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1996 WTB Phoenix

Posted: January 16th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: bicycles | No Comments »

This bike is from near the end of the Phoenix production run. It is an incredibly balanced and elegant rigid frame. Over time I have slowly been enhancing the bike with WTB and Cunningham Applied Tech upgrades (including prototype pieces never publicly available). When the Steelman stem came up, I figured it would be perfect for the build.

Enhancements include a lever linkage on the front brake as well as a handmade brake booster. The Steve Potts Type II fork is spaced for a 118mm front hub. A WTB Classic hub has been widened – the silver insert showing the new material. Front and rear hubs are held on with Cunningham Slo Releases. The rear Toggle Cam brake has been updated with late generation hardware for lower friction and better feel. The Cunningham seatpost has been internally butted for my riding position. A handmade Cunningham seat quick release has been installed, including countersinking of the binder. The Cunningham chainstay guard has been treated and hand beveled for longer life. Finally, a custom, titanium tang and parachute chord will prevent the front brakes from swinging into the downtube in the event of a crash.

I am finishing up the build which will be 8 or 9 speed, probably with thumbshifters.


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