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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).
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.
Last edited by gowjobs on Sat Jul 30, 2011 11:31 am, edited 10 times in total.
Couldn't wait - got up early, and got a little work done. First, some more parts pics:
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.
Stem came off my wife's bike when I changed the fork. Headset cost me a whole $10
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.
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:
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.
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...
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...
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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I like how you chopped the head tube. That suggestion has been floated a million times as a cure for a too short steerer tube, but never executed. +1 for taking that leap and +1 for rare fork.
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:
In the meantime, it's on wheels!
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.
I love the look of this bike so far. Great combination of old looks with new parts.
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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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