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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. 



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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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2 hours ago, Canardweb said:

Love this kind of topic

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 :)

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11 minutes ago, Ross McArthur said:

Build a bike round a spare hub you had. Literally any one spare part is the start of a new build haha. Been there. And probably going to go there again at some point. 

Wheel looks great and I do love a 2.4 24” Moto. Go to tyre before the Contis.

@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. 

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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)



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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 

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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 

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6 minutes ago, Brettoll said:

2nd black forks - the contrast will pay off (and it's not a mid-late 2000s all silver TGS machine)

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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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. 

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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. 

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