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    1988 Steve Potts

    Just pretty much finished this the other day...kind of cool that was made by Steve 25 years ago this month. Serial Number indicates a March 1988 frame.

    I had lots of fun with this project..constructive comments always welcome.

    Thanks again to Aemmer for convincing me to go for it and to G-O-B for selling it to me.

    Here are the specs and photos. (To make the photos larger you have to click on them a few times...or you can go to the second page where I posted directly from Photobucket)

    All the parts replaced were replaced with exactly what was on the bike from the original build. I was told by former owners, BP and GOB, that the bike was all original. The only differences from the original are the King no logo headset (originally a Specialized) and the handlebar (originally a Specialized also). I have kept every original part and bagged and labeled them.

    Frame: 1988 Steve Potts fillet brazed - Seat Tube 16 inch CTC
    Serial No: 388180 – March 1988 frame number 180
    Fork: Steve Potts fillet brazed
    Paint: Original with original decals
    Headset: King no logo (replaced from the original Specialized)
    Stem: Steve Potts fillet brazed
    Handlebar: Salsa aluminum (replaced from the original Specialized)
    Grips: Magura modified by Steve Potts
    Brakes: WTB roller cam front and rear
    Brake Pads: WTB Kool Stop
    Brake Cables: Shimano XT
    Brake Levers: Shimano XT M730 4 finger
    Shifters: Shimano XT M730 6 speed
    Front Derailleur: Shimano XT M730
    Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT M730 long cage
    Derailleur Cables: Shimano XT
    Freewheel: Suntour Winner Pro-WTB modified - 6 speed 11 to 34
    Chain: Shimano XT
    Cranks: Specialized 172.5mm (originally 170mm)
    Chain Rings: Specialized 24-36-46
    Bottom Bracket: Pressed in with new Phil sealed bearings
    Pedals: Suntour XC Compe
    Toe Clips and Straps: Specialized
    Hub Skewers: Specialized
    Rims: Specialized X26 - 36 hole
    Hubs: WTB Grease Guard
    Tires: Specialized Hardpack 2.2
    Tubes: Specialized (original 1988 tubes)
    Saddle: Specialized Lambda
    Seat Post: Suntour Superbe
    Seat Post Binder: Suntour

    1988 Steve Potts-view-drive-side-01.jpg

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    What a day! Two fantastic threads on awesome bikes! My brain is blown.

    Your restoration work was tremendous on this bike. I'm going to post up some before pics, if you don't mind, so I can blow people away with the effort and attention to detail you've accomplished in this restoration. I am in awe of what you've done here with that beautiful bike which, frankly, not only needed it but deserved it.

    I'm not sure how many smaller fillet brazed frames Steve Potts made so it's nice that you've made that one shine again.

    AND

    You've shown this community that a proper restoration can be done without a repaint. Thank you for that.

    Again, a tremendous effort on a bike that looks like a wall hanger but is in fact, not. Congratulations, R!

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    Love those headtube and seattube junctions.

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    Between this and the Slingshot you have 2 vintage bikes that if you want you can still buy new (Albeit different). Mean you can still get new slingshots and you can still get Steve to make you a bike, even with a type 2 fork if you so desire. Amazing longevity when even large brands have failed over the years. Obviously they have it figured out!

    And this bike is luscious!
    Try this: HTFU

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    Nice work my friend. Love the color!

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    1988 Steve Potts

    I have some constructive comments. First off, you don't need any constructive comments...

    Wow. That is a seriously nice ride. Well done.

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    Sob.

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    Two thumbs up! Nice attention to detail.

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    In a word

    WOW
    Wanted: more of the same ... but different

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    Amazing bike, job well done, now go ride it.

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    Outstanding job! What a stunning bike.
    Looking for/WTB : Grove Innovations Assault Fork, Grove Innovation Hammerhead Stem or Hothead Bar Stem

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    My only nit-pick is, can you get some bigger pics? Gorgeous frame and what a pain-stakingly perfect build. That is superb!

    (oookay, two more nit-picks: are the derailleur cable ends missing crimps? and, I'd love some clips, straps, and toe-flips)
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
    And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD5h3y0a9AU

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    He's soldered them!

    but yes. I'm with the toe straps/cages or clipless camp as well.

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    I had a feeling that might have been it.....I blame small pics!
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
    And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD5h3y0a9AU

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    I did solder all the cable ends. I like doing that and like the look.

    I do have the correct, clips, straps and flips, I was planning to install them; just wanted a minimalist look for now.

    The photos are a bit larger really. When I loaded them the site resized them. So.....here's what I found out....if you click on the photos they open in another window and then click on it again it goes to another window and then click on it again it gets full size. That's what I have to do anyway. Is there a shorter/better route to get the larger photos?

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    I'll investigate and get back to you unless somebody else knows the answer.

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    If you upload to photobucket or similar hosting site, and then insert the image but *uncheck* the copy to MTBR button, they will be bigger.

    The soldering is super cool. What a lovely bike.
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
    And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD5h3y0a9AU

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    Wow-the Annapurna, the one-of-a-kind Wicked, and now this. All are magnificent and could not be in better hands. Well done sir.
    WANTED: FISHER PARAGON, 1991. 21" or so...

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    Amazing job! Can I send you mine for a make-over. Would like to see some before pics.

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    Wow!!!!
    Each bicycle owned exponentially increases the probability that none is working correctly.

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    You've seen it in person Shawn. It was mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
    You've seen it in person Shawn. It was mine.
    No GOB, never got to see it in person.

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    Saddle is Specialized Lambda, not a Specialized Delta. I have both versions. Can I tell you again your bike is AMAZING!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shawnw View Post
    Saddle is Specialized Lambda, not a Specialized Delta. I have both versions. Can I tell you again your bike is AMAZING!
    Shawnw....Thanks for that information!! I wasn't 100% sure of the model. I have changed it in the specs. I like this kind of information...learn something new every day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sq_root_of_2 View Post
    Shawnw....Thanks for that information!! I wasn't 100% sure of the model. I have changed it in the specs. I like this kind of information...learn something new every day.
    Yup! Now post up more of your bikes!

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    I saw this lil' beauty when it was in GOB's hands and thought it was in pretty great shape then. But sq_root_of_2 , you have taken it to the next level, sir.

    So, when you solder a bike cable, do you use the same soldering tool and solder used for soldering electronics? I have an '89 Fat Chance that has three soldered cables and one with a crimp end...would like to solder it to match.

    Soldering bike cable ends must have been the "in" thing to do in the late 80's!

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    Hey datasurfer, if you want to re-live the 80' wire tie your spokes where they criss cross, and then solder them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by datasurfer View Post
    So, when you solder a bike cable, do you use the same soldering tool and solder used for soldering electronics?
    You can use regular lead/tin solder with a soldering iron for plain steel cables with zinc plating. If you have (newer) stainless steel cables you'll need to break out the silver solder and the torch. For this reason I'm kind of partial to zinc plated cables, which are harder to find these days. And flux is your friend.

    Top-notch work as always 2^1/2.

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    great build Rocco, amazing bike!

    cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by yo-Nate-y View Post
    If you upload to photobucket or similar hosting site, and then insert the image but *uncheck* the copy to MTBR button, they will be bigger.

    The soldering is super cool. What a lovely bike.
    I actually don't like that method as when people move pictures, the link is then broken.

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    Very nice, R! Top notch cleaning and restoration.

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    I'm red with envy.
    Gorgeous bike, thanks very much for sharing.
    +1 for bigger photos.

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    Count me in with the sentiment - great job. It is a very tidy bike.

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    Here are the same photos, only larger, loaded from Photobucket.








































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    "Hey datasurfer, if you want to re-live the 80's wire tie your spokes where they criss cross, and then solder them."

    Ha, Ha - you don't do anything halfway Shawn!

    "You can use regular lead/tin solder with a soldering iron for plain steel cables with zinc plating. If you have (newer) stainless steel cables you'll need to break out the silver solder and the torch. For this reason I'm kind of partial to zinc plated cables, which are harder to find these days. And flux is your friend."

    I believe the cables are the older and def. dull, as opposed to shiny - So, I suppose Zinc coated rather than ss? Good advice DC, thnx.

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    nice work. pretty bike too.

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    That thing really cleaned up nice.

    Silver WTB King headset would really top it off wouldn't it?


    Dare you to ride it. Like a real ride. With dirt.
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    Thanks to everyone for the nice comments!!! Much appreciated.


    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy View Post
    That thing really cleaned up nice.

    It took me a long time but I enjoyed it fully.

    Silver WTB King headset would really top it off wouldn't it?

    In my opinion it is not really needed. I thought I wanted/needed one when first starting out with the rebuild, but found out from BP and G-O-B that all the bits on it were original and I decided to stay with the spirit/intent of the original build that Steve did. It had a Specialized steel headset on it so this is a bit of an upgrade but still in keeping with the original. The only changes from the original bits that I made are the headset, bars (formally Specialized also) and tires (formally Specialized Crossroads). I am quite happy that it is nearly the same as when it left Steve's shop.

    Dare you to ride it. Like a real ride. With dirt.

    We will be in SF area in May with this bike and my wife's bike. I have some ideas of where we want to go but maybe you can suggest a few nice, scenic places to go as well.
    Found this during the rebuild, same on both rims...kind of cool I think. Of course I left it on both rims. Thanks "MG" for doing a nice job on the wheelset.

    1988 Steve Potts-tire-rim-tape.jpg

    Now with toe flips and clips.

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    Cooool.
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
    And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD5h3y0a9AU

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    Where ya plannin' to ride?

    Really depends on the skill level of you and your wife.

    We could always plan a vintage ride around your visit.
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    Heck ya, R, vintage ride. Then you can give us all pointers on bike "resto".

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    Wow, outstanding job!
    A wise man once said: "Always Ride"

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    Jeez! Rocco,

    What a stunningly beautiful bike. You are building a truly unique collection of some of the finest examples of mtb bikes - anywhere!!!

    Thanks for the photos! (My keyboard is wet!)

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    The final piece...

    I asked Steve Potts to modify some NOS Magura grips and received them today. I modified a pair on my lathe but for some reason his are much better than mine. Plus his have added cool factor.

    1988 Steve Potts-grips-modified02.jpg

    I will post photos of them on the bike once the rain stops.
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    Awesome job on an already beautiful bike.

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    One of the best on the site., IMO. It's "right". NIce job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sq_root_of_2 View Post
    Thanks to everyone for the nice comments!!! Much appreciated.




    Found this during the rebuild, same on both rims...kind of cool I think. Of course I left it on both rims. Thanks "MG" for doing a nice job on the wheelset.


    Now with toe flips and clips.

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    Just my opinion, but tucking in the straps is akin to mounting a kickstand. Just one of my peeves on toe clips and straps. It defeats the purpose of the system. Even moreso with the button. The button was there so you could grap the strap and crank it tight!

    Otherwise, great bike.

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    Did I read correctly that this amazing bike has "original" paint??

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    Yup. The intangible value of patina. SQR2 managed to save the original paint. Kudos to him for doing so. All too often people are repainting vintage bikes and with it goes all of the history and love for the object they profess to love. If they want a shiny new object, they should just stick to shiny new things.

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    The man knows how to make it clean, thats for sure. I can only polish for so long before I lose focus.
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