• 11-27-2012
    TiGeo
    The curved top tube is key here - I like the Laguna Beach model..seems to be a match.
  • 11-27-2012
    2fargon
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE, View Post
    I wouldn't hold Bikepedia as being a bike Bible as some think. I found 3 mistakes on a description of one bike I recently looked up. If they can make 3 mistakes on one bike I can just imagine how many mistakes there are amongst thousands of bikes.

    Totally agree. I noticed they were showing the same pic for several different models while I was looking around.
  • 11-27-2012
    NateHawk
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by 2fargon View Post
    Totally agree. I noticed they were showing the same pic for several different models while I was looking around.

    all of the 2000 model B3's have the same pic, for example, which coincidentally looks a lot like the one the MTBR reviews use.

    I doubt you could pin it down any further without contacting AMP with the serial number.
  • 11-28-2012
    Drummerboy1975
    With that said, the serial number of the bike is located on the steering tube. Was that standard practice on Amp's?
  • 11-28-2012
    DIRTJUNKIE
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Drummerboy1975 View Post
    With that said, the serial number of the bike is located on the steering tube. Was that standard practice on Amp's?

    So an AMP it is, now get working on the restoration. :thumbsup:
  • 11-28-2012
    Drummerboy1975
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE, View Post
    So an AMP it is, now get working on the restoration. :thumbsup:

    An Amp it is!

    I'm going to blow it apart, completely strip it, repack and replace, and probably leave it bare aluminum.
  • 11-28-2012
    Drummerboy1975
    The only thing keeping it from being a rideable bike is the shifters. They aren't wanting to shift with the way the cables are routed through the clamps on the DT. I'm kinda at a loss on what to do with them since it doesn't have cable routes on the TT like the other Amps I've seen........

    Any suggestions? I'd also like to loose the Sram grip shifters.
  • 11-28-2012
    DIRTJUNKIE
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Drummerboy1975 View Post
    The only thing keeping it from being a rideable bike is the shifters. They aren't wanting to shift with the way the cables are routed through the clamps on the DT. I'm kinda at a loss on what to do with them since it doesn't have cable routes on the TT like the other Amps I've seen........

    Any suggestions? I'd also like to loose the Sram grip shifters.

    Are you saying both front and rear shifters aren't working correctly. Because I would think your rear shifting should work fine with that cable routing. But the front may be a problem. Maybe the front derailleur is wrong. I would think it should be a bottom pull and not a top pull.
  • 11-29-2012
    Drummerboy1975
    I think I just figured it out. I'll post restore pics.

    So this would be a good one to save and bring back?
  • 11-29-2012
    DIRTJUNKIE
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Drummerboy1975 View Post
    I think I just figured it out. I'll post restore pics.

    So this would be a good one to save and bring back?

    Oh definitely, AMP Research played a huge role in early suspension designs. And one that is in all original premium condition is highly sought after in the collector world. You should post this over in the Vintage, Retro, Classic forum. There are many collectors that frequent that forum that I'm sure didn't see this thread.
    Vintage, Retro, Classic - Mtbr Forums
  • 11-29-2012
    Drummerboy1975
    I almost posted this over there but was afraid it wasn't old enough for that section.
  • 11-29-2012
    NateHawk
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Drummerboy1975 View Post
    I almost posted this over there but was afraid it wasn't old enough for that section.

    yeah, it's kinda on the line. still, it doesn't seem like there's much good information out there about this bike so that has me wondering how common this particular model year was. It's kinda like with Schwinn and their Homegrowns, though. The line is gone (in a similar timeframe, even), so I think that sorta makes it at least "classic" by default.
  • 11-29-2012
    Drummerboy1975
    I'll fun with it during the rebuild and afterwords while tearing through the woods!
  • 11-29-2012
    NateHawk
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Drummerboy1975 View Post
    I'll fun with it during the rebuild and afterwords while tearing through the woods!

    that's the important part. you should try to track down some of those AMP disc brakes for it if you can. Not sure if modern standard rotors would fit the calipers, though (finding hubs with the 3 bolt rotor mount would be tough). Though I did see some pics online that looked like you might be able to find an adapter for the AMP caliper to post mount brakes.
  • 11-29-2012
    Drummerboy1975
    I'd rather have an original Amp fork. They're funky looking but it's what came on it I believe. Very unique.

    http://img703.imageshack.us/img703/4216/img0528qs.jpg
  • 11-29-2012
    Drummerboy1975
    Here's the closest bike so can find to mine. I say this because of the gussets on the frame and the cable clamps on the DT. Except for the Trails being straight and mine being curved.


    http://i1217.photobucket.com/albums/...s/i5Q9JBRE.jpg
  • 11-29-2012
    DIRTJUNKIE
    I'm a frequent flyer over on the vintage board and I think you're missing out if you don't post this over there. There are AMP enthusiasts over there that may be able to help you with finding parts for it. Like that original ultra rare fork.
  • 11-29-2012
    Drummerboy1975
    I posted it there a few hours ago but yet to have a hit in it.
  • 11-29-2012
    AZ
    Those AMP linkage forks appear on evilbay fairly regularly. Heres a frame and fork.

    AMP Research B-3 Full Suspension Aluminum Mountain Bike Frame 90's Deore | eBay
  • 11-29-2012
    DIRTJUNKIE
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by AZ.MTNS View Post
    Those AMP linkage forks appear on evilbay fairly regularly. Heres a frame and fork.

    AMP Research B-3 Full Suspension Aluminum Mountain Bike Frame 90's Deore | eBay

    Wow current bid $181.00 that would be a killer deal for a peace of mountain bike history.
  • 11-29-2012
    NateHawk
    pretty sure the one you have came with disc brakes. which explains the clamp-on canti posts.
  • 11-29-2012
    Drummerboy1975
    I agree.
  • 11-29-2012
    DIRTJUNKIE
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Drummerboy1975 View Post
    I agree.

    Here's a thought, you should buy the one on eBay that AZ posted. Switch forks so your bike gets the AMP fork. Then eBay that frame with your fork. Who knows you may end even money wise and end up with a free fork.