KING KLUNKSTER - Penultimate Klunker

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  1. subadrew

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    For starters, here’s a before pic taken after I picked it up in 2009
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    Build thread http://www.ratrodbikes.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=55&t=41899

    And here he is now, my first build off bike.

    May I present, KING KLUNKSTER


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    For anyone that can't view the photos (they're hosted at imageshack.us which is sometimes blocked), here's a photo bucket link/album http://s246.photobucket.com/albums/gg115/subadrew99/King Klunkster/

    It was a nice bike to begin with, but just never was my style. I killed the rear fender wheelying (spelling?) so the fenders were off of it. Then later I just decided I didn't like the look too much so I didn't ride it as often.

    The inspiration came around after I picked up the wheels on craigslist in June. I hadn't planned on building this bike, but when I realized I had some pretty sick parts laying around not doing anything, I figured I could build something pretty sweet.

    Turns out I built my version of a ferrari. I've ridden it in a chainless downhill race (finished 24th our of hundreds), rode it 20+ miles in a 24 hour race (then switched to a bike with a more comfortable seat), commuted on it, and did a 35 mile ride on it this last tuesday through wind and rain. All this before I had a chance to take some pictures. I'm proud to say it's held up very well =).

    Specs:
    Frame: 2006 Raleigh Retroglide 7
    Fork: 1997 Girvin Cross-Link (from proflex 657) - Started out red, was stripped, then polished
    Rear suspension: Bike Control Shockster
    wheels: Spinergy Rev x Roks XE
    cranks: stock 1 piece
    chainring: murray gold i bought from d.rock
    rear derailleur: XTR 8 Speed
    shifter: XTR
    Brakes: XTR
    handlebars: clubman motorcycle
    grips: gold glitter
    seatpost: stock
    seat: Bianchi Leopard with logos removed
    paint: Duplicolor semi-gloss black

    for proof it's rideable =) skip to 3:00 and you'll catch a glimpse of me in the 24 hour race on it in crested butte. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nO_D4t1TI6w
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    if the terminator rode a bike it would look like this should have called this build t-1000 :mrgreen:
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    completely understated - i love it.

    as much as i love my tankers, this thing makes my industrial design sense tingle.

    bad 4$$ man...
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    Nice job! And...what the *he*ck kinda G*all Dan*g camera set up did you use to get such ultra defined photos?!!! Not to take away from the great job you did on the bike itself, just saying, dang!
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    I also like the way it's kinda a combination of modern with a twist of retro. The wheels alone look like a one off. I'd call it a devious manifestation of the rebellious rat with a shot of contemporary aesthetics. Sweet.
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    OK. We have a were-bike (Fat Rat), a Frankenstein bike. This one reminds me of Dracula: clad in black with underlying sex appeal. Love the wheels & scary backgrounds. ........ I just hope there are no reanimated Egyptian bikes or ugly, misunderstood Phantoms coming up. This build is starting to get scary like Universal in the 30's. A great build, great machine. Good job!
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    Amazing - what a great bike. So many fantastic parts!
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    nope. I ended up finding a brand new in box one for cheap. I remember reading about them in mountain bike action in high school and thinking they look cool, but 3 pounds is a lot of weight on a mtn bike. Not too much weight on a cruiser though. I actually have another one currently on it's way to me and I got another girvin too last week so now I'll be able to make a twin to this bike (yeah,it rides THAT good).

    I took the shots with a sony dslr a230 that I got in a trade for a bike. I wish I knew how to use it better actually.

    I like the dracula concept =). Thanks for the compliments
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    GREAT PICS, fantastic bike. With all that suspension, I'm a little surprised that we didn't see some knobs on there, though.
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    All I can say is WOW! Great job!
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    This is VERY cool! I'm lovin' the industrial/mechanical/robotic feel to it...really nice job!

    (...but do you realize that the word "penultimate" means "second to last"???)
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    Well, if he's building a twin, I guess it IS second to last.
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    I'm always hoping something better will come. So for now, it's penultimate. Perhaps the parts I got for another one will indeed make the ultimate. Or maybe I just have some changes in mind for this guy that I couldn't do in time. Either way, for now, this is my King.
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    That bike is insane!!!
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    Well executed modern twist on the ole klunker-theme. Gorgious wheel by the way. They remind me of the old Bugatti-wheels. (Anyone take notice?) I love the rearwheel set up.
    Well done.
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    Great bike!! Whew! Smoking!! Peace
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    Of the three cruisers turned mountain bike/streetfighter, I think this one used the best combination of parts and finish. A modern 3 piece or even a 2 piece crank would take it even further. Got one of my votes.
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    Wow Drew that thing is awesome Are you going to bring it on the Denver Cruiser ride tonight?

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