building this for the missus as a casual cyclepath bike rather than off-road blaster! picked up the frame of the evilBay for reasonable money,
to see how sloping the top tube is..
nitormors'd the paint off and rubbed down to try to remove the scores where the previous owner had tried with some sort of grinder to remove the paint!
I used progressively finer papers and ended up near to a polished finish!
... thankfully Mrs Baj wanted a green bike so i stopped there and took frame+fork to the powder coaters last week... picked it up wednesday and it looks really good imo, if anyone wants a good PC in the Cardiff area try Castle Coatings in Caerphilly.. £45
Specing it with mainly budget kit picked up from here/CRC/eGay with a view to replacing with better stuff as she breaks it!
Frame: 17" KHS Alite double butted 7005 'Lite Concept' powdercoated RAL 6025 'Fern Green'
[due to only being able to find rubbish KHS decals, I have ordered some 'Orange' decals to match the bars/stem!]
Fork: Kona Project 2 powdercoated low gloss (almost matt) black - edit - 2001 Manitou SX-E
Stem: Black 'Orange'
Handlebar: Black 'Orange'
Brakes: Promax silver
Brake Pads: Promax silver
Brake Cables: Shimano
Cantilever cable hangers: n/a
Brake Levers: neat silver ones with integral bell on left lever!
Shifters: gripshift SRT400
Front Derailleur: n/a
Rear Derailleur: Deore XT
Derailleur Cables: Shimano
Cassette: 8spd 11-30t Shimano
Cranks: black Specialized Strongarms
Crank Bolts: Shimano
Chainrings: 32t RaceFace
Chainring bolts: SS stainless
Bottom Bracket: UN54
Pedals: fat black flat plastic!
Hub Skewers: Shimano
Rims: Grey Ritchey Vantage Comps
Hubs: silver Parallax
Spokes: non-bling galv steel
Tyres: Michelin Country Gravel
Saddle: Sel Royal - big comfy black one!
Seatpost: Kalloy black
Seatpost Binder: black Halfords cheapy
Weight: 23.2lbs without cassette/chain