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Old 09-13-11, 01:40 AM
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^ that's interesting your 89 has an "Avenir" logo on the top tube.. i think WSI must have done a deal with them to get the saddles cheaper in late 1989 or something.. my 89 doesn't have it
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I think that Avenir is their house brand of components and accessories.
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The grey/dark grey model is very hard to find (this is A.Winthrop's).

Those colors are nice. Haven't seen them before on an Ironman.
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I think that Avenir is their house brand of components and accessories.
Avenir was an aftermarket company, and probably negotiated with Centurion to provide the saddles in exchange for some kind of consideration like the logo. The Diamondbacks post-Centurion also had Avenir decals and Avenir saddles. I do not know how the Avenir "Turbo" compared to the Vetta Turbo that was OEM in earlier years. I still have one of the OEM suede versions that quickly turned brown. I believer Avenir also made bottle cages and bottles, as I've seen a few of those. Not sure what else.

If you look back at some of the marketing done in those years, Rolf got it's name put on Treks, too, and there were other examples. I recall seeing an Avocet decal on a Puegeot, looking so at-home that I wondered about that, also.
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I believer Avenir also made bottle cages and bottles, as I've seen a few of those. Not sure what else.
yep the 1990 DB i sold had avenir bottle cage too
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I actually had a pair of Avenir shoes from the late 80s. Trashed 'em years ago.
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Avenir branded equipment is plentiful on Diamondback mtbs as late as 96. threadless stems, handlebars, saddles, cable housing. I assumed Avenir was a WSI brand too. Not sure of later history after WSI/Diamondback's bankruptcy.
I did find a box of Avenir index shift housing recently.

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My new Master racked for a sprint tri. The red and white master was my first Ironman in a midlife incarnation. Below is it just prior to my being hit by a car and the frame being lost. I still cry about it sometimes.


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peeps in this thread say Avenir was another brand of WSI: http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=114456

would make sense.. though the early 1990s diamondbacks suffer from brand overload.. Diamondback, Centurion AND Avenir all on on the same bike
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peeps in this thread say Avenir was another brand of WSI: http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=114456

would make sense.. though the early 1990s diamondbacks suffer from brand overload.. Diamondback, Centurion AND Avenir all on on the same bike
think they had Tioga at one time too. I believe th 'brand overload' was why the Centurion road bikes were absorbed into the DB fold.

every company tried to have their bike brand and solid accesory line as well.
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Here are my two remaining ones:
My oldest is the Ironman Carbon (thanks to Robbietunes):

My newest addition is:

It is the seller's picture. I had the stem replaced to reduce the reach.
Both great bikes.
I had 4 others that I managed to trade to folks here that were smaller frames.
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Just an observation, but wow, this picture demonstrates a significant weight distribution difference between the 2 bikes ? Look how much more front wheel/nose heavy # 618 is ? Are both front wheels of the bikes touching the ground, # 618 appears to be, can't tell with # 615 ? Just curious, which of these two bikes handles better or feels like it does ?
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Just bought a terry design iron man on ebay! Not for me, but for my girlfriend.
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Frantik, that lime green machine hurts my eyes, in a good way.
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Just an observation, but wow, this picture demonstrates a significant weight distribution difference between the 2 bikes ? Look how much more front wheel/nose heavy # 618 is ? Are both front wheels of the bikes touching the ground, # 618 appears to be, can't tell with # 615 ? Just curious, which of these two bikes handles better or feels like it does ?
Doesn't matter, trekKiller spanked him like a petulant child on the bike leg.....

On another note, the bike rack often looks like that by the time I get out of the water....nearly empty.

There are no shoes lying around, and all the other stuff that piles up in the transition area, so this pic is early on, I'd guess, before the carbon commandos show up. Steel riders show up early, find the beer tent for later, and hit the porta-johns before they become toxic.
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Just bought a terry design iron man on ebay! Not for me, but for my girlfriend.
World domination, one bike at a time.
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On another note, the bike rack often looks like that by the time I get out of the water....nearly empty.


i think i need to get back in the pool and try a 'sprint' level Tri next season (actually an "aquabike" sounds better.. i hate running )

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Just an observation, but wow, this picture demonstrates a significant weight distribution difference between the 2 bikes ? Look how much more front wheel/nose heavy # 618 is ? Are both front wheels of the bikes touching the ground, # 618 appears to be, can't tell with # 615 ? Just curious, which of these two bikes handles better or feels like it does ?
Looks like somethings hanging on the front.
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Here's a few future "flips" I got left.





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OK, here's my 1988 IRONMAN MASTER.
Since these pics were taken, I've replaced the Selle Turbo saddle with a Specialized Body Geometry. The white looked great, but it was so hard that if you rode over a cigarette butt you could tell what brand it was!

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Boy, that's a clean machine.

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Thanks. I detail the daylights out of every bike I buy, using the same cleaners/polishes/waxes that I use on my car. My motto?....."A Clean Bike Is A Happy Bike".
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Educate me, please, folks. I don't quite understand the role these play in the stable as they are described as triathlon bikes, but they aren't as aggressive as modern tri bikes, correct? What's the spell they have cast over you? I don't say that to imply that I disagree. I just would like to know more as so many people seem to go crazy over them. Thanks!
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