Couple of months ago I get an email+attachments from my buddy. "I've got a harlequin project (one of his deceased brother's half finished bikes), are ya interested?". Always interested in one of my former riding partner's bikes. Bring 'er round.
He came by the next day with the Sovereign. I had looked at the cell phone pics the previous night and started to plan what needed to go on it (seat, post, BB, crank, pedals, brakes), and what I wanted to swap out (bars, stem). Got a seat/post in it, got 'er up in the stand, and started to wrench (after opening a few Cameron's).
Put a Hope Ti BB I had in the shell, a XTR cassette on the freehub.
I don't know about the plastic bars, or the yellow stem, but those are easy fixes with what I have on the shelf.
My 2 biggest concerns were pedals (I didn't have much in the way of platforms lying around), and brakes. I have some Avid Ultimate levers and Machine Tech cantis handy. I prefer matching brakes, but.........problem solved. Buddy started laughing and pulled a pair of decent shape 730s and a set of Grafton brakes out of his messenger bag. Gotta love swag.
Time was short, so we fired up the BBQ to make lunch and retired to the house to eat and catch the TPC coverage. Back at it tomorrow.
Months later, the bike is finally where I want it. Went with Altek levers and polished some NOS Avid Tri-Align IIs I found buried at the LBS instead of the Graftons, which I could not get along with. Here's a few shots from a ride along the Bruce Trail on the escarpment by my house.
Frame: 95 Brodie Sovereign in B.C. Racing green
Fork: Brodie Gatorblade
Headset: Shimano XT
Stem: Ibis Titanium
Handlebar: Answer Hyperlite
Grips: Onza Ules
Brakes: Avid Tri-Align II
Brake Pads: Kool Stop Eagle Claw
Brake Cables: Shimano
Cantilever cable hangers: Avid Tri-Dangles
Brake Levers: Altek
Shifters: Shimano XT Thumbies
Front Derailleur: Shimano m900 XTR
Rear Derailleur: Shimano m900 XTR
Derailleur Cables: Shimano
Cassette: Shimano m900 XTR
Chain: Shimano HG
Cranks: Race Face Turbine
Crank Bolts: Syncros Crank 'o Matic
Chainrings: Race Face/Syncros
Chainring bolts: Race Face
Bottom Bracket: Shimano UN-91
Pedals: Shimano m730
Hub Skewers: Salsa
Rims: Araya RM-17
Hubs: Shimano m730
Tires: Panaracer Smoke/Dart
Saddle: Selle Italia Flite
Seatpost: Syncros Hardcore
Seatpost Binder: Brodie
Weight: As always, don't care