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Old 05-28-15, 11:02 AM
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Unknown Very Early Aluminum Mountain Bike

A beautiful day and some time on my hands, so I figured I'd see how it rides.....











If it's possible for a bike to be happy, this one was thrilled to be out on the trails today. It rode really well, and I had more fun on a bike than I have in a long time...pure smiles.





















I still haven't had any luck ID'ing who built it, but I'm still trying if anyone has any ideas.









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Old 05-28-15, 11:10 AM
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I know what that is, it's bad ass!
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Old 05-28-15, 11:16 AM
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None of these look like yours. Awesome bike though.



http://sonic.net/~ckelly/Seekay/mtbwelcome.htm

Any date codes on the components?
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I know what that is, it's bad ass!
That is the first thing I said when I saw it. That is too cool looking ( I really like the looks of that Motorcycle/Dirt Bike front end ) & looks like a blast to ride.

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Old 05-28-15, 03:15 PM
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PM Frankthewelder He was involved in the early aluminum mtb scene. Rear dropouts look very BMX-ish, maybe a BMX manufacturer?
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Old 05-28-15, 04:08 PM
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Very cool bike, even the tires are cool as all hell.
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Old 05-28-15, 06:31 PM
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You dont see those every day. Very interesting bike.
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Old 05-28-15, 06:40 PM
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Everything about this bike oozes bad-ass.
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Old 05-28-15, 07:38 PM
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Thanks guys, glad you're digging it.

The first time I saw it I knew I was a goner and had to have it.

Was a little nervous that it would ride weird and I'd be bummed, but it was a blast...I couldn't be happier with it.

Yes, it definitely has BMX roots, and I've talked to tons of old timers, but no one knows who built it. FTW was stumped too.
Everyone thinks it's a one off custom, but it has the serial number 000037 stamped on the head tube. Components date late 70's/early 80's.

Dropouts are the same as on the super rare Nomura BMX racers, and I confirmed that with the guy who made them for Nomura back in the day.

Would really love to solve the mystery, but until then, I'll just keep enjoying the ride.




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Old 05-28-15, 09:39 PM
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Man, that's cool. Maybe google "26 bmx" for clues.
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Old 05-28-15, 10:48 PM
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I ran into one of these very early mountain bikes last year. I was intrigued by it, I wanted it, but the seller wanted more than I could justify for it. The serial number was in the high 20's. I did a lot of searching for information on it but never came up with anything. Waiting for Frankthewelder to enlighten us...
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Old 05-29-15, 08:53 AM
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I ran into one of these very early mountain bikes last year. I was intrigued by it, I wanted it, but the seller wanted more than I could justify for it. The serial number was in the high 20's. I did a lot of searching for information on it but never came up with anything. Waiting for Frankthewelder to enlighten us...

Campagnerdo,

Frank was stumped too...he suggested Dan Hanebrink, but I contacted him...not his work either.

What can you tell me about the one you saw? Where? Details? Did you take pics? Get the seller's contact info? How much was he asking, (I paid way more than I usually spend for this one)?

Anything you can remember would be a big help.



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Old 05-30-15, 08:04 PM
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The one I saw was on the Orange County, CA craiglist. I then saw it in person a week or two later at the Long Beach, CA motorcycle swap meet, which has an aisle with a number of BMX bike enthusiasts. It definitely had a late 70's/early 80's BMX influence. I did speak to the seller about it, he had no idea what it was either. I inspected it heavily for identifying marks, but only found the serial number. The seller was asking $650.00. I have no pics.
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Old 05-30-15, 11:22 PM
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Such a cool bike! I looked through all the 75-83 26" bikes on bmxmuseum.com but didn't see anything. They do have a forum for ID'ing bikes. Not super high traffic but youmight get some bites. Name It! - BMXmuseum.com Forums

Also, Gary who runs this that site does reply to his email and may have an idea: bmxmuseum@gmail.com
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Old 05-30-15, 11:53 PM
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Been following the discovery process with interest. Awesome bike.
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