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Old 10-14-09, 08:03 PM   #1
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Project: Budget Race Bike

I just thought I'd share my latest bike build. I wanted to build up a decent performing bike for as little $$ as possible. I already had most of the parts lying around so it has only cost about $250. Tires were a huge portion of that. At some point I plan to put on drop bars and a 9 speed Ultegra group from another bike I have. For now though I'll just run a flat bar with rapidfire.

I should have it built up tomorrow, and hopefully will be able to race this weekend. I'll post more photos once it's completely built. The paint isn't perfect, but I think it turned out pretty good for a rattle can job.

Frame............'85 Nishiki Riviera GT Touring (Tange Infinity)
Wheels/Hubs...Mavic MA40 / Shimano 600
Tires..............IRD Crossfire
RD.................Deore LX
Crankset.........Specialized (Single ring w/ bash guard)
Shifters..........9 speed LX
Brake levers....Shimano
Brake calipers..V brakes for now (cantis eventually)
Bars...............Ritchey ForceLite
Stem..............Specialized
Saddle............Selle Stratos Hyper Pro
Pedals.............SPD

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Mockup to make sure everything will work:


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Mmmm creamy blue:






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Old 10-14-09, 09:53 PM   #2
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Congats you got it! That's one nice looking blue! Did you find the frame on CL? How much do you think the Tange Infinity frame weighed? I know the Soma Tange Prestige Double Cross is 4.2 lbs. It should be a bit lighter.
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Old 10-15-09, 11:55 AM   #3
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Thanks! Yeah, I got the frame, fork, and brake calipers on CL for $50. Not too bad for a handbuilt frame with forged dropouts. I'm not sure how much the frame itself weighs but the complete bike feels pretty close to my Gazelle which is 22lbs. I'm guessing 20-22lbs.
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Old 10-15-09, 12:45 PM   #4
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Wow, that is a really nice looking paint job! Rattle can, you say? I just dropped off a frame to be powder coated, and I'll be thrilled if it comes out anywhere near that sharp.

So, do you plan to get it muddy this week at Sherwood?
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Old 10-15-09, 02:01 PM   #5
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Apoligies for being a nube what is CL where you got parts?
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Congats you got it! That's one nice looking blue! Did you find the frame on CL? How much do you think the Tange Infinity frame weighed? I know the Soma Tange Prestige Double Cross is 4.2 lbs. It should be a bit lighter.
I have an old shogun road bike made with tange infinity. It's definitely not light, but it rides really well. I think that's generally the case with this tubing (though of course it matters how it was designed, rider weight, blah blah blah).

I don't know about Tange Prestige.
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Old 10-15-09, 04:56 PM   #8
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Thanks! Yeah, I got the frame, fork, and brake calipers on CL for $50. Not too bad for a handbuilt frame with forged dropouts. I'm not sure how much the frame itself weighs but the complete bike feels pretty close to my Gazelle which is 22lbs. I'm guessing 20-22lbs.
I'd like to hear more about your Gazelle maybe some pictures? I have a Gazelle track bike I've had for years and I don't see a lot of the around.
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Thanks! Yeah, I got the frame, fork, and brake calipers on CL for $50. Not too bad for a handbuilt frame with forged dropouts. I'm not sure how much the frame itself weighs but the complete bike feels pretty close to my Gazelle which is 22lbs. I'm guessing 20-22lbs.
I'd like to hear more about your Gazelle maybe some pictures? I have a Gazelle track bike I've had for years and I don't see a lot of the around.
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same boat as you, sort of...but you are ahead of me by far. for now, got a race in a couple of weeks...and i am going with a mtbike....but at least, for the flat bars, i am going with some Origin 8 drop bar ends that might do fine (i hope)...just won on evilBay for about $14

no plans to put road brakes on it, but here's a picture of the potential...nice

http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/product-O...lack-18606.htm

click the right picture...looks decent and workable
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I'd like to hear more about your Gazelle maybe some pictures? I have a Gazelle track bike I've had for years and I don't see a lot of the around.
Nice. I have a Gazelle Champion Mondial AA-frame road bike. I love that bike. If I lived closer to a velodrome, I'd kill to have a Gazelle track bike.

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Nice budget CX!
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Cool bike. I love cobbled together bikes.

I'd like to know how those tires fare. They're a 700c version of panasonic fire xc pros, right? I was thinking of getting those but thought the knobs might be a bit too big and I was looking for something fast, so I went with maxxis raze which is kinda similar but lower profile.
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derail and maybe get back on trail....


i have to ask what's the frame size (smaller than what you would ride a road bike?)...and what's your height, etc in relation?

i'm looking at a Nishiki tomorrow...frame is a bit small i hear...but i want to see. 17.5 inches. is that REAL small? like for 'kids' small?

back to the thread: i do love the color of that frame now. makes me think of my Giant...
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Old 10-15-09, 07:54 PM   #14
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Here's a thread about my Gazelle.
My 'new' Gazelle Champion Mondial

And a more recent photo:


I'm 6'0" and my Gazelle is 57cm c-c with a 55.5cm top tube. The Nishiki is 56cm c-c however the top tube is longer at 56.5cm. My Gazelle fits me perfectly and I think the Nishiki will too once I get the stem length/angle worked out. One day I really want to find a Gazelle cross frame and preferably the same color combo. I'm not sure if I could bring myself to race it though.

Oh and yeah I painted it with a rattle can. I was pleasantly surprised with the results. I guess building and painting model cars payed off. I'll probably end up getting it powdercoated once this paint job starts looking bad. I'm planning on racing at Sherwood if I can get all the kinks in the bike worked out, but I'm not sure if that's going to be realistic. I may have to postpone another week.

Yeah the tires are made by Panaracer and are the same pattern as the FireXCPro. They are pretty aggressive but I figured there should be plenty of mud here in Oregon. I may end up having to get a second set of dry tires.

Thanks for all the feedback!

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That's a beautiful bike, you do like that blue don't you? If you run across a cross frame you don't want let me know. You have a good eye for frames and you have gotten hooked on steel. I am now looking for a steel frame that will take fenders, a rack wider tires (Poprad??).

(I bought darkmagus's Lemond Sarthe, and I am very happy with it.)

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Hey, I was thinking about a buildup with a Raleigh frame. Will the tubing suffice? Or should I find some old triple butted tank?
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