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    Claud Butler Cape Wrath History Timeline 1987-1997

    Certainly does - really odd that they happen to be the right year. It seems to have been an old boy's neighbourhood cruiser since around 95. He said he'd bought it that way and I believe him - he didn't know what he had & it was a steal. Couldn't see the drive side on the ad so was slightly...
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    Claud Butler Cape Wrath History Timeline 1987-1997

    Excuse the rough photo, but here is your missing link - a 1993 picked up earlier this week! Your thread was a really great help in identifying this - it seems the frame is identical to the 94. Distinguishing frame details include the distinctive 'triangle' top tube braze ons and the same thick...
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    96 Saracen Tufftrax

    Re: Potentially interested here - any photos yet?
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    1995 Raleigh M-Trax Ti1000

    Nice to see it up and running - a bit of a Trigger's broom until you've established a theme! I like that you put modern gears and tyres on like a rider though - 2 extra cogs never upset the retro ethos imo. I can't decide why the P2s look so wrong, are they bent?
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    Early Saracen Lovers Anonymous......

    Re: Thanks, I thought it went under the radar a bit.. I've spent loads of time with it now & I really think these frames were gems - it's probably the same as the Protrax, and as someone else mentioned that was full Tange DB for 97. I have to say the Charge Splashbacks are more show than go...
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    1995 Raleigh M-Trax Ti1000

    Re: I'll be interested to hear how it rides one way or another.. How heavy did it feel stripped down? There's another modern/retro build on here somewhere of one of these that looks really nice.
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    1995 Raleigh M-Trax Ti1000

    Re: Nice to see you're cracking on! Mine's been sitting a year or so. Are those 410mm P2s? I think the shorter ones would be better suited to the geometry, but then there's a school of thought that it makes no difference.. Also, is it me or does the rake look massive? I'm in favour of...
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    1995 Raleigh M-Trax Ti1000

    Re: I have one of these awaiting attention too! Looks to be original except shifters, forks and handlebars - originals are titanium I believe. Nice 'sleeper' bikes & good to know the frame was the same up the range, so well worthy of some better components. Apparently it's more or less the...
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    Saracen T*fftrax 1997

    Thanks. All the Saracen colours of this era were basically gorgeous! I can see this replacing the Lava Dome as my go to bike - it's already 2lbs+ lighter. The Kona also has a rattle can bodge paint job courtesy of the previous owner, so there's that going for it too..
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    Early Saracen Lovers Anonymous......

    OK - so this is only really 'early' in the sense that any later it would have been a garish 40lb monstrosity, but: https://flic.kr/p/25r9xD3 https://flic.kr/p/25r9t9b https://flic.kr/p/25ab2dM Freshly built and surprisingly light for a Tufftrax at a shade over 24lbs! Worth it for the powder...
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    A Torus Titanium Find Now Finished

    Re: If the welder has ensured the weld filled the cracks, you should be able to grind it flush - at least on the seat tube. With a bit of patience it could be disguised quite well..
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    Saracen T*fftrax 1997

    Just been out on the maiden voyage - first impression is that it's a fast bike! Acceleration and climbing are snappy, even if I do live in a county with no hills.. I can't believe how light it is for steel too - I thought these frames were a bit lardy, but it's built up into a respectably...
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    Saracen T*fftrax 1997

    After mothballing my '97/8 Kili last year due to regretting lacquering the polished frame, I was left with a Saracen itch to scratch. My first decent MTB was a '96 Hardtrax which was stolen - crap, but a Rolls Royce to my 12 year old self. I have fond memories of the Ritchey Z-Max amber wall...
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    Saracen Kili 1997/8

    Re: Little update on the Magical Mystery Kili then.. I dropped Saracen an email with the serial number from the frame in an effort to pinpoint exactly what this started life as. There's a slim chance I might get something useful - Kona have given me an obscure seatpost size in the past. Both...
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    Saracen Kili 1997/8

    Re: Any Lava Dome is worth the effort in my opinion! I can't help you with the kids though - have you tried the classifieds? :wink:
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