Thought I’d poke this in here, but if it’s more appropriate that it go in CX/MTB then feel free to relocate it Mod squad.
Always fascinated by the 63xc site,and(half heartedly) having a MTB (fixed) on the wish list always see’s me scanning for something suitable.Recently spotted a bike with an interesting looking frame on a Police auction of recovered and unclaimed bikes. Showed it to a mate whos said it looked like an Ironhorse frame. Subsequent research on the net and I discovered that in the early noughties this american brand produced a range of MTB’s with an a frame design.
It was in a sorry looking state when i got it,as it had been brush painted badly with enamel and a matte finish house paint.I still didn’t know what model it was, but it seemed to be in overall good knick otherwise.
spec was pretty good with 9speed deore formula hubs and an entry level manitou shock up front.
Original plan was to blast and paint, but a bit of light work with sandpaper to try and reveal what model it was(01 Marauder) saw me keep going and clean 99% of the bodgy paint job off.The more I did the more I liked the scruffy lived in patina the sand back was giving me with the leftover spots around dropouts and braze ons.
Purchased a velo solo sprocket, Kalloy post to replace the awful suspension one, and some new grips. Clear coated the frame to freshen it up and protect the thin spots.
Knocked it together last night before TDF started and went for a fang around the block…Awesome fun.
Turbo Super saddle from the parts bin fits the build well.
Used a shitty ol chain until the Kool chain arrives in the mail, and some shitty ol parts bin pedals. Will most likely get some platforms with strap on type foot retention next.
Set up with slicks for street use until I’m comfy on it and then I can swap to something chunky and go single tracking around my area.
Reynolds 520 tubes too.