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    Mystery (Borderline VRC) Bike

    Picked up this parts donor off Craigslist recently to help with a couple other projects. The seller thought the frame was a Mongoose Amplifier, but it's not. He also put a garbage shock on there with some hardware from Home Depot. Classy.

    The seat tube has a 7005 sticker and a sticker that says Active Suspension System or A.S.S.

    So, any guesses? Is this a garbage frame with some decent (albeit beat up) parts on it?

    Also, what's with the weird rubber thing for the derailleur cable (last pic)??
















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    Haha...b-ASS-worm! that bike has A.S.S. all over it!
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    that looks so familiar? let me sleep on it..

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    Nice seat post on that thing. Couldn't guess who made the bike, but rideit is right on the rubber thing. Its a (Suntour?) Bassworm. It helps with the shifting.
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    SRAM bassworm
    looking for 20-21" P team

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    Marketed by Gripshift after the generation of XT came out with the weak springs. Heavily promoted by Greg Hairball, same time as Johnny-Snot (shifter lube)
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    Jamis?

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    I would agree but I thought they didn't use the Horst link. But the shock screams lower end definitely doesn't match the parts spec. Maybe Giant?

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    I also think Giant
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Grumpy View Post
    Jamis?
    I had a Jamis Dakar from about that time frame. That isn't one.
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    I doubt that's a production bike. Looks like a test/prototype chassis with all the options for shock positioning.

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    Maybe a Norco, there was one almost identical to it on the local CL the other day, the guy wa trying to pass it off as a Manitou, but like Fillet-brazed said it got alot of shock positions, the Norco didn't have that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shayne View Post
    I also think Giant
    They never made anything close to that.
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    Thanks all for the feedback! The shock was added on by the previous owner to try and make the bike rideable. He said it was originally equipped with a Fox that was "blown." I'm assuming he stripped and flipped.

    The pinch bolts connecting the rear and front triangles near the BB is an area of interest for me. I haven't seen those on any other frame. The shock adjustments look interesting too.

    The more I look, the more it looks like a Jamis Dakar. Perhaps an older model. I'll keep digging.

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    The Dakar I posted photos of above is about a 96 model or so. I didn't think they went with the version where the top tube is pierced by the pivot bolt until later than that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shayne View Post
    I also think Giant
    Did Giant use the Horst Link? Ive never seen a production bike with a sliding front shock mount like that.

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    Supergo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wv_bob View Post
    The Dakar I posted photos of above is about a 96 model or so. I didn't think they went with the version where the top tube is pierced by the pivot bolt until later than that.
    My Dakar team. Thought it was an 96...

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    That red rear looks like it came off a Lightspeed.

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