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Old 04-22-14, 04:10 PM
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Anyone heard of Skrivan?

I recently picked up this TT frame, I got it for cheap since the seller had the builders name misspelled. I've exchanged a few emails with Joe Skrivan and he says this would have been built around 1988. He said he had built a few like it for ironmans and that either Dave Scott or Scott Tingsley won on one of them. He also built a TT frame for Greg Lemond, though that was branded as a huffy.

It's supposed to have a 650c front wheel, I just through one of my spare 26" wheels on as a place holder for now.


That is the clearance on the rear with 23's


there is a chainstay protector that is peeling off, I just need to figure out how to take it off without ruining the paint.






I'm hoping to do a quick build since I plan to race it in about 2 weeks, then if I like the frame I'll spend a bit more money upgrading parts. If anyone has a spare 650c front wheel they'd like to sell please pm me (mods I hope that's ok).
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Old 04-22-14, 04:21 PM
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Here's the headtube

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Old 04-22-14, 05:04 PM
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Yes, still building I think.

I found him as he made a Confente replica, tribute, copy insert your term.
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Old 04-22-14, 05:16 PM
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Sweet frame with an even sweeter paint job
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Old 04-23-14, 12:48 AM
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Originally Posted by cosmicwheelie View Post
Sweet frame with an even sweeter paint job
I like the paint as well though Joe is trying to get me to send him the frame for a repaint. His words were something like "that bowling ball look is really dated, you should send it to me for a repaint".

There are some not so good spots in the paint but overall I think the paint looks amazing. Looking at his price for repaints and the quality of this paint job he is on my short list when any frame needs a repaint, if I don't do the job myself.
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That's a very nice frame, and I do like the bowling ball look, but maybe I'm a bit too much of a 90's kid when every dpt. store MTB and kids bike had paint like this. Very fond memories of my first little MTB with exactly this kind of color.
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Old 04-24-14, 08:49 PM
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So to round out the build (and some of this will change if I really like how it rides) suntour superbe pro crank, 7 speed dura ace shifters, profile base bar, suntour cyclone mk2 front and rear derailluers, brooks professional saddle, and the wheels are in the air. I have a couple of rears to choose from it's the front that is giving me trouble. I haven't found a 650c front wheel yet (apart from a set of zip 303's I can get at a good price) so I'm tempted to get some long reach calipers and temporarily run the 26" front wheel in the pictures.
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Old 04-25-14, 12:53 AM
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Originally Posted by fiatjeepdriver View Post
So to round out the build (and some of this will change if I really like how it rides) suntour superbe pro crank, 7 speed dura ace shifters, profile base bar, suntour cyclone mk2 front and rear derailluers, brooks professional saddle, and the wheels are in the air. I have a couple of rears to choose from it's the front that is giving me trouble. I haven't found a 650c front wheel yet (apart from a set of zip 303's I can get at a good price) so I'm tempted to get some long reach calipers and temporarily run the 26" front wheel in the pictures.
Maybe you can lace some nice hubs to Velocity 650c/700c aerohead rims? these are easily available online. Velocity Aerohead Clincher Rim 650c - Wheelbuilder.com

also, are you sure about the brooks? In my experience these brookses don't work too well with a big saddle to bar drop. I think a nice early 90's Selle Italia or kashimax saddle would ride a lot better, and in my humble opinion go better with the frame visually.
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Maybe you can lace some nice hubs to Velocity 650c/700c aerohead rims? these are easily available online. Velocity Aerohead Clincher Rim 650c - Wheelbuilder.com

also, are you sure about the brooks? In my experience these brookses don't work too well with a big saddle to bar drop. I think a nice early 90's Selle Italia or kashimax saddle would ride a lot better, and in my humble opinion go better with the frame visually.
I do have an early 90's selle italia flite I could use. I'm not opposed to building a wheel I just am running out of time for the race I want to enter with it.
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Originally Posted by fiatjeepdriver View Post
I do have an early 90's selle italia flite I could use. I'm not opposed to building a wheel I just am running out of time for the race I want to enter with it.
Ah ok, missed that in your first post that you're actually going to race it soon! Be sure to show us an action pic from raceday, great to see a bike like this being put through its paces.
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Originally Posted by fiatjeepdriver View Post
So to round out the build (and some of this will change if I really like how it rides) suntour superbe pro crank, 7 speed dura ace shifters, profile base bar, suntour cyclone mk2 front and rear derailluers, brooks professional saddle, and the wheels are in the air. I have a couple of rears to choose from it's the front that is giving me trouble. I haven't found a 650c front wheel yet (apart from a set of zip 303's I can get at a good price) so I'm tempted to get some long reach calipers and temporarily run the 26" front wheel in the pictures.
I would shy away from a different front wheel diameter as it might change the handling in the wrong way. But it might help, I have never endured a modern time trialing position to advise on how you want the bike to handle when on aero bars.
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I'm doubting it will drastically change the geometry. 650c are 571mm versus 26" being 559mm so the difference in radius is only 6mm and I'm sure it would be less than that wroth tires mounted, but I may be wrong.
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I'm doubting it will drastically change the geometry. 650c are 571mm versus 26" being 559mm so the difference in radius is only 6mm and I'm sure it would be less than that wroth tires mounted, but I may be wrong.
Yes, but it is the OD of the tires where you can reduce or expand that difference. At the time, the 650c wheel was probably expecting a 20 c tire.
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Yeah, with a 559x1-1/4" tire (which might measure only 28mm wide), and perhaps with longer-reaching caliper, the bike should at least handle fine. TT bikes usually have a very calm front end geometry compared to a standard road bike.

I would also advise against the Brooks for tt usage, but I did get an Ideale leather saddle to work well on my Limongi, which is a road bike with very-forward rider stance.

New leather saddles are not only hard, but slippery, making unwanted contact between incompatible saddle and rider areas unavoidable.

Many of today's saddle feature relatively flat nose sections with just enough concavity to hold the rider in place, and also devoid of any hard spots. I would tilt the saddle down a little, so at most only the front half of the saddle top is level.
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Thanks for the reply. I see what you're saying about the saddle. I'll swap it out and before I go out on it, it will get at least a rudimentary fit.
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Well here it is, I should be racing it this Thursday.









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Awesome build. Have fun in the race! Might need some of those awesome 90's Cinelli clip-on bars for extra style points
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Well I've ridden it a few time, even commuting to work on it once. My first impression is this bike is twitchy, but in a predictable sort of way. I was surprised when I weighted it 19.2# w/o pedals. I'm still planning on racing it Thursday but will be bringing my normal land shark as a backup bike.
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