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Old 04-11-16, 04:28 AM
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Originally Posted by BigSung View Post
Yeah they have been listed, but no bites yet. I am not in a hurry, so we will see. I really wanted to keep the 90 DB Apex for second drop bar conversion, that low rider mount for fork is very nice, but I ended up going with 87 Schwinn Cimarron and a 91 Specialized RockHopper Sport. I will probably regret selling it, but I need to clear out some stock.
if I had more room I probably would have hit you up already about the '94.. those TT Lite frames are nice!
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Old 04-11-16, 04:06 PM
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An oldie for the ladies, (with some cool BMX Parts):





















No luck finding out what year it is...any one have some old Ross catalogs?



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Old 04-11-16, 06:23 PM
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I have a blue ladies Peugeot Urban Express in the works. Probably getting a 7 speed internal hub before it's said and done. Have to get it done before we go to the river this year. I will take my UE as well of course. Thankfully they're not the same color.,,,,BD
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Old 04-11-16, 06:25 PM
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I'd say 83 at the latest for the silver ross. That is a major cool one. Love to have the mens version in a 22-23 inch.,,,,BD
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Originally Posted by frantik View Post
if I had more room I probably would have hit you up already about the '94.. those TT Lite frames are nice!
Yeah that '94 DiamondBack Apex's TT-Lite frame is very nice. If it was one size smaller than I would not let go of it. It would have been a total keeper.
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Old 04-15-16, 09:28 PM
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Old 04-18-16, 09:40 AM
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Couldn't determine bike's identity. Was, able to make it lightning fast though.
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Old 04-18-16, 09:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Single speed View Post

Couldn't determine bike's identity. Was, able to make it lightning fast though.
No idea. Looks like a pretty generic frame, TIG-welded made in the past 10 years. Could be any number of brands. No front brake is sort of weird (bike polo build?). Disc brakes mean it isn't very "vintage" so people here may not be of much use.
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Old 04-18-16, 10:24 AM
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Originally Posted by jmeb View Post
No idea. Looks like a pretty generic frame, TIG-welded made in the past 10 years. Could be any number of brands. No front brake is sort of weird (bike polo build?). Disc brakes mean it isn't very "vintage" so people here may not be of much use.

Disc brakes was easier for me to Mickey Mouse rather than inferior v, cantis. No front brakes is weird, not to mention dangerous, especially extreme high-speed drifting, insane 180s, 360s skids, one lightning fast generic.
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Old 04-18-16, 10:43 AM
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Originally Posted by jmeb View Post
No idea. Looks like a pretty generic frame, TIG-welded made in the past 10 years. Could be any number of brands. No front brake is sort of weird (bike polo build?). Disc brakes mean it isn't very "vintage" so people here may not be of much use.
yeah not vintage. Gearing to too high for polo and more polo players would put the brake on the front these days.
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I hardly think of V and cantis as inferior. I have no love for all or nothing brakes like V brakes, but inferior they are not. Disc is okay, hydraulic disc is fine until you spring a leak, or drive to a higher altitude on vacation, and get bubbles in the fluid. That leaves cantilevers, then when adjusted correctly and have decent shoes and rim surfaces, can be as powerful as V's but with infinitely better control of power. I will take canti's over V's or discs anytime.,,,,BD

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Old 04-18-16, 12:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Single speed View Post

Disc brakes was easier for me to Mickey Mouse rather than inferior v, cantis. No front brakes is weird, not to mention dangerous, especially extreme high-speed drifting, insane 180s, 360s skids, one lightning fast generic.
Pretty lowend frame construction techniques shown on those chainstays.

Big plate brake bridge usually on cheepos, too.

Probably designed for super long reach BMX caliper brakes originally.

Does it have an American (Ashtabula) BB shell, with an adapter in to run the Euro BB?
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Old 04-18-16, 12:04 PM
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Originally Posted by jmeb View Post
No idea. Looks like a pretty generic frame, TIG-welded made in the past 10 years. Could be any number of brands. No front brake is sort of weird (bike polo build?). Disc brakes mean it isn't very "vintage" so people here may not be of much use.
It wasn't designed for disc brakes, it has an aftermarket mount.

Original brakes were probably very long reach calipers, like these:

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Old 04-18-16, 12:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Bikedued View Post
I hardly think of V and cantis as inferior. I have no love for all or nothing brakes like V brakes, but inferior they are not. Disc is okay, hydraulic disc is fine until you spring a leak, or drive to a higher altitude on vacation, and get bubbles in the fluid. That leaves cantilevers, then when adjusted correctly and have decent shoes and rim surfaces, can be as powerful as V's but with infinitely better control of power. I will take canti's over V's or discs anytime.,,,,BD
You'd have to go pretty high, I've never heard of that happening. Hydraulic is so superior to mechanical it isn't even funny. And massively superior to V or Canti on a mountain bike, maybe not for your purposes, that's fine, but please spare us the old retro grouch misinformation.
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Old 04-18-16, 01:25 PM
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
It wasn't designed for disc brakes, it has an aftermarket mount.

Original brakes were probably very long reach calipers, like these:

Brakes if not identical, damm close. Aftermarket mount, definitely not. I made that myself. I've made others as well.
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Brakes if not identical, damm close. Aftermarket mount, definitely not. I made that myself. I've made others as well.
Oh yeah, I figured as much. I count DIY as a subset of aftermarket.

With those dropouts, you should be able to run without a tensioner, might have to adjust brake spacers a bit also, however.

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Old 04-18-16, 02:43 PM
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If they're that superior, why do many have to be bled right out of the box on $2500 and up mountain bikes? They went right to the grips on a whole bunch of high end bikes I assembled. If they didn't go right to the grips, they went 3/4 of the way. 30-40% were perfect and required no bleeding. I spent a lot of time trying to make 0-6 month old hydraulic discs work properly again. I am just glad I don't have to do that anymore. Every manufacturer had their own specific bleeding technique, and their own bleed kits that sometimes worked correctly. It got annoying after a while. If you want to do all that maintenance, go right ahead.,,,,BD

We're in a thread called show us your vintage mountain bikes, and I'm the retrogrouch for preferring canti's? Oh well. I can live with that.
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I think I ID'd the frame though. Seat stay attachment, brake bridge and even rear drops look identical.,,,,BD

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Old 04-18-16, 03:30 PM
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hydraulics work better but are more of a pain in the &%*. Just like drum vs disc brakes in cars and motos. to each their own to what they like to work with. nice set up-- way better than the "aftermarket" bracket I put on my cheapo velo build.
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Best brakes I ever had on a vehicle was on a 64 Chevy long bed stepside. No pull, no wheel locking, no morning sickness grabby syndrome on the rear axle.Of course I drove the truck like was meant to be driven. Four wheel manual drums. Hopefully I have the same luck on my 50 Ford pickup,,,,BD
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4 drum brakes on my 71 datsun- work great if you are on a country road etc, but drive in the city- with hills- when its wet.. and every time you give enough room in front of you to be able to stop, someone swerves in and takes the space you left.. then comes to a stop. *@^*(&^ I cannot STOP that fast.

and if I hit them, its my fault. not fun. anyway getting off topic.
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well, as I posted a while back I purchased a rock hopper with the "future shock ES" front fork- and it was blown. I thought, no big deal- they have to be repairable. and.. I was right - thanks to some advice I found in the Mechanics section of the forum I replaced the old and worn nipple valves with standard valves from the local auto parts store- 83cents a piece and works with my normal air pump.

just drilled out the holes and the replacement car tire valves already had a bulb style seal/gasket at the bottom that fit perfect and snug. bobs your uncle.

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Picked up this Coyote DH2... Any info on the maker?

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Rocky Mountain Whistler xs speed. Tange double butted cro-moly frame. Made in Canada.
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Picked her up today. 1991 model. Super light for her age and great ride.


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