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    Anybody have a old American?

    American was a company based out of MN and made soem pretty sick bikes in the early 90's before they went out. I had a Comp Lite and another one that ran a 24" in the rear. I'd like to track one down again.

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    Beau,

    I too remember the American rides...beautiful aluminum with hard coated anodized finishes, different from alot of ano parts because these were "military spec", which simply put meant that they were anodized at a higher temp that creates a deeper pore for a thicker dye finish.

    I'd love to run across one as well. Saw one in Dirt Rag's classifieds a few years back but it was beat to hell, dings throughout...really wanted one that was a bit more pristine that I could dent myself


    If I run across two, I'll drop you a line

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    Ohhh! found one for ya'

    Ok man, don't say I never showed you any love....

    http://www.firstflightbikes.com/forksand.htm

    Scroll down about half the page and check out an M 16 for sale in excellent condition at FirstFlight.

    Lucky for you it's too small for me :^)

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    An LBS has a couple of them. I don't know if they're for sale or not. They may be both road bikes anyhow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steef
    An LBS has a couple of them. I don't know if they're for sale or not. They may be both road bikes anyhow.
    Cool. I tracked another one down! The one with the 24" rear wheel. Hopefully I can get it from the guy!

    EDIT! Found it! It's a Steeplejack! 26" front wheel, 24" rear!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beau
    Cool. I tracked another one down! The one with the 24" rear wheel. Hopefully I can get it from the guy!

    EDIT! Found it! It's a Steeplejack! 26" front wheel, 24" rear!
    Do I remember correctly that American had a Berylium (sp?) frame - all drilled out at one of the shows that cost something like 18000USD. Clearly never productionised but it got them a lot of headlines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crell
    Do I remember correctly that American had a Berylium (sp?) frame - all drilled out at one of the shows that cost something like 18000USD. Clearly never productionised but it got them a lot of headlines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beau
    YUP!!!!!
    i remember that thing. $25,000. aluminum lugs were way overbuilt, and the fork was rigid. I lusted after the American M-16 as a replacement frame for my old '91 Fisher Montare. Too bad they're gone, all gone......

    American's welds were better than anything i've ever seen, even beat yeti and early Manitou FS and HT frames.

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    Scored one at the Denver Veloswap

    I just scored a plain aluminum american frame at the Denver veloswap. I am very excited. I just need to figure out what model it is. Sky thinks it might be a Breezer. I will post pics later. It has the plain finish and the replaceable derailleur hanger, so I think it might be a standard american model. Any ideas? I also scored an early 90s Breezer Lightning frame and fork out there. What a great show. If I had any time off, I would fly out to the veloswap in SF.
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    American Berillium

    Quote Originally Posted by misctwo
    i remember that thing. $25,000. aluminum lugs were way overbuilt, and the fork was rigid. I lusted after the American M-16 as a replacement frame for my old '91 Fisher Montare. Too bad they're gone, all gone......

    American's welds were better than anything i've ever seen, even beat yeti and early Manitou FS and HT frames.

    I heard that Berillium bike was stolen at a bike show.

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    Whats The Serial Number Of The American?

    Also measure the chainstays...that's a quick way to rule out it being an M16.
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    American

    It doesn't have the same cable braze ons as the 16 in the picture I saw. I will get the serial number tonight. Where is it at? BB?

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    American serial number and chainstay length (16"?)

    Quote Originally Posted by Shayne
    Whats The Serial Number Of The American?

    Also measure the chainstays...that's a quick way to rule out it being an M16.
    I can't post pics right now, but the serial number is OM9178. If I measure the chainstays from the middle of the rear dropout (where the axle would be) to the rear of the bottom bracket shell, it is 16". If I am measuring it right, I guess it could be an M16. I was kinda hoping it was a Breezer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottyMTB
    I just scored a plain aluminum american frame at the Denver veloswap. I am very excited. I just need to figure out what model it is. Sky thinks it might be a Breezer. I will post pics later. It has the plain finish and the replaceable derailleur hanger, so I think it might be a standard american model. Any ideas? I also scored an early 90s Breezer Lightning frame and fork out there. What a great show. If I had any time off, I would fly out to the veloswap in SF.
    Scotty
    Scotty, don' t come out to SF. There are already several of us here that will have to go head to head with Sky!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Scotty, don' t come out to SF. There are already several of us here that will have to go head to head with Sky!
    Eric,
    What is up? Sky took me to school and I dropped out. I would love to get out there. I had so much fun at Veloswap. I learned alot from the masters, but it will be a long time or maybe never, before I am any competition for Sky, or any of you big dogs. I tell you one thing, I am going to hire some cutie to sell my stuff and I am going to run around the whole time and spend money.

    Sky and crew, thanks for the brews and hospitality. Next time it is my turn. I will be better prepared. ScottyMTB (formerly ScottyBMX).

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    American

    Sorry I hijacked this thread for my frame ID. I started a new thread. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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    What's The Shop?

    I am interested. I would be even MORE interested if they were road frames!
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    American Tandem

    Quote Originally Posted by Beau
    American was a company based out of MN and made soem pretty sick bikes in the early 90's before they went out. I had a Comp Lite and another one that ran a 24" in the rear. I'd like to track one down again.

    Anybody?
    The wife and I have been beating on this thing for years. Best handling tandem we've ever ridden. We bought a Ventana FS tandem so this one may be going up for sale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbnutty
    The wife and I have been beating on this thing for years. Best handling tandem we've ever ridden. We bought a Ventana FS tandem so this one may be going up for sale.

    that thing is sick!

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    I bought a new brushed Comp Lite back in 91. Gave it to my nephew with the committment he would wash my car 10 times (this bike was worth way more to me than I could ever sell it) just to encourage him to get into riding. He was about 16 (late 90's). Now that I think about it, he still owes me 5 car washes. I also still have a polished 1990 Rodriguez AL 26 Mtn Tandem that looks just like MTBNUTTY's. I believe It was made for Rodriguez by American. Rodriguez never worked with Aluminum and I believe contracted out the AL 26's to American to build. Only complaint with both these classics is the riveted on derailuer hangers (poor design).

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    I love my Breezer Built American

    I love my American Built Breezer
    Pretty Welds, and great riding qualities associated with all ABM bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crconsulting
    I love my Breezer Built American
    Pretty Welds, and great riding qualities associated with all ABM bikes.

    another neat bike. I have to say, those stems are one of the most beautiful ever made.

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    and Joe is nicely positioned next to the seat tube

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    Awesome bike. That brings back memories. I was too poor from buying the frame to get the American stem.

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    Here is my 1990 Rodriguiz AL 26. I just recently converted from Mtn to Road use. Bought it 17 years ago. Pretty sure it was made by American for Rodriguez. Looks exactly the same as an American Tandem and Rodriguez never worked with aluminum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aemmer
    Pretty sure it was made by American for Rodriguez.
    Yes, it was. That looks great converted to road use.

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    If anyone is still looking for an American Breezer, there is one at a shop in Bozeman MT. Summit Bikes 406-587-1064 ask for Steve or the senior Ben. It is a complete with pretty cool components. I tell them they could probably get what they want out of the Purple Chris King headset alone( being that it is Ebay Gold and all). I am not affiliated with this shop, just letting you know of a cool bike. By the way this is a pretty cool shop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aemmer
    Awesome bike. That brings back memories. I was too poor from buying the frame to get the American stem.
    Trek used those stems on an early 90's carbon/aluminum bike and were blowing the stems out for like $1 a couple of years later......should have bought 'em all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aemmer
    Here is my 1990 Rodriguiz AL 26. I just recently converted from Mtn to Road use. Bought it 17 years ago. Pretty sure it was made by American for Rodriguez. Looks exactly the same as an American Tandem and Rodriguez never worked with aluminum.

    I always wanted one of those
    could never convince the wife though.

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    "Remember honey, when I yell jump" had something to do with it

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    Holy old thread!
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    American Breezer??

    I need your help to identify this American frame. I believe that it is an American Breezer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bestmtb
    I need your help to identify this American frame. I believe that it is an American Breezer.
    How long are the chain stays? And what is the serial number?
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    Touring Europe on the American early 1990's ( so it was the only bike I had). We had some of the first foldable smokes in our gear and would switch to Mtn biking when we found some fun. Believe this was in Lucca where we stopped to watch the worlds. Tomac Overend ... they were all there.
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    Yes, I have Rodriguez (American) AL26 polished AL mountain tandem that has been sitting in my garage unused for many years. I bought it in around 1991. It is in fine shape (no dents or scratches), but needs work to restore it back to riding condition. Hopefully, someone will make me and offer.

    Thanks

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