Private Repress

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  1. Congratulations Mark, wishing you both the best of luck with the move. That sucks about the full rent situation, but definitely try to use it to your advantage
  2. Ive been on the hunt for one of these for some time now, so was delighted when I found one that I felt I could rescue. Pretty much a barn find - the stuff dreams are made of for someone like me! The bike was covered in dirt and dust and just in generally bad shape: But the under the grime the actual structure of the frame was sound with no cracks or dents. It even had the mandatory race face turbine cranks - I wouldn’t built one of these with anything but! The wheels were in poor condition with spokes missing and worn braking surfaces. To me this is the epitome of a bike project!
  3. Love it dude, looking forward to seeing some more pics! Got a Zebdi in the same paint job that I’m on the process of rebuilding, lovely bit of retro goodness that
  4. The shadow bike
  5. Here’s my Giant that I bought from new in 2002, recently resurrected from the parents garage. It’s seen many parts come and go, but now trying to get it as close to a true hawzie replica, so work to be done includes: - Rebuild front wheel with radial pattern spokes and anodised red nipples - Spray forks to match the frame... or have the front of the frame painted black along with the forks - Change seat and post - Replace rear HS33 slaves with Tomac reds - Replace the rear tyre (got a Michelin in the post) I love this bike, brings back so many good memories including taking me to second place in YMSA bike trials comps in around 2004, and second place in a UCI comp hosted at the infamous Bracken Rocks circa 2005. Not to mention all the big rides me and my mates used to attend on the train across the country. Here’s a snap of me pulling a classic X-Up in Skegness
  6. Such a good watch, but heartbreaking watching these guys absolutely smash spots I used to ride haha
  7. Really enjoyed that
  8. Hi all, more custom build spam! Having done a few builds over the last 12 months I decided to change the lineup of bikes to suit some different styles of riding. Pure trials isn’t my bag anymore, and I like a bike that looks like a bike - nothing against modern comp bikes at all, I’m just past the point of hitting any personal bests haha. Watching @jamesb got me seriously contemplating a front sus do it all bike. I started trials on a jump frame with manitou forks way back in the late 90s and I’ve always fancied going back down that nostalgic route. I’d been hanging my nose over some jump bikes on eBay looking for something with a reasonable bb height and that all important beefy rear end to manage a disc brake for trials. Mentioned the idea to @Ross McArthur who suggested a Giant STP. How I’d missed this is beyond me, Jeff Lenosky was a big influence on me as a kid getting into trials but I’d never stopped to think about his Giant, always recalled the days of him riding for Schwinn. 2 days later and a bit of eBaying I ended up with this as a base: I know... she isn’t pretty, but all I really wanted was the frame and fork. I figured I could sell some of the bits off. The 24inch rims were a write off (which I knew about). But it had Hope big un hubs which I managed to get some money back for on eBay.
  9. Thanks James, I don’t think your riding suffers from a short stem though! Always a pleasure to watch and certainly the inspiration to build this bike. Before I added the frame decals it did look like a cheap mans version of yours! I almost kept it all black, but figured I could remove the graphics if I didn’t like them.
  10. Tyres changed:
  11. I’ve now added some decals on the forks: I’m also completing switching the tyres I have a brand new Maxxis ikon 2.2 for the front, and a Maxxis high roller 2.4 for the rear - think that would work quite well.
  12. Thanks mate. That looks so nice! What seat are you running on it?
  13. Hi guys, Not strictly trials chat, but thought I’d ask here... Went out on the enduro bike tonight and reached for the back brake and couldn’t feel the lever... anyone know which bit has broken to cause this? Is it repairable? If not would a replacement lever blade have the relevant part to fix the issue? I’ve got a spare magura MT5 lever but would rather rescue this one if possible - the braking feel is so much more positive.
  14. A few finishing bits and the build is complete! I should point out my aim here was not a replica. I was looking to build a 26inch street bike, my yellow Giant remains a replica, but this was about having a bike that felt familiar with modern components where needed to deal with the type of riding I have in mind.
  15. Now to sort the wheels... I took the wheels apart and had the rims powder coated satin black along with some Echo Urban disc forks I also managed to bag a pair of second hand Magura MTS brakes, same as the MT4’s but for Specialised to equip on their bikes. This was a great find as the gold and black really fitted the theme
  16. So I got to work stripping it down and cleaning! I used a mild abrasive polish on the frame to remove the grime, then used a Matt finishing cleaner to bring it back to life A good friend of mine donated a gold filthy bash guard (permanent loan) to bring the cranks to life in true hawzie style: this has since has the benefit of a new 22t middleburn ring
  17. Thanks @Mark W, I’ll try replacing the bat adjuster. I’m very comfortable with getting a good bleed on magura’s - but appreciate the advice. ive just never been able to get the MT5 lever to feel like it returns as fast as the MT7. I run an MT5 on the front of this bike and a full set on another. I’ll report back to confirm if it’s worked
  18. Thanks mate, got another bike in the pipeline of the same brand
  19. Thanks - yeah it’s quite something, surprisingly good at my usual trials spots. Also made for some interesting lines, you can ride it off huge walls and the suspension soaks up so much of the impact
  20. Haha, might be a bit overkill! The stickers for the forks are gold and white, I’ll see how it all looks.
  21. Yes I’ve used a quadlock in the past. Super design. Basically it’s a case for your phone that’s like a normal phone case. The back houses a proprietary recess that rotates onto the locking mechanism that is held onto your bars or stem via robust rubber loops or zip ties. I used to use it for cycle cross riding. The phone never separated from the bars. I highly recommend
  22. You can pick up a Giant STP for the £300 mark second hand. There has been a few on eBay recently, I know as I bought two to make a front sus trials bike. If you are prepared to upgrade the parts yourself it can work out quite well... I’ve just turned this; Into this: I appreciate this is a trials build, but STP stands for street, trails, park. The geo is great for an all round fun machine
  23. I forgot to mention that this is the bike I’m running Shimano Zee levers on with Magura MT5 callipers. Thanks @Adam@TartyBikes for the advice - the brakes work a treat
  24. So here the bike is now as it stands. Graphics added to the Matt black frame, I have some in the post for the forks. I have to say, it is incredibly good fun to ride, I completely forgot how good bunny hops are with front suspension. I’m running forks pretty hard. The 70mm stem sits just right, short enough to make the front poppy, but long enough to keep it feeling Trialsy on the rear wheel.
  25. Build day had arrived. I was still a few bits short of what I’d set out to do, so used some spare bits here and there. I wanted to run gears, although it’s a pro2 trials hub. I figured this would offer versatility for trials and park riding With 6 gears ranging from 18t down to 11t this offers fine tuning! And yes... it makes it competition legal haha (showing my age now!)