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    Explain those brakes to me!

    I like that water bottle cage - looks like it holds a 1.5 liter bottle.

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    Great lookin bike!! Is this an exact replica of one of his early bikes or a modified version, more of a sloping top tube on this one?

    thanks, Brian





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    Is that Gary Fisher examining the bike in the last photo?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ROSKO View Post
    Is that Gary Fisher examining the bike in the last photo?
    That's what I was wondering...

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    Examining my ass... He's ripping off someone else's ideas/work!
    Please tell me the fork is steel. An alu. bi-plane style twin plate fork is something I haven't seen before.
    The brakes are fit-stem are brilliantly clever.

    **Out of curiosity, when was the frame built?**

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrCookie View Post
    The brakes are fit-stem are brilliantly clever.
    The brakes are what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve View Post
    The brakes are what?
    "The brakes and fit-stem are brilliantly clever".

    think he meant this^^^


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    Quote Originally Posted by calstar View Post
    "The brakes and fit-stem are brilliantly clever".

    think he meant this^^^

    Oh yeah. I'd still like to know how those brakes work, and what is that spring looking thing with the ball on it that goes from the center pivot to the right brake arm?

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    I'd use that stem to determine the best fit, then I'd go buy a real stem. I wouldn't be caught dead riding that as a dedicated stem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by golden boy View Post
    I'd use that stem to determine the best fit, then I'd go buy a real stem. I wouldn't be caught dead riding that as a dedicated stem.
    Yes, that is it's intended purpose, not as the final stem

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    What's war got to do with it?
    When you get older, much of your hate comes from knowledge and experience, which is why really old people hate everyone

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrCookie View Post
    **Out of curiosity, when was the frame built?**
    First line of the article: This is a brand new (one week old) Cunningham road bike (#E5GH). Utterly amazing.
    When you get older, much of your hate comes from knowledge and experience, which is why really old people hate everyone

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    Quote Originally Posted by wv_bob View Post
    What's war got to do with it?
    It's a war against aesthetics.

    I know others will disagree (especially PVD), but to me that is one butt ugly road bike. Argue all you want about the merits of sloping top tubes on road bikes, but I'd gladly sacrifice the teeny tiny benefit of a sloping top tube for a bike that I like to look at when I'm not riding it.

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    I've warmed up to the sloping top tube on road bikes, after tearing around on Rock Lobster with one for a few months.

    I'm most curious about how those gussets are attached to the tubes? Welded and the weld bead ground/filed/sanded off?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thor29 View Post
    I'd gladly sacrifice the teeny tiny benefit of a sloping top tube
    Maybe yours are teeny tiny, but mine are huge

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    Charlie's War

    Minicams are soooo cool. Beautiful build. Dura-Ace 7410 cranks are still the prettiest cranks I have ever seen

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    Charlie's War

    Super sad when a new cunningham only get 17 responses

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    amazing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve View Post
    Oh yeah. I'd still like to know how those brakes work, and what is that spring looking thing with the ball on it that goes from the center pivot to the right brake arm?
    Looks to me like the cable pulls the top lever down because it is fixed onto the lower lever where the bolt is. That would push the two sides out above the pivot and brake pads into the rim below. I think?


    The thread/elastic(?) under the DT behind the fork is a stabilizer when loaded? Or?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKamp View Post
    Super sad when a new cunningham only get 17 responses
    No disrespect or nothing, but it is a road bike on a mountain bike forum. Even if it was built by a legend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbeardsl View Post
    Looks to me like the cable pulls the top lever down because it is fixed onto the lower lever where the bolt is. That would push the two sides out above the pivot and brake pads into the rim below. I think?
    That sounds right but I still want to know:

    what is that spring looking thing with the ball on it that goes from the center pivot to the right brake arm?

    The thread/elastic(?) under the DT behind the fork is a stabilizer when loaded? Or?
    I didn't notice that before. Good question.

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    The thread/elastic(?) under the DT behind the fork is a stabilizer when loaded? Or?

    It keeps the bars from rotating into the top tube. Simple and effective.
    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    650B rims or wheel set. 80's vintage 32 or 36 x 135mm

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    Charlie's inspiration?

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    Maybe...NB from '41.
    Way COOL!
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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve View Post
    Oh yeah. I'd still like to know how those brakes work, and what is that spring looking thing with the ball on it that goes from the center pivot to the right brake arm?
    My guess: that spring looking thing is a "secure clip" which prevents the adjustible topbar to pop out of the left brakearm.

    @ AKamp: these are not minicams ...unfortunatly

    @ PiasRoller: nice looking Ham cx, even with the way to much branding

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