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Old 08-10-18, 10:30 PM
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Show us your vintage or early carbon fiber bikes

Here is my early '90s carbon fiber bike with AL lugs and fork. I think they came out earlier but still had AL lugs vs all carbon frame. This particular Specialize has black carbon fiber but one of my friends have the same model but his fibers are almost purple in color. Real pretty. Anyone here knows if this newer or older then mine?

I like the feel of this bike. It rides pretty nice and almost like my newer CF CX bike. Its a little heavier but who cares. Its a nice cruiser...

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Old 08-11-18, 12:21 AM
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Old 08-11-18, 06:35 AM
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I could look at that Peugeot all day long - great looking rides for both of you.
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Old 08-11-18, 07:12 AM
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I'll play.
I like the yellow saddle and yellow wrap on that specialized. Hmm... a pink saddle and pink wrap might be in order.
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I could look at that Peugeot all day long
+1, if I ever "went carbon" it would have to be something like that. Round tubes, horizontal top tube, non-aero brake levers.
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Old 08-11-18, 10:37 AM
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Vitus zx1. Being rebuilt again with brifters. Light and surprisingly comfortable. Funny how new carbon bikes are resembling this old beauty again..:-)
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Originally Posted by dunrobin View Post

Vitus zx1. Being rebuilt again with brifters. Light and surprisingly comfortable. Funny how new carbon bikes are resembling this old beauty again..:-)
Very pretty. What year is she?

I like these old carbon fiber bikes. The aluminum lugs really stand out against the black CF. I'm guessing they glued in? Would I be wrong assuming they all used the same tubing made by one manufacturer?
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A bit worried about buying a Trek 2120 but guess I will take the plunge. A fellow has been holding it for me for a couple of weeks, now. Time to bite the bullet.
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~1991 Basso Laguna - made in the USA by Aegis
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Trek 5200 - 1992, the first year for the OCLV construction (The 5000's before that were made by Aegis as well)


2003 LOOK KG386
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2004 Trek 5200 - last consecutive year for the original OCLV 5200 (but it popped up for one more time in '06)

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Old 08-11-18, 11:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Giacomo 1 View Post
Very pretty. What year is she?

I like these old carbon fiber bikes. The aluminum lugs really stand out against the black CF. I'm guessing they glued in? Would I be wrong assuming they all used the same tubing made by one manufacturer?
She was one of the first carbon monoque frames. The frame itself is carbon with aluminum forks, built probably in 1992. Only 1000 made and supposedly less than a 100 left.. Picked it up from a forum member who wanted the mavic electronic group...not really worth anything but it rides surprisingly nice.
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Here's the first of monoque bikes. Arguably the best triathlete of all time Mark Allen on his kestrel.
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My wife's 1995 Trek 7900. Might have had 100 miles on it when we picked it up off CL:



After much cockpit evolution, with Nitto Noodle and D-A bar-ends:

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Lugged
1991 Specialized Allez Epic - another bike that I've always wanted.
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1994 Specialized Epic - painted all over, I think to seal the lug seams which are a problem over time. BUT, a full pound lighter than the '91!
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1996 TREK 2100 - Internal lugs, feels like an aluminum bike but smoother and without the high frequency buzz
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Old 08-17-18, 07:01 PM
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Aegis is long gone, but the folks that grabbed the site for marketing luckily left this "Aegis Bicycle Story" from the original company.
Interesting explanation of monocoque frame assembly and early history.
The AEGIS Bicycle Story | Aegis Bicycles

So,Aegis is gone, and the Kestrel name owned by BikesDirect. Now, THAT'S history!
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Old 08-21-18, 08:30 PM
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But for a retirement plan...

We might be speaking Aegis and not Kestrel.......
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Aegis is long gone, but the folks that grabbed the site for marketing luckily left this "Aegis Bicycle Story" from the original company.
Interesting explanation of monocoque frame assembly and early history.
The AEGIS Bicycle Story | Aegis Bicycles

So,Aegis is gone, and the Kestrel name owned by BikesDirect. Now, THAT'S history!
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I'll put the cutoff at 20 years.




1987



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1997
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1998



1998



1998

If you like carbon, and unique, 1998 was a very good year.

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Colnago Carbitubo

My "Grail" bike is being slowly assembled when parts are obtained. Presently Colnago Carbitubo with custom Campy Delta brakes; not installed: Campy Record carbon cranks, Campy carbon/Ti front/rear derailleurs, Kalloy (for now) carbon post, 3t Mutant stem (black), Mavic Ksyrium K10 wheel set, Selle Italia Ti Flight saddle (black, perforated), Campy Record headset (silver, prefer black). Still need pedals, BB, brake levers/shifters (have a set of Chorus, but unsure of compatibility), and handlebars; any suggestions would be appreciated. Trying to stay record or Super record for the groupset, thus Chorus items will be temporary if installed. This bike is my dream bike for a newer ride (post 80's, to me). Actually managed to acquire the proper size frame (51.5 c-c ST, 54 c-c TT) for me. Delta brakes and frame are "NOS"; built-up for display, but never ridden; near immaculate condition for a near 30 year old frame. Original fork: steel steerer w/Aluminum fork blades; will try to find a Colnago carbon fork if ride is not what I want. I have a raked steel fork to fit as an option (a bad one!). Sorry, photos are poor due to camera, not me! I'll get better photos once it's got parts on it
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Really nice.
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Did they tend to crack or they were resistant enough?
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Did they tend to crack or they were resistant enough?
Apparently there weren't any problems; Tony Rominger won the '94 Vuelta a Espana (spelling?) on that model frame using it for many races. Fondriest had a big win with it at some time also. I'd love to find a bititan in my size and price range.

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I think the twin down tube frames were collaborations with ALAN and Ferrari. Can't figure out the year because of the finish obscuring the numbers.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post

If you like carbon, and unique, 1998 was a very good year.
Wow, Robbie! after looking back in the thread a little, I see those '98 "alien bikes" as I call them; very nice. I've not followed any of the trends in carbon; I'm too old to be concerned about weight, and I really don't ride aluminum (only my old lugged ALAN frames) so the comfort/ride issue isn't a problem. Nice '97 Trek also. I would look so out of place on those frames; people would probably think I was stealing them if seen riding away on one since I'm a "long-haired leaping gnome". Just bought a "cheap" Planet X frame to build up and see what all the excitement is about; if happy with it I'll stage it up north for those hill climbs. Down here in Florida I can ride a 55 lb 3 speed for 25 miles in a day and not be bothered by a little "hill". Florida's "Mount" Dora rises up to nearly 400 feet above sea level; makes me feel light headed after living at 5 feet of altitude. I am curious as to how those frames of yours compare to a Pinarello "Dogma" of the same vintage (did they even make them 20+ years ago?).
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UPDATE: OK, 1999 was not too bad.



And whatever year this was....
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