Private Repress

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  1. Been going through my spare parts seeing what I have left and what could be built. Came across some wheels in the roof of my garage that I’d forgotten about. A set of halo combat rims on halo hubs. they came second hand on a complete bike I bought a few years back. The rims had been sprayed black over the existing white paint, clearly whilst the wheel was built as the spokes and nipples had lots of overspray. Never thought I’d use these, but I had a 36 hole pro 4 kicking around (bought it second hand with the intention of slapping it on the Marino build - not realising at the time that spank only do 32 hole rims!) so out with the good old paint stripper: Two coats and some scrubbing, and the bare metal finally started to show.
  2. After an hour or so in the garage this evening this is how far I got: A quick roll around tells me the front feels a bit low for my liking so the 80x40 stem will be going on.
  3. Collected the frame and forks today looks so so good in the flesh!
  4. After ordering the frame kit from Marino in April 2020 for a lockdown project, it finally arrived late last month. I’d purchased most of the bits over a long period of time and got what I could second hand but in good condition to keep costs down. Ultimately this is a cheaper route to an inspired arcade which I make no excuses for, it’s what I wanted. A fairly standard build these days but I’ve gone with parts that have been tried and tested - so it is a bit of a photocopy of other 24’s out there, but that’s fine by me I’m absolutely over the moon with the finished result, only had a chance to ride on some curbs outside my house so far (I need to bed the brakes in anyway). But first impressions are great, the bike feels nimble yet solid and responsive. Can’t wait to have a proper ride this coming weekend (if the weather is kind!).
  5. Nice spot to ride, looks like fun! A good idea to set yourselves some brakeless challenges - gives any obstacle a different dimension.
  6. Frame and forks are being collected tomorrow afternoon so thought I’d get most of the remaining parts out ready to fit: Looking forward to this, especially thanks to these little beauts that are in the post: thanks for hooking me up @Ross McArthur in other news I’ve managed to bag some echo urban disc only forks from eBay. Get in! they’ll either go on the Zebdi or this. I’ll see what mood I’m in when I begin the build. I’m steering towards having the Ashton forks on this now.
  7. Hey guys, hope this wet weather isn’t getting the better of you. just curious if anyone has had a frame from Marino this year? I ordered a frame and fork in April, fully appreciating the covid situation and what impact that was likely to have on Marino. but communication had been poor to say the least, they said it would take longer than usual and have a time frame of 12 weeks. I waited quite a bit longer than that before asking what was happening via email... no reply, emailed again at the beginning of September... no reply. I took to Instagram messenger to send them a private question on the 15th of September - they did reply saying they were sorting the delivery and needed a few days (fair enough). But hadn’t heard anything, so sent them another insta message on Wednesday and had no reply. Am I being too impatient? Finding it frustrating that they are pretty active on social media giving no indication of the delays customers are facing (or is it just me?) whilst continuing to promote orders stating they are back to full speed operation. Any UK reps around? Anyone else waiting on orders? Rant over!
  8. To be fair the second photo was me for just over 9 months haha, literally conceived and had a child before the order arrived.
  9. @Adam@TartyBikes phwoar, that looks lovely! Nice job mate! Looking forward to seeing that finished!
  10. @Adam@TartyBikes phwoar, that looks lovely! Nice job mate! Looking forward to seeing that finished!
  11. Brilliant photo shop skills haha. Literally laughed out loud at this. definitely similar to my Marino, drop outs are identical with the built in bolts for chain tension adjustment.
  12. Dropped the frame off at the spray shop, unfortunately they don’t do sandblasting, only shot blasting which is much more aggressive, so I’ve decided to have the frame powder coated silver. The Ashton forks are being done too in gloss black along with a set of Fatty’s which will go on the giant. at this stage the Ashton frame will have Onza zoot curved forks. They are already Matt black, albeit with a green Onza sticker down the side. I’m not intending keeping them on it for long (holding out for some straight blade forks). So I’m not powder coating the Onza forks. it should be ready to collect next week sometime.
  13. Good justification @Brettoll it’s going to have tensile cranks with a black 18t bash ring, so should be accidentally quite well colour matched. the headset and seat clamp I ordered are anodised red. Should look interesting
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  15. What are peoples thoughts on the colour of the forks? Silver to match the frame or black to match the bar and stem?
  16. Also managed to spend an hour on the Diamondback Ashton frame with an angle grinder. The disc mount strap had been cut by the previous owner to accommodate a calliper that didn’t fit. So I’ve smoothed that off... the gear cable mounts have gone too. the forks that came with the bike had the brake mounts hacked at with a hacksaw. Took the opportunity to smooth these down too, although they are for the Planet X Zebdi. This may have to have Onza zoot forks, unless something straight pops up cheap. shame because these forks do look the shizz on the rolling chassis! hoping I might be able to get the frame in to he shot blasted tomorrow
  17. Also, had to order some new bits, parts that are cheap enough to buy new. This includes - seat clamp -13t double wide sprocket - DMR single speed spacers and some bars, nuke proof neutron v2 risers - these will go on my Giant TT which I’ll pinch some arcade risers from I think - coupled with a bbb stem at 100mm and 7 degree rise. If that’s to long I’ve got an 80x40 one kicking around but does conform to a street build... I’ll see how it rides
  18. Front wheel built
  19. Front rim has arrived smothered it in paint stripper between work calls today It’s coming along nicely so hoping that I’ll be able to get the XC hub built onto it later. Also cleaned up the old spike nipples, paint stripper soak them shook them in a tub with some sand, finally left them to soak in oil, they’ve come up okay too and finally an idea of what the frame will look like silver - Rowan John’s old bike (sorry about the poor image quality)
  20. @Ross McArthur Mate it’s out of hand! was thinking exactly the same thing the other day.. ‘Oh I’ve found a single HS33 pad, a bike must be built to use it’ haha. To be fair this was the original foundation for a Frankenstein bike that turned into a showroom condition fourplay. But I’m setting rules for myself on this one... 1. No parts purchased unless I can’t repair what I have or I don’t have a variant of it. 2. Said parts required must be second hand 3. Additional money may be spent on paint job, but to keep it really budget... and more in keeping with Rowans proto bike (a nod to the good old days), sandblasting the frame silver is most likely. (Thanks for the photo and the inspiration on this one Ross). 4. I may not talk about about fight club I have already broken rule 2 as I didn’t fancy a second hand headset, so got a ODP one for less than a tenner. Picked up an angle grinder disc tonight to finish off what I started a little while back on the frame... smoothing off those gear cable guides. Once done I’ll get some pics up before dropping it off to be sandblasted - the paint stripper barely touches the paint on this bike, and even when it does finally come off, there is a white layer underneath that appears to be able to withstand all but a nuclear fallout.
  21. To match the rear wheel I found a very cheap front rim on eBay with 32 holes which will match up with a red Hope XC hub I have, more paint stripping when this arrives! Really like the profile of these rims
  22. Same here, I’ve done a couple now - an Ashton ET and a Planet X Zebdi. This will be an interesting one as I’m forcing myself not to buy parts unless absolutely necessary - it’ll make a funky build haha. Thinking of making this one more trials oriented as opposed to a street build (mainly because of my left over parts!). I enjoy building and restoring as much as I do riding these days which is no bad thing
  23. Speaking of old bits, this will be the back wheel for a proper mash up of parts. I’ll probably update the title on this thread as I get more done and share progress on the unusual build. a sneak peek of what’s to come haha:
  24. Once I’d cracked the original white paint it all started to peel much easier. eventually I got to this: thankfully this free’d up the spoke nipples so I could take it apart. Once done I rebuilt it onto the spare Hope hub: after truing it I cleaned up some old DMR motos and fitted one... Pretty pleased with the results. Considering how poor the rim looked on the old build I never really thought I’d make any use of it. Really do get a kick out of bringing old bits back to life.
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