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Anyone familiar with this "Led Zeppelin" bike?

Old 05-11-22, 09:43 AM
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Anyone familiar with this "Led Zeppelin" bike?

I've never seen one before. But it appears to be good quality with a Thomson seat post and radial-spoked front wheel. Of course, no drive-side photo.




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I don't think I've ever seen a rear suspension bike with a rigid fork? It looks like that seat post might be acting as a rear suspension lockout, so it probably doesn't matter.

Odd bike.
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Originally Posted by James1964
But it appears to be good quality
Disagree.

I've never seen a Thomson logo etched there on a seatpost, or in that font size.
The Led Zeppelin logo also looks Photoshopped (although I can't imagine why they'd bother).

Plus, how does this rear suspension work, exactly?


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So far, this bike ain't getting a whole lotta love.
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Originally Posted by Koyote
So far, this bike ain't getting a whole lotta love.
I see what you did there : )
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You can throw any brand seatpost in a bike as long as it's the right size, and a radial front wheel just means that the builder (or machine) didn't cross them. That could be for weight, or to save time. Nothing special about that bike.
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Originally Posted by urbanknight
You can throw any brand seatpost in a bike as long as it's the right size, and a radial front wheel just means that the builder (or machine) didn't cross them. That could be for weight, or to save time. Nothing special about that bike.
Well, it is special. But not in a good way.
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Looks like a mediocre bike, just like the band.
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Looks like the guy owns a quirky bike, a vinyl cutter, and a sense of humor.
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You know… Gary Fisher has a brother. I don’t recall that he was involved in the bicycle industry, but maybe.

If so, it appears that he was not very successful.

John
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Looks like a mediocre bike, just like the band.
Now there's an internet argument worth getting into!
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Originally Posted by Koyote
So far, this bike ain't getting a whole lotta love.
ok, that was damn funny too. twice in one week someone made me laugh out loud.
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Originally Posted by Rolla
Disagree.

I've never seen a Thomson logo etched there on a seatpost, or in that font size.
The Led Zeppelin logo also looks Photoshopped (although I can't imagine why they'd bother).

Plus, how does this rear suspension work, exactly?

Looks like there is a pivot on the frame just in front of the bottom bracket shell. The seat post is not connected to the lower portion of the frame so the whole rear triangle is free to rotate.
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I'm just rambling on at this point, but I'm dazed and confused at the notion that someone laced that front wheel with radial spokes to save weight on this bike. How many more times are we going to have this communication breakdown over the idea that shaving a few grams with shorter spokes isn't going to make this bike ready to tackle the misty mountain hop? I will say, if you're going to California with this one, it's ready to rock and roll right over the hills and far away with that built in suspension lockout. Just don't forget to bring it on home after visiting the ocean.
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Originally Posted by Ogsarg
Looks like there is a pivot on the frame just in front of the bottom bracket shell. The seat post is not connected to the lower portion of the frame so the whole rear triangle is free to rotate.
Yes, I know this. But look at the seatpost (circled in red): it extends almost to the pivoting rear triangle, effectively blocking its travel.
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THis is almost certainly a frame from a department/discount store bike, or 'BSO', painted and with custom Zeppelin decals and an internally geared hub. The stamped steel caliper brakes are a dead giveaway - you won't find garbage brakes like that on any decent quality bike from the past 50 years.

It also appears to be a child/youth sized bike, possibly upgraded to a Thompson seatpost and goofy high-rise stem in an ill-informed attempt to get it to fit an adult rider.
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Originally Posted by Ogsarg
Looks like there is a pivot on the frame just in front of the bottom bracket shell. The seat post is not connected to the lower portion of the frame so the whole rear triangle is free to rotate.
Not with the post extending down like that, the rear end won't move at all.

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You know… Gary Fisher has a brother. I don’t recall that he was involved in the bicycle industry, but maybe.

If so, it appears that he was not very successful.

John
He's a doctor (MD I think) . He and Gary's father raced a Knarr out of San Francisco Yacht Club in Tiburon, I crewed on a boat in that fleet for years.
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Originally Posted by Rolla
Disagree.

I've never seen a Thomson logo etched there on a seatpost, or in that font size.
The Led Zeppelin logo also looks Photoshopped (although I can't imagine why they'd bother).

Plus, how does this rear suspension work, exactly?

I agree with your disagreement. Possibly 'upgraded' cranks and seatpost, but the bike is otherwise a craptacular kids bike with some sort of terrible rear suspension. This would have been a $90 kids bike when new, value now possibly $100 because someone added a $150 seatpost.
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Lot going on, but the igh is intriguing, alphine or nexus, 7, 8, 11 speed? The hub itself is probably worth treading the stairway to heaven
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Originally Posted by James1964
But it appears to be good quality[/img]
It really doesn't!
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Originally Posted by cxwrench
He's a doctor (MD I think)
Then this bike isn’t his poor take on Gary’s Grateful Dead bike.

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Originally Posted by Kedosto
Looks like the guy owns a quirky bike, a vinyl cutter, and a sense of humor.
Pretty much this; reminds me of a bike I made awhile ago

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Originally Posted by msu2001la
I'm just rambling on at this point, but I'm dazed and confused at the notion that someone laced that front wheel with radial spokes to save weight on this bike. How many more times are we going to have this communication breakdown over the idea that shaving a few grams with shorter spokes isn't going to make this bike ready to tackle the misty mountain hop? I will say, if you're going to California with this one, it's ready to rock and roll right over the hills and far away with that built in suspension lockout. Just don't forget to bring it on home after visiting the ocean.
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One thing comes to mind:


What is and what should never be.

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Originally Posted by msu2001la
I'm just rambling on at this point, but I'm dazed and confused at the notion that someone laced that front wheel with radial spokes to save weight on this bike. How many more times are we going to have this communication breakdown over the idea that shaving a few grams with shorter spokes isn't going to make this bike ready to tackle the misty mountain hop? I will say, if you're going to California with this one, it's ready to rock and roll right over the hills and far away with that built in suspension lockout. Just don't forget to bring it on home after visiting the ocean.
I wouldn’t ride that piece of ***** to Kashmir! Looks like he bought it from his friends at a yard sale at the houses of the holy, it’s probably only good for a bron’yr stomp! But he’s probably thinking, hey hey, what can I do? Just don’t ride that thing past a black dog, too bad it’s not colored tangerine, but I’d tie it to a gallows pole! That’s the way you unload it, but hat’s off to Roy Harper for building it! Good times, bad times, but you’d have to be a fool in the rain to want that thing! I think it should be trampled under foot, it looks like a D’yer Mak’er.

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