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    Non-GT triple triangle custom goodness

    Here's something a bit different, even for around these antipodean parts - a Kerry Hopkins MTB in 531 All Terra tubing. I used to hang out at Kerry's shop years ago when I lived and worked in a different part of Sydney. Kerry focussed on custom road and track frames and was meticulous with his attention to bike fit and geometry. I'd watch him work and I always wanted one of his bikes and finally that opportunity has come up to own one of his more unique frames.

    Some decades ago, there was a huge velodrome scene in Australian cities and a lot of shops had frame builders who would braze up some beautiful track frames, as well as road frames. Of those builders, very few dabbled in MTB frames and those that did, did so very few of them that this is practically an anomaly. A google search for Kerry Hopkins frames will get you a lot of nice road and track stuff, but that's about all.

    MTB was very much a fledgeling sport here until the early 90s and didn't really take off until the mid 90s. Custom builders just didn't bother when the sport was in its infancy here and besides, they were doing good business with their road and track frames.

    I'm yet to catch up with Kerry and ask him about the bike, like when it was made and why it had frame bosses for shifters (or cable adjusters) and if he can remember anything about the likely spec. I figure the roller cams and 1" steerer date it to around 1990 or thereabouts. I'm not sure what to build it with just yet, once I find out when it was built that should give some direction.

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    That's cooler than any GT I've seen!

    Can't really articulate why, but, way cool....
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    Looking great Uncle. Sure you will do it justice. A bit of Tequila Sunrise inspiration in there.

    Love the brakes. The yard is looking good too.

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    Quite the score down under, totally dig that fork as well, reminds me of an early Paul Sadoff Rock Lobster fork. Look forward to stalking the build. Cheers

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    Oh and I had to look up antipodean (and I'm a geologist, coming from the opposite of earth's poles), but I guess it's a S hemisphere thing...learn something every day

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Crudley View Post
    The yard is looking good too.
    We need rain. Lawn is looking a bit more yellow than green right now.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Claus View Post
    Quite the score down under, totally dig that fork as well, reminds me of an early Paul Sadoff Rock Lobster fork. Look forward to stalking the build. Cheers
    Thanks, might be a long termer though, I've thrown in my secure government gig to work for myself so playing with bikes will need to a take a backseat to setting up my new venture.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Claus View Post
    Oh and I had to look up antipodean (and I'm a geologist, coming from the opposite of earth's poles), but I guess it's a S hemisphere thing...learn something every day
    So long as you don't confuse us with Austria.

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    that's neat, grumps. thanks for sharing.

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    Fine example of a "hellenic" frame.
    Needed: 26.8mm XTR seatpost, blue GT/Grundig Jersey.

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