SBike 506

yakboy

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Thought It's about time I started posting this project. I always wanted an SBike but wanted to do it my way so wasn't after a shiny one. So when WoodyUK had a 506 up for grabs in need of a paintjob it was ideal.

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Had a small dint in the top tube but otherwise in good nick. Had a go with a paintless dent removal kit and improved the dint but it's not 100%. I've always wanted to do a Gulf themed bike so off it went to the powdercoaters.

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Small dint still slightly visible but will be less noticeable when the Decals go on

Decided to replace the original stem with a first generation flexstem (my wrists no longer can cope with a fully rigid front end)

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So put the frame together as a mock up

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Need to lower the stem a little (I'll need to grind a little more powdercoat off (carefully!). I now need to find a good anodiser as most alu parts will be anodised orange or Blue. The wheels are Rolf Dolomites but the tyres will be changed to these:

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I don't know if I dare ride them as they are NOS (I have some well worn grey ZMax's as well)

Have lots of parts stashed ready to go on but still a few to decide on. This will be a summer rider but also wanted to do a fantasy bike, so may be a bit too blingy for many peoples tastes.
 

yakboy

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Woodyuk":1lfmdhaa said:
Wow !! looks great ....Buli in background looks in great shape aswell
I like retro transport in whatever form :D
Gil has made me some dark blue 506 decals which should set the bike off nicely.
 

pete_mcc

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Very nice and really unusual.

That flex-stem is actually one of the last versions rather than one of the earlier ones.

First gen:
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Second gen:
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Third:
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Fourth (although released at the same time as third gen, the quill is alloy compared to the earlier steel. There was also a titanium one using same quill)
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Fifth (based on fourth but with ahead clamp and released a few years after forth gen):
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Sixth:
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Still, nice choice!
 

yakboy

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Ahh, thanks for the history lesson :D . Just liked the shape of the sixth gen one as I thought it matched the bike well. Even though it was NOS the rebound rubber seems to have perished but I am going to use skateboard truck rubbers to replace them which I believe have the same dimensions. And the alloy parts will be off to the anodisers soon for a bit of bling
 

yakboy

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Need some opinions on colours for the above crank . I have 2 alloy chainrings on order and it's just a question on what should be what colour. I will be using a darker blue and orange anodise. I think I may leave the cranks as is but an orange spider and blue rings or the other way around I am not quite sure. What does anybody think?
 

yakboy

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tintin40":c3226mol said:
silver cranks, spider & rings


You feel colour would be too much? Lots of other parts will be anodised those colours. What do you think to coloured crank bolts?
 
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