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    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 . 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?

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    and everything else... wheel out your DB knowledge...

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    Heres' an '86 DiamondBack currently taking up space in my garage. For now its a keeper





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    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...


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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
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    This Ascent is going SS...someday. The frame is in primer, can't seem to get er done.
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    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.

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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.

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    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.
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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.
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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 '93 ti axis with a 27.2mm moots ti seat post. fits like a glove.

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





    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...

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    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.

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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.
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    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.

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    here's my ghetto singlespeed 1994 Diamondback Axis


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    How 'bout some Yellow Arrivals? I love that bike!

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    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.

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    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...

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    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.
    Needed: 26.8mm XTR seatpost, blue GT/Grundig Jersey.

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    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.

    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.

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    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.


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    Here's mine, I believe it was made in the late 1980s.




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    I had a '91 Axis with the Orange/w black stripes like the one above. I wish I still had it.

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    I want to see a Dave Weins replica.
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    stupid compuda....sorry guys avin a hi tech moment here
    Okay,okay,so how do I put it back together,and where did this spring come from

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    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
    Okay,okay,so how do I put it back together,and where did this spring come from

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    Here's my Voyager III, blinged up with disc brakes. It gets new paint this summer.
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    anybody know what year the fleet streak was made? and what is the difference between it and the ascent.

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    Here's mine - Recent convert to SS commuter - I its a 1991 DB Axis. (thanks cegrover)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrjustin007
    Here's mine - Recent convert to SS commuter - I believe its a 1989 DB Axis
    That looks just like my 1991 - I wonder if one of us is off on the year, or if the paint job was around a while. TT OX tubing is good stuff! By the way, what size is that thing?

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    You're probally right about the year, I was guessing based on what the guy I bought it from said. Its a 21' or 22'

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    does anyone remember backin...92 i think, the team axis' were green with splatter, i thinl weins raced a 29er in a couple of events, or at least it had 700c wheels, remember the add in velo news and not having a clue what 700c wheels were...

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    Here is a 1991 catalog: http://www.mtb-kataloge.de/html/diamond_back.html

    Axis Team was green with splatter and Axis was black with splatter.

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    90 Ascent EX

    I'm presently riding my old Diamond Back Ascent EX. I'm guessing it's a 1990 based on the serial number. I bought it brand new sometime just before high school. It has the blue smoke in front and rear with white in the middle. Pretty much it's all original as far as parts go, except the ones that deteriorate with age, and the chain. I don't have any pics on the computer to use here, but if anyone is interested I could take a picture or two and get them up.

    I've only just recently started riding again, and doing so on much rougher trails than I'm really used to. I don't quite have the money to spend on a really nice replacement bike, so I'm considering just doing some upgrades. Can anyone suggest a good suspension fork to use with this bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ygolohcysp
    I'm presently riding my old Diamond Back Ascent EX. I'm guessing it's a 1990 based on the serial number. I bought it brand new sometime just before high school. It has the blue smoke in front and rear with white in the middle. Pretty much it's all original as far as parts go, except the ones that deteriorate with age, and the chain. I don't have any pics on the computer to use here, but if anyone is interested I could take a picture or two and get them up.

    I've only just recently started riding again, and doing so on much rougher trails than I'm really used to. I don't quite have the money to spend on a really nice replacement bike, so I'm considering just doing some upgrades. Can anyone suggest a good suspension fork to use with this bike?

    ygolohcysp

    Not sure anyone will get too excited over pics of an Ascent EX....but its great that you're back on the bike and riding it.

    If your DB is 1 1/8", you have options for suspension forks...but keep the travel low so as not to throw the geometry off too much. You're also have to replace the headset and stem...and mind the lack of cantilever mount on the fork...then you'd have to deal with brake changes too.

    A lot of times, its almost cheaper to buy a newer used bike....or man up and keep this one the way it is.
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    This thread is great!!!!
    I worked at a ***** Sporting Goods Bike dept. and we got really good deals on Diamond Backs. My first was a 94'ish Apex that I decked out in XTR and a Manitou EFC. It was gorgeous! I sold it to a friend years ago and wondered what happened to it. I got it back this weekend!!!!!! He gave it to me.!!!!!!!
    I also raced a Vertex TA - Easton Alum. frame - Yellow. I walked it around Mt Snow at a pro race in the tent area and all the big time riders kept telling me what a nice bike I had.
    My 2 cents.... I will take some pics of the Apex and post them up....

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    Quote Originally Posted by cegrover
    Here is a 1991 catalog: http://www.mtb-kataloge.de/html/diamond_back.html

    Axis Team was green with splatter and Axis was black with splatter.
    Hey guys,

    new to the forum. I've had my old bike that I started with sitting in my garage. Ive been thinking about making it my commuter bike. I always wondered if it was any good and come to find it here. Its a Team Axis in the green splatter. I liked the bike alot, but compared to today's bikes, really heavy. So I found the bike and catalog. Reading here, sounds like it was a sweet bike. Hope to read some good things on this forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccastrojr
    Hey guys,

    new to the forum. I've had my old bike that I started with sitting in my garage. Ive been thinking about making it my commuter bike. I always wondered if it was any good and come to find it here. Its a Team Axis in the green splatter. I liked the bike alot, but compared to today's bikes, really heavy. So I found the bike and catalog. Reading here, sounds like it was a sweet bike. Hope to read some good things on this forum.
    Welcome! Yes, I think most would agree that's a sweet one, especially for a bigger brand. You might be surprised to find it's not really heavy compared to modern bikes, but that depends on the build.

    Do you have photos??

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    Quote Originally Posted by cegrover
    Welcome! Yes, I think most would agree that's a sweet one, especially for a bigger brand. You might be surprised to find it's not really heavy compared to modern bikes, but that depends on the build.

    Do you have photos??
    well...now...bare in mind its been sitting in my garage...and it looks worse than it is. The handlebar was stripped for another bike, the chain is just off the rings and the tires are missing innertubes...other than that i know its in working condition.





    I plan on getting it into better shape. I just picked up some new tires, tubes, grips, cassette... Im looking for the original fork. I think it'll be awesome when I am done. I'll post some after pics.

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    My turn to throw a couple into the hat...

    I have posted this one before, but it was about 4 years ago, so the first pic you see if my uncle's old 1988 Apex purchased in Jan 1988 for $469 (I have the original receipt). It still looks pretty much like it rolled off the showroom floor but does have a few changes to make this more of a townie/cruiser since my dad rides it now.

    The next pictures are of my newly obtained 1983 Ridge Runner II. I got this from a buddy who just doesn't dig mountain bikes, so I gladly bought it from him. The first pictures shows it in its as purchased condition. It was mostly original except for seatpost, saddle, no grips, and tires. I cleaned it up and replaced the rear wheel since the original hub was kinda messed up. The replacement is still period correct with Araya 7X rim, but has a low-flange SR hub rather than the high flange model. I'd love to find some nice old tires for it, but I ain't holding my breath since these Performance tires do the trick.

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    Here's my 80's Apex. Not sure what year..I think 1985. So far I have cracked the BB spindle, and snapped the handlebars in half, but other than that it is a great bike. I love it!

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    We can bomb the world to pieces, but we can't bomb it into peace -Michael Franti
    WW2 was ended by dropping the Bomb(s) on Japan. Thus creating peace. Sorry.

    Did you bend out your forks when you broke the handlebar? The look a bit "low rider" to me.

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    My first MTB was a 22 inch '92 Diamond Back Response - hot yellow with Marzocchi forks and brahma bars. Rode it lots, loved it, sold it (in 1995), never seen one since. Woulod love to see a '92 catalogue if anyone has one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KDXdog
    WW2 was ended by dropping the Bomb(s) on Japan. Thus creating peace. Sorry.
    And then we had a lot to do with setting up the manufacturing economy there, eventually allowing us to buy quality, affordable Diamondback bikes.

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    My Ascent and What Kind of Suspension Fork can I upgrade too??

    Hello everyone!! Well, I have a EARLY '90s Ascent that I absolutely LOVE for commuting and riding on the weekends with the kids; However, I do have the need to upgrade the suspension fork. YES I am attached to this bike, so I know that buying another bike would be cheaper, but I really want to just improve upon this one. Any suggestions?? and Heres the pics!!
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    I remember lusting after an Apex at the LBS ... Manitou II shock, Onza pedals, priced around $700 ... ended up with a KHS take-off frame from Supergo instead ... the good old days.
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    If it has a 1 1/8" head tube, you have a decent number of choices. Guideline is don't add too much travel, as the geometry of the bike will change. Stick with an older fork with a couple of inches of travel or just try a suspension stem if you're only trying to take the edge off.

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    It does have a 1 1/8 Tube, Threadless I believe (whatever that means).... I have been looking online for a week or two, and it is hard to get an idea of what kind of shock to put on an older bike, as most are meant for the newer ones of today. I dont want to climb the rock of Gibraltar or anything like that, I just need to absorb some of the daily impact my arms are enduring in my commute.

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    Source for decals?

    Looking for decals for my 91 axis - anyone know where I can find some?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sballardjr
    Hello everyone!! Well, I have a EARLY '90s Ascent that I absolutely LOVE for commuting and riding on the weekends with the kids; However, I do have the need to upgrade the suspension fork. YES I am attached to this bike, so I know that buying another bike would be cheaper, but I really want to just improve upon this one. Any suggestions?? and Heres the pics!!
    Hey, I thought I recognized that bike. You live in P-ville, don't ya?
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