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    Pics of my new IF steel deluxe

    Got it built up this weekend -- took 12 weeks for the frame to get built, but in the end it was worth the wait. The color is Milkshake, which is a very creamy, deep color. It looks beautiful in person and the fit is perfect.







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    Very Nice!

    The color goes welll with the IF green and yellow decals.

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    sweet!! very unique color rarely seen.

    is that a 100mm fox? also may i know wat's your BB height? custom geometry?

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    Thanks,

    BB height is ~ 31cm, the fork is a Fox 100RLT, geometry is custom, disc only frame

    Quote Originally Posted by sparst
    sweet!! very unique color rarely seen.

    is that a 100mm fox? also may i know wat's your BB height? custom geometry?

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    parallel bike builds

    I seriously considered IF before deciding to go with Strong. I wanted an ivory bike the color of the old MB-zips designed around a 100mm fork. Just built it up last weekend. Pics attached (hopefully)

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    Yow!
    That's a seriously beautiful bike.
    Congrats.
    I also considered IF before my Sycip.
    I think the Sycip was a little less expensive, and they also
    offered Powdercoating which IF did not at the time.
    Enjoy that beauty.
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    my initial guess was 12" , close enough. IF was one of my main considerations... if not for the price and lack of local dealer....dang! shipment alone makes the already steep premium unthinkable! well i'm not ruling it out in the future... already picturing it in my mind...lol

    congrats u got yourself a keeper!!

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    The gold goes nicely with white.

    What's with all the white bikes all of a sudden? I got a custom fork done by Carl in Pearl white. It rides really nicely.
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    I didn't have a dealer either, so I had my local shop order one. They don't make nearly the markup on it as a dealer does, but they did it anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strong Ti
    What's with all the white bikes all of a sudden?

    My wife worked closely with Lloyd Graves and the IF painters. Together they came up with the off white pearl with blue flames. The paint on this is like nothing I have ever seen.

    While SyCip does powder (which is very nice). IF does paint, like no other. Check out the MTBR spotlight on IF
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    very nice. what was the upcharge for the flames?

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    Quote Originally Posted by meackerman
    very nice. what was the upcharge for the flames?
    five bills.

    Expensive but worth it. Both the bike and my wife.
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    that is drop dead gorgeous.
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    i've noticed you've left out the disc tab.. something very rare these days. guess you're adamant about your brake preference. i'm using Vs on my frame as well but added disc tab 'just in case'.. though i doubt i'll go disc with it ever. better resale value with disc tabs as well, but then again i dont think i'll sell it cuz it's my first ever custom frame. so i'm like WTH? the whole disc brake hype really got to my head. not trying to discredit disc brakes, just that for xc i find that Vs serve me great..

    sounds like i'm *****ing about a bloody disc tab LOL.. just that i intend to get my dream frame, ti deluxe, hopefully by next year. and i'm gonna be put in the same spot again. the fact that it's a custom means everything must and should be perfect. so customizing a useless disc tab is kinda stupid. i guess i'm a major oddball, but it's just one of those little things you know... like when u see a trailbike susser frame with 2 v-brake bosses sticking out like a sore thumb. Ok i admit i'm a whiner lol

    i suppose u could always weld the disc tab on if u ever feel like it, but it wont make sense messing up such a pimp paintjob. guess you're pretty clear-headed regarding your purchase. congrats on your frame! it's a looker

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparst
    i've noticed you've left out the disc tab.. something very rare these days. guess you're adamant about your brake preference. i'm using Vs on my frame as well but added disc tab 'just in case'.. though i doubt i'll go disc with it ever. better resale value with disc tabs as well, but then again i dont think i'll sell it cuz it's my first ever custom frame. so i'm like WTH? the whole disc brake hype really got to my head. not trying to discredit disc brakes, just that for xc i find that Vs serve me great..

    sounds like i'm *****ing about a bloody disc tab LOL.. just that i intend to get my dream frame, ti deluxe, hopefully by next year. and i'm gonna be put in the same spot again. the fact that it's a custom means everything must and should be perfect. so customizing a useless disc tab is kinda stupid. i guess i'm a major oddball, but it's just one of those little things you know... like when u see a trailbike susser frame with 2 v-brake bosses sticking out like a sore thumb. Ok i admit i'm a whiner lol

    i suppose u could always weld the disc tab on if u ever feel like it, but it wont make sense messing up such a pimp paintjob. guess you're pretty clear-headed regarding your purchase. congrats on your frame! it's a looker


    I bought that frame new in 2001. I gave it to my wife last year, and she had it repained to make it hers. It was V only. I don't like the look of a bike with both the disk and V studs. I mean, make up your mind.

    Besides, I am a V brake holdout. I don't feel the need to have disk. We live in Texas, there are no real Mountains here. But you will note that the brakes are the Avid Ultimates. Very strong, with a very nice feel. If we ever need disk, I would pull the Mullet. Avid disk front with the Avid Ultimate rear.

    BTW, my bike is a Ti Deluxe. And believe it or not actually I miss the feel and the character of my steel bike.
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    [/QUOTE]
    BTW, my bike is a Ti Deluxe. And believe it or not actually I miss the feel and the character of my steel bike.[/QUOTE]

    pls don't say that, it's my dream frame so it's suppose to ride perfect lol! yes we do hear that alot from steel riders/devotees, there's just something special about steel..

    if i get my hands on me ti deluxe, i do intend to run ultimates as well. and as much as i like your paintjob, i still think shot-peened ti is the sexiest shiat i've seen.a pity though...

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    damn that milkshake bike is totally unrideable....it's too beautiful.

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    Nice Rides

    Hey I just bought a 98 steel Deluxe for myself, what size derailer clamp should I look for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparst
    sounds like i'm *****ing about a bloody disc tab LOL.. just that i intend to get my dream frame, ti deluxe, hopefully by next year. and i'm gonna be put in the same spot again.
    One thing to keep in mind about titanium is that it requires very little prep to weld, so you could go canti-specific and always add a disc brake mount later if you decide with little effort or cost. Of course, if you go disc in the first place, IF specs a different dropout with the mount built in I think... Yeah, I'm not much help .
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    chruby99,

    1.25 inch clamp size should do ya' good on an IF Steel Deluxe!

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    Thanks

    Ill post some pictures when I get it together

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    De nada!
    Yes, definitely throw up some pics when you get her finished. Coincidentally, I just ordered up my Steel Deluxe (finally) about an hour or so ago. I just signed off on the plans and it should be here in about 4 weeks. And yes, pics will be posted!

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    Just got it in the mail today

    A 99 Steel Deluxe. Still waiting for some parts in the mail. Going to be full XTR with thomson stem and post. The wheels are an old set I am looking to get some M952 XTR/ Mavic X517 or XC717. SRAM 9.0 v brakes 05 White brothers XC.8 I might get an older White brothers fork for it I really like this fork on my bianchi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chruby99
    A 99 Steel Deluxe. Still waiting for some parts in the mail. Going to be full XTR with thomson stem and post. The wheels are an old set I am looking to get some M952 XTR/ Mavic X517 or XC717. SRAM 9.0 v brakes 05 White brothers XC.8 I might get an older White brothers fork for it I really like this fork on my bianchi.

    Who's signature on the NDS chainstay?
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    Spectrum paint

    Tom Kellog of Spectrum paint. It has a fresh coat of paint. It looks like they do great work all the decals are under the clear.

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    oh, Spectrum does nice work. The signature shows that they are proud of it.

    They were able to get the old Somerville Ma. sticker too I see. Well done.
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    I know where that frame came from...

    Nice one chruby99! Looks killer with the green on green. good luck with her

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    just got mine on friday.
    this is a 2004 frame built up and sitting in a shop display window for the last 2 years or so.

    i was going to order a custom build from IF, but this fit perfect and was the color I wanted anyhow. instant gratification!

    The only thing I need to chage out are the pedals... remove the rim brake pivots and cap them, and I am done.



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    Hey Gimp, that's the one from On The Route, right? I went in on Saturday to check it out and they told me it sold the day before. Nice score! I guess if I get a Steel Deluxe, I'll have to look at the darker green they had with red panels....pure sexy.

    Bryan

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    bryan,

    it sure is...
    I had no idea that someone else was interested in it... they told me it had been sitting in the window for 2 years almost.

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    Still waiting for a couple parts

    But It is together for the most part took it out for a 30 mile ride last night. Rides nice. The geometry is way different than my bianchi Takes some getting used to. Waiting for the rear brake post Thomson Post and it is done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chruby99
    But It is together for the most part took it out for a 30 mile ride last night. Rides nice. The geometry is way different than my bianchi Takes some getting used to. Waiting for the rear brake post Thomson Post and it is done.

    "East Coast" geometry. Your new ride will be more at home in the tight twisties than on the tarmac.

    Just wait until you hit the singletrack. After a ride or two, you will be carving through the corners.
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    Bianchi is not exactly a slouch.

    It is a full on race rig Reparto Course. But I can definatly feel the difference in the fork rake, and the front triangle on the Indy is alot more rigid Not Super rigid like my old S-works HT But the whole thing feels tight especially when hopping it. I am going to have to ride it more. Yea alot more. The bianchi has been setup for the girlfreind now. Save it for backup.
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    Yeah, I kept staring at it, but only wanted the frame because I couldn't afford the whole rig. Hopefully I'll be able to catch up with you sometime so I can check it out outside of the showroom.

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    bryan,

    it sure is...
    I had no idea that someone else was interested in it... they told me it had been sitting in the window for 2 years almost.

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    I talked them down in price a bit on the whole bike. I was really after the frame only, also... but I got a nice deal.

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    I love that Milkshake colour RobotKiller. I was hoping that the Maverick ML7/5 white paint job was like that (sadly not) - it looked creamy on some of the Interbike demo pics.
    Ah well I went with Hard Ano in the end - pics of the Maverick here
    https://forums.mtbr.com/1976473-post.html

    Here's my IF - pics from when it was new in 2003.
    It's a front to back fade from light orange to dark orange (I forget the paint names).
    With Prismatique blingyiness thrown in for good measure











    I've got loads of pictures of custom paint from IF and others, that I was gathering when I was ordering the IF - I can't really post them here, because I haven't got the owner's permission, but if you pm me with your email address I can forward them on.

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    paint touch up

    Everyone,

    Beautiful bikes here, one and all.

    What tips do you have for touch up, rock chips and such. I've got a couple that I need to attend to on my '99 steel deluxe, as well as a scratch on one of the seat stays from where someone bumped/hit my bike and scratched it.

    Anyway, I've got the ppg? number and have tried contacting a couple of auto paint specialists online without any replies, and the auto shops here only sell spray cans for large jobs.

    Appreciate any help. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by augistiner
    Anyway, I've got the ppg? number and have tried contacting a couple of auto paint specialists online without any replies, and the auto shops here only sell spray cans for large jobs.

    Appreciate any help. Thanks.

    Keep calling around. That is the nice thing with the PPG paint, you can match it.


    From the IF website....

    IF does not sell touch up paint. If you do damage the paint, you can obtain touch up paint from any auto supply store which carries PPG.
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    Wow BikeMojo, that bike just left me wiping the drool off my keyboard!

    I just recently (1 month ago) started riding on a deddaciai steel frame. I have never felt a better ride in my life and I am totally sold on it. I had a 853 frame that was okay, but was no where near as responsive, snappy and compliant as this. The small tubes deliver a nice clean look and sexy lines taboot. Mine is in green, and I took matching colored green electrical tape to cover up the typical spots that I always get chips at from the tires flinging small rocks. You can barely even notice it's there.

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    It is done

    Put a new fork, wheels, post and stem on. Oh yea and a few hundred miles. That steel feels nice.
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    Just got my 9 year old deluxe frame back from the IF factory after being repainted. Looks good as new!

    Before



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    Great color choice!

    me likey a lot!

    You gonna have to change that avatar now!
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    Thanks! I'm digging it.

    Building it up will be a winter project that I hope to have done by spring

    spec will be something like this...

    Stuff I already have

    Wheelset - Mavic 819 UST rims laced to XTR hubs
    Tires - Panaracer Fire XC UST
    Derailuers - XTR front and rear
    Shifters/brakelever - XTR 8 speed
    Handle bar - Easton Monkey Lite
    Brakes - XTR V-brakes
    Pedals - Time Atac

    (all the XTR is vintage late 90's era grey stuff, not the new bling)

    Stuff I still need to get

    Cassette - any 8 speed I can get my hands on
    Seat post - Thomson
    Stem - Thomson 100mm
    Headset - either a used Chris King or something more realistically priced, maybe a Cane Creek
    Saddle - something comfy
    Fork - Fox F-80 or maybe a Rock Shox Reba
    Crank - XT hollowtech

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    Quote Originally Posted by matsfan99
    I know where that frame came from...
    I know where your avatar comes from. My avatar kicks your avatar's butt!

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    Sweet !

    What color is that? Are you putting a new build on it?

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    It's Split Pea.

    Look down a few posts to see the planned build.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveX
    Just got my 9 year old deluxe frame back from the IF factory after being repainted. Looks good as new!
    Their paint/repainting service is top knotch. I am sure your bike came back looking brand new. Very professional.

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveX
    Stuff I still need to get

    Cassette - any 8 speed I can get my hands on
    CBO still has steel 8sp XTR cassettes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeMojo
    Their paint/repainting service is top knotch. I am sure your bike came back looking brand new. Very professional.

    CBO still has steel 8sp XTR cassettes.
    Thanks for the link.

    It looks brand spanking new! If it weren't for the older style rear triangle and one tiny ding on the top tube you'd never know it wasn't new from the factory. Not only is the paint job flawless but they hooked it up with a new seat tube collar, brake bosses, and water bottle cage bolts.

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    good to see a repaint job....... I may get one done myself

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveX
    Thanks for the link.
    I got a line on a used Ti 11-30.

    Check your PM's if interested.
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    Love the IF

    Was reading this thread, then took my IF out for a ride. First time on the trail with it in close to a year. What an incredible bike!




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    And me too!!!!!

    I just finsihed her last night! I am so pleased with this as it has been a long time coming! What a wonderful company and beautiful creations. AllI want now is for the weather to cooperate to ride her....besides around the block!
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    ok. maybe a few more!

    So I have a few more, I liked the silver stem better. Maybe some green spacers in the near future.
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    Flames Rock

    Quote Originally Posted by Fanaticbiking
    I just finsihed her last night! I am so pleased with this as it has been a long time coming! What a wonderful company and beautiful creations. AllI want now is for the weather to cooperate to ride her....besides around the block!

    The white with green flames is nice!
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    Well my repaint is finally built up! The frame was made in 1997 so it got a new coat of paint for it's 10th B-day. Check back in the thread for before pics.








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    I like that older generation of XTR a lot better than the latest two versions. However, I haven't tried the newer ones, the old stuff is still running perfectly. I like the looks of these better though...
    Oh yeah, nice IF too.

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    the beauty of that old XTR stuff is that it's 8 speed!

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    Nice bikes !
    DaveX did you swap the spacer for a better chainline on the xTs? I guess the 2.5 mm is not even noticeable while riding, but it is when shifting...?
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    Quote Originally Posted by What&son
    Nice bikes !
    DaveX did you swap the spacer for a better chainline on the xTs? I guess the 2.5 mm is not even noticeable while riding, but it is when shifting...?
    It was a chainline issue, the front derailuer did not swing out far enough to allow me to have the spacer on the the drive side.

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