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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
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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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    Not totally sold on the raw aluminum look but I can't deny its functionality.


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    My previous Ventana El Patron 29er.




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    Here it is all built up.




    And being ridden.


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    Good bye

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    Quote Originally Posted by xl_cheese View Post
    Here it is all built up.
    Nice! It looks kinda short though.

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    76 years of oxidation can be harder to get off than paint.



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    Isn't that going to rust?

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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve View Post
    Isn't that going to rust?
    No, it's aluminum. Yes they had aluminum bikes in 1936. I will oxidize if you don't polish it once in a while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandmangts View Post
    76 years of oxidation can be harder to get off than paint.
    That is sweet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandmangts View Post
    No, it's aluminum. Yes they had aluminum bikes in 1936. I will oxidize if you don't polish it once in a while.
    It's going to rust. That's why it was so hard to polish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    It's going to rust. That's why it was so hard to polish.
    Really? The first photo was taken 3 years after I built the bike. I didn't notice any rust. I know bare aluminum will oxidize if not properly cared for but I use a polish followed by an automotive polymer that creates a barrier from moisture called liquid glass. I have not had to polish it for quite a while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandmangts View Post
    No, it's aluminum. Yes they had aluminum bikes in 1936. I will oxidize if you don't polish it once in a while.
    That's amazing those thin tubes are aluminum, from 1936!!
    That frame must be worth something.
    Great job polishing it.

    my 2 cents: aluminum doesn't rust unless you call oxidation rust, but rust normally refers to iron oxidation, not oxidation in general.

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    no mo pics yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve View Post
    That's amazing those thin tubes are aluminum, from 1936!!
    That frame must be worth something.
    Great job polishing it.

    my 2 cents: aluminum doesn't rust unless you call oxidation rust, but rust normally refers to iron oxidation, not oxidation in general.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandmangts View Post
    76 years of oxidation can be harder to get off than paint.
    Very nice bike. How about some history or the build specs?
    A garage full of steel frames means happiness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    It's going to rust. That's why it was so hard to polish.
    Aluminum can oxidize, but only iron can rust.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CS2 View Post
    Very nice bike. How about some history or the build specs?
    I'd like to know how that thing is held together. There are no welds visible around those lugs!

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    Very nice

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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve View Post
    I'd like to know how that thing is held together. There are no welds visible around those lugs!
    The tubes are press fit into the forged pieces. It is a 1936 Wards Hawthorne Silver King. I got the frame for $100 bucks and the steerer tube was separated from the fork. This was a common issue. I milled another from a modern 1 inch steerer tube. The seat post was another challenge. It works just like a quill stem with a bolt and an expander to keep it in place. Finding an original is impossible so I made one out of a piece of aluminum rod by boring out the center and using an old quill stem wedge and bolt.

    It took lots of wet sanding down to 2000 grit to get a good base for hand polishing. The rims are vintage Araya 7x that I also polished. The front drum hub is an old Sachs and the rear coaster brake is a Morrow hub from the 40's. The cranks, truss rods, rear hub all came from an old Elgin. The stem is a Suntour, the saddle is a Brooks.
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    Nice work! How many hours sanding & polishing to get it (just the frame) to that stage?
    I see hills.

    I want to climb them.

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    This thread got me dialled in stripping the paint of my (modest) bike.

    My first attempt at doing something like this,most of the work done using chemical paint stripper and steel wool except for the dropout area where had to use a drill with steel brush.

    Have one question thought: I tried to use the woven cleaner trick to strip the anodized from an aluminium seatpost and it works reasonably well but the laser etched logos and lettering remain on bare aluminium, although not so much visible cant seem to brush them off. How deep can this laser etched things remain on aluminium?
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    FMCurto, your bike looks great!

    I don't have the experience to answer your question about removing the laser etching, though.

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    sandman, that is the most beautiful bike I have ever seen. I really have to have one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mostly Broken View Post
    sandman, that is the most beautiful bike I have ever seen. I really have to have one!
    They come up on ebay and craigslist every now and then. Frames usually go for about $100-$200 bucks. My total investment on that bike was only $700 dollars. I have had offers on it up to $2000.
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    good aluminium frames

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