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EWR Project – Phase Thirteen

After several months ‘off’ building bikes I finally completed one of the last tasks on this project, switching the ‘test’ stem for the proper Syncros CattleHead and cutting the steerer down on the new AccuTrax forks. In reality it didn’t take too long, most time was spent employing the ‘2p trick’ to separate the Syncros stem from the Race Face Air Alloy bars that had been sitting on my CD shelf at home for the last six months .

Measured twice just to make sure, knocked the old Star Nut through and out the bottom then got the Saw Guide out and sliced off just over an inch from the steerer, quick rub down with emery paper and on with the spacers and stem….dialled in perfectly at my magic 590mm dropout to bottom of bars measurement I have on all my bikes . A few more minutes faffing with preload and here we are….a nice pair of Period Correct Answer Alumilite DH bars from 1994 fitted to the NOS Syncros CattleHead stem.

EWR Project – Phase Twelve

OK so the NOS Accutrax forks went back in ok, first time this bike has had the correct sized forks in it since I bought it!!

The steerer is still uncut so short term I have switched the stem and bars so I can use normal stem spacers until I am 100% happy with the length, then I will cut it down. I couldn’t use my current stem as it’s a Syncros Cattlehead with one of those pesky angled tops on it, preventing me from using stem spacers above the stem

I’m thinking about modifying a stem spacer but that involves diagonally and accurately cutting a stem spacer to work with the angled top of the Cattlehead stem and I only really need to do this if I’m not 100% happy with the bar height.

So for now we have this ugly silver Specialized stem paired up with some VERY cool and scarce Answer Alumilite DH bars (still with the original gold shim ). I actually really love these bars and might stick with them, the only thing I’m not sold on is their colour as the rest of the bike has a black and yellow thing going on…


Here’s another neat trick to use with Oury Grips on a hot day…roll them off ‘condom/prophylactic’ style and roll them back on the new bars…..yep, you guessed it……’condom/prophylactic’ style

Rolling rubber…

Rolling it back on…

Continuing with the ‘body parts’ theme, what comes off the bike just looks sick….in fact do I need to spell it out or shall I just say “Pass the Butt Plugs”

So here we are with the temporary stem and bars and a mile of steerer tube…just while I convince myself the bar height is 500% correct…then the hacksaw comes out

So, for the first time ever maybe () I have two bikes in working order (just need to get the other five done now….)

Shot down in the night…

Back on topic with a bike related blog post after all this Home Cinema stuff getting in the way, been trying to amass a bunch of stuff to sell recently but had to score these couple of items when they were dangled under my nose.

SDG Comp Ti Kevlar – I’ve always been a Ti Flite man but my curiosity has been aroused by my ‘virtual EWR buddy’ Utahdog‘s obsesession with these things so I thought I’d try one out. It arrived last week fresh from Florida but so far I’ve not had time to mount the thing and try it out, maybe this will get done for this coming weekends RetroBike forest ride.

Pic gratuitously stolen from Utahdog

Another thing I’ve had on my Hitlist for ages is an original 1st Generation Answer Alumilite DH bar and I had all but given up looking when one cropped up in Germany, complete with the all important ‘golden shims’. I had it mind this would look neat on my EWR but in hindsight it might not look so cool as its bare aluminium and everything else on the bike is currently black. These bars have the most amazing wall thickness and weigh an absolute ton

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