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Old 04-09-10, 08:28 PM
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Any body ID this late 80's early 90's MTB?

Interesting looking bike I found for sale. Seller doesn't know what it iis. Biopace and full Exage Group. The double water bottle on the down tub is unusual as is the rear brake on the chain stays.
Looks like a XL MTB so my size.
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Old 04-09-10, 09:17 PM
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Not really enough detail to say for sure, both schwinn and panasonic kind of come to mind when I see a chrome one. My ex had a raleigh that was chrome under the brown paint, but her's was older. This is in the '86-'88 date range based on the location of the rear brake and the presence of the biopace rings. Probably a little newer in that date range because of the unicrown fork and the "aero" rim shape. Exage stuff is newer replacement stuff, and I'm guessing the same for the seat. Is there a serial number? There are people who may be able to tell you just based on the format of the number.
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Just a guess, but when I see chrome of that vintage on a MTB, I think Ross.

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Originally Posted by jgedwa View Post
Just a guess, but when I see chrome of that vintage on a MTB, I think Ross.

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Old 04-09-10, 11:50 PM
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I was also thinking Ross, and i've seen double downtube waterbottle mounts on those. The handlebar/stem is throwing me, though, and the fork. I remember a lugged or double crown fork, and the y-stems (is there a name for the stems that have 2 branches?). I don't recall where their brakes were though. I thought they came down from above with an arcing brake cable stop between the seat stays. but bike companies have changed their ways many a times. I have a rockhopper with brakes on the chainstay and one with them on the seat stays. And perhaps someone just swapped out the stem and handlebars for the riser version shown here. I'm sticking with Ross, with some aftermarket parts.
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It looks like it has seat stay caps, instead of it just being TIG welded to the seat post collar like every chrome Ross at least I have seen.

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The handlebar/stem is throwing me, though, and the fork. I remember a lugged or double crown fork, and the y-stems (is there a name for the stems that have 2 branches?).
You're thinking "Bull Moose" Handlebars.
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I am thinking Ross as well after looking at pictures of them. I really think the Fork, Headset and Exage parts are original to the bike. It has Exage crantis on the front and Exage center pull canti on the back that I have never seen before. If it had the bull bars on it I would be all over it for sure just for the oddity and make it a winter bike.

Interesting bike but I think I may pass on it. Price is good if it were a keeper but high for a flipper. It is also across town and I am busy with my wifes Garden this weekend.

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http://atlanta.craigslist.org/eat/bik/1684850042.html
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Some Mongoose MTB's of that era also had chrome finish frames.
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It has Exage crantis on the front and Exage center pull canti on the back that I have never seen before.


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Well, lookie here: Takara Scout

I can't find much in other references, but it seems to have matching seat stay caps and unicrown fork.
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my first thought was Univega but those double bottles don't look like univega. I'll go with the ross crowd on this. I also think the Exage stuff might be a bit newer than '86, '88 but the fork could always be a replacement
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there were manufacturers that didn't wake up right away to the idea that chainstay mounted brakes were nothing more than a shovel when things got muddy. I think that 88 is a good guideline for when they fell from favor, though.

I didn't know exage was even around back that far...
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