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    Official Slingshot Bikes Thread

    I had to do it. Anyone that knows me, knows I'm a big Slingshot fan. I'm not sure how many others there are on MTBR, but now would be a good time to show off your stuff.

    My 1993 Slingshot before restoration:


    And after a resto and repaint done by Rick Stefani of D+D Cycles West.


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    Slingshot Team. 1 of 18 made for the 1992 race season. It had full Suntour XC Pro drive train (which I disliked.)

    The most important thing left being the frame. They take up less space in the apt. this way...
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    Titanium Slingshot

    Does anyone know where to find (or has seen in person) a Titanium Slingshot?
    I'd take a half or full Ti...I know they were made for a short while c. 93/94....I'd love to own one. Any leads or info would be great.
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    Nice Slingshots Rumpfy

    I've never ridden one, but a local wrench has one that he converted to road to beat up on the local roadies with. I personally think it's a waste, but definitely a unique bike. I've always wanted to ride one though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by loonyOne
    I've never ridden one, but a local wrench has one that he converted to road to beat up on the local roadies with. I personally think it's a waste, but definitely a unique bike. I've always wanted to ride one though.

    An MTB frame he converted to road? Hmm...
    So, uh...do you think he'd be willing to sell it?
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    Here's mine (gone now)...


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    Bonking ... not feelin' well NOT an MTB frame

    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    An MTB frame he converted to road? Hmm...
    So, uh...do you think he'd be willing to sell it?

    I know this bike and it's keeper. It is set up as a tri bike and has tri geometry. 650c Slingshot Road. Sorry to burst the bubble!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted
    I know this bike and it's keeper. It is set up as a tri bike and has tri geometry. 650c Slingshot Road. Sorry to burst the bubble!
    Bummer. Well, the search continues...
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    Quote Originally Posted by aosty
    Here's mine (gone now)...
    Aosty, why'd you sell? Looks like a larger frame size...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted
    I know this bike and it's keeper. It is set up as a tri bike and has tri geometry. 650c Slingshot Road. Sorry to burst the bubble!
    You know my friend that lives in the same town as me?? Are you sure? What shop does he work at? Tell me his name if you do know. I know that he told me it was an MTB. I was really good friends with one of his old roommates quite a few years ago...it was definitely an MTB that was used on the dirt then. Enlighten me.

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    Is Slingshot from Grand Rapids, MI or thereabouts? It seems like I see an awful lot of them (considering how few ride them overall) when I'm back home in MI.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seely
    Is Slingshot from Grand Rapids, MI or thereabouts? It seems like I see an awful lot of them (considering how few ride them overall) when I'm back home in MI.
    Aye...Grand Rapids born and built. I'm sure that has something to do with their numbers out there. Don't see too many of them on the west coast!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Slingshot Team. 1 of 18 made for the 1992 race season. It had full Suntour XC Pro drive train (which I disliked.)
    Just curious, what didn't you like about the XC Pro drivetrain? I've only ridden the old Suntour road stuff, Superbe Pro II. Far as I'm concerned, that was top-of-the-line stuff compared to anything else on the market at the time for roadie gear.
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    Slings Hot

    Had a spare moment to do a bit in the overhead today and got a picture of my 17" 89' Shot. The paintjob is a custom "Nuclear Lizard" done by Grove Innovations when the bike was new. When I put it back it in the upper storage which is about 1/2 dark after having it out for only a bit it was glowing like crazy!



    There is a unicrown fork and Flex Stem in the stash that are painted to match but apparently in its last incarnation it was sporting the IRD suspension fork. I think my older son was the last to ride this bike about 5 or 6 years ago....

    This is a shot of the back of a T Shirt that the Groendahls had made up to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Sling Shot back in 93'.



    And here is the front which give a nice little pictorial history of the development of the frame up to the age of the ones pictured above.



    The first Sling Shot was a BMX bike actually. PeeWee Groendahl broke the frame on his BMXer and Mark his older brother grafted a piece of Hexcel ski to the break to fix it and the rest as they say is history! The one labled 83' in the T-shirt was wheeled through the aisles of the Atlantic City version of Interbike in that year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bhutata
    Just curious, what didn't you like about the XC Pro drivetrain? I've only ridden the old Suntour road stuff, Superbe Pro II. Far as I'm concerned, that was top-of-the-line stuff compared to anything else on the market at the time for roadie gear.
    Well, for the most part it was good. Good feel, light weight (for it's age), grease guard stuff worked well.
    But...unless your drive train was in perfect tune, I felt that I ended up with a lot of ghost shifting. It was a bit tempermental to dial in and didn't allow for a gread deal of slop.
    I know some people are anti-Shimano, but I almost never have any problems with any of it. Parts are easy to find, a lot of it is compatable. Even the 'floating' der. pullies allow for your drive train to be off a bit and still shift through the gears. You know....because we ride our vintage rigs so hard and all...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigwheel
    Had a spare moment to do a bit in the overhead today and got a picture of my 17" 89' Shot. The paintjob is a custom "Nuclear Lizard" done by Grove Innovations when the bike was new. When I put it back it in the upper storage which is a....
    one labled 83' in the T-shirt was wheeled through the aisles of the Atlantic City version of Interbike in that year.
    Bob, that post made my day!
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    Shot Shots

    The link to these pics are in another thread but thought it worthwhile to post it here in the "Official" thread.

    This is a bike that was made for a female client. It is pretty amazing that for one thing you had a bike painted pink but that you could also get pink toe clips, bottle cage, hand grips and lever covers and spoke covers to match in those days! It was an 89 model year and was the inspiration for the bike frame pictured above that I built up for my wife a little while after.



    This frame was an 87/88' as it had the spring in the top tube. This bike ended up in the hands of a hot junior racer and he did rather well on it.
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    Westpine Neutron hubs!!! You lucky *******!

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    Wanted: older Slingshot info

    We have been trying to put together some info for our web site about the older Slingshots. If anyone has any literature that they would sell, loan or copy please let me know. We would also like to find an example of the earlier frame styles for the "museum". Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Aosty, why'd you sell? Looks like a larger frame size...
    I needed cash.

    As for the size, it was semi-custom... 18" with the 20" boom tube (~24" toptube)... or something like that.

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    my slingshot

    here's mine. dated at 1993. its now a single speed. silver paint , need new paint. i will have full pics this week. i had gene at spicercycles weld on disc tabs and fabricate 1" threadless fork with disc tab. i still have the kinesis alu fork.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dirt diggler
    here's mine. dated at 1993. its now a single speed. silver paint , need new paint. i will have full pics this week. i had gene at spicercycles weld on disc tabs and fabricate 1" threadless fork with disc tab. i still have the kinesis alu fork
    thanks all

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    Genius. I so wanted to do the same with my 93.
    Let us know how it works out after the build!
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    hey eric,
    good to see that there are true slingshot riders out there. i love this bike. i have alot of newer bikes but i can't seem to hang this up on the rafters. have you had the scotchplate rplaced yet ? i contacted the newer slingshot owners and they quoted me at 6bills to do it.
    my bike is rideable and new life with disc brakes. the whole disc with new rigi fork was 107.00. gene at spicer did a great job in my concern of the heat when welding to not heat up the epoxy and melt the plate.

    btw if this is still available, local shop her in cleveland century cycles 1-440-519-0013 (solon store) has a great condition slingshot 650c road frame with fork and ac seatpost for around 250bills.

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    Ya, I heard that story too about riding around on a broken frame and liking the feel of flex it had. The only difference is I thought it was a motorized mini bike..... But its been a long time. Im sure the story gets slightly altered each time its told. Ive always wanted to try one out, supposedly if you could pedal to match the rithym of the frame you could really move.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed
    Ya, I heard that story too about riding around on a broken frame and liking the feel of flex it had. The only difference is I thought it was a motorized mini bike......
    You know FB I believe you're right. I think that after that experience they chopped Pee Wees BMX bike up, but the whole truth will come out when someone gets ahold of Mark sometime

    Sounds like 6 bills for a board change is a bit steep though, I think the new frames are only a little over a grand or so....

    The folding Shots are pretty cool also and would make a great travel bike if you were into alot of flying or boat travel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirt diggler
    hey eric,
    good to see that there are true slingshot riders out there. i love this bike. i have alot of newer bikes but i can't seem to hang this up on the rafters. have you had the scotchplate rplaced yet ? i contacted the newer slingshot owners and they quoted me at 6bills to do it.
    my bike is rideable and new life with disc brakes. the whole disc with new rigi fork was 107.00. gene at spicer did a great job in my concern of the heat when welding to not heat up the epoxy and melt the plate.

    btw if this is still available, local shop her in cleveland century cycles 1-440-519-0013 (solon store) has a great condition slingshot 650c road frame with fork and ac seatpost for around 250bills.

    thanks
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    Yeah, I'm a hardcore Sling fan. I've owned 5 or 6. Bought and sold for various reasons...
    $250 is a good deal. It's about what I paid from the one I bought from DeeEight.
    I happen to be anti-road though...

    As for the board replacement, $600 is not what they have quoted on their website.
    I don't think they make it all the easy to find...but it's in print.
    Check this link:
    http://www.slingshotbikes.com/service_center/faqs.cfm
    (Q) - How much does it cost for a board replacement?
    (A) - A complete re-fab with new board and paint is $300.
    I have not had the service done. Before the new ownership they charged $250/$300 for board replacement and a respray.

    The nice thing about the new frames are the 1 1/8" headtubes and factory disc mounts I've seen popping up on some of the bikes....
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    sorry,
    its 600 hundred for board and paint. 400 for board replacement because of the older board type. from what was replied the older board would have to be machined and bonded. reset the jig to accomodate the the older frame. quote from Mark Watt.

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    quiring cycles actually contract builds some of the slingshot. scot quiring races for slingshot and kicks alot of geared bikes on the now singleshot SS bike.

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    where can u get a slingshot bmx bike.... i heard they were monnnayyy

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    Quote Originally Posted by poobah
    where can u get a slingshot bmx bike.... i heard they were monnnayyy
    In all my years of being a devoted Slingshot fan, I've never seen one (for sale or otherwise).
    But...I do happen to have a picture.



    If you happen upon two, let me know!
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    Slingshot trials bike on ebay

    Check out the custom Slingshot trials frame and fork posted on ebay. I'm talking 20" trials, but it's a cool looking custom. Auction ends 11/06/04. Disclaimer: Not my bike, don't know the seller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Aye...Grand Rapids born and built. I'm sure that has something to do with their numbers out there. Don't see too many of them on the west coast!
    That was the ONLY times I've ever seen a Slingshot, was when I lived in MI.....

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    Speaking of the Trials bike:

    I watched Bob Lawson win the nationals on the other slingshot trials bike mentioned. My brother roomed with him in college, and he rode a similar frame (different h-bar) to the national championship in Bellaire MI in the late 90's. His was setup with what they called a 'dog bone' shaft over the cable, not quite sure what the theory is behind it, maybe to help with the lateral stiffness during trials manuevers? He had a set of one off v-brake style brakes before v-brakes were common, used a lot of tar on the rims, and could ride the **** out of that thing. I remember being amazed.

    I had a slingshot converted to a SS in the late 90's as well, it was a great singlespeed. I wish that I had enough money to keep all the pimp bikes I used to own, unfortunately, usually my arguments for new bikes are sealed with a promise to thin the herd before new ones are added.

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    slingshot on ebay uk

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    and another Slingshot (18" MTB) on ebay (US)...

    Just saw this one, starting at $350. Ends in 4 days....
    (I have nothing to see with the vendor...)
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    image test

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    Whuttheheck? I jumped thru all the hoops, uploaded the image to the site but can't get it in the post Oh well it was a crummy shot anyhoo. If you really want to see it it's that red 16" job that was posted in the classifieds most recently.
    So as a new convert to the "disciples of flex" I have a Question or two about the care and feeding of my new Slingshot. The issue of replacement of the scotchply thingy, is that a wear and tear/fatigue or an age issue? What sort of symptoms should I be on the lookout for? Any other common problems to watch for, particular places these frames might break etc.?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclodan
    Whuttheheck? I jumped thru all the hoops, uploaded the image to the site but can't get it in the post Oh well it was a crummy shot anyhoo. If you really want to see it it's that red 16" job that was posted in the classifieds most recently.
    So as a new convert to the "disciples of flex" I have a Question or two about the care and feeding of my new Slingshot. The issue of replacement of the scotchply thingy, is that a wear and tear/fatigue or an age issue? What sort of symptoms should I be on the lookout for? Any other common problems to watch for, particular places these frames might break etc.?
    I've yet to have a problem with either of my Slingshots (both the 92 and 93). They are still on their original board and coil. The Sling frames are somewhat 'overbuilt' to make up for the lack of downtube and all the general flexieness that's going on. People always ask if it's a light bike because of the missing DT...the frames are 5lbs. That doesn't make them the lightest steel hardtails, but everything is pretty reinforced. A pretty strong frame IMO. I've heard stories of other people snapping the coil/cable. Usually heavier riders or riders hard on their equipment (of which I'm neither). I've also not noticed an increase in flex due to age or ware....everything seems normal. I'm not sure if fatigue will be an issue for that board. You could always ask Slingshot customer service...they'll have a more intelligent answer than I will.

    As for replacement..they do it. It's on their FAQ's page on their website...11 down:
    (Q) - How much does it cost for a board replacement?
    (A) - A complete re-fab with new board and paint is $300.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    As for replacement..they do it. It's on their FAQ's page on their website...11 down:
    (Q) - How much does it cost for a board replacement?
    (A) - A complete re-fab with new board and paint is $300.
    it would'nt really take new paint to replace that board..... would it?
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    my contribution to the small slingshot world

    I built up this Sling a couple of weeks ago just to test it out how the frames worked.

    I figured the fastest climbing bike would make a good single speed as long as it had a stiff enough BB to hadle the extreme forces of single speed riding. Well, after the first ride I brought it back home and tossed my nicer parts on it because I was hooked. now I ride it more than any of my other bikes combined.

    It has a stiffer bottom bracket than my first Bianchi road bike, completely stable with no hands on the bars, does wheelies, climbs like a goat, descends good (for a rigid), and has just enough geek factor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vdubbusrider
    it would'nt really take new paint to replace that board..... would it?
    Not really. They used to offer the service separate. Board/bolt replacement for about $150, or the board/bolt/repaint combo for $250 or so. Now it's all or nothing....but I suppose they'd do just the replacement and not repaint, but I'm not sure you could talk them into discounting the work if no paint job is done.

    I'm assuming you don't want to undo the lavender paint and vintage decals on yours...
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    Quote Originally Posted by vdubbusrider
    I built up this Sling a couple of weeks ago just to test it out how the frames worked.

    I figured the fastest climbing bike would make a good single speed as long as it had a stiff enough BB to hadle the extreme forces of single speed riding. Well, after the first ride I brought it back home and tossed my nicer parts on it because I was hooked. now I ride it more than any of my other bikes combined.

    It has a stiffer bottom bracket than my first Bianchi road bike, completely stable with no hands on the bars, does wheelies, climbs like a goat, descends good (for a rigid), and has just enough geek factor.

    http://gallery.mtbr.com/data/mtbr/5..._x-bike_008.jpg

    http:gallery.mtbr.com/data/mtbr/5..._x-bike_009.jpg

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    Might want to check the links my friend...don't seem to be working...

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    Thanx for the feedback Rumpfy. Given that my '97 or '98 frame probably only has a 100 or so miles on it and that I weigh in at a whopping 150lb. I shouln't have to worry about the board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclodan
    Thanx for the feedback Rumpfy. Given that my '97 or '98 frame probably only has a 100 or so miles on it and that I weigh in at a whopping 150lb. I shouln't have to worry about the board.
    Nah...I wouldn't.

    Good luck! Post some pics when you get a chance!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclodan
    Thanx for the feedback Rumpfy. Given that my '97 or '98 frame probably only has a 100 or so miles on it and that I weigh in at a whopping 150lb. I shouln't have to worry about the board.
    i'm 175lbs and i ride the crap out of my rigid. i dont let up one bit on the downhills, jumps, and drops. so far so good. ride it and if mine breaks i'll tell you what to look out for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vdubbusrider
    i'm 175lbs and i ride the crap out of my rigid. i dont let up one bit on the downhills, jumps, and drops. so far so good. ride it and if mine breaks i'll tell you what to look out for.
    not an article, just a 2-page info sheet on the bike.. From MBAction April 1990 issue.. I am assuming the bike is an '89 model..
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2ManyPlaces
    not an article, just a 2-page info sheet on the bike.. From MBAction April 1990 issue.. I am assuming the bike is an '89 model..
    Ooh, that one's a gooder!

    I want that frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Ooh, that one's a gooder!

    I want that frame.

    I like those old ones too.

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    @ 1989 Worlds in......

    Quote Originally Posted by 2ManyPlaces
    not an article, just a 2-page info sheet on the bike.. From MBAction April 1990 issue.. I am assuming the bike is an '89 model..
    Mammoth.... from Jan.'90 MBAction isuue.... i thought this was a cool pic....
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2ManyPlaces
    Mammoth.... from Jan.'90 MBAction isuue.... i thought this was a cool pic....
    Martin Stenger leading JT...Good Slingshot propaganda.
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    Not exactly Slingshot's finest hour...

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    The only time I've ever seen a full titanium Slingshot

    Would be nice to own one of these....

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    Thanks for the scan, that's the first I've seen that frame. 3.5lbs blow me away. Here are some pics of my bike for the thread. I thought the last pic turned out pretty cool.
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    Rumpfy,
    or others.. anyone price out scotchplate replacement for the older slingshots ?
    i emailed Slingshot and my quote was more affordable to buy a newer frame, due to the older plates are more time consuming to replace.. any comments ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirt diggler
    Rumpfy,
    or others.. anyone price out scotchplate replacement for the older slingshots ?
    i emailed Slingshot and my quote was more affordable to buy a newer frame, due to the older plates are more time consuming to replace.. any comments ?

    Thanks
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    The website quotes $300 for board and paint....what did they quote you over the phone?!

    New frames are over $1000....there's no way they can quote that much for it.
    If they tell you it's a grand for you to keep your Slingshot running, tell them you'll just switch to another bike company. That's bullsh!t!

    What's your reason for wanting to replace the board? Is it broken?
    I've yet to have a Slingshot where I felt the board needs replacement...
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    at the time Mark W of slingshot was quoted (2001) it was 110.00 to reboard, 40.00 for paint and 65.00 for cable replacement (if needed).

    now with new ownership 500 with paint, new hardware and machined flexplate to fit older models. because of heating the epoxy off the frame would damage the paint, so paint is included.

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    not vintage, just a little retro

    just built this up a few months ago, finally snapped a pic the other day when i put it in the classifieds. rides exceptionally well, just not the bike for where the job is transferring me.
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    My Travel Bike...

    Awesome riding bike... thinking of converting into a SS...
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    Quote Originally Posted by flipnidaho
    Awesome riding bike... thinking of converting into a SS...
    Sling's do very well as an SS. If you go that way...you'll like it plenty.

    Get out and ride with Laffeux, since he moved away, he hasn't been able to look at my Slingshots...
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    finally found one!

    Hi,

    have been looking for a Slingshot for a few months "only" and found one in immaculate shape in a small town bike shop in Southern Germany.
    They have hardly ridden the bike, rather used it as an "eye catcher".
    So, the thing had a few rusty bolts - that's all.

    Removed the original LX / STX parts and threw some nicer stuff at the frame... now it's hanging in my shed, waiting for a few more parts and we should be hitting the trails shortly.
    Great to have a new toy for the upcoming summer!
    cheers from Prague, Czech Republic,
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldman
    Hi,

    have been looking for a Slingshot for a few months "only" and found one in immaculate shape in a small town bike shop in Southern Germany.
    They have hardly ridden the bike, rather used it as an "eye catcher".
    So, the thing had a few rusty bolts - that's all.

    Removed the original LX / STX parts and threw some nicer stuff at the frame... now it's hanging in my shed, waiting for a few more parts and we should be hitting the trails shortly.
    Great to have a new toy for the upcoming summer!
    cheers from Prague, Czech Republic,
    Nick
    Nice find!
    Wow...it looks like it's in clean shape too, for an oldie!
    With the coil down by the BB...you're looking at a 1991 model.

    Enjoy and keep us posted with pics when the build is done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Sling's do very well as an SS. If you go that way...you'll like it plenty.

    Get out and ride with Laffeux, since he moved away, he hasn't been able to look at my Slingshots...

    If you do SS it, it might be worth looking into an EBB for the frame, rather than track dropouts. When I had mine converted to TDO's, there was very little clearance for decent sized tires (anything bigger than 1.95's). An EBB would be OK, you just have to have a eyelet on the BB for the cable attachment. Might cause problems with cable length due to the bigger size of the EBB shell.

    Or, just do an ENO and forget about it. There's argueably no better frame for SSing than a slingshot. Loved mine. Too bad my tastes are fickle.


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    For some weird reason that I have not yet come to grips with it; I am wanting a Bigshot--29" wheel'd unit. Leave it rigid in the front and fly..........
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    the one and only Slingshot in Prague...

    hi there,

    found some time to put my 1991 Slingshot together. Still not final, am looking for a brake set for the front wheel, the Manitou Comp 4 is still stuck in customs and need some skinwall Panaracers.
    Neither is the seat post final.

    But, the thing's already got a Marinovative Decelerator in the rear. Cool thing.
    The Real Design levers a bit too flexy, while the XT long rd works fine.
    Anyway, love this bike!

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    Very nice. Think Prague has a new tourist attraction.
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    I bought a Slingshot Road Frame from 87-89 i think. The condition of the frame is not as bad as it looks, but cable, spring, and so on are lost. I hope i can get a replacement set from Slingshot. If i get this one on the road again i'll post some new pics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whoarrior
    I bought a Slingshot Road Frame from 87-89 i think. The condition of the frame is not as bad as it looks, but cable, spring, and so on are lost. I hope i can get a replacement set from Slingshot. If i get this one on the road again i'll post some new pics.
    The problem I think you'll find, is that the cable and coil set up for that frame is very different from what Slingshot now uses.
    You can try, but I doubt they have any replacement parts that date back that far...wish they did.

    I can also say that emailing their customer service isn't all that quick at getting back to you. They're more interested in the current line up of frames...

    Cool bike though! Love those really old one's!
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    Here's my oldest.
    88/89 frame.
    It's more beat up than it looks...

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    upgraded Prague's one and only Slingshot

    hi,

    finally received all parts (some got stuck in customs...) and managed to throw them at my bike.
    Pulled the threaded headset off and added a threadless one.
    Took the original Slingshot forks off (they are for sale... ...148mm steerer with 40mm thread), as well as the stem and the Real Design levers.
    Now I have got a Manitou Comp with Eglund kit and a Synros stem.
    And, managed to find an IRD Widget; run them with Kookas now.
    Have ridden the bike on some serious trails and can't get enough of it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldman
    hi,

    finally received all parts (some got stuck in customs...) and managed to throw them at my bike.
    Pulled the threaded headset off and added a threadless one.
    Took the original Slingshot forks off (they are for sale... ...148mm steerer with 40mm thread), as well as the stem and the Real Design levers.
    Now I have got a Manitou Comp with Eglund kit and a Synros stem.
    And, managed to find an IRD Widget; run them with Kookas now.
    Have ridden the bike on some serious trails and can't get enough of it!
    oldman

    IMHO...don't sell the fork.
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    My 91 SlingShot

    This is my second SlingShot. The first was replaced under warrantee when I broke the frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moblsv
    This is my second SlingShot. The first was replaced under warrantee when I broke the frame.
    I haven't heard too many stories of Slingshots breaking.

    What year frame and when/how did you break yours? I'm curious.
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    Current pic of my 93 Slingshot.
    If you must know, the chain rings are from Moonhead Machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    I haven't heard too many stories of Slingshots breaking.

    What year frame and when/how did you break yours? I'm curious.
    I think the original frame was also the '91, if I remember correctly. Actually, I'm not entirely sure I remember the year correctly on this frame, I seem to remember it was a '91. It was the identical color scheme to the one in your second post that says "1 of 18 made for the 1992 race season".

    I broke two welds, found both after one long day of riding. The weld where the top tube meets the head tube was cracked. the other was inside the seat tube. there's a piece of metal welded in there and the welds had broken on it so it was vibrating and making a nasty noise.

    This frame I have now I have never been happy with. I was told it was the last one they had in that year and it turned out it was actually somewhat defective, I should have made an issue of it but I guess it's too late now. I have to use a spacer on the bottom bracket so the crank arm doesn't hit the frame and the chain still hits the frame when I have the chain on the smallest gear in the rear.

    Do you know if Martin Stenger posts here? I noticed a couple pictures of him from back in the day. He may not even remember me but we somewhat knew each other when we went to school at the University of Utah and he used to lap me at the local races. Last I heard a friend we have in common told me he was in Mammoth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Does anyone know where to find (or has seen in person) a Titanium Slingshot?
    I'd take a half or full Ti...I know they were made for a short while c. 93/94....I'd love to own one. Any leads or info would be great.
    I have no idea where to find one but I did see one in person at Wild Rose Bike Shop in Salt Lake City back in the early 90's when it was made. Maybe somebody there could give you a lead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    I haven't heard too many stories of Slingshots breaking.

    What year frame and when/how did you break yours? I'm curious.
    I just realized I was wrong about my first SlingShot. It was actually just like the one in the "end of the trail" picture. The frame with 'slingshot' all spelled out in big block letters. Exact same color scheme too.

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    I've seen a few that the lower cable attachment failed at the bottom bracket, but seat tube failures where the most common breakages prior to 1995. In 1995 they went to a large diameter seat tube and ovalized it where it met the BB shell. Prior to that, they used a flat plate welded into the "standard" size seat tube. I believe they actually drilled a few holes in the seat tube and "spot" tig welded it from the outside. If you look close at your seat tubes, you'll see the welds on either side of the seat tube starting about 2/3 of the way down.

    jw

    BTW - I've had a 1991, 1994, and a 1995 Slingshot. (Photo is of the 1995 and you can just make out the seat tube BB junction.)


    Quote Originally Posted by moblsv
    I broke two welds, found both after one long day of riding. The weld where the top tube meets the head tube was cracked. the other was inside the seat tube. there's a piece of metal welded in there and the welds had broken on it so it was vibrating and making a nasty noise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Does anyone know where to find (or has seen in person) a Titanium Slingshot?
    I'd take a half or full Ti...I know they were made for a short while c. 93/94....I'd love to own one. Any leads or info would be great.
    Here's one in MBA Feb '92 - nice!:


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    Cable tension on a '94 Slingshot

    Hi

    I have a question about the cable tension on a '94 Slingshot. To what extent is the nut above the spring adjustable and if it is, what's the 'range' of coil compression from soft to stiff? How slack is too slack?

    I ask because I've just finished a restoration on my '94 Slingshot. I'll post some pics soon. I used the cable, coil and clip from my other frame - also a '94 (serial numbers quite close) and exactly the same size.

    Although the two cables are the same length I was mildly surprised to observe minor differences between the two in the crimping at both the bottom bracket end and the spring end. When attaching the cable to the new bike I noticed that less frame compression was required to fasten it to the fitting under the head tube than was required with this cable on the other frame.

    Not sure how others do this but I turn the Sling upside down and lean on the b/b, pulling the fork towards me, which compresses the frame a little - about a cm - allowing you to slide the pin through.

    I reasoned that because there was less compression required to fasten the cable the coil and board will flex more, giving a softer ride. The other bike needed more compression (though not much more - maybe 5mm) to attach the cable and, presumably, returned a firmer ride since the coil was already compressed a bit more.

    I thought this was interesting and it made me wonder about the adjustability. It's not something I've heard mentioned, the ability to 'tune' the ride by fiddling with this.

    Any thoughts?
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    Slingshot, BIKE Juni91 (German)


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    Positive review. Brief conclusion: Downhill the wheels are better attached to the ground, nevertheless the greatest advantage of the Slingshot design is not comfort. The Slingshot provides smoother traction (the article is saying it works like a modern of traction control system) and gives energy in return at a point that benefits optimal 360 pedalling (energy return system).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elevation12,000
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    Positive review. Brief conclusion: Downhill the wheels are better attached to the ground, nevertheless the greatest advantage of the Slingshot design is not comfort. The Slingshot provides smoother traction (the article is saying it works like a modern of traction control system) and gives energy in return at a point that benefits optimal 360 pedalling (energy return system).
    Cool review Mel! I don't have that year frame yet...
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    Me neither... I am even wondering whether there will be one in the country. Never saw one.

    Great to hear you liked it. I will post Slingshot content whenever I stumble upon it in newly acquired vintage mags.
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    The above review is already gone. All pics and mag scans I ever posted are gone! Fortunately I saved them all on my computer. I made new hyperlinks and all mag scans can again be viewed on FatCogs.

    I post the Slingshot review again:

    Slingshot, BIKE Juni91

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    Positive review. Brief conclusion: Downhill the wheels are better attached to the ground, nevertheless the greatest advantage of the Slingshot design is not comfort. The Slingshot provides smoother traction (the article is saying it works like a modern of traction control system) and gives energy in return at a point that benefits optimal 360 pedalling (energy return system).
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    Just picked-up a 95 Slingshot off of ebay.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...163808545&rd=1

    I am not typically one for impulse buying,(Well ok, maybe sometimes!) but the bike looked pretty clean, and the fork pushed me over the edge! I have wanted a Slingshot for a while, and look forward to owning and riding one. What kind of decals did the 95 vintage bikes have? Any feedback is appreciated.

    Seems like I remember reading that certain types of Boom-tube decals are still available through Slingshotbikes(I think from one of your posts on FirstFlight Eric). I have been trying to call Slingshot over the past couple of days but they are kind of tough to catch in. Guess thats to be expected with small botique bike manufacturers. Need to email them tomorrow I suppose.

    Thanks for starting this thread Eric, and thanks to all that have contributed with great info and excellent pictures of their bikes!


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    Keeping this tread alive. Found it after this thread on the 29er board today got me looking into the history of board breakage on Slingshots. Seems like there are a good number of old 26ers still running strong, can whatever extra forces poster 'number2' mentions that big wheels put on the board really be that bad?
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    I have just had a search through my old mags and found a 1994 copy of mtb pro.
    It has a review of a MT4 sling shot.
    Anyone want it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noserider
    I have just had a search through my old mags and found a 1994 copy of mtb pro.
    It has a review of a MT4 sling shot.
    Anyone want it?

    I do!

    Check your PM's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tamjam
    Keeping this tread alive. Found it after this thread on the 29er board today got me looking into the history of board breakage on Slingshots. Seems like there are a good number of old 26ers still running strong, can whatever extra forces poster 'number2' mentions that big wheels put on the board really be that bad?
    I am not sure what "extra forces" he could be talking about either. AFAIK the flex board location does not vary much with any frame size. The bottom of the head tube on the Big Shot may be a little higher than a 26" frame.

    I am not going to worry about it and just ride my B'Shot.

    number2's post has the feel of sour grapes.
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    No sour grapes just hard facts. I feel I have the responsability to let the buyers know what their getting into.

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    Quote Originally Posted by number2
    No sour grapes just hard facts. I feel I have the responsability to let the buyers know what their getting into.
    Then give us the full story and some one else that can back it up. this looks like a small part of one side of the story. Information without conformation can not be taken as fact.

    We have no idea you who are.

    Rumors are easy to start.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    Then give us the full story and some one else that can back it up. this looks like a small part of one side of the story. Information without conformation can not be taken as fact.

    We have no idea you who are.

    Rumors are easy to start.
    I have been involved with slingshot in some way for about 10 years, the last involvment was a partnership in the company. I was also the poduct manager and part of the new "design team" that made the 29" frame. I am not going to give out names on this forum, you can use my information anyway you want or not.
    The reason the newer frames have a quicker failure rate is : 1 the rear triangle stiffness was increased by using lighter and larger OD stays with ritchey dropouts combined with 2 a stiffer boom tube with a 1.125 head tube and a hand built fork combined with 3 a board material that was not able to withstand the extra force generated by the above. In or around 1998 the "scotchply" material design was sold to another company(SCICOM) and was being developed for other uses. Slingshot started using the new product when they started to cnc machine the board box for there frames, while this did not present a problem at the time because they did not change there tubing specs. The reason the older frames last longer: original Scotchply board and smaller OD tubing and 1" head tubes and possibly the old box shape?
    Rather than try to fix the problem with a new board material the current owners desided to make it fixable by a shop or the owner( you can not do it with a steel frame without alot of tooling and some of the old board material etc ).
    I am 5' 7 and weigh 180 lb and was able to make a board fail in 6 mo. on a 26" SS and 3mo. on a 29" SS
    This was under normal riding conditions, similar failure rates were had by several local riders.
    All riders were on SS frames, some were folding 26" all the 29" were non folding.
    The new design is being made in china and is aluminum. I Don't know much more than what I've seen in a few interbike pics. The prototypes were built in the US and were raced by some of their factory team. That is all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by number2
    I have been involved with slingshot in some way for about 10 years, the last involvment was a partnership in the company. I was also the poduct manager and part of the new "design team" that made the 29" frame. I am not going to give out names on this forum, you can use my information anyway you want or not.
    I talked to Scott at Slingshot this morning. He said he knows who you are, but would not say. He and his product manager are working on a response to your post, which they'll send to me, and I will post here once I get it. I need to know the full story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by number2
    I have been involved with slingshot in some way for about 10 years, the last involvment was a partnership in the company...
    I am 5' 7 and weigh 180 lb and was able to make a board fail in 6 mo. on a 26" SS and 3mo. on a 29" SS
    This was under normal riding conditions, similar failure rates were had by several local riders.
    All riders were on SS frames, some were folding 26" all the 29" were non folding.
    The new design is being made in china and is aluminum. I Don't know much more than what I've seen in a few interbike pics. The prototypes were built in the US and were raced by some of their factory team. That is all.
    Interesting. And reserving judgement.

    Your story has changed a bit. On the 29er board you implied the problem was specific to, and because of, the 29er design. Not a change in tubing sizes. Not a change in the board material. No mention of general design issues regardless of wheel size.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    Interesting. And reserving judgement.

    Your story has changed a bit. On the 29er board you implied the problem was specific to, and because of, the 29er design. Not a change in tubing sizes. Not a change in the board material. No mention of general design issues regardless of wheel size.
    That is not what I was implying,and I'm sorry it looked that way. The problem is worse with the 29'' frame than 26" and the SS set up was worse than the geared. I think you are taking me the wrong way here, I'm not trying to degrade the slingshot name or the 29'' wheel, I'm just letting you know what I have known for a few years. I have been riding 29" wheels exclusivly for the last 3 years and am a devout fan. I also own several slingshots and still think the design has alot going for it. I do not ride a slingshot mtb any longer but I still enjoy it in road bike form.

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    Quote Originally Posted by number2
    That is not what I was implying,and I'm sorry it looked that way. The problem is worse with the 29'' frame than 26" and the SS set up was worse than the geared. I think you are taking me the wrong way here, I'm not trying to degrade the slingshot name or the 29'' wheel, I'm just letting you know what I have known for a few years. I have been riding 29" wheels exclusivly for the last 3 years and am a devout fan. I also own several slingshots and still think the design has alot going for it. I do not ride a slingshot mtb any longer but I still enjoy it in road bike form.
    Honestly, I appreciate your input. I just like knowing where it is coming from.

    Do you know if/where I can get a softer spring for my BS?
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    Honestly, I appreciate your input. I just like knowing where it is coming from.

    Do you know if/where I can get a softer spring for my BS?
    The springs on slingshots are a stock die spring that can be had at any die supply house. I don't recall the wieght of the stock spring but if you take it with you they can tell the size. Die springs change in OD and length when the load changes so I'm not sure a softer spring will fit.

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    CF "Slingshot"

    Anyone else see the Slingshot-style carbon bike? It's a home-made job. Photos from the Weight Weenies site.



    Show me your Toads. Old Brodies, too.

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    Just started watching this forumn. I dig it! I am so tired of the techno weenies. I have been riding a Slingshot Boom tube bike since the fall of 92. No pics right now, I am building a new house and it is packed away with the rest of my herd in sotorage.

    Mine is the 93 Team Yellow version in a 17" long. I also have a mod that I have never seen. A Pro-Action downtube. I sold Slingshots back then and got to try this new deal. It really made the bike a blast on steep technical downhills.

    I will try to get pics shot soon.

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