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1984 Novara Outback II??
Anyone know anything about these? I cannot find anything. It looks like pretty good knock-off of the first generation Stumpjumpers...ugly blue, TIG-welded (I have seen both lugged and TIG'ed early SJ's), biplane fork crown. The main difference is the seat-stay rack mounts are different, and I think there are some differences in the rear dropouts as well.
The derailuers and brake levers are not original. The shifters and Dia Comp canti's are (the later with a May 1983 date code...so I am assuming a 1984 model for the bike). The wheels are Specialized hubs laced to Sutrae 28 rims...which did not seem to show up on SJ's until '85 or so, so I am going to assume they are not oringinal either unless someone can convince me otherwise...though the front tire is certainly period, and toast. The seatpost dia is 26.0mm, and seems to be stuck fairly well (it is a Strong and might not be original either).
Any info on this bike would be appriciated. I have not decided whether to try to restore it, flip it, or use it as a tourer/towne bike. It will probably depend on what if any responses I get here.
"Where you come from is gone;
where you are headed weren't never there;
and where you are ain't no good unless you can get away from it."
Last edited by balindamood; 02-14-10 at 02:16 PM.