RRBBO13 J.C. Special / Sharkruiser

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  1. MONARKofSoCal

    MONARKofSoCal

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    So like usual I will be showing my main and back up build in one thread

    First up the main Build
    J.C. Special
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    Basic Murray Monterrey style frame (although it has a Firestone head badge sticker) that I squired from member CeeBee a few years ago
    My plan is to build the baddest bike possible out of this not so very popular frame style
    Using nothing but bolt on parts


    Second back up build is Sharkruiser
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    Frame is from a specialized shark cruise bicycle circa 1996
    I have had an idea for this build for a while but when Discovery moved Shark week to near the middle of our build off (rather than after like it used to be)
    That is when I decided to hold off and do a special shark week bike build to celebrate the 30th anniversary
    airing July 22nd
    since it will be a fairly basic build I will hold off mostly building it until beginning of July
     
  2. G-Matt

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    Both frames are not overly flashy but are pretty cool if I do say so .
    I kind like the straight forward simple lines of the specialized frame.


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  3. yoothgeye

    yoothgeye I build stuff. Moderator

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    I don’t think this frame is “not so very popular” they are by far my favorite cantilever frame. The canti bars and downtube/chainstays form a perfect oval eye shape. I’ll take it over a Schwinn or Huffy cantilever any day.




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    I always enjoy your builds. Let the fun begin.
     
  6. MONARKofSoCal

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    Tru but I know from what I have seen on this site when doing the competition builds stuff like Schwinn cantilever, or spaceliners, early straight bar frames are way more popular

    Even the flightliner frame seems to be liked more (and they are essentially the same)


    so one of the things i learned is all murray frames share a basic frame outline that has remained the same thru many different models
    because of that the flightliner tank fits as do the fender skirts from earlier models
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    because the flightliner tank reminds me of the old indy car noses i decided to go with that theme
    hence the name J.C. Special
    not only is the j.c in the name j.c higgins
    but also the initials for the popular indy car owner j.c agajanian
     
  7. MONARKofSoCal

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    I also have these felt speedway tires ready to put on the bike but they are 24 x 2.125
    so if anyone has the 24 x 3.0 style i would be interested in buying one or two for the rear wheel
    the little version is going up front
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  8. kingfish254

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    I really like the old Indy direction and underfender too.
    I never knew that ThickBricks came in any size other than 24x3?
     
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    If you don't wind up building the Shark Cruiser I'd gladly take it off your hands!
     
  10. Chad T

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    Gonna look cool with them wheels...nice looking mix
     
  11. The Renaissance Man

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    That looks great!
     
  12. G-Matt

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    The skirts really set off that tank . Everything fits well together .


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  13. OddJob

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    Dig the parts mix! Hope you keep some of that awesome rat-ina!
     
  14. MONARKofSoCal

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    Yup felt made a 24" speedway bicycle that they came on
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    well I will definitely be building this shark cruiser
    However if I come across the first year version that is gray
    I will let you know


    Yes the rat-tina is awesome but since this will be indy car inspired
    I have to put on a somewhat nice paint job
     
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    I love basic bolt-on builds. Never seen a Specialized cruiser, but I now want one. GLWTB!
     
  16. MONARKofSoCal

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    I want somewhat of a low look to the bike and to achieve that I went with a 20/24" rattrap springer
    however I need to keep the rattrap in original orientation to keep it functioning correctly
    Mainly because it is most similar to the torsion suspension
    since vintage indy cars are my inspiration

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    I had a similar tire to the thick brick 24 x 3.0 so i wanted to mock it up along with the front springer (top pic)
    but I decided to see what the bike looked like with the 24 x 2.125 (lower pic) on as well
    Just in case I need a possible contingency plan if i cannot find a felt speedway thick brick 24 x 3.0

    what I didn't expect was I feel the smaller tire looks more appropriate for a low slung indy car
    the other way looks to stocky
    great for a muscular look
    but not something straight from the golden age of Indianapolis

    I don't know for sure right now which direction I will take but but comments / criticisms welcomed
     
  17. Scribble

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    I like it, killer stance :cool2::cool2:
     
  18. V8Ben

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    +1 ! Nice shape ;)
    Just a question : why return the stem? There would be a more aggressive style in the right way...
     
  19. MONARKofSoCal

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    yes there is madness is my method in having it that way
    I will go more into it once i find where I put the hbars I want to use
    although it may also go back to the right way once it gets mocked up
     
  20. kingfish254

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    That is looking mean and fast
     

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