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    Here is my 09 Anthem
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    Quote Originally Posted by boboxx View Post
    Here is my 09 Anthem
    What shock you gonna put in there?

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    I will be using the stock rp2 and the SID in the front

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    those bikes all look awesome i think i like the aluminum look more than the stock paint job

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    Here are some pics of my old Giant AC:








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    Very nice Giant Stuartfleming.

    Best, John

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    Bike Porn!

    Okay, here is mine all finished up. Thanks everyone for the inspiration. I really hated the green color on my bike and, with the help of this thread, I did something about it. Anyway, she started life as a Trek 4300 Disc, but is now something completely different. In addition to stripping the finish, I replaced every single part on the bike. I haven't had much time to ride it yet, but I think I'm going to love it. I have long term thoughts of possibly transferring all my new components to a different frame, may a hardtail Ti. Anyway, here she is:

    Frame: Trek 4300
    Fork: Rock Shock Tora 302 U Turn w/remote
    Drive Train: Complete Sram X7 2x10
    Brakes: Avid Juicy 7
    Wheelset: Mavic Crosstrail Disc
    Headset: Crane Creek
    Seatpost, Stem, Handle Bars: Race Face Turbine








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    One more thing...

    One more thing about my bike above. I was thinking about putting stickers on it, but part of me wants to keep it plain. I thought about putting one of the cool stickers from Dean Bikes on it, as my name is Dean. Do you think that's too cheesy? Maybe I should put Trek or nothing? It does sort of look "industrial" without anything on it...kind of cool for a mountain bike.

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    No stickers...it looks great as is. Nice job with the strip. What size tires are those, they look huge!

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    njdj, your bike looks fantastic. I think it looks great without the stickers. You can always ride it for awhile and add the stickers later.
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    Thanks for the compliments guys. I have you folks that are a part of this thread to thank for giving me the "courage" to make it happen.

    Quote Originally Posted by ghughes.hesinc View Post
    No stickers...it looks great as is. Nice job with the strip. What size tires are those, they look huge!
    The tires are pretty big. The rear is a Bonty XR2 2.1 and the front is a Bonty XR4 2.2. Very grippy and I highly recommend them. I have been riding that combo for about a year now. However, before the "makeover", they had tubes. Now running them tubeless since part of the upgrade was the Mavics and they are UST. BTW, if someone is looking for a wheelset to go with a rawed out frame, I think these match really well. In between the spokes there is an area that has been left raw with the sides of the rim being black (see photo above). I got them from Huck n Roll for about $250. They also had some pretty outrageous decals on the rim sidewalls, but I removed them and just left the small Mavic stickers on the rim. I thought simpler looked better. I think the combo looks pretty neat, kinda like it was made for each other.
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    I decided to make a new sticker set (if anyone wants a copy send me a PM)
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    Being a big fan of raw finishes, I think I have to post my kids:
    Liteville 301 mk8 - raw aluminium, factory finish ( local bikeshop where they built the bike say it is most likely clear anodized)
    Duratec C9 - originally powdercoated, used paint remover and sandpapers 250-600
    now building Cannondale Furio - originally painted ( does Cannondale use powdercoat?), paint removed in painting shop ( head shok with paint remover inhouse) + brush on a drill, sandpaper 400 + 600 + 1000, polished with an polishing tool with paste on a drill. Since the original brush scratches from Cannondale factory were quite heavy and I didnt have a patience to get them out with sandpaper the result is sort of "scratchandpolish" but looks quite cool imo.
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    Got mine stripped. Now to polish


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    Quote Originally Posted by AC/BC View Post
    Got mine stripped. Now to polish

    Looks great. How did you strip it?

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    These all look so sick, I love those mavic wheels too!

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    these are awesome. :drool

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    Quote Originally Posted by boboxx View Post
    Here is my 09 Anthem
    Thats good lookin!

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    My Scott Scale 29" - 8,9 kg


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    A work in progress.


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    Here's my new passion - been on it for about 5 months now and gets more fun every day. Polishing it by hand made me appreciate it even more once it was built.

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    We don't have any Aircraft grade paint stripper available here in the Philippines, I was wondering if anyone has rawed a Turner frame? Would a standard paint stripper work on it?

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    Picture is also posted elsewhere but this is mine. It's not a DIY job since it came stock in the raw aluminum look. Cannondale Rush 35th Anniversary Edition.




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    Quote Originally Posted by trojans1993 View Post
    Here's my new passion - been on it for about 5 months now and gets more fun every day. Polishing it by hand made me appreciate it even more once it was built.
    That Tracer looks great. Better than the works finish IMO (which is what I have on my Spider 29). Did you get a new sticker kit or just polish around the stickers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve View Post
    Did you get a new sticker kit or just polish around the stickers?
    It would be pretty tough to do it around the existing decals so I stripped it clean. If you want to send me a PM with your regular email, I will forward you a brief write up with a couple other pics during the process.

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