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    ... and if we just ... Meet "Ali"

    A 1989 Fisher AL-1. Picked her up on 6/7/1990 for $699 (traded in a Cannondale M500). She got me through snowy, night rides in the rock gardens at Gambrill and countless miles on various trails. I can't say she was the gentle type, a 1 1/4" headset, 88mm wide bottom bracket, 31.6mm seatpost and oversize Al frame do not make for a comfy ride although it got a little better when I replaced the cromo fork for a Manitou 2.

    She went from 7 spd thumb shifters to 8 spd XTR 950 and in the end there was not as single part on her that was original (even the bottom bracket spindle was upgraded). Rode her for a decade.

    I eventually got another bike in 2000, and Ali sat in the basement for 9 years behind the furnace. I always felt a little guilty seeing her moping there with extra furnace filters wedged up next to her. I went from 27 gears to a Ti 1x9 to steel SS and then one day I picked up Ali, brushed off 9 years of dust and decided to rebuild her.

    Finished her last night, she now weighs ~21lbs.




    Currently set up mostly with parts I had lying around:

    circa 1991 Syncros 31.6mm ti seatpost
    Titanium seatpost bolt
    Kooka cranks
    White Industries hollow ti spindle
    Shimano 747 SPD
    king Headset (with Problem Solvers headset reducers)
    Hugi hubs, DT revolution spokes, DT nips and Mavic 217 rims
    Truvative XR stem and Riser Bar
    Avid FR5 levers and brakes
    Exotic Al rigid fork
    Continental Vertical Pro 2.3 tires
    AirB ultralight tubes
    Selle Flite
    Surly Singlelater


    Can't wait to take her for a spin, although with my aging back I might just keep her for fast, non technical rides.
    Last edited by Tubedriver; 12-11-2008 at 04:50 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tubedriver
    A 1989 Fisher AL-1. Picked her up on 6/7/1990 for $699 (traded in a Cannondale M500). She got me through snowy, nights rides in the rock gardens at Gambrill and countless miles on various trails. I can't say she was the gentle type, a 1 1/4" headset, 88mm wide bottom bracket, 31.6mm seatpost and oversize Al frame do not make for a comfy ride although it got a little better when I replaced the cromo fork for a Manitou 2.

    She went from 7 spd thumb shifters to 8 spd XTR 950 and in the end there was not as single part on her that was original (even the bottom bracket spindle was upgraded). Rode her for a decade.

    I eventually got another bike in 2000, and Ali sat in the basement for 9 years behind the furnace. I went from 27 gears to a 1x9 to SS and one day I picked up Ali brushed off 9 years of dust and decided to rebuild her.

    Finished her last night, she now weighs 21.3lbs.




    Currently set up with:

    circa 1991 Syncros 31.6mm ti seatpost
    Titanium seatpost bolt
    Kooka cranks
    White Industries hollow ti spindle
    Shimano 747 SPD
    king Headset (with Problem Solvers headset reducers)
    Hugi hubs, DT revolution spokes, DT nips and Mavic 217 rims
    Truvative XR stem and Riser Bar
    Avid FR5 levers and brakes
    Exotic Al rigid fork
    Continental Vertical Pro 2.3 tires
    AirB ultralight tubes
    Kona branded seat
    Surly Singlelater


    Can't wait to take here for a spin, although with my aging back I might just keep her for fast, non techical rides.
    I'd ride her...


    PS, put the other spring in your singulator so that it pushes up rather than down.

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    Nobody rides Ali but me....













    I was going to set of the Singleator to push up but it looked a bit like I had too much chain slack to get it to work. The chain would be pushed up above the level of the chain stay. Is that an issue?

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    Looks good love the cranks.

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    Thats the problem, it is as short as possible. It is basically two links longer then needed but the chain is just a tiny bit too short to attach if I removed the two links.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nater
    Shorten the chain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tubedriver
    I was going to set of the Singleator to push up but it looked a bit like I had too much chain slack to get it to work. The chain would be pushed up above the level of the chain stay. Is that an issue?
    Shorten the chain.

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    Parts you had laying around? I need parts like that just laying around.

    Nice bike!

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    I ride all!

    Ali

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    BOOM! [Headshot]





    Quote Originally Posted by pisket
    I ride all!

    Ali

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    Quote Originally Posted by rolondo
    Parts you had laying around? I need parts like that just laying around.

    Nice bike!

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    Ever think of a using a half link? One of those might help your sag problem

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    Never tried one of those. I guess it is worth a shot.

    Quote Originally Posted by whos that guy
    Ever think of a using a half link? One of those might help your sag problem

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    Looks better in Italian leather!

    Updated the first pic to reflect the new saddle.

    It has been pouring rain so no ride yet.

    Last edited by Tubedriver; 12-11-2008 at 12:12 PM.

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    ugh, new (old) bike built up and we get 3 days of rain (1.62").

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    Great looking bike. So classy. It would be nice to see the tensioner push up.

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    Thanks. I might have to go with a half link in in order to get enough slack out to work with a "push up" configuration.

    Quote Originally Posted by toyota200x
    Great looking bike. So classy. It would be nice to see the tensioner push up.

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    How do you like those Continental Vertical Pro Tires? I'm thinking of getting the UST kevlar version 2.3 for an aggressive single-track front tire. Which version do you have?
    My Iron Horse MKIII Weight Weenie Project:
    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=468028

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    Great all around tire. I use the folding Protection version. I also really like the Race King 2.2 SuperSonic and use that on my other bikes.


    Quote Originally Posted by dejacky
    How do you like those Continental Vertical Pro Tires? I'm thinking of getting the UST kevlar version 2.3 for an aggressive single-track front tire. Which version do you have?

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