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    Diamond Back Ascent EX

    New to the forum. At the age of 44, I decided I wanted to get back into cycling, especially here around town. I found this old (1992?) Diamond Back on Craigslist for $75.00. A cyclo computer was included . I cleaned up the drivetrain, greased the wheel bearings, and I went kind of nuts on parts over the last two weeks:

    Drop bars
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    lights (required)
    Airzounds horn (loud!)
    shock absorbing seatpost
    Kenda K838 tire on front, the rear tire is on the way.

    I am glad I bought this instead of going to Walmart or Target for a bike. Even thought I lack experience and I know the technology has made quantum leaps over 20 years, I think this bike feels solid. With the drop bar and just a slick front tire my cruising speed has increased from 12 to 14 mph, up to 14 to 17 mph. I'm Happy.

    The Kenda K838 feels so much better that the knobby. The rear will be here next week. I can enter a sweeping 90 degree left turns at the traffic signal doing 16 or 17 mph, no braking even after it rains. The knobby was not giving me that confidence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by unicrown junkie View Post
    Here's a Rock Hound I saw in Whistler two days ago. It is a little faded now, but that's what you get with those yellow and pink colors when they've been outside for a few decades!
    Nice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by unicrown junkie View Post
    Here's a Rock Hound I saw in Whistler two days ago. It is a little faded now, but that's what you get with those yellow and pink colors when they've been outside for a few decades!
    Gotta love a bike with its original tires.

    Quote Originally Posted by sbolt View Post
    New to the forum. At the age of 44, I decided I wanted to get back into cycling, especially here around town.
    Wow! You've added everything known to mankind on it except racks and fenders. Good for you for getting back on the bike.

    Quote Originally Posted by sbolt View Post
    I am glad I bought this instead of going to Walmart or Target for a bike.
    Me too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbolt View Post
    New to the forum. At the age of 44, I decided I wanted to get back into cycling, especially here around town. I found this old (1992?) Diamond Back on Craigslist for $75.00. A cyclo computer was included . I cleaned up the drivetrain, greased the wheel bearings, and I went kind of nuts on parts over the last two weeks:

    Drop bars
    mirror
    bar extender
    lights (required)
    Airzounds horn (loud!)
    shock absorbing seatpost
    Kenda K838 tire on front, the rear tire is on the way.

    I am glad I bought this instead of going to Walmart or Target for a bike. Even thought I lack experience and I know the technology has made quantum leaps over 20 years, I think this bike feels solid. With the drop bar and just a slick front tire my cruising speed has increased from 12 to 14 mph, up to 14 to 17 mph. I'm Happy.

    The Kenda K838 feels so much better that the knobby. The rear will be here next week. I can enter a sweeping 90 degree left turns at the traffic signal doing 16 or 17 mph, no braking even after it rains. The knobby was not giving me that confidence.


    Good choice! And welcome aboard I think you're on tbe right track with your attitude. It's about personal fun not the latest and greatest top of the line bike. Hey if you are going retro there is nothing better than a neon ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wyody View Post
    Even thought this frame only has some fluorescent decals it is a very rare Titanium frame I help design for Titan. I also designed a rear suspension frame for Titan but the company was bought out by a company from Taiwan and it never made it to production but I have pictures some where of it!
    I Love your cable stops! really cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wyody View Post
    Yes and it was copied by Trek, Iron Horse, Kona and every one else who saw it the first and second prototypes at the 1990 and 1991 show, they also saw it in the different magazines before the shows that the Derby corporation who own Haro at that time show it to, and the whole frame design was brought to the manufacture of Marzocchi suspension(which at that time was only motorcycle susp.) to have a shock built for it since there was no mt.bike shocks being manufactured yet! when it got there in Italy Haro said my design was shown to Verlichi who in turned made the frame for Haro, But the design was also given to Iron Horse and Kona!!! I have drawings of this design dating back to 1988 but I personally like other designs I had instead! but this Haro designed of mine was picked by Dean Bradley the product manager of Haro at that time because he liked the idea/design that allowed the suspension to be locked out under pedaling because of the main pivot location, thinking it was good for climbing! I liked my other designs allowing a more of controlled active suspension, because I was a motocrosser and believed in active suspension, which I designed and sold to a company called Crestonepeak bikes out of Colorado. They showed it around to different magazines who said it had " Too much travel" that it was not necessary lol! it only had 6"'s of travel in the rear but that was too much for 1990 I guess! that design I had the Suzuki linkage designed in to it kind of, and my around the axle pivot design that was used later by Trek and still being used today by them!
    Woody, Very interesting story and those are some great shots. I really like the green bike. I think if you post these at the end of this thread more people will see them.
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    Wow! This thread is crazy colorful.

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    Felix,
    This FUNK is just Vicious. One of the coolest bikes ive seen.

    Ben

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    Not nearly as cool as some of the bikes here, but i picked this nearly mint 91 Trek 6000 up a few years back and its been a work in progress. She doesn't get the attention she deserves as i'm up to 27 bikes now and a girlfriend who's patience is wearing thin

    here's an old shot from basement cleanout number 1 last spring next to a lot of 3dv




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    Happy Thanksgiving!!
    A resurrection of a thread that needs more contribution.
    I know there must be some more of these beloved bikes that need to be posted, so don't be bashful. I have something in the works that I am going to be springing on all of you very shortly. Via this thread she should fit in like a glove. I think you will be amazed with what I'm working on. I'm just giving everyone a chance to get their sunglasses because you're going to need them to view this beauty.
    edit: my plans fell through, couldn't purchase it quick enough. Someone else snagged it.
    Last edited by DIRTJUNKIE; 12-01-2012 at 08:18 AM.
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    Favorite thread!!!! Love the old neon bikes. At my campus there's a neon orange GT outpost that I really like. I really want to get some of those oakley razorblades sunglasses but unfortunately they never really got cheap as ebay will confirm.
    All vintage all the time. Nothing like a nice chromo frame with some properly adjusted cantilevers.

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    Here's my girlfriends Clockwork Orange

    Still used most weekends


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    That Orange is awesome, its even more awesome Magura HS11/33's with Evo mounts.Thats got Euro MTB written all over it!

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    O<<"Bring back neon,bring back neon"
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    That's me trying to get the message out. Sorry that's the best I could do with a cell phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE, View Post
    "Bring back neon,bring back neon"
    I couldn't agree more, this whole flat black on everything trend these days is so boring
    All vintage all the time. Nothing like a nice chromo frame with some properly adjusted cantilevers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaxes88 View Post
    I couldn't agree more, this whole flat black on everything trend these days is so boring
    you all asked for it. the crazy yellow decals on the wheels and forks had to go, though.

    2011 marin pine mountain 25th anniversary edition:
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    Quote Originally Posted by shekky View Post
    you all asked for it. the crazy yellow decals on the wheels and forks had to go, though.

    2011 marin pine mountain 25th anniversary edition:
    Nice!
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    Here's my late 80's Klein Pinnacle. I have changed the post and saddle from this hideous combo...
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    I just acquired this beast and brought it back to life! Total cost $22.

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    First ride.



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    Love it! That's a great color. Good to see it going in the woods, how does it ride? you did pretty good for 22 bucks, fenders alone are worth more than that!
    All vintage all the time. Nothing like a nice chromo frame with some properly adjusted cantilevers.

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    Thanks man! I was blown away with the ride quality, it fits me like a glove.

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    Good to hear. You should make a video of it, so hard to find videos of neat old bikes being rode in the woods.
    All vintage all the time. Nothing like a nice chromo frame with some properly adjusted cantilevers.

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    These are the only two bikes of mine with any neon:

    Here is one:




    And my other:

    Wanted: more of the same ... but different

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    I'm working on a short video of it. I should have enough footage to put something together soon.

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    Looking forward to it! Also could you please send me the original resolution of that pic where it's leaning against a tree, or a link to it? Thanks, it makes a great wallpaper.
    All vintage all the time. Nothing like a nice chromo frame with some properly adjusted cantilevers.

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