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Anybody else into Mountain Biking?

Anybody else into Mountain Biking?

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I've just finished building up a couple of bikes, one for me and one for a friend.

The Specialized bike is for my good friend Red, he recently had a crazy idea
to do something for chartiy, so he signed up for a sponsered cycle ride
from London to Paris to raise money for Prostate Cancer. He is not an experienced cyclist!!

Check out his website for more info...

Iain Lunt is fundraising for The Prostate Cancer Charity - JustGiving

The bike is my contribution to the cause, - he is gonna need all the help
he can get - and a good bike makes a huge difference...

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The frame is a Specialized Comp M4, the forks are Fox Terralogic 100's,
Drivetrain is Shimano XTR, Brakes & Hubs by Hope, Rims by Mavic,
DT Swiss spokes, Chris King Headset, Handlebar & Stem by Raceface,
and finally a Cane Creek suspension seat post with a Selle Italia gel
seat to cushion the ride...



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The Black bike is mine, its a Giant NRS Carbon COMP with Fox Shock & Fox
F100 RLC forks. The shifters & Derailleurs are Sram XO, the crank is a
Truvativ Noir Carbon with Xpedo Titanium pedals, KCNC Cassette & Chain,
Hope Pro 2 hubs, DT Swiss Rims & spokes, Avid Elixr CR carbon Brakes,
FSA integrated Headset, Deda Magoo Stem, Raceface carbon Handlebars
& Seatpost and a Selle Italia Seat.
(this is a shimaNO bike, - ie: it uses None of their components)

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The XTR parts were supplied new (at cost) by a friend who works in the bike biz,
I bought everything else for both bikes on good ole Ebay.
I used Ebay.com (USA) for a lot of the parts and had them shipped to a
friend in Los Angeles who took care of them until another friend bought
them back to the UK in her suitcase. It works out much cheaper than
buying from Ebay.co.uk...
I used to work in the bike biz myself (many years ago), so i assembled both bikes at home & also built the wheels.



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My Girlfriend is a keen mountain biker too, so we usually load our bikes onto the Alfa and head out on a sunday.
The main areas we use around london are Epping Forest in the North East,
or various locations around Guilford in the South west, ie: - Box Hill
& Headley Common, Basingstoke Canal, Holmbury...



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Mountain bikes on a track GTV.

Ride a Rocky Mountain with non-Shimano shifters.

Had a full suspension but it was too heavy.

Fat tires, seat post suspension and the bars set extra high makes it somewhat like a downhill bike.

The more vertical stance makes the ride more agile on the single track.

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Are you using both these for the road only seeing they are both fitted with slicks? I ride a Bianchi Team Martini Racing frame with Manitou fork, Full XTR grouppo, Chris King, Bontragers, yada yada yada. My road bike is a 1983 Ciocc SLX, full pantographed Super Record Grouppo.

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Hey Nick you have given me motivation to stop driving one of the Volvos or the Dodge Megacab to the trailhead! I just need to bugger up a roof rack and do it right (once I get the GTV to actually be functional that is!

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I've been riding for years, a little road but mostly mountain.

Here's a picture of my beater (and my dear departed dog).
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Are you using both these for the road only seeing they are both fitted with slicks?
My road bike is a 1983 Ciocc SLX, full pantographed Super Record Grouppo
At the moment both bikes are only being ridden on the road - in training for Red's London to Paris ride - but i have a
second set of tyres that i swap over for off-road use... (it only takes about 15mins to swap a couple of bicycle tyres)

How about a pic of your Ciocc? - I'm a Campagnolo junkie from way back...


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I used to live in Italy , we used to go the Dolomites mountains. Was great .
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- we used to go the Dolomites. Was great .
My Girlfriend's family are from that region, her brother is a keen
cyclist too (MTB & Road) and he often rides in the Dolomite Mountains...


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Erm...

Last time I saw the NRS didn't it have Shimano all over it

Alfa75 3.0 (A work in progress!!)

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Check out the way to mount our bikes in our truck that my awesome wife invented (and built)! Adjustable to hold 3 road or mountain bikes plus 9 garage bins with each side sliding out separately so I don't have to climb in the truck.
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I have a full quiver of mtbs. None have disk brakes (nor will they ever). I have a Barracuda A2V single speed, a '93 Specialized S-works steel frame (bought new about 1999 or so) built up with Sun tour XC-Pro 8spd and as many old school trick parts as I can find.) a Klein Adept Pro carbon (XT/XTR 8spd mix) and the most tricked out Diamondback Apex the worlds ever seen (Its a run of the mill Chinese built Easton tubed hardtail). The parts list is mostly high end aftermarket stuff, Chris King wheels, Ti bottom bracket, Ti cassette, Ti chainrings, Ti bar, Race Face cranks, Pauls brake levers, 8 spd XTR rear shifter,derailleurs, and V-brakes, a Suntour XC-Pro thumbshifter runs the front derailleur. Easton carbon post with a San Marco Concor KA (rare carbon rails) seat. The parts came off my pride and joy, a full custom Action-Tec Scandium frame, serial number 0001. Fully built with full knobbies it was 19.5lbs in a 20 inch frame. I never had a parts failure on it. It met its untimely demise in 2006 due to a twig putting the rear dérailleur into the spokes bending the dropout. (I cried, I'm not kidding) I'm hoping I can find someone with really good machine skills to cut the damaged hanger off and adapt an old school Cannondale one on. I would so love to have this frame back. Right now it hangs on my wall looking nearly the way it did when I pulled it out of the box back in 1999. Its mirror polished aluminum. I designed the frame myself, and when when the owner of Action-Tec first got his hands on it, he decided to put the scandium frames into production. (he had never seen a frame built with the Easton SC7000 tube set. It was cutting edge back in '99. 2.75lbs for the frame.)

I also have a couple of road bikes, a custom Tsunami built with full Campy Record that I designed and had built last year and a Cannondale Caad8 built up with a 10 year old Campy Chorus group (that works better than my '09 Record, go figure.) The Cannondale is my beater bike.

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Well really no Alfa content here,,,except im not putting this thing on top of my GTV...but here is the Penny Farthing I made with the 56 inch wheel. Im an ex cat3 roadie with a whole slew of bikes.
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Im an ex cat3 roadie
Oh, well, can't help bad luck

Don't bother with the roof racks, I could fit my old Kona Kikapu in the back seat of the Junior no problem. The GT always stands out at the trailhead.

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I'm old and arthritic so I can't ride, but my son is a fanatic.
Zoomersbike.com is his shop in Arizona.
He and 2 comrades flew in to Arkansas to ride in the Home. This is supposed to say Ouachita Challenge, but the link works.
We got back a couple of hours ago.
My son placed 5th out of about 35 single-speeders, and well up overall.
Buddy #1 place in the top 3rd of about 350 riders overall.
Buddy #2 finished about 2/3 down overall. This was his first killer race, at 48 yrs. old.
One of our other guys finished 5th overall (2nd last 2 years).
This is a tough, highly competitive race, about 60 miles from my home, put on by a little tiny community on National Forest land. The volunteer staff puts on a teriffic event for local charities.
I have a blast working as a support guy for some absolute lunatics!

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i only put ' italian ' bikes on my alfa spider..eather the colnago dream( full campy record carbon) or my orbea starship carbon euskaltel euskadi colours.. agian full campy....yes i know the orbea is a spanish road bike,, but it part of the roman empire at one point.. good enough for me..

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