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Posted: Apr 19, 2022 at 3:41 Quote
My vintage around town/road/gravel/trail build.

Posted: Apr 19, 2022 at 17:47 Quote
Here is an update from the build, the silver bullet, or silver surfer, ahh I cant decide!! Got chrome transition logos on, and it is pretty trippy, thinking about buying a set of red chrome decals for some more pop. Also scored a vorsprung coil Lyrik for the front. Bike is 170/170mm and feels like a magic carpet,

Posted: Apr 20, 2022 at 3:57 Quote
Loving the look of the Patrol !

You’re making me want to do my Process 134 next winter

Posted: Apr 20, 2022 at 12:00 Quote
mountainman24 wrote:
Loving the look of the Patrol !

You’re making me want to do my Process 134 next winter

Thanks man! Dot it! It's been pretty fun building this bike up, still need to figure out how to clean aluminum without having to scratch/sand the stains off the surface, I was reading vinegar works or some lemon juice. The aluminum stains easily with any type of oils that touch it or rubber like from my bike stand clamp.

I want to fully clean the stains that have been picked up then wipe some polish on it to create a protective barrier.

Anyone have any good tips for keeping the RAW frame from collecting ugly stains?

Posted: Apr 20, 2022 at 12:58 Quote
Its been a while, but Isopropyl alcohol is worth a try, I’d also be curious to try mr clean magic eraser on it , maybe even combines with isopropyl

A polished frame is going to be much easier to keep clean than a matte / rough texture - keep experimenting and post what you find !

Posted: Apr 20, 2022 at 13:45 Quote
907nattylight wrote:
mountainman24 wrote:
Loving the look of the Patrol !

You’re making me want to do my Process 134 next winter

Thanks man! Dot it! It's been pretty fun building this bike up, still need to figure out how to clean aluminum without having to scratch/sand the stains off the surface, I was reading vinegar works or some lemon juice. The aluminum stains easily with any type of oils that touch it or rubber like from my bike stand clamp.

I want to fully clean the stains that have been picked up then wipe some polish on it to create a protective barrier.

Anyone have any good tips for keeping the RAW frame from collecting ugly stains?

I use Renaissance Wax on mine. It lasts well, buffs up nicely and slows oxidisation. It looks like it's available in the US.


Posted: Apr 20, 2022 at 14:21 Quote

I used Mother's wax, and you could almost get a reflection off of it. Almost annoyingly bright and reflective. Not the best pic, but it's another option.

Posted: Apr 21, 2022 at 6:43 Quote
I use Eagle One PVD/Aluminum wheel cleaner and a Scotch Brite pad. I have used it on a few bikes.
It leaves a satin matt aluminum raw finish. Not a polished look, but I enjoy not giving it much attention when done.....


Posted: May 21, 2022 at 8:17 Quote
Rockshox have the Pike Ultimate in the polished lowers version. I want to make my Zeb look like that.
People say nothing will stick to the polished mag lowers. Is the Pike polished and treated, or is that just a very nice paint colour that looks like polished metal?
Years ago there was a grey raw totem. I heard it was galvanised though. Can anyone comment on either?

Posted: May 21, 2022 at 9:04 Quote
jaame wrote:
Rockshox have the Pike Ultimate in the polished lowers version. I want to make my Zeb look like that.
People say nothing will stick to the polished mag lowers. Is the Pike polished and treated, or is that just a very nice paint colour that looks like polished metal?
Years ago there was a grey raw totem. I heard it was galvanised though. Can anyone comment on either?

The silver pike ultimate is NOT polished, its painted. I've come close to replicating that paint job though, as I made some parts that I wanted to match my silver Pike. Here are some photos of the paints I used, as well as comparison to the Pike. The saddle shell and rear fender have the 'replicated' paint color.
https://www.pinkbike.com/u/Fabris/album/parts-I-designed-and-built/

Posted: May 21, 2022 at 9:57 Quote
Thanks for that... so if it's paint, I could feasibly get my carbon frame donw that colour too.

Posted: May 26, 2022 at 13:11 Quote
Here is the final build.

Posted: May 26, 2022 at 14:41 Quote
While you were busy polishing your frame your grass got really long.

Posted: May 26, 2022 at 16:26 Quote
DJ-24 wrote:
While you were busy polishing your frame your grass got really long.

Not to mention that I aged a year while polishing lol I live in a rental and the landlord doesn't let me use his mower Thumbs Down lets the grass grow long..

Posted: Jun 5, 2022 at 18:10 Quote
https://m.pinkbike.com/photo/21868356/


 
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