Mystery Frame

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  • 12-28-2012
    Jimmyfixit
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    Mystery Frame
    Can anyone help me identify my borther-in-laws craigslist score..... we think it may be and older mountain cycle... but havent had any luck with finding a match... any help is appreciated..
    White Brothers DC118 front fork
    White Industries cranks
    XTRshifters and XT derailers and brakes.
    Ser # PP6460192
  • 12-28-2012
    CS2
    Those welds are really nice. I'm sure it doesn't help much but that's what you would expect on a bike with XT and XTR.
  • 12-28-2012
    Jimmyfixit
    It's a beautiful bike. And absolute work of art. We just don't know who made it.
  • 12-30-2012
    NYrr496
    I don't think it's a Mountain Cycle... Not sure what it IS either.
  • 12-30-2012
    wyatt79m
    Post a pic of the whole bike right side up from the driveside, that swingarm looks pretty distinctive.

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  • 12-31-2012
    Jimmyfixit
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    Here's the pic you wanted
  • 12-31-2012
    beebee5
    Looks like a Ellsworth ISIS not sure of year
  • 01-01-2013
    kingbozo
    Any serial number or markings anywhere? Bottom of the BB shell or inner side of the chainstays are common places.
  • 01-01-2013
    Jimmyfixit
    Ser# is listed in the first post.
    PP6460192. On bottom brkt. Only markings on frame.
  • 01-04-2013
    dompedro3
    It's got some crosstrac sonoma influence:
    http://forums.mtbr.com/vintage-retro...ma-347265.html

    But also looks a little like the mid-late nineties Marin full suspension designs. Definitely an interesting bike, maybe the retro forum would know better?
  • 01-04-2013
    Kiwiplague
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    Definately not a Marin, I had/have a '96 Nail FRS - looks like this - previous Marins to this basically had a pair of forks mounted to the rear end (Manitou 3's or 4's if I recall)
  • 01-04-2013
    trodaq
    Yes. Posting it in the VRC forum might get you an answer. Its a very cool looking bike thats for sure
  • 01-04-2013
    MntMeg
    It looks beautiful, I wish I could help you.
  • 01-05-2013
    cobba
    That bike looks familiar.

    The 1998 Mongoose NX 9.5 looks similar but it's not the same.


    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Kiwiplague View Post
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dompedro3 View Post
    But also looks a little like the mid-late nineties Marin full suspension designs. Definitely an interesting bike, maybe the retro forum would know better?

    Definately not a Marin, I had/have a '96 Nail FRS - looks like this - previous Marins to this basically had a pair of forks mounted to the rear end (Manitou 3's or 4's if I recall)


    It's probably not a Marin but they did have more then 1 full suspension design in the 'mid-late nineties'.

    1997 Marin Quake 5.0
    1997 Marin Rift Zone
  • 01-05-2013
    Kiwiplague
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by cobba View Post
    That bike looks familiar.

    The 1998 Mongoose NX 9.5 looks similar but it's not the same.





    It's probably not a Marin but they did have more then 1 full suspension design in the 'mid-late nineties'.

    1997 Marin Quake 5.0
    1997 Marin Rift Zone

    I know that, but the point I was trying to make is that it definatively not a Marin.:thumbsup:
  • 01-05-2013
    Jimmyfixit
    Thanks for all your replies. I/we appreciate everyone trying to help us identify it. Found some really close. But still don't think we've nailed it down yet.
    Who would have thought. It's like big foot or something. Except we have a clear photo of it;)

    But that mongoose is pretty close...
  • 01-05-2013
    da'HOOV
    whatever it is, those welds are nice...I say ride it, enjoy it and don't give a sheet till it breaks. Who cares ......oh yeah I forgot , its gotta be VRC or it's junk ;-)
  • 01-05-2013
    Jimmyfixit
    Just wanted to see if anyone recognized it. A lot of people recommended this site as a helpful and knowledgeable group and suggested as such to pick your brains so to speak. This forum has been helpful...and I agree. Whatever it is (the bike)... It is beautiful. Rides great and my bro loves it. Isn't that what brought us all here in the first place. ;)
  • 01-05-2013
    richieb
    Honestly, it looks like a frame out of a Chinese/Taiwanese factory frame catalog that buyers can brand however they want - It's hard to put a brand to it, because,as MCS implied, it;s likely a department store frame that's had parts upgraded - like in someone's basement who has had access to several bikes to mix the parts on, so as to create several un-identifiable bikes.

    Did your brother buy it at a Pawnshop or off Craigslist, by any chance?
  • 01-05-2013
    Berkeley Mike
    My first reaction as the thread started was that it was a knock-off and inexpensive. It is just too gimmicky. Some of the pieces look contrived and the frame has no flow.
  • 01-05-2013
    Jimmyfixit
    You don't have to get nasty. Who cares how much it's worth?? The question was who made it. As of yet no match either way. I've had cheap bikes. This bike rides awesome. There is nothing awesome about a cheap bike. The shifters are worth more than he paid for it anyway. He bought it because he liked it. I posted it for him so he could find out who made it.
  • 01-06-2013
    da'HOOV
    Royce Union? I had one of their frames once and was similarly impressed with the welds.
  • 01-06-2013
    Berkeley Mike
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Jimmyfixit View Post
    You don't have to get nasty. Who cares how much it's worth?? The question was who made it. As of yet no match either way. I've had cheap bikes. This bike rides awesome. There is nothing awesome about a cheap bike. The shifters are worth more than he paid for it anyway. He bought it because he liked it. I posted it for him so he could find out who made it.

    It is not meant to be nasty; it is critique that addresses many of the guesses made that it was some hi-dollar frame.
  • 01-06-2013
    Jimmyfixit
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Berkeley Mike View Post
    . It is just too gimmicky. Some of the pieces look contrived and the frame has no flow.

    I don't see how that's value added in determining the manufacturer.
    Hope you feel better.
  • 01-07-2013
    YakimaDeathYaks
    Looks like a Ziegler-Lam made in Kent, WA