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    a little Syncros, a dash of WTB, and a bit of ti

    Finally got this one together. Turned out to be a fun bike.

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    Yowsa, that's hot. Nice choice of parts
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    Indeed. It reminds me of my dreams from the early 90s...

    Hope you liberally anti-seized the seatpost....

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucifer
    Indeed. It reminds me of my dreams from the early 90s...

    Hope you liberally anti-seized the seatpost....
    oh yeah.. bike lust at it's most demented form. that's what i would call it in 95. that would be the end it all bikes.. i would stare at it endlessly.
    what forks are those? call me silly but i see either a logic forks or a mag 21 there.
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    Stunning!

    Lovely, nice selection of retro retro with no anodized flashyness.

    What forks is she flying with?
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    are those one-off forks? if so- wow!
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    Oooh!
    Now I know what bike you were talking about (and why the Syncros ti bars)!

    I didn't know you were working to get that finished up. Looks great!

    Overly flexy? Any dirt time yet?
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    sexy little ride ya got there D!

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    ...duh, it was about time that you get on a really good bike

    like it alot! that's the Litespeed fork, isn't it?

    how does the DA rear der like the XT thumbies? i never got it to work properly even with the cable clamped in front of the bolt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carsten
    ...duh, it was about time that you get on a really good bike

    like it alot! that's the Litespeed fork, isn't it?

    how does the DA rear der like the XT thumbies? i never got it to work properly even with the cable clamped in front of the bolt.

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    I couldn't ever get them to shift either. However, DA rear deraileurs shift extremely well with XC Pros. Especially with an XTR mid length cage on it.

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    No one's commented on the grips - nice Grab-Ons!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssmike
    No one's commented on the grips - nice Grab-Ons!
    And he's running a double up front. What a bad ass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AKamp
    I couldn't ever get them to shift either. However, DA rear deraileurs shift extremely well with XC Pros. Especially with an XTR mid length cage on it.
    So you're saying a DA derailleur with an M900 cage? What would the advantages/disadvantages of that be? Just less weight. The thought sound cool...but I'm wondering if it's worth the trouble?
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    No, slightly more weight but also more chain wrap capability. Also it looks pretty damn cool. Unfortunately you are still limited to a 28tooth cog. If I had a dig camera with me I would snap a pic of one I have. I also have a coresponding XTR with a short cage on it on my Hakalugi. It is kinda neet when someone asks where you got it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKamp
    No, slightly more weight but also more chain wrap capability. Also it looks pretty damn cool. Unfortunately you are still limited to a 28tooth cog. If I had a dig camera with me I would snap a pic of one I have. I also have a coresponding XTR with a short cage on it on my Hakalugi. It is kinda neet when someone asks where you got it.
    Interesting, and kinda cool.

    If you ever have the time and think of it...I'd like to see pics of that set up. I assumed the point was to have the low(er) weight of the DA, and the 32 cog capabilities of the XTR.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    And he's running a double up front. What a bad ass.
    Running? I don't see no dirt on that thing. I'd say "he's installed a double up front. What a poseur."

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKamp
    No, slightly more weight but also more chain wrap capability. Also it looks pretty damn cool. Unfortunately you are still limited to a 28tooth cog. If I had a dig camera with me I would snap a pic of one I have. I also have a coresponding XTR with a short cage on it on my Hakalugi. It is kinda neet when someone asks where you got it.
    You can run a 32 with a road derailleur. You just have to be selective in you gear choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ssmike
    Running? I don't see no dirt on that thing. I'd say "he's installed a double up front. What a poseur."
    He really is. Garage queen that thing is!
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    wow, well done!

    IIRC, the bike had lots of red cnc-rubbish and this awful girvin fork, or........?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rasaldul
    wow, well done!

    IIRC, the bike had lots of red cnc-rubbish and this awful girvin fork, or........?
    Thanks, and you get the Sherlock Holmes award.


    More info tomorrow. Im whooped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssmike
    Running? I don't see no dirt on that thing. I'd say "he's installed a double up front. What a poseur."

    Hahaha. Funny stuff, guys. Maybe I'll have to bust this one out for Keyesville just to rid it of the poser/garage queen status.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKamp
    I couldn't ever get them to shift either. However, DA rear deraileurs shift extremely well with XC Pros. Especially with an XTR mid length cage on it.
    Yes, I got them to work together. I'll post a pic tomorrow of whats needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed
    Thanks, and you get the Sherlock Holmes award.


    More info tomorrow. Im whooped.
    thank you!

    i used to buy this bike from the former canadian owner, but he was unable to ship it overseas for a reasonable price

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed
    Hahaha. Funny stuff, guys. Maybe I'll have to bust this one out for Keyesville just to rid it of the poser/garage queen status.
    I get to ride the 'Ham then.
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    hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm actually i think one-off forks tended to have a step down in leg diameter after the brake area. not sure....
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    We the people ...

    extremely nice Must be very lite?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rasaldul
    wow, well done!

    IIRC, the bike had lots of red cnc-rubbish and this awful girvin fork, or........?
    yup, when a well-known ebay seller had all these red parts up for sale i knew where the bike finally went to

    and i tried so hard to get it to Europe

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    i hope it's o.k. to show the whole world what it looked like before



    before it was only a nice collection of parts, now it looks like a merlin should look
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    Quote Originally Posted by rasaldul
    i hope it's o.k. to show the whole world what it looked like before



    before it was only a nice collection of parts, now it looks like a merlin should look



    AAAAH.... Moderators.. please do something? This is killin' my screen.


    I like the 'new and improved' version a lot better, nice work! That rear-brake is cheap-ass. I would upgrade to something decent....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Interesting, and kinda cool.

    If you ever have the time and think of it...I'd like to see pics of that set up. I assumed the point was to have the low(er) weight of the DA, and the 32 cog capabilities of the XTR.

    Actually the purpose was to make them shift well with XC Pro shifters. The setup works great (although I no longer am running it) but once again you are limited to a 28 unless you for some reason have an abnormally long deraileur hanger. Also, it did end up being really light for it's time. I am pretty sure however that the new XTR's are lighter. Also it just looked damn cool, and that is what really matters. I will see if I can get some pics up in the next few days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scant
    extremely nice Must be very lite?
    Thanks, its 20.59 pounds. Not too bad.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dRjOn
    hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm actually i think one-off forks tended to have a step down in leg diameter after the brake area. not sure....
    Ya, Ive seen that step down fork as well. Its a dual crown fork with what looks like a sleeve on the upper half or so.

    The fork on this bike was made by Litespeed in 1990.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKamp
    I couldn't ever get them to shift either. However, DA rear deraileurs shift extremely well with XC Pros. Especially with an XTR mid length cage on it.

    Ya, the cable pull for the Dura Ace derailleurs is slightly off from the rest of Shimano's stuff. You just need to vary that pull a little bit to the inside of the bolt. I just used a washer from an old cantilever to hold the cable inboard just a bit. You need to flip the bolt over on a Dura Ace der. for this washer to work. Just use a small crescent wrench to hold it where you want it while tightening the cable down.Shifts perfectly.

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    Well, that's a perfect example of what I would call "out of the ashes" The new version is just supersexy, while the old version is,hmm, undescribable Congrats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carsten
    ...duh, it was about time that you get on a really good bike

    like it alot! that's the Litespeed fork, isn't it?

    how does the DA rear der like the XT thumbies? i never got it to work properly even with the cable clamped in front of the bolt.

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    Hey now! You clicked on this expecting to see something fillet brazed didnt you.

    Yes, Litespeed fork.

    See below for the DA derailleur fix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Staab
    Well, that's a perfect example of what I would call "out of the ashes" The new version is just supersexy, while the old version is,hmm, undescribable Congrats.

    Greetings,

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    Thanks Staabi. I guess I shouldnt say its complete, Id like a Syncros stem like the one mounted but with a cable noodle. That and the rear brake pads, one pad has a longer post and looks kinda funny. I forgot to fix that.

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    Hehe, always nit-picking on your own bikes. But, who i am to complain, I'm the same type of guy

    This is for sure one of the best Merlins I've ever seen.

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    how does the fork ride

    Just curious how the litespeed fork rides? I've ridden a few ti forks, but they were really quite noodly (for lack of a better word). They would chatter and vibrate when the brakes were applied and otherwise seem to be all over the place. FWIW, I was riding a Klein Attitude so that was just the opposite with a very stiff front end.

    IRD is the one brand that I can remember offhand. This fork looks like it has bigger diameter tubes and might be stiffer than the IRD. Thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed
    Ya, the cable pull for the Dura Ace derailleurs is slightly off from the rest of Shimano's stuff. You just need to vary that pull a little bit to the inside of the bolt. I just used a washer from an old cantilever to hold the cable inboard just a bit. You need to flip the bolt over on a Dura Ace der. for this washer to work. Just use a small crescent wrench to hold it where you want it while tightening the cable down.Shifts perfectly.
    Genius!
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    Fork

    That bike nneds a type II with roller cams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinguwin
    Just curious how the litespeed fork rides? I've ridden a few ti forks, but they were really quite noodly (for lack of a better word). They would chatter and vibrate when the brakes were applied and otherwise seem to be all over the place. FWIW, I was riding a Klein Attitude so that was just the opposite with a very stiff front end.

    IRD is the one brand that I can remember offhand. This fork looks like it has bigger diameter tubes and might be stiffer than the IRD. Thoughts?

    It feels really nice around the neighborhood with no chatter. Its got 1.25" legs so theyre somewhat stout. I havent been able to get it out on the trails yet so the verdict is still out.

    I do know that the IRD ti fork is designed to have lots of front to back "travel". I have the brochure on them somewhere here and it was kinda interesting to read how this was supposed to help smooth out the ride. Along with the soft 1" ti legs, the crown was split into two pieces for this reason as well if I recall correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bootsie_cat
    That bike nneds a type II with roller cams.
    Ya, I was really torn on the fork. In the end I just kinda wanted an all ti chassis just for the novelty of it. I'll ride it and see how it feels. Heres the fork I was thinking of putting on:

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    its a rare Type II with tapered blades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed

    its a rare Type II with tapered blades.

    I was going to point that out, but you already did. Different dropout-design as well.

    What will you do on the stem-department when you gonna install that fork?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeroen
    I was going to point that out, but you already did. Different dropout-design as well.

    What will you do on the stem-department when you gonna install that fork?
    and a lower crown to hub axle height. it will tighten up even more that front and lower the BB a tiny little bit. just go for it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeroen
    I was going to point that out, but you already did. Different dropout-design as well.

    What will you do on the stem-department when you gonna install that fork?
    ya, stem selection would be drastically reduced with that fork, but Ive got a couple that would work.

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