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inbred, now with gears!

PenylopePenylope Posts: 320
edited November 2009 in Your mountain bikes
In the begining:

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Frame: Santa Cruz Chameleon (bought second hand in 2006) LRG
Forks: RS Pike 454DA's
Bars: Azonics DW
Stem: Thompson
Headset: Cane Creek
Grips:
Bar Ends:

Front & Rear brakes: Hope M4's with floating rotors

Shifters: XT '07
Front Mech: XT'07
Rear Mech: XT'07

Seat: Spoon
Seat Post: Thompson

Crankc Race Face Evolve DH


Front & Rear wheels: Hope Bulb hubs, Mavic D521 rims

Been a superb bike, if not one of the best i've had over the years, but i'm starting to find that it is a little too stiff in the back end ( :? ) for long rides, so i've been trawling t'interweb looking for inspiration on a new bike.

The quest continues:

This
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This
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and This
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Have turned up on the doorstep (as these things do....) and i have a set of Hope Mini's in the shed that need putting to good use.

The plan is to build the Inbred up as a second bike (either rigid or with some tora's on, cant decide) with most of the bits off the Chameleon, then treat myself to something with a bit more 'spring in it's step' as a main bike.

Anyway, after reading Da Mighty Chickens 2010 P7 thread and thoroughly enjoying it, i thought i would start my own WIP thread for my new build(s).
Hope you enjoy it and any coments,critisisms or advice will be greatly appreciated.


Thanks for looking, Andy :D
MTB's, SC Blur LTc & Cotic Soul (26" definitely aint dead!).
Other, Genesis Croix De Fer
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  • Nothing, and I mean nothing, feels better than when parts start to arrive at the door. It's like Christmas every day!
  • RealManRealMan Posts: 2,166
    Nothing, and I mean nothing, feels better than when parts start to arrive at the door. It's like Christmas every day!

    How about the first ride with those parts..? :wink:
  • PenylopePenylope Posts: 320
    Hmmmm, tricky!

    Spec'ing and building bikes is great fun on it's own, and then you get to ride them, good times :D
    MTB's, SC Blur LTc & Cotic Soul (26" definitely aint dead!).
    Other, Genesis Croix De Fer
  • Penylope wrote:
    Spec'ing and building bikes is great fun on it's own, and then you get to ride them, good times :D

    Very true, its certainly fun having new bits delivered.

    Looking good, i'll be watching your build with interest. Good Work 8)
  • PenylopePenylope Posts: 320
    Thanks 8) , likewise. There is something quite satisfying watching something being built from the ground up (not just bikes), seeing all the decisions that need to be made and problems that arrise in a build.
    still not sure which direction to go with the Inbred, current thinking is build it as a rigid gear'd bike with the bits from the chameleon, then put the Pikes and M4's onto a SC Heckler frame and try to build that up reasonably light. (but that may all change by the morning :lol: )
    MTB's, SC Blur LTc & Cotic Soul (26" definitely aint dead!).
    Other, Genesis Croix De Fer
  • jay12jay12 Posts: 6,306
    looking good so far. just those vital decisions need to be made
  • Update 05/09/09

    Some more bits to add to the pile;

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    Orange F8 forks

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    Bontrager seatpost

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    Specialized flat bars (with 2 twofish lockblocks for some torches)

    not sure what to do about wheels now, buy some buget wheels for this or some bling for the melon and pinch the wheels off that. Hmmm :?:
    MTB's, SC Blur LTc & Cotic Soul (26" definitely aint dead!).
    Other, Genesis Croix De Fer
  • 8)
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  • Just got back from town, with new shiney 8)

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    pair of Mavic Crossride 6bolt disc wheels 8)

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    And an FSA the pig headset.

    The pile keeps growing.....
    MTB's, SC Blur LTc & Cotic Soul (26" definitely aint dead!).
    Other, Genesis Croix De Fer
  • ilovedirtilovedirt Posts: 5,798
    nice, i bet the anticipation of putting it all together is killing you :)
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    B'Twin Triban 5
  • ilovedirt wrote:
    nice, i bet the anticipation of putting it all together is killing you :)

    Yup :lol:

    Can only get bits when the funds allow at the moment so it'll be a while yet. The only trouble is the longer it takes the more time i have to change my mind completely! :lol: current plan is single speed, but i 'spect that will have changed by the morning!
    MTB's, SC Blur LTc & Cotic Soul (26" definitely aint dead!).
    Other, Genesis Croix De Fer
  • ramemtbersramemtbers Posts: 1,562
    on one= good make. its gonna look good. :D
  • adb1006adb1006 Posts: 938
    Singlespeed :? Isn't that an XT rear mech in the pics?
  • adb1006 wrote:
    Singlespeed :? Isn't that an XT rear mech in the pics?

    Yup, thats for another (as yet undecided) project :D 8)
    just waiting for the stem to arrive and then hopefully i'll be able to build the Inbred up (when i'm not working, 12hour shifts at the mo :cry: )
    MTB's, SC Blur LTc & Cotic Soul (26" definitely aint dead!).
    Other, Genesis Croix De Fer
  • Woo! Construction has started!

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    Single speed kit from the wooly hat shop.

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    The stem arrived as well, although i'm now thinking it might be a bit( :shock: )short!

    Anyway, got the bike stand out last night and started construction..
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    After a bit of bodging with an home-made headset press i got the cups in, then found i'd run out of grease to pack the bearings with, Duhhh :roll: :oops:
    still need to go and get some grease, but i popped the wheels in just to see what she looks like......
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    Ta Da!

    Off to the shops in a bit so i'll get some more done later today, cant wait to go for the maiden voyage!
    MTB's, SC Blur LTc & Cotic Soul (26" definitely aint dead!).
    Other, Genesis Croix De Fer
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 28,799
    I would much, much rather the original chameleon, with gears, and suss forks and all.
  • ilovedirtilovedirt Posts: 5,798
    are those wheels 24"? they just look really small to me... :?
    Production Privee Shan

    B'Twin Triban 5
  • SalsaSalsa Posts: 753
    Looking really nice so far, custom bikes are the way to go imo.
    Single speed, steel & rigid :) that's my kind of bike 8)
  • hmm, stem looks quite long!!!! I run mine with a 40mm stem and 700mm bars!

    how are you tensioning the chain?
  • I would much, much rather the original chameleon, with gears, and suss forks and all.

    yeah, gonna be a new build with the parts off the 'melon soon, just not sure what.

    P.S. you just blinked at me, cool 8)
    MTB's, SC Blur LTc & Cotic Soul (26" definitely aint dead!).
    Other, Genesis Croix De Fer
  • ilovedirt wrote:
    are those wheels 24"? they just look really small to me... :?

    Ha Ha, i thought that to start with, but they are deffo 26"! got some tyres on now and they look much better :lol:

    ride_whenever

    hmm, stem looks quite long!!!! I run mine with a 40mm stem and 700mm bars!

    how are you tensioning the chain?

    yeah, not sure about the stem, gonna try it first before i do anything about it tho.

    Tensioning the chain will be done by the old rear mech off the chameleon, then the new XT will go on the new bike.
    MTB's, SC Blur LTc & Cotic Soul (26" definitely aint dead!).
    Other, Genesis Croix De Fer
  • I would much, much rather the original chameleon, with gears, and suss forks and all.

    Christ yes. On One - vs Santa cruz? No frickin' contest.
    Closet jockey wheel pimp censored .
  • WhytepeakWhytepeak Posts: 2,616
    ilovedirt wrote:
    are those wheels 24"? they just look really small to me... :?

    Because they have no tyres on them :roll:
    Now that we are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak and not to please ourselves. ROMANS 15:1
  • Penylope wrote:

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    Scary! i've just had my ala carte resprayed white and bought the official cromolly black steel forks and have the same wheels, it looks a bit like it. I will be posting some pics up when i get round to it (its unbuilt) but they will look like twins ahhh!
  • PenylopePenylope Posts: 320
    Done it!

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    after a few technical issues its built at last :P
    had a prob getting the chain tension correct with a chain tensioner so bunged the old XT mech on there instead, job done.

    just got to go and get it dirty now :D

    (and also decide weather i like SS/rigid bikes :P )
    MTB's, SC Blur LTc & Cotic Soul (26" definitely aint dead!).
    Other, Genesis Croix De Fer
  • ravey1981ravey1981 Posts: 1,111
    :?

    looks like a bike with an identity crisis to me....

    I bet its not long before the forks, gears and risers get put onto this, then it will be a great bike....

    Just my opinion, no offence
  • PenylopePenylope Posts: 320

    looks like a bike with an identity crisis to me....

    Ha, yep, its a bit of a rare one :lol:

    Had a bit of a play on it today and already the first thing to change is the bars.....

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    put the Azonics bars off the Chameleon on now, much better :D
    It still looks odd but it rides really well, honest! its main use will be local routes, road work round town etc. first impressions are great, but your right it prob will change soon! :D
    MTB's, SC Blur LTc & Cotic Soul (26" definitely aint dead!).
    Other, Genesis Croix De Fer
  • ilovedirtilovedirt Posts: 5,798
    looks cool, but i could never use singlespeed for anything other than park/dirt jumping really
    Production Privee Shan

    B'Twin Triban 5
  • paul.skibumpaul.skibum Posts: 4,068
    I'm trying to think of something nice to say but I cant and I cant figure out whetehr its just that I hate on ones or that I really dont liek the look of that bike. Looked marginally better with the flat bars.

    I'm sorry but a respray of the chameleon would have been money better spent.
    Closet jockey wheel pimp censored .
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