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Old 08-28-21, 06:46 AM
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Aging a bike

Why is aging a bike so damn difficult. I can't find any info that actually matches my bike, I've found that it was only made 94-98, yet there's a 20-21 version. None of these were available in my frame size unless I'm misunderstanding the sizes, also the only ones with my brake system is 20-21 version but I know it's older cos I've had it few years and it was owned by at least 2 others before me, also the metal decal states it has an aluxx frame but only the nwet ones seem to have it.
I've tried checking the serial number but all I can find is it was never registered on bike register or reported stolen. Which I guess is a good thing

Anyone have any way to age this bike, giant atx 860. 19 inch frame, 26 inch wheels, shimano deore hydraulic brakes. Suntour forks
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Old 08-28-21, 06:49 AM
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I age my bikes in oak casks.
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Can you post a picture of the drive side of your bike
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Color?

I mean use colors to age the bike.

Google image search...atx. then match colors.
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It's in bits so no pics of complete drive side
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Originally Posted by Metieval View Post
Color?

I mean use colors to age the bike.

Google image search...atx. then match colors.
Nothing definitive. Only suggesting its from the 90s
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Old 08-28-21, 07:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Bodgeitbob View Post
It's in bits so no pics of complete drive side
If you take a picture of the components and the frame it probably helps determine the date of manufacture. Otherwise everyone is just guessing
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Old 08-28-21, 07:53 AM
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Not sure if it helps. But... Few pics of frame and bits. Sram x9 rear mech, sram 7.0 front mech. Shimano deore br-m535 calipers f&r, shimano deore bl m535 levers, fully hydraulic. Suntour duro crankset 22/32/44 ,not sure brand of cassette 12-32.but 3x9 speed. suntour ncx lite air forks w/ remote lockout. Doubt original but came with schwalbe City jet tyres




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Old 08-28-21, 07:55 AM
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I'm guessing it's a UK or European bike.

Something offered over there, that wasn't offered in the US market.

The disc brakes tells me after 2000. I'd like to guess 2007. But the graphics says more like after 2010.

Anyways I'm batting empty. My only clue was "paint" which was found in your other post.
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Yeah it's wierd(to me). According to Web the atx 860 was94-98 then 2000, but surely we wasn't using hydraulic brakes 25 years ago?
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Originally Posted by Bodgeitbob View Post
Yeah it's wierd(to me). According to Web the atx 860 was94-98 then 2000, but surely we wasn't using hydraulic brakes 25 years ago?
Right!

Thanks for new photos and components, but it didn't help. Only thing image search matches comes up with is security questionable websites , like clothing , pharm , etc..... all foreign.
It was a fun 2 hours of searching though, but I'm giving up for now.
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Oh I did find this..... but.....

https://archiwum.allegro.pl/oferta/g...317924602.html
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Thanks so much for your help. Every new info is one step closer. That's almost mine yes. Shame no date. Lol
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Originally Posted by Milton Keynes View Post
I age my bikes in oak casks.
I had a hope that this would be a thread about applying weathering using an airbrush. I constantly read about people doing it in Fine Scale Modeler, but I never seem t get it right.

(the link is only so people can see what I am talking about, I have no connection to the company other than being a subscriber)
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Originally Posted by Milton Keynes View Post
I age my bikes in oak casks.
How long? Does the whiskey take the color of your bike or does the bike get a bourbon colored appearance like Chris King Matte Bourbon Huns?
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Old 08-28-21, 10:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Bodgeitbob View Post
Thanks so much for your help. Every new info is one step closer. That's almost mine yes. Shame no date. Lol
I did see a 2016 on there, not sure if that is when it was posted, or what.... I can't read the web site.

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Old 08-28-21, 08:25 PM
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A 2008 atx has hydroformed top tube.

Your bike must be older than 2008....

Btw I found this! Pretty cool I had no idea it existed. I'd be tempted to buy one if I found one.
https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/atx-lite-2017
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The bike in question. I'm ball parking its age 2002-2006

Final answer, uhh for now lol
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Hahhahahah. Thanks metieval
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Originally Posted by Robert C View Post
I had a hope that this would be a thread about applying weathering using an airbrush. I constantly read about people doing it in Fine Scale Modeler, but I never seem t get it right.
I thought he meant that also. I was picturing in my mind the people who have "distressed" guitars or Leica cameras, hoping to conjour up some of the Willie Nelson or Henri Cartier Bresson skills through them.....
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Originally Posted by Bodgeitbob View Post
Nothing definitive. Only suggesting its from the 90s
Your components have manufacturer's date codes on them. Use your crankset, which is likely original. This is the frame that you mentioned wanting to paint? I didn't say anything on that thread, but will take this opportunity to say...don't paint it. Simply touch up the scrapes and ride it.
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Originally Posted by Bodgeitbob View Post
Hahhahahah. Thanks metieval
You're welcome.

I searched "giant atx 2020" , "giant atx 2019" all the way down. Quit at 2002 when I saw this non disc brake version.



https://m.pinkbike.com/buysell/2269511/
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
Your components have manufacturer's date codes on them. Use your crankset, which is likely original. This is the frame that you mentioned wanting to paint? I didn't say anything on that thread, but will take this opportunity to say...don't paint it. Simply touch up the scrapes and ride it.
This is one to paint yes. I did consider touch ups but to be honest it's been neglected and outside in the UK winter so it's got quite a lot of Ali oxide. And the paint is far from great.
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