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Old 03-29-16, 11:06 AM
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vintage mountain bike frame identification

I have been repairing bicycles in bike shops and my own repair shop since 1985 and once in a while I find something that stumps me.I recently purchased a vintage mountain bike that looks very high end and am having a hard time identifying what make it is.It looks like it's 87 or 88 with a mix of deore and deore Xt parts like the under bottom bracket U brake.The frame number is stamped on the underside of the down tube and was stamped by hand.The factory splatter paint job looks nice and there are strange braze on brackets attached to the lower chain stay.Maybe some sort of chain stay protecter.I tried looking at frame number database and none are stamped on the downtube.
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Without a photo there is no way to ID the frame.
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'87-88 is the right age for a U-brake on the chainstay.

Lots of makers were using splatter finishes.

Is there a bottom bracket installed? This may help identify; some boutique makers used strange BB standards before the 73 mm BB shell came around.

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The "strange brackets" may be spare spoke holders. These were popular on "trekking"/touring bikes for years.
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