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New Rourke 953 build

drlodgedrlodge Posts: 4,826
edited May 2013 in Your road bikes
Jason is starting my 953 build today, if you want to follow the build, there should be some photos posted to my twitter feed which I'll retweet www.twitter.com/drlodge
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  • Can't wait to see pics, i think i'm going to go this route too, 953 super oversize.
  • drlodgedrlodge Posts: 4,826
    How heavy are you? When I spoke with Gaz on tube selection, he said that super oversize is recommended for the heavier rider, I don't think there is any benefit in going for super oversize otherwise - 953 oversize is already stiff enough.
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  • MickTupMickTup Posts: 159
    Will follow with interest I have my Rourke 953 on order due January
  • drlodgedrlodge Posts: 4,826
    Jason has started, here's the tubeset...slightly different to what I originally asked for since he's making with opposed oval downtube and oval top tube.

    The WD40 and duct tape are of course needed to assemble the frame properly. Its called Duck TIGing.

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  • 80kgs. Just fancied larger diameter tubing for asthetics. Does it have to be ovalised tubing as i'd prefer round on my own build? I've sent email off today to them as the first tentative step.
  • rajMANrajMAN Posts: 429
    drlodge, Thanks and at last somebody willing to share their 953 build, I will be following with great interest. :D
  • drlodgedrlodge Posts: 4,826
    80kgs. Just fancied larger diameter tubing for asthetics. Does it have to be ovalised tubing as i'd prefer round on my own build? I've sent email off today to them as the first tentative step.

    At 80kg, you're the same weight as me and the "oversized" tubing will be fine. Not sure how much larger the super oversized is, it might be they can use a super oversized downtube to give it that "bloated carbon" look. Super oversized adds strength in two ways (a) due to larger diameter but also (b) due to the increased weld area. It will add weight and stiffness though, neither of which I think are beneficial on a lightweigh and "stiff enough" 953 frame.

    The oval tubes are simply a preference, and might add a little extra stiffness, as standard they will spec the round tubes. I saw the opposed oval downtube on their trackframe recently shown the www.the5thfloor.co.uk and wanted something a little different.

    More pics to follow, I'll copy the pics Jason posts on twitter this thread.
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  • drlodgedrlodge Posts: 4,826
    Here's the frame coming together, first mitres done at the bottom bracket. You can see the ovalised or "flattened" downtube at the end where it meets the BB shell.

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  • napoleondnapoleond Posts: 5,990
    Watching this with interest, my 'appointment' is in Jan.
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  • drlodgedrlodge Posts: 4,826
    Re tubing sizes, take a look at this http://reynoldstechnology.biz/assets/pd ... s_list.pdf

    Standard oversized is I think 31.75 diameter for down and top tube, super oversizxed would be 34.9mm dia.

    I'm guessing my tube are
    downtube: SS4732
    top tube: SS4730
    seat tube: SS4712?
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  • drlodgedrlodge Posts: 4,826
    Front triangle done woohoo!

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  • rajMANrajMAN Posts: 429
    This is becoming pornographic! :oops: (can we have more please)
  • drlodgedrlodge Posts: 4,826
    And all with no clothes on! Another pic in a few mins (reaches for the vaseline...)
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  • rajMANrajMAN Posts: 429
    I take it your going for the polished finish?
  • drlodgedrlodge Posts: 4,826
    Chain stays ready for TIGing

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  • drlodgedrlodge Posts: 4,826
    rajMAN wrote:
    I take it your going for the polished finish?

    Having the chain stays polished, and seat stays polished up to just below the brake bridge. Paint scheme will be a monochrome affair in the same style as the blue/white track frame on the5thfloor. Its gonna look awesome :P
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  • Damn, that's it, i'm gonna ring 'em!
  • verylonglegsverylonglegs Posts: 3,743
    Damn, that's it, i'm gonna ring 'em!

    Let us know how long the waiting list is. Cheers :wink:
  • rajMANrajMAN Posts: 429
    drlodge, Did you decide on 953 or was it something that came out of the fitting session/discussion. Was it purely based on it being stainless/tougher/lighter steel over say 853?
  • drlodgedrlodge Posts: 4,826
    It came from one of the club members, who had a titanium bike, suggesting I look at the Rourkes and if I got a 953, he'd be jealous for eternity. I then realised it was perfect for me since I like the ride of steel, think carbon fibre is too delicate (damages easily), 953 is as light can can be custom built when TIG welded. Add to that the service provided by Rourke and its a dream come true. TIGd 953 just ticks ALL the boxes for me.
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  • MickTupMickTup Posts: 159
    + 1 I like the ride of steel, think carbon fibre is too delicate (damages easily), 953 is light and can be custom built. Add to that the service provided by Rourke is excellent and its British built. Not Taiwanese or Chinese manufactured and labelled Italian designed and because the pro’s ride then it gives you kudos. It wasn't that long ago the pro's were all on steel. Put Brad on a steel frame and they'll all be buying one until then I’m quite happy with carbon fibre brigade are not wanting steel as the 6 month wait would be even longer. Ask yourselves does carbon really make such a difference to a club ride?
  • samsbikesamsbike Posts: 942
    drlodge wrote:
    It came from one of the club members, who had a titanium bike, suggesting I look at the Rourkes and if I got a 953, he'd be jealous for eternity. I then realised it was perfect for me since I like the ride of steel, think carbon fibre is too delicate (damages easily), 953 is as light can can be custom built when TIG welded. Add to that the service provided by Rourke and its a dream come true. TIGd 953 just ticks ALL the boxes for me.


    Silly questions, but am I intrigued how does the 953 compare to ti?
  • napoleondnapoleond Posts: 5,990
    Damn, that's it, i'm gonna ring 'em!

    Let us know how long the waiting list is. Cheers :wink:

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  • MickTupMickTup Posts: 159
    Only my opinion but I find the ride is very similar but not quite as smooth, but it’s stiffer and more responsive. Obviously this is going on past experience with titanium I don’t currently own both of them to do true comparison. All I can say is when I made enquirers about purchasing a new titanium frame to company who does both advised 953 was as good. I currently own a 953 and have another on order due January so for me personally I can’t fault it. If you are considering it you won’t be disappointed.
  • samsbikesamsbike Posts: 942
    MickTup wrote:
    Only my opinion but I find the ride is very similar but not quite as smooth, but it’s stiffer and more responsive. Obviously this is going on past experience with titanium I don’t currently own both of them to do true comparison. All I can say is when I made enquirers about purchasing a new titanium frame to company who does both advised 953 was as good. I currently own a 953 and have another on order due January so for me personally I can’t fault it. If you are considering it you won’t be disappointed.

    thanks I was simply curious, way beyond my budget, but I am pleased for you. You are a lucky man
  • drlodgedrlodge Posts: 4,826
    NapoleonD wrote:
    Damn, that's it, i'm gonna ring 'em!

    Let us know how long the waiting list is. Cheers :wink:

    22 weeks

    Its gone down a tad, I was advised 25 weeks in June but it should be ready a bit earlier than originally planned.
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  • verylonglegsverylonglegs Posts: 3,743
    Interesting, I want a steel bike ready for around May next year but am wracked with indecision.
  • rajMANrajMAN Posts: 429
    Interesting, I want a steel bike ready for around May next year but am wracked with indecision.

    Any of those you wish to share with the group? :?
  • FransJacquesFransJacques Posts: 2,148
    Please post the weight of the frame. I've very interested. Can you also post the frame geometry drawing (if you have one)?
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  • APIIIAPIII Posts: 2,010
    Looks like you'll get yours before me then :lol: Dave has started my frame, so will post my own build thread once it's a bit further along. Looking forward to seeing your Rourke
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