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    Mongoose Tomac Signature out of mothballs

    Just pumped up the tires and my 9 year old daughter and I hit the trails. I had the purple parts though the pink water bottle belongs to my daughter. Been a long time since I rode this one but it was as exciting as when it was new ...







    Sorry I traded my Raleigh Tomac Signature a few years later - had one of those too.
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    Nice bike! Welcome aboard.
    Is the stem and fork made of Titanium too?

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    Thanks and I should have checked the title before hitting "Post" - should have read "out of mothballs"

    The stem isnt but the fork is a custom Mike Augspurger built titanium. Bars, bar-ends, spokes and all bolts and screws I could change at the time are titanium too. I don't think I could find a titanium stem when I was looking or maybe I could and just couldnt afford it.

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    WOW! that's a serious chunk of machinery to not ride for 9 years.

    Very, very nice.

    Any idea on weight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mechagouki
    WOW! that's a serious chunk of machinery to not ride for 9 years.

    Very, very nice.

    Any idea on weight?

    Actually I think it has been more like 17 or 18 years since I have ridden it and as I recall, it weighed between 17 and 18 pounds but that was on an el cheapo mechanical fish scale a long time ago. I was planning to pick up a better digital scale and will weigh it and my other bikes a bit more accurately.

    I have to dig out and scan in a few photos of me on it at the NORBA Nationals in Mt Snow in 1991 - up-hill, cross country, downhill and slalom - in my huge Etto helmet (one of our team sponsors) and toe clips.

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    Sweet bike.
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    Decided to take it out for a ride today.

    It's been raining on and off so I knew things would be slick. Considered swapping my original pedals with clips for some SPDs but in the end decided to keep it as raced it originally.

    Knowing my reflexes, like the bike itself are 25 years older and that I hadn't used toe clips in nearly as long I figured it would be safer to forgo cleats should I need to dab.

    Only smart decision of the day.

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    The slick, slimy roots did get me a few times and went down hard on my recently surgerized hand but all in all it was a great ride.
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    What pedals are those?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefmiguel View Post
    What pedals are those?
    Suntour Superbe Pro.

    James and I were weight weenies and these were the lightest pedals we could find.

    We also got these shoes when they came out to use with those pedals:

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    Oh with Ti spindles (not sure if those were standard, optional or aftermarket).
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    You and all your cool gear. I hope you jumped that tree in the trail with extreme skills.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mik_git View Post
    You and all your cool gear. I hope you jumped that tree in the trail with extreme skills.
    I did jump that tree with extreme skill.

    Just hoping nobody caught those "skills" on video as I managed to touch earth with every part of my anatomy.
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    wow, cool! I knew they made one that was partially ti, but not full ti. I rode an Iboc Pro for quite a while (the weird triangular top tube, curved seat/chainstay, horizontal dropouts). I've got one of those Russian Raleigh Tomac ti frames just waiting for a build someday. I keep thinking I should do a Tomac tribute with it using a Mag20 and drop bars.

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    Time for a Tomac line up!
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefmiguel View Post
    Time for a Tomac line up!
    Love that idea!

    We just have to find some people each with one of his bikes or a replica.

    Would be cool to dig up some jerseys and helmets too. They're out there, I suspect.
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    Cool, Spent many weekends racing John at Waterford Oaks BMX before he got sponsored by Mongoose and moved to Cal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcriverjunky View Post
    Cool, Spent many weekends racing John at Waterford Oaks BMX before he got sponsored by Mongoose and moved to Cal.
    Now that's cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CCMDoc View Post
    Suntour Superbe Pro.

    James and I were weight weenies and these were the lightest pedals we could find.

    We also got these shoes when they came out to use with those pedals:

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    I ran those shoes for a short while. They were stiff, sleek and went into clips easily. I ran the slotted road cleat for ultimate power transfer. A little sketch, but before SPD's it's all you had!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed View Post
    I ran those shoes for a short while. They were stiff, sleek and went into clips easily. I ran the slotted road cleat for ultimate power transfer. A little sketch, but before SPD's it's all you had!
    That's just what we did as well. Still have those red cleats though didn't use them on this ride.
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    [QUOTE=CCMDoc;11367555]Love that idea!

    We just have to find some people each with one of his bikes or a replica.

    Would be cool to dig up some jerseys and helmets too. They're out there, I suspect.

    Go to House of Wheels in Owosso Mi. Sponsored Johnny when he was a youngster, they have all kinds of signed jerseys and other stuff, they just donated a bunch of stuff to the mountain bike hall of fame. you have to ask to check out the "museum".

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