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  • Bought this GT Pantera frame from eBay the other day and I’m struggling with a couple decisions about how I’ll build it.

    I want to do a JMC’s Stumpy from MBUK Dirt style build but obviously not like a tribute bike or anything.

    So I’m torn between,

    Canti or v brake. JMC’s bike was canti, there’s lots of photos of Hans Rey riding canti. Cantis would mean I could get some nice anodised levers for a decent price to add some bling. V brake will obv be more powerful though plus opens up more options for forks which leads on to my second dilemma,

    Forks. I had thought I’d go for a sus fork as JMC’s Stumpy had them and there’s plenty of photos of Hans riding sus forks. It’d also make the bike a bit different to anything I’ve currently got in the stable.

    Decent forks at a decent price are hard to find though.

    A rigid would be lighter, cheaper and stronger.

    There’s a couple of forks like Rock Shox Indy or Quadra or the cheaper Bombers that are still in alright nick and not ludicrously expensive but these were the forks you definitely didn’t want to be seen riding bitd. It had to be z1s or pucker Judys or something.

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  • I almost bought that frame! Went for a Timberline instead. It came with V-brakes, and they are so much better than the cantis on my drop bar bike.

  • Looking forward to seeing what you do with this. I've always anted to build a JMC-dirt era style dual bike as they looked so cool and were really just small framed versions of XC bikes bitd. Agree that Quadra's wouldn't be the right fit. I have a set and they are too vintage for this kind of build. What about cheating slightly and getting a later fork and badging/painting it to look like a classic Judy?


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