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    1994 Rhygin Ra

    After several months of debating exactly what route I was going to take with my 1994 Rhygin, it is now finished. The only thing on the bike that is original from the 1996 build is the fork, brake levers and the peace sign brake cable hanger. Anyway, more thoughts later. For now, some photos:

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    some specs

    Frame: Rhygin
    Fork: Rock Shox Judy XC
    Rims: Mavic Crossmax SL (was Mavic 217 SUP in the rear and Araya RM-17 in the front)
    Hubs: Mavic Crossmax SL (was Hershey titanium in the rear and Shimano XT in the front)
    Quick Release: Mavic (was Salsa titanium in Rasta color scheme)
    Tires: Michelin Mountain A.T. tubeless tires
    Pedals: Shimano XTR (was Shimano XT)
    Crank: Crank Brothers Cobalt SL (was Cook Brothers Racing RSR w/Kooka rings)
    Chain: SRAM
    Rear Cogs: Shimano Dura Ace (no idea what was on there prior; possibly Shimano XT)
    Bottom Bracket: Crank Brothers Cobalt titanium (was TNT titanium)
    Front Derailleur: Shimano XTR (was Shimano XT)
    Rear Derailleur: SRAM X-0 (was Shimano XT)
    Shifters: SRAM X-0 (was Grip Shift X-Ray)
    Handlebars: Seven Cycles titanium (was Bontrager Titec 118 titanium)
    Bar ends: Gone, daddy, gone (was Fat Bottom titanium)
    Grips: Grip Shift
    Stem: Ibis titanium (was Control Tech)
    Headset: Chris King 2NUT
    Brake set: Shimano XTR (was Shimano LX)
    Brake levers: Kooka Racha
    Saddle: Sella Italia SLR (was Sella Italia Flite)
    Seat Post: Moots Cinch titanium (was Syncros titanium)
    Paint: Rasta
    Size: 18"
    Weight: 21.5 pounds (was 21 pounds)
    Serial #: I can't see it through the paint.
    Place of Origin: Somerville, MA
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    Your fork has sticker irony.
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    Its like you downgraded almost the whole bike!




    I keed, I keed!
    Looks race ready now.
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    I love it. Well, not the paint so much, but I really would love to get a Rhygin so I can really bump up my current east of the mississippi bike theme.
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    That is one big f'n dude!
    Yes I am!

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    Nice! Awesome build. Did Rhygin spec the Dont Tread on Me stickers too?

    Those Somerville Mafia guys...

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    my new favourite bike on this forum.

    awesome.

    aggressive. classy. fat.
    want: Ibis ti handlebar. suntour 31.8 front derr. bottom pull

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    Sweeeeeeeeet!

    Viva Taxachusetts!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1
    my new favourite bike on this forum.

    awesome.

    aggressive. classy. fat.
    one Rhygin Ra: an arm
    replacing most of the parts after a decade filled with lots of memorable rides: an arm and a leg
    being told your bike is aggressive, classy and fat: priceless

    it's my favorite, too! though my recently acquired Fat Chance Yo Eddy is working its way up the ranks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ameybrook
    Nice! Awesome build. Did Rhygin spec the Dont Tread on Me stickers too?

    Those Somerville Mafia guys...
    nope. I bought a Yo Eddy sticker sheet from Rody and slapped it on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IF52
    I love it. Well, not the paint so much, but I really would love to get a Rhygin so I can really bump up my current east of the mississippi bike theme.
    the paint took some used to getting used to, as I like solid colors better. obviously, he (Christian Jones) painted these in the Jamaican flag for a reason, though I've seen only a couple others in solid red. the paint is actually still in excellent condition.

    maybe at some point I'll go west of the Mississippi (got my eye on a 1992 Ibis Xtra Mojo). all my bikes are local, which I really like (Independent Fabrication, Fat Chance, Ted Wojcik).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Its like you downgraded almost the whole bike!
    I keed, I keed!
    Looks race ready now.
    well, it's funny you mention the downgrading (yes, I know you're kidding!), because there were so many parts on it that were made by small, independent manufacturers that I really liked. companies like Hershey, Cook Brothers Racing, Kooka, Fat Bottom and TNT are gone and Syncros, Bontrager and Control Tech aren't the same as they were way back then.

    it wasn't as much fun doing the rebuild as it was acquiring the parts back in the early 1990s. it would have been nice to do this as close to period correctness, but I don't have the patience like many of you. plus, considering this was purchased as a frame, I feel less compelled to go with the vintage. my newly acquired 1992 Fat Chance Yo Eddy will stay exactly as it was built, though.

    although, I was super psyched to get the 1992 Ibis titanium stem and the XTR cantilevers. considering I just picked up the Yo Eddy, that'll be my bike that I keep period correct (even though that was also purchased as frame/fork). the Kooka levers will also never, ever come off this bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misterdangerpants
    maybe at some point I'll go west of the Mississippi (got my eye on a 1992 Ibis Xtra Mojo). all my bikes are local, which I really like (Independent Fabrication, Fat Chance, Ted Wojcik).
    You still have plenty more eastern bikes to add to your collection before you head west, same as me. I've got IF, Fat, BREW and Litespeed sorted. Now to track down Rhygin, Nevil, Grove, EWR, Merlin, Wojcik....

    I'd love to find an intact Nevil Devil that is large enough for me to ride.

    Oh my poor wallet
    Quote Originally Posted by banks
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    Yes I am!

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    Quote Originally Posted by IF52
    You still have plenty more eastern bikes to add to your collection before you head west, same as me. I've got IF, Fat, BREW and Litespeed sorted. Now to track down Rhygin, Nevil, Grove, EWR, Merlin, Wojcik....

    I'd love to find an intact Nevil Devil that is large enough for me to ride.

    Oh my poor wallet
    Need yourself a Darkside

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    I really dig that...except for the XO. It looks funny to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slimpee
    I really dig that...except for the XO. It looks funny to me.
    well, I wanted Shimano XTR, but Grip Shift X-0 doesn't play well with anything except SRAM. the old Grip Shift X-Rays were great (and worked with Shimano), but the housing was cracked and I had to replace them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ameybrook
    Need yourself a Darkside
    Everyone needs a Darkside!


    Killer looking Rhygin. I have dinner with Rhygin's original machinist a few times a month...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ameybrook
    Need yourself a Darkside
    I'm not really big into Al
    Quote Originally Posted by banks
    That is one big f'n dude!
    Yes I am!

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    Quote Originally Posted by IF52
    You still have plenty more eastern bikes to add to your collection before you head west, same as me. I've got IF, Fat, BREW and Litespeed sorted. Now to track down Rhygin, Nevil, Grove, EWR, Merlin, Wojcik....

    I'd love to find an intact Nevil Devil that is large enough for me to ride.

    Oh my poor wallet
    yes, my poor wallet. it's a little light these days. in addition to updated the Rhygin and purchasing the Yo Eddy, I just had an two IFs built. I am my own worst enemy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IF52
    I'm not really big into Al

    Blasphemer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuspectDevice
    Blasphemer.
    Send me a size L Junebug with an appropriate fork and 410mm post to demo and I'll let you know what I think about it.
    Quote Originally Posted by banks
    That is one big f'n dude!
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    Quote Originally Posted by IF52
    Send me a size L Junebug with an appropriate fork and 410mm post to demo and I'll let you know what I think about it.

    You are in Georgia, right?

    Head down to AVX velo. Richie and Jamie both have our Skeletor road bikes in your size. Prepare to be confused by the ride of a good modern aluminum bike...

    Back on track, I heard both Nevil and Christian whinging that one had ripped off the other on the rasta paint scheme...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuspectDevice
    I heard both Nevil and Christian whinging that one had ripped off the other on the rasta paint scheme...
    yup, according to the 1994 Bike Magazine article...

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    rhygin colors

    [QUOTE=misterdangerpants]the paint took some used to getting used to, as I like solid colors better. obviously, he (Christian Jones) painted these in the Jamaican flag for a reason, though I've seen only a couple others in solid red. the paint is actually still in excellent condition.

    when we borrowed the #2 rhygin for a race in FLA it was red power coat. our first team bikes were all solid colors. one black, one cool nomad blue, one red, and one naked(i got tired of waiting). my first rhygin was full custom, i had christian base the frame around mt bonty switchblades, had the headtube at 1 1/8" (probably the only one he made) and 73/73 for angles. he also put an old school gusset in the front triangle with a bottle opener in the middle. that frame broke at the gusset, and was replaced with another. same specs, but no gusset (relocated the bottle opener to the seattube), and still naked.

    the black bike is in portland, or now. the blue bike broke and has been replaced with a rasta (will be at the ride), red bike is still red and will be there, the naked bike got resprayed green, and fell off a trunk carrier in 2005 somewhere along 495 (i have been searching craigslist since that day, if any one found my rhygin, full grafton brakes, levers,cranks, bottom bracket, green ringle stem,syncros ti bar,control stix team bar ends, bontrager nivachrome switchblade fork, bullseye green and purple from wheel with radial ti spokes, original hugi rear hub, both laced to bontrager bcx rims, with 2.35 ritchey wcs zmax tires, xt thumbies controlling xt ders.) god i miss that bike.

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