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PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 10:04 pm 
Dirt Disciple
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Claud butler, brilliant - I had a 91 Spectre, weighed a ton :roll:


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 1:48 am 
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adrian wrote:
Claud butler, brilliant - I had a 91 Spectre, weighed a ton :roll:

good light weight tip is run it without toestraps:)

seriously they were quite heavy but most mountain bikes were in those days at those price points . The kit was pretty standard compared to others in that era so not overweight due to that. The frame maybe weighed a kg more than a top end frame of the era at most. tyres were ....mmm chunky... quite a lot could be trimmed off cheaply but they were designed to be robust everyday bikes rather than potential racers. very trendy pink paint with black fork, would be a hard sell today. I still like them :)


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 11:09 am 
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Very true - they were built to last. I had a huge crash on mine, crashed into the back of a van at about 20mph. Smashed my hand to bits - the bike had a couple of scratches :shock: Oh and a wonky bar end :D

The tyres were ground controls, well worth worth the weight!!!


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 2:22 pm 
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Thanks for posting these catalogue scans up. Do you happen to know where the Claud Butler Magna fitted into the range? (probably at the lower end) I had one in 93/94 I believe, splatter green/black paint, would love to see the catalogue spec of it.
I too remember the Cape Wrath, lovely bike and an awesome sounding name! I never knew where the name came from until I visited Cape Wrath last year :lol: (it's at the top of Scotland btw).


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:03 am 
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Location: In the (father)hood!!
I've recently acquired this:
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I would describe its condition as "ridden a few times and then left in a damp shed for 22 years"
With a generous spray of finish line and a quick (indirect) blast with a jet wash,it looked like this:
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I was going to butcher it for parts, but after a lube and a ride around the block,I'm thinking it might be my maiden group ride bike!( after I lose the Lycra saddle......who actually thought they were a good idea?)


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