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    Quote Originally Posted by fatchanceti View Post
    Well, in a few hours I will be the owner of BigShot frame serial #1. It's been freshly redone (new board and repaint) by Mr. Quiring and was built by his hands back in 2002. This early frame has non-hooded drops (so I'm assuming the non OS stays), and is non-suspension corrected, but does have a 1.125 head tube.

    Very excited, and obviously pics to come when I get my hands on it later today. This will be my 6th? Slingshot, but no room for the Farmboy anymore.

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    Cool bike, but I'm a bit confused as ususal...

    I thought all the really early 'shots had multiple top tubes instead of the boom tube, and I thought the extended seattube was post '94....then you say it was built in 2002...just don't get how it could be serial #1???

    Cool no matter what the answer is though


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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve View Post
    Cool bike, but I'm a bit confused as ususal...

    I thought all the really early 'shots had multiple top tubes instead of the boom tube, and I thought the extended seattube was post '94....then you say it was built in 2002...just don't get how it could be serial #1???

    Cool no matter what the answer is though


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    Steve, you are thinking of the 26" wheeled bikes. This is BigShot #1 - the first 29"er (supposedly). I'm still searching for the serial number on the frame, but this may not have one. But the previous owner knew the bike's history very well.

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    That's a nice piece FCTi. How does Mr Quiring deal with reworking his older frames? I have been thinking of contacting him about a few things, but was hesitant after seeing his website/ bike library. That man is talented. I've never seen such diversity from a single builder. He might (must) have a helper or elves or SOMEthing to put out such an array. I am building a collection of Slingers and @ some point will be trying to replace a board and re-align the frame. Have to build a jig first, but if done, I would like to help out whomever needs some Sling magic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valhart View Post
    That's a nice piece FCTi. How does Mr Quiring deal with reworking his older frames? I have been thinking of contacting him about a few things, but was hesitant after seeing his website/ bike library. That man is talented. I've never seen such diversity from a single builder. He might (must) have a helper or elves or SOMEthing to put out such an array. I am building a collection of Slingers and @ some point will be trying to replace a board and re-align the frame. Have to build a jig first, but if done, I would like to help out whomever needs some Sling magic.
    I'm not sure if it's something he does regularly or not - IIRC it's a pretty expensive/time consuming endeavor, maybe like $250 just to pull and replace the board. Then you're likely looking at a repaint because of the heat required to break the epoxy loose. I imagine his frame building business takes precedence (and is more profitable) over the timely procedure of fixing old Slingshot boards. He's a nice guy, shoot him a note.

    The previous owner of BS#1 had all of this done, so I don't have anything to go on other than what he told me when we were discussing the bike and it's history.

    Slingshot has the new "dogbone" flex boards for sale on their current website. I was kind of shocked to see that they are $99 each. I wonder if this day and age exploring different materials (carbon fibre?) for that piece makes any sense. Could be tuned to match the characteristics of the Scotch ply but with greater durability?

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    Yeah, for $100, I would make my own. Somewhere on here was a mention of a commercial material that (I think) was supposed to have the proper charactaristics. I would give that a try first. Of course, before that, I would talk with Mr Quiring. If he felt chatty, he would be a wealth of info. Perhaps Mr Groendal could be coaxed into sharing his opinion on how to keep his wonderments alive. I know there could be some bad juju with the whole sale and re-sale and re-re-sale of Slingshot, but I would think Mr G might get a kick out of all the steadfast devotees from his gloriest glory years. Thanks for sharing.

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    Silver wheels look good on there, and I'm not usually a silver guy. Good looking bike, but Rumpfy is right, you are going to have to shorten and rebleed those brakes..

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    Just a longer piece of rear derailleur housing from being done....
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatchanceti View Post
    Steve, you are thinking of the 26" wheeled bikes. This is BigShot #1 - the first 29"er (supposedly). I'm still searching for the serial number on the frame, but this may not have one. But the previous owner knew the bike's history very well.

    Haha, I'm a dope.

    Never even noticed the "big wheels"...most 29'ers look disproportioned to me, short frames to fit big rims between a reasonable wheelbase. Your 'shot looks "right"...props to the builder for a balanced profile.




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    Nice pick up fatchanceti!

    Yeah, the leaf spring on the newer Slingers is a different material. The Slingshot rep stopped in the shop today and said that they were almost out of the old 3M stuff. He also said that per their lawyers, they aren't going to be doing anymore reboards because the liability insurance is too high. In theory they can still sell the old style pre-cut boards (the epoxy in place ones) but they can't provide any instruction on how to install them. So I guess Scott Q is the only one doing reboards now.

    In other fun Slingshot news, they have two more runs of Taiwan build frames left on their contract but after that the new bikes will all be hand-built in Grand Rapids, MI again. Neat!

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    New to slingshot

    I just got my slingshot and took it to the trails on Saturday. After my first ride I was stopped on the way to my car by someone wanting to take pictures of my ripper. I can tell I am going to get a lot of questions and odd looks, but that is one of the reason I got it.

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    Looks like one of the original Slingshot made forks....?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ameybrook View Post
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    Sweet!

    How about some detail shots?

    Who's fork?, looks nice.



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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve View Post
    Sweet!

    How about some detail shots?

    Who's fork?, looks nice.



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    I'll do a proper photo shoot sometime soon. Its pretty dirty right now. Original Slingshot fork!


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    Quote Originally Posted by ameybrook View Post
    I'll do a proper photo shoot sometime soon. Its pretty dirty right now. Original Slingshot fork!

    Push that saddle back some too since the bike fits you.
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    slide seat a bit more forward and just add aero clip ons.

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    These certainly are cool bikes for those in the know. I digress to my only Slinger that I've taken a photo of. Many more Slinger photo's to come.
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    Awesome road Slingshot. Always wanted to get my hands on a 700 wheel road frame.

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    They're even tougher to capture than the MTB's. I thought about taking one of my Mtb Slingers and converting it to road (terrible roads here), but this one came about instead. The improvement over the rough stuff is unreal. Kinda like a magic carpet ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valhart View Post
    They're even tougher to capture than the MTB's. I thought about taking one of my Mtb Slingers and converting it to road (terrible roads here), but this one came about instead. The improvement over the rough stuff is unreal. Kinda like a magic carpet ride.
    It does seem like an intriguing road frame, but how's it feel out of the saddle, cornering and while sprinting?

    I know they can climb well in the dirt.

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    Lively is the best word I can think of at this moment. The bike gives you feedback like crazy. Takes the edges off the uneven pavement squares (up to about an inch), and makes bunny-hopping larger stuff a dream. 12" curbs, whatever. On road wheels. I swear, these bikes add 4 " to your bunny-hopping record. You can pre-load the frame before the 'hop' if you time it right. When the rough stuff comes around, I get out of the saddle and float through as if I were on an MTB Slinger. I think they are even better road bikes than MTB's. I like this roadbike better than my full carbon fiber Trek Madone. I am sure in a crit, the Madone is better in corners and changing lines, but for my local road bombing, the Slinger is the cats pajamas. They made a bunch of Triathelon frames with 650b wheels. Put a Manitou III on it with slicks on 26" wheels, and you would have a mighty fine mutant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed View Post
    It does seem like an intriguing road frame, but how's it feel out of the saddle, cornering and while sprinting?
    I really really enjoyed my folding road sling. Comfortable, fast enough - just a scrape under 19 lbs with full 10sp DA kit. I may even still own it if it didn't have those damn Ritchey hooded dropouts.


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    Uh oh.... Is there an issue with the Ritchy dropouts? I bought a frame just like yours 'cept a non-folder. I thought the dropout was cracked, so I took photos for an E-bay 'not as advertised' case. Peeled back the paint and the dropout was fine. Your (old bike)bike is awesome to look at. 'Speed incarnate'. Or something like that..

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    Here is the dropout in question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Valhart View Post
    Uh oh.... Is there an issue with the Ritchy dropouts? I bought a frame just like yours 'cept a non-folder. I thought the dropout was cracked, so I took photos for an E-bay 'not as advertised' case. Peeled back the paint and the dropout was fine. Your (old bike)bike is awesome to look at. 'Speed incarnate'. Or something like that..
    I personally don't care for them because a lot of my bike riding involves pulling my kids in their Chariot trailers - and the axle mount is a no-go with those hooded dropouts (unless you go dremmel on them). But that doesn't apply to most people probably.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valhart View Post
    Uh oh.... Is there an issue with the Ritchy dropouts? I bought a frame just like yours 'cept a non-folder. I thought the dropout was cracked, so I took photos for an E-bay 'not as advertised' case. Peeled back the paint and the dropout was fine. Your (old bike)bike is awesome to look at. 'Speed incarnate'. Or something like that..

    I don't think there's a structural issue with the Ritchey dropouts, except as FatChanceTi pointed out, they can cause interference with certain skewer or axle adapter for trailers.

    I had a set of them on my team sling CX bike, no issues there. No pics on this computer, but I should load some up to this thread.

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    Good to hear that Plum. I haven't built the bike up yet, but gave the dropout a few solid hits with a rawhide mallet to see if it WAS cracked. Nothing. I assume they are cast/not forged, so if cracked, the malleting should've finished the job. Castings are like a wine glass; they don't bend much, just snap. It WOULD be nice to know their manufacturing process anyways. On a different note.... Does anyone have an old Slingshot head badge that they would part with?? My black Slingshot is a bit naked without it. I actually have two that could use badges. One is a never ridden early 90's roadbike frame that my girlfriend will get at some point. It's interesting to envision Fatchanceti's killer Slinger towin' the kids to the ice-cream joint. I used to ride with a guy, Bob Bergren(sp?) in the early 90's who would occasionally take his girlfriends 4 year old MTB riding with us, towed in a Burly attached to a Merlin. He could climb loose hills that we couldn't due to lack of traction. Said the trailer pinned him to the trail. Crazy. He was also a top three for the Michigan expert class for years.
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    I'm sorry, I failed to completely answer fillet-brazed question. As far as sprinting is concerned,.. It's weird, but a good kind of weird. You can feel the pulse, the 'inchworm' effect. Far more than I ever did on their MTB's. The bike absorbs the 'spike' of the pedal stroke and DOES release it @ the dead spot in the stroke. I like it. Some may not. 'Opinions vary'. If I was a crusher, I may not like it so much. As I've mentioned, the bike is 'lively' and you can feel the harmonic (think sine wave) of the pulse and work WITH it. Over and out.
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    Slingshot CX

    Here's a few of the older, Michigan made team CX bike with slingshot fork and ritchey dropouts. It was fairly well used, but still a nice ride. Parted with it, as I don't have a real use for a cross bike and I don't have the room for bikes that aren't ridden..
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    help me ID this slingshot

    NE1 know what model this is? TIA


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    1992-1995 ish

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacdykema View Post
    Nice pick up fatchanceti!

    Yeah, the leaf spring on the newer Slingers is a different material. The Slingshot rep stopped in the shop today and said that they were almost out of the old 3M stuff. He also said that per their lawyers, they aren't going to be doing anymore reboards because the liability insurance is too high. In theory they can still sell the old style pre-cut boards (the epoxy in place ones) but they can't provide any instruction on how to install them. So I guess Scott Q is the only one doing reboards now.

    In other fun Slingshot news, they have two more runs of Taiwan build frames left on their contract but after that the new bikes will all be hand-built in Grand Rapids, MI again. Neat!
    I was a sling shot dealer in the 80s and 90s. I sold a lot of them. Mark Groendahl taught me to replace the boards and gave me a tool that he made for aligning the frames. It is not necessary to heat the frame to remove the board. The way that I was taught to do it is first cut the board close to the frame, then carefully drill holes into the board in the frame. Once you have drilled enough of it out, the rest can be picked out. A repaint is not required. I can do this job if anyone needs it done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatchanceti View Post
    1992-1995 ish
    Pretty sure it is a 1992, the year before they dropped the 'boom tube' down lower, and the first year they shifted the spring from the BB to the head tube.

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    Its a 1995. That is a picture of my bike taken in my backyard. Have the original receipt still as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fat tire trader View Post
    I was a sling shot dealer in the 80s and 90s. I sold a lot of them. Mark Groendahl taught me to replace the boards and gave me a tool that he made for aligning the frames. It is not necessary to heat the frame to remove the board. The way that I was taught to do it is first cut the board close to the frame, then carefully drill holes into the board in the frame. Once you have drilled enough of it out, the rest can be picked out. A repaint is not required. I can do this job if anyone needs it done.
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    Chris,

    there have been a million threads on MTBR about board replacement and it's always ended up being a major project that no one has seemed to want to tackle...I can't believe the 'shot guys haven't noticed that you can/will replace boards without the the need for a repaint...and align the frame too...awsome



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    1996 Folding Road Slingshot used as a racer (Campy Record) and for touring until 2003, then retired as a tourer (Sh. 105). The seatpost and the stem came with the frame in 1996.
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    Looking for pre 95 slingshot frame decals

    Please let me know if you you or perhaps anyone you know can get me a pair of these hard to find decals. Thanks in advance

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    I don't think I ever posted mine..picture was before I adjusted the seat angle and took off the fender.
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    slingshot decal reproduction

    hello all. I'm asking a friend to reproduce the old version decal fro my own restoration but unfortunately, a one off is not equitable for production so I'm asking if anyone here would like a copy for themselves. Below is the design im referring to. Thank you.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Greystreet View Post
    hello all. I'm asking a friend to reproduce the old version decal fro my own restoration but unfortunately, a one off is not equitable for production so I'm asking if anyone here would like a copy for themselves. Below is the design im referring to. Thank you.

    i would be in for 4-6 depending on cost

    sent a PM too.

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    Any idea of how many need to be made and how much?

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    im hoping between 7-10 bucks each shipped... Told my guy I may be able to swing at least 10 stickers..still massaging the numbers

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    Amazing condition! Nice Bike. Is it all original?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockhead77 View Post
    Amazing condition! Nice Bike. Is it all original?
    which bike? theres lot's of them in this thread..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greystreet View Post
    hello all. I'm asking a friend to reproduce the old version decal fro my own restoration but unfortunately, a one off is not equitable for production so I'm asking if anyone here would like a copy for themselves. Below is the design im referring to. Thank you.

    I'd pop for 1 or 2 of em..

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    As far as the decals (stickers??) go, I'm in for at least 4 sets. Is that $$ for a pair? At that price I can't resist. No hurry, but please keep us posted. Thanks Greystreet.

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    sling shot decals

    ok guys..im getting close to making this happen..really would like to reproduce the decal as orginal as possible so im requesting if someone can post up exact measurements of this decal from their bikes. Thank you

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    Slingshot decals

    From a N.O.S '93 road frame the dimentions are... 275mm long including all the 'clear' part of the decal, 261mm from the 'shadow' of the first S in Slingshot to the 'shadow' of the T in SlingshoT, The left side is 42mm tall including the clear part of decal, 31mm tall from bottom of black to top of black 'rectangle', which is 117mm long, 57mm tall where the 'V' is (including clear decal area), 30mm tall on right side of decal including clear. Also, is it possible for your source to make some with the glue on the inverse side, so as to adhere them to the inside of a vehicles rear window??? I'd love a few of those. Lastly, my black Slingers have a WHITE box instead of the black in your image. How difficult would it be to pump out some of THOSE? Thanks Greystreet.
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    Decals

    Thanks for the measurements. friend wants a minimum 50..Told him it's not gonna happen at 50. 25 is what I'm hoping he'll go for. I know I can meet 25 with a combination of bike and window decals. I'll keep those interested informed early next week. Thanks!

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    I would think, given a bit of time, you would get quite a bit more than 50 (sets). If the quality was really good, word would get out, and as the only one doing it, you could more than compansate for the effort. Not get rich of course, but make the endevor justifiable. $15 a set shipped?? Fine with me.

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    Another shot of a road slingshot. Equipped with cyclocross tires is perfectly capable of off-road riding.
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    hi all,

    have make some of this one, I also have the file from the other in orginal size. Maybe we can do al deal



    is screen printing

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    sure thing. send me the file and I'll see what price I can get it done for.

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    Hi,

    here you see a convert jpg, you can ask fo a price.



    I also have the file in a printready eps, I have use the file for this one, works perfect.

    Greetings Stefan






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    Decals update

    Quote Originally Posted by Valhart View Post
    From a N.O.S '93 road frame the dimentions are... 275mm long including all the 'clear' part of the decal, 261mm from the 'shadow' of the first S in Slingshot to the 'shadow' of the T in SlingshoT, The left side is 42mm tall including the clear part of decal, 31mm tall from bottom of black to top of black 'rectangle', which is 117mm long, 57mm tall where the 'V' is (including clear decal area), 30mm tall on right side of decal including clear. Also, is it possible for your source to make some with the glue on the inverse side, so as to adhere them to the inside of a vehicles rear window??? I'd love a few of those. Lastly, my black Slingers have a WHITE box instead of the black in your image. How difficult would it be to pump out some of THOSE? Thanks Greystreet.
    got the proofs done and ready for the printer today. will shoot back some shots and I'll get them run hopefully by next friday. Just depends on the tech and his schedule. FYI

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    Wow, beautiful bikes. Banged around in Bavaria and the Dolomites in the mid 90's on my Slingshot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greystreet View Post
    ok guys..im getting close to making this happen..really would like to reproduce the decal as orginal as possible so im requesting if someone can post up exact measurements of this decal from their bikes. Thank you
    Is/did this happen? Still interested...

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    Was wondering that myself.... for me, time is not an issue. Would be great to know any status/abandonment of project though.

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    Another beautiful bike Stephan. That might be my favorite SlingShot so far.

    Quote Originally Posted by stefan9113 View Post
    Hi,

    here you see a convert jpg, you can ask fo a price.



    I also have the file in a printready eps, I have use the file for this one, works perfect.

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    Never was a huge fan of the newest slingers,but this is damn fine. Kinda has that industrial "Terminator" look.

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    Hmmm, missing posts again....sometimes this place is so effing anal :-(

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    Quote Originally Posted by da'HOOV View Post
    Hmmm, missing posts again....sometimes this place is so effing anal :-(
    Don't worry about it.
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    thanx for the wise words ... they really eased my mind.

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    Mark Groendal, the inventor of the SlingShot was pimping this at Interbike last fall.
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    The downtube is removable and tuneable to the riders weight. Called the Alter.

    He was also responsible for the ERB, or Energy Return Bicycle but that never gained much traction. Erb Bikes Introductory Price!
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    Wow, what a beaty - stefan

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    Quote Originally Posted by spotlightcomm View Post
    Hey Slingshot Fans!

    We are part of the CAP 400 class at Grand Valley State University and we are doing a market survey of the bicycling community on behalf of Slingshot Bicycles. Please take a moment to fill out this survey for us about what you love about biking, as well as how you feel about Slingshot. The more honest you are , the better our results! Thanks a bunch!

    docs.google.com/a/mail.gvsu.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?hl=en_US&formkey=dERNY3VFWk9iMG9LY3pQQkll Z2g1UHc6MQ#gid=0
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy View Post
    This is a vintage mtb forum. Old ones rule, new ones suck. Good?
    If you don't believe him look at the old yellow and black one above and the new black one below it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MABman View Post
    If you don't believe him look at the old yellow and black one above and the new black one below it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy View Post
    This is a vintage mtb forum. Old ones rule, new ones suck. Good?
    I am hearing this a lot. But why? What happened in your guy's eyes that made this happen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by spotlightcomm View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by spotlightcomm View Post
    I am hearing this a lot. But why? What happened in your guy's eyes that made this happen?

    For me it has a lot to do with the aesthetics of the new frames. Even though I am sure they are stiffer and faster I just don't like the looks of the Ripper. Now if you brought back a steal 29er without canti mounts I would be interested, even more interested with a Ti frame, especially if it was made in the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spotlightcomm View Post
    I am hearing this a lot. But why? What happened in your guy's eyes that made this happen?
    Back in the day Slingshots were unusual in that they offered some suspension in a marketplace that did not at that time have many offerings. This attracted some and turned others off, it was a "frame of mind" to quote one of their old sayings.

    Now that the marketplace is full of suspension in every way shape and form, quite frankly just about any of the designs rides better than a Slingshot. However there is enough mystic around the older bikes and just enough of them around to fuel a kind of retro groovy love fest in their direction.

    That said I have had 4 Slingshots, the last one being a 29"er which I thought was going to be a match made in heaven but wasn't, and don't have any any more and am not looking for one either. Well, unless a double cable showed up on my doorstep for cheap that is because that was the first one I ever rode and there is something about that first time that you have a hard time getting over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AKamp View Post
    For me it has a lot to do with the aesthetics of the new frames. Even though I am sure they are stiffer and faster I just don't like the looks of the Ripper. Now if you brought back a steal 29er without canti mounts I would be interested, even more interested with a Ti frame, especially if it was made in the US.
    A few are out there (well one is in my garage), but not many.



    This is a 2004 made frame. Not sure why they still stuck canti mounts on the Farmboys. I don't think I ever saw one set up with them. Most of the other BigShots I have seen are rim brake only. This one (BS serial No1) may have originally had canti mounts, and perhaps they were removed when Mr. Quiring refurbed it a few years ago. Not sure.

    I owned three FarmBoys (a 16" and two 18" frames) before I found this one. This is the best riding one, but a lot of that is probably due to the non-corrected front end. The suspension corrected 29ers are just too tractorish for me.

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    What about the DD-M? Its made in the US. What are you guy's opinion of their new double diamond series?

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    Quote Originally Posted by spotlightcomm View Post
    What about the DD-M? Its made in the US. What are you guy's opinion of their new double diamond series?
    A "Slingshot" with a downtube is not a Slingshot to me (and I'd wager 99% of the other people following this thread). I'm sure they are nice, but they don't fit here IMHO.

    If I wanted a bike with a downtube, Slingshot would not be on my list. And this is coming from a huge 'Shot fan who was owned 6 of them in various incarnations. I'm sure they are nice bikes (The DD-X and DD-M), but just don't effing call them Slingshots. If they want to do a spinoff brand of downtube bikes, have at it.

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    Sorry if this is a repost, but this was my trusty 93 Slingshot... I miss her..

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    Saw this on craigslist and could not resist... I'll pick it up this summer when I visit Grand Rapids.
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    Interesting 'left hand drive' system. Do you need to pedal backwards? Maybe you can throw a 'Lefty' on it! Sorry, couldn't resist. Clean. Is this the original paint??

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    Yeah, pic was only mock up, seller confessed his goof.

    Not oem paint, fresh powder. xt group, I have not seen it in person yet, I'm in Boulder CO, bike is in Hudsonville MI at my brothers house.

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    Neat year Slingshot....the rest of it...not so neat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy View Post
    Neat year Slingshot....the rest of it...not so neat.

    Agreed, bought for the frame, will keep the correct xt stuff, source the rest for a vintage build.

    Since it has the spring inside the top tube that would make it a 88 or 89 correct? It was stripped, sent to slingshot for new board, spring and cable, and then powercoated. Should be a fun project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirt diggler View Post
    Sorry if this is a repost, but this was my trusty 93 Slingshot... I miss her..
    Nice pare!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeferg75 View Post
    Agreed, bought for the frame, will keep the correct xt stuff, source the rest for a vintage build.

    Since it has the spring inside the top tube that would make it a 88 or 89 correct? It was stripped, sent to slingshot for new board, spring and cable, and then powercoated. Should be a fun project.
    Yep, should put you at 88/89. Really good a Slinger of that age was factory referb'ed. Not sure how they are about it now, but there was a time when they weren't into working on older Slingshots.

    Sounds like you've got a good direction to go with it too. Post pics when its done (or progress along the way).
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    fresh stickers silk-screen printing, white and black



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    Hi,

    did anyone here of the Slingshot fans try to combine a Fold-Tech frame with an AMP fork? Did see two bikes wth AMP forks (one with a F1 and another one with a F4?).

    would like to use a F2 with the current Fold-Tech Frame. Not sue if the coil will hit the fork...


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    '93 MT3 Singshot RestoMod

    Just finished the rebuild of my '93 Slingshot. The frame was striped and repainted, fresh decal applied and clear coated. I decided to go 1x9 rigid and make this my gravel grinder. Slingshot had a NOS Tange fork that I bought. I had Waltworks remove the cantilever bosses and weld on a disk mount. I decided to keep the original integrity of the frame and not run a rear disk.
    I'm sure I've probably offended the vintage purists out there by running new parts but my intensions are to use this bike, not moth ball it. The new parts make it perform great.

    Sram X7 derailleur and shifter
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    Have a Ripper as my main ride. Switched to this from more travel suspended bikes. So do not regret that decision. It rides awsome and am planning to build up a Fold-Tech too.

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    Nice paint job. Where did you get the decals from? I could use a set.

    I just finished an upgrade to my '96 Slingshot. Details and pictures to follow.

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    Thanks. I didn't think it turned out to bad for a rattle can job. I got the frame as payment for photography that I did for Slingshot back in '93. I asked for a bare frame so that I could custom paint it and with it they sent 2 sets of decals. I actually had forgotten about them and found them filed away last fall.

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    nice - so it is brand new?

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    The frame is 19 years old, the other parts are new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MABman View Post
    Now that the marketplace is full of suspension in every way shape and form, quite frankly just about any of the designs rides better than a Slingshot.

    I do own a Ripper - This is the best ride I ever had for the kind of biking I do.

    It is more comfartable than a hardtail and more efficient than rear suspended bikes.

    For me the perect bike for everything.

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    Figured I'd share my new ride and bump this thread. I have a set of wheels/knobbies for as soon as I get back in shape. It's been a long, long, long time since I've ridden. Road will have to do for now. So far, so fun.
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    Anybody care to help me determine what year my Slingshot might be? It's the one a couple of posts above. i've tried contacting Slingshot but didn't receive a response. Not surprised after reading this forum. Makes sense that they're more concerned with new sales than with questions regarding old models.Searched the Mombat site and while they have some great information it still is hard for me to be definitive.

    And if I'm interested in restoring it, which I am, is there a way to determine what parts a particular year was built up with? I did determine, from Mombat, that my XT components are from 1993. And the changes that were made in the diameter to the seat post to 31.8, from what I can tell, was also made in 1993. Although I've probably have read this thread a dozen times I don't think I can say for certain that it is a '93.

    I can also guess that bikes might have built to specification. So OEM may not apply. It's not that big of a deal. I'm just really enjoying the research, process and most importantly the ride. But to get it to original condition someday would be a bonus. I plan to reach out to the gentleman that was working on the decals back in January but if anyone knows of another lead that would be helpful.

    thanks in advance for any insight that anyone would care to share.

    If it helps, other than the XT components the...

    bars - specialized
    stem - control tech
    fork - dimension has been the only 1" rigid fork I could find and afford to replace a collapsed manitou
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    Meskell,

    My bike is the orange/silver one above and it is most definitely a '93. Yours could be too although it appears to be a larger frame. Mine originally had Suntour XC Pro drivetrain and brakes, Suntour hubs and Sun Chinook rims. It had a Zoom stem with Zoom Brama bars and Syncros seatpost. Hope that helps.

    You might also try to contact Mark Groendal at Erb bikes as he most likely built the frame.

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    I'd second the 1993 guess. Could be a 94 I suppose, but as some point in 95/96 bikes started going to the newer decal style. Suntour XC Pro Micro Drive/Syncros would be a 'team' type build for it.
    Shimano M900 XTR would be ok from a period correct standpoint as well.
    The build on yours doesn't look original by any means.





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    Thanks for the replies. I appreciate them. I suppose I was questioning mine being a '93 because I figured, regardless of frame size, that the boom gusset would not have such a noticeable size difference.

    Rumpfy, thanks for the ads to reference. I understand that the build isn't original. That is why I'm looking for answers as to what might be considered original parts. I was wondering, however, if all the XT components (hubs, drivetrain, brake system) might possibly be original since they are all '93. Or are you implying that Slingshot would more likely of used XTR/Suntour if they built the bike instead of just selling a frame? The stem and rims are period correct. Maybe the post. Not sure about the bars. The rest I realize are not since I swapped out broken/worn parts. Just trying to get more information regarding OME so that I can eventually get there. Although the rims aren't going anywhere.

    Thanks again for your replies. And still will take any leads on decals.

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    Finished my first 24h race (team of 4) this month with one of my Slingshots. Equipped my Fold-Tech with 1.4" Slicks to make it faster. Lot's of people ( There were around 5000 starters) interessted in the bike/company. Fun.
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