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    Mystery 29 Hardtail

    Hey everyone,

    I'm trying to figure out who makes this frame.

    Any help is greatly appreciated!
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    It looks like an unbranded ti frame. It could be a Chinese ti frame. Do you have any more info on it? The seatpost looks like a Chinese ti one I got a few years ago.

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    scary looking dt/ht area....

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    Quote Originally Posted by dRjOn View Post
    scary looking dt/ht area....
    I was thinking the same thing...

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    No solid info on it. Been passed around from friends, to friends of friends, to me.

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    Yeah that could be pretty much anything.

    If I had to make a wild guess, I'd say it's a one-off custom Ti frame. Somebody could've made it in, e.g., a college class.
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    And the passing around might be due to the sketchy looking head tube area, as others have mentioned. I don't see why that joint would be purposefully small, though I certainly cannot pass any judgement on its strength from just a picture.
    '12 Santa Cruz Superlight 29 | '12 Santa Cruz Butcher | '06 Specialized Allez Comp | '81 Schwinn Converted Fixie

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    I haven't had any durability issues with the head tube yet. It has a serial number on the bottom of the BB, could that be of any use?

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    Send it to me and Ill inspect it for you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Zimmerman View Post
    It has a serial number on the bottom of the BB, could that be of any use?
    Then it is likely not a one off or prototype frame. Posting it could help There's sometimes no rhyme or reason to S/N, but sometimes there is.

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    i know..its a "mystery 29er hardtail" leave it at that perhaps. If it has proven to be durable..?, keep and ride it. "Not" many people out there "cant" name there bike they are riding (double negative). It just makes it that more unique. Good luck with figuring it out brotha.......cause i have no idea either

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghost_03 View Post
    And the passing around might be due to the sketchy looking head tube area, as others have mentioned. I don't see why that joint would be purposefully small, though I certainly cannot pass any judgement on its strength from just a picture.
    Clearance for the fork crown, maybe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sslos View Post
    Clearance for the fork crown, maybe?

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    I think you're right--that or the tire. As we all know most 29er HTs have a bend in the down tube for clearance, this one doesn't.

    Quote Originally Posted by jmmorath
    Then it is likely not a one off or prototype frame. Posting it could help There's sometimes no rhyme or reason to S/N, but sometimes there is.
    It certainly decreases the chances [by a LOT], but those who can weld titanium can also stamp a one-off S/N.
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    You might try to crosspost to the frame builder forum and ask if anyone recognizes any of the style components. They are likely more knowledgeable of details like dropout style, the unique headtube junction.

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    In my experience, when someone removes the decals from a ti frame, it is usually a Motobecane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BOSS100X View Post
    In my experience, when someone removes the decals from a ti frame, it is usually a Motobecane.
    Chainstay seatstay junction is very different than Motobecane.

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