Would like to show you my latest project. This will probably not impress the real weightweenies, as it wasn‘t my goal to end up with a super light bike. I wished to find more inspirations on similar builds during that project, thats why I‘m posting it anyway.
Got a really good deal on the frame some years ago – the pre-owner crashed the bike and damaged the fork, thats why the original fork is missing, but the frame is still impeccable. So I had the frame but didn´t know what to do with it, as I didn‘t wanted to have two almost similar bikes (Tommasini Tecno 1997 with 1997 Campa Chorus).
I dated the frame as a 1992 model. The serial nr. says "D 0200 D", according to cadre.org “D” was used for the years 92/93. The seat stays are different to almost any other mx-leaders found on the www, except the one armstrong rode in the motorola team (around ‘93). Somewhere someone wrote that this might be one of the earlier produced mx-leaders with columbus max seatstays and later on Merckx used different tubes. I got the frame refreshed by a local painter and sticked some replica-decals on it. Cant tell what colorway it was before, some people would lynch me.
Took a Ritchey Comp Fork to replace the original one. I think that fork fits the classic look more than any other 1" option (columbus minimal, kinesis,..). Got 400km on it so far (with some +75kmh descents / 93kg system weight), can‘t tell anything bad about it yet, but also I think a modern 1 1/8 or 1 1/2 fork will perform better. A custom columbus max fork is in the making, will give my definitive verdict after the comparison.
Same for the Dt swiss Pr1400 Dicut Oxic wheels – everything is just fine so far, riding and breaking is great (no wet conditions so far) and I really like the look. I wonder how the breaking surface and the breakpads will manage long mountain descents and what the overall durability will be.
The rest is pretty common, Sram red 22 group with Rotor 3D+ crankset and some Ritchey parts.
Total weight including pedals and bottlecage is 8,02kg, which isn‘t that bad, considering the frameset is 2,65kg (2179+472g).