Marin Team Titanium Retro MTB / Blurple Chucklewagon

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  • A second wheelset for this with big knobbly tyres for now...

  • Complete bike as-is weighs just over 8.9Kg according to a shite set of luggage scales, which corresponds to the embarrassing spreadsheet containing all the actual component weights via a decent kitchen scale.

    Could easily lose a couple of hundred grams by chopping the end off the 410mm seatpost, lighter BB/stem/rotors etc but all the bits are exactly what I imagined from the start now and it’s plenty light enough.

    Was mildly addictive picking bits & taking mass into consideration... Can see how unfortunate souls get sucked into the weenie vortex now.

  • This is such a cool bike. Well done. Every new picture makes me like it more. I looked at those handlebars and couldnt justify, but think they really work so well on that older geo.

    I am also a long term Hope brake user. I agree, their service is fantastic value as you get back a new brake working perfectly for the £45 or whatever it costs now.

    Hmmm I have an On One Lynskey Ti29er frame hanging on the wall. Tempted to do something similar...

  • Under 9kg is pretty impressive! And building another wheelset seems more sensible than starting another project right away :)

  • Could you tell us what is the purple seat binder bolt? That type looks like it would work well on one of my bikes.

    [ edit. I just spotted that you gave the information later in post
    https://www.lfgss.com/profiles/148985/ ]

    It appears to be an Odyssey Svelte 3DV seat binder bolt.

  • Thanks! Love the warm & fuzzies. Deffo build up your Lynskey.

    Love riding this thing so much, it's such a hoot everywhere I've taken it with the boingy tyres and massive bars. Most fun I've had on any bike.

    The Hope brake refurb is a bargain as you say, and it's confidence-inspiring that they still keep spares for and rebuild basically all their brakes regardless of age. These are my first Hope brakes, but won't be the last.

    @Sig_Arlecchino Yep, already got something brewing so I can take this thing through the mucky slop. Then just a Ti cage and frame/bar bags for day trips and it'll be complete.

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  • Wow, really really beautiful. Such a great build 🔥

  • Turned out proper fantastic! Love the attention to detail, and the whoel geometry looks amazing.

  • Incredible build. Looks like it was as much fun to build as it is to ride.

  • Thanks!

    Yeah, this was way more exciting to build than anything else I've tried, with the Ti disc tabs, the hunt for the unicorn RC31 fork, the elusive now-rare rims and the crabon bars which landed at just the right time.

  • I think I rode past you earlier today out by the canal round Tottenham. Very nice indeed!

  • crabon bars

    Wait, what?! Those bars are carbon?!

  • Ha, yeah, I dragged my recalcitrant daughter to the Wetlands on her slightly-too-small Frog bike. Don’t think I breached 5mph all day. She needs to up her game tbqf.

    @nefarious Yep, they’re ‘Whisky Milhouse’ crabon moto bars. They’re perfect for this, loads of rise & backsweep, almost a third of the weight of something like a Surly Sunrise. One of the few bits that I splashed out on for this, most of the rest were second-hand bargains.

  • This build is insane! Nice level of detail, howcome no to the Nitto bars?

  • Not enough instagram points.

  • Rumbled, fml.

    #Nittos didn’t arrive from @Japan till 2 weeks after I’d finished this so I panicked & had to buy a meaningless shiny trinket to take photos of & attempt to validate my vain, hollow husk of an existence. Even my 7yo daughter’s like “m8 ur bike looks like a tin of quality street wiv all the good ones taken out”.

  • So sick. They really suit the build IMO (I always loved moto bars like that), and knowing they're carbon is just that little bit extra.

  • Got given an old tub of freaky horse moisturiser by my fiancé’s mum. This shit works wonders on leather; instantly made the scuffed & slightly ratty Flite as-new.

    With the added bonus that it now hums like a Glaswegian chip shop...


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  • old tub of freaky horse moisturiser

    Made of horses or made for horses?!!

  • Probably both.

    The musk is enough to turn Jordan Peterson’s daughter vegan.

  • The musk is enough to turn Jordan Peterson’s daughter vegan.

    Lol would rep.

  • Fitted new Hope ‘road’ floating rotors. The original, used, 2004 Hope rotors that I got with the brakes were much better after truing but for some reason still didn’t feel as good as my crippling, life-destroying OCD would allow. These new ones feel perfect after bedding-in, and are ~30g lighter for the pair.

    Also swapped the 410mm seatpost for a 330mm one (the old one’s getting used for another build), for a ~80g weight saving including the rotors.

    Managed to strip the threads on one of the cute vintage 3DV skewers; they may match the 3DV ano on the rest of the bike but are evidently made of compacted horse hair.

    Replaced with a Halo skewer and nut off a Hope, which has a serrated steel collar so as to bite into the braked-side dropout and negate any chance of the axle shifting under hard braking. This setup happily takes 9Nm torque.


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  • New rotors looking great. Shame about the original skewers, but the new ones seem fit the colour perfectly.

    What great looking build!

  • Does it smell like horse?

  • hums like a Glaswegian chip shop...

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