Here is the Easton (#104)

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Here is the Easton (#104)

Postby rbonif » December 16th, 2013, 10:14 pm

Well the build is finally done...it made her maiden street voyage last week and will lose her trail virginity this weekend.

For starters don't hate me but the bike is for my 10 year old and the x-ray grip shifts were too hard to shift so I went with the new grip shifts for the time being. He is coming up for Christmas next weekend and I want him to test it out...the X-rays are in the parts bin and will be on call once he is ready for them.

She is pretty blinged out so I am curious of his reaction. I am still looking for a ringle moby seatpost and a purple middle chainring (110 bcd).

I will post some pics of him on it with the other Barracudas soon.

Thanks again for all your help
Ron
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Re: Here is the Easton (#104)

Postby vpc66 » December 16th, 2013, 10:28 pm

Nice, very nice!
Late to say now but the Sram X0 which is the new version of my 9.0 would have been nicer to have being top model shifters, you can not beat them,lite and fast shifting...though I put the X9 on my son's Trek which is a step down and to tell the truth with the updated tech I think his set up is nicer than my older stuff. But the X0 comes in carbon with Ti spring and hardware...yes I drool.
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Re: Here is the Easton (#104)

Postby neo_pop_71 » December 17th, 2013, 5:29 am

That is one hell'uva bike for a 10 year old!!!

Look 99% of us on here aside from the Grand Poobah (Mark) do not have bikes that nice! I say that regarding the 1% because Mark has an Ultimate, the only frame more rare than your Easton. So, I'm so down with old bike bling like the Ringle stem but (and I totally say this out of love) you need to lose the Kalloy bar... Ringle gems have no business holding cheap Kalloy components!!! Hold up, don't crucify me me on this one, just understand that I'm an artist first and a parts junkie second... a $100 stem has no business touching a $12 handlebar! I'd much rather you run a Ritchey Force Lite or a TiTec titanium bar, skip the anodized stuff in exchange for a race level aftermarket bar. Please forgive me if I offend but I dream of a Holy Grail frame like yours and I only want to see the ultimate high end parts accenting such a special frame. Please, my good brother, you know I love and respect your builds but the Kalloy bar is no bueno!

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Re: Here is the Easton (#104)

Postby rbonif » December 17th, 2013, 9:29 am

Thanks D, you haven't steered me wrong in the past so i will heed your advice. In honesty I actually thought it was a decent bar (guess i got too excited about the color scheme match).

I am excited that he will get a chance to ride this weekend. I will have some time to get the build perfect as I will not be sending it to him in Dallas until I am comfortable he won't leave it outside unattended. Also I think he is maybe one year away from riding it comfortably.

Ron

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Re: Here is the Easton (#104)

Postby neo_pop_71 » December 17th, 2013, 10:40 pm

You are totally in the right to be stoked about the matching anodizing, that much is period correct and what we were all after back in the early to mid-90s. You're just more generous than I am... I would never put a $100 vintage stem on my daughter's bike! That's in part why she is riding an A2Z, the other part is the rare 12" frame (since she is a tall 8 year old), but no part of me would be bummed if she wasted the frame as it was already an ugly duckling. Rocking a ultra rare Easton 'Cuda is a joy that many of us will never have. That said, that's an awesome loving gesture for you to share that with your son and you're right to want to impress on him the "quality" of a bike that special. I don't like trophy bikes, so it would serve zero purpose hanging on the wall, I'm glad it was bought and built to be a rider!

Hardly anyone these days knows and appreciates our bikes... that would be a mind-bender if you happened onto some middle age vintage bike junkie in Dockers and a Polo shirt going after your Ringle stem with a Park tool allen wrench! I'd have to take a picture to share with everyone before I kicked his teeth in for trying to steal from my kid!!!

Sorry if I was any kind of Debbie Downer, the ugly face of 'Cuda envy crept in...

like Dick Cheney coming to steal your heart in the middle of the night!!!

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Re: Here is the Easton (#104)

Postby neo_pop_71 » December 17th, 2013, 10:43 pm

Oh, and if any of you thought he was a good Vice President...

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Re: Here is the Easton (#104)

Postby rbonif » December 18th, 2013, 8:56 am

I didn't intend to buy the ringle stem as i originally bought a nice Kore Eilite (beautiful turqouise) and an stem adapter as the kore was threadless. Literally a few days later the ringle pops up on ebay and was the perfect color, size and was threaded...I couldn't pass it up. Now the Kore and stem adapter are in the parts bin...at least they have tons of friends in there.

Regarding the bike going to my kid this will be his first Christmas with me since I got divorced when he was two so I am excited to see his reaction. Although I get the feeling it will be trumped by Xbox One and Call of Duty but we shall see.

Ron

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Re: Here is the Easton (#104)

Postby Mark » April 26th, 2014, 7:49 pm

Just ran across this post and all I can say is WOW. Love this restoration. Everyone, including me would do it somewhat differently, but you've done really well. I'd be tossing big offers your way if it were a 17, 18 or 19. And though I also cringe at the thought of your 10 year old laying it down on pavement and scuffing up the hardware, I can't say I'm much different. My 10 year old rides a pristine 1993 A2T all tricked out with a Mani 3 nicer than the one on my own bike.. ;)

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Re: Here is the Easton (#104)

Postby mixalive » April 26th, 2014, 8:49 pm

I too like the build. I would have installed a silver colored bar to match the seat post and would have contrasted with the purple brake levers and stem. In my book, either the stem or the bar needs to match the seat post. Just saying..
93 A2R blue/white 14" Craigslist Austin
94 A2R lavender/white 12" Austin barn find
94 A2M silver/white 14" Cenna's Cycles SA, original owner
94 Cuda Comp purple/white 14" won on Ebay
95 XX Team gold/white 14" Craigslist Memphis


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