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Fujitwin

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    1994 Roberts DOGSBOLX.

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    That is a really nice bike. I’m glad you still ride yours regularly. Mine is stored at the moment as I’m out of the country for some time. I really miss it!

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    That is a home made chain suck device. I had mounts placed on the chainstay so I could fit one.

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    Hi,
    More info on my Dogs Bolx. Back in the late ‘80s, early ‘ops I worked as a part time mechanic at Smithbrook Kilns Bicycle shop near Cranleigh. Fixing bikes that had wrecked bearings made me realise if I built my own bike it would have replaceable cartridge bearings throughout the bike including the jockeywheels!. That plus it had to be really light influenced my decision to use replacement titanium nuts, bolts and spindles for all the group set.
    So here are the original build notes. Apart from tyres and the bar ends, this bike is original.

    1994 Chas Roberts 17.5” Dogs Bolx - White Pearlescent paint with Gold / Red highlighted Clarendon graphics.
    Frame: (Columbus Max tube set / Tom Ritchey bottom bracket shell).
    Stem: Chas Roberts lightweight design and made to measure.
    Fork: Tange Superlight blades (Chas Roberts supplied).
    Headset: Shimano Ultegra 600
    Headset front brake cable hanger sprayed to match frame colour)
    Handlebar: Renthal RC sub 130
    Grips: ATI Tomac
    Barends: None
    Brakes F/R: Shimano XTR M900
    Brake Pads: Dia Compe
    Brake Cables: Shimano XTR Grey (1994) with Middleburn cable oilers.
    Cantilever cable hangers: Ringle Mojo
    Brake Levers: Shimano XTR M900
    Shifters: Shimano XTR M900
    Front Derailleur: Shimano XTR M900
    Rear Derailleur: Shimano XTR M900
    Derailleur Cables: Shimano XTR Grey (1994) with Middleburn Cable Oilers.
    Cassette: Shimano XT M737 11-28 8 speed
    Bottom Bracket: Royce Titanium 68mm / 109 mm
    Cranks: Shimano XT M737 FC 175mm
    Crank Bolts: Royce Titanium
    Chainrings: Middleburn Compact Drive 42-32 and Shimano O/E steel 22
    Chainring bolts: Venhill Titanium
    Chain: Shimano HG
    Pedals: Suntour Superbe
    Hubs: Hope Titanium 32 hole
    Rims: Campagnola Atek 6082 alloy T6 (32 hole)
    Spokes: DT Swiss Double butted stainless steel
    Spoke nipples: light alloy
    Hub Skewers: Zero titanium
    Tyres: Specialized Pro Control S Umma Gumma Kevlar bead 26x1.95
    Tubes: Latex
    Saddle: Selle Italia Flite Transalp Titanium
    Seatpost: Ringle Moby post 27.2mm
    Seatpost Binder: Frame bolt STP titanium

    Weight: 21.5lb - 9.77kg ready to ride

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    I have just joined the group.
    This is my DogsBolx built in June 1994. Frame number 940603. It’s virtually all original apart from tyres and handlebar ends, and I still have the original receipts. I paid £860 for the frame, handlebar stem, headset and forks. I thought that was great value for money at the time considering it would take nearly a weeks work of a skilled craftsman to make your frame.
    I have been researching more about my bike and managed to get the original build instructions from the Roberts archives. I remember being measured by Chas himself who took my deposit. After reading more on this and the LCC website, I now know Winston Vaz built my frame (and handlebar stem) as it has his signature triple pointed seat stay reinforcement.
    I’ll post more images soon plus explain how I sourced all the components and built the entire bike to achieve an all up weight of only 9.77kg.

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