There really is no information out there about this bike but I thought i would share...
Recently I picked up this bare Ti frame for a great price from a friend on a whim, kind of blindly as there is really no information out there about these bikes. To the best of my knowledge it's a mid to late 90's frame. The frame weighed in at a feather 3.1#
I initially built it up with all period correct xtr (950) /xt (739) parts with the first generation of race face forged cranks. fox f80 RLT fork, thomson seat post with crappy WTB saddle I had laying around and a set of wheels i borrowed from a friend. that ended up being over 25# and with the vintage crankset getting the chainline correct was becoming an absolute nightmare.
Discouraged but not beated, i swapped out the raceface cranks for a set of LX hollowtech II cranks (which happened to be nearly 3/4 of a pound lighter), borrowed a different set of wheels from my 98 FSR (still ridiculously heavy but way lighter than the set of wheels i borrowed from a friend) I also popped on a bontrager x-lite Ti saddle I had in my garage. that got the weight down to 22.5#, solved the chainline issue and made it ready to be ridden.
I have just finished building up a new wheelset for the bike (NOS mavic 217 SUP and XT 770 hubs) which will shave another ~ 1/2 from the bike.
The results were phenomenal, very agile and compliant. I really didn't know what to expect going into the build, I half expected the wet noodle syndrome of the early Litespeed hardtails. We all were pleasantly surprised. Comparing this bike to my last hardtail (Gunnar Rockhound) I can definitely say it was a gamble that payed off big. Would take it in a heartbeat over my old hound, and I loved that bike.
Here are a few photos of the bike
Frame... it has very interesting dropouts sort of half shells at the end of the seat/chain stays
partly built with RF cranks
as it sits (muddy post 1st ride)
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