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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 5:48 pm 
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good gravey - just read the whole thread.

Makes my cobbled together shite look like, erm, cobbled together shite...


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2009 10:48 pm 
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Loving reading this thread, I've had my 757 Expert frame sitting in the garage for the past 5 months - you've really given me some inspiration to pull my finger out and get it done for the summer (not to mention finishing the gf's Beast as well...)

Top, top work 8)


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2010 6:04 pm 
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Having an hour ago aquired a Proflex (Beast, I think - altho' decals and paint not original so difficult to tell knowing nowt about them other than they always quite intrigued me!) I have just read thro' this.

Depressing, seeing what COULD be done with it and KNOWING that I have nothing like the patience to do so!

Fantastic job.

I think I'll just ride mine while the off-tarmac ground is hard and then split and sell (the Profile Ti bars are quite nice!).


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 12:24 pm 
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Any updates?? Loving this thread, nice attention to detail squire!


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 5:22 pm 
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Thanks for the comments :-)

As per normal :oops: :lol: I haven’t got very much to report, other commitments have ment build time has been limited, but I have been keeping my eye out for quality parts when the price is right 8)

M970 rear (with Ti bolt kit) :

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M971 front (with Ti bolt kit) :

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I also picked up a Dura ace / XTR chain. So far I have managed to acquire (all new / boxed and all 970 or 971) brake / shifter combo levers, V brakes (f&r), both mechs and the chain cheaper than the rrp of just the combo levers :shock: 8)

Crank and cassette seem to be the hard items to pick up cheap but I will keep looking … :?

Father Christmas delivered a nice USE carbon post courtesy of ‘Corduroyboy’ :

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If he says something is like new, it really is like new 8) 8)

I also sourced a spare set of vectors (off ‘mackem’) so I now have a full spare front end in case of any future ‘mishaps’ :lol: :

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Just how flat have those elastomers gone ? :shock: :

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I did manage to prep the swing arm which really just consisted of flatting the scratches out and cleaning up the casting / forging ready for powder :

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Note the chamfer on the front pivot. This was apparently a factory mod to allow more front mech clearance when on the granny ring. Hopefully it will work with the XTR mech – if not the granny ring will be coming off because the mech wont be ! :lol:

WD :D


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Inspiring stuff as always WD-Pro.


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never noticed that chamfer before :shock: :D


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If you're running compact rings, the clearence should be fine, if chainset is standard size, I modified my front mech to avoid the frame clash.

Looking forward to updates.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 10:35 pm 
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WD Pro wrote:
Father Christmas delivered a nice USE carbon post courtesy of ‘Corduroyboy’ :

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If he says something is like new, it really is like new 8) 8)



:D

Though I get the feeling that you could even improve the finish of the USE 'post!

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2010 11:02 am 
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Loving this thread. I had been following your posts on the proflex forum, but you have a lot more on here.

Great to see the way this has evolved. I ended up getting around the mech/swingarm clearance issue by going 1x9 with my setup.

I'll be checking back here though to see how it continues to evolve.


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