Private Repress

Black Giant Trials Team

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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!

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The bike was covered in dirt and dust and just in generally bad shape:

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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!

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The wheels were in poor condition with spokes missing and worn braking surfaces. 
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To me this is the epitome of a bike project!

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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 

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A good friend of mine donated a gold filthy bash guard (permanent loan) to bring the cranks to life in true hawzie style:

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this has since has the benefit of a new 22t middleburn ring 

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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

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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 

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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. 

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Look sooooo nice :)

Really nice neoretro build, I really appreciate. I build an Orange Zero like this, it was also really nice to ride.

 

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Just now, La Bourde said:

Look sooooo nice :)

Really nice neoretro build, I really appreciate. I build an Orange Zero like this, it was also really nice to ride.

 

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Thanks mate. That looks so nice! What seat are you running on it?

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It is a pivotal combo from KHE bikes Exib. Unpadded so very light.

No longer available I think :(

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Wow, that turned out amazing!

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Best looking one I've seen stunning if you ever sell it let me no 

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This is an awesome build great work

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Amazing!!

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