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    1987 Diamondback Arrival

    No pics yet. It's listed locally for 100 bux. All XT. I'm gonna pick it up if it's still available. No brainer, right ?

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    If it is in good shape, for sure. I dig that bike.

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    what the heck is the freaking Like thingy doing in the posts.

    weird, it's not in mine. phew.

    Yeah, totally, especially if the XT stuff is in good condition.

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    Snatch it up! I think the paint job for that bike was pretty sweet, personally.

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    Those are indeed cool. I had one for a while, but it was a bit too small and was sold off. It's an interesting part of early, mass-produced aluminum MTB history!

    Edit: Before and after shots now included...
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    CEGrover, that's pretty much the exact bike. Have an appointment at 4:00 so it's mine if I want it.

    It's a 49CM ??? 19 inch, I guess, so it'll fit me. I'm guessing it's gonna have really laid back geometry ? Really slack seat and fork angles ?

    I'll ride it tonight and make a decision to keep, sell, or part out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by old'skool View Post
    CEGrover, that's pretty much the exact bike. Have an appointment at 4:00 so it's mine if I want it.

    It's a 49CM ??? 19 inch, I guess, so it'll fit me. I'm guessing it's gonna have really laid back geometry ? Really slack seat and fork angles ?

    I'll ride it tonight and make a decision to keep, sell, or part out.
    Not slack, but not steep. Stays maybe look a little long. These came on the scene when only a handful of aluminum bikes were on the market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed View Post
    Not slack, but not steep. Stays maybe look a little long. These came on the scene when only a handful of aluminum bikes were on the market.

    those always make me nostalgic- i really liked the early tig'd japanese aluminum bikes. with a pair of ground controls, a longer stem, and some bars with less sweep, i feel i rode that bike really well. it was a huge step up in handling compared to bikes only a year or two old at the time. i was working in a little backyard shop in western colorado at the time. i ordered my arrival one afternoon, and about 6 a.m. the morning after next some guys in a van were in the bosses' driveway honking! they dropped off my bike and took off!!











    sorry if i've posted these pics before.....

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    Well, here she is. Brought her home, swapped out the commuter tires for some old contis I had laying around. Swapped the Nitto bar and stem for an HL and some Bontrager 175s, threw my pedals on her, and put a vetta seat on it too. 25.75 lbs. Not lite (I wonder were the weight is ?) but not a tank, either.

    Took her to my favorite local rolling singletrack. And immediately formed some first impressions.

    One - the bike is, well, neutral. Not twitchy, not slow.

    Two - It doesn't respond to out of the saddle efforts, period. It likes you way back on the seat, folded in half when climbing. Some drops might be cool....

    Three - It has a sweet spot. As I said, it's neutral. Seems to like middle chainring, middle of the stack, with your weight and position right smack in the middle of the bike. And, it;s sweet spot is at a pretty fast clip. Would make a great forest service road bike.

    Four - Even with the Tange fork, it's HARSH. I was running 30 lbs PSI, and the frame still transmitted everything.

    It' a fun bike though. Not something I'd ride every day. It's quite capable, and took everything I threw at it. I ride relatively hard, yet smooth. Really a kind of modern ride, considering it's vintage.

    Sorry for the blurry pic. It was dark when I got home.

    Now, what do I do with it ? I'm not a collector, I'm a rider.
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    Keep riding it?

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    ^^ that is a very good description of how my 89 Apex rides...standing up makes it all wonky (which i neve noticed at the time, but now I do) I used to burn out the middle ring, like all the time 3 for each big or little ring, and a good speed on a nice flowing trail or fire road... ah the memories...

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    She cleaned up nice.
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