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    Official Bontrager Thread

    I am getting a well used Bontrager frame that definitely needs a makeover and new powder coating. I was thinking of going the original black way... but then my creative side took over... now, I cannot decide. HELP ME OUT, by posting pics of your Bontrager Race or others and let me know what color <i>you</i> think I should paint it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by
    I am getting a well used Bontrager frame that definitely needs a makeover and new powder coating. I was thinking of going the original black way... but then my creative side took over... now, I cannot decide. HELP ME OUT, by posting pics of your Bontrager Race or others and let me know what color <i>you</i> think I should paint it...
    I'm partial to factory if it's a race or race or...but black is always safe. Black everything out.

    Check some of the other threads for pics as well...Bontragers have come up often in conversation.

    Another pic of 'Bonny' in the correct forum...
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    Bonking ... not feelin' well Bonnie

    This one belongs to my brother.

    Still brand new, and too small for me.....
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    Origninal colour samples in NYC (and old Chi Chi)

    There is a shop in NYC that probably still has the original tubing colour samples from Bontrager Circ. @1992-93. They probably have no idea what they are, they have been hanging on the board behind the register since I got them in in 92-93 (my memory is a bit foggy on dates) attached together on a old Cannondale frame Zip tie. I saw them as recently as 2 years ago and see no reason for them to have moved since.

    They also have a great selection of 90's Chi Chi. Zooka stems, Kooka Cranks, Purple this, Red that, 1 1/4 Mavic headset. They are not collectors, this is stuff just hanging around since "back in the day", and I am sure can be had for a good deal. Just don't be a pain in the ass and ask all sorts of annoying questions about exact specifications and stuff, if it isnt exactly what you wanted there is always Ebay.

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    By the way there is 2 locations, avoid the shop on 3rd like the plauge, very very different attitude.

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    I just built up my first Bonty as an SS - a '92, SAnta Cruz, black with white panels. I'll get some pics up this weekend.

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    Here's mine. Had it for about 5 years, but sold it about 2 years ago to buy my Hunter 29"er. There are times when I miss it, but then I ride my new bike and I don't.

    And my wifes. Its a Trek version. but still anice bike. She LOVES it, the way it rides, how it handles. I repainted it from the hideous blue/orange it was as stock. Self modified stickers. She likes the one-off appearance of it too. THe only stock part left on it is the stem. Everything else has been changed. It also has pre hollowtech cranks on it too.


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    Martini,

    Did you buy that black/blue/white at Dave's Recycled bikes in Santa Cruz by any chance? That looks exactly like my first Bontrager which I parted with there. It is a really odd size, has the top decal on backwards, and has the horizontal drops. It must be the same one, there really can't be more than one that looks just like this.

    She was way too big for me so I had her set up as a cross/touring bike. I'm trying to remember if there was anything else that I could identify it by.

    Take it easy.

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    Nope, and you're the second person in two days to accuse me of being from the SC area! Funny. I'm from Minn. and the bike was originally red, there was some rust under the original powder coat, so I had it redone, and called to ask for more stickers. I liked the TT one better backwards. The bike was one of the last out of the SC factory, so it had the Vert. drops on it. I was running 36-18 which fits perfect w/o a tensioner.

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    How about another identical one without the toptube decal?




    Frankie says hi...




    Quote Originally Posted by Boy named SSue
    Martini,

    Did you buy that black/blue/white at Dave's Recycled bikes in Santa Cruz by any chance? That looks exactly like my first Bontrager which I parted with there. It is a really odd size, has the top decal on backwards, and has the horizontal drops. It must be the same one, there really can't be more than one that looks just like this.

    She was way too big for me so I had her set up as a cross/touring bike. I'm trying to remember if there was anything else that I could identify it by.

    Take it easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aosty
    How about another identical one without the toptube decal?




    Frankie says hi...
    Here 'tis in its orgininal color. Also sans toptube decal. This was taken in Colorado somewhere. Probably on the MonarchCrest Trail. Tires were the Specailized 2.2 Cannibals. Loved those tires. Would like to find another set sometime.


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    How could you possibly get accused of being from Santa Cruz, two Bontragers and a Hunter? I get the same accusation every now and again since I have a couple of Bontragers and a Rock Lobster. I did buy most of them when I was living there though.

    I really thought that was my old one. I should have noticed the different dropouts and the cable routing for the top-pull but the super big size and stickers had me.

    What's the deal on the second one you posted? It looks like a large, is it for sale?

    Take it easy

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    ... something

    ... green 'n red 'n yellow one year ago, now it has to be repainted because the powdercoat gets off the dropouts
    it's a '94 race lite, my second "real" custom bike. for me the best hardtail i ever had.

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    Here is mine again...

    [QUOTE=]

    This was taken just after I finished the SS conversion. I really like the deep purple metallic color, but can't take much more of the yellow decals. There really is a lot of unnecessary solid color in their decals. I plan on getting it repainted sometime and applying new, yet slightly altered decals. I'm thinking silver/black if I can still buy them. Although, I really like how the Trek titanium decals look, nice and clean. We'll just have to see what I can get my hands on.
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    The purple one? That's the wifes. If I even think of selling it, I can say buhbye to sex for a good long time. The red one is actually the same bike as the black one. I had a rust problem under the powder coat, so I had it redone.Some guy in S.Carolina bought it two years ago for a steal. $600 as in the black pic.

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    Me and my old meany greeny during a muddy ride at Skeggs. Not the best pic. I was late for the ride and didn't have any of my cycling cloths clean, who say you can't ride in cotton?? (you can, it just sucks)

    asdf

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    my race

    here is mine in all her splendor. ride her 3-5 times a week and have pretty much over the last 10 years
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    great thread. makes me weepy. had a race for five yrs. great handling in the twisty new england singletrack-loved it but it was time.

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    here's mine . . .

    . . . a '92 Race, Santa Cruz built. I just acquired it and built it up as my first singlespeed (mountain bike, that is). Kitted out with a smattering of vintage parts. Rides sweet!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikenerd
    . . . a '92 Race, Santa Cruz built. I just acquired it and built it up as my first singlespeed (mountain bike, that is). Kitted out with a smattering of vintage parts. Rides sweet!
    Nice looking fork. What is it?

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    Loooks liek a abontreraver standae= cmpaostite. holy sows meat i'm drunk as the chica i gave my numer to at th batr.. too may margaties... oh damn! i have tow of those foryks they & they are ho t hot hot.!!! hota damn an d hallkeleujuiah! rock on!
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    you got it, flyingsuperpetis!

    Yep, it's an original Bontrager 3-piece rigid fork, kinda like a Tange Switchblade. Stiff as hell - this thing carves turns like crazy. WTF is a flyingsuperpetis, anyway?

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    here's the front view ~

    the Bonty rigid fork in all its glory

    BTW, flyingsuperpetis, que tomas esta noche? Estas bien borracho, no? He tomado unas tres cervezas belgicas (sp?) y no me siento nada.
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    Hey! That's a me!

    Ohhhh yes, that is one of the finest forks ever made. They sure do handle turns like lips on a nipple. Try to shake em off, just try. Amazing. Once you have one, you may get the idea you could benefit from some softness, ie, a suspension fork. Oh sure, you'd buy a few, start with something cheap, a rockox, then maybe a manitou, then pricier, a Marzocchi, then you go for broke and try a Pace, illigitimately imported from england... it goes on and on. Still you keep the Bontrager, mostly out of sheer obligation. A frame belongs with its fork... well, it's only a matter of time, before you get to thinking, I seem to remember that fork pulling me through these turns twice as fast... sure enough, you ditch the brainslug, and reattach the svelte (relatively) rigid bontrager composite, as the universe intended. Whooooooly shmoka. There it is. There is what you have been missing. Wow. It's like being the wheels on a rollercoaster. You're just in there. And it's fast. And tight. What else is there? Maybe some bumps. You learn how to not hit them, and you do so fast. EVERYTHING seems 15 mph faster. Life is flowing and beuatiful. You take the auction down, and realize it's worth more on the front of your bike than the $300 it would fetch on ebay. A thing of beauty.
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    Ohhh no mezcla margaritas y el mead irlands. peligro del peligro del peligro.

    y tengo gusto de su 986's
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    Thanks ALL!

    This thread is definitely pumping me up!

    I cannot wait to finish the build!

    Either have everything, or everything in mind, except for the cranks. What do you think? Part of me wants to go bombproof Profiles, but part of me doesn't.

    Martini, my good friend, I shot you a message... check it, and make me the happiest man in the world?

    THANKS!

    I really love these BONTRAGERS!!!!
    YAYA!
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    A PINK Chris King Headset... and disc hubs!

    As well as a Morati crankset!
    PLEASE Email me or PM me with any leads!!!

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    SS Ti Bontrager

    I've set my Ti Bonty up SS using a SoulCraft tensioner, 34x19. It was sweeeet!!! I've since switched it back to geared and built up a Hunter frame the same way, only this is with a Hunter rigid fork and disc brakes.
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    Nice choice in the Hunter! I've got one too. 29" EBB and disc. Swanky ride. Lets see a picture of yours. I like the Ti lite, you coulda run a 36-18 w/o a tensioner too.

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    My 94' Bontrager Race. Rebuilt and repainted this winter. stem/bar-combo, RS SL Ti, copmplete XT M-730, cranks will be replaced with black anodized M-730

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    One very very very used Bontrager

    This is my 90-something Privateer Comp. Mojo visible on stem. Pedals currently inhabiting another bike...

    now the world is gone i'm just o n e

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    97 Privateer Comp just upgraded

    that's my ride
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    Quote Originally Posted by phatphil
    here is mine in all her splendor. ride her 3-5 times a week and have pretty much over the last 10 years
    WHOA!! Where'd ya get the saw blade logo sign??? Very cool!!

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    Here's mine, it could be yours...

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    Here's my Bontrager fleet..

    In Front - Race Frame w/ Comp fork and an extra Race Fork .
    Left - Bontrager Singlespeed(Factory) w/ Custom 2002 SID SL
    Center - RaceLite w/Comp fork and Moustache bars. (My favorite ride)
    Right - RoadLite

    It's a sickness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumpyOne
    In Front - Race Frame w/ Comp fork and an extra Race Fork .
    Left - Bontrager Singlespeed(Factory) w/ Custom 2002 SID SL
    Center - RaceLite w/Comp fork and Moustache bars. (My favorite ride)
    Right - RoadLite

    It's a sickness.

    jw
    Very nice. I really like the RaceLite with shiney forks...
    I am getting my hands on a Race w/ shiney Comp fork with the semi horizontals, gonna be an SS...

    Still trying to decide on cranks and color...
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    8 years and counting...

    Clydesdale owner here. 8 years and still riding like brand new. Original horrible orange color, which I still love to this day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren
    Clydesdale owner here. 8 years and still riding like brand new. Original horrible orange color, which I still love to this day.
    I like orange.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icegeek
    Here's mine, it could be yours...

    Here, this seems more properly


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    Good job! Looka!

    Some shop is selling a couple NOS pairs of Bonty cut-downs. Hard Ano MA-40s & Silver MA-2's

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...category=42317

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...category=42317
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    Yeah they have been up for a month or more

    I'm surprised that they're not all gone by now, unless of course they have 50 of them.
    I've been debating about picking up a pair of the MA-40's but seeing that have more than 2x as many wheelsets as I have bikes to put them on more rims doesn;t really seem wise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aosty
    How about another identical one without the toptube decal?

    Here's the same bike again...almost done now:





    Just waiting on my XT Thumbshifters now...


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    Very nice - and is that a Krylon-job on the fork?

    Also, nice collection of boxes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aosty
    Very nice - and is that a Krylon-job on the fork?

    Also, nice collection of boxes.
    Yeah, I put about 6 coats of satin black on the fork. Hope you don't mind. I figure I can always get some more Judy legs if I want to go back to the OEM look.


    A1000 boxes kick ass for shipping stuff! Toughest boxes I've seen yet...

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    Unmolested Race Lite frame

    Here's a pic of my unpainted Race Lite. It was reps frame to take around to the shops and have them examine. The heat tint from the welds look cool. I haven't decided what to do with it yet. I may have it clear powder coated.
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    Good job! ... before

    Quote Originally Posted by HoSS
    Here's a pic of my unpainted Race Lite. It was reps frame to take around to the shops and have them examine. The heat tint from the welds look cool. I haven't decided what to do with it yet. I may have it clear powder coated.
    ... you do anything, please please please make photos of all the details and show them to us and/or send them to floibex@gmx.de

    i would be very happy

    ciao
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    Quote Originally Posted by floibex
    ... you do anything, please please please make photos of all the details and show them to us and/or send them to floibex@gmx.de

    i would be very happy

    ciao
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    Better hope you get more pics soon, it's already on eBay: liNky

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    Pics coming

    I thought long and hard about keeping this frame but can't justify it right now. I've decided to sell it but will take detail pics before it goes and post here. Kills me to sell this thing. I waited a long time to get it. Hope it goes to a good home.
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    my race

    not quite how it is now,
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    how it was when new

    first built up. has hs33's and xt chainset now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrmo
    first built up. has hs33's and xt chainset now.
    What's up with the front brake set-up? Why are the cants behind the fork?

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