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    Quote Originally Posted by kenjihara View Post
    Wonder where he got those decals?
    They're pretty easy to come by. They were designed to be be beat up and replaced as needed to save the paint.

    Those decals came on the steel bike. The Ti Lite had it's own decals that were not panel. Also, I've never seen a painted Ti Lite.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kenjihara View Post
    Wonder where he got those decals?

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    Just saw this on my feed. Haven't seen one with a switchblade in a long time.
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/bontrager-r...k/332478109581

    I'd be all over this if I didn't have 4 projects already going.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jestep View Post
    Just saw this on my feed. Haven't seen one with a switchblade in a long time.
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/bontrager-r...k/332478109581

    I'd be all over this if I didn't have 4 projects already going.
    Sooo... there's kind of a "no outing" policy on the vrc forum, but i guess ebay is public enough that it matters little? I'd been trying to get him to sell me the fork before he listed, but he hadn't responded anyway. FYI, frame is '92 or older and fork is from '94 and wrong length, so not quite matched. Still nice though.
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    That looks a Judy crown. Did the forks come with that crown originally? Not a bad looking setup, but it looks pieced together to me

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    Quote Originally Posted by laffeaux View Post
    That looks a Judy crown. Did the forks come with that crown originally? Not a bad looking setup, but it looks pieced together to me
    It's a mag 21 crown. Bontrager made a few rigid ones like that, but quit when the Rock Shox started getting a lot of recalls for cracked crowns. Said "they didn't want any part of that."

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    its looks to be a sus corrected fork, came with that crown
    looking for 20-21" P team

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    My Bontrager ownership has come full-circle. Years ago, on this thread I lamented selling my Trek made '99 Bontrager Privateer Comp. Later, I bought a Santa Cruz made Race and after that an even nicer Race Lite. But, for sentimental reasons I always wanted the original one back and this weekend, 15 years later, I finally got the chance after bumping into the guy who bought it. Amazingly, it's still in the same condition I sold it. I know the Privateers don't get as much love but I love it and I'm so glad to have it back!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sizzler View Post
    My Bontrager ownership has come full-circle. Years ago, on this thread I lamented selling my Trek made '99 Bontrager Privateer Comp. Later, I bought a Santa Cruz made Race and after that an even nicer Race Lite. But, for sentimental reasons I always wanted the original one back and this weekend, 15 years later, I finally got the chance after bumping into the guy who bought it. Amazingly, it's still in the same condition I sold it. I know the Privateers don't get as much love but I love it and I'm so glad to have it back!
    The 1 1/8" headtubes on the 99 and a few 98 Privateers make them the most versatile by far.

    As far as ridability goes, I can't tell the difference between any of them, they're all great bikes as far as I'm concerned. There's some obviously nostalgia and collectability to the pre-trek frames, but if you just want a good steel bike to ride, you can't go wrong with any of them.
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    Looks great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jestep View Post
    The 1 1/8" headtubes on the 99 and a few 98 Privateers make them the most versatile by far.

    As far as ridability goes, I can't tell the difference between any of them, they're all great bikes as far as I'm concerned. There's some obviously nostalgia and collectability to the pre-trek frames, but if you just want a good steel bike to ride, you can't go wrong with any of them.
    I agree regarding the ride of the privateer vs the race and race lites. I should have never sold my 98 privateer with the 1.125” head tube as it really opened up fork options. Lots of those “shouldn’t have done that” sales over the years. 

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    Need a fork idea

    Hello! I have question about fork options on a race. But first I never posted on this thread so I should do an intro.

    I have one of the last races made in SC. At the time I worked in a shop we sold Bontrager and Klein before and after Trek right until the end. I know I have one of the last because I bought it from the Trek blow out fax dealers got. One fax included all the last run of SC bikes. They had road, Ti, Race and Race lights on blow out about a full year after the SC shop was closed. I actually ordered a Race lite,They shipped me a Race instead. I was pissed as I wanted a lite and was charged for it. I remember to this day a race was $179, race lite $225, Ti $350. I tired to get the order made right but all larges where taken. So I ended up with a race and complained enough they ended up refunding me the difference plus some, so I paid $150. I remember all of this because I was so proud of the deal and consider it my best bike deal ever. Frame hung on the wall of my house for a year and then I built it with a new 99 SID SL TI and XTR. The only parts left from that build are the frame, fork and headset.

    But now the fork is pretty much done and I need to replace it and I'm looking for opinions. I use the Race to tow my kids trail a bike and trailer mostly on the C and O canal path. I tossed some knobbies back on the it and hit a couple of trails with it this past summer. Forgot how much I liked hard tails and went out and bought a Lyndsky Pro 27.5. So it's not really going to be a trail bike for now, but the option to use it that way would be nice. I am thinking of going with a rigid fork. What should I get? A true bonti fork is way more than I want to spend on this bike. Or should I get a suspension fork? I've seen some out there for sale used, make sense to get one now before they are even harder to find, if that possible. So what would you do?

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    Is your fork/stem/headset threaded or threadless?

    If you don't mind the look, these aren't horrible:

    https://www.carboncycles.cc/?s=0&c=82&p=887

    or

    https://www.carboncycles.cc/?s=0&c=82&p=1659

    The height isn't perfect, yours with sag is probably running close to 405mm.

    Another option something like this: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Carver-Bike...AAAOSwqMFZnGTo
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sizzler View Post
    My Bontrager ownership has come full-circle. Years ago, on this thread I lamented selling my Trek made '99 Bontrager Privateer Comp. Later, I bought a Santa Cruz made Race and after that an even nicer Race Lite. But, for sentimental reasons I always wanted the original one back and this weekend, 15 years later, I finally got the chance after bumping into the guy who bought it. Amazingly, it's still in the same condition I sold it. I know the Privateers don't get as much love but I love it and I'm so glad to have it back!
    Awesome! I have way too many bikes I want back I sold. I dream of finding them again. There's a Fat Chance Yo Eddy out there I miss the most. I was a snob about privateers in the past, but you couldn't tell the difference riding and the steer tube size was better. These frames where still US made, just in Wisconsin, so the quality was there.

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    I saw those Carvers, that's what made me think rigid. Those other forks sort of look like the bontrager fork, where the Carvers are more classic looking. How do they ride compared to a steel fork?

    I have a treadless and it was the long travel sid at 80mm.

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    You might want to look for one of these Kona P2's. They're nice forks, and the straight blade matches the Bontrager aesthetic well.

    Bikeman Kona P2 Mountain Fork, 1 Inch!

    They do come back in stock there from time to time.
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    As for rigid steel forks you can have a look on the PACE RC30 (GoatSurfer Retro MTB - Pace Forks Timeline) the 1996 modell was avaiable suspension corrected as well. Still not easy to find. Good luck.

    I got myself this one on the weekend:

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    A friend picked it up. The seatpost was a bit too large but came out without any problems.

    All the best!

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    Quote Originally Posted by caemis View Post
    A friend picked it up. The seatpost was a bit too large but came out without any problems.
    LOL Glad you mentioned the seat post. I was able to ask about your saddle height.
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    I didn't realize seatposts came in 700mm versions...
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    Its really long, isnt it. And the position on the bike would look pretty funny, but I assume I'll need some assistance to get on top of it
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