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    Project Voodoo

    For anyone who is interested, read on about what I did to make a bike I rode for 4 years into something totally different, but yet again almost brand new.

    I bought a Voodoo Nzumbi about 4 years back. This bike fit me so well, and was my first SS. I've had this frame converted into a full disc using the Paul Disc thingie because the bike had no disc tabs, but it didn't work so well after a few months. Bummer deal.

    This frame has been through multiple 12 hr races, 3 Cascade Cream Puffs, and many epic rides over it's time.
    I nearly bought a new Kona 29er and put Voodoo to rest, but I decided to keep her and do a rebuild due to sentimental values with the bike.

    To begin, I got a set of Rohloff drop outs, and a friend of mine at a local bike company brazed them on for me. The entire frame was also sand blasted, the V brake posts were dremmeled off, and the frame was totally bare steel. I wondered what in the world am I getting myself into!

    I have a painter friend who paints very high end motor coaches, and he knows his stuff. I wanted to keep the paint scheme really simple, almost close to the original paint. Nothing explains the pearl white except seeing the bike outside in sunlight.

    I have some photos I took today- if anyone has any questions about the project, please fire away!

    The bike will be built up with a King Headset, Pace RC-31 fork, Easton Monkey Lites, Avid juicy 5's, Eno Crank, Eno freewheel, and an Eno wheelset, also a Campag ti seat post.

    Enjoy the pics!

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    Hope No questions, just drooling jealousy. Beautiful!!

    I'd swung by the shop you mentioned to b.s. and ask a couple of questions. I love how it turned out. Both the frame mods, and the paint/graphics. So instead of me "letting the cat outta the bag", why don't you go ahead and name the names. I remember it being mentioned that it was "a special exception", but that came out so beautiful, it's a shame to not give due credit. Just my opinion. I want to see the final pics too! Post 'em!!

    Obi...

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    FYI- I'm dragging my butt out to San Rafael tomorrow, gotta keep up on the weight loss/training regimen. So who's down for a spin in(conditions allowing) or around China Camp.(We can ride the road if things are still too muddy.)

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    Great project - that looks fantastic. Do you still have the headbadge?

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    I got a new Vooodoo head badge, but I forgot to put it on for the pics! Voodoo has pretty darn cool head badges- those of you who ride a Voodoo and don't have a new head badge... you'd better see what they look like cuz they SCHWEET!

    I'll photograph the headbadge tomorrow and post what it looks like. I'll also post pics when she's all built up.

    OK, credit is due to where credit is due. The drop outs were put on by Caz (Chris of Bike Friday) and the paint was done by a friend Jason Germyn- he's not a mtn biker but a great guy who will paint what ever you've got in mind... and then some, and then some more.

    If you're in Oregon and want a new wet paint finish, let me know and I'll hook you up!

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    Words don't do it justice,

    Quote Originally Posted by SSconny
    I got a new Vooodoo head badge, but I forgot to put it on for the pics! Voodoo has pretty darn cool head badges- those of you who ride a Voodoo and don't have a new head badge... you'd better see what they look like cuz they SCHWEET!

    I'll photograph the headbadge tomorrow and post what it looks like. I'll also post pics when she's all built up.

    OK, credit is due to where credit is due. The drop outs were put on by Caz (Chris of Bike Friday) and the paint was done by a friend Jason Germyn- he's not a mtn biker but a great guy who will paint what ever you've got in mind... and then some, and then some more.

    If you're in Oregon and want a new wet paint finish, let me know and I'll hook you up!

    SSconny-

    It looks awesome, I am really looking forward to seeing it person.

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    Very Nice

    Can't wait to see it in sunlight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandon
    Can't wait to see it in sunlight.
    I can't wait to see it at night complete with Whypass mud. Oh wait, that might get that gorgeous paint all dirty, and we know SSconny wouldn't allow that (Kidding, D. Let's see that thing.)

    But we do need to see you out on Wed nights more often, charge yer batteries man!

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    Excellent!

    WAY excellent!

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    never mind. I get it.
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    Lesson Learned

    About 8 years ago I sold my Merlin ti frame / bike to fund other projects. Had it for years and it was my first “high end” bike. To this day I regret selling it.

    Good for you! The frame looks killer!

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    Chris does real nice work, I hear (saw) he makes very nice toothbrush holders from old Voodoo dropouts too. To add insult to injury, there's no way I can catch him on the trails either, he's way fast!

    Now, I wonder if he's got the welding setup to convert my '88 Merlin frame, h'mmmmm. Topic for next Wednesday night.

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    Spectacular!

    Standing Ovation!

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    a nzumbi eh? looks sweet....what size? they were 18" or 20" right? this looks just like my wanga at 18.5".....i *love* the paint job. where did you get decals..?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dRjOn
    this looks just like my wanga at 18.5"
    Your wife is a lucky woman.


    Quote Originally Posted by dRjOn
    i *love* the paint job.
    As do I. It's just stunning.


    Quote Originally Posted by dRjOn
    where did you get decals..?
    I could be wrong, but judging from the second picture and his description of his friend's painting skill, I'd guess that the panels are painted on.

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    well, i had to respond to all those e mails in my in box after all...

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    wow. Jaw dropping.

    Now what I want to know is....where in the world did you come up w/a Ti campag seat post? I've been on the hunt for one a them for a looooooong time!
    Just a regular guy.

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    [QUOTE=SSconny]I got a new Vooodoo head badgeQUOTE]

    Did you also get new Voodoo decals? I have a 2000 Bizango that has a cracked weld that needs to be repared. If I ever get around to it, I'd like to also have it repainted with the factor logos, etc.

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    Sweet

    that looks sharp. Great job on the paint

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    I got the decals straight from Voodoo. Contact them via their website, and John can hook you up.

    As far as the paint, yes the panels were painted on but the Voodoo logo is a decal. I put them on after the black panel was finished, and one application of clear coat was put on. The decals were a PITA! They ripped on the drive side, and it was very difficult to get the air bubbles out without moving them accidentally. From 2 inches away, you can see some bubbles, so I've got a feeling they are not going to last too long which is a bummer. I will have the panels re-done, and have the same Voodoo logo made into a stencil, then air brushed on.

    Campag ti seat post... check out gvhbikes.com and talk to Tom-

    The frame is I believe a 17" -

    Here is a shot of the head badge- I put it on this morning, then photographed it.

    Also, buddy Chris who did the brazing on the drop outs did some CAZ-ART with my old drop outs, check it out... a tooth brush holder or something!

    -SSconny
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    Looking good! Can't wait to ride with you and it. (not the toothbrush holder, the bike)

    Chris

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    Campag ti seat post... check out gvhbikes.com and talk to Tom-

    Hey, it's about time I got some props here. I was up till 2am getting those horrible brake bosses off!
    Seriously, it looks great. I can't wait to see it in person.

    Martini - I do have a NIB Campag Chorus Ti Post, but you'd have to make a hell of an offer to pry it from my claws. Damien got the beat-up, scratched one. hahaha
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    Another head badge...

    Quote Originally Posted by SSconny
    Here is a shot of the head badge- I put it on this morning, then photographed it.
    -SSconny
    I refinished my '96 Wanga 8 or 9 years ago by powdercoat (the original paint was peeling right off) and at the time I soldered the headbadge right to the headtube. After the pc I filed the ridge tops off and left it bare, the metal is some brass alloy. I've thought a number of times over the years to convert it to ss, but now its the wife's mtb. Your Nzumbi looks great!
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    Voodoo's are so sweet. I love what you have done to your white one. Very high class.

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    Your bike makes me so sad. I was planning on repainting my Nzumbi and building it up with all new parts, but I cracked the top tube about two months before I was going to get started on it. It was my first singlespeed and will always be my favorite (don't tell my Surly).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mudflaps
    Chris does real nice work, I hear (saw) he makes very nice toothbrush holders from old Voodoo dropouts too. To add insult to injury, there's no way I can catch him on the trails either, he's way fast!

    Now, I wonder if he's got the welding setup to convert my '88 Merlin frame, h'mmmmm. Topic for next Wednesday night.

    Would this be some of his work? Seriously I didnt get names.

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    yup, that'd be me, SSconny. Real name is Damien, I ride for Pauls Bicycle team, and with the Disciples of Dirt and anyone else who shows up...

    thanks for all the nice comments all-

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