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  1. They are looking for period late seventies early eighties trials shocks to send off to be rebuilted and painted. At the recent Mont Ventoux trial last weekend, I saw quite a few pairs on Fantics, and Swms, now with propal stickers on. Also Jaime Subira has entered the shock market with a very up market, quality shock for initially Fantic's, but being developed for other marques as well, according to the guy selling them, they are price around 450 euros if memory is correct.
  2. The shock market is very competative and almost overcrowed. I have the original shocks on a Ty 250 of some 40 odd years old and can ride it as well as if I fit expensive new shocks. My Swm had the orignal shocks and rode it , but changed to Rockshocks and did it improve my scores ....The NJb Girling replica's are to go on a newly restored Fantic, I doubt they will change the life of my sons riding it, but they do look very period and different. French riders are scouring the internet for knackered old Girlings to then send to Belgium for a guy to restore, to retain the period look. Most of new wave of shocks are made in the same factory i n Spain so I am informed, only the retail price is different.
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    Just had a quick look second page head and barrel 20 euros each.
  4. Ty

    Polish up your French and look on le bon coin.... a French website. If I see one, I ll bring it to Raydon on Boxing day
  5. Norman Blakemore at NJB has just customised some trickshocks to look like period Girlings with a similar colour scheme. He is willing to do more if demand is there with the bodies and springs powdercoated. Contact him directly if interested.
  6. The Saint Feliu trial is now full , over 320 riders in just under two weeks, with 40 Brits making the trip. Good luck and safe trip down.
  7. The entries for the Saint Feliu trial opened yesterday, and the chatter indicates there is huge demand for the 300 places avaliable. Jump about if you want to ride.
  8. Sadly, because modern classic sections need better brakes, better handling, better reliability, certainly if you don't have the know how or time to tinker in the shed several nights a week.
  9. I'm glad your still enjoying France, I am looking for observers for a trial .. spring next year here in Sarlat. I will even provide you with a nice little runner to get you to your zone... Oh and as for prices, asking is one thing, getting is another. I do however agree it seems the prices of the Spanish Marques are on the rise and not just the last Bultaco's.. perhaps people now fancy something other than a Fantic or Honda.
  10. I have been asked by a French chum, who is building a Trifield, if I could find out the gear box ratios, and also the sprocket sizes that people in the UK use. Also once found, who could furnish such items. Appriciate any help as he hope to ride in Scotland next year, after struggling a little on his big Terrot. Merci.
  11. There has been huge demand for the 350 places avaliable, whilst there is space remaining if you are interested in riding, get your entry in sharpish.....
  12. I would never buy a bike with black wheels....
  13. The entries for the Mont Ventoux aka VTC classic are now open... remember three man teams or enter on your own and go into a made up three man team decided by other teams missing a team mate.
  14. As the months fly by, just wanted to draw your attention to, two weekends later in the year that might be of interest to those looking for an outing in France or Spain. The best classic trial in France in my opinion le VTC classic , Mont Ventoux 14 th and 15 th October, entries open in a week or so... The best classic trial in Spain... in my opinion Motocats, Trial Saint Feliu , Near Girona 18 th 19th November . Places will be sort after, and there are limits to riders and followers so if you fancy riding these, start thinking about it now. For the Mont Ventoux trial you need to make up a team of three riders all on the same route. This has been explained before in detail on a previous thread . They are both fantastic weekends so....... Bonne Chance.