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  1. gowjobs

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    I won't have a chance to start on this until tomorrow afternoon, but I wanted to get a thread started, and give a quick rundown:

    The concept: A fairly modern (1996-present) take on a classic Monark. Aluminum tanker-esque frame (1998 Diamond Back Voyager MTB), linkage-style suspension fork with vertical springs (original Lawwill Leader), coaster brake wheels with 12-gauge stainless spokes and downhill hoops (Weinman DH39's), and some color-accent rubber (red ST 26x2.125's donated by Ed Twisted).
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    Some parts may change in the next few weeks, but with a shave and a haircut, and a few hand-fabbed aluminum panels, I think this thing will really harken back the Monark Tankers and late '50s century-series fighter planes that always looked resplendent in their bare metal finishes.
     
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    Re: Silverback? King Diamond?

    I like it already.
    That fork seems to mean business...
    Good luck and have fun!
     
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    Re: Silverback? King Diamond?

    Cool idea for a build, anxious to see more.
     
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    Re: Silverback? King Diamond?

    I'm a huge fan of Monarks so make me happy!!!!!
     
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    Couldn't wait - got up early, and got a little work done. First, some more parts pics:
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    Those black DH39's only cost me around $80, including shipping. The tubes and valve stem caps are from old builds/bikes, and Ed Twisted sent those tires over last week with my lil' brother.

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    Stem came off my wife's bike when I changed the fork. Headset cost me a whole $10

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    Clamp and 25.4-27.7mm shim came off last year's build-off bike. That seatpost is the titanium rear axle from one of my gravity kart projects. It's thin-wall - we'll see how it holds up.

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    The ControlTech Lawwill Leader fork. This thing was cut down for a short headtube, so I scored it at a bike co-op for $70 when I was in Portland last year. It was because of it's short length that I trimmed about 1/4" from both the top and bottom of the head tube on my Voyager frame:
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    In a minute, I'm going to get out my Dremel tool and open the inner diameter up a little to accept the 34mm headset deeper than the 3/16" left after I trimmed it.
     
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    Re: Silverback - The new-age Monark tribute

    I'm waiting to go to a car show this morning with a buddy. He called, and said he'd be a little late, so I went back out to the garage...
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    Height of the shock in relation to the head tube is just about perfect now. As far as selling that fork, I doubt it'll happen, but I'll keep you in mind. I still have some time... going to go try to get the wheels and stuff on...
     
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    Re: Silverback - The new-age Monark tribute

    I had to look twice at your wheel set. They are exact replicas of the ones I am running on my '34 Colson Rat, all the way down to the valve caps.
     
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    WOOHOO!!! Went together with no headaches...
    Before I show the mock-up, I want to show the braze-ons that need to go away in the very near future:
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    In the meantime, it's on wheels!
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    Great minds think alike, huh? The real selling point of that wheelset for me was the extra-long axles. I needed it in the rear, because this thing is spaced for a 7-speed cluster (130mm, I think). The double-wall extra-wide rims are nice, too.
     
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    Re: Silverback - The new-age Monark tribute

    I love the look of this bike so far. Great combination of old looks with new parts.
     
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    Re: Silverback - The new-age Monark tribute

    That fork is awesome. Are you going to polish the aluminum frame? I like the bike already.
     
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    Re: Silverback - The new-age Monark tribute

    Looks great, wouldn't have thought that frame was modern if you hadn't said so.

    One thing though... slow down and wait for the rest of us!
     
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    Re: Silverback - The new-age Monark tribute

    I'm going to go back out to the garage in a bit and blow it back apart. I want to trim those cable fittings off the seat stay and seatpost, then I want to try to strip the rest of the clear off of the frame. When I got it (for free), it had obviously been sitting outside - all the clear was gone off the top of all the tubes, and was yellowing on the underside. I'm hoping it will polish out - I may go for a brushed finish if this stuff won't take a good polish. I have a bunch of stuff to do now that I have the "bones" of the project together. I still have to get a bottom bracket and get the cranks on there, and the rear wheel placement isn't adjustable, so I see a half-link chain and some experimentation with different sprockets in my future to make everything work. Then I have to make a "tank" and some kind of cool seat...

    Don't worry - I'm not THAT far ahead.
     
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    Re: Silverback - The new-age Monark tribute

    When I got home last night, the reciprocating saw's batteries were both dead. They've been charging, and when I get home from work tonight, the alloy chips will fall where they may...
     
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    Re: Silverback - The new-age Monark tribute

    Alloy chips are fun but sparks flying are more fun. :wink:

    Great interpretation of the Monark. That fork is so wild.
     
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    Re: Silverback - The new-age Monark tribute

    Got home from work at 7pm - had it looking like this by 7:30:
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    Sawzall, file and an emery board... now it's dark, and Dancing With the Stars is about to come on. :wink:
     
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    Re: Silverback - The new-age Monark tribute

    Got home too late to work on it last night, but I had an idea. Now I need to come up on a BMX stem and handlebars from an OCC Stingray...
     
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    Re: Silverback - The new-age Monark tribute

    I have a like new set of drag bars from an occ I'd sell. probably a bmx stem as well
     
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    Re: Silverback - The new-age Monark tribute

    The ones shaped like a wide letter "A"? I'd be interested. PM me a price, and we can deal! :D
     
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    pm sent!
     

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