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    My "new to me" classic Single Speed....

    I finally found and bought the Single Speed that I've been wanting and searching for. It's been on my list for more than 7yrs and thanks to tip from Paul @ mtnpedaler.com, I tracked it down and made the deal. Can anyone guess what company made the frame from a pic of the Dropout (or Fork End as Sheldon Brown calls it)? As far as I can figure, there were less then 12 made at the factory and only six made in this batch.

    More photos to follow when I can get it outside in the sunshine tomorrow.

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    Bonty..

    looks like an old Bontrager frame...Classic cro-mo steel is for real

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    Bontrager "Factory" Single Speed

    Yep, it's Bontrager "Factory" Single Speed. Taking it out for the maiden voyage in the morning. It fits perfect and built up nice. Have a look at the photos.

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    Very jealous!!!

    DAMN YOU!

    I am rebuilding one... (still deciding on colors)

    but...

    same cranks, same brakes... ha!

    Very nice.

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    [QUOTE=GrumpyOne]Yep, it's Bontrager "Factory" Single Speed. Taking it out for the maiden voyage in the morning. It fits perfect and built up nice. Have a look at the photos.

    my buddy here in town has one from that same batch of 6, and he just lets it hang from the ceiling of his shop, what a pity, and he won't sell it, i've tried.

    they are something special, the true bontrager singlespeeds.

    good for you, glad you found the bike you were searching for.

    over and out
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    Yeah, by golly

    Quote Originally Posted by GrumpyOne
    Bontrager "Factory" Single Speed
    That thing is damn near perfect, ain't it.

    Then again, maybe it is perfect, no damn near about it.

    Lucky man, lucky man.

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    dang, that is frickin schweeeeet!

    Quote Originally Posted by GrumpyOne
    I finally found and bought the Single Speed that I've been wanting and searching for. It's been on my list for more than 7yrs and thanks to tip from Paul @ mtnpedaler.com, I tracked it down and made the deal. Can anyone guess what company made the frame from a pic of the Dropout (or Fork End as Sheldon Brown calls it)? As far as I can figure, there were less then 12 made at the factory and only six made in this batch.

    More photos to follow when I can get it outside in the sunshine tomorrow.

    jw
    You're totally lighting a fire under me. I gotta finish my Trek 8500 singlespeed... not that it is the schweeeet frame that is. Still nice tho, I'm not complaining by any means.

    Going to pick up a bunch of parts Aosty sold me tonight to finish the build, then I have to do the paint and graphics. My wife is doing something kinky for me. Moooaaa haaa haaa haaa!

    Congrats on the bike. I can't wait to hear the ride report complete with photos of you in action.... wink wink!

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    the only thing i don't quite like about the bonty is that syncros stem that needs slanted topcap. otherwise totally pimpin.

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    Sweet Ride! I've always wanted one of those! Something factory but totally unique! Nice build! Hope you like it!


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    Good job!

    *drools*

    nice machine. what tooth configuration are you using?

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    34x17 (2:1)....

    Gets me up all the "Climbs" here in the midwest. Normally I'd ride 34x16, but I have zero fitness left this winter.

    jw

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    *drools*

    nice machine. what tooth configuration are you using?
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    I'm open to suggestions, but I like it. I've used Syncros Stems and other parts since 1990 with zero issues.

    jw

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    the only thing i don't quite like about the bonty is that syncros stem that needs slanted topcap. otherwise totally pimpin.
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    Very cool bike!!

    nm nm

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    Forgot to post the specs...

    A few folks asked, so here goes:
    - 2002 SID SL - Custom w/ 1" Judy SL Crown
    - Chris King Headset (is there any other)
    - Syncros Stem
    - Easton Carbon Bar
    - King SS Hubset - Bontrager Valiant Rear Rim and Mavic 517 Front(Soon to be changed)
    - XTR 180mm Cranks w/ Spot 34 Ring and Spot Chain Guard
    - SRAM PC-68 Chain
    - Dean Ti Post
    - Bontrager Ti/Kevlar Saddle (Velo)
    - Avid Ultimate Levers
    - Paul Motolite V-Brakes
    - King Ti Water Bottle cage
    - etc.

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    Very nice!

    That is one very nice looking Bontrager! Well done.

    What's the fork travel? I'm curious about the geometry with an 80mm fork, if that is indeed what you have.
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    Fork Travel and Frame Geometry

    The fork is currently set up with 65mm of travel. The frame angles are right at 71 head tube and 73 seat tube. And that's without me on the frame causing any fork sag. I've got a Bontrager reduced rake crown I'm going to put on and then I'll bump the fork up to 80mm, should be just right. I think the frame was made right at the end of Bontrager Santa Cruz(1997) by one of the Welders for himself. So I can only assume he tweaked the angles for a bit longer fork. The geometry is definitely different then my 1995 "Suspension Correct" Race Lite.

    jw

    Quote Originally Posted by HoSS
    That is one very nice looking Bontrager! Well done.

    What's the fork travel? I'm curious about the geometry with an 80mm fork, if that is indeed what you have.
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    Super nice.

    Congrats on finding one in that kind of shape.

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