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    That's one of the cleanest pre-96 Bontys I've ever seen!

    The decals are for the OR, however. Yours should have the panels with diagonal ends and don't say "OR" on the top panel.
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    Ti-Lite

    What a great thread! Here are a couple pics of my Bontrager.
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    Hmmmmm,
    I just bought this bicycle from the original purchaser, he bought it new in 1997 from the dealer sticker on the seat tube....dealer told him it was a limited production 1997 model, a trek rep told me it was a 1996...

    He never rode the bike, it will probably never get ridden either....waaaaay to small for me. anyone want to trade, I ride a large.

    Do any of these frames have serial #'s mine has no markings anywhere.


    Quote Originally Posted by scooderdude
    That's one of the cleanest pre-96 Bontys I've ever seen!

    The decals are for the OR, however. Yours should have the panels with diagonal ends and don't say "OR" on the top panel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by d-ray
    What a great thread! Here are a couple pics of my Bontrager.
    Gawd that's nice. How do you like the Vicious fork?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ride2Suffer
    Hmmmmm,
    I just bought this bicycle from the original purchaser, he bought it new in 1997 from the dealer sticker on the seat tube....dealer told him it was a limited production 1997 model, a trek rep told me it was a 1996...

    He never rode the bike, it will probably never get ridden either....waaaaay to small for me. anyone want to trade, I ride a large.

    Do any of these frames have serial #'s mine has no markings anywhere.

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    That's a pre-1993 frame -- note the semi-horizontal rear dropouts and the long gussets at the head tube. It may very well be a teeny OR frame, predating the Race/RaceLite, or it might be some sort of overlap between the two models. Looks like the DT bottle cage mounts are brazed on, not Rivnuts? Ditto on the rear brake cable stop. Hard to tell from the photos, though.

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    Pre 93 ?? that is bizarre, I will call the guy I bought it from for more information.

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    ... yes, I'll 2nd this, looks like a mix of pre 93 (overly long monostay not capped like early or's 90/91, dropouts) and 92 - 94 details (seatstays, front triangle, gussets).

    but 96 never, except mr. sadoff built it from the leftovers

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    Yep. Seems to share both OR and Race/Race Lite features, but is certainly pre-95:

    Rear cable stop - Race/Race Lite
    Rear drop out - OR
    Seat stay/rear drop out junction - Race/Race Lite
    Mono stay - OR
    Chain stay gussttes - Race/Race Lite
    Headtube gussetts - OR
    Top tube cable guides - Race/Race Lite

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    I just bought this because I put in an offer, on a whim, and the guy accepted it. Whoops. And I was about to bid on a Yeti ARC, but I got this instead.

    Now I'm feeling some regret, because I know little about MTB racing other than I want to do it. Cat. 3 in CX and road, but I'm looking for something to do offroad before CX season starts and because I don't like crits.

    Also, was the price I paid fair for what I get? Or did I get hosed? I'm pretty sure I could sell the bike locally for what I paid for it, but I like being reassured that I just didn't blow a wad of money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor Who


    I just bought this because I put in an offer, on a whim, and the guy accepted it. Whoops. And I was about to bid on a Yeti ARC, but I got this instead.

    Now I'm feeling some regret, because I know little about MTB racing other than I want to do it. Cat. 3 in CX and road, but I'm looking for something to do offroad before CX season starts and because I don't like crits.

    Also, was the price I paid fair for what I get? Or did I get hosed? I'm pretty sure I could sell the bike locally for what I paid for it, but I like being reassured that I just didn't blow a wad of money.
    IMHO, that frame is worth $250-350, and that fork might be worth $100 since it's got a hard-to-find 1" steerer. I usually assume a used wheelset is worth around $100, but the auction says "Wheels : TNT hubs with Mavic MA 40" -- I don't know anything about those hubs, but if the rims are Bontrager cut-down MA40s (did Mavic make those in a 559 size?) they might be worth more from a vintage standpoint. The rest of the parts seem typical/average. It looks like a pretty clean bike, regardless. If you're going to race it, it might be tough to find replacement parts for that fork...I think Answer stopped supporting that model years ago..

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimgskoop
    IMHO, that frame is worth $250-350, and that fork might be worth $100 since it's got a hard-to-find 1" steerer. I usually assume a used wheelset is worth around $100, but the auction says "Wheels : TNT hubs with Mavic MA 40" -- I don't know anything about those hubs, but if the rims are Bontrager cut-down MA40s (did Mavic make those in a 559 size?) they might be worth more from a vintage standpoint. The rest of the parts seem typical/average. It looks like a pretty clean bike, regardless. If you're going to race it, it might be tough to find replacement parts for that fork...I think Answer stopped supporting that model years ago..
    Agree with those numbers.

    Those don't look to be roll downs - decals still present (based on auction pics) They are factory Ma40's.

    Set the sag on the fork, make sure it works.

    Then forget the remorse.

    Ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor Who
    Oh, and if you decide you don't like it, I'd be happy to take that frame off your hands. I've got a blue Z2 Bomber fork that'd match that frame nicely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrOrange
    Then forget the remorse.

    Ride.
    Yeah, no sh!t. That's a great little bike, both nimble and steady at speed. You'll love it. And it will last decades with proper care.
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    nice....I made that guy 2 offers on the bike, not far from your buy price. The bike is worth whatever someone will pay, you made an offer and won,,,,,be happy and ride an awesome classic bonty bike.

    I wanted it to hang on the wall of fame....to each his own.
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    I bought a NOS race frame a while back, complete with Bomber fork...a whim also, but I always wanted one, now it's my first choice to ride these days.

    I don't think about the price, knowing it's unique, and I love the way it rides. You'll be happy with it.

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    94 Race

    Bar/Stem Combo:


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    Bike: 94 Race - just wish the prior owner hadn't ground off the rear canti hanger
    WTB: Bontrager Comp Fork & Syncros metal top cap

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    Stolen Bike Alert!

    Here's one to keep an eye out for -- looks like a VERY early KB custom?

    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/bik/1120370363.html


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    Quote Originally Posted by jimgskoop
    Stolen Bike Alert!

    Here's one to keep an eye out for -- looks like a VERY early KB custom?

    Nice picture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Nice picture.
    WTF?
    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    What have I got myself into!

    I picked up a Race lite OS yesterday. I finished putting it back together today and took some pics so I could sell it. After looking through this thread I think I should at least give it a test ride before letting it go. But now I'm afraid that I won't want to sell. I'm running out of space!


    I just listed it in the Vintage section of the MTBR website.
    Please let me know if this considered spam, I don't want to break any rules.
    Also let me know if the price is out of line, I had to put something down!
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    now we're talking. why would you want to sell now that you have it all dialed in??

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    I'm thinking the frame might be too small for my liking. I'm 6"0" and it's a medium frame. When I was 20 it might have suited my style but I'm 50 now and like the cush of a large (19) frame. We'll see, if it was Orange I would probably keep it anyway!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff
    WTF?
    I was thinking the same thing. Some people don't take glamour shots of their bikes so when they get stolen, they work with whatever they have. Yeah, sh!tty shot and all but alteast I'll recognize it if I see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff
    WTF?

    I took the picture.
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    and???

    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    I took the picture.

    I'm not sure why we needed that info ,,,,, just curious??,

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    My bad.
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    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by da'HOOV
    I'm not sure why we needed that info ,,,,, just curious??,
    Person A posts picture and says here is my stolen bike. Person B says WTF re the picture. Person C says dude, pictures you take of your bike aren't always the best. Person B says, yea, but *I* took that picture. Clearer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bushpig
    Person A posts picture and says here is my stolen bike. Person B says WTF re the picture. Person C says dude, pictures you take of your bike aren't always the best. Person B says, yea, but *I* took that picture. Clearer?
    that doesn't really seem to celar it up but, Jeff and I thought Rumphy was bashing the guy who got his bike stolen for posting a crap photo when he was actually making fun of his own photo of the other guy's bike.

    Incidently, I don't think the bike belongs to jimgskoop, he just pulled it off a CL add, if you find it and need to contact the owner, go through the CL link.

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    <img src="http://raoworld.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/double-facepalm.jpg">

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed
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    wow, catty today aren't we?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boy named SSue
    wow, catty today aren't we?

    I should have put a smile with that. No cattyness here. It was directed at the whole confusion in general, which mainly stemmed from the confused post questioning Rumpfy's post. I was a good boy and refrained in the earlier stages of confusion until I could no longer resist. Just enjoying the entertainment the interweb can provide.
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    Quote Originally Posted by da'HOOV
    I'm not sure why we needed that info ,,,,, just curious??,
    Hey here's an idea. Don't worry about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boy named SSue
    that doesn't really seem to celar it up but, Jeff and I thought Rumphy was bashing the guy who got his bike stolen for posting a crap photo when he was actually making fun of his own photo of the other guy's bike.

    Incidently, I don't think the bike belongs to jimgskoop, he just pulled it off a CL add, if you find it and need to contact the owner, go through the CL link.
    Yeah, I was making fun of my own crappy photo...incidentally taken just days before it was stolen.

    I contacted the CL poster to say that I had seen it (where and when)...but that was before it was stolen....and no, I was not the person who stole the bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Hey here's an idea. Don't worry about it.
    curiousity is a world away from worry....

    your answer to boy named SSue explained it, I just wondered why you claimed the picture.

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    Cool bike. Sad to see it go.
    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    I'm a few inches taller than you goomicoo, I wish it was a large. I would buy it right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadaEroom
    I'm a few inches taller than you goomicoo, I wish it was a large. I would buy it right now.
    Judging from the picture, it IS a large and not a medium. You should buy it right away.

    Damn, I luv matchmaking...

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    Wait wait wait. How can you determine that? am I being f'ed with here?

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    Does anyone out there know who has knowledge of serial numbers for Bontrager frames? Is there already some kind of semblance of info on the subject or should I start by contacting Bontrager themselves?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadaEroom
    Does anyone out there know who has knowledge of serial numbers for Bontrager frames? Is there already some kind of semblance of info on the subject or should I start by contacting Bontrager themselves?

    There is little rhyme or reason to Bonty serial numbers. You're better off picking out frame details.

    Trektrager will most likely be of zero help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadaEroom
    Does anyone out there know who has knowledge of serial numbers for Bontrager frames? Is there already some kind of semblance of info on the subject or should I start by contacting Bontrager themselves?
    It depends....

    For early bikes (which happen to have serial numbers), yes, there is is meaning.

    During the "glory years" (1992 to 1997), the serial numbers mean nothing. These are 4 digit numbers on the dropouts. They should be unique, but completely random.

    Some of the out-sourced frames have meaning too. The Ti Lites have serial numbers include frame size and build order. The Privateer frames likely do to (but I've not paid attention to them).
    Each bicycle owned exponentially increases the probability that none is working correctly.

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    I'm trying to find out what size seatpost collar I need for a 1992 Race Lite. My guess from measuring the current one is 30.0 but I want to make sure before I buy one. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmelani
    I'm trying to find out what size seatpost collar I need for a 1992 Race Lite. My guess from measuring the current one is 30.0 but I want to make sure before I buy one. Thanks.
    26.8.

    I think all Bontragers other than the ti-lites and privateers were 26.8. The ti-lites are 27.0 and I think the privateers are the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boy named SSue
    26.8.

    I think all Bontragers other than the ti-lites and privateers were 26.8. The ti-lites are 27.0 and I think the privateers are the same.
    26.8 is the size of the seatpost. I'm trying to find out the size of the collar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmelani
    26.8 is the size of the seatpost. I'm trying to find out the size of the collar.
    Ah crap, that is indeed what you asked. I am now deserving of a face palm.

    I just pulled the coller off my race from around the same time and measured it as a 29. I can't say whether the races and racelites had different coller sizes though. Sorry.

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    My recollection is that I needed a 28.6 for my OR. I think I used a Ritchey Logic clamp.

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    +1 - Yep 28.6mm is correct.

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    28.6 it is. Thanks all.

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    I believe what I have is a '92 Race Lite. Purchased the frame new from a LBS in the Spring of '93. Frame was hanging for a while before I pulled the trigger. Year ago upgraded a few things including wheels and a front Disk Brake. It's already changed form the pics (bar ends gone, new grip shift boots, new grips) and considering making it a 1x9 or just selling it.

    Here is my Race Lite...








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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeepnut22
    I believe what I have is a '92 Race Lite. Purchased the frame new from a LBS in the Spring of '93. Frame was hanging for a while before I pulled the trigger. Year ago upgraded a few things including wheels and a front Disk Brake. It's already changed form the pics (bar ends gone, new grip shift boots, new grips) and considering making it a 1x9 or just selling it.

    Here is my Race Lite...







    That's an odd assortment of parts and colors but I dig the bike! If it were mine i'd ditch the disc front and put together a more cohesive color combo...but that's just me!

    Glad you're having fun w/ 'er!
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    After months of lurking, I've finally gotten the kinks out of/put into my '96 Race. It's a xxl and I'm 6'8", so that's why it likes like a Dahon folder. (I believe it's a '96 anyway. That's when I ordered the frame from Bicycle Renaissance in NYC.) I hope to have Walt build a fork for it before the cyclocross season starts, then I'm going to race it poorly. (The folks at Marzocchi were kind enough to put a 1" steerer on the present fork, but it's kind of overkill.)
    I know some of you probably blew your coffee all over your monitors when you saw it, and for that I apologize, but I love riding this freaking thing.
    Does anyone have any suggestions for a painter in the Pasadena area, and maybe a source for stickers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slimpee
    That's an odd assortment of parts and colors but I dig the bike! If it were mine i'd ditch the disc front and put together a more cohesive color combo...but that's just me!

    Glad you're having fun w/ 'er!
    Actually I am trying to figure out what I want to do with it. I don't ride it much as I have been riding my dual squishy mostly as of late.

    1x9?
    1x1?
    Cyclo?
    Sell it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boy named SSue
    Incidently, I don't think the bike belongs to jimgskoop, he just pulled it off a CL add, if you find it and need to contact the owner, go through the CL link.
    Yup. Not my bike, I saw the listing on the local CL. Just trying to help a fellow Bonty owner out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by datasurfer
    Judging from the picture, it IS a large and not a medium. You should buy it right away.
    Mediums (17") have a very sloped top tube.



    Larges (19") less so.




    XLs (21") have a level top tube.

    (although this is an OR frame, which is slightly different admittedly)

    Smalls (15") have even more TT slop, and very little wishbone on the mono seat stays.


    The TT and seat stays on the XS frame (12") form a straight line from the head tube to the dropouts...mixte-like.
    (no photos found)

    And then of course the XXL is just HUGE!
    (photo borrowed from above, sorry)

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    sorry, but that's size L, rigid geo. I know, 'cause she's mine
    tt 23.2" rigid geo vs 23.6" xl rigid.

    ciao
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    Quote Originally Posted by floibex


    sorry, but that's size L, rigid geo. I know, 'cause she's mine
    tt 23.2" rigid geo vs 23.6" xl rigid.

    ciao
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    Quote Originally Posted by floibex


    sorry, but that's size L, rigid geo. I know, 'cause she's mine
    tt 23.2" rigid geo vs 23.6" xl rigid.

    ciao
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    my bad. thanks for the correction!

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    hello

    Just a quick hello,

    Hopefully I've managed to up load a picture of my '94 Bontrager Race.

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    Very Original

    It needs re-painting, but the question is where could i get new decals?

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    New to the Forum, Need Stickers

    Just a quick hello,

    Hopefully I've managed to up load a picture of my '94 Bontrager Race.

    Medium
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    Lots of other tasty bits.

    Very Original

    It needs re-painting, but the question is where could i get new decals?

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    [QUOTE=rufiboy]

    It needs re-painting, but the question is where could i get new decals?


    There is a guy in the UK who manufactures old decals, Bontrager frame stickers being one of many. His email is gil@thecycleshed.co.uk I found him when I joined the retrobike.co.uk forum a while back. Relatively inexpensive, you can't tell them from the originals. I think he said it was about 33 British pounds shipped to the U.S. but don't quote me on it.

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    Thanks so much.

    I live in sunny Stockport.

    JUst I've been out on my bike recently, (not been used for years. And in my state of poor fitness I can still smoke the people I've been out with on the full suspension bikes.

    Going to stay retro and annoy them.

    cheers

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    I'm probably going to get blasted for blasphemy by posting this, but due to budget restaints I couldn't afford to rebuild back to original completely... I was given a 96 privateer comp from neighbor that had it collecting dust in his garage. The frame had a bit of rust on it and finding the right decals proved impossible for me at the time. So... I converted it a bit. Here's pics of original frame and my re-build of it.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/videogirl32/3611639510/" title="original-frame by videogirl32, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2450/3611639510_33ddb293cb.jpg" width="386" height="500" alt="original-frame" /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/videogirl32/3611640440/" title="fullbike by videogirl32, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3663/3611640440_1f3591c719.jpg" width="432" height="324" alt="fullbike" /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/videogirl32/3611640764/" title="bikemed by videogirl32, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2437/3611640764_b2a528248d.jpg" width="432" height="324" alt="bikemed" /></a>

    I do have all the original parts for it that I didn't use (most were put back on) and will continue to seek out the one that are missing to turn it back to original status. Biggest troubles were finding the sticker set. So for now it's my get off the sofa and ride when it's too wet to hit the local trails bike.
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    'Real' Bontrager

    This guy is selling a 'Real Bontrager', and I quote:

    You are bidding on a piece of cycling history!


    I have one of the last REAL hard tail Bontrager Mountain bikes ever made.
    purchased as NOS in 2004


    This is the second person who tried to sell a Privateer as a Race or Racelite on Fleabay this week. It's getting old. The first guy has edited his listing. Come on, 'bought new old stock in 2004'? Ridiculous.

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    just finished my build,some old school parts and some new....
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    What a beauty!

    Sweet touch on the cables. The greywall XC Pros really work. The black big ring on the crank is sweet. Blue Bomber decals and bottle tips are a sneaky detail. I can tell this one will be ridden seriously; it is a better bike than when it was produced. Just try to find a modern HT that comes close to this one.

    Where did you get the set of decals?
    Is there a before picture?
    Which WTB saddle is this with the drop nose? It makes the bike an even better climber.

    Very nice.

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    Spotted this old Bonty outside the coffee house. The owner says it's one of the last hand-built Bontys, but I will defer on that claim to anyone more expert on the subject than I am. This isn't a "collector" bike, it's the guy's main ride. The saddle says it all.






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    Quote Originally Posted by littlebarney
    just finished my build,some old school parts and some new....
    Did that rabbit get away??? And what the *@#& was that chasing it???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    Spotted this old Bonty outside the coffee house. The owner says it's one of the last hand-built Bontys, but I will defer on that claim to anyone more expert on the subject than I am. This isn't a "collector" bike, it's the guy's main ride. The saddle says it all.
    It looks to have an 1&1/8" headtube which would make it a '98 privateer. He is totally correct in saying it was one of the last handbuilt bontys. The Santa Cruz operation was shut down a year or two earlier and the '98s were the last of the Trek-made ones.

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    Ok, I'm guessing this is the oldest Bonty in this thread. Sorry for the terrible pic. I'll dig it out of the basement and clean it up later. It's a Columbus SL cross bike, probably built in 1985 or so for Dave Mac. I've had it since 1987.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry Chinaski
    Ok, I'm guessing this is the oldest Bonty in this thread. Sorry for the terrible pic. I'll dig it out of the basement and clean it up later. It's a Columbus SL cross bike, probably built in 1985 or so for Dave Mac. I've had it since 1987.

    Henry that's awesome. Thanks for posting up the pic. I look forward to more when you have the chance. Really pretty color blue that you don't see on the later models. Is she still a rider?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry Chinaski
    Ok, I'm guessing this is the oldest Bonty in this thread. Sorry for the terrible pic. I'll dig it out of the basement and clean it up later. It's a Columbus SL cross bike, probably built in 1985 or so for Dave Mac. I've had it since 1987.


    Awesome! Please consider adding your Flickr photo to the Vintage Bontrager Cycles Group!

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    Quote Originally Posted by datasurfer
    Henry that's awesome. Thanks for posting up the pic. I look forward to more when you have the chance. Really pretty color blue that you don't see on the later models. Is she still a rider?
    It was repainted by Todd Pugsley (sp?) in 1986 or 1987. I think before that it was a paler blue. Fillet Brazed on this forum now owns the bike's twin, which was owned by my friend Dave Hagen for many years. Dave Mac, Hagen, Todd and I all worked at Palo Alto Bikes in the 80s.

    The bike served as my dirt/trail til the early 90s when I finally broke down and bought a mtb (a Bonty Race). Then it was my commuter and rain bike for a while. Haven't ridden it in about five years, though it needs nothing, really. I just need to yank off those fenders and put on proper wheels and tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimgskoop
    Awesome! Please consider adding your Flickr photo to the Vintage Bontrager Cycles Group!
    Done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry Chinaski
    Done!
    you are the king of VRC today!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry Chinaski
    Ok, I'm guessing this is the oldest Bonty in this thread. Sorry for the terrible pic. I'll dig it out of the basement and clean it up later. It's a Columbus SL cross bike, probably built in 1985 or so for Dave Mac. I've had it since 1987.


    cool. thanks for the PM. hard to tell for sure from that angle, but your frame looks to be bigger than mine... Yeah, mine is original and is a little more turquoise-ish. I have it in the "to be PCed" pile. Hopefully soon! Can't wait to see more of yours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed
    Can't wait to see more of yours.
    +1

    the lugs at the head tube look to be different from the ones on mine or FB's, need more pics to be certain

    side shot please!
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    I dunno, does it look like this one?



    John Loomis is on the left. The story on the shirt is that his race jersey violated some rule, and the only other shirt he had was a dress shirt in his car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    I dunno, does it look like this one?



    John Loomis is on the left. The story on the shirt is that his race jersey violated some rule, and the only other shirt he had was a dress shirt in his car.

    that's the one I've got. Looks like Dave Mac lapping the field. There are some more shots from that race in an old Cyclist magazine and if I recall, the pictures were taken by you, CK...

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    Again, sorry for the bad shots. I can't remember which frame got built first. It was probably 1985 when I first met Dave Mac. He was racing for Avocet (I think Miyata bikes at one point) and he was racing cross on Vitus cross frames if I remember right. I think he was already done with the Bonty frames at that point.

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    neat lug work on that one

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed
    hard to tell for sure from that angle, but yours looks to be bigger than mine... Can't wait to see more of yours.
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    Finally

    I finally moved the parts over from the Race (top) to the Race Lite (bottom)...



    Got a spare frame now...

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    '96 Racelite

    I posted this already but she belongs in this thread.
    The only things from the original bike besides the frame are the seatpost binder and the anti-chainsuck device. As such she is not restored but revived. She'll see a ton of use.
    24 lbs. 4 oz.

    Still working out the kinks in shifting. I made a guess about stem length as I went from Mary Bars to the Salsa Pro Moto 17º sweep. Wrong! I am going to lengthen the stem. I'm really looking forward to hammering on this bike again.
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    Wow, that paint looks dynamite. Nice.

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    Yeah, the color looks great.
    Each bicycle owned exponentially increases the probability that none is working correctly.

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    So, if I may ask, who painted it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Berkeley Mike
    I posted this already but she belongs in this thread.
    The only things from the original bike besides the frame are the seatpost binder and the anti-chainsuck device. As such she is not restored but revived. She'll see a ton of use.
    24 lbs. 4 oz.

    Still working out the kinks in shifting. I made a guess about stem length as I went from Mary Bars to the Salsa Pro Moto 17º sweep. Wrong! I am going to lengthen the stem. I'm really looking forward to hammering on this bike again.

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    Probably sacrilege but here's my 93 Race.

    Incidentally, does the "left open" wishbone help pinpoint the year? My frame has this and the semi-horizontal dropouts but the cable guides are not riveted on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jack lantern
    Probably sacrilege but here's my 93 Race.

    Incidentally, does the "left open" wishbone help pinpoint the year? My frame has this and the semi-horizontal dropouts but the cable guides are not riveted on.

    I like this bike a lot.

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    I've got a blue frame with these same qualities. If you figure out the year, it should apply to mine too.

    Quote Originally Posted by jack lantern
    Probably sacrilege but here's my 93 Race.

    Incidentally, does the "left open" wishbone help pinpoint the year? My frame has this and the semi-horizontal dropouts but the cable guides are not riveted on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenjihara
    I've got a blue frame with these same qualities. If you figure out the year, it should apply to mine too.
    The '91 frames that I have seen have the open wishbone. The '93 and later frames are closed. I'd guess that the frame in question was from somewhere in between - '92 or early '93.
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    My latest Bontrager

    I recently found this Road Lite frame on eBay, and picked it for a winter bike. It looks like a first production year (1995) frame, except that it does not have the "wishbone" mono-stay. Otherwise the gussets, frame measurements, and braze-ons are the same as a '95. I guess it was made before the wishbones arrived, or on a day when they were misplaced.

    I owned a '97 Road Lite from 2001 to 2003 and put a couple of thousand miles on it, so I kind of knew what to expect from the ride. Previously I owned an XL frame, and this is a large, which I think fits me a bit better. It's built up with components that I had lying around - I did have to buy a new stem, a new King bearing cap to convert the headset from threadless, and few minor odds and ends.

    Today I took it out on it's maiden voyage, and did a nice hilly 35 mile loop. After a few minor positioning tweaks, I should have a nice winter bike.

    <img src="http://www.eandsweb.com/bikes/pics/bontrager_roadlite/IMG_1055_md.JPG" height="600" width="800">

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    Max, the Yellow '96 Racelite

    was powder coated by Maas Brother of Livermore California. I wanted a certain yellow but it kept orange-peeling and they did not know what to do. I went over there and picked out this color when I saw what it did in the sun.

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    looks like the perfect Halloween bike!

    [QUOTE=laffeaux]I recently found this Road Lite frame on eBay, and picked it for a winter bike. It looks like a first production year (1995) frame, except that it does not have the "wishbone" mono-stay. Otherwise the gussets, frame measurements, and braze-ons are the same as a '95. I guess it was made before the wishbones arrived, or on a day when they were misplaced.

    I owned a '97 Road Lite from 2001 to 2003 and put a couple of thousand miles on it, so I kind of knew what to expect from the ride. Previously I owned an XL frame, and this is a large, which I think fits me a bit better. It's built up with components that I had lying around - I did have to buy a new stem, a new King bearing cap to convert the headset from threadless, and few minor odds and ends.

    Today I took it out on it's maiden voyage, and did a nice hilly 35 mile loop. After a few minor positioning tweaks, I should have a nice winter bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laffeaux
    I recently found this Road Lite frame on eBay, and picked it for a winter bike. It looks like a first production year (1995) frame, except that it does not have the "wishbone" mono-stay. Otherwise the gussets, frame measurements, and braze-ons are the same as a '95. I guess it was made before the wishbones arrived, or on a day when they were misplaced.
    I interviewed there in '94, and KB showed me the wishbone for the Road Lite's mono-stay (something similar to this), so they definitely did have 'em then.

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    very cool road lite btw
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    yuh

    Quote Originally Posted by hollister
    very cool road lite btw
    yuh good colour

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    I just purchased a IRD fork for a 1995 race frame. The fork was on another Bontrager that was for sale. It has a 1" steer and is straight legged. Does anyone have any info on these?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcurtis
    I just purchased a IRD fork for a 1995 race frame. The fork was on another Bontrager that was for sale. It has a 1" steer and is straight legged. Does anyone have any info on these?
    A picture is worth a thousand words...

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    IRD Fork

    This just came in the mail.....not sure if it is going to be the right length for a 1994-95 Race frame. Does anyone have any info on these???http://forums.mtbr.com/attachment.ph...1&d=1257550058 http://forums.mtbr.com/attachment.ph...1&d=1257550253
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    Quote Originally Posted by dcurtis
    This just came in the mail.....not sure if it is going to be the right length for a 1994-95 Race frame. Does anyone have any info on these???http://forums.mtbr.com/attachment.ph...1&d=1257550058 http://forums.mtbr.com/attachment.ph...1&d=1257550253

    What is the axle-to-crown-race-seat measurement? Should be something around 415mm for a mid-1990s suspension-adjusted frame (~65mm travel suspension fork).

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