime in here and tell us all a bit more about the frame building process (pretty sure he is on here somewhere). I have run into several old Spooky employees while riding this bike around New York City and it has been confirmed that FTW was not involved in welding this particular frame.
I'd be glad to answer any questions anyone has about it or it's past incarnations. I know this isn't exactly a mountain bike but the parts list on here seemed appropriate for this thread. If the Mods feel like moving it go ahead.