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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 5:41 pm 
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Afternoon peeps :)

OK so I got my Banana back from the powder coaters, £60 for banana yellow, not bad at all.

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I have decals coming tomorrow then I can mask them on, decide where I want them and then get it off to paint the other half black, apply decals and then am on my way.

So, first part I am going to want is bottom bracket, which one should I get?

This is where my head hurts and I get confused and fed up so I could do with some pukka advice.

The bike had a square tapered bottom bracket thing, so do I replace that for a new one? But the thing is, I have seen some Banana's with an outer bottom bracket.

Ideally I would like something as light as possible and the sealed bearing bottom brackets must weigh a ton but then you have durability.

As you can see I haven't got a clue what I am doing :lol: or which way to turn :oops:

So.. can someone please advise me, what are my options when it comes to rebuilding this Banana, I think I am going to go old skool and a bit of new stuff as I want to be able to ride this regular and with weight being a consideration so I go new bottom bracket, if so which one, what are my crank options, what size do I want, my original looks in great condition, do I get a compact or stick with what I have, so many questions, so little knowledge lol.

Any advice (and links) would really help and be much appreciated, ideally I would like to know a) what my options are and b) what you would do at this stage and I can take it from there.

Thanks a bunch.

Matt 8)


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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 2:34 am 
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A nice silver polished modern Campagnolo Athena Gruppo could be a nice modern option


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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 2:29 pm 
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Thanks for that, I will check them out :)


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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 2:39 pm 
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Choose your crank and that will determine the bottom bracket you require. Good luck getting the old one out, seeming as it appears to been powdercoated over... :shock:


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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 2:58 pm 
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Are the dropouts just plain metal plate and not forged?


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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 4:03 pm 
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Midlife wrote:
Are the dropouts just plain metal plate and not forged?


Yes, just flat plates stamped out with no mech hanger.


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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 6:16 pm 
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Thanks again guys. I'll decide on what crank I want to run then.

I left the bottom bracket cups in to protect the threads when the frame was shot blasted and I packed it inside, the cups came off easy as I scored around the powder coat.

I'll give this a light sand off and it a going for black paint next so should cover any would be problems.


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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 7:06 pm 
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I thought the dropouts looked stamped..... I wonder where in the pecking order it came?


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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 7:10 pm 
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Midlife wrote:
I thought the dropouts looked stamped..... I wonder where in the pecking order it came?


Very very low unfortunately.

There are 531c versions though,.


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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2018 7:47 pm 
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legrandefromage wrote:
Midlife wrote:
I thought the dropouts looked stamped..... I wonder where in the pecking order it came?


Very very low unfortunately.

There are 531c versions though,.


And a handful of gold plated 531c versions :)


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