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    Old Brodies and Toads

    I have been a big fan of Canadian bikes since way back in the day... especially Off Road Toads and Brodies. I live in Michigan and have seen very few Brodies in my life and never an Off Road Toad. I got an Expresso a few years ago from a fellow from Vancouver.. the attached (poor) picture is how I built it up shortly after getting it. The stickers were stock with the exception that the headtube got replaced with a tribal-style image of a bird and I forgot the bike shop name that was on the seatstays..

    anyways, I digress. I would love to see pictures of Off Road Toads and early Brodies. I really like the pre-suspension era ones. (My Expresso is set up for an 80mm shock, I am pretty sure... my Kona JF Project Two fork drops the front end down to the point that the front end feels way too twitchy..)

    Not sure if I should have posted this to Vintage/Retro, but I figured I would go right to the source! Thanks!

    clarkman in michigan
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    I've posted several pic's in the Classic department, in the Toad topic...

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    I think Brodie still makes the catalyst, which is the evolution of the sovereign or expresso.
    I have one from '01 or '02 that is really nice. Its complete tange prestige and its comparable to a rocky blizzard. The tubing in the tange prestige is a little bigger than 853 I think. Mine could pass for aluminum, maybe very old aluminum. I have a 21" and the geometry is a little funky but its a hell of a climber. Nice to see some steel brodies are still around. I had always read that tange prestige was very fragile because its too lite.

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    One thing I won't do is get rid of my Custom Expresso hard-tail.
    (Made in Richmond, BC and about a year later Paul Brodie got out of making custom frames. So the guys at the LBS call my bike a "Classis" ......or a antique lol)
    She climbs great, is light and nibble on the trails.
    I have done some incredible rides with it.
    Unfortunately I have it in the corner right now behind my dual suspension bikes.
    But I still get it out on special occasions.
    It is a one of a kind as I look at it.

    Kevin

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    If you are considering buying a Toad, check out this counterfeit thread:

    Bizarre eBay ploy

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    Finally got a picture of my Expresso.
    It is a great bike and IMHO a ......"Classic"
    Cheers

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    I have a 1994ish Sovereign, well what's left of it.. I bought it brand new at the Vancouver Bike show in 94 i think, for $1999 CDN. A steel (heheh) for a bike with, Manitou 3s, XTR cranks, shifters, derailers, bb, hubs, syncros post, this thing was super pimp.. light blue.. unfortunatly it's got a crack in the drive side chainstay, that i caused when a crank bolt cam loose, I found it when i had the frame stripped to get painted.. booh.. I'll post a picture when i find some.. I even came forth at the 1996 Canadian Championships in junior sport in DH and XC on it.. fun fun..

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    I posted some pics and a description of mine over in the vintage section a while back here is a link.

    1988 Brodie Climbmax

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    Smile here is my Expresso

    Here is my '96 Brodie Expresso

    Friendly greetings from Switzerland!

    Other pics see on my gallery!
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    Smile eXpresso 1995

    This is my newest one
    more pics are in my gallery.

    here are the specifications of my bike;

    Frame: 19’, Customs Prestige Cro-Mo, Serial Number: 3461
    Fork: 1 1/8’ Tange Cro-Mo by Spicer Cycles, suspension corrected 413mm
    Headset: 1 1/8’ Race Face Real Seal, Ahead
    Stem : 1 1/8’ Race Face EX-Series Titanium 3AL2.5V, 140mm
    Handlebar: Syncros Hardcore
    Crank: Cook Bros. RSR
    Chain rings: Race Face 8Speed 46/36/24
    Bottom bracket: Cook Bros. titanium
    Pedals: Odyssey Svelte titanium
    Front derailleur: Shimano XT FD-M736
    Rear derailleur: Shimano XT RD-M735
    Chain: Shimano CN-HG90
    Cassette: Shimano CS-HG70 11-28 7speed
    Shifter: Shimano XT SL-M732
    Brake lever: Grafton Re-Entry
    Brakes: Grafton SC
    Hub front: Nuke Proof Titanium 32
    Hub rear: Nuke Proof Titanium 32
    Rims: Matrix Mt.Titan 32
    Spokes: DT Revolution 2.0-1.5-2.0
    Nipples: DT Messing
    Tubes: Maxxis Ultralight
    Tires: Continental Twister Supersonic 1.9
    Skewers: Ringlé Titan Stix
    Seat post: Syncros 1. Generation 27.0 x 330mm
    Saddle: Selle Flite Titanium
    Avid Tri-Dangle cable hanger, Grab-On Grips, XT Shark Fin + many Titanium bolts

    Weight: 9,485kg / 20,9 lbs
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    Brodie Bikes and Dogs

    Gruezi Sebastian and greetings from Canada. This is my Brodie. My dog Brodie has been a member of our family for five years. But getting to bikes, I really like your two full rigid Brodies. I ride Rocky Mountain and my favorite Rocky is my 94 Thunderbolt. You can view it in Post your Rocky's. It is blue and orange and is a full rigid. I have even taken it to Switzerland where my wife comes from. We were in Switzerland in December for two weeks and this time I ended up renting a bike for a week from Velocipede in Kriens. I love the long climbs you get when you bike the hills surrounding the Pilatus. It's also nice to see the fans of Canadian bikes on this web-site, and that also includes American and European bikse. I just do not like all of the so called high end bikes and then you find out they are made in Taiwan. Tschus
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    Smile

    here are also the specifications of my Expresso in silver

    Brodie eXpresso 1996


    The specifications:

    Frame 20,5, Customs Prestige Cro-Mo, Serial Number: 4005
    Color: Aztec silver metallic, Du Pont nr. 45406
    Fork: 1 1/8 Kona Project 2, suspension corrected 413mm
    Headset: 1 1/8 Chris King, Ahead
    Stem: 1 1/8 Syncros Cattlehead +15%, 120mm
    Handlebar: Syncros Hardcore
    Crank: Syncros Revolution
    Chainrings: Race Face 8Speed 46/36/24
    Bottom bracket: Kooka titanium 122,5mm
    Pedals: Shimano XT M735
    Front derailleur: Shimano XT FD-M901
    Rear derailleur: Shimano XT RD-M910
    Chain: Shimano CN-HG91
    Cassette: Shimano CS-HG950 titanium 12-32 8speed
    Shifter: Grip Shift SRT 500
    Brake levers: RPM
    Brakes: WTB Speedmaster
    Hub front: XTR M900 32
    Hub rear: Syncros Bomb-Proof 36
    Rim front: Mavic Sup CD 117
    Rim back: Mavic Sup CD 121
    Spokes: Sapim 2.0-1.8-2.0
    Nipples: Sapim Messing
    Rim tape: Michelin
    Tubes: Michelin Airstop C4
    Tires: Specialized S-Works Rockster 1.9
    Skewers: Ringle titan Stix silver
    Saddle post: Syncros 3. Generation 27.0 x 425mm
    Saddle: Selle Flite Titanium
    WTB Cable hangers, John Tomac Ati Grips, Syncros Hang Doggy,
    Syncros crank-o-matic bolts, XT Shark Fin + many titanium bolts

    Weight: 10,130kg / 22.3 lbs
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    Wink update

    here some pics of my Expresso after a few changes
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    I am like everyone else - I see the world in terms of what I would like to see happen, not what actually does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agamemmnon
    anyways, I digress. I would love to see pictures of Off Road Toads and early Brodies. I really like the pre-suspension era ones. (My Expresso is set up for an 80mm shock, I am pretty sure... my Kona JF Project Two fork drops the front end down to the point that the front end feels way too twitchy..)
    Here is my Sovereign - think its a 94 but I am not sure.

    Last edited by lewdvig; 08-24-2005 at 08:09 PM.

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