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    Extending the life of an older bike (part 2)

    Late 1990's Dean 26 ti frame and fork I had. Raided my parts bin and bought a bunch of stuff off eBay to put it together.

    I tried to rebuild it w/ as many US-made parts as I reasonably could.

    27.5 Velocities w Phil Wood hubs w/ White Ind freewheel
    Thompson stem and seatpost
    Paul's rim brakes
    Middleburn cranks (yeah its British) w Phil Wood BB
    King headset

    Rides real swell, Wally. And quite a good climber with the comparatively short chain stays.

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    Now that's a sweet bike!

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    wow. nice work!


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    Extending the life of an older bike (part 2)

    Thatís a sweet ride. Surprised it can fit those wheels.

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    Thanks guys. I was a bit nervous about putting 27.5 on a 26 frame as I didn't know what it would do to feel of the bike, but it's fine. I prolly need a shorter stem as that 115 I have on it is a bit long.

    Its got Paragon sliders so the wheel can get pushed back a bit to fit. The Paul's give ~1/4" of clearance between the dongle and tire so its not a mudder.
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    Timber - that is a sweet ride for sure. Must be light as well.

    My wife has a custom steel Nobillette hardtail set up as a rim brake singlespeed (though she has a real light front Marz shock on it.) It's superlight and super fun. Great for charging around on ribbon singletrack.

    Anyway, definitely jealous of your build.

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    I like it.
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    Extending the life of an older bike (part 2)

    Looks great!
    I love the simplicity of it.

    Regarding crankset, maybe watch for some Profile BMX cranks to come up on eBay?

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    Quote Originally Posted by beece View Post
    Timber - that is a sweet ride for sure. Must be light as well.

    My wife has a custom steel Nobillette hardtail set up as a rim brake singlespeed (though she has a real light front Marz shock on it.) It's superlight and super fun. Great for charging around on ribbon singletrack.

    Anyway, definitely jealous of your build.
    Nice. Post up a pic? I love steel. Have not weighed it, but I think its in that 22+# range. I'll have to get on the bathroom scale with it.

    Quote Originally Posted by ACH View Post
    Looks great!
    I love the simplicity of it.

    Regarding crankset, maybe watch for some Profile BMX cranks to come up on eBay?
    I'll check those out. The BB is square taper (egads!) and same cranks as these Brit versions were on eBay and I got them for $100 with chain ring. I was looking for some White Ind but never found a nice used set that hadn't been bashed.

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    Nice job! Reminds me of the Dean Ti's that I'd lust after while reading MTBAction

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    ^^^

    There was a pre-Carbon time when Ti was very sexy. Still is. Nice ride.
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    In praise of older bicycles.
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    the situation strikes me as WAY too much drama at this point

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timberridge View Post
    I prolly need a shorter stem as that 115 I have on it is a bit long.
    Fuck it, go full 130!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Not bunion View Post
    ^^^

    There was a pre-Carbon time when Ti was very sexy. Still is.
    Definitely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Groomer Gambler View Post
    Fuck it, go full 130!
    plus aero bars?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timberridge View Post
    plus aero bars?
    Yes, Scott at4 aero bars. I was sold on having bar ends AND an aero bar in the early Nineties. What a young dipshit I was!

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    I have some quality vintage parts to spiff up that bike:

    150mm Syncros stem
    Scott AT2LF bars
    Onza pedals

    I bet I can dig up some more in ye olde parts binne...
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    if you have to resort to taking advice from the nitwits on this forum, then you're doomed.

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    Extending the life of an older bike (part 2)

    Quote Originally Posted by Timberridge View Post
    Nice. Post up a pic? I love steel. Have not weighed it, but I think its in that 22+# range. I'll have to get on the bathroom scale with it.
    Here ya go. Mark Nobillette built custom frame with a green/purple chameleon paint job. Itís Reynolds 853 if I remember right. Stupid light even with that seat and post. I built the King/Mavic wheels. They weigh nothing. Only a 5í-2Ē 110lb woman could get away with wheels this light. Which she is. Marz Marathon fork, Ti BB, XTR rim brakes etc.

    Super fun bike. Our crew has a rule then when you turn a certain age you have to put in a sacrifice year - an entire year on a singlespeed or cross bike or something. She did it ss. Itís been on most classic CO and UT rides, done Monarch Crest, Porcupine, Slickrock, 401, etc. Itís a little rocket ship, as long as you donít run out of legs or gear.

    So very similar to your build. Like I said, Iíd love one of these, so Iím jealous.

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    very sharp looking Dean rebirth there Timberridge. Love it. And, to be clear, Ti is always sexy regardless of carbon's domination of the market

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    Quote Originally Posted by beece View Post
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    That's a really cool paint job. I realize now what my bike is missing -- handlebar tassels.

    Quote Originally Posted by chaka View Post
    very sharp looking Dean rebirth there Timberridge. Love it. And, to be clear, Ti is always sexy regardless of carbon's domination of the market
    TY. And it makes a nicer noise than CF when little rocks kick up into the downtube. Musical in a way.
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