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    Diamondbacks Racing Axis - limited edition race bikes. Iíve got two!

    Just purchased two vintage DBR Axis team bikes, in near mint condition! Numbers 78 and 312 of 500!

    Got them from the original owners who barely rode them and took real good care of their stuff. The larger one had the plastomers in the forks seize up so he put wood doweling in its place. The smaller ones shocks still work but could use a service.

    Everything works great, except the shocks. The steering is SUPER squirrelly... Iím gonna get everything cleaned up and figure out what to do with them.

    Anyone know where to get replacement parts to rebuild the forks?

    Iím interested to know the history of these. Why only 500? What year were they built? Whatís the story?

    Any info you can share would be amazing!






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    Those are definitely 1996 models. Tubing is Ritchey Logic Prestige, so they're very nice frames. I'm not sure where they were built - maybe someone else here knows?



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    Nice looking bikes!!

    You can get elastomers from Suspension Fork Parts, I just rebuilt a pair of forks with them for a friend. Cost you about $60

    www.suspensionforkparts.net

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob_ralph View Post
    Nice looking bikes!!

    You can get elastomers from Suspension Fork Parts, I just rebuilt a pair of forks with them for a friend. Cost you about $60

    www.suspensionforkparts.net
    Thatís great, thanks! Elastomer forks are barely better than a rigid, but Iíll keep these original.


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    Seems weird, I think I've seen a bazzillion of these over the years on the internet (OK, well a few), never seen anyone mention x/500 on them...there does seem to be 2 versions, the Axis and Axis R, Axis from ritchey tubing R from true temper iirc, the axis maybe for the 1996 world championships (there was a response or something as well, since DB sponsored the worlds in Cairns)
    All the gear and no idea.

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    Seems like there was also an Axis Team, that was sold in the US. Iím searching on Retro Bike as they seem to be a little more common there, but still canít find out anything about the numbering


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    Check the casting #'s on those Manitou's. They were recalled, dropouts were shearing off.

    https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/1996/cp...on-fork-recall

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    Quote Originally Posted by drag_slick View Post
    Check the casting #'s on those Manitou's. They were recalled, dropouts were shearing off.

    https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/1996/cp...on-fork-recall
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