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    Quote Originally Posted by Catsoft
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    Lovely Robert!

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    I'm possibly looking to sell my Dekerf Team ST, is anyone watching this thread who might possibly be interested? It's the one with the Ti chainstays and reinforced BB shell, with disc tabs. Size is 16" c to c, 18" c to top.

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    Hey, catsoft, I hope you don’t mind but I featured your bike in my “Sweet Rides: Entry #6” on my blog (which is just really starting to get going) and there has been some other Dekerf content there lately for those others who are fans of Dekerf as well.

    I made a little video after mine had been hanging for quite some time. It was a good mellow day out and that bike is still the best bike I’ve ever owned. I’ve been out on it almost every day since I shot that video and now my newest mtb hangs there unused. :-)

    It’s crazy to think how long I went without riding this one.

    Anyway, the other Dekerfs I featured in that blog entry are unknowns – just all nice as well. The blue one I believe was found from here too but I’ve had that pic for so long I forget all the details. If anyone knows more (or even owns it), just e-mail me, comment here or on my blog and I’ll add the info.

    Thanks folks and thanks for checking it out (Click “The Slow Spoke” link below for the blog).

    Here’s the vid though.

    A Mellow Ride On My Old Dekerf........ from Steve Arseneault on Vimeo.

    Here's my crummy, slow-going blog The Slow Spoke if you're interested.

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    that's why Dekerf rules:

    mine
    http://69.175.91.178/~biciscl1/foro/(the reference in Spain)

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    My Dekerf Team ST - Reborn!

    Of all the bikes I have, probably the one that I feel most attached to is this 1999 Dekerf Team ST.

    Two days ago, it was reborn with a mix of newer parts alongside classic 8-speed XTR (this is the third build in its 12-year lifetime).

    Although the frame looks almost black in photos, it's actually "metallic forest"; in the sunlight, it's a deep sparkly green, like pine trees. I like the fact that it's an uncommon color. As you can see, I've kept a rubber boot around the soft-tail, so it's always stayed smooth and it's literally maintenance-free.

    In addition to the pretty base color, I also added my own personal touch...after I bought the frame in '99, the first thing I did (after applying some Frame Saver inside the tubing) was take it to Russ Pickett of AirArt, in Chico, California (home of Sierra Nevada beer) to do the custom flame job. Russ is a legendary airbrush artist who does custom work for Mountain Goat bicycles, as well as Sycip designs of San Francisco. His lovely work speaks for itself.

    Many of my biases/preferences are reflected in the build:

    - I've always enjoyed XC riding the most; the Fox Vanilla fork is set for 100 mm (slightly longer travel than a period-correct fork, but a decent compromise, I think, for a plush, modern fork on '99 geometry).

    - I'm not a complete retro-grouch, though I am relatively conservative about parts. I've always placed a high value on durability and relative simplicity, hence the coil Fox suspension instead of air suspension, mechanical disc brakes instead of hydraulic, etc. All in all, I'm more interested in stuff that works well over the long haul, rather than a lot of bling.

    - My 8-speed drivetrain has always served me well. See above.

    - Chris Dekerf is great about adding disc tabs to older frames, and I made inquiries about this, but a full disc conversion would have required new cable guides on the frame and the distinctive flame job likely would have been lost...which I wasn't willing to do. So I'm running a classic Avid Arch Rival in the back. I'm delighted at how perfectly matched the front/rear brakes feel...I'd never know they are different.

    Needless to say, the best thing about this unique steel Dekerf is the way it handles and the way it feels on the trail. There's a reason certain things are rightly called "classics"...they are always good, no matter the year.

    The build:
    Shimano M951 XTR shifter/brake levers, 8-speed
    Shimano M951 XTR cranks & BB, 46-24-34, 8-speed
    Shimano M951 XTR rear derailleur, rapid rise
    Shimano M739 XT front deraileur
    Shimano HG70 cassette, 11-30, 8- speed
    Shimano IG70 chain, 8-speed
    Fox Vanilla RLC front suspension - 100 mm
    Avid BB7 disc brake, 160mm rotor - front
    Avid Rim Wranger brake - rear
    Easton Monkey Lite carbon bars, low-rise
    Cane Creek S-3 headseat
    Thomson Elite stem, 120mm
    Thomson Elite seatpost, 27.2
    WTB Pure V saddle
    Mavic X717 rims, black, DT swiss spokes
    Shimano M756 XT disc hubs
    WTB ExiWolf kevlar tires, 2.1
    Yeti Speed Grips

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    Great paint job! My SSP got ready too:


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    Really looking forward to showing you guys something rather special in the coming weeks/months...

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    Lovely bike, Catsoft...

    Catsoft, I love the darts on your frame, and the single-speed setup....

    Totally cool.

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    Does anyone know someone who does repros of the old decals (the ones with the smaller and/or sideways DE)? Failing that, does anyone have Illustrator files of them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DFA
    Does anyone know someone who does repros of the old decals (the ones with the smaller and/or sideways DE)? Failing that, does anyone have Illustrator files of them?
    You might try sending Chris an e-mail.

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    He doesn't have any of the old style ones left.

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    Apparently there is a guy on the Retrobike forum called Gil M who can produce decals and has done Dekerf ones in the past. Hope this helps.

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    Here is a gratuitous Phenomenon hanging from a sign shot.

    Not as 'bling' as Robert's but still able to cut it on the singletrack!
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    Hi,
    my Solitaire...



    My SST



    My Phenomenon:



    Robert

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    Dek

    Here's mine!




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    Crappy Iphone pic

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    My 2009 Dekerf Implant 19"

    Here is my 2009 Dekerf Implant 19". He has a shorter headtube, the geometry is made for a 130 mm and + fork and wears a custom paint. Chris made an incredible job, as allways. The components are :
    2011 DT Swiss XMM Twinshot 15 axle fork, RF Atlas stem, RF grips, RF Diabolus bar, Chris King Ti headset, all XTR and XTR Shadow for the rear mech., Chromag seatpost, Hope seatpost clamp, Fizik Gobi XM seat, Profile Racing crank (I'm an Old School BMXer and MTBiker !), RF chainrings, DMR V12 pedals, DT Swiss EX5.1D rims with DT Swiss 240 hubs and DT axles, 1998 Michelin Wildgripper Hot S tires. It climbs well, it descents well, it's an excellent All Mountain and Hard Cross Country machine !
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    The DeKerf has recovered from it's bout of CX-itis and is now back to being a mountain bike.

    Caught a bit of the DoggieRide disease today though:


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    My Dekerf

    As a new forum member, figured best place to start was to throw up a photo of my beloved Dekerf ST.
    Other than being a hair smaller than I'd like (the headtube is very short on Dekerfs in my opinion) and my fork just dying, I cannot begin to express how much I love riding this bike.
    I'm getting tired of waiting for summer...
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    That two-toned white and green Solitare is gorgeous!

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    got my post count to ten - now I can post pics of my Dekerf!

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    My poor Dekerf has been sitting in the garage for at least six years collecting a lot of dust.

    Barely rideable I had Atomic Bikes put new rings, cassete, chain, cables and fix most up.

    My top mount shifters may be the first replacement.









    I feel guilty about adding that LX rear derailleur but it was all I could afford at the time.

    What suggestions can my fellow retro riders offer me for upgrades, additions etc?

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    07 Solitaire

    Just bought my Dekerf. It is a 2007 Solitaire SS.
    Happy trails!
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