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    1997 Nuke Proof Reactor

    I just purchased a Nukeproof Reactor frame and fork from a gentleman in California and I am in he process of rebuilding it. I was wondering if anyone had specifics on this frame. It has a unique front suspension setup and I am hoping to replace the bearings but they obviously aren't standard bike bearings. My plan is to pull them and take them to a local manufacturer to see if they can source them for me but I would like as much info as possible before going in. I would appreciate anything that you all could tell me.
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    If it's a sealed cartridge bearing, just pop it out and inspect it. There should be a number on the plastic seal somewhere. Most towns of decent size have some kind of bearing supply store, that will be happy to match up the bearing for you.

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    They are sealed so I am hoping that this will be the case. Thanks

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    Sweet frame! I always wanted one of those!

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    nice bike. build it and post it.

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    Gathering parts now and the frame, fork tubes and stem are at the powder-coater now getting fresh Red Baron Red applied. I will post more pictures when the build starts. Thanks guys

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    Back from the powder-coater

    I just got the frame, fork and stem back from powder. With cold weather the photos were taken indoors and look a bit washed out. They are Red Baron red rather than the original which was more brick red. Just waiting on the rebuild on the front shock from Hippietech Suspension all the other parts have arrived and I was even able to sort out a bottom bracket from one that didn't work on another build.
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    1997 Nukeproof Reactor

    Wow that looks fantastic.
    Keep posting, I want to see finished product
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    Looking good. I had one of the few full suspension ones for a while. The front end looked well designed with needle bearings at all the pivots. Where did you get the decals?
    Need: McMahon brake for roller cam mounts, Mountain Goat fork.

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    Outstanding! Looks awesome!

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    Thanks for the kind words. The gent that had the decals is named Gil his website is: The Cycle Shed
    He is a member at retrobike.co.uk and he seems to have decals for many of the vintage mountain bikes. They are super quality and went on smooth as silk.
    The quality on the bike and the engineering they put into the front I can only imagine the rear on the full suspension. My only complaint has been the quality of the factory paint, it seemed very thin for a trail oriented bike. How did the FS Reactor ride?

    Chris

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    Here's a couple pics. Nothing special about the rear. Never got it rebuilt and ridable so, can't comment on ride.
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    Need: McMahon brake for roller cam mounts, Mountain Goat fork.

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    Great project! It looks like it going well. Please tell me you have those cool Nuke Proof carbon hubs for the wheelset.
    "Everyone has a plan 'till they get punched in the mouth"
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    I actually have a set of the titanium Nuke Proofs with Mavic 517's that I will be putting on. I lucked out I don't know if you can see them but they also came with Odyssey Svelte skewers. I have a set of the Carbon road version on an Eclipse 7 (rebadged TVT).
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    Such a pretty setup. If you ever see one again let me know I would love to get my hands on one.

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    That is sweet!

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    gis,

    Any updates? Cant wait to seeit built up!

    J

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    The rebuilt Rock Shox deluxe be arriving in the next week or so. After that i hope to start a quick assembly, fingers crossed.

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    Sweet rebuild, my friend has the same frame. I have always wanted his. Haha

    Post some pics!

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    Finally got the shock back and I am starting the assembly. The fork took some work to reassemble and there were some minor nicks and tears but it is starting to take shape. Not able to use my XTR V brakes as they hit the fork legs when installed on the front fork. I will be trying out some of the other brake sets I have sitting around. I installed some cane creek direct curves but I don't know how much I like them and the have very little stopping power.

    Cheers

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    1997 Nukeproof Reactor

    That bike is so freeking cool

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    Glad I did not purchase this because I would not have put the effort you have into it. Good job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gis_guru View Post
    I actually have a set of the titanium Nuke Proofs with Mavic 517's that I will be putting on. I lucked out I don't know if you can see them but they also came with Odyssey Svelte skewers. I have a set of the Carbon road version on an Eclipse 7 (rebadged TVT).
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    Uh-oh! Those 517's were not made until 2000 - and maybe even later! Where are the a-hollisters to nit pick about the forum you are posting in?

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    If you put as much effort into your builds as you did your righteous indignation maybe you wouldn't come of as such an idiot

    Just a thought
    looking for 20-21" P team

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    Quote Originally Posted by hollister View Post
    If you put as much effort into your builds as you did your righteous indignation maybe you wouldn't come of as such an idiot

    Just a thought
    ...and what do you know about my builds?

    Other than the fact I would not have repainted a bike with paint made after 1997 or re-pop stickers?

    FWIW - I use period correct cables and tubes. I do like the 110 headset so I have violated your sacred VRC rules with that one and I do like Ergon grips a great deal.

    I could care less what your opinion is since it seems to change based on how far up another posters ass your nose is.

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