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fleslider 10-31-15 10:45 PM

Show Us Your Vintage Diamond Backs!
 
You know that younger brother to the Centurions . the other brand from WSI. Lets see how Diamond Backs were.
I will go first.

heres my Chrome 1986 Ascent, Just got done with it today!

https://vivalaslider.files.wordpress...0638.jpg?w=800

https://vivalaslider.files.wordpress...0660.jpg?w=485

https://vivalaslider.files.wordpress...0639.jpg?w=800

https://vivalaslider.files.wordpress...0640.jpg?w=800

https://vivalaslider.files.wordpress...0641.jpg?w=800

https://vivalaslider.files.wordpress...0645.jpg?w=800

https://vivalaslider.files.wordpress...0643.jpg?w=485

https://vivalaslider.files.wordpress...0651.jpg?w=800

https://vivalaslider.files.wordpress...0644.jpg?w=800

Post em if you got em!

jbchybridrider 11-01-15 12:53 AM

^^ No where near a nice or vintage as yours.

Haven't decided what to do with yet. Carbon main tubes bonded to alloy lugs., very light.

http://i.imgur.com/649CS0f.png

Lazyass 11-01-15 04:28 AM

The old girl gets ridden hard.

North Carolina

http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i2...pscf2b3669.jpg

Texas

http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i2...ps651a3c13.jpg

South Carolina

http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i2...ps9a0f79fb.jpg

Very sweet ride

http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i2...psyfo7ldyq.jpg

RobbieTunes 11-01-15 05:56 AM

Great stuff.
I expect frantik to show up soon; he has some beauties.

miamijim 11-01-15 06:19 AM

1983 Ridge Runner

http://i495.photobucket.com/albums/r...pstiemy777.jpg

Murray Missile 11-01-15 09:54 AM

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This one blurs the line between Centurion and Diamond Back, it's a 1990 Diamond Back Centurion Interval. Haven't put it together yet but I have all the parts, it's getting a 105 group with STI, the wheels have Ultegra hubs. The paint is much better than it looks in the pictures.

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...psotp79zxt.jpghttp://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...pshcqrovje.jpg
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=485598http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=485599http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=485601http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=485600http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=485602http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=485603http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=485604

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=485607http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=485608http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=485611http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=485610http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=485612

Pompiere 11-01-15 09:58 AM

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1986? Diamond Back Lakeside. I wanted to make it into a drop bar touring bike, but it is too small. It does work well as a hybrid to hop on for a quick trip. I had to replace the crappy Shimano plastic cantilevers, but the rest is pretty much original.

Santuri32 11-01-15 10:17 AM

Miamijim:

Nicest color combination for that 1st DM mountain bike 83 Ridge Runner

Santuri32 11-01-15 10:39 AM

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Here are a few I have owned through the years...can't get enough DBs

Early 1984 Trail Streak September 1983 built

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=485623

1986 Apex in my favorite color
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=485624

Late 86 or early 87 Apex in a nice color as well
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=485625

Early 1986 Arrival January 1986 built
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=485626

and a 1990 Apex
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=485627

holden west 11-01-15 11:33 AM


Originally Posted by Murray Missile (Post 18286028)
This one blurs the line between Centurion and Diamond Back, it's a 1990 Diamond Back Centurion Interval. Haven't put it together yet but I have all the parts, it's getting a 105 group with STI, the wheels have Ultegra hubs. The paint is much better than it looks in the pictures.

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...psotp79zxt.jpg

I'm always fascinated by that transition year. The end of one era and the beginning of a new era that continues to this day. I would like to think today's DB red and white colour scheme pays homage to the classic 80s Ironmans.

I'm looking forward to seeing your finished project.

http://www.bikemastertool.com/media/...ed-Profile.jpg
Diamondback Bicycles - Road

Murray Missile 11-01-15 03:32 PM


Originally Posted by holden west (Post 18286205)
I'm looking forward to seeing your finished project.

Me too and I'm really looking forward to riding it as well. ;)

simmonsgc 11-01-15 03:43 PM


Originally Posted by miamijim (Post 18285706)
1983 Ridge Runner

Nice!! My LBS owner, a great guy who has given tons back to our community (cycling and otherwise) has one of these, and I've been trying to trade for a Superb Tech RD for a long time to help him get it back on the road. If any of you Diamondback guys have one, I have lots to trade. Cool "housingless" cable routing to the RD on those, and I really dig the back/silver livery! Thanks for posting your Ridge Runner.

aluminummonster 11-01-15 04:31 PM

'92 Diamondback Master TG
 
Here's my '92 Master TG. Bought it as a frameset, and built it up with some parts I had on hand: Sport LX Shifters, Brake Levers, Crankset, Hubs, and Front Derailleur; Modolo Speedy Calipers and a 105 rear derailleur handling a 13-28 7 speed Uniglide cassette. The frame is tig-welded True Temper RC-2. It's a nice, stiff ride, but I'll probably let it go pretty soon for something with a bit more relaxed geometry, room for bigger tires and eyelets for fenders.

http://i428.photobucket.com/albums/q...psdinqi33c.jpg

fleslider 11-01-15 07:47 PM


Originally Posted by Santuri32 (Post 18286111)
Here are a few I have owned through the years...can't get enough DBs

Early 1984 Trail Streak September 1983 built

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=485623

1986 Apex in my favorite color
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=485624

Late 86 or early 87 Apex in a nice color as well
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=485625

Early 1986 Arrival January 1986 built
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=485626

and a 1990 Apex
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=485627

Theres some nice DB's There. I always really liked those 87 models like your Orange Apex.

My first MTB was a 1987 Ascent It was red , although the Red wasn't in the 87 catalogues. It was a great bike til it got stolen.

DMC707 11-01-15 10:22 PM

---- Sorry --- Diamond Back died for me in 1991 ---- but interestingly enough, most of these bikes lived on for a bit with different DB badging.
Such a legendary BMX marque was reduced to selling primarilly mid to low end mountain bikes in pretty short order and they still haven't recovered --- neither has Mongoose, but GT is still plugging away (in the higher end market that is )

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps2239f5c6.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/b...psxfajeowg.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/b...psofuvrky4.jpg

fleslider 11-01-15 11:01 PM

Nice Centurions. But although the Diamond Backs did take a fall in the 1990's they do offer some nice machines. Are they at the top of the game.. no. but alot of us can appreciate the brand that once was .

Make sure that you post those Centurions in the numerous Centurion threads here if you havent already.

fleslider 11-01-15 11:04 PM

Heres a pic of my in Process 1989 Apex with the Lilac Smoke Iridescent paint.

https://vivalaslider.files.wordpress...8-25.jpg?w=800


https://vivalaslider.files.wordpress...8-55.jpg?w=800

Darth Lefty 11-02-15 12:34 AM

So if it's a BMX brand, show us the BMX bikes! I see them on CL and I really can't tell the Walmart models apart from the classics, I don't have the knowledge.

Santuri32 11-02-15 09:20 AM


Originally Posted by fleslider (Post 18287165)
Theres some nice DB's There. I always really liked those 87 models like your Orange Apex.

My first MTB was a 1987 Ascent It was red , although the Red wasn't in the 87 catalogues. It was a great bike til it got stolen.

Do you have an 87 catalog?, I have the specs sheet only but in 1986 ascent was offered in Porsche Red, Bright Turquoise, and as your beautiful chrome one.

The 87 in Tangerine is nice, specially with the black Weinmann concave rims

CACycling 11-02-15 03:47 PM

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We've had a few. Don't have pics of the 4 or 5 DB BMX bikes we had when the boys were younger but here are a few of the MTBs. Years range from '86 to '97.
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=485865http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=485866http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=485867http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=485868http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=485869http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=485870http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=485871http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=485872http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=485873

DMC707 11-02-15 04:23 PM

What say you guys and gals now that my interest is moderately piqued? -- Is this 'ol gal worth a C-note? - I dont need any more, but this looks like a fun runabout to chase the wife around on bike paths and other laid back afternoon jaunts








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DMC707 11-02-15 04:36 PM


Originally Posted by Darth Lefty (Post 18287543)
So if it's a BMX brand, show us the BMX bikes! I see them on CL and I really can't tell the Walmart models apart from the classics, I don't have the knowledge.

Not mine --- grabbed from Photobucket -- some pretty nice old DB BMX's

http://i788.photobucket.com/albums/y...n/PC070686.jpg

http://i510.photobucket.com/albums/s.../Quarry006.jpg

http://i764.photobucket.com/albums/x...ps9932fd63.jpg

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Lascauxcaveman 11-02-15 05:49 PM

Another transition-year Centurion DiamondBack. Expert TG. Sold this one (sans wheel set) to a fellow forumite, but I haven't seen him post his build on yet.
http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/d...caveman/TG.jpghttp://www.zoominto.com/zoomapi/ZoomButt.gif

@jjames1452, have you done anything with this bike, or is it "still in the queue?" or sold?

Shp4man 11-02-15 05:51 PM

I had to get in on this thread. :) It's a '94 Response Elite.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-U...2/SAM_0010.JPG

RobbieTunes 11-02-15 06:06 PM

Killer bikes.

On a whim, I bought a '92 (I think) DB Expert TG from a bike shop for $239; he was ridding himself of used bikes.
I have no idea what the tubing was, just said ChroMo on it, and 23" for the size. Nice lugged frame in champagne.
What I quickly realized was that it had a 3x7 Shimano RSX group on it, with STI shifters, a compact 48/38/26 setup.
The hubs were either Exage or non-Shimano, but that bike would have served me well on some hilly group rides.
I moved the group to my brother-in-law's Lemans RS, and when the shifters finally gave up, I sent them for rebuild.
The frame ended up as a bike messenger's ride in Quebec, and it lasted an entire year, which is unusual up there.


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