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    Is there an oficial Gecko Thread?

    I picked up this frame a while back and built it up with the XC Pro kit I was saving for an MB1 I was working on. According to Ken Beach, the frame is a Y-File-It built sometime between 88 and 91. When I got it it had a fresh coat of metalic blue paint from Cycle Art with an incorrect Columbus tubing decal under the clear coat. I think I'd rather have a well used original smoke paint job than what it has, but it still looks pretty nice. Parts are mostly period correct with the exception of the seat and the grips. But the grips are Lizard skins so those are kind of correct and the seat I've been holding onto for a long time and it just looks right on this bike with the gold detail on the XC Pro. The forks are the correct vintage but I'd like to find a set of straight taper leg forks or have KB build me a set if I can talk myself into spending the money.



    frame Gecko Y-File-It
    fork Specialized
    headset XC Pro Grease Guard
    pedals SR Low Fat
    crank XCPro
    chainrings XCPro Micro Drive
    bottom bracket XCPro Grease Guard
    chain SunTour
    casette SunTour 7sp 11-24 NOS
    f. deraileur XC Pro NOS Micro Drive
    r. deraileur XC Pro Micro Drive
    shifters XC Pro 7sp thumb
    brakes XC Pro NOS
    levers XC Pro NOS
    tires Ritchey Mega Bite/Panaracer Dart
    rims Mavic 231
    hubs XC Pro Grease Guard
    bars Answer Taperlite Gold
    stem Ritchey Fillet Brazed
    seat Schwinn Bass Boat gold w/ Ti rails
    post XC Pro
    binder M900 XTR
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    Need: McMahon brake for roller cam mounts, Mountain Goat fork.

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    It is a pleasure to see Ken's work. Great looking bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bushpig
    It is a pleasure to see Ken's work. Great looking bike.
    Agreed, the fillets are beautiful. And it rides as nice as it looks, very smooth and stable.

    Thanks to Yetified for the reducer 6mm-8mm ferrules for the brake levers.
    Need: McMahon brake for roller cam mounts, Mountain Goat fork.

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    What A pretty Bike..

    I never saw one before I think, but i will like to learn about them..

    I love this Forum for that.

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    Dialed in. All but the seat. Seems out of place.


    There are a few other Gecko threads and I'm sure KB will chime in on this thread.

    http://forums.mtbr.com/search.php?searchid=7331821
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Dialed in. All but the seat. Seems out of place.


    There are a few other Gecko threads and I'm sure KB will chime in on this thread.

    http://forums.mtbr.com/search.php?searchid=7331821
    I know. I had the Ritchey Logic seat on there originally that came with the parts doner bike. I'll probably put the Ritchey seat back on but I just wanted to throw this one on to see what it looked like. Its actually pretty comfortable, feels just like a Flite. I've been holding onto it for at least ten years and can't find a bike that it looks right on.
    Need: McMahon brake for roller cam mounts, Mountain Goat fork.

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    New updated photo and question.

    I thought I'd take a new photo with the correct seat since the sun was shining today.

    I also had an opinion question. I have a set of Bontrager composite forks that are the correct vintage for this bike that I was thinking about putting on it. I was thinking that it seems appropriate, with the central California connection, and it would look better that the Specialized forks that are on the there now.
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    Need: McMahon brake for roller cam mounts, Mountain Goat fork.

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    Ah, much better. Now the fork.

    ...nice looker.

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    great bikes. i have one issue though. you can't have a Y-File-It and not show us close up photos of the joints. come on, let us see that great workmanship. un-filed fillet brazing is the jam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by muddybuddy
    Agreed, the fillets are beautiful. And it rides as nice as it looks, very smooth and stable.

    Thanks to Yetified for the reducer 6mm-8mm ferrules for the brake levers.
    You're very welcome. Did you tell me the ferrules were going on Suntour levers? I have NOS correct Suntour Hardliner cable sets and Suntour Accushift sets as well. The bike is beautiful. Now I need to talk to you about that composite fork, eh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by YETIFIED
    You're very welcome. Did you tell me the ferrules were going on Suntour levers? I have NOS correct Suntour Hardliner cable sets and Suntour Accushift sets as well. The bike is beautiful. Now I need to talk to you about that composite fork, eh?
    I believe I did say they were going on Suntour levers. I might be interested in the cable sets if you want to PM me. Now I know why those levers were going so cheap. They are kinda a pain in the *** to use.
    Need: McMahon brake for roller cam mounts, Mountain Goat fork.

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    here's your detail shots. Sorry for the dirt, I actually ride my bikes. If that guy last week on ebay actually got the $250 he was asking for the fillet Ritchey stem, I think I'm sitting on a gold mine. I don't think I paid more than $25 for any of the three I have.
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    Need: McMahon brake for roller cam mounts, Mountain Goat fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by muddybuddy
    If that guy last week on ebay actually got the $250 he was asking for the fillet Ritchey stem, I think I'm sitting on a gold mine. I don't think I paid more than $25 for any of the three I have.
    I don't think it had any bids when it ended. I wasn't surprised...

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