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Old 01-12-19, 10:49 AM
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Beautiful work on the paint and chrome. What handlebars are you using? My Impulse is newer, maybe 1989, with a different fork style and I don't think it would fit tires that large.


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Been meaning to post this for a while...
Mine is an '83 bought last year. Purchase was brokered by Robert Freeman for the widow of the original owner. Bob did the restoration on the frame including new paint and chrome.
Might originally have been a custom, not sure, but it fits me nicely. Note the braze-ons for a rack on the seat stays.
Fits 32 Gravel Kings with room to spare (they measure out at 30mm on the Mavic rims); Deore RD could take a larger cog if needed.
I stripped it down to the bare frame and built it up with the components I wanted (and with which am familiar), including better brakes for those Eroica downhills.
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Old 01-12-19, 12:18 PM
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Nitto Noodles on a Nitto Dynamic stem.

Mine is definitely not an Impact, geo is looser and more tire clearance. Also needed long reach calipers, so might have originally been equipped with 27" wheels. Would not have been unusual in 1983.
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Chromed head lugs are quite rare on Bill's bikes. Heck, my orange Davidson has a chromed fork plus rear triangle, but I stopped at chrome head lugs. These look terrific! Same bikini lugs and "DD" fork crown as the other Davidson I sold to @Chombi1 last year.

Very nice example - and nice to hear yours has clearance for real-world tire sizes.

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Old 01-12-19, 11:30 PM
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Yeah, another vote for "beautiful" on that tourer. Dual pivot brakes for the win, because stopping reasonably quickly (or better) is a wonderful thing.
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Old 01-15-19, 03:03 PM
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rccardr...The chromed lugs are super classy. Haven't seen one like that. Great job on the restoration!
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Old 01-15-19, 03:15 PM
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Ok Davidson Fans, got a question for you. I just landed a brand new R8000 Ultegra groupset for a crazy silly low price. I'm thinking my Impulse is the perfect candidate for the upgrade. I'll be going from a Shimano 600 8 speed setup to this 11 speed. Not that I can fault the 8 speed setup as my fastest rides of the year were on the Davidson. But I'm thinking the new dark group would give some performance advantage and will look good against the pinkish frame. What say you?

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Old 01-16-19, 01:56 PM
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Ok Davidson Fans, got a question for you. I just landed a brand new R8000 Ultegra groupset for a crazy silly low price. I'm thinking my Impulse is the perfect candidate for the upgrade. I'll be going from a Shimano 600 8 speed setup to this 11 speed. Not that I can fault the 8 speed setup as my fastest rides of the year were on the Davidson. But I'm thinking the new dark group would give some performance advantage and will look good against the pinkish frame. What say you?

My Davidson is my primary road bike so when I upgraded components this late last year, the 11 speed upgrade for me provided my 54 year old body an easier way to find the right gear for my knees. I went from a 9 speed to 11 speed and a compact crank. So you might find the same advantage. I have a white pearl paint job and the dark components is a great contrast.
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Old 01-16-19, 02:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude View Post

Very nice example - and nice to hear yours has clearance for real-world tire sizes.

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+ 1 that is a stunning bike.
If my Impulse had had that kind of clearance, I would still own it.
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Old 01-16-19, 02:43 PM
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Originally Posted by jamesdak View Post
Ok Davidson Fans, got a question for you. I just landed a brand new R8000 Ultegra groupset for a crazy silly low price. I'm thinking my Impulse is the perfect candidate for the upgrade. I'll be going from a Shimano 600 8 speed setup to this 11 speed. Not that I can fault the 8 speed setup as my fastest rides of the year were on the Davidson. But I'm thinking the new dark group would give some performance advantage and will look good against the pinkish frame. What say you?

Sounds almost all good to me. I would be inclined to see if the crank you have will work with the new group. Maybe not likely, but I can't stand the new 4 arm mongoloids yet and don't plan too.

Maybe it's just me, love this bike.
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Old 01-16-19, 03:28 PM
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Parking my davidson

What I most appreciate about my Davidson is even after 30 years and a lot of miles it still does everything very well....handling, climbing, stability at speed, road feel, Though I've been tempted at points to go to titanium, carbon,etc. I never regret my decision to just keep upgrading my Davidson. My first and last real road bike.
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Originally Posted by kevincgove View Post
What I most appreciate about my Davidson is even after 30 years and a lot of miles it still does everything very well....handling, climbing, stability at speed, road feel, Though I've been tempted at points to go to titanium, carbon,etc. I never regret my decision to just keep upgrading my Davidson. My first and last real road bike.
No way to go wrong with a Davidson, one of the many stellar PNW builders, nobody anywhere has anything on these guys.

Got any better pics of the dark crank?
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Old 01-17-19, 01:34 PM
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Hi Merziac. I don't but here is a stock image of the SRAM Red GXP 11 speed crankset.
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Hi Merziac. I don't but here is a stock image of the SRAM Red GXP 11 speed crankset.
Tx, was hoping to see it better on the bike for a big picture look, no worries, great bike and build.
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Does anyone know if Bill still sells Davidson Impulse decals? I sent an email via Bill's web page but have not had a response yet. I need to repair a seat stay crack, and think it might be better to strip and repaint the entire frame if I can get new decal set.


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Here you go. A crappy photo. But you can get a better idea how chunkier cranksets look on a thin tubed lugged frame. Everyone has their opinion about what era "looks" best. Having ridden this bike with down tube 8 speed shifters upgrading over the years to this latest iteration I've enjoyed each look.
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GailT. I don't know but I had my bike painted in 2016 and the local painter I used didn't have problems finding decals. Wish you the best with the repair.
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Originally Posted by kevincgove View Post
Here you go. A crappy photo. But you can get a better idea how chunkier cranksets look on a thin tubed lugged frame. Everyone has their opinion about what era "looks" best. Having ridden this bike with down tube 8 speed shifters upgrading over the years to this latest iteration I've enjoyed each look.
I like it!
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Does anyone know if Bill still sells Davidson Impulse decals? I sent an email via Bill's web page but have not had a response yet.
No, he doesn't. I had a similar request recently (damaged frame) and went down to talk to him about it. He did return a follow up email, but maybe only because he remembered my visit. He probably gets a lot of mail from secondary market buyers and can't often respond. He's still building bikes, though. He's really into e-assist these days...
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@jamesdak we have a fellow BF member who put R8000 on his super neon colored Serotta and it looks very good! The crank arm is quite beefy, with 6800 Ultegra being more slender. 8000 is much glossier.

I say yes to putting 8000 Ultegra on your Davidson--it would be a stunner! Well, even more stunning than it currently is!
@kevincgove I have the same era Impulse, and in white. Full 7800 Dura-Ace. Such a brilliant bike! Perfect, really.

But....you guys are giving me absolutely horrible ideas in thinking about upgrading to 6800 or 8000. Gahhhhhh, my Impulse 100% does not need it!!! Even if the wheelset is 11-speed compatible. My '15 CAAD10 Black Inc. Disc is 11-speed (6800) and the 52/36 + 11-28 combo is superb. It's also devastatingly good looking. But this is a Davidson thread. Too many pretty bikes and good components to adorn them!
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
No, he doesn't. I had a similar request recently (damaged frame) and went down to talk to him about it. He did return a follow up email, but maybe only because he remembered my visit. He probably gets a lot of mail from secondary market buyers and can't often respond. He's still building bikes, though. He's really into e-assist these days...
Thanks - that's good to know. I wouldn't want to lose the the original decals - especially the space needle. I might try to match the original paint around the repair area.


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