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    dbr axis tt

    hi all

    looking at the titanium version.
    supposedly made by sandvik.
    any comments?
    its cheap.
    thanks for reading.

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    Well...

    Quote Originally Posted by alfaman
    hi all

    looking at the titanium version.
    supposedly made by sandvik.
    any comments?
    its cheap.
    thanks for reading.
    It was an OK frame, just OK. It's probably being sold for cheap because it's 10 years old. If you find your self wanting to warranty the frame, the warranty has long expired. You would need to contact Sandvik directly to see if the would be willing to do anything for you.
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    hi mellow

    is your nick some color scheme? reminds me of bmw m3.

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    i might convert a DBR Axis TT to a single speed...aside from warranty issues, what other issues may be there?

    i know cromo and al frames have a fatigue "life"...but what about ti?

    thanks!

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    The DBR Axis TT was actually a nice bike in it's day. The bike is a Sanvik made straight gauge 3/2.5 ti frame with water jet cut 6/4 dropouts. If I remember correctly the frame was 3.4 lbs for an 18".Ti has come a long way in the last decade but titanium has a longer life than steel and much longer than aluminum so longevity is not as much of an issue. The nice thing is that the frame has no paint or clear coat so you can see any defect or damage and titanium does not rust or tarnish so you can polish them out with aluminum or chrome cleaner to remove scratches.

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    Something like that..

    Quote Originally Posted by alfaman
    hi mellow

    is your nick some color scheme? reminds me of bmw m3.
    Way back in the olden days, long before mtbr.com required you to register your handle, I used to go by "Trek-E" because I rode a Trek ST120. The frame crack 1 1/2 months after I bought the bike. Trek warrantied it with a bright yellow Y33. Thus, I changed my name to reflect my personality (at the time).

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    Hi!

    Bit the bullet, and bought the frame. Here it is for your perusal. Year is unknown, but barring a few scratches here and there, it's in excellent shape!

    [QUOTE=BlueSid]The DBR Axis TT was actually a nice bike in it's day...
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    Nice job

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    Hey....

    This is one of the best frames still out there. Mello Yellow never even had one. I know this GS!!!

    I had two of them. They ride Great This I Know.

    buy the TT for sure.


    Trevelyn

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    sorry to dissapoint

    im sorry to have to tell you this

    but i dont think thats an axis tt

    i had two of em and still have the remains of one of my race bikes in the garage and its definitely not the same as that differnet stays dropouts top tube cable guides

    however to be honest it was one of the best bikes i ever had

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    no prob mike! am still trying o identify my frame...all i know is that it uses sandvik tubing, and takes a 26.8 seatpost.

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    More fuel for the fire

    I just picked up a DBR Ti frame at a local swap meet. Feels nice and light, I'm waiting for the parts to trickle in so I can build it up and see how it rides.


    Bonus pictures at http://entirely-adequate.com/titan/

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    just got this today. lovely. :-)

    also noticed that the top tube, towards the seat tube is ovalised, and the top tube itself is quite massive, and far larger in circumference when compared to my other titanium bikes. any idea what this is supposed to accomplish in terms of ride quality?

    cheers, fishy
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    Quote Originally Posted by fishy
    just got this today. lovely. :-)

    also noticed that the top tube, towards the seat tube is ovalised, and the top tube itself is quite massive, and far larger in circumference when compared to my other titanium bikes. any idea what this is supposed to accomplish in terms of ride quality?

    cheers, fishy
    No fair! You've got a hei hei in addition to that dbr!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim-bob
    No fair! You've got a hei hei in addition to that dbr!

    :-)

    I wish my wife would share your enthusiasm for the "couple" of bikes in my cellar.

    cheers, fishy

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishy
    :-)

    I wish my wife would share your enthusiasm for the "couple" of bikes in my cellar.

    cheers, fishy
    Well, if she gets too unenthusiastic and you happen to need a place to "hide" them, just let me know..

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    Re the design of the toptube

    Quote Originally Posted by fishy
    just got this today. lovely. :-)

    also noticed that the top tube, towards the seat tube is ovalised, and the top tube itself is quite massive, and far larger in circumference when compared to my other titanium bikes. any idea what this is supposed to accomplish in terms of ride quality?

    cheers, fishy
    Hey Fishy...

    As far as I know (and this is based on what was said in the original MTB Action review article of the DBR Axis TT), the ovalised toptube was purely there for additional strength/rigidity... I suppose that comes about as a result of the ovalised tube having a "wider/longer" area of contact with the seat-tube, therefore allowing a greater area to be welded, and thus resulting in a stronger 'bond' and overall strength of the frame...

    Also note that its only really the last bit of the toptube, as its about to 'meet' the seat-tube, thats ovalised...

    From what the article suggested, it was one of (if not the only) Ti frames at the time that this ovalization was done on... Sandvik apparently produced quite a few Ti frames for different companies in the early stages of the 90's, often making use of a generic frame. However, given DBR's position as a major player (at the time), the Axis frame design was unique... In general, when I come across posts on the forum, with people asking for help identifying which Ti frame they have - I always have a close look at the toptube... Haven't yet noticed any others that are ovalised - but again, don't know if it was only the Axis TT that this was done on...

    Have one myself - beauty of a ride...

    Happy trails!

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    I still have an AXIS TT Pro that I bought new in 1995. It still rides great. I have changed the brakes, levers, shifters, and forks. I still love those Hugi hubs.

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