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Old 04-28-07, 10:15 PM
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Slingshot bikes.

I'm cross-posting this from Classic and Vintage because I've noticed a lot of people here also know a fair bit about vintage mtb's.

Anybody ever heard of them? There is one for sale on a local site that caught my interest. I've been told it's an '82 but I don't know how accurate that is.

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Old 04-28-07, 10:22 PM
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Originally Posted by wethepeople
I'm cross-posting this from Classic and Vintage because I've noticed a lot of people here also know a fair bit about vintage mtb's.

Anybody ever heard of them? There is one for sale on a local site that caught my interest. I've been told it's an '82 but I don't know how accurate that is.

They are still in business: http://www.slingshotbikes.com/

That probably is an early 90s version, vertical dropouts. They ride weird, I rode one as a rental in the early 90s. I would describe it as noodly.
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They are a few miles from my house. The idea is that when climbing, the bike essentially compresses and decompresses, spreading and retracting the wheelbase, like an inch worm. On rough stuff, it acts much the same as a softail. Its an interesting concept and the people that own them seem to swear by them, but I can't get over the fact its a 7lbs frame for a 26" wheeled bike thats essentially a softail. My Kona Coiler wasn't all that much heavier.
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Old 04-28-07, 10:56 PM
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Fun rides. The ride is not like a rigid or a suspension bike, just good.

If you are a masher and/or really reef on the bars you will not like it though.

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Old 04-29-07, 05:10 AM
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Those things freak me out. The slingshot team was in my area a while back rideing some of the local trails and they look like somethings missing.
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I have vintage 91' Slingshot that I'd restored. I really like how it ride and you have to view it in contex that it was invented prior to full suspension bikes from the late 80's. Slingshot even made some BMX bikes that reached crazy prices on ebay ($500 plus frame only). The rear end will take the edge off on big hits which the the frame can absorb up to 1" of movement. Mine was the last of the 1" steer tube and 92 and later one's are 1-1/8". I live close to AMP Research so they convert the fork for me. 92 and later frames have sloping top tube to allow more clearance just like todays bike. The down tube cable is made from sail boat riggings so it has never fail from anyone's knowledge otherwise Slingshot will have been out of business from lawsuits. If you climb hills with Slingshot you'll know its advantage.

They been around since the 80's and they're still in business so don't rule them out as a fad, they have a cult following. If you can pick one up for a good price don't miss the chance as Slingshot has always been a small producer around 2,500-3,000 bikes a year so not many show up on ebay unlike Trek's, Cannondale's and Giant that sold millions. As the trend is going back to steel frame bikes with "Less is More" compare to all the full suspension(complicated) bikes, you might see more Slingshot on the road. Too bad few innovative companies from the golden age of mountain biking (90's) survive today.
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Old 04-29-07, 09:23 AM
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Back in my bmx days in the early '80's I thought these were kind of cool. I never actually saw one in person though.

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Buy one size smaller than you need - it will fit perfectly after the cable stretches.
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^

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Wtf is going on here...bmx cranks/ sprocket and drop bars...
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I had one for a summer. Fun, but not my #all time ride. It's true that it feels like a softail...sort of, but it feels like the location of suspension movement is...er...indefinite. I wish I had kept the frame. It would have made a good townie.
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Originally Posted by gastro
Buy one size smaller than you need - it will fit perfectly after the cable stretches.

The cable does not stretch over time, on one end of the cable is a spring that will pull the sub frame back after the frame strech with each peddale stroke so it return the energy that you push down on the pedal stroke and pull the rear wheel forward with each revolution. Its vary transparent so you'll never feel it working but its there none the less. Slingshot sell diffeent color spring rate for the cable end so its a tunable for your taste.

Too many bash this bike before trying it, its like reviewing a book without reading it, just judge it by its cover.
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what happens if the cable thingy snaps? is it replacable?
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Originally Posted by fjyang
The cable does not stretch over time, on one end of the cable is a spring that will pull the sub frame back after the frame strech with each peddale stroke so it return the energy that you push down on the pedal stroke and pull the rear wheel forward with each revolution. Its vary transparent so you'll never feel it working but its there none the less. Slingshot sell diffeent color spring rate for the cable end so its a tunable for your taste.

Too many bash this bike before trying it, its like reviewing a book without reading it, just judge it by its cover.
I believe our friend Gastro, was making a joke. I thought it was funny too!
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Originally Posted by albyhellscream
what happens if the cable thingy snaps? is it replacable?
Easily replaceable but it may outlast the frame.
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Originally Posted by born2bahick
I believe our friend Gastro, was making a joke. I thought it was funny too!
Yes the ability to read between the lines and have a sense of humor will serve you well here.
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ive raced against a guy who runs one of them. it looks nice, and not ghetto like most of the ones posted. singlespeed. he won the last race i remember racing against him, pretty quick dude, 2 minutes ahead of the rest of the pack and in top 5 overall..
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Old 05-01-07, 06:40 PM
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Oh, BTW Shiggy- welcome! I'm assuming you are the same Shiggy from MTBR.
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