Boulder Defiant, one of my unicorn of the 90's...

freddok

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Hi All,

Here's my first build thread for one of my preferred bike during the nice 90's period. I've widely drooled on it looking at MBA magazine articles or ads. Like a lot of us it was not easy to buy or find theses nice US made frame here... I'd seen for a long time a nice complete Defiant on Ebay US (for sure, a lot of you've seen it...), but at a price beyond my financial means. But some months ago I tried to negotiate the price for the bike minus fork and wheelset, cause I already had some rims and planned another fork for a nice frame like this (it had a Spesh Future Shock on it).
I argued also on the shipping and customs charges for a complete bike and finally they accepted and I placed order. The bonus, they're lowered the custom value without I asked for so a really nice surprise... ;)

Not sure of the year, serial number don't help and even if the initial build is with 93-94' parts, the decals look later so I would allow myself to put some cool newer parts on it.

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Arrived at home, I stripped it for a good clean and the fun can begin... 😄

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Very good condition... No crack or dents and paint in a good condition apart on right dropout, but in the same time I've planned to repaint it, so...
Not the same for the Risse shock who need a complete rebuild. It's here (one) of my first problems as Risse sell seal kit for a 1.125" Genesis damper but after measuring the shaft with calipers, it appear be a 1", so I need to find the correct seals.. 😢. Apart that, servicing sounds really friendly compared to some other shocks.

One of my funniest time (for the moment) of this build was when I received the fork I planned to set on the Defiant. A nice Judy FSX with a Risse Gem cartridge... 😎
What I didn't know was that I had bought a nice specimen of Frankenfork... It's not the correct brake arch I know, but I prefer a clean Judy one than a cracked FSX one. Also, I dont know if I go to a polished or frame colour matched paint for it so, I take my time. But if someone had a Styff Shock Bone in his spares box, why not... 😉

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Suuurpriiiiiise !!!! A nice genuine plastic cartridge instead of the Risse...

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Obviously, some MCU's were melted but they are already replaced advantageously by SRP springs like cartridge internals with SRP Judy service kit... Thanks to @kokies !!

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The cartridge hadn't seen any oil between long time ago and was completely dry. The shafts coated with a nice mix of dry grease and settlings...

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The other find in this surprising fork is an another empty cartridge... Maybe I buy a secret prototype ???

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I know now why a lot of Retrobiker prefers rigid bikes.... 🤣

More to come... Stay tuned if you like this beginning...

Thanks for reading !! 👍
 

tintin40

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still the best looking FS bike. The only FS I'd ever ride. Watching this build
 

freddok

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Good find Fred I think you will make it shine and I look forward to seeing the progress 😎.

I would have liked to leave it with it's original paint (it's really nice green like a British Racing Green but in candy flavour...) but like you can see on the pictures below, it have a paint bump on the right dropout (slight corrosion under it or bad surface prep on this point...), so I think a new paint would be necessary... On other hands, I've already sourced a nice green Bullseye front hub so I think green will be a secondary colour for some parts, like headset, etc... 😉

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freddok

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About colour, I've ordered a lot of samples from Prismatic Powders . They've a lot of nice colours in a ton of nuances, some with effects, and I find a small paint shop on the French west coast who use it between some years with success, at a fair price, so...

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Not sure at this time, who's the winner (my wife is on the Teal, I more on the purple blue... 😄). Not sure also If I go with one or two colour frame like older's Defiants... Still a lot of questions at this time.

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Some parts of the future build with the colour theme, Green, Black, Polished Alu to help me to make the final sort. I think the winner is here (apart the Teal...) 🤔

More to come... 😉
 
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freddok

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Keep it original,it's not that bad Fred
Aaaaargh !!! You don't help me with this answer, Pete !!! But maybe you're right... But in this case, what do I make with my green Bullseye, a keyring ? 🤣 (on other hands I've planned to put a White Ind on rear and I've also a front, so...)😉
 

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Sorry mate, didn't mean to give you a headache over decisions.
You could always sell the bullseye hub to me😉
It will look amazing with a new spray job!
 

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