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1993 Bridgestone XO-2

Old 06-23-13, 01:14 PM
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1993 Bridgestone XO-2

I've been using a 1989 stumpjumper comp as a commuter but decided it was time to build up a new old bike for commuting. It was raining today and decided to build up a 1993 XO-2 frame I had lying around. Very little on the bike is original other than the bar, stem, and headset but the parts are mainly pretty old (other than the cantilevers and brake levers). The only rule I had in building the bike is that everything had to come from my parts box as I didn't want to sink any cash into the project. I ended up using a stronglight 99 crank and a stronglight english threaded bottom bracket I had lying around as I didn't want to buy a new old crank for the bike. The XO-2 pays homage to the great 650b French randonneur bikes so I figured that crank was appropriate. Oh yeah and I took some pics in my workshop so I could show of my audioengine A-5 speakers; they sound awesome, .

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Old 06-23-13, 01:35 PM
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Nice. Looks like it would make a great commuter.
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That looks like great fun. I like the graceful sweep of the fork.
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Man I wish I had a parts bin like that *jealous*
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It has 26"mtb wheels; doesn't it? It was made about 10years before GP started promoting the 650B wheel size. You could move the canti posts to make it a true 650B bike. And a Stronglight 49d would make it even better.
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I actually have a practically new stronglight 49d and an english threaded BB lying around but I didn't want to use it on this build. It's such a pretty crank; I just need to find the right bike for that crank. I'd love a 650b wheel bike but it's hard to complain about 26 inch mtb; tires are readily available and wheels are plentiful. The rear is a cyclone sealed hub with a shimano 7 speed freewheel; I have no idea what the front is but it's cheap, shimano, and alloy. The derailleurs are pretty old Shimano 105. I was really impressed with the quality of the nitto bar and stem used on this bike; only GP would spec a bar and stem that nice on an mid-priced bike; most products managers would cheapen up parts like that and put money into high zoot components like the derailleurs.

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The Oracle says "nice build of a high zoot XO" Bikemig. I picked up a low mileage lower end X0-5 yesterday, horizontal top tube, 700c wheelset, for a friend's tall wife. I freshened up with new tires, grips, and saddle. It is a very nice plush balanced ride, much nicer than a Trek Multitrack step through, which I find the frame a bit flexy. Otherwise comparable to a diamond frame mid 1990's Multitrack. But the original handlebars are the cat's pajamas.

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