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I got a good deal on this reproduction LL frame recently and slammed it together today. I’ve named it the Speed Liner as it has been stripped of all the heavy parts and fitted with a Nexus 7. The only other parts I got with the frame are the kickstand and chain guard.

I pulled the seat, wheels, fork and handlebars from my late 60’s Typhoon and bought 2 new Tioga Powerblock tires. Ape hangers are the only bars which work for me on these frames with their short head tube as I am 6’2 with a bad neck.

The head tube is a weird size which has 34mm cups usually used with 1 1/8” forks. I didn’t get the headset so I used an alloy bushing kit, pressed them into the head tube and then used a 30mm headset from a discarded late model Electra.

The fork is from a 50’s or 60’s Schwinn that had a front brake and I have a pair of CWC truss rods on the way to me that i will eventually fit. I used a Schwinn seat post clamp as the original one barely works and cut a seat post from some solid 5/8” stainless rod.

I used a chainwheel from the same Electra parts bike I pulled the head set from. The design of the Electra chainwheel is similar to the one CWC used for many years except it is 44t vs 52t and uses a regular 1/2 x 1/8 chain. I actually have a CWC chainwheel however the cost of buying a NOS skiptooth chain is ridiculous.

Other parts include Electra ape hanger bars, We the people Avenger stem, Tektro front brake, 80’s Dia-compe brake lever and a pair of MKS pedals. Later I plan to fit a set of 3 piece cranks and do something with the original LL chainguard that I got with the frame.

These frames are nicely built and finished in tough black powder coat. It rides like a Cadillac, is super comfortable, brakes on a dime and fast with the slick Nexus 7 hub.

I can see myself putting heaps of miles on this one with summer coming up.

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I weighed the Speed Liner today after fitting a set of 3 piece cromoly cranks and an old set of alloy bmx pedals. 15.8kg. I couldn’t believe it. Not bad for a tank bike frame with a Nexus 7, forged steel forks and a solid stainless bar seat post.
 
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Rode 20 miles today after fitting a set of 3 piece cranks and a pair of old bmx alloy pedals. A mate joined me on the blue 26” Avenger I built for him during the last build off.

I weighed the smaller framed Avenger and surprisingly it came in only 2 lbs pounds less with its light 3 speed nexus vs my 7 speed. The 7 speed hub weighs 4lbs. I guess the oversize tubes and solid dropouts on the Avenger frame must add some weight.
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