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Old 12-04-19, 05:31 PM
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Here's a good price, great bike.https://dallas.craigslist.org/sdf/bi...029746882.html
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RobbieTunes texaspandj Does your guys carbons have the Date stamp and a CF## stamp. at first i thought it was a partial or a short Serial number but now that i think about it. It maybe the size stamp for the dropouts. and stamped date is dropout creation date?

this frame is about a 59-60cm frame so a CF60 stamped in the drop on both sides i would guess denotes the size/Material frame the dropouts work on.

here is my inside of the NDS dropout.
For info my Carbon-R Serial number.
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And the bike.
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Originally Posted by Bondsy

And the bike.
Oh that Is NICE!
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Speaking of serial numbers the general thought was that (as an example) the '87s with '86 serial numbers were simply carry over frames from '86 to '87. BUT NO! The serial numbers were, but not frames. MVs with '86 SN are a perfect point to illustrate as they are Experts completely different frames than what were offered in '86.
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Motorbikes I have seen out of Japan are like this. Its normal that late 86 manufacture date ones will be 87's.
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Originally Posted by texaspandj
Speaking of serial numbers the general thought was that (as an example) the '87s with '86 serial numbers were simply carry over frames from '86 to '87. BUT NO! The serial numbers were, but not frames. MVs with '86 SN are a perfect point to illustrate as they are Experts completely different frames than what were offered in '86.
+1; and I reckon that applies to other year-to-year changeovers as well. My '86 has a June '85 serial number, but it's every inch an '86.
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+1; and I reckon that applies to other year-to-year changeovers as well. My '86 has a June '85 serial number, but it's every inch an '86.
And I still am a bit stumped by my serial number.
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^^^^ I think [MENTION=20650]T-Mar[/MENTION] hit it on the head (pun slightly intended) up-thread a ways, that someone reached for the N block, and the M was right next to it, and....
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All my Miami Vice models were the same color.
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Originally Posted by Bondsy

And the bike.
How do you like those Mavic Cosmic wheels? I'm kinda tempted. Probably for another bike, not my Ironman. I'm building up a Diamondback Podium carbon frame from odds and ends in the parts bins, but don't have a wheelset yet.

I've been pleasantly surprised by how good an older set of Bontrager Race Lite Aero wheels have been as all-around wheels. I snagged 'em off an older Trek TT/tri bike with a cracked frame but everything else was good. All alloy, not lightweight, but reasonable rim depth (I'm not getting blown off the road even in 20+ mph crosswinds), 16 flat aero spokes per wheel, decent DT Swiss hubs. I planned to save 'em for special occasions but they've become my all-around wheels on an early '90s Trek 5900. Some of our roads are so rough I usually need to true my Araya and Wolber wheels every couple of weeks to fix minor wobbles. But the Bontrager sorta-aero wheels have been stiff and steady, although not as comfy as the older Ironman era wheels for everyday riding.
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All my Miami Vice models were the same color.
Same here.
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Originally Posted by seypat
Same here.
Isn't there also a teal and pink MV? I could have sworn I saw one...somewhere...on this forum. Maybe in a post about bike storage a while back.
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Originally Posted by texaspandj
Speaking of serial numbers the general thought was that (as an example) the '87s with '86 serial numbers were simply carry over frames from '86 to '87. BUT NO! The serial numbers were, but not frames. MVs with '86 SN are a perfect point to illustrate as they are Experts completely different frames than what were offered in '86.
I've seen a June '87 serial with an '88 paint scheme and marketed as an '88.
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Originally Posted by TriBiker19
I've seen a June '87 serial with an '88 paint scheme and marketed as an '88.
Well there was even a discussion on how to determine manufacturing date (there's two different versions now).
Ultimately, when it comes to Ironman Bikes, there are known knowns, known unknowns, and unknown knowns?....wait what....

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Originally Posted by TriBiker19
Isn't there also a teal and pink MV? I could have sworn I saw one...somewhere...on this forum. Maybe in a post about bike storage a while back.
Well I think you're thinking of a bicycle magazine cover that has been touted as the first time Miami Vice was used as a reference to color choices on a bike. But that wasn't an Ironman bike.
Jetboy had stated when he thinks of Miami Vice he thinks teal and white, I tend to agree with that. However Ironkids have adopted and embraced the magenta and marigold as our own Miami Vice and So It Goes.

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Originally Posted by TriBiker19
Isn't there also a teal and pink MV? I could have sworn I saw one...somewhere...on this forum. Maybe in a post about bike storage a while back.
That might be the Sonny Crocket MV.
One of the other bike companies(Nishiki, I think) had a teal/pink bike. Don't look it up, though. You might get their ad with the guy in the banana hammock. That might burn you eyes. It might not be a banana hammock, but his package is front and center.
Also, the other Japanese market Expert that appeared on the thread was teal with a silver or pink head tube.
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Originally Posted by seypat
One of the other bike companies(Nishiki, I think) had a teal/pink bike. Don't look it up, though. You might get their ad with the guy in the banana hammock. That might burn you eyes. It might not be a banana hammock, but his package is front and center.
I write romance novels and go to conferences for them. They normally have male cover models wandering around the venue in various states of dress. I have seen more than my fair share of banana hammocks.

I dug up the post I was talking about, where two bikes were referred to as MV. I didn't look closely. The other MV is a Tommaso. My bad.

Edit: wrong link.
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^^^^^ Only on BF can a thread about a particular make/model of bike turn into a discussion of.... er.... unusual occupational hazards.
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It's only a hazard if you view it as such. The readers love to get their pictures taken with the models and the models seem to like the attention. Or they're getting paid well enough to pretend...

Quite a different vibe from the tax conferences I attend. No one there is partially clothed, thank goodness.
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^^^^^ Please, don't make us picture it.....

Careful, one of these years, you'll have a tax conference and an authors' conference at the same time, in the same conference center.
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Originally Posted by texaspandj
Kinda tempted. But I'm holding out for a solid red '89 Master, or an '85 or '86.
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Originally Posted by canklecat
Kinda tempted. But I'm holding out for a solid red '89 Master, or an '85 or '86.
I get it, buuut, first it's an MV, 2nd great condition, 3rd 56cm, and D it's a good price.
However, you may be very/too used to a 58cm by now.
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Originally Posted by texaspandj
I get it, buuut, first it's an MV, 2nd great condition, 3rd 56cm, and D it's a good price.
However, you may be very/too used to a 58cm by now.
Yeah, the 58 fits me perfectly, very comfy. The Trekenstein took a little more tweaking to get the fit right. But that's also due to recovery from the shoulder and neck injuries. Now that I'm getting better I'm about to switch the Trekenstein to a longer and maybe lower stem/bar height. But I'm leaving the Ironman as-is.

Mostly I'm wanting one more Ironman to set up as a dedicated TT/tri bike. I'll never ride a triathlon but would like to tackle the state time trial event next year. So having one bike set up with aero bars would give me plenty of time to adapt.

I did have a Trek tri/TT bike but the frame was cracked so I cannibalized the parts for another frame. Some good stuff, including carbon fiber aero bars with 10-speed Dura Ace bar-end shifters, bullhorns and aero brakes, etc. An Ironman frame would be lighter than that Trek aero frame (aluminum and very heavy) and probably more comfy.
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Originally Posted by canklecat
How do you like those Mavic Cosmic wheels? I'm kinda tempted. Probably for another bike, not my Ironman. I'm building up a Diamondback Podium carbon frame from odds and ends in the parts bins, but don't have a wheelset yet.

I've been pleasantly surprised by how good an older set of Bontrager Race Lite Aero wheels have been as all-around wheels. I snagged 'em off an older Trek TT/tri bike with a cracked frame but everything else was good. All alloy, not lightweight, but reasonable rim depth (I'm not getting blown off the road even in 20+ mph crosswinds), 16 flat aero spokes per wheel, decent DT Swiss hubs. I planned to save 'em for special occasions but they've become my all-around wheels on an early '90s Trek 5900. Some of our roads are so rough I usually need to true my Araya and Wolber wheels every couple of weeks to fix minor wobbles. But the Bontrager sorta-aero wheels have been stiff and steady, although not as comfy as the older Ironman era wheels for everyday riding.
I have had a set of those wheels for several years and put a couple thousand miles on them with no problems. They had been raced on before I got them. I rode Ragbrai on them this summer. I have been warned that they will crack at some point.
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