The Diamond Back thread?

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  • 05-15-2007
    mik_git
    The Diamond Back thread?
    I had a bitr of a search, and saw lots of individual post, just thought maybe bit of a history thread...
    While DB don't quite hit my lust list as some others, I do have good memories of them, from always wanting a BMX to my 1st MTB being a 89-90ish Apex in a smoke paint job (that Susan DeMattai can be seen using in the original Kamakazi video). And a 1994 Axis TR, which I recently built up for the girlfriend to ride, settign up lights and stuff on it the other day reminded me just how good that bike is :D . Thats part of the reason i made this post, good old memories, and the fact that the only bike my GF could see that she thought "looked nice" was the mission 2...

    Anyway I'd liek to see what people have (as i don't have any pics yet)
    And I always hear that the '92 axis team bike was actually titanium... was it?

    ...

    and everything else... wheel out your DB knowledge...
  • 05-15-2007
    kb11
    Heres' an '86 DiamondBack currently taking up space in my garage. For now its a keeper:skep:

    http://ns10.reliablehosting.com/~kb11/apex3.jpg

    http://ns10.reliablehosting.com/~kb11/apex5.jpg

    http://ns10.reliablehosting.com/~kb11/apex6.jpg
  • 05-15-2007
    cegrover
    You'll actually find some historic DB posts on the Diamondback/Raleigh forum here at MTBR, as well as a few in this forum. There are a few enthusiasts around here. I know more about the V-Links than the mid-90s Axis series, but there were Ti Axis models around 1994-1996. DB also played with steel lugged carbon on the WCF (welded carbon fiber) bikes.

    In addition to my not-yet-vintage 1998 DBRs (V-Link 3.2 and V6), I do still have a 1991 Axis with a pretty good early 90s paint job. Too bad it didn't come with the correct fork...

    http://www.geocities.com/cegrover/DBAxisLSideB2.jpg
  • 05-22-2007
    dougmint
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    1992 Diamond Back Ascent EX
    Here's mine with many upgrades, including:
    Mavic Crossmax Enduro wheels
    Tubeless Nevegal tires
    XT rear derailleur
    Set up as a 1x7
    Thomson seat post
    full length Jagwire Ripcord cables/housings
    N-Gear jump stop
    Avid Single digit 7 brakes
    Avid Rollamajig
  • 05-22-2007
    azjeff
    This Ascent is going SS...someday. The frame is in primer, can't seem to get er done. :smallviolin:
  • 05-23-2007
    morganfletcher
    I have a 1990s Diamond Back titanium mountain bike frame. I am planning on rebuilding it with modern parts and racing it. It came with a 27.0 seatpost. That seems like a strange size to me. Anyone out there with a similar vintage DBR team ti frame have a 27.0 seatpost? The serial number is DBR20362.

    I tried calling tisports (who built it I believe) and diamondback, but neither knew or had access to the information.

    Sorry, no pics yet.

    Morgan
  • 05-23-2007
    Vader
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    Quote:

    Originally Posted by morganfletcher
    I have a 1990s Diamond Back titanium mountain bike frame. I am planning on rebuilding it with modern parts and racing it. It came with a 27.0 seatpost. That seems like a strange size to me. Anyone out there with a similar vintage DBR team ti frame have a 27.0 seatpost? The serial number is DBR20362.

    I tried calling tisports (who built it I believe) and diamondback, but neither knew or had access to the information.

    Sorry, no pics yet.

    Morgan

    I have a 97 Axis TT that uses a 27.0 post. Serial # is DBR181297. I should have the build completed by the end of the week. Here's a teaser.
  • 05-23-2007
    ScottyMTB
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    Here is a DB I have been putting off
    I think it is an 89. 1 and 1/4 threaded headset.
  • 06-19-2007
    tidi
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by morganfletcher
    I have a 1990s Diamond Back titanium mountain bike frame. I am planning on rebuilding it with modern parts and racing it. It came with a 27.0 seatpost. That seems like a strange size to me. Anyone out there with a similar vintage DBR team ti frame have a 27.0 seatpost? The serial number is DBR20362.

    I tried calling tisports (who built it I believe) and diamondback, but neither knew or had access to the information.

    Sorry, no pics yet.

    Morgan

    i have a '93 ti axis with a 27.2mm moots ti seat post. fits like a glove.
  • 03-28-2008
    mudpuppy
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by kb11
    Heres' an '86 DiamondBack currently taking up space in my garage. For now its a keeper:skep:

    http://ns10.reliablehosting.com/~kb11/apex3.jpg

    http://ns10.reliablehosting.com/~kb11/apex5.jpg

    http://ns10.reliablehosting.com/~kb11/apex6.jpg

    HOLY CRAP....that was the bike that started this whole crazy thing we call mountain biking....OMG....thanks for the pics, brings back so many memories....the excitement of riding bikes in the mountains, the smell of bike shops...and the amazing progression that mountain bikes have seen in the past few years...
  • 03-28-2008
    xy9ine
    my first mtn bike was a diamond back mean streak. it's a lugged frame that predates that apex, so i'm guessing '84. i gave it to my dad years ago & it's still in great shape & unused; should take some pix (and/or reposses it). good memories of that bike.
  • 03-30-2008
    scooderdude
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    Here's my 80s/90s something Diamondback that I saved from the crusher. It's NOS.

    Would like to find a good home for it.
  • 03-30-2008
    steelridesonly
    My first mountain bike was a DiamondBack Fleet Streak. Probably a late '80s model. I also had a 1994 DiamondBack Apex that I rode through college. It is still being ridden/raced by an old friend.

    My college girlfriend rode a 1993 DiamondBack Ascent that I still looks showroom new, right down to the original Avenir tires.
  • 03-31-2008
    orangejust
    here's my ghetto singlespeed 1994 Diamondback Axis

    http://www.4freeimagehost.com/uploads/f75a07e83a85.jpg
  • 03-31-2008
    bushpig
    How 'bout some Yellow Arrivals? I love that bike!
  • 04-03-2008
    tductape
    My first Mtn bike was a 1984 or 85 Diamond Back Mean Streak (so I am old). I miss that ride. Unfortunately I traded it for my first wind surfer after trading up (?) to my 87 Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo (still have that one). I remember paying what I thought was a lot of money for that ride and justifying how it would last me the rest of my life...... Was I ever wrong. The beginning of an addiction that just gets bigger and bigger.
  • 04-03-2008
    GT_guy
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by scooderdude
    Here's my 80s/90s something Diamondback that I saved from the crusher. It's NOS.
    Would like to find a good home for it.

    My first mtb was a 90 Diamondback Topanga. The decals on your frame look the same, so I'd say it's a 90 or 91. My bike weighed a ton, but even for a low-end bike, it had a great paint job. It was white with a purple tinted "smoke" finish"
    It's a shame the bike companies think UPS brown is a cool color these days...
  • 04-03-2008
    gm1230126
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by scooderdude
    Here's my 80s/90s something Diamondback that I saved from the crusher. It's NOS.

    Would like to find a good home for it.

    That's a 91 Apex. Same decals as the year the Overdrive and Overdrive Comp were offered.
    Sold a number of these black Apex's back in the day.
  • 04-03-2008
    mattbikeboy
    I still have very fond memories of my first mountain bike -- an '87 Ascent EX. I broke it in late 1990 and they warranteed it with a Euro model Apex LE. I loved it even more than my Ascent. I sold it when I bought my Pro Floater in '95 and have regretted it even since. :sad:

    By the time I bought my Mantis the DB had full XT, a Manitou I, BullsEye hubs, Pauls Stop Lights, Syncros seat post, Scott AT carbon flat bars, Selle Italia Flite, XC Pro Grease Guard pedals and various high end thingies. Some of the stuff found it's way onto the Mantis -- and some still resides in my parts bin.

    Wow, what a blast from the past. :thumbsup:

    mbb
  • 04-04-2008
    Max Hc
    Here´s my 1994 Axis finished al last:
    Frame: DBR Axis - True Temper TT Lite - size 18
    Fork: Rock Shox Mag 21
    Headset: Tioga Alchemy
    Stem: Amaro Titanium 90 mm, 0º + SRP cap
    Bar: Litespeed al. 585 mm.
    Shifters: Shimano Deore XT - slr
    Grips: Onza Ulés
    Brakes: Shimano XTR M900 + Onza Chill Pills + al. bolts
    Brake pads: Windwood Polybrake + WTB Gripmaster DC
    Seatpost: Amaro Titanium 27.0 x 350 mm.
    Saddle: Selle Italia Flite
    Seatpost binder: Avenir + Ti. bolt
    Front mech: Shimano Deore XT + al. bolts
    Cranks + rings: Shimano Deore XT - 22-32-42
    BB: Shimano UN-51 – 68 x 110
    Rear derrailleur: Shimano Deore XT + al. bolts.
    Chain: Shimano HG-70
    Cassete: Shimano Deore XT 11-28
    Hubs: Shimano Deore XT
    Spokes: Wheelsmith DB
    Rims: Bontrager BCX 1 / BCX 2
    Tubes: Michelin
    Tires: Onza Porcupine 2.10 Kevlar
    Shark fin: Shimano Deore XT

    Weight: 10,970 Kgs.


    Complete post here:

    http://forums.mtbr.com/vintage-retro-classic/dbr-axis-circa-1994-a-386160.html


    http://img108.imageshack.us/img108/2193/img0384qg7.jpg
  • 05-21-2008
    Swampman
  • 05-21-2008
    rbrsddn
    I had a '91 Axis with the Orange/w black stripes like the one above. I wish I still had it.
  • 05-21-2008
    Rumpfy
    I want to see a Dave Weins replica.
  • 05-22-2008
    TRIPLE R
    stupid compuda....sorry guys avin a hi tech moment here:madman::madman::madman:
  • 05-22-2008
    TRIPLE R
    http://gallery.mtbr.com/data/mtbr/50...bs/forum_8.jpg
    Dis my bike I think I will ride til I cant ride anymore or till the frame snaps