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    Retrotec fall pics....

    I've had this since July. Finally got around to taking some used pics of it....fall colors help.
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    my pants are getting tight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sean salach
    my pants are getting tight.
    Stay away from my bike...

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    Absolutely beautiful.

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    i'm gonna defile that thing next time i'm down there.

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    What's the fork offset? I love the slight curve to the fork. That Is really one of the coolest I've seen.

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    Ahhhhhhh......the secret of morning wood revealed

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    damn, that's a fine ride. thanks for the quality!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wish I Were Riding
    What's the fork offset? I love the slight curve to the fork. That Is really one of the coolest I've seen.
    I have no idea! I just let Curtis do his thing with it. It's a "Production" size large with slightly longer CS for fat tire clearance, white industries parts clearance, and to be a bit more stable. No suspension correction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sean salach
    i'm gonna defile that thing next time i'm down there.
    I'll be sure to equip it with a cattle fence transformer before then.....

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    oops, double post...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sean salach
    my pants are getting tight.

    Try a shake for breakfast, a shake for lunch, and a sensible dinner. Hmmm, that's still inappropriate!

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    That is one **** cool bike.
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    i got no words, just know that i'm lookin' at your bike...aaaalllllll nnniiiiigggghhhhtttt llllooonnnnggggg
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    Nice color combo.

    That fork makes me hope of no chain drops; looks like it will take a nice core sample of your knee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckUni
    I'll be sure to equip it with a cattle fence transformer before then.....

    might backfire. i might be into that....

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    I think I have finally seen a bike that looked better than my IndyFab (I hated admitting that)...........Beautiful bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckUni
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    Damm... Great photo skills and HOT bike!

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    Thanks everyone. Spent way too much time thinking this one up. Curtis makes super cool stuff. Spectrum did the powder and that came out awesome as well.

    Curtis sent me pictures of a fork with way more point on the top. Scared me, so I got him to tone it down a bit. It's pointy, but I don't think it would do much more damage than some suspension forks.

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    That bike is beautiful. I mean... beautiful. Wow. Love the fork.
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    That bike just looks so right! And the fork - the fork is killer!!!

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    dream bike. I may have to delete this thread because that borders on real porn....
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    Quote Originally Posted by sean salach
    i'm gonna defile that thing next time i'm down there.
    I just did.

    I guess I should get on outdoing this beach cruiser thing...

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    definitely some sweet action
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    Man, that is one sweet Retrotec. Nice Fall pics too. With the exception of the color and few parts... your bike and mine could be cousins:

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.ph...ht=napa+valley

    I really like that fork and are those the new Brooks grips?
    How do you like them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJones
    Man, that is one sweet Retrotec. Nice Fall pics too. With the exception of the color and few parts... your bike and mine could be cousins:

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.ph...ht=napa+valley

    I really like that fork and are those the new Brooks grips?
    How do you like them?
    Yeah, your bike was the deciding factor for me. I wanted to do a silver theme bike with a cheaper frameset. Always liked the retrotecs. Saw yours and it put the two together and I just went for the full deal. Glad I did.

    Brooks grips have more negatives than positives. On the plus side they look cool and are really large in diameter. They fit my hands really well, much larger than any grip I've seen and I've used Ourys for years. On the negative side. They are heavy and expensive. They start off really rough on your hands. Like blister though gloves rough. This breaks in and they become quite nice. Then the summer sweat polishes up the hard contact points and they become slippery. Easy to fix, I just rough em up with sandpaper....But still. Also they are pretty damn hard.

    All that said I like them cause of the size, so they are staying. The brooks saddle would go before the grips. I'm sticking with both for now.

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    Great pic's.
    The bike as well .

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    I've been around a while in the love my bikes nearly as much as my wife era and can with a clear conscience say that is by far the biggest piece of bike porn ever. Love it. Enjoy.

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    That's just teh hotness.

    Really.

    Best looking bike I've seen on the board in a long time.
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    I love it when someone builds a bike that looks so right.

    Thank you:
    1. For not assaulting that beauty with H-bars.
    2. For not using a negative stem and riser bars.
    3. For assembling a beautiful and functional bike.

    Everything on that bike says "on purpose."

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    Oh dear...

    That is one gorgeous bike. Nice Fall colors too.

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    Nice bike,
    nice bokeh

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    Quote Originally Posted by theCush
    nice bokeh
    LOL!

    Thanks everyone. Looks like its gonna be a tall order for me to out do this one with the next....I'm thinking about it. Probably be skinny tire however....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckUni
    LOL!

    Thanks everyone. Looks like its gonna be a tall order for me to out do this one with the next....I'm thinking about it. Probably be skinny tire however....
    fixed?


    that bike is the bizznizz
    smart rig! makes me want to ride my bike. sweet pics brother.

    early rainy morning about a week ago. fall is good!!
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    nice retrotec, sweet colors! love it

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    you should do wedding pictures. that bike is awesome!

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    That's my new Desktop! That retrotec is amazing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lil hillbilly
    fixed?
    The next? No I have a couple of those, nothing custom though. Next skinny tire for me needs gears....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ernesto_from_Wisconsin
    you should do wedding pictures. that bike is awesome!
    I do wedding pictures. Photography is my biz....mostly architecture, some wedding, little bit of everything else...

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    Still beautiful.

    Much more at home here versus over at RBR

    As far as your next ride (skinny tires, gears), the image that popped right into my head is something along the lines of a Casseroll with a Rohloff hub and another Nitto bar. You could even move the Brooks grips over!
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    Handlebar?

    Nice bike, clean build.

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    Surly Torsion bar.

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    Not that it matters, but do you have an idea of how much your bike weighs, built-up as it is? I've always wondered about the Retrotec frames.

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    I don't know what the number would be honestly. It's not bad though, especially considering some of the parts on the build. It's not heavy, but not super light. The frame is also about as heavy that Curtis makes with the extra tubes and fillet brazing. He definitely has lighter options. The fork was surprisingly light, but again I don't have a number.

    I have to hanging on the scale next time I'm at the bike shop.....

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    What equipment/settings does it take to capture shots like that? They are awesome! I'm pretty sure I can't do that with my point and shoot digicam.
    It's only weird because it's not normal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mckeand13
    What equipment/settings does it take to capture shots like that? They are awesome! I'm pretty sure I can't do that with my point and shoot digicam.
    Digital SLR and a fixed 50mm lens. It'd be tough to impossible to get the depth of field with a point and shot, but you probably could work the image up to get tones like that if you have a decent one (most are these days). Time of day and setting most important....this was right around sunset with the really moody ones right after sunset.

    They were shot with a Canon 5d and 50mm 1.4. Aperture 1.8-2.8ish. Shot in RAW and played with a bit....but not too much really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckUni
    Surly Torsion bar.
    Thanks. That's what I suspected, but wasn't sure.

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    that's nice. sort of pre-purple ano.
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    Awesome bike. Add a strut fork and you have my dream bike. Great photos, you should post more!
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    Quote Originally Posted by benwitt11
    Great photos, you should post more!
    Sure. We have a new page going so no bandwidth worries....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckUni
    Sure. We have a new page going so no bandwidth worries....

    Woa...Italian crank bolts
    and a new lens, right? something a bit longer, shot more wide open? Maybe an 80mm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by playpunk
    and a new lens, right? something a bit longer, shot more wide open? Maybe an 80mm?
    Good call. Although these were from the same set, they were done with a zoom. Anywhere from 50mm for the chainring to 70mm for the full bike shot. The first shot from yesterday was done with this lens too at about 60mm. f3.5ish, so not really more wide open.

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    Hey Chuck, can you comment on how your spectacular bike rides and handles?

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    Sparty was going on and on about this bike during our Wednesnighter so I had to take a look-see and I'll be damned if that isn't a sweet looking bike.

    Waiting for the weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat
    Hey Chuck, can you comment on how your spectacular bike rides and handles?
    It's good, pretty much exactly what I wanted when I decided to go with 29". It's actually my first 29" bike...and my first rigid MTB...and also my first SS mtb. I had come from riding 26" hardtail with gears, riding my cross bike off road on 35c tires, and riding fixed for 90% of my on road riding. I wanted to mix it together plus get the roll-over-everything factor of the 29er I had tested.

    The front end on this one is stiff, with the fat tubes and relatively short non-suspension corrected length. Super accurate, which was the main part of what I liked about riding the cross bike off road. Quick and responsive. The big rampage up front takes the edge off so it's a good combo. The back isn't soft but it does give some, as does the brooks....so it makes for a pretty comfy ride on the back end. Whole thing grips like crazy. Stable and plated on the steep ups and downs. SS is just more fun for me. Just like on the road, less worries and most times I end up going faster anyway. It has a Phil EBB and that has been really easy to adjust and problem free.

    Things I might change: Brooks saddle has a tear up front that they say they will warranty. So I get to ship that off today or tomorrow for replacement. I might eventually go to a stiffer wheel. Salsa delgado race rims are light but the setup seems a bit soft. Not a huge issue because I am somewhat lightweight, but noticeable. King headset doesn't seem to play well with the Thomson stem. I have creaking issues and the preload comes loose sometimes. Looking to go with the new Cane Creek HS to see if the compression ring solves the issues.

    That's the most of it...if you want to know any specifics, let me know.

    About the weight, I don't have a scale here but will check it next time I have it at the shop. Dunno when that will be exactly, hopefully soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckUni
    It good, pretty much exactly what I wanted when I decided to go with 29". It's actually my first 29" bike...and my first rigid MTB...and also my first SS mtb. I had come from riding 26" hardtail with gears, riding my cross bike off road on 35c tires, and riding fixed for 90% of my on road riding. I wanted to mix it together plus get the roll-over-everything factor of the 29er I had tested.

    The front end on this one is stiff, with the fat tubes and relatively short non-suspension corrected length. Super accurate, which was the main part of what I liked about riding the cross bike off road. Quick and responsive. The big rampage up front takes the edge off so it's a good combo. The back isn't soft but it does give some, as does the brooks....so it makes for a pretty comfy ride on the back end. Whole thing grips like crazy. Stable and plated on the steep ups and downs. SS is just more fun for me. Just like on the road, less worries and most times I end up going faster anyway. It has a Phil EBB and that have been really easy to adjust and problem free.

    Things I might change: Brooks saddle has a tear up front that they say they will warranty. So I get to ship that off today or tomorrow for replacement. I might eventually go to a stiffer wheel. Salsa delgado race rims are light but the setup seems a bit soft. Not a huge issue because I am somewhat lightweight, but noticeable. King headset doesn't seem to play well with the Thomson stem. I have creaking issues and the preload comes loose sometimes. Looking to go with the new Cane Creek HS to see if the compression ring solves the issues.

    That's the most of it...if you want to know any specifics, let me know.

    About the weight, I don't have a scale here but will check it next time I have it at the shop. Dunno when that will be exactly, hopefully soon.
    Wonderful review, thanks.

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    chuck was riding an older raleigh 26" hardtail for a while for his mtb duties(other than when he took the cross bike out on some pretty tough trails). i swapped with him for one short ride. he was on my ss karate monkey, rigid. it was a complete roll reversal. he was now waiting for me at the top of every climb and downhill. 29er just sorta fit him like a glove. as did ss and rigid.

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    That seriously may be the most beautiful bike of its kind that I've ever seen. you did a great job selecting everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckUni
    King headset doesn't seem to play well with the Thomson stem. I have creaking issues and the preload comes loose sometimes. Looking to go with the new Cane Creek HS to see if the compression ring solves the issues.

    Did you install the little plastic washer (headset scuff washer)on the bearing cap of the King? They get noisy if that isn't there and even then you may need a small spacer between the stem and the HS cap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tozovr
    Did you install the little plastic washer (headset scuff washer)on the bearing cap of the King? They get noisy if that isn't there and even then you may need a small spacer between the stem and the HS cap.

    GORGEOUS bike!
    Thanks!

    Yes and no on the scuff washer. When I first got the bike the scuff washer was missing. It's the first King headset that I put together, so I didn't know any better. Made noise pretty much right away and I figured it out. So I got one and installed it. I installed a new cap as a precaution because in the relatively short time it was set like that, the fretting motion had worn dirt into it and worn away some of the anodizing. Much better, but I still get noise. I rode in the rain a few weeks ago and I guess it pushed dirt in because on the next ride it made all kinds of noise. Take it apart, clean it up...all better. I have a small king spacer in there. It has loosened up a couple times now too.

    I think it's just a combo of the setup. Rigid fork, rocks...steel steerer, that king o-ring cap, and the clamp on the Elite stem. I'm hoping that the compression ring setup will hold tight enough to solve it.

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    I will trade you my girlfriend for it. And she's a hot one. Seriously. Think about it. Please.

    I need more pics and a few minutes alone......

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    Quote Originally Posted by cazloco
    Waiting for the weight.

    Caz

    It's 26.4lbs as pictured....

    Frame (large triple) and fork are all fillet brazed except for the BB joints and the top fork joints, which are tig

    Phil EBB
    Phil Stainless BB 113mm
    White Ind cranks 175mm/32t
    White ind hubs front qr/rear bolt on
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    Salsa delgado race rims 32h with DT comps/brass nips.
    F. Rampage R. Ignitor
    QBP tubes/Velox
    Formula Biancos 160mm f/r
    King HS
    Thomson stem + post
    Surly Torsion bar
    Brooks Swift and Brooks grips.

    Think thats it....
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    Great looking bike, are those Brooks grips? If they are how do you like them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalahari
    Great looking bike, are those Brooks grips? If they are how do you like them?
    They are brooks grips. See post #27 a mini review of em.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckUni
    The brooks saddle would go before the grips. I'm sticking with both for now.
    Scratch that....

    The grips are no longer on the bike. I kept wearing them smooth and the problem was just getting worse. Even after "rebuilding" them, where I took them apart and scuffed everything up (which was a serious PITA). So they are gone....replaced by a set of Ergons. Don't have much time on them yet, but they seem to be working really well for me.

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    A year later, back again with some new stuff. Brooks stuff is gone, the saddle did not last too well for me (the did warranty one, nice of them). Grips, see the post above. It now has a Fizik Gobi and Ergon grips. I got Drew at Engin to build me a stem and post. Powder coated to match, except for the 953 stainless part of the post. Cane Creek 110 headest. It currently has a set of 520 pedals on it because they seem to hold a cleat tighter than my 540s. Fall/wet leaves tire setup. King SS cages. Lots of steel stuff on this bike. .....
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    Waiting on a set of Salsa Semi rims.....
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    that stem is amazing. I love that bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by playpunk
    that stem is amazing. I love that bike.
    +1 I saved every pic form the first post way back when. So sharp.

    ChuckUni - Did Drew handle the color matching or did you send it back to Retrotec? I'm Philly area like you and I always want to pull the trigger on something at Engin, nice work happening there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swami Scott
    +1 I saved every pic form the first post way back when. So sharp.

    ChuckUni - Did Drew handle the color matching or did you send it back to Retrotec? I'm Philly area like you and I always want to pull the trigger on something at Engin, nice work happening there!
    Drew sent the post and stem to Spectrum Powderworks, the same place that did the frame and fork a year and half ago. Looks good, but they missed a perfect match, the green is a bit off. Oh well, they didn't have anything to sample for the color. That and the original powder coat still looks great, tough as nails.

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    i so would. repeatedly and without reservations.

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    A year later and that bike is still one of, if not the best looking bike on the board. Its kinda like a nice set of boobies. I just sign happily every time I see it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ~martini~
    A year later and that bike is still one of, if not the best looking bike on the board. Its kinda like a nice set of boobies. I just sign happily every time I see it.
    Could not agree more!

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    Chuck,

    Do your remember what RAL color you selected for the green? Is it RAL 7009 green/grey? (+creme on dart scheme)

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    nie to have a backup ride that nice bro! we all know about your other nice bike.....

    kidding.

    see ya in the wiss.

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    Still love this bike. Dibs if you ever want to sell it!
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    Shiny brake calipers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by renosfo View Post
    Chuck,

    Do your remember what RAL color you selected for the green? Is it RAL 7009 green/grey? (+creme on dart scheme)
    I have no ideal on the green gray. It's not very saturated. It may be possible that it's some type of trickery with the clear coat, but again not sure.

    Quote Originally Posted by jomissa View Post
    nie to have a backup ride that nice bro! we all know about your other nice bike.....

    kidding.

    see ya in the wiss.
    BSO's, All of them...

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    it is a sweet bike. one of the nicest retrotecs ive seen.....

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    Thanks Chuck!

    Mine is modeled after yours except it's a triple geared 29er running 1x10 and fox forks. I got the stem, frame and forks all being painted RAL 7009 Green/Grey - hope it's close to color match as yours. I sill submit photos when done in the next couple of weeks

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    Retrotec Triple 29er

    Taken 3/2012 in China Camp, Marin County

    • -white industries eno crankset, mi6 hubs
    • - paul chain keeper 1x10 setup
    • Shimano 2012 Shadow Plus rear, ICE brakes
    • Painted fox fork and Iglis stem
    • thomson seatpost, brooks saddle
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Retrotec fall pics....-retrotec.jpg  


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    That's sweet!

    Mine is still kicking around, no new pics - but more or less the same setup as the last photos.

    Quote Originally Posted by renosfo View Post
    Taken 3/2012 in China Camp, Marin County

    • -white industries eno crankset, mi6 hubs
    • - paul chain keeper 1x10 setup
    • Shimano 2012 Shadow Plus rear, ICE brakes
    • Painted fox fork and Iglis stem
    • thomson seatpost, brooks saddle

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    nice

    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckUni View Post
    That's sweet!

    Mine is still kicking around, no new pics - but more or less the same setup as the last photos.
    Thanks! Ah, your bike really inspired me - I really love it. What are you riding these days?

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    that is a beautiful bike.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by renosfo View Post
    Thanks! Ah, your bike really inspired me - I really love it. What are you riding these days?
    I've had the Retrotec out quite a bit lately. Just for a change of pace - and also because winter legs, it has a slightly smaller gear.

    I also have an Engin single speed. Stainless, rigid, etc.

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