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    Off Road Toad

    Has anyone seen this?
    http://www.offroadtoadbikes.com/

    it looks like they're coming back. I hope so. They were always one of my favorite bikes back in the day. If they do modern versions of their classics, a 29er would be choice. There's not a lot of info on the site yet. Does anyone else know anything?
    I like to start out slow and then back it off a notch.

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    Zoinks.

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    No kidding.
    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    The Toads were developed by an old friend of mine, Rod Kirkham in Vancouver. Here's a mention of the Toad on his site: http://cruiserkirkham.com/History

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    Well he's dropping a hint on his site. We'll see I guess.
    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    Not much info there... okay no info there.

    The site is registered to a bike rep in Portland. It could be anything, and not necessarily anything to do with the original company.
    Each bicycle owned exponentially increases the probability that none is working correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laffeaux
    Not much info there... okay no info there.

    The site is registered to a bike rep in Portland. It could be anything, and not necessarily anything to do with the original company.

    I got that feeling too....


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    Anyone have any thoughts on how the reintroduction of ORT will impact the originals? Will it make them more collectable etc etc
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    He's been posting some tasty shots of a vintage one with Mountain Cycle discs on facebook.
    Just a regular guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tassie Devil
    Anyone have any thoughts on how the reintroduction of ORT will impact the originals? Will it make them more collectable etc etc

    Shouldn't impact them much. Look at Mountain Goat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Shouldn't impact them much. Look at Mountain Goat.
    Very true.

    I think I just like the current state of play where a lot of people want one but not many actually have one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roadsters

    Haha, busted!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tassie Devil
    Very true.

    I think I just like the current state of play where a lot of people want one but not many actually have one.

    Ya, that seems to hold true even more so for ORT's. A lot more Goats out there.

    Two different types of buyers though.
    One set are collectors, who specifically want a vintage example. These bikes will hold their value and will either be for guys who like to ride vintage, or someone looking for a resto project/NOS example as a wall hanger.

    The other set being those who want the touch of history and 'mystique' or whatever you want to call it...wrapped up in a modern package. I don't see these being collectibles personally, but if you want a killer modern hardtail and love the name...why not.

    Jeff Archer/First Flight would be the best one to speak on the subject since they resurrected the Goat brand and have been doing well with it from what I can tell.
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    Let's hope it's at least not carbon and made "overseas".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    but if you want a killer modern hardtail and love the name...why not.
    And for the few ORT owners out there it could compliment the older rides nicely
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roadsters
    Talk amongst yourselves...

    I'll give you a topic:

    Mountain Bikes made in the early 90's are neither Vintage, Retro nor Classic.

    Discuss...
    Last edited by Off Road Toad; 02-10-2010 at 04:47 PM.

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    In with a bang!
    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    nice use of ellipsis..
    Last edited by hollister; 02-10-2010 at 12:09 AM.
    looking for 20-21" P team

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    8" discs on a rigid steel bike?

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    Sorry

    Quote Originally Posted by jeff
    In with a bang!
    I was a little verklempt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road Toad
    I was a little verklempt.
    Stir it up! This place needs a good kick in the nuts on occasion.
    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road Toad
    Talk amongst yourselves...

    I'll give you a topic:

    Mountain Bikes made in the early 90's are neither Vintage, Retro or Classic.

    Discuss...
    you say it isn't. i say it is. bingo. discussed.
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    BITD, those 8" rotors were the only option.
    Just a regular guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road Toad
    Talk amongst yourselves...

    I'll give you a topic:

    Mountain Bikes made in the early 90's are neither Vintage, Retro or Classic.

    Discuss...

    I'll give you a topic.

    When the f**k are the ORT mugs going to be listed in the classifeds?

    Talk amongst youself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmitty
    I'll give you a topic.

    When the f**k are the ORT mugs going to be listed in the classifeds?

    Talk amongst youself.

    -Schmitty-
    I was wondering if the mug was one of the original early 90s versions or a new reproduction??

    Some of the T shirts are pretty cool too.
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    Wiw?

    Quote Originally Posted by Schmitty
    I'll give you a topic.

    When the f**k are the ORT mugs going to be listed in the classifeds?
    Talk amongst youself.

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    Great idea - what do you think it's worth? It's in perfect condition. It's only been used by my grandmother to drink tea out of on Sundays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road Toad
    Great idea - what do you think it's worth...
    I assumed that was one (of many) that you've recently had made up.

    Whatever mugs go for.. $8-12?


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    Your going to have to modernize that mug like you will with new frames. Mug is going to have to be at least a tall. That small ass mug is for tea time.

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    I'd consider buying a mug, as long as it wasn't some weird color like lime green.

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    Alright already.

    What's the deal. Are you going to fill us in or are we going to keep playing this game?

    Jeff
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff
    What's the deal. Are you going to fill us in or are we going to keep playing this game?

    Jeff

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    That looks like an early 1990s build - new frame with NOS parts?

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    Actually looks like a late 91 frame due to the front derailleur routing on the side of the seat tube, which was changed later to the back. Decals also changed (to that shown) at some point in 91 from memory and the Toads I've seen.
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    Came to this one a little late but it is interesting to see. The Mountain Goat project has been great fun and we have made some good friends worldwide but it isn't something we could do for a living. Since we have the shop, this is a fun sideline that hopefully makes a couple of $$ in the end. It has also been fun doing all the t-shirts, disc golf discs, bottle openers, bullmoose bars, pint glasses, socks........it is fun to have something that nobody else does. Compared to Mountain Goat, I would guess ORT would be much tougher since they were around for a shorter amount of time and small a relatively small number of bikes.

    If you have any specific questions, give me a shout at the shop.

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    There was a purple NOS Toad frame on Ebay around 5 years ago....

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    Quote Originally Posted by First Flight
    Came to this one a little late but it is interesting to see. The Mountain Goat project has been great fun and we have made some good friends worldwide but it isn't something we could do for a living. Since we have the shop, this is a fun sideline that hopefully makes a couple of $$ in the end. It has also been fun doing all the t-shirts, disc golf discs, bottle openers, bullmoose bars, pint glasses, socks........it is fun to have something that nobody else does. Compared to Mountain Goat, I would guess ORT would be much tougher since they were around for a shorter amount of time and small a relatively small number of bikes.

    If you have any specific questions, give me a shout at the shop.
    FF- Thank you for the words of wisdom. We're looking to have some fun too, and you're right - there aren't that many original 'Toads like these out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road Toad
    FF- Thank you for the words of wisdom. We're looking to have some fun too, and you're right - there aren't that many original 'Toads like these out there.
    More photos of the Horny Toad please!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tassie Devil
    More photos of the Horny Toad please!

    There are more on the 'Toad facebook page

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    It's going to be a busy weekend.

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    Cool

    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road Toad


    It's going to be a busy weekend.
    This will be fun to watch.
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    would really love to see the toad reincarnated as a 'contemporized' iteration; ie, disc brake tabs & slack / aggressive geometry, suspension adjusted for longer travel. similar spirit, just a modern evolution of a burly do it all mountain bike. with a fillet brazed option, of course. *crosses fingers*

    i've lusted after toads since my early xc race years - back when team toad was a force on the local scene (whatever happened to ronnie haws?). was a good scene back then; feeling the nostalgia coming on...

    hoping for good stuff to come.
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