Budget Built (sort of) - Rock Lobster - Update on p6

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Budget Built (sort of) - Rock Lobster - Update on p6

Postby The Northern Monkey » Thu Aug 16, 2012 19:02 pm

Am in the process of building up a Rock Lobster frame... I don't have a budget, but its 'cheap as possible'.

Currently, the spend is at £460 and I have the following, about 95% there I reckon!

Frame: Merlin Rock Lobster
Forks: 2004 Marzocchi Bomber MX Comp 105mm
Groupset: Brand new Deore 10sp groupset (Gears, cranks, brakes and wheelset)
Wheels: Merlin Handbuilt Shimano 495 Disc Hubs, Sun Equalizer rims and DB spokes.
Seatpost: included with frame
Bars: Easton EA30
Stem: Easton Havoc (from the spare parts bin)
Saddle: Spare parts bin

As some of you may have noticed, I have a spare wheelset so the Shimano Deore wheels will be going in the classifieds if a mate doesn't want them.

Pics so far - Haven't had time to unpack the groupset yet!!

Frame:
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Forks:
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Merlin Handbuilt Wheels:
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Full Deore groupset:
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The plan is to build it up and use it over winter, then next spring/summer the frame will be going off to Argos Cycles for a full paint restoration.

So basically i'll have an 853 Reynolds framed HT with a full deore groupset and handbuilt wheel for what will essentially be sub £400 once i'm done :D
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Re: Budget Build - Rock Lobster

Postby supersonic » Thu Aug 16, 2012 19:38 pm

Looks familiar!

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Re: Budget Build - Rock Lobster

Postby The Northern Monkey » Thu Aug 16, 2012 20:02 pm

hehe... really happy with the frame, managed to get a good look over it an it'll be spot on for winter!

Those wheels are a steal too... much much lighter than my Superstar DH set!

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Re: Budget Build - Rock Lobster

Postby ilovedirt » Thu Aug 16, 2012 20:09 pm

That would probably be because they're XC wheels ;)

cool build anyway, i always liked those rock lobsters, shame they stopped making them...
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Re: Budget Build - Rock Lobster

Postby Cat With No Tail » Thu Aug 16, 2012 20:14 pm

Massively jealous. I really wanted that frame. Just had so much money going out lately it's scary. At least I know it went to someone else who will appreciate it.

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Re: Budget Build - Rock Lobster

Postby The Northern Monkey » Thu Aug 16, 2012 20:29 pm

:mrgreen:

I've been looking at the reduced frames on Merlin website for ages! Was one of the 1st bikes I saw on here where I signed up and always wanted one!

Did take me a while to buy it mind... I was gonna get new forks for the Canyon, but I just couldn't let this go!

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Re: Budget Build - Rock Lobster

Postby specialeyes » Thu Aug 16, 2012 20:33 pm

Where did you get the deore groupset from?

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Re: Budget Build - Rock Lobster

Postby The Northern Monkey » Thu Aug 16, 2012 20:39 pm

Merlin Cycles..but the wheels are now an extra £70!

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Re: Budget Build - Rock Lobster

Postby Chunkers1980 » Thu Aug 16, 2012 20:42 pm

Ooi, do you have any scales to give some actuals on both those sets of wheels?

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Re: Budget Build - Rock Lobster

Postby The Northern Monkey » Thu Aug 16, 2012 20:56 pm

Merlin handbuilts are just over 1900g.
Deores are a bit heavier lol.

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Re: Budget Build - Rock Lobster

Postby paul.skibum » Fri Aug 17, 2012 05:19 am

I had one of those Lobsters ages back - I liked it but snapped the gear hanger off on a stray branch. Replace it with a cove handjob (which I preferred to be honest)
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Re: Budget Build - Rock Lobster

Postby Gazlar » Fri Aug 17, 2012 08:11 am

You do realise I'm going to have to sing iraq lobster at you when you're out on it, looks like it will be a lovely build though for that price
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Re: Budget Build - Rock Lobster

Postby Gazlar » Fri Aug 17, 2012 08:12 am

As you were, nothing too see here, no accidental double post.......move it..move it..move it
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Re: Budget Build - Rock Lobster

Postby The Northern Monkey » Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:46 am

Will look forward to the serenade lol.

paul.skibum wrote:I had one of those Lobsters ages back - I liked it but snapped the gear hanger off on a stray branch.  Replace it with a cove handjob (which I preferred to be honest)

I had a Steel Orange P7 a while back and it was one of my favourite HT's, but the frame was over 6lb!
Been wanting to get back on a steel HT for a while!

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Re: Budget Build - Rock Lobster

Postby The Northern Monkey » Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:47 am

Can't really argue with this review either!
http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/ ... -853-10644

And i've got the same fork too :lol:

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Re: Budget Build - Rock Lobster

Postby ilovedirt » Fri Aug 17, 2012 14:00 pm

The Northern Monkey wrote:Will look forward to the serenade lol.

paul.skibum wrote:I had one of those Lobsters ages back - I liked it but snapped the gear hanger off on a stray branch.  Replace it with a cove handjob (which I preferred to be honest)

I had a Steel Orange P7 a while back and it was one of my favourite HT's, but the frame was over 6lb!
Been wanting to get back on a steel HT for a while!

My new Ragley Bagger frame is about 6lb :roll: Though it is going to be a stupid build :lol:
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Re: Budget Build - Rock Lobster

Postby stuisnew » Sun Aug 19, 2012 19:19 pm

Love these frames this is going to be a great build!

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Re: Budget Build - Rock Lobster

Postby The Northern Monkey » Sun Aug 19, 2012 20:54 pm

Cheers :D

Not got round to putting this together yet, been away for the weekend so everything is still in boxes!

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Re: Budget Build - Rock Lobster

Postby The Northern Monkey » Mon Aug 20, 2012 16:36 pm

Crankset fitted..

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Hopefully the headset should arrive tomorrow so I can at least get the chassis rolling!

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Re: Budget Build - Rock Lobster

Postby allthegearnoidea » Mon Aug 20, 2012 19:10 pm

nice looking frame that, sounds like s good classic style build too!!

am sure you already know this but just incase, you can up the travel on the bombers by15mm to 120mm, internal spacer on one of the legs, cant remember which leg it was as did mine a few years back now,
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