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Old 11-07-17, 04:04 PM   #51
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I'm the one who's coming across like a dick- and I've re-written each of those posts over again to try not to sound like a dick... and then I read it after I post and roll my eyes at myself.

So much most everything Suntour did was so cool. No shifting solution is as cool as Command Shifters. The quality of the XC Pro stuff is so much nicer than XT or XTR. I can't find my chain takeup pix I did when I fell in love with my XC 3 pulley- it's ridiculous how much chain that elbow takes up. But the "tech" RDs are solutions to problems that didn't exist. Complicated for the sake of being complicated.
Haha don't worry about it man. I'm not offended at all. You're definitely not the first person to suggest I lose the Mountech. I've repeatedly heard the whole "Tech" series was an overly complicated solution in search of a problem. I'm still on the fence about using the Superbe Tech on the DB. Only reason I'm hesitant with that one is the cable guide that's specifically designed for that RD.

I will say that I've always been interested in that 3 pulley design... It's just so different looking! I've been doing a little more research on them, and I'm leaning towards that as a replacement for the Centurion. That's the bike I'm most worried about having setup right. It's my favorite rider by far.
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Happy new year everyone!!! Really looking forward to getting back into this build as my first project of 2018. I haven't really done anything with it since fixing the broken RD spring. I did play around a little with some different stems and drop bars just for fun. Still unsure which direction I'm going to take, but I'll build it up with the original bullmoose bars first since I have all the original parts for that.
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Happy new year everyone!!! Really looking forward to getting back into this build as my first project of 2018. I haven't really done anything with it since fixing the broken RD spring. I did play around a little with some different stems and drop bars just for fun. Still unsure which direction I'm going to take, but I'll build it up with the original bullmoose bars first since I have all the original parts for that.
Be sure to post pics! Everyone's waiting to see how it comes out....

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Be sure to post pics! Everyone's waiting to see how it comes out..
Will do! Being the night owl that I am I'm planning to finish disassembling it tonight. I'll post up some good pics of the frame and fork once I get them cleaned up.
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Got her up on the stand and ready to tear down! Still has some drop bars and a few other random bits on it that I was playing around with a few weeks ago, but they won't be staying. I'm definitely going with the original bullmoose bars at least for the first build up.

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The bull moose ride will be so much the nicer with these early mtbs.
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The bull moose ride will be so much the nicer with these early mtbs.
I agree. I think in order for drop bars to both look, and handle decently on this bike they would have to be super wide, and used with a relatively short reach stem. I have neither of those on hand, and I already have a very nice drop bar touring bike that I love anyway. A bullmoose MTB is something I don't already have in my stable.

I did get it completely stripped down last night, but haven't gotten to clean the frame and fork at all yet. Everything came apart a lot easier than I was expecting considering it's condition. I did run into one snag though. That's the reason I haven't gotten anything cleaned up yet. I knew things were going suspiciously well.

The last parts I went to remove were the 2 adjustment screws on the rear dropouts. Of course one of them decided to snap off in the frame, so I spent most of the night fighting with that...

Finally got it drilled out without damaging anything though! After dealing with that all night my next tool purchase will be one of those "easy-out" kits for my drill. That really would have made the job a whole lot easier!

I'm back on track now though, and getting ready to give the frame and fork a good wash job. Pics to come shortly!
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Finally got it drilled out without damaging anything though! After dealing with that all night my next tool purchase will be one of those "easy-out" kits for my drill. That really would have made the job a whole lot easier!

I'm back on track now though, and getting ready to give the frame and fork a good wash job. Pics to come shortly!
Harbor Freight's got a decent set, FYI. I've got that if you find yourself needing it before you purchase it for yourself.
Looks like a fun bike!
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I know I'm repeating myself, but I dig those bull moose bars. I'm glad you're leaving them.
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Looks like a fun bike!
Thank you, I appreciate that! Good to know!

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I know I'm repeating myself, but I dig those bull moose bars. I'm glad you're leaving them.
I'm really digging them too now. At first I kept feeling like it needed drop bars, but I couldn't decide. Finally I just went ahead and tried a few different drop bar and stem combos out before I really got started working on it, and I really wasn't liking it, so that made up my mind.

I really didn't get as much work done yesterday as I would've liked to, but I did at least get around to cleaning up the frame and fork. Nothing major. Just an initial soap and warm water cleaning to knock the first couple of layers of neglect off. It's pretty beat up with tons of scratches, missing paint, and surface rust. The top tube is the worst of it. Fortunately the inside of the frame doesn't look too bad as far as rust goes. It's definitely been neglected for a LONG time, but after spending a little time with it I've become quite attached to it, and I really want to show it some love! I plan to add fenders and use it as a wet weather bike anyway, so the patina doesn't bother me although I will have to do something about stopping as much of the rust as possible. I'm confident this one is going to be a keeper though!















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Beautiful! Man I really like it.
You have two practically pristine Centurions, so one with scars is cool.

If it were me and since I lack the patience to make it original I would :
Treat any rust with rust remover. Then access, touch up paint and clear coat or just clear coat.
BTW I dig those tires that were on there too. Your bike seems to be rare and unique, I'm envious.
Keep it going, and please more pics of your progression.
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