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 Post subject: Syncros cranks...
PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 5:30 pm 
Dirt Disciple
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Yikes! They are pretty proud of those, even if they are NOS... Still a very, very nice crank set which will finish off your ride in style... I'll give you first dibs on my set if I part out the Ventana; just in case you want to keep the "show cranks" pristine for special occasions...:smile:

Speaking of stylish rides, do you have some pictures of the Bontrager posted somewhere?

How did you wind up in Switzerland?


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 6:43 pm 
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http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=172034

[url]http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=172034

Have since added downtube decal, carbon brake booster, thomson setback post (salsa didn't hold the ti rails on the saddle very well), blue salsa seat collar, and a blue C. King spacer under the stem. Bontrager/Titec titanium bar is on the way as well. Just need to find some decent new hoops and I'll stop molesting it. Once I get the new bits fitted and it stops raining here I'll post new pics.

Switzerland? I'll save that for a PM. Amazing place to live/ride. [/url][url][/url]


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 Post subject: Bontrager race
PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 6:59 pm 
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You had me going for a minute there, just looked like an empty post.

Nice ride! That frame just has great lines. The Marzocchi is perfect on it and with the new Syncros cranks... Sweet!


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 7:44 pm 
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That was an empty post, must've hit the wrong button or something.

My bike has a Pace RC-31 rigid fork, not a Marzocchi.

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=172034

Made several changes since I posted the photos, Thomson setback post, some blue bits, and most significantly added the Bontrager decal. Looks more like a 'proper' mtb - big improvement. Have Bontrager/Titec bars on the way as well. Just need a new set of hoops then I'll be done.
I'll post more pics when I get the new stuff on and when the weather improves.


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 Post subject: Bonty
PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 12:44 am 
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Well I stand by my comment about the great lines. :smile:

When the empty post showed up I stared at it for a minute thinking something was loading. When that didn't happen, I clicked on Gallery tab at the bottom of the box and photos of your Bonty pre-restoration showed up... Knew I wasn't crazy, I definitely saw a Marzocchi...

Love the semi-electric blue! The ridged fork is even sharper than the Marzocchi. In fact the whole restoration job is first rate, and the Syncros cranks will be icing...

Well done!


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 9:30 am 
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Thanks a lot. Now if I could just find some Texas 'cue over here life would be perfect...


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http://www.retrobike.co.uk/gallery2/mai ... emId=57678
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http://www.retrobike.co.uk/gallery2/mai ... emId=15721

1999 will be better than the 1997 assuming you have STD.

http://mombat.org/Syncros.htm also good if you want to try read a bit of the 1997 in English.

and wiki's bit bout near-net forging,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forging#Ne ... pe_forging


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 Post subject: Syncros cranks...
PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 8:32 pm 
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WOW! That's great, very helpful!

Had no idea there was so much reference type material stored away in the RetroBike archives...

In the '97' catalogue the forging is the same, but the Syncros name is painted on. I haven't had time to get through all of the other years/material. It's quite literally more than I ever wanted to know... :lol:

I'm sure the exact match is in there somewhere... I'll keep digging.

Thanks!


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 12:22 am 
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BontragerSchweiz wrote:
No expert here, but I believe it's a process where the cranks were sort of 'rough' forged then milled/engraved and polished to achieve that lovely finish. Sweet cranks, I actually have the 10th anniversary set shipping over from the states for my 97 Bontrager Race in the next couple weeks. Looks exactly like yours except for an enameled badge on the drive side crankarm with a maple leaf and a 10 on it. Will post pics when it arrives.


My set are on a Merlin. ;)

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... 0&start=95

so it was you who picked these up?

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll ... NA:CA:1123


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 12:36 am 
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Guilty. They look like they have a brushed finish, don't they? Other ones I've seen seem to be polished. Had my sister in the states get them for me since the seller didn't ship to Switzerland. Still waiting...
Sweet Merlin - always lusted after one of those.


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