• 01-25-2013
    even
    Has anyone got a pic of Tinker's General Cycles bike?
    Never seen a full photo of the bike, and I'm quite curious about it... Does anyone have a pic? Info?
  • 01-25-2013
    jeff
    I think someone posted a race photo awhile back. Maybe a mag scan?
  • 01-26-2013
    even
    I had an old Tioga ad, but You couldn't see the bike clearly. Does anyone know who made it?
  • 01-26-2013
    CCMDoc
    What year? 1989?
    I have some MBA from 89 and 90 and will try to look for a photo
  • 01-26-2013
    even
    yes please, I suppose 89-90
  • 01-26-2013
    CCMDoc
    Just finished flipping through July-Dec 89 and all of 90. Very few, all B&W and only one that you can see the bike at all.

    If you want I'll scan that one and upload it here Monday afternoon.

    Also have a video of 90s Worlds. If there's a shot of him I'll see if someway to capture it (I'm pretty low tech so it might be a photo of the TV).

    On the ther hand, there were a bunch of pics of Tomes on his all-Ti Mongoose - which made me happy since I didn't remember seeing those before.
  • 01-26-2013
    bushpig
    The bike looked like a Diamond Back Arrival with a Yeti fork on it. I was at a race when he was riding for General and he was so far ahead of everyone the organizers almost missed rerouting the course for him.
  • 01-26-2013
    ameybrook
    prob not what you were looking for

  • 01-26-2013
    Bigfoot
    There was an article in Winning that had full specs and photos from all angles. I have a copy in my storage...not something I'll likely find any time soon though.
  • 01-28-2013
    even
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bushpig View Post
    The bike looked like a Diamond Back Arrival with a Yeti fork on it. I was at a race when he was riding for General and he was so far ahead of everyone the organizers almost missed rerouting the course for him.

    DB Arrival? A high ehd DB?
  • 01-28-2013
    mik_git
    yeah it was their aluminium bike, just below axis and above apex or there abouts.
  • 01-28-2013
    bushpig
    I am not saying that it "was" a Diamond Back Arrival, just that is what it looked like. Imagine this bike with decals that say "General" and a Yeti fork
    MOMBAT: 1987 Diamond Back Arrival
  • 01-28-2013
    Fillet-brazed
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mik_git View Post
    yeah it was their aluminium bike, just below axis and above apex or there abouts.

    There was actually no Axis then so the Arrival was the top of the line at that point.
  • 01-28-2013
    mik_git
    sorry I thought we were talking 89-90, anything before that is before my time/knowledge scope.
  • 01-28-2013
    ronbo613
    May 1990

  • 01-28-2013
    Fillet-brazed
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ronbo613 View Post
    May 1990

    Great pic. Dropouts look different than a DB Arrival... at least the '87 model.

    Edit: And the seatstay to seat tube junction is different.
  • 01-28-2013
    yo-Nate-y
    Risers?
  • 01-28-2013
    Fillet-brazed
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by yo-Nate-y View Post
    Risers?

    He used risers until he rode for Klein I think. He said he liked the feel, but he always seemed to have the shifters mounted on the bend for extra weird ergonomics.

    He also always used a skinny 1.5 or 1.75 rear tire for weight. He was never too conventional with his setups.
  • 01-28-2013
    even
    GREAT PIC!!!! Dropouts seem hand filed... however the seat collar seems different. Mistery frame....

    What was General Cycles, tho????
  • 01-28-2013
    chefmiguel
    General Bicycles was a brand started in New Jersey frames were made by Anlun, they were quite aggressive with their sponsorship in BMX and freestyle. They hit alot of price points in their line but were a bit harder to sell than the Stumpys back in the day.
  • 01-28-2013
    Fillet-brazed
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by chefmiguel View Post
    General Bicycles was a brand started in New Jersey frames were made by Anlun, they were quite aggressive with their sponsorship in BMX and freestyle. They hit alot of price points in their line but were a bit harder to sell than the Stumpys back in the day.

    Interesting marketing campaign. Hire one rider, no catalogs, no ads, no nothin! :)

    Pretty sure I've never seen a General other than Tinker's.
  • 01-28-2013
    chefmiguel
    Mtb or atb had little to no support as far as marketing but freestyle they dumped big bucks and lured big names back then. Come to think of it I dont remember a catalogue back then now that you mention it.
  • 01-29-2013
    even
    Anlen was quite a bug builder, so they might have welded the DB too...
  • 12-19-2013
    Michael Staab
    Guten Tag,

    FTW confirmed today that Tinker's General racingbike was built by Yeti. Whole bike, not only the frame. Quite interesting.

    Michael
  • 12-19-2013
    Fillet-brazed
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Michael Staab View Post
    Guten Tag,

    FTW confirmed today that Tinker's General racingbike was built by Yeti. Whole bike, not only the frame. Quite interesting.

    Michael

    Good to hear from you Staabi! Thanks for sharing. Hope all is well.
  • 12-19-2013
    ameybrook
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Michael Staab View Post
    Guten Tag,

    FTW confirmed today that Tinker's General racingbike was built by Yeti. Whole bike, not only the frame. Quite interesting.

    Michael

    As shown above. you'll never convince me

    <a href="http://s77.photobucket.com/user/ameybrook/media/tinker_general_zps795b896c.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j52/ameybrook/tinker_general_zps795b896c.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo tinker_general_zps795b896c.jpg"/></a>
  • 12-19-2013
    Fillet-brazed
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ameybrook View Post
    As shown above. you'll never convince me

    There were several years of him riding for General right?
  • 12-19-2013
    ameybrook
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed View Post
    There were several years of him riding for General right?

    Right. Raced BMX 79-85 and then MTBs for General 85-90. Yes, I think I read an MBA article recently that discussed Yeti building him a bike, but General veto'd it as it looked way different than anything General had to offer to the consumer
  • 12-19-2013
    Fillet-brazed
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ameybrook View Post
    Right. Raced BMX 79-85 and then MTBs for General 85-90. Yes, I think I read an MBA article recently that discussed Yeti building him a bike, but General veto'd it as it looked way different than anything General had to offer to the consumer

    I have heard that somewhere as well.
  • 12-19-2013
    even
    Interesting! It looks like a Yeti, somehow! But that might simply be the Accutrax up front.

    Good, so I know even Tinker (as a number of other NORBA stars) might have had his bike built by the same guy who built my 29er. I've got no excuse for being so slow...
  • 12-19-2013
    Staabi
    1 Attachment(s)
    Hi,

    Attachment 856040

    this picture showed up on Facebook the other day (posted by Old Neverend, err Ned Overend). Hard to judge from the picture but this seems to me like a steel frame and it appears a bit Yeti-esque? Anyway, that's the picture I asked FTW about and he replied that the bike was made by Yeti.

    Michael
  • 12-19-2013
    DoubleCentury
    Winning September 1989
    <a href="http://photobucket.com/" target="_blank"><img src="http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y89/bikebldr/BikeEtc/WinningTJ1.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo WinningTJ1.jpg"/></a>

    <a href="http://photobucket.com/" target="_blank"><img src="http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y89/bikebldr/BikeEtc/WinningTJ2.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo WinningTJ2.jpg"/></a>

    <a href="http://photobucket.com/" target="_blank"><img src="http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y89/bikebldr/BikeEtc/WinningTJ3.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo WinningTJ3.jpg"/></a>
  • 12-20-2013
    bushpig
    Frame looks more like a Diamondback Arrival than a Yeti.
  • 12-20-2013
    DoubleCentury
    The 1987 DiamondBack Arrival was made by Yamakuni of Japan.
  • 12-20-2013
    Fillet-brazed
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    Originally Posted by DoubleCentury View Post
    <a href="http://photobucket.com/" target="_blank"><img src="http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y89/bikebldr/BikeEtc/WinningTJ1.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo WinningTJ1.jpg"/></a>

    Cool pics! Neverhave seen those. Even the white frame he's on doesn't have the looptail...

    Love those Specialized Dirt Dogs! Bring back some memories.
  • 12-20-2013
    ameybrook
    Also (from far) it looks like a sleeved seattube, which would have been years before they started doing such crazy things
  • 12-20-2013
    Fillet-brazed
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ameybrook View Post
    Also (from far) it looks like a sleeved seattube, which would have been years before they started doing such crazy things

    That's a white Zefal pump. Would be curious to hear what FTW has to say about the lack of a looptail rear triangle. Perhaps Yeti built his without the looptail to comply with his sponsor...
  • 12-20-2013
    even
    Well, that's obvious, they couldn't let a Generla sponsored guy ride a looptailed non Yeti frame. t would have been ridiculous. After all Team Evian's bikes or JT's Giant didn't have loop tails....
  • 12-21-2013
    huelse
    Hallo Michael!
  • 12-21-2013
    shiggy
    Has anyone got a pic of Tinker's General Cycles bike?
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed View Post
    He used risers until he rode for Klein I think. He said he liked the feel, but he always seemed to have the shifters mounted on the bend for extra weird ergonomics.

    He also always used a skinny 1.5 or 1.75 rear tire for weight. He was never too conventional with his setups.

    Talked with Tinker at the Eugene race in '86. He ran a 1.5" rear tire because that was the biggest that would fit the frame.
  • 12-21-2013
    longfinkillie
    Are my eyes deceiving me or are those Deore (LX) thumbies?
  • 12-22-2013
    even
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    Talked with Tinker at the Eugene race in '86. He ran a 1.5" rear tire because that was the biggest that would fit the frame.


    No way... really?????????????
  • 12-22-2013
    shiggy
    Has anyone got a pic of Tinker's General Cycles bike?
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by even View Post
    No way... really?????????????

    Yup, the 1.5 barely fit. Also not an uncommon tire size in '86.
  • 12-23-2013
    even
    I didn't know J Furtado raced for Zinn...
  • 12-23-2013
    shiggy
    Has anyone got a pic of Tinker's General Cycles bike?
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by even View Post
    I didn't know J Furtado raced for Zinn...

    While still mainly a road racer. Joined Yeti soon after.
  • 12-23-2013
    Fillet-brazed
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    While still mainly a road racer. Joined Yeti soon after.

    If I recall correctly she was on the US National Team as a road racer in 89 then went full time mountain bikes in 90.

    Speaking of frames that didn't accept bigger tires, the Specialized Team bike from 86 only fit a 1.75 in the rear.