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Old November 30th, 2012, 3:54 PM   #1
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I brought this bike last year off Ron Andrews. It appeared to be pretty much original apart from saddle and tyres with Suntour XCD . I built it up (see pics)with a new saddle, amber walls and a Hite-rite,it looked great, but it was missing something, it was an ok ride but was in the shadows of my Yo's, Monster,Wicked etc.The components were pretty worn out so i stripped the bike down and up it up for sale.I had a little interest in it, but it didn't sell.
I'm glad.
I persuaded Kaiser to part with his Groovy forks and IF52 supplied me with some Luv handles and a zooka after my post on here.I brought a second hand King headset of Retrobike,then I had everything I needed for the rebirth of my Fat Chance.
I have replaced the worn out components with some nice Mavic 231 rims laced to White industries hubs, the rear being an eccentric Eno hub with a White Industries 18T coupled to a 34T up font.Thist set up has transformed this bike into a great little Single speed with a much nicer feel to the ride, could be a slightly slacker head angle or the smoothness of the king and reach of the luv handles? who knows .
This is perfect, maybe try a slightly shorter stem at some point but its now so much fun.Yes I know it has Vb-rakes on , but I ride my bikes hard ,so the extra stopping power is much appreciated!

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Old November 30th, 2012, 5:04 PM   #2
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great bike for sure and glad the changes have made a difference to the ride- still don't like those forks and well done on getting them off of kaiser- thought he was getting buried with them!
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Old November 30th, 2012, 5:17 PM   #3
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great bike for sure and glad the changes have made a difference to the ride- still don't like those forks and well done on getting them off of kaiser- thought he was getting buried with them!
Cheers, there's still time for h to be buried with the forks, I've still got the original fork which i'll keep.Not a fan of the Groovy fork ? What don't you like , the appearance ? Im a fan of them , the way they look and ride
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Old November 30th, 2012, 8:18 PM   #4
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I have a groovy fork, they rock, yours looks really long - I think mine is 395mm a to c. I would also shift the bars so they angle level or slightly down - not upward like prongs

this will give your wrists a break...and relax your position with the sweep back.

Of course all of this is just my old man jaded opinion

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Old December 1st, 2012, 11:00 AM   #5
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I wasn't a fan of the Groovy fork at first until I saw one in person at Rody's old shop. Photos don't do them justice at all. They are very nice looking in person.
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Old December 1st, 2012, 3:06 PM   #6
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I have a groovy fork, they rock, yours looks really long - I think mine is 395mm a to c. I would also shift the bars so they angle level or slightly down - not upward like prongs

this will give your wrists a break...and relax your position with the sweep back.

Of course all of this is just my old man jaded opinion

happy trails!

Jim

I moved them up as they were a little uncomfortable on the climbs, may have another go with them pointing down.
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