Reynolds 531. From the second series (i.e. with thicker tubes); supplied in 1992 to replace a series one frame which had been built with its head-tube incorrectly aligned. Size: Large - fits riders up to ~190 cm / 6'3". Colour: (mostly) yellow. Idler pulley cage repaired and reinforced by Helmut Berns of Sonic Cycles. Pace Carbon Armour has been applied to rear of right frame tube to prevent annoying chain rattle!
SR-SunTour telescopic suspension fork, British Racing Green, specially imported at ruinous expense from the USA! This was, I believe, originally intended for some variety of Haluzak, and designed to work with a 16" (ISO 349) wheel. There is, however, sufficient vertical adjustment in a V-brake to permit the use of a Moulton wheel instead.
Handbuilt by Idiots, er, me
Front:Shimano XT hub
Moulton (ISO 369) rim
36 stainless steel spokes
Bridgestone 32-369 tyre rated to 7 bar / 100 psi
Michelin inner tube with Presta valve
Rear:Sachs New Success hub
Rigida (ISO 540) rim
36 stainless steel spokes
Schwalbe 25-540 tyre rated to 7.5 bar / 110 psi
Inner tube of unknown origin with Presta valve
Tange Comet, 1" threaded.
Sachs, 170 mm cranks, 74/110 mm PCD chainrings. Currently set up with Sakae Ninja 24T stainless steel inner ring, and TA aluminium middle and outer rings, with 36 and 43 teeth respectively. The former is a fetching shade of red.
SRAM Aris 8-speed: 12-14-16-18-20-22-25-28
Front: Shimano XTR
Rear: SRAM Neos DiRT with 11T Shimano pulleys
SRAM Powergrip Wavey (a.k.a. "Neos") gripshifters
Front: Shimano XTR V-brake modified for left-side cable entry.
Rear: Magura hydraulic rim brake - attaches to U-bracket rather than cantilever bosses, of which there are none.
Standard Kingcycle "U"-shaped bars, mounted on "Ahead"-type angle-adjustable stem, which in turn attaches to lightly-modified Kingcycle riser. Deviation from standard necessitated by the fitting of the suspension fork, but this setup will work quite happily with the rigid fork.
Steel frame with nylon webbing and additional closed-cell foam buried artfully within.
For no readily-discernible reason, downshifting
the rear gears requires TWO clicks down followed by one click UP.
Odd at first, but you soon get used to it, and it does go into bottom
gear without let or hindrance. It's been like this ever since I went
over to an 8-speed rear end and I have no idea why - I've been through
two freewheels, three derailleurs, two chains and three shifters but they
all do it. Strange.
I like low gears. If you want to fit bigger chainrings, there will likely be interference between the return run of the chain and the fork crown and/or the front brake. It *may* be possible to confect some kind of additional chain routing device, possibly using unmountain bike parts, but this is something left as an exercise for the Reader. Note also that due to the configuration of the Kingcycle frame, it is not possible to fit a rear cluster with a sprocket larger than 28T, as to do so would lead to the use of the brake bridge as a chain guide.
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