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1991 Diamondback Axis 18"

Old 06-22-22, 11:14 AM
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1991 Diamondback Axis 18"

I have just aquired this 91 DB Axis from it's original owner. The bike is full original and shows nothing more than a few years of college commuter use. The paint is immaculate and not a chip that I could find. Full XT M730 grouping on it which is why I bought it. I will put this group set on my 90 Klein Rascal and am thinking of selling the frame seat seat post bars and stem all together or keeping the bike putting a threadless stem adaptor on it adding a Sunday BMX stem maybe some Surley Sunrise bars and a 1x drive train. Thoughts?






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Old 06-22-22, 09:19 PM
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Old 07-21-22, 09:38 PM
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Well it’s official I really like this bike. Very forgiving frame absorbs the road bumps really nicely. It may need a
BMX bar conversion however, my days of long reach bikes are behind me.

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Nice DB! Weird I have the same “horsehair” splatter paint on my 91 Costco mtb, now SS city bike. Maybe painted at the same factory?




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Old 07-22-22, 09:08 AM
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Personally I’d love to see that bike with surly sunrise bars, also support the 1x conversion.
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Old 07-22-22, 09:13 AM
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Ya that Skykomish looks real good. Sunrise bars would be the cherry on top for sure. Need my gears though 1x7 would be the ticket.
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Where we are at right now. Going for a Harry Leary look. Think it’s gonna be special

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Nice DB! Weird I have the same “horsehair” splatter paint on my 91 Costco mtb, now SS city bike. Maybe painted at the same factory?
It could be but that paint scheme was fairly popular around this period and can be found on a number of different brands manufactured by several different companies. However, most manufacturers had in-house painting facilities and the serial number will tell us if your bicycle was manufactured by one of the sources that produced Diamond Back.
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Originally Posted by Wilbur76 View Post
Nice DB! Weird I have the same “horsehair” splatter paint on my 91 Costco mtb, now SS city bike. Maybe painted at the same factory?
It could be but that paint scheme was fairly popular around this period and can be found on a number of different brands manufactured by several different companies. However, most manufacturers had in-house painting facilities and the serial number will tell us if your bicycle was manufactured by one of the sources that produced Diamond Back.
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Nice DB! Weird I have the same “horsehair” splatter paint on my 91 Costco mtb, now SS city bike. Maybe painted at the same factory?

If you don’t mind I’m going to “borrow” this. If I can remember how to switch it, it might look cool in B&W.
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I have just aquired this 91 DB Axis from it's original owner. The bike is full original and shows nothing more than a few years of college commuter use. The paint is immaculate and not a chip that I could find. Full XT M730 grouping on it which is why I bought it. I will put this group set on my 90 Klein Rascal and am thinking of selling the frame seat seat post bars and stem all together or keeping the bike putting a threadless stem adaptor on it adding a Sunday BMX stem maybe some Surley Sunrise bars and a 1x drive train. Thoughts?
Great looking bike! Seems a shame to break it up.
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
If you don’t mind I’m going to “borrow” this. If I can remember how to switch it, it might look cool in B&W.
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fabulous. Now can you swap the bike for one of mine? LoL.
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Little DX add on. Don’t have a rear set though.☹️ Anyone know if Cook Bros brake levers or any other BMX caliper type levers would work with cantis?
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I'm a sicker for old Diamondbacks. Seems a shame to part it out. Consider a sale?
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One of these just popped up for sale in my area and I wondered how it could have wound up as just a frame.. 🫠
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Sick paint!
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Found this on eBay and thought it was interesting. Looks like the DiamondBack fork in the Costco bike colours.

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Old 10-26-22, 06:54 PM
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Got about six months of tinkering before I settle on what path I’m taking with this bike. In one sense it’s so nice as original, would mean I strip my Klein of it’s XT package and put these wheels on it with other XT components. Then I still don’t have a neighborhood cruiser First world issues no doubt. I do like the feel of the current configuration but not sure this is the bike to do it too…and yes I swapped the Surly Sunrise rise bars from my Kona. Definitely more subtle not sure which I prefer honestly.
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sweet find, i would buy the db axis if you didn't sell it already
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Current status of street cruiser build
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Hanger done happy with the end result
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Out in the wild winter camo look😎
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If you don’t mind I’m going to “borrow” this. If I can remember how to switch it, it might look cool in B&W.



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