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Claud Butler Oracle MTB

Old 03-16-10, 12:51 PM
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Claud Butler Oracle MTB

I have an opportunity to purchase this Bike. The only thing holding me back is the 45 minute drive to pick it up. I can find zero info on this model. I can see that it has a Reynolds sticker, but I can't tell which tubing was used. I'm guessing that its early 90s. Does anyone have any info on it?




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Old 03-16-10, 04:35 PM
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Hurry out and get that bike. It's worth your time, if it fits.
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Its $10. It should be gone by now.
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Are those XT thumbshifters? I'd say early 90s is probably right. Did you manage to get this? It looks nice.

I know it's probably too late, but I was trying to remember about these bikes. I want to say it's a 501 frame and will have LX parts on it. Well worth $10.

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Old 03-17-10, 02:02 PM
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I did get it. I'm not sure about the shifters, but I will see what they are. The tubing is just labeled as Reynolds CrMo. The shifters were kinda gummed up and would shift into a couple gears, but a little WD-40 cured that. It needs a new chain and possibly a new cartridge BB. The seller told me it need new tubes, but I aired them up last night and they are still holding air. It needs to be cleaned up and some minor adjustments, but it's not bad. I figured that I could use it for parts if nothing else. It has good tires and aluminum wheels with quick release hubs

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I hope you realize what excellent deals you got.
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+1 Really good deals.

Although I avoid MTBs for flips, at the right price, I still buy them. If you are looking to flip them, you just have to be really careful about spending on parts (if you want to make any money). I find LBS branded MTBs at garage sales and similar at attractive prices. And donors help a lot. I have a thrift store Schwinn MTB ($11 find). Nothing special, but it has already provided a set of tires, shifters, brake calipers, and pedals to other MTB rebuilds. I have several MTB donors right now.

As keepers, you can get a lot of value for the dollar with MTBs. They make great neighborhood/recreational bikes at very little cost.
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I believe that Carrera is widely sold in UK and Europe? And, I've never seen a Claud Butler mtb in the States. Any chance that the seller brought them over from UK? Very unusual, and a very good deal for you. I'd ride that Butler with pride.

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I believe that Carrera is widely sold in UK and Europe? And, I've never seen a Claud Butler mtb in the States. Any chance that the seller brought them over from UK? Very unusual, and a very good deal for you. I'd ride that Butler with pride.

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I actually do think that they were brought over from the UK. The guy that I bought them from had an accent, but I couldn't quite make it out from the few words that he spoke. Also, the brakes were setup the UK way (front brake attached to right lever).

I prefer road bikes, but somehow I'm now up to 7 MTBs. At least a couple of them are going to ridden today, at the Huntsville State Park. Me on one and my buddy on another.

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