Help me pick parts: '85 Kicker

Spikes

New member
I'll be building a '85 Kicker soon and tried to make up a list of the parts I need (some I already have). What do you guys think? Any suggestions?
frame
Kicker, royal blue
fork
original (Tange?), yellow
bars
bull moose yellow
grips
Grab-on original
seatpost
SR Laprade with Hite-Rite
seat
Selle Italia Superleggera
headset
Shimano 600ex
front hub
Specialized sealed
rear hub
Shimano 600ex
spokes
DT single butted
rims
Specialized X-26
tires
Tioga Farmer John's Cousin
tubes
Specialized
front der.
Shimano Deore XT M700
shifters
Shimano Deore XT M700
rear der.
Shimano Deore XT M700
front brake
Shimano Deore XT M700
rear brake
Suntour U-Cam
brake levers
Shimano Deore XT M700
pedals
Suntour bear trap
cranks
Sugino
chain
Sedis
freewheel
bracket
Cook bros
 

mainlyfats

Member
Sounds awesome! I'm with you on everything but the saddle. Maybe an Avocet?

I'll be building a '85 Kicker soon and tried to make up a list of the parts I need (some I already have). What do you guys think? Any suggestions?
frame
Kicker, royal blue
fork
original (Tange?), yellow
bars
bull moose yellow
grips
Grab-on original
seatpost
SR Laprade with Hite-Rite
seat
Selle Italia Superleggera
headset
Shimano 600ex
front hub
Specialized sealed
rear hub
Shimano 600ex
spokes
DT single butted
rims
Specialized X-26
tires
Tioga Farmer John's Cousin
tubes
Specialized
front der.
Shimano Deore XT M700
shifters
Shimano Deore XT M700
rear der.
Shimano Deore XT M700
front brake
Shimano Deore XT M700
rear brake
Suntour U-Cam
brake levers
Shimano Deore XT M700
pedals
Suntour bear trap
cranks
Sugino
chain
Sedis
freewheel
bracket
Cook bros
 

Spikes

New member
Agreed, although the superleggera does look a bit like an Avocet. Maybe I can find one in good condition.
 

yo-Nate-y

Global Moderator
Staff member
You could bling the wheels a bit an get Dura Ace hubs. A lot of nicer mid-1980s mtbs used them.
 

Spikes

New member
NOS Phil Woods, NOS Bullseye, NOS anything! :) Sounds all great guys, I'll let you know what it will be.
 

I-ROBOT

New member
A lot of the guys used Nuke Proof or WTB for hubs too so those would be considered period correct if that's the way you're going with the build. Not sure if those are readily available anymore.
Scott
 

Upchuck

New member
A lot of the guys used Nuke Proof or WTB for hubs too so those would be considered period correct if that's the way you're going with the build. Not sure if those are readily available anymore.
Scott

I've seen a lot of those Nuke Proof hubs cracked. Just saying.
 

Spikes

New member
Yeah the real WTB stuff is very expensive. I'll stick with my first idea: specialized hub in front and a 600ex rear.
 

mainlyfats

Member
Yeah the real WTB stuff is very expensive. I'll stick with my first idea: specialized hub in front and a 600ex rear.

Specialized was made by Sansin, right? They were great hubs, but why the mix and match? Have you got one already?

How about keeping an eye out for some NOS Avocet hubs? Made by Ofmega. Rare and really nice - the headsets too - but not always a high price commander.
 

Spikes

New member
Slight change in plans:
hubs: Deore XT Deerhead
pedals: vintage Shimano DX BMX pedals
cranks: Shimano FC-6206

anyone know where to find a BB axle? Rody should have collars and bearings.
 

Spikes

New member
OK, the frame is off to the painter for a period-correct paintjob. Now all there is left to find is that deerhead rear derailleur. The rest is sorted....
 

yo-Nate-y

Global Moderator
Staff member
You may have seen it, but there is one in a sale thread on RBUK now.

Shouldn't be too hard to find one!
 

stoebben

New member
Fat Chance Kicker

Hey--Who did you use to do the period-correct paint, where did you get the stickers and how did it turn out?
 
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