It’s been way too long since I contributed to the site, so here goes.
This bike took me about 6 years to build. Adam Richards was Kastan’s AA Pro in the mid 90s, and a good friend of mine. We rode together all the time. He died in 2000, and this was the last bike he owned.
Adam was known for riding a custom painted yellow Kastan. Sadly, he destroyed that yellow frame many years ago. This is not that bike. This is the bike that Snap magazine did a bike check on in 1998. Another sad turn of events, Adam’s brother had the frame refinished in black (it was originally white and still had its original decals in 2014 or so), and had die cut silver decals made for it at the time. Then he parted the bike out. I managed to get my hands on the wheels and frame. I wouldn’t have refinished it if he had left it alone like I told him to, but once the dam has been opened it may as well look like a bike that he actually rode, right? Time to replicate the yellow bike.
Kastan XL frame, SN KHP XL 03289, issued to Adam Richards and painted by Mike Bargnesi
S&M Slam bars
DK XXL stem
Dia tech aheadset
Kastan cranks 181mm with big bearing bottom bracket
Kastan 45t spline drive chainwheel
Peregrine sealed pedals
Araya Super 7X
Polished 2nd gen Crupi high flange
GT AA Pro blackwall, 20x2.125 f, 1.75 r
Yellow sdg Slim Jim seat
Suntour 16t freewheel
UGP Pacer plate
UGP Flo pads
Dia Compe Tech 77 lever
Shimano Deore XT cantilever brake
Caloi Uno seat post 26.8mm
NOS Kastan chrome backed decals