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Orange Ms Isle project....(Rebuilt September 2013)

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  • ilovedirtilovedirt Posts: 5,798
    Oh aye. forgot that you're from notts... Freewheel are good, however i prefer bunneys for their service, there's a couple of guys i really dislike in freewheel.
    Production Privee Shan

    B'Twin Triban 5
  • *AJ**AJ* Posts: 1,080
    Yeah, I know exactly what you mean about Freewheel, but the mechanics are sound and know their stuff... I usually just talk directly to the mechanics for that reason.

    Never used bunny's cycles... Will keep them in mind though. We seem to lack a really good LBS to be completely honest.
  • *AJ**AJ* Posts: 1,080
    In the hands of the bike shop now....

    They are chasing the BB threads, facing the BB, facing the headtube, facing the brake mounts, and cleaning up the seat tube.
  • *AJ**AJ* Posts: 1,080
    Start of the build....

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  • *AJ**AJ* Posts: 1,080
    Its about done now.....

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    Twins.......

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  • looks great fella!
    well done!!
    Timmo.
    After all, I am Cornish!
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  • ilovedirtilovedirt Posts: 5,798
    lovely pair of oranges you have there!
    Production Privee Shan

    B'Twin Triban 5
  • joshtpjoshtp Posts: 4,329
    nice!
    I like bikes and stuff
  • *AJ**AJ* Posts: 1,080
    Cheers guys, I'm really happy with it now!
  • RevellRiderRevellRider Posts: 1,794
    Looking great AJ, should be able to spot you out and about on the trails
  • bellysbellys Posts: 456
    looks very nice...good job.
  • Dirtydog11Dirtydog11 Posts: 1,621
    Great job, thats what you call a custom build.

    The v brake/gear cable guide is an interesting idea!
  • *AJ**AJ* Posts: 1,080
    Dirtydog11 wrote:

    The v brake/gear cable guide is an interesting idea!

    Try it, you'll be suprised how much it improves things....
  • Whoah looking nice man! Seriously tankish!
  • *AJ**AJ* Posts: 1,080
    2 years on and its still my daily hack!

    August 2011
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    August 2012

    Retro 'style' skin wall tyres
    charge spoon saddle
    SLX rear mech
    KMC gold chain
    Road block on the back.....

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    Slight incident December time which resulted in me limping about for a few days.....

    Luckily I was going slowly, but powering up a hill, out of the saddle.... Dropped like a sack of s**t!

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    I decided to strip my Patriot of its Saint cranks and put them on the Msisle as I use it daily and the patriot has not been used for a short while. I have now bought new cranks for the Patriot.

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    February 2013

    Well after 4 weeks of being used daily in bad weather, snow, rain, ice and road salt and then a 10 mile XC blast today in the muddy forest I had a bit of a tidy up, fitted some new pedals and a new tarty seat post.

    The bikes looking much better, seriously need to bleed the brakes though, and true and tension the wheels!

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  • Levi_501Levi_501 Posts: 1,105
    Blimey O'Riley! That is a bit, how shall I say poor!

    I have never heard of one of these axles breaking, but obviously they can.
  • *AJ**AJ* Posts: 1,080
    Well this was beginning to get a bit worn and tired, thought about replacing parts, but there was that much that needed doing, I started looking for a complete new bike. After getting let down on a couple of orange crush's, I reconsidered rebuilding the MsIsle, and after looking in the spare parts box I realised I might not need as much as I first thought!

    Stripped frame, degreased and marks/scratches polished out...

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    New headtube badge

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    Box of old parts

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    New zee chainring and crank protectors removed from cranks, degreased and cleaned up.

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    Wheels rebuilt with new spokes, trued and tensioned properly. Set of nearly new folding tyres out of the parts bin.

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    New pedals, KMC chain and SLX rear mech cleaned and degreased and hope jockey wheels added to replace the old (spikey) ones!

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    New fork, 120mm Rockshox Recon gold TK SL replaced the old, very heavy 150mm Marzocchi drop offs

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    Thomson stem, Thomson seat post and Answer bar taken from the parts bin.

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    Order from CRC/superstar including new discs, pads and adapters, new XT shifter, cables, grips, chain stay protector, seat clamp and a load of new bolts.

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    In the rebuild process

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    And this is as it stands now, the bike feels a lot lighter than before, due to the fork mostly but i guess the tyres, bars and stem and seat post helped too! And the chain device that was swapped from a fairly heavy blackspire DS1 to the MRP x1...

    Really happy with it! Just waiting on some red hope skewers that haven't arrived yet.

    Total cost of rebuild £350ish (ignoring what I paid for the bits in the parts box previously).

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  • Very nice glad to see you rebuilt rather than get rid of it! What sort of weight is in it atm?

    Jamie
  • TwellyTwelly Posts: 1,437
    Yellow + black decals on the fork and it will look mint.
  • *AJ**AJ* Posts: 1,080
    Did think about changing the fork decal, but the red ties in with the seat clamp, grips and skewers (when they come).

    Had a very short test ride on the street yesterday (still recovering from a broken collar bone) and it really is a totally different bike, very snappy and feels loads lighter. I may need to put a new rear mech on it though as its not as crisp as it should be and it looks to be slightly bent. I might also put another cassette on it with a wider range of gears instead of the 11-25T tiagra one that's on it at the minute.
  • Never seen one of those before. Interesting looking frame.
  • *AJ**AJ* Posts: 1,080
    edited September 2013
    Never seen one of those before. Interesting looking frame.


    You've never seen an Orange Msisle before? really?.... you must be really young.
  • Nice one AJ looks pucka
    :D:lol::)cooldad :shock: :? :cry:
  • *AJ* wrote:
    Never seen one of those before. Interesting looking frame.


    You've never seen an Orange Msisle before? really?.... you must be really young.

    I'm forty, but new to mountain bikes.
  • *AJ**AJ* Posts: 1,080
    Ahhh ok.

    Well Steve Peat rode one as his 4X/dual slalom bike when he rode for Orange, along with many other pro riders over the years!

    Orange started the Msisle around 1998, and stopped doing it in 2006. They then restarted it again in 2010, but it was called the 'Miii' which I think is still available now!

    Edit: The Miii was just a bit more up to date geometry wise.
  • In 1998 it was about 10 years since I last rode a pushbike (my old BMX) and about another 12 years away from when I'd next get on one, lol.

    Good looking bike though.
  • @lexD@lexD Posts: 340
    Nice work on the rebuild looks very tasty. Like you I have a bucket load of spares and I am thinking another build is on the cards.
    Hope you are still on the mend and if you need me to exercise the mega give me a shout :D
  • The rebuild looks great. Always been a fan of the missile and yellow looks fantastic
  • *AJ* wrote:
    Had a very short test ride on the street yesterday (still recovering from a broken collar bone) and it really is a totally different bike, very snappy and feels loads lighter.

    Probably because you had totally the wrong forks before, the MS-Isle was designed for 100mm forks, not 150mm forks, the geometry you had with the big springs would have been horrible to ride!
  • *AJ**AJ* Posts: 1,080
    *AJ* wrote:
    Had a very short test ride on the street yesterday (still recovering from a broken collar bone) and it really is a totally different bike, very snappy and feels loads lighter.

    Probably because you had totally the wrong forks before, the MS-Isle was designed for 100mm forks, not 150mm forks, the geometry you had with the big springs would have been horrible to ride!

    That was the earlier ones mate, 98/99, this one was designed around a 125mm fork, so these are much closer!

    I realise the last forks were too big, but they were cheap and cheerful.
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