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    Who Welded the Made in USA S-Works?

    Anyone know who put these together? I know most Spec's were made over seas, but these were made state side.


    Remember thinking S-Works and M2 were way cool back in the day.
    This ended up in my hands and it's just like 1992 all over again.
    Want to build it up with all black components....should be nasty when it's done.


























    At least this one is my size, lol.



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    American did the tandems, I'm not sure if or which S-Works bikes they did, but that does look like their work.
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    No idea, sorry, but those were cool for sure.

    Can't tell, does that one have the crisscross welds at the seat cluster? Those only seemed to be around for a year or two, thought it was kind if a neat touch.

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    91's were either red /w yellow or purple w/ yellow right?

    Stealth will be a cool direction to take this bike.

    Actually Steve....I have a Direct Drive fork from an M2 (its since been rattle can'ed white). You want it? Black PC and your in like flynn.
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    cool.. really.

    i would go w/ susp forks. a yellow judy would kill.
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    E, yeah, the welds do look nice and fat like an American...I might need to dig around the net if no one pops in with the answer.
    I think you are correct on the '91 colors. I remember the ads in MBA were drool-worthy.
    A DD fork would be cool...shoot me a PM when you can.



    Mendon, I'll check the seat cluster when I get a minute and report back.
    Got your PM...check your e-mail.



    colker, a splash of color might be cool...not sure how to tell if the frame is suspension corrected though.





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    Who Welded the Made in USA S-Works?

    Anodizing, Inc. in Portland (now defunct) did some of the frames. Not sure which years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve View Post
    E, yeah, the welds do look nice and fat like an American...I might need to dig around the net if no one pops in with the answer.
    I think you are correct on the '91 colors. I remember the ads in MBA were drool-worthy.
    A DD fork would be cool...shoot me a PM when you can.



    Mendon, I'll check the seat cluster when I get a minute and report back.
    Got your PM...check your e-mail.



    colker, a splash of color might be cool...not sure how to tell if the frame is suspension corrected though.





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    92? it's mag 21 vintage.
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    I seem to recall that the first year of production might have been by Kastan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve View Post
    E, yeah, the welds do look nice and fat like an American.
    Except more like a stack of marshmallows than a "stack of dimes". Neat frame though.
    Last edited by Fillet-brazed; 08-16-2013 at 08:49 AM.

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    American? I don't claim to be an expert in these matters, but they look more stocked up than a typical American weld. Did their "style" change over time?
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    Idea!

    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    American? I don't claim to be an expert in these matters, but they look more stocked up than a typical American weld. Did their "style" change over time?


    I think Shiggy nailed it...did some net sleuthing and Anodizing Inc. seems like the source.

    a link to some cool info:


    America’s Largest Bike Maker Closes its Doors | ChrisLesser.com

    Sapa to Cease Contract Bicycle Manufacturing Operations | The Straight Dirt | MountainBike.com




    Pic for Mendon (is this what you meant?):






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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve View Post
    Pic for Mendon (is this what you meant?):
    Yeah, that's such a cool, but pointless little detail....

    Odd, posted a pic of American welds, can't see it. Just me? Or are the images still messed up (again)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    Yeah, that's such a cool, but pointless little detail....

    Odd, posted a pic of American welds, can't see it. Just me? Or are the images still messed up (again)?
    Check with a moderator, but I thought I saw that pics weren't working.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed View Post
    Check with a moderator, but I thought I saw that pics weren't working.
    Yeah, you'd think I'd know. I saw a banner announcement a few days ago about it, but no longer. I also see more pics than then.

    Dang it Martha, the internet is broken again....
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    Cool bikes for sure but I've always loved the steel versions. Didn't Teasdale weld some of these?

    (image stolen from MTBR archives)
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    This frame has been hanging for a few months, and I've been thinking about moving it up in the build queue, but knew finding the parts I wanted (all black/stealth) was going to take some time, and some $ (and right now I'm sort of short on both). Rumpfy did send me a cool fork for it though, (Thanks again E).

    Then this popped up on CL last week, and I couldn't resist the possibility of a donor swap...





















    But now that I have it home, I'm torn on going through the hassle of swapping all the parts, and setting it up just to get a frame an inch or so bigger.

    Think I'm going to ride it as is, and leave the bare frame hanging a bit longer.



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    Damn, you have far superior CL listings......

    Anyone need a few Schwinn Caliente's or Next MTB's?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    Damn, you have far superior CL listings......

    Anyone need a few Schwinn Caliente's or Next MTB's?

    Haha Craig...don't be too jealous...we have more than our share of junk clogging up the listings...trash to treasure ratio is pretty whacked, but I keep digging.



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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve View Post
    This frame has been hanging for a few months, and I've been thinking about moving it up in the build queue, but knew finding the parts I wanted (all black/stealth) was going to take some time, and some $ (and right now I'm sort of short on both). Rumpfy did send me a cool fork for it though, (Thanks again E).
    The seller emailed and said the bike had sold. I'm not pleased to find out it was you. Please return the fork I gave you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy View Post
    The seller emailed and said the bike had sold. I'm not pleased to find out it was you. Please return the fork I gave you.

    hahahaha.. grafton, nitto, DC 986/ss5/ xc pro thumbies..
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    I would like to give a nice home for the control tech stem.
    want: Ibis ti handlebar. suntour 31.8 front derr. bottom pull

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy View Post
    The seller emailed and said the bike had sold. I'm not pleased to find out it was you. Please return the fork I gave you.

    Haha, didn't know you searched CL this far East. Sorry, but when I saw all the cool stuff hanging on it I just couldn't resist.

    I was honestly surprised it wasn't swooped before I got my hands on it, as it took me a few days to arrange a meet up.

    Seller was a good guy, and even gave me a bit of a break on the price .......



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    Way to rub it in Steve. Lol.
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