'93 Peugeot Team Line 2000 autopsy

foxb13

Retro Guru
Dear RBers,

Please find in the following posts the autopsy of my 100% catalogue specs (including the tires and inner tubes!) '93 Peugeot Team Line 2000 MTB. As usual, since English is not my mother tongue, feel free to correct my sentences, spelling, grammar, etc. Thanks!

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Frame: Peugeot TL2000F3, 46cm size

Fork: Marzocchi XC 400, 1 1/8" (5.5") threaded steerer/crown

Headset: Stronglight X15, 1 1/8"
Stem: Ritchey Force Comp Mountain, 130mm 10° rise
Handlebar: Ritchey ProLite, 560mm
Grips: ProGrip 745 MTB
Barends: None

Brakes: Shimano XTR BR-M900-F (front), Shimano XTR BR-M900-R (rear)
Brake Pads: Shimano XTR BR-M900
Brake Cables: Shimano SLR
Cantilever cable hangers: Shimano A/73
Brake Levers: Shimano XTR ST-M900

Shifters: Shimano XTR ST-M900 Rapidfire Plus
Front Derailleur: Shimano XTR FD-M900, 28.6mm
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XTR RD-M900 (Middle Cage)
Derailleur Cables: Shimano SIS
Cassette: Shimano XTR CS-M900-8P (8-Speed, P-Group, 12-32 teeth)
Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace CN-7401, 108 links
Cranks: Shimano XTR FC-M900, 175mm
Crank Bolts: Shimano Crank Arm Fixing Bolt Units
Chainrings: Shimano SG-X F-26/36/46
Chainring bolts: Shimano Double Gear (M8 x 8.5) and Inner Gear (M8 x 13.5) Fixing Bolts
Bottom Bracket: Shimano XTR BB-UN91, 68 x 107mm English thread
Pedals: MKS MXP-110

Hub Skewers: Miche
Rims: Mavic M231 Ceramic, 36 holes
Hubs: Shimano XTR HB-M900 (front), Shimano XTR FH-M900 (rear), 36 holes
Nipples: ?
Spokes: ?
Tyres: Hutchinson On The Rocks II, 26 x 2.10
Tubes: Hutchinson Butyl

Saddle: Selle Italia Flite, titanium rails
Seatpost: Ritchey Comp Mountain 26.8 x 330mm
Seatpost Binder: Miche

Weight: 12.2kg, including pedals
 
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foxb13

Retro Guru
While chasing my first real MTB (a '92 Peugeot Team Line 1000 "Grisley" stolen in 1997), I stumbled across an ad for the top-of-the-range and rare 2000 model. Though not the bike I was looking for, it was only a few kilometers from me, so I couldn't resist. Even better, it finally appears to have been hardly used. On closer inspection, it even seems to be in original condition, including the tires, with only a few paint chips. All it really needed was a good TLC and service. And also some adjustments to make it 100% catalogue specs: removing the extras (water cage bottle, non-stock barends and computer support), adding the missing clipless pedals and replacing the grips, cut to let the barends fit the handlebar.
 

foxb13

Retro Guru
Team Line by Peugeot was somewhat similar to Raleigh's Special Products Division: race-oriented bikes with carefully selected components and competitive prices w.r.t. USA-made equivalents. In 1993, the Team Line range is comprised of the Easton E9 1000 "Grisley", and Columbus Nivacrom 1500 and 2000 models [1]. The pictures in the '93 catalogue however depict the '92 models. You have to look at the '94 catalogue [2] to find pictures of the actual '93 bikes, though the model references and specs are highly folklore with a total mismatch between the listed components and pictured bikes.

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foxb13

Retro Guru
The Team Line 2000 frame was made in France around Columbus reinforced special Nivacrom steel tubeset, dubbed MAX EL (Extra Leggeri) by Peugeot in its later catalogues. That is, the frame is built with Columbus OS (OverSize) EL steel tubeset, except for the down tube that comes from the MAX series, showing oriented ellipsoidal sections at both ends to increase frame stiffness, vertically at the head tube junction and horizontally at the bottom bracket junction.

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foxb13

Retro Guru
The frame construction is awesome though I was unable to determine the welding process (TIG or fillet-brazed). The "welds" per se are nearly indistinguishable, as in the in-external welding process by MBK/Motobecane and Gitane in the late 80s and early 90s. In some later catalogues, Peugeot makes reference to pulse TIG and cold-brazed frame constructions. It's also highly possible that the manufacturing process evolves around the years, as for the tubeset, since the final incarnation of the Team Line 2000 was built around Columbus Genius rather than MAX EL tubeset.

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foxb13

Retro Guru
To my knowledge, the 2000 model was only available in the satin purple livery in 1993. Some paint chips here and there allowed me to see that the frame is in reality painted in purple color with a bright finish and then a satin clear coating is applied above.

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foxb13

Retro Guru
The 2000 model was suspended by a Marzocchi XC 400 air-oil fork providing ~50mm of travel, IIRC. I was a little bit anxious while cleaning the bike, as the left leg was entirely oil-smudged. Much to my surprise, the fork still operates and holds air, with only a minor leak of the right leg.

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foxb13

Retro Guru
The fork is fitted with a somewhat unusual Stronglight X15 headset with needle bearings.

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foxb13

Retro Guru
As the top model of the Team Line range, the 2000 sported a near-complete Shimano XTR M900 group.
 
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