Lovely Robert! :)
Originally Posted by Catsoft
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.
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.
<iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/15930327" width="400" height="300" frameborder="0"></iframe><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/15930327">A Mellow Ride On My Old Dekerf........</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user1858986">Steve Arseneault</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
that's why Dekerf rules:
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. :)
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:
Really looking forward to showing you guys something rather special in the coming weeks/months... :)
Lovely bike, Catsoft...
Catsoft, I love the darts on your frame, and the single-speed setup....
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.
He doesn't have any of the old style ones left.
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.
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!
Crappy Iphone pic
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 !
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:
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...
That two-toned white and green Solitare is gorgeous!
got my post count to ten - now I can post pics of my Dekerf!
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?
Just bought my Dekerf. It is a 2007 Solitaire SS.
That's a pretty bike mate
It looks very clean
Where did you find it?
And why did you choose single speed - what do you use the bike for mostly?
Thanks. It was well taken care of by the previous owner. I found it on a Craigslist ad here in Charlotte NC. The Solitaire is designed as a single speed bike and has an eccentric bottom bracket. This is my first single speed and I will use it on my local trails. Pretty stoked to have found a nice clean Dekerf.
'99 DeKerf ST
I've got a '99 DeKerf ST that I've ridden hard for almost 14 years now all over the world. It's a truly awesome bike, and I hope to ride it another 14 + years.
I would like to upgrade the fork on it though. I'm currently riding a '98 Marzocchi Z2 that I think has 80mm of travel. I'm looking at the Fox Float 32 100mm travel fork and am wondering if the travel may be too long for Dekerf's design.
Any experience with this?
No experience with your question.
Got any pics of your ride?
I have the same question, but for a 2000 team st. The one with the ti chain stays indeed to the steel. Broke the bike a few times back in the day and it has been in my basement since the last time Christian fixed it. Never ridden or built up since 2000 last break. Also wondering about the elastomer in the rear and if that can be replaced. I assume it is a rock after so much time in basement..... Maybe I won't build it up though, if there happens to be a more eager Dekerf team st fan out there..
My wife's Solitaire is a 17.5 with a 100mm Fox Float. The only issue is the compression knob sticks up and will hit her frame. She has a Chris King headset, so I put a raised crown race on it to avoid the problem. It's her favorite bike.
Originally Posted by BurntMonkey
Just checking in to see if anybody has a 19.5" frame gathering dust......
Should never have sold my Team ST non-Ti stay bike. :(
I have a 2007 Sollitaire that I may consider selling.
Don't think my old knees could handle singlespeed.. :(
who was thinking of selling the 19.5 solitare frame?
Just picked this up yesterday.
Paint is a bit rough, and the sanded spot on the toptube was just for Chris D. to inspect a gouge in the paint.....its all good.
Looking to scrounge up a Syncros post and shorter stem (150mm shown....yikes!!) and some black RF Turbine LP's.......will bring me back to the days when I would stand in my LBS drooling over the blinged out DeKerf's and Brodie's they had built up.
Will be pulling the shock apart, and Mr. DeKerf has a few AMP parts still kicking around, so I will be getting in contact.
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P.S. I finally got a Balfa 2Step FR to build up!
For Sale - 2007 Solitaire
19.5 inch frame selling as complete bike with the following parts:
Easton XC One wheel set
Hayes stroker carbon hydraulic disc brakes – new pads
Fox 80mm Fork
Thomson elite seat post
WTB - Devo carbon saddle
FSA 80mm stem
Easton monkey lite XC carbon bar
Hutchinson Python 2.1 tires
$950.00 - plus shipping (continental US only)
It's alive....well, almost
Still need to run cables.
Hoping the replaceable der hanger that was installed will hold up....anybody have any spare AMP rear ends kicking about?
It was time for a makeover of my Mountain.
Shiny new rear end....
Found a donor frame and swapped this nicely polished version onto the DK.
Hard to believe what you can find in someone's box of forks.....painted and decal'd Mag21 Sl Ti.
Just waiting for the clear Gripshift grips to put on the Syncros bar
Just missing the cantis (don't have any) and the Ti bar/stem combo (impossible to find) and she's almost catalogue.
Mike....gonna finish up the Generation tomorrow :)Attachment 873236Attachment 873237Attachment 873234Attachment 873235
I'm hoping someone who lives in the US and has had paint and/or repair work done on their Dekerf can tell me what I would be looking at in terms of customs or duty fees when shipping it to Canada and back. I've Googled around, but can't seem to find a straight answer.
I've seen the Dekerf price list for paint, so I know what that would cost. I'm thinking that I may just get the frame powder coated locally if it ends up costing too much to send it to Canada for wet paint. Not my first choice, but I'm on a tight budget.
I'm planning on sending my Generation frame for respray/makeover and I found some good info from FedEx and UPS, for declared value of $500, the customs brokerage fees were $50-60 each way. FYI, as I've never shipped a frame internationally, I solicited advice from the guys at Dekerf, and they recommended going with UPS.
FWIW, it looks like to ship my frame from Dallas to BC, with brokerage fees, is $300-350 round trip :0...that hurts. But, if I'm having the frame made over, I'd really prefer to have the DK guys doing it, and it's worth the cost.
Originally Posted by Jak0zilla
See if you can ship it by USPS which will be delivered via Canada Post to DK.
Originally Posted by Mike E.
Looks like she is going up on the block.....house repair $$ needed.
If anyone is interested in it, complete, or frame/fork etc please pm me...
Have period correct Syncros post on it now too...
Thanks for the info, I think I'm going to do a powdercoating locally and see how much love there is between us before I commit to sending her off to Canada. If it works out I'll send it up to Canada for wet paint and a disc tab in a year or two. (I'd not have anyone else do the disc tab, that's for sure.)
Originally Posted by lippysti
The Dekerf is new to me, so I'm having a hard time justifying dropping that much on shipping alone, I'd rather put the money into the best fork I can afford instead.
I´m looking for an DK SST 29" Frame in 17.5 or 18.5. Any on sale?
Hello All,are you still there? CraigH? This is MTK who still has a MINT DerKerf! Talk to me.