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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2011 1:06 am 
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Hello everybody,

You all know this is my first proyect here at Retrobike. This is a long story but really interesting. This happend the day
I bought a Raleigh titanium frame whith a small repair made on the downtube a few years ago. We thought that it was a Torus
FS model but not really sure. I looked for info and notice that is was similar to a Raleigh John Tomac Design Series.

As most of you I always loved that titanium-carbon bike that rode John Tomac in 1992.

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So I finally decide to change that frame into a Raleigh John Tomac Signature Model. I fitted some carbon vinyl on it and a
new set of decals (Thanks very much Gil) and here is the result.

Frame: Raleigh John Tomac Signature Model????

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Anyway I´m looking for one original frame but it´s too difficult to find one. I know it´s not original like Rumpfy´s or Vitorzip´s
but I really like it.

So I started my "personal hunt"............. and, more than a year after, I finally found all the pieces in NOS or nearly new condition.

Fork: Tioga Showa (NOS)
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Headset: Tioga Alchemy (NOS)
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Stem: Tioga Alchemy con Tioga Top cap (NOS)
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Handlebar: Tioga DL2001 (NOS)
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Seatpost: Tioga Carbo (NOS)
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Saddle: Selle Italia Flite Titanium (NOS)
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Bars: Tioga Powerstuds (Not totally original) (NOS)
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Shifters: Grip Shift SRT-500 (Like new)
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Rear mech: Shimano XTR RD-M900 (Like new)
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Front mech: Shimano XTR FD-M901 (NOS)
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Cassete: Shimano XTR CS-M900 12-32 (Like new)
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Brake Levers: Grafton Re-Entry (Like New)
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Cantilevers: Grafon Mag-Lites (Like new)
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Grips: ATI Mushrooms (NOS) (I would go for ODI Tomac but these are ok too)
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Crankset: Tioga Revolver (NOS)
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Front wheel: Tioga Front Suspension Hub laced to a 32h Mavic M231cd with Phil wood spokes and nipples (all new but the rim, you know I´m looking for a NOS one)
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Rear wheel: XT M737 laced to a Mavic M231cd with Tioga Disk Drive
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Skewers: Ringlé Ti-Stix (Like new)
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Tyres: Tioga Psycho K 26x1.95 ambar (NOS) (You know I´m looking for a skinwall pair too but.....)
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Pedals: Time Atac (NOS)
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Chain: Shimano XTR HG91 8v (New)

Bottle cage: King cage titanium. (New) (waiting for it)

Cable set: Shimano XTR. (Nes) (Waiting for Gore Ride On)

Brake pads: Tioga (Only for the pics, I´ll take a set of ceramic Kool Stop ones)

Now.... This is the result. I hope you all like it. This has been my dream bike for years and now is in the garage!!

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A piece of MTB history!!!

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Clasic??. Of course it is!!

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Finally found them..... Grafton Mag Lites!!!!

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The IMPOSSIBLE Seatpost...

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Nice cranks.

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Special thanks to: Steelboy (Retrobike), Scant (Retrobike), Lee-m.c (Retrobike), Mfh126 (Retrobike), Caramba Kid (Retrobike),
TedC (Retrobike), Korbenn (Retrobike), younggeoff (Retrobike), Josele (ForoMTB), Paraja (ForoMTB), Erjabié (ForoMTB) and
all members from RB and ForoMtb.

It wouldn´t be possible without your help!!! Thanks,
Daniel.


Last edited by danielmochuelo on Wed Sep 14, 2011 11:41 pm, edited 5 times in total.

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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2011 1:39 am 
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Not a lot I can say to that dan.....great work!.....


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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2011 4:23 am 
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WOW :shock:
That fork would be rare as a rare thing.
By the way, I've got some ODI Tomacs, but I wouldn't let you cut the end off them. Best grip ever.


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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2011 5:20 am 
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Very nice! Good work with all the NOS stuff too! :D


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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2011 8:35 am 
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Great work there chap - it look fantastic - also you can ride it without fear of a 20 year old bond coming apart on you - best of both worlds!

Much respect for finding all those original NOS parts too -some of those must have been tricky - (it still amazes me how much is still out there) - that is dedication right there!

Hope you enjoy it :D (get it in BOTM soon!) ;)


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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2011 11:15 am 
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feetabix wrote:
Not a lot I can say to that dan.....great work!....


Thanks very much!!!!

KiwiJohn wrote:
........That fork would be rare as a rare thing.
By the way, I've got some ODI Tomacs, but I wouldn't let you cut the end off them. Best grip ever.......


The fork is pretty rare but a mate provide me with this one a few months ago. I was lucky then. Be sure that ODI Tomacs are the best grips ever and be sure that I wouldn´t cut the end off them :wink:

FST4RD wrote:
Very nice! Good work with all the NOS stuff too!


Thanks, It´s been too difficult..... As you know I´m still looking for a 32h Mavic 231CD and a pair of Psychos Skinwall. I´ll wait for them....

nevadasmith wrote:
Great work there chap - it look fantastic - also you can ride it without fear of a 20 year old bond coming apart on you - best of both worlds!

Much respect for finding all those original NOS parts too -some of those must have been tricky - (it still amazes me how much is still out there) - that is dedication right there!

Hope you enjoy it Very Happy (get it in BOTM soon!)..


I´m glad you like it!!. I´ll rode it soon next week, it´s fantantic!

"it still amazes me how much is still out there"...... Me too!!


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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2011 11:28 am 
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what a great bike! Those cranks are amazing, and the fork is very cool too 8)


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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2011 12:13 pm 
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Great replica. What year is the Torus frame? 1994?


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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2011 12:33 pm 
Lincs, East and South Yorks Deputy AEC
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sweet mate,glad your chuffed,looks a very cool bike,hows it ride?


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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2011 12:45 pm 
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That has to be the best "bike that isn't" I've ever seen! a true homage to the original, well done. I can hardly believe you managed to find all those parts, either NOS or almost as new, just goes to show the stuff is out there if you look hard enough :D


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