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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:11 am 
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Location: BURGOS. Castilla y León. ESPAÑA
This was in the 90's one of my favorites bicycles. I've been looking for one new or in perfect condition, for a long time. And it was in 2018 when I have found it in Germany.

It looks great in the advertisment, but have some parts changed: The stem :roll: and a cheap seat. It looks like some one was using this bicycle as a city bike and was not very confortable riding it.

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The price was very high but it looks good, so I bought it. After some problems with the shipment, the bicycle arrives in Portugal in a city 200 km away from where it worked in that moment and I called DHL and I told them I would go to pick it up.

So after a trip in a foreign country I picked it up. At first I did not like what I saw. But with some wrenches, a little soap, oil and a few weeks of dedication and patience, the truth is that I really had hit the mark. It starts to looks very good this projet. I started to love it.

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All this time, about 7 months, I have been buying a new saddle ( a NOS flite ti) and one friend give me a fantastic stem. I have boutgh new tires, maxxis flyweight inner tubes, some aluminium screws bottle cages, new brake pads, new wire system and the control tech handlebar couplings and that is all. Well I have a NOS Manitou Mach 5 and new elastomers so I will try it.

The original seat post was in very bad condition, so I bought one new but it was 27.2 . So I have now a seat post in two tones :wink:

My main problem is space, but I have been lucky enough to solve it. Today I have started to assemble the bicycle. This weekend I will finish it ... I hope.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 2:15 pm 
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Done. And with a surprise. It is the lightest bicycle I own ... what happens with new bIcycles, this one with all that stuff weighs only 10.7kg :shock: And after more than 20 years sellers and brands still says that they bicycles are more light than previous models ... yes, true ... :roll: :evil:

The last detail will be a NOS Cat Eye Mity 2 :D


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Nice. 8)


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:09 pm 
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Nice bike ....I always wanted to ask about it? only that 1996 Marin used japanese Areto tubing, good?bad? or what reason?
year ago and year after always Tange tubing :?:


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:20 pm 
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I will check wich type of tubing this model use, but it is quite light so for me is a good frame. Tange was a common tubing, Areto not.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:49 am 
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:47 pm 
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It is quite fast. I have done some Km on it and it is different. Quite responsive, brakes are a bit sharp (kool stop pads) I like the XT shifters more than moderns, very fast changes.

I like, it is a bicycle for short and fast routes. For races likes the 90´s, about 35-45km and narow paths.

Spec Sheet:
Frame: Marin Team Issue- cromoly custom
Fork: Manitou Mach 5
Headset: Diatech
Stem: Marin 120mm or Ritchey 100mm
Handlebar: Marin Lite
Grips: Bontrager Race Lite
Barends: Control Tech

Brakes: Shimano XT
Brake Pads: Cool Stop Dual compound
Brake Cables: Shimano
Brake Levers: Shimano XT

Shifters: Shimano XT
Front Derailleur: Shimano XT
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT
Derailleur Cables: Shimano
Cassette: Sram
Chain: Sram
Cranks: White Industries
Chainrings: Sugino
Chainring bolts: Aluminium Extreme
Bottom Bracket: Shimano UN-54
Pedals: Shimano 520, XT or Ritchey Paradigm V5

Hub Skewers: Shimano XT and White Industries.
Rims: Mavic 220
Hubs: Front White Industries, rear Shimano XT
Nipples: Swiss DT
Spokes: Swiss DT
Tyres: Schwalve Rocket Ron and Nobby Nic
Tubes: Maxxis and Schwalve

Saddle: Selle Italia Flite titanium.
Seatpost: Marin Lite

Weight: 10,77kg


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