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    My SS project

    I've been wanting a SS bike for some time now, however being a single income family with two kids, and my oldest daughter needing a new bike, buying another bike for me is out of the question. So yesterday I decided to pulled down some boxes of old parts (when it comes to bicycles, I throw out very little), dust off an old frame and see what I could come up with.

    Here's what I have so far. Do you remember the ninety's? This bike sure does. The frame is a KHS Montana Comp. I've held on to this because when I met my wife I was on hard times and had to sell my Kline and she gave me this as a birthday present while we were just dating. Anyway, the forks are Manitou 2's. Cranks are Topline. Levers are Avid Single Digit 2.0's. Brake canti's are Shimano XT. Hubs are Deore DX with Ringle skewers. Diacomp Aheadset. Controltech seatpost, and a no name stem, and bar. I even dug up some titanium bolts for the brakes and cranks.

    She's currently set up with a 36t chainring and a 14t cog. I need to scrounge up some rims I can lace up, and buy some grips, and pedals. Then I'll be set.










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    I think it is impossible that this turns out badly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by umarth
    I think it is impossible that this turns out badly.
    I agree with that! And would like to add, WOW, that is closing in on being nicer than the bike I just built with "brand new" parts!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by umarth
    I think it is impossible that this turns out badly.
    Quote Originally Posted by farrisw1
    I agree with that! And would like to add, WOW, that is closing in on being nicer than the bike I just built with "brand new" parts!!
    Thanks guys.

    Rims are proving to be a bit of a challenge. Earlier in the year I clean out my garage and took a bunch of wheels, rims, misc. parts, and two complete bikes to a small LBS that deals in used bikes and I donated all the stuff to them. Today I went to see what they had in stock. They still had one of the sets of rims that I gave to them (the same exact pair that was on the frame I am building up), when I asked about them they told me that they were $25.00 a piece. I spoke directly to the owner and he wouldn't budge on the price. Needless to say I left and won't be going back.

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    Sneeze on the counter and leave.

    Holy cow how long are those cranks? Please tell me that its an optical illusion.

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    Very Cool!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mustridebike
    Thanks guys.

    Rims are proving to be a bit of a challenge. Earlier in the year I clean out my garage and took a bunch of wheels, rims, misc. parts, and two complete bikes to a small LBS that deals in used bikes and I donated all the stuff to them. Today I went to see what they had in stock. They still had one of the sets of rims that I gave to them (the same exact pair that was on the frame I am building up), when I asked about them they told me that they were $25.00 a piece. I spoke directly to the owner and he wouldn't budge on the price. Needless to say I left and won't be going back.

    man they totally screwed you over. anyways the bike shops around here do a similar thing, i ask to see there spare parts bin and they tell me they dont have one, two shops to me this when I know for a fact that they have one.
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    I did the same thing once. Sucks when that happens. Now I just rid myself of everything on craigslist...

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    Quote Originally Posted by donmeredith74
    Sneeze on the counter and leave.

    Holy cow how long are those cranks? Please tell me that its an optical illusion.
    Sneeze on the counter Wish I had thought of that.

    Cranks are 180's

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    That is just plain awesome!! i can't wait to see this one done!

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    im really glad you got a perfect length of chain for your bike
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    Okay, I found some rims. There really on the cheap end (Alex x202's for $28.00 shipped), but the idea of this bike is to build it with as little out of wallet cost as possible. I went through my part boxes and came up with the spokes that I need. Now it's time to tear down the hubs for a good servicing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuck_chorris
    im really glad you got a perfect length of chain for your bike
    I think a 1/2 link would help. Is the SRAM powerlink the same as a 1/2 link?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mustridebike
    She's currently set up with a 36t chainring and a 14t cog.
    Ummmmm.....

    You gonna take that thing offroad?

    That's a pretty big ratio...

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    mmm.... Topline and ringle..... Im jealous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by forkboy
    Ummmmm.....

    You gonna take that thing offroad?

    That's a pretty big ratio...
    Right, started thinking about that myself, after all we do live on a hill so climbing is inevitable. So I did some playing around with the Magic Gear Calculator and using the cogs I have available I switched it out to a 36/23 (1.57:1). That's the best fit chain wise. I'd like to use a 19 and shorten the chain by a link, but I haven't been able to dig one up yet. I did find some brake cables, so I won't need to buy those. That's helps, especially since my wife had to layout $300.00 for eyeglasses yesterday.



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    Quote Originally Posted by mustridebike
    Okay, I found some rims. There really on the cheap end (Alex x202's for $28.00 shipped), but the idea of this bike is to build it with as little out of wallet cost as possible. I went through my part boxes and came up with the spokes that I need. Now it's time to tear down the hubs for a good servicing.
    ooo yea service the hell outta those hubs!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nuck_chorris
    ooo yea service the hell outta those hubs!!!

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    If I lived near you, I would donate a pair of mid 90s Araya rim wheelset which would be perfect for your Montana Comp. I had a Montana Summit in the early 90s and it was a blast to ride compared with my Toys R us crap I bought as my first mountain bike.

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    I like those shiny bits on your bike. They totally draw away your attention to the finer parts of this bike

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    My mother-in-law gave my $50.00 for my birthday. So this morning I'll be driving out to JensonUSA to get some tires, pedals, and grips. Rims should be here this afternoon. Time to take the truing stand down, clean off the work bench, and build up some wheels.

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    A half link is different than a power link. A power link connects two female sides whereas a half link conects a male to a female if that makes any sense. Here is a half link:

    I had good luck with a half link and my '96 Stumpjumper.
    I had a set of Toplines back in the day too.
    Broke 'em. All 140 lbs of me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CB2
    A half link is different than a power link. A power link connects two female sides whereas a half link conects a male to a female if that makes any sense. Here is a half link:

    I had good luck with a half link and my '96 Stumpjumper.
    I had a set of Toplines back in the day too.
    Broke 'em. All 140 lbs of me.
    Right, thanks much. I got that figured out with some searching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mustridebike
    Thanks guys.

    Rims are proving to be a bit of a challenge. Earlier in the year I clean out my garage and took a bunch of wheels, rims, misc. parts, and two complete bikes to a small LBS that deals in used bikes and I donated all the stuff to them. Today I went to see what they had in stock. They still had one of the sets of rims that I gave to them (the same exact pair that was on the frame I am building up), when I asked about them they told me that they were $25.00 a piece. I spoke directly to the owner and he wouldn't budge on the price. Needless to say I left and won't be going back.
    Next time, try to find a local bicycle co-op and donate the parts to them that way someone who is also on a budget will be using them and a shop wont just be getting free parts to sell off.

    I think this post might go well in the vintage forum but those guys will rip you apart for going SS and not just restoring it.

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    Back from my run to JensonUSA. I was able to pick up a pair of IRC Mythos XC Slicks with folding bead, Grips, Jamis Flatboy pedals (a bit heavy for the bike, but since I want to be able to ride in any shoes they'll work great), and a 1/2 link all for $50.00.

    I put the 1/2 link on as soon as I got back and was able to change out the cog to a 21t (1.71:1 ration). This allowed for the axle to fit all the way into the dropouts, and still give excellent chain tension.

    Now if those darn rims would hurry up and get here.

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    Great looking project you have. I love the purple parts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toyota200x
    Great looking project you have. I love the purple parts.
    Thank you. Purple was the thing to have around here back in 92-93. Back then they were on a Kline Rascal that was painted in a Orange/Yellow/Pink fade. When I had to sell the Rascal due to financial hardship, I kept all the purty stuff and put the stock xt parts back on.

    Rims just arrived via UPS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTscoob
    Next time, try to find a local bicycle co-op and donate the parts to them that way someone who is also on a budget will be using them and a shop wont just be getting free parts to sell off.

    I think this post might go well in the vintage forum but those guys will rip you apart for going SS and not just restoring it.
    VRC isnt that bad , they will probably like it because of the mostly vintage parts and they might drool.
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    That looks super cool. I love the purple parts on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GTscoob
    Next time, try to find a local bicycle co-op and donate the parts to them that way someone who is also on a budget will be using them and a shop wont just be getting free parts to sell off.

    I think this post might go well in the vintage forum but those guys will rip you apart for going SS and not just restoring it.
    I still have a set of xt dérailleurs, xt sis thumb shifters, chainrings, and a cassette so switching it back over won't be a big deal. Maybe as long as the vintage gang knows that they'll be cool with it.

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    Returned to my SS project

    Well life got busy as it sometimes does and I had to put my project on hold. However, today I found time to lace up a wheel for the front, mount a tire, and slap it on the bike.

    I'll post pictures later. Right now I gotta run and pick up my girl from school.

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    Right on, glad you're getting back to it. Here's my Montana comp, don't remember the year. It was when they were pink and blue but this one was PC'd to match the fork.





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    How is that Manitou fork and can it be serviced? I was digging around in the old box of mtb forks at the co-op I volunteer at and found one but its completely seized up. Looks like its got 50-60mm of travel?

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    There are rebuild kits on ebay but they're about $40-$50.00. I have modified mine to be rigid, which is pretty close to how they were when new...

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    My forks are in great shape, but I have continued to service them over the years. I have read where some people have had the elastomers melt or break down and freeze up. Anyway, check out this link for info and parts on servicing old forks http://www.suspensionforkparts.net/e...iewCat&catId=8

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    Nice ride 120. Love the paint job.

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    ... and if we just ... Project Finished!

    Well here she is. I had a bit of free time this morning, so I laced up the rear wheel, threw on the tube and tire, adjusted the brakes, and took her out for a test ride. Great Fun! I have the gearing at 36/21 (1.71:1) and she climbs well, but I feel like I could be peddling more on the flats. I'll give it some time and play with the gearing. It feels good to breath new life into an old and otherwise unused bike that I have always loved and could not part with.





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    Awesome. I love building older stuff.
    SS Rigid =
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    There is no distraction. You only hear the sound of your breath and the crunch of the wheels across the dirt.

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    Just came in from the garage. I tried out an 18t cog, (that would make it 2:1) however I would have to run a tensioner and I don't want that. A 19t might work, but I don't have one on hand. As for now, the 21t is a perfect fit with the 1/2 link and it feels good on my bad knees. So I guess I'll leave it for now.

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    Lemme see if I hbe a 19t at home I would send that's such a nice build
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    There is no distraction. You only hear the sound of your breath and the crunch of the wheels across the dirt.

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    That would be cool! I'm heading over to the bike shop to pick up some tubes. I'll check with them to see what they have.

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    That's kind of funny, my wife bought me my KHS comp for my birthday too when we were dating. Then my next bike was a Klein (but she didn't buy it!).

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