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Project 1996 Dekerf Generation - She's done and Shore tested

Nov. 11, 2010, 11:28 a.m.
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Nice bike Cam. I remember the deKerf model made for FR, and it had a huge gusset on the front. The Implant I think?

My 02 Balfa Minuteman, complete with Hayes Comp brakes and North Shore XS cranks. If I could afford it, I'd love to update things and make it a smooth operator again. It's not much of a pedal-able bike though.

Nov. 11, 2010, 11:32 a.m.
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nice!

I'm into my steel hardtail this year too, but like you said…pick your battles. I find if I ride the same trails as my fully, I'm just disappointed, but for just having some fun on the singletrack it's been a ton of fun.

Nov. 11, 2010, 11:59 a.m.
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I have a steel Rocky Mtn Vertex (1992 I think) tucked away waiting for me to drop off to Chris Dekerf. Problem with this frame is that it's a 1" head tube. Can you guys point me in the right direction to get a modern day fork that has a 1" steer tube? 2 yrs ago Marzocchi made some but have since discontinued production.
Thanks in advance

Nov. 11, 2010, 1:28 p.m.
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I have a steel Rocky Mtn Vertex (1992 I think) tucked away waiting for me to drop off to Chris Dekerf. Problem with this frame is that it's a 1" head tube. Can you guys point me in the right direction to get a modern day fork that has a 1" steer tube? 2 yrs ago Marzocchi made some but have since discontinued production.
Thanks in advance

get a new steer tube welded on. that's one of the good things about steel/ti frames.

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Nov. 11, 2010, 1:29 p.m.
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get a new steer tube welded on. that's one of the good things about steel/ti frames.

head tube brother, head tube.

Debate? Bikes are made for riding not pushing.

Nov. 11, 2010, 2:18 p.m.
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So what is the proper seatpost diameter for that bike? 26.8 or 27.0?

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Nov. 11, 2010, 2:38 p.m.
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get a new steer tube welded on. that's one of the good things about steel/ti frames.

Yeah, thought of that. Probably the way to go and I could tweak the geometry a bit while I'm at it. What's another $150

Nov. 11, 2010, 6:41 p.m.
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Cam, bike looks great…how much does the kickstand weigh?

Nov. 11, 2010, 6:54 p.m.
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Everyone should have a steel HT as part of their quiver.

Nov. 11, 2010, 8:47 p.m.
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I love the modern day build on the classic frame Cam. I've kept my Team SL with a more retro build, but toying with the idea of hunting down a Team ST frame with up to date parts for the next project or just swapping parts over from the current steed.

As far as I know, all steel DK's used 27.2 seatpost.

Nov. 11, 2010, 9:19 p.m.
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awesome. that seatpost if you don't play nicely it might jab up your ass

…If you do play nice it might buy you dinner.

Nov. 11, 2010, 9:41 p.m.
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Retro hardtail fever!

That's primarily what I'm going to be riding this winter.

Nov. 11, 2010, 11:02 p.m.
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i love the spirit behind this build, but the fork just kills it for me. sticking a long fork on a svelte xc hardtail hearkens back to the mid-1990's when there were few other options - doing so now just seems misguided

One thing about your bb height comment and comparing it to chromag, I always found that chromag has really low bb compared to others.

big part of why they ride so f'n sweet

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Nov. 12, 2010, 8:29 a.m.
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i love the spirit behind this build, but the fork just kills it for me. sticking a long fork on a svelte xc hardtail hearkens back to the mid-1990's when there were few other options - doing so now just seems misguided

big part of why they ride so f'n sweet

I guess it depends how and where you ride. I had a lumberjack (same geo as the chromag) and found that it sat a bit to low on some trails (rocky natural type) On the other hand on buffed out manicured type trails with berms and jumps it felt really good. But as an allrounder felt that it was a bit to low for me on most trails I ride and now ride a secret bike.;)

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Nov. 12, 2010, 8:47 a.m.
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i love the spirit behind this build, but the fork just kills it for me. sticking a long fork on a svelte xc hardtail hearkens back to the mid-1990's when there were few other options - doing so now just seems misguided

I don't like the slacked out seat angle. I think the bike looks sweet, but would have been nicer with a smaller fork - I know the TALAS can drop, but still.

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