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Introducing Victor von Frankenbike - my gravel grinder.

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Introducing Victor von Frankenbike - my gravel grinder.

Old 01-21-15, 06:05 PM
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Introducing Victor von Frankenbike - my gravel grinder.

Born from a 1977 Nishiki, this bike was torn down to the frame and powdercoated satin black. I took off most of the components, and replaced them with more modern MTB upgrades. Cranks, RD, pedals, stem, bars, tires, brake levers, cables, cable housings, indexed freewheel and shifter are all now up to date, and all I am waiting on is the new saddle.



















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Really impressive!

What tires are fitted? How does it ride?
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Very nice. Me likey.
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Love to see people repurpose old bikes like that. You did a great job!
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Gorgeous build. Overall look is fantastic. I like the platform pedals, too. I'm considered weird because I run platforms on my CX bike.

Kinda surprised to see you keep the original singlewall (steel?) wheels, though.

The 1x5 setup is great. It's like a singlespeed with a bit of forgiveness built in.
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Nicely done! Painted lug outlines in contrasting color is a nice touch. Which saddle are you going with?
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What derailleur/shifter did you mate to the 5-speed freewheel? If the indexing works well, this would be a good solution for a similar project I have. Thanks.
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Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
Really impressive!

What tires are fitted? How does it ride?
Thanks Barrettscv - I used Club Roost Cross Terra Tire 27x1-3/8" Black Steel tires. I have only been around the block once, the fit is a bit off, but I really love the way this thing rolls. This weekend the Mrs. and I will be at the park to go for a ride.

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Very nice. Me likey.
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Love to see people repurpose old bikes like that. You did a great job!
Thank you knobster!

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Gorgeous build. Overall look is fantastic. I like the platform pedals, too. I'm considered weird because I run platforms on my CX bike.

Kinda surprised to see you keep the original singlewall (steel?) wheels, though.

The 1x5 setup is great. It's like a singlespeed with a bit of forgiveness built in.
I kept the steel just for the chrome look - the sun is out today, so I should be able to get a better picture of how nice this bike is. Another reason, budget restraints. The BlackSpire chainring was a steal at 17 bucks, a demo ring that was never mounted and the salesman didn't need it anymore. I was looking for a 44T, but I couldn't pass up the deal. This is going to be a park trail bike, so I am not looking for too much speed anyway.

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Nicely done! Painted lug outlines in contrasting color is a nice touch. Which saddle are you going with?
Thank you bgav - I am going with a Brooks B67 in black of course!

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What derailleur/shifter did you mate to the 5-speed freewheel? If the indexing works well, this would be a good solution for a similar project I have. Thanks.
I ended up using the SRAM X3 shifter, and RD from my Revel II - it isn't pretty, nor ideal by any means, but it works for the time being. It is actually a seven speed shifter and RD, so I had to use a longer limit screw to keep it in range.

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Very nice!...The pin striping around the frame lugs is a nice touch.
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Originally Posted by Maybelater View Post
Very nice!...The pin striping around the frame lugs is a nice touch.
Thank you Maybelater!
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I like it! Very classy build. The cranks look way better with the anodizing/paint/logos removed and polished.
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