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    198? Tange DB Full XT MTB

    I picked this beautiful bike up recently and I'm trying to find info on it. I'm pretty knowledgeable on vintage mtb's, but this one is not proving easy to find info on. It's full XT 6 speed with RM20 hard anodized rims which I would figure would put it in the mid 80's. I was informed there weren't any decals on the top or down tubes when new. I thought Tange made bikes for a short stint, but I could be wrong.

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    If you can shed some light on this bike, it would be much appreciated.
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    The purple and blue keeps screaming "KHS" at me, but a quick search didn't come up with anything with that colour scheme.

    Any clues in the serial number?

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    The stem says Stumpjumper to me, repainted?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Grumpy View Post
    The purple and blue keeps screaming "KHS" at me, but a quick search didn't come up with anything with that colour scheme.

    Any clues in the serial number?

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    198? Tange DB Full XT MTB-img_0941.jpg

    Serial Number 7E00098 with a <ES> Diamond Stamp

    The tires are Specialized Ground Controls and saddle a turbo.

    I've been thinking Marin as I have another early Marin with similar details, I haven't found a similar paint scheme.
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    Maybe it was built without decals for a trade show in order to display components?

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    I've been searching images on the web and I think it could be Marin. I've found a few paint schemes that match, but just not in color. The components are the same as the team bike for the one catalog I've been able to find. Do any of you know where I might find an early catalog?
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    Quote Originally Posted by phattruth View Post
    I've been searching images on the web and I think it could be Marin. I've found a few paint schemes that match, but just not in color. The components are the same as the team bike for the one catalog I've been able to find. Do any of you know where I might find an early catalog?
    I think it's a 1988 model. I thought at first it was a Marin because of the matching stem/fork, but most of their frames had lugs in 88.

    You can check component dates here.

    Date of Manufacture of Bicycle Components can be used to date a bike: component dating
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    Not a bad guess.

    I looked through a couple of KHS catalogs from that era, and no match. Most are lugged, and the head tube, fork, and seat tubes all share a color.

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    Based off of date codes it looks to be February 87. I thought Shimano had gone to 7 speed cassettes already in 87', but evidently not. I compared the frame to my other Marin and it's identical. Now if I can just find a matching image.
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    The seven stuff for off-road was officially out in autumn '88, iirc. I was going to guess Univega at first, but the KHS lineage was a good thought too. I did about five miles or so of racing the President of Marin (Richard Buckley??) uphill at the Lemurian in '90, he had a prototype Ti bike and we chatted for quite awhile. From '87 to Ti in '90 shows how fast the sport was changing back then.

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