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Old 03-03-10, 09:41 PM
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Originally Posted by raverson View Post
I like it!

I wonder how the ride quality of your Sidewinder compares to my 1982 Ross Diamond Cruiser?

I just finished her and the first test ride felt good, steering was at least somewhat responsive and the bike didn't ride as tank like as I had thought it would.
I swear I saw one of those today? Was some dark color with gold highlights. I have an 82 mount hood, and those aren't near as anodized.,,,,BD
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Old 03-03-10, 11:27 PM
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Originally Posted by ZippyThePinhead View Post
I really like what you did with that Ross.
Thanks Zippy. I have to admit to rattle can paint involvement.

Originally Posted by luker View Post
That was my very first attempt at a mountain bike. I literally broke every part of that bike except the wheels. I ended up learning to braze and putting cantilevers on it, along with suntour AG derailleurs, flat bars, a longer stem, SR Apex triple cranks...eventually the frame died, but the schwinn cimmaron that replaced it really never handled or climbed as well. This is the first Ross Cruiser that I've seen since!
This one will stay on the pavement. Too bad you don't have a picture of your old Ross, RIP.

Originally Posted by Bikedued View Post
I swear I saw one of those today? Was some dark color with gold highlights. I have an 82 mount hood, and those aren't near as anodized.,,,,BD
Either a flashback or my cross post to the before and after thread?
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Old 03-04-10, 03:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Smokinapankake View Post
Those roller cams were a Charlie Cunningham (Of Wilderness Trail Bikes fame) and are very powerful when set up correctly. I have several sets of them. Unfortunately, I don't have any matching frames. That WTB Phoenix is beautiful, and the fork must be worh a fortune. You are a lucky man.
I do know the final result and I can unveil also that is beautifull. I'll have to snap some pics. The forks will be quite pricey, but from a French connection I heard that Steve could still make him a new example. Quote of 500 dollar, what did bump my connection off, but personally I would think not too bad. The original Roller/Toggle Cams can go pricey too. Recently one not so mint example without genuine pads and brake booster eBayed for 820 dollar. I sometimes hear people saying roadstuff is pricey and mountainstuff can be had for dirt cheap, but this kind of prooves the later does not apply to the exquisite stuff. Kind of like with roadbikes I would say.
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Old 03-04-10, 07:52 AM
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have posted this before, but not in street guise. 1989 (?) Supergo Access Comp, owned since new.

road ride a few weeks ago which included Meriden Mountain. that is my crap town in the background.

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Old 03-13-10, 06:56 PM
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Some pics of my semi-built Montagna Sommita:





I've been unable to discover anything at all about this frameset. Nothing. I would love to learn something - anything - about this bike.
I got it as a frame and fork only. I built it out of mostly parts I already had hanging around. Got a 9 speed rear end, a 4 speed front crank with one of those sweet 4th chainring adapters,
and that killer rear U-brake. Also has the first iteration of Avid Speed Dial Ultimate brake levers.
I've built it up and ridden it several times; its a very nice riding bike and fits me just about as well as my custom handbuilt Curtlo Epic Mountaineer.

Anybody know anything at all about this bike please let me know!
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Old 03-13-10, 10:18 PM
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This is a NOS 1992 Diamond Back Ascent EX. Picked it up on eBay and it arrived Monday still in its original packaging. Got everything together and adjusted. So far, I've only taken a couple of nice test rides on the streets but it is really smooth. It is all Deore LX and fits me just fine. Hard to tell from the picture but the purple really glows when it is out in daylight.
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Old 03-13-10, 11:35 PM
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KONA Hahanna '93
Selling on Ebay right now as it's a little too small for me.
Great steel frame though, really solid and light. Seems suited for fast XC stuff, not the big technical downhills everyone seems to make their bikes for now.
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Old 03-14-10, 08:02 AM
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I disagree. This bike is being used, assuming every day or every other day. What better use could there be?
I picked up my KONA and it was not being used by the owner, and hadn't been ridden in many years, according to him. What a waste of a great bike!
Now I rescued it, and while just barely too small for me, it'll go to a new owner who will give it a new life. And if commuting is it, well then, another is saved from a slow rusty death.

I'm not a "show and shine" guy, I find beauty in the use and function as well.
My cars are driven, my bikes are ridden, my tools are used, only my art is hung on the wall to look at... what greater appreciation is there for design?
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Old 03-14-10, 08:42 AM
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Now I rescued it, and while just barely too small for me, it'll go to a new owner who will give it a new life. And if commuting is it, well then, another is saved from a slow rusty death.
My Kona was rescued from the town dump. I've tweaked it a bit. Pictures to follow.
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Old 03-14-10, 09:49 AM
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Actually, that's an '89.
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Old 03-14-10, 10:56 AM
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Originally Posted by rufus View Post

Actually, that's an '89.
Actually, I'm pretty sure now that it's an '88. I believe the 88 and 89 both came in this color, but the rear brake and original 6 speed cassette make it an '88.
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Old 03-14-10, 11:13 AM
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My latest rider:





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Old 03-14-10, 11:19 AM
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Not sure if I posted this one or not. Vintage ride with a retro dirt drop setup.



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Old 03-14-10, 11:22 AM
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And the current project:


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Old 03-14-10, 06:02 PM
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^^ah, that's cold. Show us the rest of it.
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Old 03-14-10, 07:02 PM
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1990 or 1991 Parkpre Catalyst. Shimano 200GS derailleurs with Biopace rings. Tange MTB tubing double butted.

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Old 03-14-10, 08:36 PM
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This one began life as a Giant something or other, i just can't remember. It was primer Gray with purple decals in the old style font, if anyone remembers.
It came with full Shimano Mountian LX kit and a triple butted cromo frame.
Don't know how similar it was to the Specialized Rockhopper/Stumpjumpers of the day but seems really close.

Been converted to a single speed, a commuter, a mountain hack, and now a parkway with the kids/grocery getter. I've had this one longer than any other bike I've owned. It is not by far the nicest one I've ever owned, I just haven't been able to get rid of it. It really is a fun bike:


Love the Ultra rare Suntour Ergotec (8 speed, no less!) shifters:



Fork blades appear to be ovalized at the crown:


Serial number if anyone can't make it out appears to be GY827326 - don't know if this means anything to anyone.

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Old 03-14-10, 09:23 PM
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My latest rider:

Ooohh ... that's nice!

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Old 03-15-10, 08:09 PM
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Yeah, that paint scheme on the Ritchey is awesome.
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That looks like a really fun and cool bike.
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Old 03-18-10, 05:03 PM
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Bob,
I have seen pictures of you Ritcheys. Beautiful. They must have been a blast to ride.....
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1992 kona explosif pro with original factory rasta paint.



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Old 03-19-10, 11:32 AM
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Man oh man that Explosif is sexy! I've wanted one of those for untold years now. I settled in 96 for the 95 Kilauea, one step down from the Explosif. It was a great bike, wish I still had it.
Love your Explosif!
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Originally Posted by Smokinapankake View Post
Man oh man that Explosif is sexy! I've wanted one of those for untold years now. I settled in 96 for the 95 Kilauea, one step down from the Explosif. It was a great bike, wish I still had it.
Love your Explosif!
Thanks man, the 95 kilauea was nothing to sneeze at. I loved all the 90's steel Konas. Now Kona makes bikes of all materials for your 4 year old niece to your 100 year old grandpa with no legs. In the 90's Kona made just a handful off sweet, mostly steel bikes, with a stoner/hippie vibe. Coolest decals of all time too. Those bikes were the best. Kona steel bikes = magic carpet ride.
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Old 03-19-10, 08:02 PM
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That's an awesome Kona.I am feeling that Rasta vibe.
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