Monday, December 29, 2008

What's in the stand...

This one was many months in process. The owner wanted the old Manitou suspension fork replaced with a Steve Potts built Type II with roller-cam brakes to match how the bike was originally built up by Point Reyes Bikes many years ago. The frame is a first generation Klein Pinnacle that was originally delivered in the raw, unpainted finish. Not many folks knew that you could buy a Klein sans paint and to me, a polished Klein is still one of the better looking bikes ever available.

Type II on order, new seat on order, new pedals, on order, found an old Suntour XC roller-cam on ebay and it finally came together last week. In addition to the fork, Steve made a custom stem to replace the aluminum Kalloy that was on the bike. Because the rear brake is under the chainstay, I moved the WTB roller-cam to the fork where it is more visible and installed the Suntour brake on the chainstays. I cleaned and greased the brass rollers of the Suntour brake and got the spring tension "just so." It felt really good - and I mean, really good even in comparison to the WTB roller-cam in front. Even Steve asked me how I got it to feel so good. I have my secrets...

Here's a before shot.
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Only the top tube is polished in this shot.
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Watching a frame like this shine after polishing is really a pretty neat transformation.
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All done.
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I like the old WTB ti bars with the extra-long shims that distribute the stem clamp forces over a nice wide area.
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Very nice old Mavic crank.
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New Paradigm Grease Guard hub (I did clean up the grime on the hub).
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There's that great feeling Suntour brake with WTB Gripmaster brake pads.
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That is shiny!
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(What's playing: Richard Thompson Why Must I Plead)

4 comments:

Jim G said...

Wow!

Head Honcho said...

Never thought I'd say this about a Klein...but it looks pretty damned good.

Guitar Ted said...

While I'm not discounting your mechanical acumen, I'd have to wager that those massive square chainstays are helping things out in relation to the brake feel there. I know my Klein was as stiff as all get out!

Very nice looking Klein there. Great job on the resto!

blackmountaincycles said...

Yep, not much flex in those stays. But the "feel" at the brake lever is very nice too.