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Old 10-18-12, 01:43 PM
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Originally Posted by frantik View Post
wow, i said i wanted to know more info, and you delivered! pretty cool..
I thought so... a postal worker in Calgary was the original owner and the bike would have been built just before suspension equipped bikes started to hit the market and around the same time my Moulden was built. Moulden and Arvon took different directions when it came to building and Arvon said Moulden and Proctor used to call him "OK" Arvon which stood for overkill.

With that being said... just about every Arvon bicycle that was ever built is still out there serving it's owners while many a Moulden and Proctor have not as they had a higher failure rate when they were subjected to what was often competitive use.

The stem design is such that it sets from the bottom and eliminates the top bolt, they are quite stiff and were quite popular among mountain bikers here as there was nothing to shred you when you went OTB and they have excellent damping... we still use these on touring bikes and tandems and they were one of the first things I started working on as an apprentice.

The mtb uses straight tubes and may pre-date the use of our custom drawn oval tubes and although I am not totally sure.

This is a newer Arvon touring bike, it used oval tubes in the top and down tube and the joints look slightly different because of this and is also due to a more refined brazing process with internal and external work done but the top tube still flows back and into the seat stays.

We were talking about bike weight the other day... this extended wheelbase touring bike weighs 32 pounds and will support a rider and load of 500 pounds and bet the original owner of the Arvon mtb was a monster.

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SixtyFiver--can you explain a little more about how those stems anchor.

Golly gosh, the bike and the stem both are things of amazing beauty.
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Old 10-18-12, 03:10 PM
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Man I knew it was something I had never seen before. It belongs at First Flight if you ask me?,,,,BD
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Originally Posted by Roll-Monroe-Co View Post
SixtyFiver--can you explain a little more about how those stems anchor.

Golly gosh, the bike and the stem both are things of amazing beauty.
The stem has a conventional wedge but instead of a top bolt pulling the wedge up and locking the stem in place, it has a shorter hex head bolt that threads into a threaded steel insert that is brazed inside the stem and above the wedge. It gets secured with an extended socket driver.

This is a newly built Arvon stem in a steerer... forgive the shoddy picture.



I had some nekkid pics of a stem but cannot seem to find them.

Will have to snap a few when I am out at the shop.
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Old 10-18-12, 03:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Bikedued View Post
Man I knew it was something I had never seen before. It belongs at First Flight if you ask me?,,,,BD
Or Velo Cult in Portland.

Like I said... Arvon mountain bikes are a very rare machines.
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Old 10-18-12, 03:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Roll-Monroe-Co View Post
SixtyFiver--can you explain a little more about how those stems anchor.

Golly gosh, the bike and the stem both are things of amazing beauty.
I love them... having test ridden them on quite a number of bikes and after using one on my own bike can attest to their performance and I also get to ogle, play with, and run my hands over those smooth filets all the time at the shop.

I was thinking of building one for my custom 20 touring bike... the height requirement almost warrants a custom stem and it would be nicer than the vintage stem I have. That, and I could have it finished to match the bike if I wanted to.
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Old 10-18-12, 04:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
I sent Arvon a picture of the bike because the more I looked at it the more I thought that this could very well be one of the very few Arvon built mountain bikes in existence... we have one example at our shop that was never sold and the work is very similar. The size of the frame, stem, Campy headset (Arvon's favourite), and the style of brazing is what I see here all the time (we like the tubes just flow together) and the fork would also be custom built with what looks like double crowned Reynolds fork.

Fast forward... Arvon e-mails me back and says yes, this is one of his.

That is probably an Arvon stem on an Arvon built frame that he originally built for someone in Calgary Alberta many years ago... he said it has been repainted from it's original.

There are only a handful of Arvon built mountain bikes out there and when I say a handful, I am being literal and this makes it a fairly rare bike so you if you contact the buyer you can tell his what he has.

It's a Ritchey style bi-plane fork. It's an interesting bike. Guy who sold it to me said it was a storage damaged claim. Looked like the rear end sat in salt water for a bit.
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Old 10-18-12, 04:55 PM
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I haven't posted this one here yet...



The granddaddy of everything FSR... IMHO the best ride quality of the entire lot.
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
The stem has a conventional wedge but instead of a top bolt pulling the wedge up and locking the stem in place, it has a shorter hex head bolt that threads into a threaded steel insert that is brazed inside the stem and above the wedge. It gets secured with an extended socket driver.

This is a newly built Arvon stem in a steerer... forgive the shoddy picture.



I had some nekkid pics of a stem but cannot seem to find them.

Will have to snap a few when I am out at the shop.
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Old 10-20-12, 02:27 PM
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A fleamarket find, 93 Kilauea. They knew it was a nice bike so I paid a decent price for it. Very good condition.


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Old 10-20-12, 08:21 PM
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Here is a 1982 Diamond Back Ridge Runner. Internet research says this is the second production Mtn Bike after the StumpJumper and it was DB's top of the line. the Frame looks it and has very nice details and quality. I just finished a complete tear down and overhaul. all parts are original and functional. there was a lot of chipping in the paint, especially on the chainstays. When I saw the nice crome I just stripped back the paint on them and the forks a bit too to match. I like the chrome sock look too. all paint chips were touched up. shifters and deraillers were cleanes and polished. the Superbe Tech RD was partially dissembled for a good cleaning and it works great despite its bad reputaion. I took the bike out this morning on a nice 6 mile single track near my home. and it rides very nice. My one disapointment in the spokes. the wheels are very straight and clean, the hubs run smooth but the spokes are RUSTY. If this were my bike I would just swap to some newer wheels with QR's. How hard would it be to change the spokes? I've never built a wheel before. could I just get new SS spokes and swap them out one at a time? I would love to put some skinny slicks and a drop bar on this and make it a tour rig. it has all the rack brazeons. one other interesting note, the cranks are 180. I felt like I was turning some pretty big circles.

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Old 10-20-12, 08:28 PM
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Old 10-20-12, 08:50 PM
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This is the Trek 7000 from 1990 that I'm turning into a commuter.

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Old 10-21-12, 01:10 AM
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Originally Posted by pcdmiele View Post
Here is a 1982 Diamond Back Ridge Runner. Internet research says this is the second production Mtn Bike after the StumpJumper and it was DB's top of the line. the Frame looks it and has very nice details and quality. I just finished a complete tear down and overhaul. all parts are original and functional. there was a lot of chipping in the paint, especially on the chainstays. When I saw the nice crome I just stripped back the paint on them and the forks a bit too to match. I like the chrome sock look too. all paint chips were touched up. shifters and deraillers were cleanes and polished. the Superbe Tech RD was partially dissembled for a good cleaning and it works great despite its bad reputaion. I took the bike out this morning on a nice 6 mile single track near my home. and it rides very nice. My one disapointment in the spokes. the wheels are very straight and clean, the hubs run smooth but the spokes are RUSTY. If this were my bike I would just swap to some newer wheels with QR's. How hard would it be to change the spokes? I've never built a wheel before. could I just get new SS spokes and swap them out one at a time? I would love to put some skinny slicks and a drop bar on this and make it a tour rig. it has all the rack brazeons. one other interesting note, the cranks are 180. I felt like I was turning some pretty big circles.

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sweet diamondback!! That RD cable set up is... interesting.
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Old 10-21-12, 03:20 AM
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As long as it was kept clean, the Superbe Tech worked fairly well. Once it got gummed up or took a hit or two then it suffered badly.

If you can get the nipples to turn, and then are able to de-tension the wheel slowly and evenly a bit at a time, then replacing the spokes
is an option. Liberally spray PB Blaster or some other knock-'er-loose on the nipples... both hub & rim sides.

Friend of mine had one of those brand new back in the day; he and I went to Fat Tire Bike Week in '85, riding up to the top of Pearl Pass and back
down. Wow... what a place to ride!

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Originally Posted by pcdmiele View Post
Here is a 1982 Diamond Back Ridge Runner. Internet research says this is the second production Mtn Bike after the StumpJumper and it was DB's top of the line. the Frame looks it and has very nice details and quality. I just finished a complete tear down and overhaul. all parts are original and functional. there was a lot of chipping in the paint, especially on the chainstays. When I saw the nice crome I just stripped back the paint on them and the forks a bit too to match. I like the chrome sock look too. all paint chips were touched up. shifters and deraillers were cleanes and polished. the Superbe Tech RD was partially dissembled for a good cleaning and it works great despite its bad reputaion. I took the bike out this morning on a nice 6 mile single track near my home. and it rides very nice. My one disapointment in the spokes. the wheels are very straight and clean, the hubs run smooth but the spokes are RUSTY. If this were my bike I would just swap to some newer wheels with QR's. How hard would it be to change the spokes? I've never built a wheel before. could I just get new SS spokes and swap them out one at a time? I would love to put some skinny slicks and a drop bar on this and make it a tour rig. it has all the rack brazeons. one other interesting note, the cranks are 180. I felt like I was turning some pretty big circles.

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Beautiful bike, makes me want to replace the one I hit a car with couple of years ago. Let me know if you want to sell it. I would PM, but I don't have 50 posts yet.

Thanks!
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And from top of the line Diamond Back to one much lower in the line-up, my wife's '90 Topanga. I dug it out of storage to use as my winter bike this winter.
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I finally finished my Diamond Back Topanga LE & just got around to getting a few pics of it, so far I really like it & the way it handles, it fits me perfect.

This is what it looked like when I bought it home,


This is what it looks like now,








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That's some crazy rubber!
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Originally Posted by scotjonscot View Post
And from top of the line Diamond Back to one much lower in the line-up, my wife's '90 Topanga.
the Ridge Runner was DB's "top of the line" MTB in 1982/83, but it was also the *only* MTB offered that year. The topanga is probably lighter
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glennfordx4,

Like that QR binder?


I have the same one on the Moots; been on there since the frame was new! And, it really works!
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glennfordx4,

Like that QR binder?


I have the same one on the Moots; been on there since the frame was new! And, it really works!

I've got one also! The "cool tool". One of my favorite bits.
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The granddaddy of everything FSR... IMHO the best ride quality of the entire lot.
I picked one of these up this week and took it out on my first ride today. You are right, even with some major play in the rear pivot, what an awesome ride! Who would've thought a 20 year old steel full suspension bike would ride so nice. Most of them I've ridden from this period are like trying to tame a pogo stick. Now where could I find a bushing kit for a 20 yr old bike?
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