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Olympia MTB: now with a good fork; Frejus with triple crankset

Old 05-15-14, 02:54 PM
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Olympia MTB: now with a good fork; Frejus with triple crankset


Been riding this a little bit, now that I have a good fork on it. Unlike the anonymous fork I got with the frame, the Marzocchi doesn't flex backward under braking. It is also adjustable for bump, rebound and has two height settings, which is all new to me, since I'm basically stuck in the 1970s racing bike world. As trite as it sounds, I'm still kind of stoked every time I ride through a Really Big Pothole and barely feel it. (The word "BOMBER" on each fork blade in raised chromium lettering is a little embarrassing, I must admit. Gotta learn how to own it: embrace my inner thug.)
The other thing I never expected is how well the EDCO brake/shift levers work. The shifters' placement in front of the brake hoods looks awkward, but it turns out they are as handy as thumbies, and just as intuitive. The levers are large, well weighted and index perfectly. Why they didn't catch on must have more to do with the limited appeal of hydraulic brakes, as well as the obvious advantages of brifters, than with any serious shortcoming.
I'm totally sold on hydraulic rim brakes, and these just confirm that attitude.
The bike feels super comfy, like one of those old Schwinn one-speeds with the sprung fork, but unlike the Schwinn, it handles and brakes.

It is vintage, right? I mean, it is a 21 year old aluminum frame, but it is modern compared to this 1962 Frejus:

Now with Avocet triple crankset & Veloce front derailleur! I'll breeze over those hills I once dreaded! That 30t may limit me to a pace more common in caterpillars, but at least I won't have to walk it.
I had to lose the Record FD because the cage wasn't long enough to clear the chain on the 30t ring. I'm flirting with apostasy now, but I will really have crossed over to the dark side when I change the Frejus-branded headset for a better one that doesn't work loose with depressing regularity.
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loving the mtb, Mike. love the combination of old and new as well as the drop bar.
didn't even know the existence of such thing, an Olympia MTB. way cool.
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wow never seen those shifters before, very cool. The first hydraulic brifter? With the electronic brifters from the big three, I think hydraulic road brakes are not far off for the modern rig.
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in looking at the Frejus photo album noticed the brake boosters. they appear to be repurposed backing plates rather than the purpose made ones from the 1960's. is this correct? thank you!

did the mudguards come with the cycle? if not, how was the paint match achieved?

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