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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
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    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.
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    It's a beautiful bike. And absolute work of art. We just don't know who made it.

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    I don't think it's a Mountain Cycle... Not sure what it IS either.
    I like turtles

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    Post a pic of the whole bike right side up from the driveside, that swingarm looks pretty distinctive.

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    Here's the pic you wanted
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    Looks like a Ellsworth ISIS not sure of year

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    Any serial number or markings anywhere? Bottom of the BB shell or inner side of the chainstays are common places.

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    Ser# is listed in the first post.
    PP6460192. On bottom brkt. Only markings on frame.

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    It's got some crosstrac sonoma influence:
    Crosstrac Sonoma

    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?

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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)
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    I don't crash, I just have slightly uncontrolled dismounts!

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    Yes. Posting it in the VRC forum might get you an answer. Its a very cool looking bike thats for sure
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    It looks beautiful, I wish I could help you.

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    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
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    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
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    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.
    I don't crash, I just have slightly uncontrolled dismounts!

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    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...

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    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 ;-)

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    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.

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    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?

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    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.
    I don't rattle.

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    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.

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    Royce Union? I had one of their frames once and was similarly impressed with the welds.

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    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.
    I don't rattle.

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    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.

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    Looks like a Ziegler-Lam made in Kent, WA
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