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    Finally Almost Done With my Custom Build....Thoughts?? (jokes welcome)

    Hey y'all. This is my 2004 Diamondback Topenga EX hardtail. Finally been upgraded to my specifications. All that's left now is a disc brake upgrade. Let me know your thoughts! (it's supposed to be ridiculous colors...a dare from a friend XD)
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    Looks cool. I've been messing around with an 03 rocky mountain edge, just about completed it now.

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    Nicely done! I dig the gold cranks.
    I race XC with a 2005 Raleigh M80. Yes, I really do.

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    It's crooked.
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    New, longer handlebars are on the way as well as some nice new grips. Also have some disc break deals in the works.
    Constantly trying to justify riding old bikes when in reality, I'm just too cheap to buy a new one.

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    The bike is ok but you have not yet got the bike builder's eye.

    You should make the bike look aggressive and fast even if you will never ride it like that so ditch the bar ends and invert the stem.

    Add extra chainstay protection - the cheapest way is to wrap it with a used thin inner tube. It will look good if you do it neatly.

    Align the graphics on the tyres with the valve holes.

    Remove the pie plate.

    Crimp the frayed cable ends.

    Replace the green pedals with black pedals which have a hint of red to accent the red on the forks and the bit of red on the frame.

    Reinforce the red accent colour with lock-on grips which have annodised red clamps.

    Clean the bike then take it outside for pictures in day light.

    Put the bike against a plain background, like a brick wall, to emphasize your handiwork.

    Align the wheels (valves should be at 12 or at 6 o'clock). Align the cranks and the pedals to the horizontal. Align the bars - they should be square to the frame.

    Then take masses of pictures from different angles and exposure settings.

    Select the best handful and post them here.

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    I'm not a fan of how the gold cranks don't really go that well with the orange bucket...it's just not quite there.
    All the gear and no idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mik_git View Post
    I'm not a fan of how the gold cranks don't really go that well with the orange bucket...it's just not quite there.
    DAMMIT!!! I guess I gotta throw the whole bike in the dumpster then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by standard3x2 View Post
    The bike is ok but you have not yet got the bike builder's eye.

    You should make the bike look aggressive and fast even if you will never ride it like that so ditch the bar ends and invert the stem.

    Add extra chainstay protection - the cheapest way is to wrap it with a used thin inner tube. It will look good if you do it neatly.

    Align the graphics on the tyres with the valve holes.

    Remove the pie plate.

    Crimp the frayed cable ends.

    Replace the green pedals with black pedals which have a hint of red to accent the red on the forks and the bit of red on the frame.

    Reinforce the red accent colour with lock-on grips which have annodised red clamps.

    Clean the bike then take it outside for pictures in day light.

    Put the bike against a plain background, like a brick wall, to emphasize your handiwork.

    Align the wheels (valves should be at 12 or at 6 o'clock). Align the cranks and the pedals to the horizontal. Align the bars - they should be square to the frame.

    Then take masses of pictures from different angles and exposure settings.

    Select the best handful and post them here.
    I'll have to take them once I'm fully done with my part-out. I have a deal in the works for a lighly used 2001 Kona Chute to finally get some hydros and Race Face parts on the Diamondback. I'll post another picture when I'm done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daytimecyclist View Post
    DAMMIT!!! I guess I gotta throw the whole bike in the dumpster then.
    I dunno about the whole bike...you can keep the bucket, it's orange after all...
    All the gear and no idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mik_git View Post
    I dunno about the whole bike...you can keep the bucket, it's orange after all...
    Nope. The whole thing's been spoiled now.
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    Killed it! Fab job-curious how long it took you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GutterCleaning View Post
    Killed it! Fab job-curious how long it took you?
    gutter cleaning Hamilton

    Not too long. I did just purchase that old Kona I was talking about earlier. The Diamondback will be getting new Maxxis, hydraulic brakes, and some new RaceFace parts that will be coming off of the Kona. I'll post more pictures when the part-out and transfer is 100% complete.
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    "Finally almost done" sounds an awful lot like "finally still not done"!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSU Alum View Post
    "Finally almost done" sounds an awful lot like "finally still not done"!
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    Quote Originally Posted by daytimecyclist View Post
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    Hey, turn that frown upside down. At least you have something to do!

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    Are you sure you don't want to use parts from the DB to build up the Kona, assuming it's your size?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    Are you sure you don't want to use parts from the DB to build up the Kona, assuming it's your size?
    what l was thinking....
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