1992 Off Road Toad

Wow! Beautiful ORT, great to hear the fit is good. I can't see one part I'd need to change out, very well spec'd IMO. There always is one more better part though isn't there ;)?
Thanks for the positive feedback everyone! Canuckbiker you’re definitely right that as soon as something seems perfect, there’s always a better part/change/upgrade that can be thought of.

Before I started messing further with my bike there was someone else in the family who was a bit jealous of my Toad! So a couple changes were made to accommodate him and slightly pair us up… his ride was the more classic ORT green after all…


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I wanted to cater a little bit more to the black & white theme the bike had going… though I also wanted to introduce a little bit of titanium to the build as the acquisition of the Toad had me move along my Merlin.

The BOSS cranks look the part, but they are HEAVY! I decided to swap in black XT parts where possible… in the form of the front canti brake, hubs, and crankset.

I swapped the black Tange bars out for a titanium bar with a little bit more of a sweep and more width (I believe a titanium Titec Flat Tracker bar?). The first gen Syncros post was swapped to a titanium Kona O-Beam post, and two titanium bottle cages were added to achieve a little splash of titanium that I find has a satisfying balance.

The only other two changes of note would be that I removed the Ringle skewers and replaced them with classic XT, for a bike which I ride I just love to feel a satisfying degree of grab which the Ringle never assure me of… the toe cages on the previous m730 pedals were too long for my feet, and instead of swapping them out on the same pedals I opted for a set of the more low profile m735 with cages that fit my feet and Mt.Christophe straps.

And out for a ride around town to do some errands. It feels great with this set up, I took the long route everywhere I needed to go, and as usual when running errands I popped into a couple bike shops to see if there were any gems to find… this is definitely a bike that in Vancouver always manages to attract a bit of attention at the bike rack. I’ve not had it too long, but have had plenty of strangers reminiscing of their visits to the classic Mountain & Beach shop where these were spawned.


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Oh, of course… at this point my child noticed I hadn’t stuck with the funny skull & crossbones valve covers that were on the bike when we picked it up. Not really my thing, but they’re back…
Looks really nice with the (slightly unexpected) ti accents and the black XT bits mate.

Mostly I just love hearing how much you love riding it!
Frame: 1992 Off-Road Toad TIG built by Chris DeKerf

Fork: Paul Brodie fillet brazed unicrown/straight blade

Headset: Shimano XT HP-M735
Stem: Paul Brodie ICR fillet brazed
Handlebar: Titanium Titec Flat Tracker
Grips: ODI Attack

Front Brake: Shimano XT
Rear Brake: Shimano XT BR-M733
Brake Pads: XT
Brake Cables/Housing: Shimano 6mm
Cantilever cable hanger:Avid Tri-Align Blk
Brake Levers: Shimano XT BL-M733

Shifters: Shimano XT SL-M732
Front Derailleur: Shimano XT FD-M735
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT RD-M735
Derailleur Cables: Shimano
Cassette: Shimano XT CS-HG90-7
Chain: Shimano XT CN-HG90
Cranks: Shimano XT Blk FC-M730-SG
Crank Bolts: Titanium
Chainrings: Shimano XT SG
Chainring bolts: Shimano
Bottom Bracket: Shimano XT BB-M730
Pedals: Shimano XT PD-M735

Hub Skewers: Shimano XT
Rims: Ritchey Vantage Comp
Hubs: Shimano XT Blk FH-M732/HB-M730
Nipples: brass
Spokes: Wheelsmith
Tyres: Ritchey Megabite 2.0
Tubes: Generic

Saddle: Avocet Racing II
Seatpost: Titanium Kona O-Beam
Seatpost Binder: Shimano XT SQ-M730


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