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Old 12-05-23, 01:38 PM
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Originally Posted by merziac
Early, yes, early, early, no.

Fugley "Unibrow" fork is later, at least a couple of years after the first "early" ones.

I have 2 like this that are 86 so......
I could make an exception for a nice Stumpjumper like the one above. Otherwise, no unicrowns. Shame they came in so early.
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Originally Posted by Trakhak
As an example of minutiae: that would be "these minutiae."
I set a little dude minutiae trap to see who would respond. Congratulations.
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Originally Posted by merziac
Unibrow is the "affectionate" term for fugly one piece, no class/style forks that plague us.



Like this.



Yes, well aware of the distinction between slingshot and bullmoose stems, having sold mountain bikes in shops where I worked from the beginning of their appearance in the market, long enough ago that all of them had solid axles front and rear.

I was a roadie (you don't see that term often these days), so I waited until 1984 to buy my Bianchi Grizzly (with a slingshot stem).

About "unibrow" fork crowns (i.e., Tom Ritchey's innovative design): I never encountered the term before it appeared in a very recent thread. Can anyone locate evidence showing that it was in use in that sense before late 2023?
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Originally Posted by Trakhak

About "unibrow" fork crowns (i.e., Tom Ritchey's innovative design): I never encountered the term before it appeared in a very recent thread. Can anyone locate evidence showing that it was in use in that sense before late 2023?
Edit: Unicrown forks look hideous to me -'13
Vintage steel candidates for 'all-road'? - '21

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Originally Posted by Trakhak
Yes, well aware of the distinction between slingshot and bullmoose stems, having sold mountain bikes in shops where I worked from the beginning of their appearance in the market, long enough ago that all of them had solid axles front and rear.

I was a roadie (you don't see that term often these days), so I waited until 1984 to buy my Bianchi Grizzly (with a slingshot stem).

About "unibrow" fork crowns (i.e., Tom Ritchey's innovative design): I never encountered the term before it appeared in a very recent thread. Can anyone locate evidence showing that it was in use in that sense before late 2023?
Yep, knew you were aware, I was just providing an example.

Not sure where "unibrow" came from, I've been using it for years, it derives from "unicrown".

Tom followed the money, cheaper and faster to produce and while stronger was a good byproduct of it, they more than suck aesthetic wise IMO.

Case in point, this may or may not have had a nice fork at one time, it came to me with this Tange "Unibrow" fork and I have entertained swapping in the gorgeous 94 MB-1 fork that was also designed by Tom but not going to repaint it for that, need to have one made but not going to happen.

Glad Grant got to use it on these.




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All this talk about “unibrows” reminds me of Freida Kahlo.

Did you know she used to have two eyebrows???

She shaved the upper one off.
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Originally Posted by Sedgemop
There's no good reason for us to remember all this minutiae.
Perhaps, but we are anoraks. Minutiae is the name of the game.
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Originally Posted by SoCaled
It looks bad enough to me that I would never out a bike with a Unicrown fork in the "are you looking..." thread, no matter what other nice attributes it might have.
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Originally Posted by smontanaro
It looks bad enough to me that I would never out a bike with a Unicrown fork in the "are you looking..." thread, no matter what other nice attributes it might have.


Fully agree, however some like the Ritchey had to get done, I am glad it came with a chrome fork that fits well and gets me there at least for now.

A couple of my Stumpy's are unibrow like the orange one too, one was dirt cheap and will have the parts harvested and the other was a good deal in fantastic shape, so.......


I have a couple of earlier ones as well with the biplane fork that will benefit from the one parts bike.
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Originally Posted by smontanaro
It looks bad enough to me that I would never out a bike with a Unicrown fork in the "are you looking..." thread, no matter what other nice attributes it might have.

Show me your bullmoose handlebar mountain bike

I enjoy this thread way more than the other vintage mountain bike thread. Unicrown count is far lower.
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I know they're not vintage, but they are (modern) classic, and a pretty good price. I already have a great pair of panniers or I'd grab them. As it is, I'd be happy to facilitate.

Ortileb panniers pair - $85 (Arcata)

condition: excellentmake / manufacturer: Ortileb
model name / number: waterproof
part type: racks, fenders, bags
Ortileb waterproof panniers. No tears, holes or rips. All straps/buckles work as they should.

$85 for the pair or $50 each
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Raleigh Competition circa 1970 55cm on Craigslist Bay Area/Oakland. $400. I’m pretty sure this bike was/is essentially an International before Raleigh made the International. Not mine.

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I like this: ; no steal on price but ... still tempting.

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guy has several others and all look pretty nice.
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Originally Posted by SoCaled
Two examples eight years apart, the more recent from two years ago---auto-correct errors? Until 2023 thread(s), anyway.

Search for "unibrow fork" in quotes brings up only a few examples, all from 2023. It'll be interesting to have witnessed a new parochial term get traction in the bike community, if it does.

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Originally Posted by SoCaled
Should be an '81 or '81.5


"It is likely these frames, SNs beginning with M or N (Models 41x and 61X), were contracted out or were made in a separate Trek facility" - based on what I have read, this seems to be where the fork issue comes from?
I'm thinking it's an '81, then. Based on some other info in that same section on that page, I'm guessing the ".5" is when the panel for the lettering was introduced.

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I set a little dude minutiae trap to see who would respond. Congratulations.
I believe it was Winston Churchill who once replied to some over-zealous grammatical editing of his work with "This is the sort of nit-picking up with which I will not put!"

Originally Posted by Robvolz
All this talk about “unibrows” reminds me of Freida Kahlo.

Did you know she used to have two eyebrows???

She shaved the upper one off.
Borrowed from (or perhaps hijacked in) an OLD Carol Burnett Show skit.

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I know they're not vintage, but they are (modern) classic, and a pretty good price. I already have a great pair of panniers or I'd grab them. As it is, I'd be happy to facilitate.

Ortileb panniers pair - $85 (Arcata)

condition: excellentmake / manufacturer: Ortileb
model name / number: waterproof
part type: racks, fenders, bags
Ortileb waterproof panniers. No tears, holes or rips. All straps/buckles work as they should.

$85 for the pair or $50 each
Will likely evade anyone's search for "Ortlieb", given how it's misspelled ALL THREE times.
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All lthis unicrown talk makes me sad. I have four bikes with unicrowns and three of them are dear to me.
Over time I've come to see classic forks as prettier, but I manage to get over it when riding.

Two are Cannondale tourers, one of the best all-round bikes out there..
One is a Bruce Gordon BLT, another tourer with a lively ride and room for tires.
The fourth is my winter bike, so I try not to love it as it's getting beat on -- a Rockhopper from the early nineties, with fenders and snow tires.
Unicrowns: "strong and functional, hard to see while you're riding."

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Originally Posted by Sedgemop
I set a little dude minutiae trap to see who would respond. Congratulations.
Nice try. And that would be "minutia trap."
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^^^^^^^. !!!

Wow!

Buy that Univega for the price of the seat
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