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Old October 1st, 2010, 6:01 AM   #1
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I'll be building a '85 Kicker soon and tried to make up a list of the parts I need (some I already have). What do you guys think? Any suggestions?
frameKicker, royal blue
fork original (Tange?), yellow
bars bull moose yellow
grips Grab-on original
seatpost SR Laprade with Hite-Rite
seat Selle Italia Superleggera
headset Shimano 600ex
front hub Specialized sealed
rear hub Shimano 600ex
spokes DT single butted
rims Specialized X-26
tires Tioga Farmer John's Cousin
tubes Specialized
front der. Shimano Deore XT M700
shifters Shimano Deore XT M700
rear der. Shimano Deore XT M700
front brake Shimano Deore XT M700
rear brake Suntour U-Cam
brake levers Shimano Deore XT M700
pedals Suntour bear trap
cranks Sugino
chain Sedis
freewheel
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Old October 1st, 2010, 10:38 AM   #2
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Sounds awesome! I'm with you on everything but the saddle. Maybe an Avocet?

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I'll be building a '85 Kicker soon and tried to make up a list of the parts I need (some I already have). What do you guys think? Any suggestions?
frameKicker, royal blue
fork original (Tange?), yellow
bars bull moose yellow
grips Grab-on original
seatpost SR Laprade with Hite-Rite
seat Selle Italia Superleggera
headset Shimano 600ex
front hub Specialized sealed
rear hub Shimano 600ex
spokes DT single butted
rims Specialized X-26
tires Tioga Farmer John's Cousin
tubes Specialized
front der. Shimano Deore XT M700
shifters Shimano Deore XT M700
rear der. Shimano Deore XT M700
front brake Shimano Deore XT M700
rear brake Suntour U-Cam
brake levers Shimano Deore XT M700
pedals Suntour bear trap
cranks Sugino
chain Sedis
freewheel
bracket Cook bros
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Old October 1st, 2010, 10:40 AM   #3
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Agreed, although the superleggera does look a bit like an Avocet. Maybe I can find one in good condition.
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Old October 4th, 2010, 8:43 PM   #4
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You could bling the wheels a bit an get Dura Ace hubs. A lot of nicer mid-1980s mtbs used them.
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Old October 4th, 2010, 9:33 PM   #5
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You could bling the wheels a bit an get Dura Ace hubs. A lot of nicer mid-1980s mtbs used them.
Or NOS Phil Wood...
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Old October 5th, 2010, 5:48 AM   #6
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NOS Phil Woods, NOS Bullseye, NOS anything! :-) Sounds all great guys, I'll let you know what it will be.
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Old October 6th, 2010, 3:31 PM   #7
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A lot of the guys used Nuke Proof or WTB for hubs too so those would be considered period correct if that's the way you're going with the build. Not sure if those are readily available anymore.
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A lot of the guys used Nuke Proof or WTB for hubs too so those would be considered period correct if that's the way you're going with the build. Not sure if those are readily available anymore.
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I've seen a lot of those Nuke Proof hubs cracked. Just saying.
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And I don't think they'd be 'period,' but hey. WTB stuff would be cool but $$$.
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Yeah the real WTB stuff is very expensive. I'll stick with my first idea: specialized hub in front and a 600ex rear.
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Yeah the real WTB stuff is very expensive. I'll stick with my first idea: specialized hub in front and a 600ex rear.
Specialized was made by Sansin, right? They were great hubs, but why the mix and match? Have you got one already?

How about keeping an eye out for some NOS Avocet hubs? Made by Ofmega. Rare and really nice - the headsets too - but not always a high price commander.
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Old October 18th, 2010, 2:42 PM   #12
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Slight change in plans:
hubs: Deore XT Deerhead
pedals: vintage Shimano DX BMX pedals
cranks: Shimano FC-6206

anyone know where to find a BB axle? Rody should have collars and bearings.
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There have been a few on the 'Bay lately.
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anyone know where to find a BB axle? Rody should have collars and bearings.
Any idea what length do you need?
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Old December 31st, 2010, 8:33 AM   #15
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OK, the frame is off to the painter for a period-correct paintjob. Now all there is left to find is that deerhead rear derailleur. The rest is sorted....
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You may have seen it, but there is one in a sale thread on RBUK now.

Shouldn't be too hard to find one!
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Hey--Who did you use to do the period-correct paint, where did you get the stickers and how did it turn out?
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Old January 6th, 2012, 6:49 PM   #18
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I have lots of questions, as I'm in the midst of restoring an 85 . . . .
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Old January 7th, 2012, 4:18 AM   #19
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I picked the paint from a local bike painter to look period correct. Especially those early bike used fairly 'normal' stock colors. The decals are fom Gil and they are just great! Gil can be found at Retrobike.co.uk or at thecycleshed.co.uk

The bike as it looks now can be found here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/3176161...7626882539968/
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