So I got the bug a little while ago to build a retro bike. A had a blizzard and an edge frame on offer and I accepted, but then this Hammer popped up and I jumped on it because I like the mono-stay above the top tube seat cluster arrangement on these early rockies and the other two don't have that. So.... it was mostly original except the brakes and rear derailleur. I stripped it down and shipped it home from Vancouver and have finally started to do something with it....
I have cleaned the frame and slapped a bit of silver paint (because that is all I had) on the rusty parts just as a stop gap. It is to be used a commuter in the spring when the roads are wet and nasty... and that will be soon. We're getting +5 celcius on tuesday but I won't be here. Anyway for now I am commuting on my fat bike.
So first the wheels... the front cones were shot, the races looked less than desireable and the freehub has a lot of slop. I debated rebuilding the rim on XT hubs but loathed the idea of adding more wheel builds to my wheel build queue. In the end I got the freehub apart and found the tin 1/8" bearings I bought almost 10 years ago and rebuilt it and took out the paper thin washer and it firmed things up a bit. New bearings in the back and some donor guts for the front from a joytech hub (whoda thunkit?).
Wheels are ready to go back on, look like 14T will skip but rest should be okay.
Next.. NOS STX headset has too high a stack.... Eff! I gotta use the original or find something that is in better shape.. I have a nice XT but that is slated for the blizzard... anyone go an old LX or DX?
I feel guilty using an NOS syncros 120 on this but it's what I got and I the old 150 it came with is a bit long I think... I've got this, I might as well use it... saving the older syncros posts for the other builts... this more modern one will have to do... going to use the cooks cranks with the shoe tub on here too I think. Derailleurs will be 735/6, gonna use the suntour shifters, dia-compe PC8 versa levers and Avid arch rival 5.0 V's... should make a good commuter, might even tour on it this summer (I'd changed the wheels out for some modern ones and an 8 speed cassette if I do).
Note: I dismantled the hub the other night and took this photo today... was the pawl upside down from factory!?
To curbtender... I am finally getting around to using those cranks