There are different reasons how one finds or gets found by a bike. This on here started with the 85 WTB Team one sizer dress, a jersey and trousers and the WTB blog article: WTb Throwback Thursday - https://www.wtb.com/blogs/wtb/10794269-throwback-thursdays-1985-norba-championships-team-wtb-suntour-santa-barbara-ca- The blog reports on the WTB Suntour / Potts bike team racer from 1985, Roy Rivers and Joe Pattersen beeing successful at the Norba champion ships and how they gave feedback during the races on the WTB part s to the innovator, Mark Slate sitting in his 1969 Pontiac LeMans, THE WTB team car. Such great times this must be, how exciting writing MTB history, at least afterwards, knowing they wrote it.
Back to the bike and jersey. One day on eBay, checking my standard searches, I couldn`t belive this shirt was for sale, so I snapped it and since then it became a trophy of the Steelfightsback WTB collection / workshop.
Not even a year afterwards, I had the same feeling chatting with a nice guy showing me a picture of this 1987 Steve Potts, beeing for sale. Immediately I though, I have to (re)union my jersey with this bike. Sure, Shirt 85 and bike 87, but it looked like the same!
Look at that spreadsheet, this isn´t just a hobby, this is professional and passion.
Here are some shots I got from the pre-previous owner. Continuing my research on some social media platforms and contact with BMC, I found some more posts from 2016 and learned that the bikes was hanging in the shop for probably 5+ years before it got build. Unfortunately no more information, but I got a fan from the archive of Black Mountain Cycles blog and flickr material - (https://blackmtncycles.com/blog/ and https://www.flickr.com/photos/46195580@N03/)
After unpacking I had to ride it straight away and PROST, so cool!
While waiting for the Potts, I found the cockpit I saw on the WTB blog from Roy, the full Suntour shifter and levers. I wanted to change the bar too and one more gem was here for a while: Suntour BMX pedals modified by Charley Cunningham. In addition the Specialized crank got Specialized rings and then the dot on the "i", the better stem. Recently I was lucky to find a longer Potts stem in the original red, more rise and length, which is very fortunate, because the top tube is proportionally short of the 21" frame. Here are some impressions from the rebuild.
Steve Potts Signature (full fillet brazed)
|Fork||Steve Potts Type II (fillet brazed)|
Steve Potts (fillet brazed)
|Brakes||Charley Cunningham Speedmaster roller cam|
Suntour XC 9000
|Brake Levers||Suntour XC 9000|
|Pedals||Suntour BMX Cunningham modified|
|Bottum Bracket||Press fit titan WTB|
|Derailleur||Suntour XC 9000|
|Wheels||Spezialized GX 26 / WTB Classic Hub / Suntour 7s 13-32|
|Tyres||Panaracer Timbuk II|
|Seat Post||Suntour XC|