Private Repress

All rounder build project

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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:

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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.

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I imagined getting the bike to look something close to Jeff Lenoskys last giant STP build: 

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albeit this is a newer version, the old one has similar geometry (although the 24inch wheels don’t help it look anything alike). 
 

A full strip down was required

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I also decided to brave the world of suspension maintenance:

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stripped the forks down and cleaned all the internals 

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The forks are still in bits as I need to have them painted - there were some gouges that I’ve sanded out. but I managed to get some marzocchi bomber DJ1 forks on another second hand bike purchase so they have gone onto the current build 

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Next up was wheels... 

I purchased a wheelset from @LEON, I had these in mind for a different bike but black pro 2 hubs would maintain the the look I was after and I had some trusty spank rims which I pinched of my Zebdi.
 

so I deconstructed both sets and rebuilt them up stealth style:

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I also managed to find some second hand race face cranks. I searched for saints but finding a decent set that accept an inner ring and 175mm length was proving difficult. 

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Whilst waiting on a few bits to complete the build I dropped the frame in at the powder coaters along with a couple of sets of forks - future builds to come!

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A second hand Thompson seat post was a bargain. Especially as I’ll be having the seat up now and then. I also had to get a longer hose for the MT5 front brake, I’d ran it through the steerer in the last bike it was on so it was too short for the long suspension forks 

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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 

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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!)

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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. 

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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. 

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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 

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Another beauty! B)

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Looks like fun! Just need to get some gold decals for the rims ;)

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That's just awesome!

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That’s really nicely done. The older I get the more I want something like this!

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On 12/04/2021 at 8:08 AM, monkeyseemonkeydo said:

Looks like fun! Just need to get some gold decals for the rims ;)

Haha, might be a bit overkill! The stickers for the forks are gold and white, I’ll see how it all looks.

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5 hours ago, Matt24. said:

That’s really nicely done. The older I get the more I want something like this!

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 

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15 hours ago, Adam@TartyBikes said:

Another beauty! B)

Thanks mate, got another bike in the pipeline of the same brand ;)

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You can use a gold sharpie marker on the 'Spoon' logos. It'll come off with alcohol if you don't like it.

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That is so rad. A true old school street trials bike. Been considering putting a longer stem (90mm up from 35mm) on mine to see what its like.

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On 4/11/2021 at 9:43 PM, Private Repress said:

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. 

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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. 

I think I might want this bike.

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I’ve now added some decals on the forks:

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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.

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Tyres changed:

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13 hours ago, jamesb said:

That is so rad. A true old school street trials bike. Been considering putting a longer stem (90mm up from 35mm) on mine to see what its like.

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!

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I almost kept it all black, but figured I could remove the graphics if I didn’t like them. 

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That is a very nice looking bike! Looks like the perfect all round bike!

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