My "Ralph" build thread

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My "Ralph" build thread

Postby steelie600 » Fri May 18, 2012 16:48 pm

My frame came back from being powder coated today aswell as some more bits through the front door, so ive started to build her up and she's looking quite tasty! So I thought i'd share where im up to

Suntour 2012 XCR DA LO forks Ebay bargain brand fire new
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RockShox BAR 2.1 shock bought off her for £40 also brand fire new
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Deda Stem and Hope spacers, and yes I know its technically a road stem, but I like the look of it!!
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Continental rim tape and downhill inner tubes, much tastyness
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Aest headset, nice Japanese bearings in here!
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Nice cheap brake discs, good quality and only £5 the pair!!
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Mavic rims on Quando hubs and stainless spokes again much cheapness £10 the pair
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Schwalbe racing Ralph in Cube racing compound (whatever the fark that is) Again ebay bargain £10 the pair
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Nice comfy seat, £3
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The frame fresh from http://www.wilkinsonspowdercoating.co.uk Excellent quality of finish although they did get some media in the tubes which was an ars* to get out!
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Now for built up shots, Took me 3 hours and a lot of sweat to get it like this, Machined the bearing faces and pivot faces and trimmed the steerer myself(only had a junior hacksaw available took me 1 hour alone!!)LOL
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Re: My Univega build thread

Postby ilovedirt » Fri May 18, 2012 16:57 pm

You seem to have quite an eye for the bargains, not bad!
I know your pain of sawing through steel steerers too haha.
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Re: My Univega build thread

Postby steelie600 » Fri May 18, 2012 17:06 pm

Ahh mate it was torture!! And all cos I couldnt be arsed to go work and get my pipe cutter!! LOL
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Re: My Univega build thread

Postby ilovedirt » Fri May 18, 2012 17:25 pm

Lol, it would have blunted your pipe cutter anyway, they're only made for copper.
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Re: My Univega build thread

Postby steelie600 » Fri May 18, 2012 17:30 pm

Nope ive got different blades for it, but I see your point! LOL But im quite chuffed with the end product!
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Re: My Univega build thread

Postby sloppycowpat » Fri May 18, 2012 17:39 pm

:shock: how did you manage to get the bits so cheap that's mad

and it is looking a lot better than i thought it would i like the white a lot
worst moment ever...
buzzing down twisting single track then.... psssst BANG!!!

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Re: My Univega build thread

Postby steelie600 » Fri May 18, 2012 17:42 pm

This will wee-wee you off then, total cost so far, INCLUDING powder coating £250 and there isnt a single part that isnt BRAND FIRE NEW.

Another couple of ton and ill be done! £2k's worth (ish) bike for less than £500!
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Re: My Univega build thread

Postby lawman » Fri May 18, 2012 23:18 pm

steelie600 wrote:Another couple of ton and ill be done! £2k's worth (ish) bike for less than £500!


take about 1.5k off and you're about right on valuation! saying its worth 2k is, well politely ambitious! looks ok considering and some good deals too

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Re: My Univega build thread

Postby Twelly » Sat May 19, 2012 19:12 pm

Doing a good job so far, the £2k valuation is a bit steep but looking good none the less.

What was the frame from?

Where did you find those wheels for £10? Curious for a cheap build for the girlfriend..

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Re: My Univega build thread

Postby steelie600 » Sat May 19, 2012 19:20 pm

the 2k is just a generalisation tbf. The frames a ds900 or 950 I think not entirely sure cos ive binned the box. But had univega stickers on the bike in a god awful design and really sh!tty almost maroon red powdercoat.

Wheels were just ones some guy had bought for a project but bought the wrong ones, he didnt need the disc hubs, i put 20 quid on em and got them for 4 quid plus 6 for postage
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Re: My Univega build thread

Postby ilovedirt » Sat May 19, 2012 20:48 pm

I think it's just a generic BSO frame tbh, I used to have a Barracuda that was almost identical to that.
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Re: My Univega build thread

Postby steelie600 » Sat May 19, 2012 21:08 pm

Funny you should say that, ive seen a few that look very similar if not identical, barracuda is one, there was a raleigh, and im sure a saracen.

Would I be right in saying that in 2000 ish Raleigh made all the above AND Univega's?? If so it could be that the same frame was spead over a few brands?? Or am I just being a knob again?

But I assure you the frame defo had univega stickers on it and was in a box with univega on it although a very battered box LOL
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Re: My Univega build thread

Postby Chunkers1980 » Sat May 19, 2012 21:36 pm

Doesn't matter what it is, what gears are you having on it?

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Re: My Univega build thread

Postby ilovedirt » Sat May 19, 2012 21:43 pm

I literally have no idea mate.
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Re: My Univega build thread

Postby steelie600 » Sat May 19, 2012 21:53 pm

Chunkers1980 wrote:Doesn't matter what it is, what gears are you having on it?


Ive got acera 3x9 on the way but ill make it 2x9 and whack a saint bashguard where the big ring was. BUT have just bought an xt 9 speed mech and shifters (both) off here so that will tighten up the shifts and sell the acera mech and shifters to recoup my spend on the xt stuff.

Winner winner chicken dinner as they say!

Cables will be goodridge teflons. in white, and the brakes are xt's in white

Not sure about the silver chain yet, whether or not to change to a gold one?? Hmmmmm any thoughts??
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Re: My Univega build thread

Postby ilovedirt » Sat May 19, 2012 22:13 pm

My chain used to be silver, it's black now. Might as well just keep the silver one...
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Re: My Univega build thread

Postby Twelly » Sat May 19, 2012 23:12 pm

I thought about getting a gold chain once


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Re: My Univega build thread

Postby IT66T » Sat May 19, 2012 23:17 pm

I'm loving the bike so far and the white powder coating looks mint .
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Re: My Univega build thread

Postby steelie600 » Sat May 19, 2012 23:41 pm

IT66T wrote:I'm loving the bike so far and the white powder coating looks mint .


I bought a white seat post for it too and the powder coat on that matches exactly! = WIN

HOWEVER bearing in mind my seat post hole is for a 30.9, the post is 30.9+ powder coat (not by me might I add by the manufacturer) = Kev's had to dig his king pin bush reamer out to shave 0.1mm(ish) the internal diameter of the seat post recepticle!!

Kev was most puzzled at why the correct post wouldn't go in the front bottom hole till it tigged about the powder coat!

Seat post isnt going back tho cos it matches innit! I might have to trim it down tho, bought a 400mm one with the mindset get a long one and chop it down, cant extend one thats too short can ya!
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Re: My Univega build thread

Postby Twelly » Sat May 19, 2012 23:44 pm

steelie600 wrote:Kev was most puzzled at why the correct post would go in the front bottom hole


*giggle*


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