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    Quote Originally Posted by fatchanceti View Post
    Well, in a few hours I will be the owner of BigShot frame serial #1. It's been freshly redone (new board and repaint) by Mr. Quiring and was built by his hands back in 2002. This early frame has non-hooded drops (so I'm assuming the non OS stays), and is non-suspension corrected, but does have a 1.125 head tube.

    Very excited, and obviously pics to come when I get my hands on it later today. This will be my 6th? Slingshot, but no room for the Farmboy anymore.

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    Cool bike, but I'm a bit confused as ususal...

    I thought all the really early 'shots had multiple top tubes instead of the boom tube, and I thought the extended seattube was post '94....then you say it was built in 2002...just don't get how it could be serial #1???

    Cool no matter what the answer is though


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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve View Post
    Cool bike, but I'm a bit confused as ususal...

    I thought all the really early 'shots had multiple top tubes instead of the boom tube, and I thought the extended seattube was post '94....then you say it was built in 2002...just don't get how it could be serial #1???

    Cool no matter what the answer is though


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    Steve, you are thinking of the 26" wheeled bikes. This is BigShot #1 - the first 29"er (supposedly). I'm still searching for the serial number on the frame, but this may not have one. But the previous owner knew the bike's history very well.

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    That's a nice piece FCTi. How does Mr Quiring deal with reworking his older frames? I have been thinking of contacting him about a few things, but was hesitant after seeing his website/ bike library. That man is talented. I've never seen such diversity from a single builder. He might (must) have a helper or elves or SOMEthing to put out such an array. I am building a collection of Slingers and @ some point will be trying to replace a board and re-align the frame. Have to build a jig first, but if done, I would like to help out whomever needs some Sling magic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valhart View Post
    That's a nice piece FCTi. How does Mr Quiring deal with reworking his older frames? I have been thinking of contacting him about a few things, but was hesitant after seeing his website/ bike library. That man is talented. I've never seen such diversity from a single builder. He might (must) have a helper or elves or SOMEthing to put out such an array. I am building a collection of Slingers and @ some point will be trying to replace a board and re-align the frame. Have to build a jig first, but if done, I would like to help out whomever needs some Sling magic.
    I'm not sure if it's something he does regularly or not - IIRC it's a pretty expensive/time consuming endeavor, maybe like $250 just to pull and replace the board. Then you're likely looking at a repaint because of the heat required to break the epoxy loose. I imagine his frame building business takes precedence (and is more profitable) over the timely procedure of fixing old Slingshot boards. He's a nice guy, shoot him a note.

    The previous owner of BS#1 had all of this done, so I don't have anything to go on other than what he told me when we were discussing the bike and it's history.

    Slingshot has the new "dogbone" flex boards for sale on their current website. I was kind of shocked to see that they are $99 each. I wonder if this day and age exploring different materials (carbon fibre?) for that piece makes any sense. Could be tuned to match the characteristics of the Scotch ply but with greater durability?

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    Yeah, for $100, I would make my own. Somewhere on here was a mention of a commercial material that (I think) was supposed to have the proper charactaristics. I would give that a try first. Of course, before that, I would talk with Mr Quiring. If he felt chatty, he would be a wealth of info. Perhaps Mr Groendal could be coaxed into sharing his opinion on how to keep his wonderments alive. I know there could be some bad juju with the whole sale and re-sale and re-re-sale of Slingshot, but I would think Mr G might get a kick out of all the steadfast devotees from his gloriest glory years. Thanks for sharing.

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    Silver wheels look good on there, and I'm not usually a silver guy. Good looking bike, but Rumpfy is right, you are going to have to shorten and rebleed those brakes..

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    Just a longer piece of rear derailleur housing from being done....
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatchanceti View Post
    Steve, you are thinking of the 26" wheeled bikes. This is BigShot #1 - the first 29"er (supposedly). I'm still searching for the serial number on the frame, but this may not have one. But the previous owner knew the bike's history very well.

    Haha, I'm a dope.

    Never even noticed the "big wheels"...most 29'ers look disproportioned to me, short frames to fit big rims between a reasonable wheelbase. Your 'shot looks "right"...props to the builder for a balanced profile.




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    Nice pick up fatchanceti!

    Yeah, the leaf spring on the newer Slingers is a different material. The Slingshot rep stopped in the shop today and said that they were almost out of the old 3M stuff. He also said that per their lawyers, they aren't going to be doing anymore reboards because the liability insurance is too high. In theory they can still sell the old style pre-cut boards (the epoxy in place ones) but they can't provide any instruction on how to install them. So I guess Scott Q is the only one doing reboards now.

    In other fun Slingshot news, they have two more runs of Taiwan build frames left on their contract but after that the new bikes will all be hand-built in Grand Rapids, MI again. Neat!

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    New to slingshot

    I just got my slingshot and took it to the trails on Saturday. After my first ride I was stopped on the way to my car by someone wanting to take pictures of my ripper. I can tell I am going to get a lot of questions and odd looks, but that is one of the reason I got it.

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    Looks like one of the original Slingshot made forks....?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ameybrook View Post
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    Sweet!

    How about some detail shots?

    Who's fork?, looks nice.



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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve View Post
    Sweet!

    How about some detail shots?

    Who's fork?, looks nice.



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    I'll do a proper photo shoot sometime soon. Its pretty dirty right now. Original Slingshot fork!


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    Quote Originally Posted by ameybrook View Post
    I'll do a proper photo shoot sometime soon. Its pretty dirty right now. Original Slingshot fork!

    Push that saddle back some too since the bike fits you.
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    slide seat a bit more forward and just add aero clip ons.

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    These certainly are cool bikes for those in the know. I digress to my only Slinger that I've taken a photo of. Many more Slinger photo's to come.
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    Awesome road Slingshot. Always wanted to get my hands on a 700 wheel road frame.

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    They're even tougher to capture than the MTB's. I thought about taking one of my Mtb Slingers and converting it to road (terrible roads here), but this one came about instead. The improvement over the rough stuff is unreal. Kinda like a magic carpet ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valhart View Post
    They're even tougher to capture than the MTB's. I thought about taking one of my Mtb Slingers and converting it to road (terrible roads here), but this one came about instead. The improvement over the rough stuff is unreal. Kinda like a magic carpet ride.
    It does seem like an intriguing road frame, but how's it feel out of the saddle, cornering and while sprinting?

    I know they can climb well in the dirt.

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    Lively is the best word I can think of at this moment. The bike gives you feedback like crazy. Takes the edges off the uneven pavement squares (up to about an inch), and makes bunny-hopping larger stuff a dream. 12" curbs, whatever. On road wheels. I swear, these bikes add 4 " to your bunny-hopping record. You can pre-load the frame before the 'hop' if you time it right. When the rough stuff comes around, I get out of the saddle and float through as if I were on an MTB Slinger. I think they are even better road bikes than MTB's. I like this roadbike better than my full carbon fiber Trek Madone. I am sure in a crit, the Madone is better in corners and changing lines, but for my local road bombing, the Slinger is the cats pajamas. They made a bunch of Triathelon frames with 650b wheels. Put a Manitou III on it with slicks on 26" wheels, and you would have a mighty fine mutant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed View Post
    It does seem like an intriguing road frame, but how's it feel out of the saddle, cornering and while sprinting?
    I really really enjoyed my folding road sling. Comfortable, fast enough - just a scrape under 19 lbs with full 10sp DA kit. I may even still own it if it didn't have those damn Ritchey hooded dropouts.


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    Uh oh.... Is there an issue with the Ritchy dropouts? I bought a frame just like yours 'cept a non-folder. I thought the dropout was cracked, so I took photos for an E-bay 'not as advertised' case. Peeled back the paint and the dropout was fine. Your (old bike)bike is awesome to look at. 'Speed incarnate'. Or something like that..

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    Here is the dropout in question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Valhart View Post
    Uh oh.... Is there an issue with the Ritchy dropouts? I bought a frame just like yours 'cept a non-folder. I thought the dropout was cracked, so I took photos for an E-bay 'not as advertised' case. Peeled back the paint and the dropout was fine. Your (old bike)bike is awesome to look at. 'Speed incarnate'. Or something like that..
    I personally don't care for them because a lot of my bike riding involves pulling my kids in their Chariot trailers - and the axle mount is a no-go with those hooded dropouts (unless you go dremmel on them). But that doesn't apply to most people probably.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valhart View Post
    Uh oh.... Is there an issue with the Ritchy dropouts? I bought a frame just like yours 'cept a non-folder. I thought the dropout was cracked, so I took photos for an E-bay 'not as advertised' case. Peeled back the paint and the dropout was fine. Your (old bike)bike is awesome to look at. 'Speed incarnate'. Or something like that..

    I don't think there's a structural issue with the Ritchey dropouts, except as FatChanceTi pointed out, they can cause interference with certain skewer or axle adapter for trailers.

    I had a set of them on my team sling CX bike, no issues there. No pics on this computer, but I should load some up to this thread.

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    Good to hear that Plum. I haven't built the bike up yet, but gave the dropout a few solid hits with a rawhide mallet to see if it WAS cracked. Nothing. I assume they are cast/not forged, so if cracked, the malleting should've finished the job. Castings are like a wine glass; they don't bend much, just snap. It WOULD be nice to know their manufacturing process anyways. On a different note.... Does anyone have an old Slingshot head badge that they would part with?? My black Slingshot is a bit naked without it. I actually have two that could use badges. One is a never ridden early 90's roadbike frame that my girlfriend will get at some point. It's interesting to envision Fatchanceti's killer Slinger towin' the kids to the ice-cream joint. I used to ride with a guy, Bob Bergren(sp?) in the early 90's who would occasionally take his girlfriends 4 year old MTB riding with us, towed in a Burly attached to a Merlin. He could climb loose hills that we couldn't due to lack of traction. Said the trailer pinned him to the trail. Crazy. He was also a top three for the Michigan expert class for years.
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    I'm sorry, I failed to completely answer fillet-brazed question. As far as sprinting is concerned,.. It's weird, but a good kind of weird. You can feel the pulse, the 'inchworm' effect. Far more than I ever did on their MTB's. The bike absorbs the 'spike' of the pedal stroke and DOES release it @ the dead spot in the stroke. I like it. Some may not. 'Opinions vary'. If I was a crusher, I may not like it so much. As I've mentioned, the bike is 'lively' and you can feel the harmonic (think sine wave) of the pulse and work WITH it. Over and out.
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    Slingshot CX

    Here's a few of the older, Michigan made team CX bike with slingshot fork and ritchey dropouts. It was fairly well used, but still a nice ride. Parted with it, as I don't have a real use for a cross bike and I don't have the room for bikes that aren't ridden..
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    help me ID this slingshot

    NE1 know what model this is? TIA


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    1992-1995 ish

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacdykema View Post
    Nice pick up fatchanceti!

    Yeah, the leaf spring on the newer Slingers is a different material. The Slingshot rep stopped in the shop today and said that they were almost out of the old 3M stuff. He also said that per their lawyers, they aren't going to be doing anymore reboards because the liability insurance is too high. In theory they can still sell the old style pre-cut boards (the epoxy in place ones) but they can't provide any instruction on how to install them. So I guess Scott Q is the only one doing reboards now.

    In other fun Slingshot news, they have two more runs of Taiwan build frames left on their contract but after that the new bikes will all be hand-built in Grand Rapids, MI again. Neat!
    I was a sling shot dealer in the 80s and 90s. I sold a lot of them. Mark Groendahl taught me to replace the boards and gave me a tool that he made for aligning the frames. It is not necessary to heat the frame to remove the board. The way that I was taught to do it is first cut the board close to the frame, then carefully drill holes into the board in the frame. Once you have drilled enough of it out, the rest can be picked out. A repaint is not required. I can do this job if anyone needs it done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatchanceti View Post
    1992-1995 ish
    Pretty sure it is a 1992, the year before they dropped the 'boom tube' down lower, and the first year they shifted the spring from the BB to the head tube.

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    Its a 1995. That is a picture of my bike taken in my backyard. Have the original receipt still as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fat tire trader View Post
    I was a sling shot dealer in the 80s and 90s. I sold a lot of them. Mark Groendahl taught me to replace the boards and gave me a tool that he made for aligning the frames. It is not necessary to heat the frame to remove the board. The way that I was taught to do it is first cut the board close to the frame, then carefully drill holes into the board in the frame. Once you have drilled enough of it out, the rest can be picked out. A repaint is not required. I can do this job if anyone needs it done.
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    Chris,

    there have been a million threads on MTBR about board replacement and it's always ended up being a major project that no one has seemed to want to tackle...I can't believe the 'shot guys haven't noticed that you can/will replace boards without the the need for a repaint...and align the frame too...awsome



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    1996 Folding Road Slingshot used as a racer (Campy Record) and for touring until 2003, then retired as a tourer (Sh. 105). The seatpost and the stem came with the frame in 1996.
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    Looking for pre 95 slingshot frame decals

    Please let me know if you you or perhaps anyone you know can get me a pair of these hard to find decals. Thanks in advance

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    I don't think I ever posted mine..picture was before I adjusted the seat angle and took off the fender.
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    slingshot decal reproduction

    hello all. I'm asking a friend to reproduce the old version decal fro my own restoration but unfortunately, a one off is not equitable for production so I'm asking if anyone here would like a copy for themselves. Below is the design im referring to. Thank you.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Greystreet View Post
    hello all. I'm asking a friend to reproduce the old version decal fro my own restoration but unfortunately, a one off is not equitable for production so I'm asking if anyone here would like a copy for themselves. Below is the design im referring to. Thank you.

    i would be in for 4-6 depending on cost

    sent a PM too.

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    Any idea of how many need to be made and how much?

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    im hoping between 7-10 bucks each shipped... Told my guy I may be able to swing at least 10 stickers..still massaging the numbers

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    Amazing condition! Nice Bike. Is it all original?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockhead77 View Post
    Amazing condition! Nice Bike. Is it all original?
    which bike? theres lot's of them in this thread..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greystreet View Post
    hello all. I'm asking a friend to reproduce the old version decal fro my own restoration but unfortunately, a one off is not equitable for production so I'm asking if anyone here would like a copy for themselves. Below is the design im referring to. Thank you.

    I'd pop for 1 or 2 of em..
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    As far as the decals (stickers??) go, I'm in for at least 4 sets. Is that $$ for a pair? At that price I can't resist. No hurry, but please keep us posted. Thanks Greystreet.

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    sling shot decals

    ok guys..im getting close to making this happen..really would like to reproduce the decal as orginal as possible so im requesting if someone can post up exact measurements of this decal from their bikes. Thank you

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    Slingshot decals

    From a N.O.S '93 road frame the dimentions are... 275mm long including all the 'clear' part of the decal, 261mm from the 'shadow' of the first S in Slingshot to the 'shadow' of the T in SlingshoT, The left side is 42mm tall including the clear part of decal, 31mm tall from bottom of black to top of black 'rectangle', which is 117mm long, 57mm tall where the 'V' is (including clear decal area), 30mm tall on right side of decal including clear. Also, is it possible for your source to make some with the glue on the inverse side, so as to adhere them to the inside of a vehicles rear window??? I'd love a few of those. Lastly, my black Slingers have a WHITE box instead of the black in your image. How difficult would it be to pump out some of THOSE? Thanks Greystreet.
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    Decals

    Thanks for the measurements. friend wants a minimum 50..Told him it's not gonna happen at 50. 25 is what I'm hoping he'll go for. I know I can meet 25 with a combination of bike and window decals. I'll keep those interested informed early next week. Thanks!

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    I would think, given a bit of time, you would get quite a bit more than 50 (sets). If the quality was really good, word would get out, and as the only one doing it, you could more than compansate for the effort. Not get rich of course, but make the endevor justifiable. $15 a set shipped?? Fine with me.

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    Another shot of a road slingshot. Equipped with cyclocross tires is perfectly capable of off-road riding.
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    hi all,

    have make some of this one, I also have the file from the other in orginal size. Maybe we can do al deal



    is screen printing

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    sure thing. send me the file and I'll see what price I can get it done for.

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    Hi,

    here you see a convert jpg, you can ask fo a price.



    I also have the file in a printready eps, I have use the file for this one, works perfect.

    Greetings Stefan






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    Decals update

    Quote Originally Posted by Valhart View Post
    From a N.O.S '93 road frame the dimentions are... 275mm long including all the 'clear' part of the decal, 261mm from the 'shadow' of the first S in Slingshot to the 'shadow' of the T in SlingshoT, The left side is 42mm tall including the clear part of decal, 31mm tall from bottom of black to top of black 'rectangle', which is 117mm long, 57mm tall where the 'V' is (including clear decal area), 30mm tall on right side of decal including clear. Also, is it possible for your source to make some with the glue on the inverse side, so as to adhere them to the inside of a vehicles rear window??? I'd love a few of those. Lastly, my black Slingers have a WHITE box instead of the black in your image. How difficult would it be to pump out some of THOSE? Thanks Greystreet.
    got the proofs done and ready for the printer today. will shoot back some shots and I'll get them run hopefully by next friday. Just depends on the tech and his schedule. FYI

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    Wow, beautiful bikes. Banged around in Bavaria and the Dolomites in the mid 90's on my Slingshot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greystreet View Post
    ok guys..im getting close to making this happen..really would like to reproduce the decal as orginal as possible so im requesting if someone can post up exact measurements of this decal from their bikes. Thank you
    Is/did this happen? Still interested...

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    Was wondering that myself.... for me, time is not an issue. Would be great to know any status/abandonment of project though.

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    Another beautiful bike Stephan. That might be my favorite SlingShot so far.

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    here you see a convert jpg, you can ask fo a price.



    I also have the file in a printready eps, I have use the file for this one, works perfect.

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    Never was a huge fan of the newest slingers,but this is damn fine. Kinda has that industrial "Terminator" look.

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    Hmmm, missing posts again....sometimes this place is so effing anal :-(
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    Mark Groendal, the inventor of the SlingShot was pimping this at Interbike last fall.
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    The downtube is removable and tuneable to the riders weight. Called the Alter.

    He was also responsible for the ERB, or Energy Return Bicycle but that never gained much traction. Erb Bikes Introductory Price!
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    Quote Originally Posted by spotlightcomm View Post
    Hey Slingshot Fans!

    We are part of the CAP 400 class at Grand Valley State University and we are doing a market survey of the bicycling community on behalf of Slingshot Bicycles. Please take a moment to fill out this survey for us about what you love about biking, as well as how you feel about Slingshot. The more honest you are , the better our results! Thanks a bunch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy View Post
    This is a vintage mtb forum. Old ones rule, new ones suck. Good?
    If you don't believe him look at the old yellow and black one above and the new black one below it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MABman View Post
    If you don't believe him look at the old yellow and black one above and the new black one below it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy View Post
    This is a vintage mtb forum. Old ones rule, new ones suck. Good?
    I am hearing this a lot. But why? What happened in your guy's eyes that made this happen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by spotlightcomm View Post
    I am hearing this a lot. But why? What happened in your guy's eyes that made this happen?

    For me it has a lot to do with the aesthetics of the new frames. Even though I am sure they are stiffer and faster I just don't like the looks of the Ripper. Now if you brought back a steal 29er without canti mounts I would be interested, even more interested with a Ti frame, especially if it was made in the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spotlightcomm View Post
    I am hearing this a lot. But why? What happened in your guy's eyes that made this happen?
    Back in the day Slingshots were unusual in that they offered some suspension in a marketplace that did not at that time have many offerings. This attracted some and turned others off, it was a "frame of mind" to quote one of their old sayings.

    Now that the marketplace is full of suspension in every way shape and form, quite frankly just about any of the designs rides better than a Slingshot. However there is enough mystic around the older bikes and just enough of them around to fuel a kind of retro groovy love fest in their direction.

    That said I have had 4 Slingshots, the last one being a 29"er which I thought was going to be a match made in heaven but wasn't, and don't have any any more and am not looking for one either. Well, unless a double cable showed up on my doorstep for cheap that is because that was the first one I ever rode and there is something about that first time that you have a hard time getting over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AKamp View Post
    For me it has a lot to do with the aesthetics of the new frames. Even though I am sure they are stiffer and faster I just don't like the looks of the Ripper. Now if you brought back a steal 29er without canti mounts I would be interested, even more interested with a Ti frame, especially if it was made in the US.
    A few are out there (well one is in my garage), but not many.



    This is a 2004 made frame. Not sure why they still stuck canti mounts on the Farmboys. I don't think I ever saw one set up with them. Most of the other BigShots I have seen are rim brake only. This one (BS serial No1) may have originally had canti mounts, and perhaps they were removed when Mr. Quiring refurbed it a few years ago. Not sure.

    I owned three FarmBoys (a 16" and two 18" frames) before I found this one. This is the best riding one, but a lot of that is probably due to the non-corrected front end. The suspension corrected 29ers are just too tractorish for me.

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    What about the DD-M? Its made in the US. What are you guy's opinion of their new double diamond series?

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    Quote Originally Posted by spotlightcomm View Post
    What about the DD-M? Its made in the US. What are you guy's opinion of their new double diamond series?
    A "Slingshot" with a downtube is not a Slingshot to me (and I'd wager 99% of the other people following this thread). I'm sure they are nice, but they don't fit here IMHO.

    If I wanted a bike with a downtube, Slingshot would not be on my list. And this is coming from a huge 'Shot fan who was owned 6 of them in various incarnations. I'm sure they are nice bikes (The DD-X and DD-M), but just don't effing call them Slingshots. If they want to do a spinoff brand of downtube bikes, have at it.

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    Sorry if this is a repost, but this was my trusty 93 Slingshot... I miss her..

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    Interesting 'left hand drive' system. Do you need to pedal backwards? Maybe you can throw a 'Lefty' on it! Sorry, couldn't resist. Clean. Is this the original paint??

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    Yeah, pic was only mock up, seller confessed his goof.

    Not oem paint, fresh powder. xt group, I have not seen it in person yet, I'm in Boulder CO, bike is in Hudsonville MI at my brothers house.

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    Neat year Slingshot....the rest of it...not so neat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy View Post
    Neat year Slingshot....the rest of it...not so neat.

    Agreed, bought for the frame, will keep the correct xt stuff, source the rest for a vintage build.

    Since it has the spring inside the top tube that would make it a 88 or 89 correct? It was stripped, sent to slingshot for new board, spring and cable, and then powercoated. Should be a fun project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirt diggler View Post
    Sorry if this is a repost, but this was my trusty 93 Slingshot... I miss her..
    Nice pare!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeferg75 View Post
    Agreed, bought for the frame, will keep the correct xt stuff, source the rest for a vintage build.

    Since it has the spring inside the top tube that would make it a 88 or 89 correct? It was stripped, sent to slingshot for new board, spring and cable, and then powercoated. Should be a fun project.
    Yep, should put you at 88/89. Really good a Slinger of that age was factory referb'ed. Not sure how they are about it now, but there was a time when they weren't into working on older Slingshots.

    Sounds like you've got a good direction to go with it too. Post pics when its done (or progress along the way).
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    fresh stickers silk-screen printing, white and black



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    Hi,

    did anyone here of the Slingshot fans try to combine a Fold-Tech frame with an AMP fork? Did see two bikes wth AMP forks (one with a F1 and another one with a F4?).

    would like to use a F2 with the current Fold-Tech Frame. Not sue if the coil will hit the fork...


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    '93 MT3 Singshot RestoMod

    Just finished the rebuild of my '93 Slingshot. The frame was striped and repainted, fresh decal applied and clear coated. I decided to go 1x9 rigid and make this my gravel grinder. Slingshot had a NOS Tange fork that I bought. I had Waltworks remove the cantilever bosses and weld on a disk mount. I decided to keep the original integrity of the frame and not run a rear disk.
    I'm sure I've probably offended the vintage purists out there by running new parts but my intensions are to use this bike, not moth ball it. The new parts make it perform great.

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    Have a Ripper as my main ride. Switched to this from more travel suspended bikes. So do not regret that decision. It rides awsome and am planning to build up a Fold-Tech too.

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    Nice paint job. Where did you get the decals from? I could use a set.

    I just finished an upgrade to my '96 Slingshot. Details and pictures to follow.

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    Thanks. I didn't think it turned out to bad for a rattle can job. I got the frame as payment for photography that I did for Slingshot back in '93. I asked for a bare frame so that I could custom paint it and with it they sent 2 sets of decals. I actually had forgotten about them and found them filed away last fall.

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    nice - so it is brand new?

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    The frame is 19 years old, the other parts are new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MABman View Post
    Now that the marketplace is full of suspension in every way shape and form, quite frankly just about any of the designs rides better than a Slingshot.

    I do own a Ripper - This is the best ride I ever had for the kind of biking I do.

    It is more comfartable than a hardtail and more efficient than rear suspended bikes.

    For me the perect bike for everything.

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    Figured I'd share my new ride and bump this thread. I have a set of wheels/knobbies for as soon as I get back in shape. It's been a long, long, long time since I've ridden. Road will have to do for now. So far, so fun.
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    Anybody care to help me determine what year my Slingshot might be? It's the one a couple of posts above. i've tried contacting Slingshot but didn't receive a response. Not surprised after reading this forum. Makes sense that they're more concerned with new sales than with questions regarding old models.Searched the Mombat site and while they have some great information it still is hard for me to be definitive.

    And if I'm interested in restoring it, which I am, is there a way to determine what parts a particular year was built up with? I did determine, from Mombat, that my XT components are from 1993. And the changes that were made in the diameter to the seat post to 31.8, from what I can tell, was also made in 1993. Although I've probably have read this thread a dozen times I don't think I can say for certain that it is a '93.

    I can also guess that bikes might have built to specification. So OEM may not apply. It's not that big of a deal. I'm just really enjoying the research, process and most importantly the ride. But to get it to original condition someday would be a bonus. I plan to reach out to the gentleman that was working on the decals back in January but if anyone knows of another lead that would be helpful.

    thanks in advance for any insight that anyone would care to share.

    If it helps, other than the XT components the...

    bars - specialized
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    Meskell,

    My bike is the orange/silver one above and it is most definitely a '93. Yours could be too although it appears to be a larger frame. Mine originally had Suntour XC Pro drivetrain and brakes, Suntour hubs and Sun Chinook rims. It had a Zoom stem with Zoom Brama bars and Syncros seatpost. Hope that helps.

    You might also try to contact Mark Groendal at Erb bikes as he most likely built the frame.

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    I'd second the 1993 guess. Could be a 94 I suppose, but as some point in 95/96 bikes started going to the newer decal style. Suntour XC Pro Micro Drive/Syncros would be a 'team' type build for it.
    Shimano M900 XTR would be ok from a period correct standpoint as well.
    The build on yours doesn't look original by any means.





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    Thanks for the replies. I appreciate them. I suppose I was questioning mine being a '93 because I figured, regardless of frame size, that the boom gusset would not have such a noticeable size difference.

    Rumpfy, thanks for the ads to reference. I understand that the build isn't original. That is why I'm looking for answers as to what might be considered original parts. I was wondering, however, if all the XT components (hubs, drivetrain, brake system) might possibly be original since they are all '93. Or are you implying that Slingshot would more likely of used XTR/Suntour if they built the bike instead of just selling a frame? The stem and rims are period correct. Maybe the post. Not sure about the bars. The rest I realize are not since I swapped out broken/worn parts. Just trying to get more information regarding OME so that I can eventually get there. Although the rims aren't going anywhere.

    Thanks again for your replies. And still will take any leads on decals.

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    Finished my first 24h race (team of 4) this month with one of my Slingshots. Equipped my Fold-Tech with 1.4" Slicks to make it faster. Lot's of people ( There were around 5000 starters) interessted in the bike/company. Fun.
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    nothing vintage about that rig. They do get lots of attention though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meskell View Post
    Thanks for the replies. I appreciate them. I suppose I was questioning mine being a '93 because I figured, regardless of frame size, that the boom gusset would not have such a noticeable size difference.

    Rumpfy, thanks for the ads to reference. I understand that the build isn't original. That is why I'm looking for answers as to what might be considered original parts. I was wondering, however, if all the XT components (hubs, drivetrain, brake system) might possibly be original since they are all '93. Or are you implying that Slingshot would more likely of used XTR/Suntour if they built the bike instead of just selling a frame? The stem and rims are period correct. Maybe the post. Not sure about the bars. The rest I realize are not since I swapped out broken/worn parts. Just trying to get more information regarding OME so that I can eventually get there. Although the rims aren't going anywhere.

    Thanks again for your replies. And still will take any leads on decals.
    I believe Slingshots were generally sold as frame/fork only, so shops/customers built them up as they saw fit. I don't think there's a wrong answer here. Team bikes around the same age as yours generally saw a Syncros/XC Pro type of thing.
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    Thanks Rumpfy.

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    No one seemed to care in the kids forum so I thought I would post some pics of my sons bike here to get a little more attention. While not an actual slingshot I figure it is close enough to show off. Official Slingshot Bikes Thread-imageuploadedbytapatalk1350090693.896583.jpg

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    And a quick pick of mine begging to get built back upOfficial Slingshot Bikes Thread-imageuploadedbytapatalk1350091713.628907.jpg

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    Super nice, Lucky kid

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    An ERB Kids Bike. Nice. Tried some time ago to buy an ERB with delivery to Germany. They did not respond....

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    I will say that dealing with them seamed a little shady. I didn't have any problems with the order but I did have the feeling I was asking for trouble giving them my credit card. But after the frame showed up I was surprised it was so nice for the whopping price tag of $250

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    Not vintage and not a slingshot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StanleyButterfly View Post
    Not vintage and not a slingshot.
    So sorry. From the original builder of Slingshots so it is more of a Slingshot than any of the new ones. Plenty of vintage parts including Ibis Bulge Ti Bars, Dura Ace 7401 RD, M900 front deraileur, BB, Cassette, even the crank and chainring bolts are from the early 90's. And the last pic is most definitely vintage AND a Slingshot.

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    Not vintage for sure (but there are not many places for Slingshots in the web to talk about) but shares some of the concept. It's from the same inventor. Main difference is where the flex board is located. Slingshots have it upfront the Seatpost. The ERB has it more or less located behind the seatpost. I guess its more reactive that way.
    As written above. When I contacted them some time about the conversionen somehow stopped when it came to delivery to Germany. Slingshot seems not to have problems of that kind. So I ended up getting a Ripper and a Fold-Tech. Also not vintage :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKamp View Post
    So sorry. From the original builder of Slingshots so it is more of a Slingshot than any of the new ones. Plenty of vintage parts including Ibis Bulge Ti Bars, Dura Ace 7401 RD, M900 front deraileur, BB, Cassette, even the crank and chainring bolts are from the early 90's. And the last pic is most definitely vintage AND a Slingshot.
    Cool bikes. Always wanted to try one of those ERBs.

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    I wanted to post a few pictures of my Slingshot that I just finished putting back together.

    I got it back in late '93 (I think) when I was in high school and rode it all the time. When I went to college I left it in a repair stand in my parent's basement, during which time the seatpost ended up seizing into the frame in an unrideable position.

    Over the next ten years my Dad made various attempts to get the seatpost out, finally succeeding earlier this year after using a torch to heat the frame up. So after that it needed to be repainted and re-assembled, which I just recently finished doing, thanks in large part to the information in this thread.

    I had new decals made up by VC Graphix (based on a suggestion in one of the posts), and I have three extra sets, so if anyone needs one let me know.
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    PM. Sent to jak7079. Thanks

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    Love the yellow/3DV combo

    Nice photo composition
    Wanted: more of the same ... but different

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    For those interested in the decals, there is no need to pay for them. Just send me a PM with the address you want them mailed to and I will send them to you.

    I will be traveling a lot the next month so I may not be able to send them immediately, but I will get them to you eventually, and I will post when I've run out.

    Unfortunately I don't have enough posts yet to respond to PM's, so I apologize if you haven't heard anything back from me.
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    I hope you received my reply. I provided you with my address. Thanks

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    I just wanted to let everyone know all the decals have been spoken for.

    Greystreet, 993rs, and Cujodo you should be seeing them in the mail shortly. Good luck with your bikes!

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    Congrats to whoever picked up jacdykema's twin top tube Slingshot (hoping it was a forum member)

    Way cool paint...hope to see it built up here eventually.


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    Look what the cat dragged in, a '93 Slingshot. The bike is complete and in very good condition, with all original parts with it. One of the very few XL frames too, I'm really happy with it (after looking for one in my size for 17 years ).


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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve View Post
    Congrats to whoever picked up jacdykema's twin top tube Slingshot (hoping it was a forum member)
    Way cool paint...hope to see it built up here eventually.
    Ya, that thing was rad. Hope we see the full resto resurface too.

    Quote Originally Posted by caminoloco View Post
    Look what the cat dragged in, a '93 Slingshot. The bike is complete and in very good condition, with all original parts with it. One of the very few XL frames too, I'm really happy with it (after looking for one in my size for 17 years ).
    Looks like a lot of the XC Pro still on it too. Nice. Post pics when its all built up and ready for trail action.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy View Post
    Looks like a lot of the XC Pro still on it too. Nice. Post pics when its all built up and ready for trail action.
    The derailleurs still have those little plastic protective/instruction stickers on them . The complete XC Pro brakeset came with it, but I've got a NOS pair of Suntour rollerbrakes... which should I put ?

    For the rest it's a special '93 build, all original parts either on it or with it and hardly ridden. The only things that definitely need replacing are the tires, which have turned brittle with age. And the only thing I'll probably go shopping for sooner or later are matching Suntour thumbsifters. The (first and before me only) owner had it built in '93 with gripshifts, but I prefer thumbshifters on a bike like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caminoloco View Post
    The derailleurs still have those little plastic protective/instruction stickers on them . The complete XC Pro brakeset came with it, but I've got a NOS pair of Suntour rollerbrakes... which should I put ?

    For the rest it's a special '93 build, all original parts either on it or with it and hardly ridden. The only things that definitely need replacing are the tires, which have turned brittle with age. And the only thing I'll probably go shopping for sooner or later are matching Suntour thumbsifters. The (first and before me only) owner had it built in '93 with gripshifts, but I prefer thumbshifters on a bike like this.
    real sweet! should be quite a difference to a sandman

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    Quote Originally Posted by rigidftw View Post
    real sweet! should be quite a difference to a sandman
    Ah, life doesn't stop with a Sandman bike , I must have contacted Slingshot 5 times over the last two decades to ask when and if they could make me an XL. They always replied "we'll let you know". So I was very surprised to see one come up for sale.

    Here's what the owner replied to my question if it was indeed an XL and what the story behind it was:

    The history of Slingshot, under the ownership of Joel and Mark Groendal (aka Greendale Bicycle company) is well documented at MOMBAT: Museum of Mountain Bike Art & Technology. I was casual friends with the two brothers and often hung around their shop/factory in the early 1990's as I ran a fast food restaurant just up the street. I also had hoped for a day they would build an XL size. Slingshot's history gets rather vague after 1995 or so having a number of different investor owners with NO interest in cycling.

    Sometime in 1993, due to Slingshot's sponsorship with True Temper tubing, they were contacted by associates of Michael Jordan to build him a bike of True Temper tubing. Michael Jordan was also sponsored by True Temper as they made his golf club shafts. My guess is contact was made due to Grand Rapids, MI being only 3 hours from Chicago IL.
    Michael is about 6 foot 8 inches tall, SAME height as me, though I am a POOR basketball player.

    Since the build jigs were already setup, it was rather easy to build the TWO frames.
    I purchased the frame direct from the Groendal's and had the bike built up at Speed Merchants Bike Shop in Rockford MI. At the time the Suntour XC microdrive was much more popular then Shimano Deore
    I had plans to get back into serious mountain biking (I'd raced a Schwinn KOM in 1989-1991), but much prefer road cycling and 50-100 mile tours. It has maybe 200 miles or so of light dirt road riding.

    The Slingshot has most all of it's original parts including the rear Continental tire, softride stem, Onza grips, cables, and chain. I simply switched out the Suntour XC Pro cantilever brakes due to heel clearance issues of my size 48 shoes. I think when the bike was built in 1993, Shimano V brakes had not yet been invented. I will include all the Suntour XC pro brakes, cables, and levers in the box.


    Cool eh ?

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    Hey gents..my 92 sling came with a manitou front shock. Anybody know where I can get a original rigid fork? TIA

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    Try calling PJ at Singshot. I was able to get a Tange 1" steerer tube fork from them last year.

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    I may have one soon. I'll let you know. Unless you only want one from a dude.

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    very cool. congrats

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    Rigid fork

    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
    I may have one soon. I'll let you know. Unless you only want one from a dude.
    Yes..I'm interested. Thank you

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    Read disc conversion

    I'm sure this has been discussed before. Im looking to convert to disc brakes but as you know, the older slings did not come with rear disc tabs. searched and found numerous threads as far back as 8 years. Most of my search lead to nowhere..any updated leads to newer products is much appreciated. Thank you

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    Wrong forum for that. Try the brakes forum or the new Slingshot website. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
    Wrong forum for that. Try the brakes forum or the new Slingshot website. Good luck.
    My question is specific toward older sling shot frames w/o rear disc tabs..interested on info for anyone who converted to rear disc brakes. Many photos are seen on this thread with it..not quite sure why it would be in the "wrong" forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caminoloco View Post
    The derailleurs still have those little plastic protective/instruction stickers on them . The complete XC Pro brakeset came with it, but I've got a NOS pair of Suntour rollerbrakes... which should I put ?
    Rollercams need RC/U-Brake mounts. Your bike has cantilever mounts. You'll have to use the XC Pros no matter what.

    eBay will have your shifters easy.

    Looking forward to the finished product! Killer back story on it!


    Quote Originally Posted by Greystreet View Post
    I'm sure this has been discussed before. Im looking to convert to disc brakes but as you know, the older slings did not come with rear disc tabs. searched and found numerous threads as far back as 8 years. Most of my search lead to nowhere..any updated leads to newer products is much appreciated. Thank you
    Quote Originally Posted by Greystreet View Post
    My question is specific toward older sling shot frames w/o rear disc tabs..interested on info for anyone who converted to rear disc brakes. Many photos are seen on this thread with it..not quite sure why it would be in the "wrong" forum.
    Don't do it. You want disc brakes, get a modern Slingshot. Wrong forum in the sense that the vast majority of VRC forum members are purists. Converting a classic to disc brakes is sacrelig and makes the frame worthless.
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    I agree with originality but im Not looking to weld tabs to the frame. I'm looking for a conversion bracket/ brace of some type which can be removed as necessary. There are plenty of photos shown here but unfortunately no info about the conversion.

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    So the later steel Slingshots - they take a 34.9 front derailleur and a 31.8 seatpost? Was there some sort of internal sleeve?

    I'm gathering that at some point they switched from an internal reinforcement to ovalizing the bottom of the seat tube?

    And the boom tube - what diameter tubing is it, and did it change leading up to the BigShot, or was it a constant up until the aluminum boom tubes?

    Is there a "Field Guide to North American Slingshots"?

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    Slingshot decals

    Quote Originally Posted by da'HOOV View Post
    I'd pop for 1 or 2 of em..

    Hello

    I'm looking to have another batch made of these decals. Please PM me if you're interested so I know how much I need done. Price is 11 bucks For the pair shipped. Thank you.

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    Doing some poking around, this might help some people out:

    Their 1992 patent: Patent US5080384 - Bicycle frame - Google Patents

    which describes the hinge material as "Scotch Ply 1002", which is now called Cyply 1002.

    It also shows the reinforcement inside the seat tube.

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    Just about finished with my vintage build
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    Quote Originally Posted by dr.welby View Post
    Doing some poking around, this might help some people out:

    Their 1992 patent: Patent US5080384 - Bicycle frame - Google Patents

    which describes the hinge material as "Scotch Ply 1002", which is now called Cyply 1002.

    It also shows the reinforcement inside the seat tube.
    Got something up your sleeve Doc?
    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeferg75 View Post
    Just about finished with my vintage build
    Nice! Stock color?
    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff View Post
    Nice! Stock color?
    No, bought the frame that way, not sure what colors were in 88-89 likely still two tone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff View Post
    Got something up your sleeve Doc?
    Unless someone 'round here has a large Slingshot cyclocross frame they don't want, I might be building a, shall we say, "replica".

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    Quote Originally Posted by dr.welby View Post
    Unless someone 'round here has a large Slingshot cyclocross frame they don't want, I might be building a, shall we say, "replica".
    Be sure to cross post from the FBF if you do.
    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeferg75 View Post
    No, bought the frame that way, not sure what colors were in 88-89 likely still two tone.
    Sling Shot bikes of that era were any color you wanted to order. I built up two, one was red white and blue and the other was pink.
    A bike by any other name is still a bike.

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    Slingshot Ripper 'population'?

    My first post to the Slingshot forum.

    Hello, from me in the Fair Isle.

    Does anyone in the Slingshot camp have any knowledge of how many Rippers there are worldwide? Guesstimates would be helpful or real numbers would be really helpful

    oh yeah...any and ALL info on Slingshot's history [other bits as well] would be most appreciated. In particular, the 'odd and the unusual' aspects to Slingshot and its' bikes, [*'the Ripper' *]

    I did a search and had a good look around for such info...found some, just didn't find enough.

    Thanks ahead,

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    I own a Ripper

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    I am making a small video about the sl. ripper and hope to put it up to the net.

    the requested information would be of value as well as helpful.

    Anyway...it IS an unusual bit of food, the ripper, compared to the usual and rather common fare.

    It is NOT so unusual, that one might think it is full of piss 'n vinegar.
    One can try...try...try but one can not do that, regardless of 'view.

    It defies the norm and yet it works[Brooks & all ].

    Such marked sense, in a world gone feking crazy.



    Official Slingshot Bikes Thread-ripper.jpg

    ...what a wonder.

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    There are a few hardcore Slingshot fans here, but I think the Ripper is a bit newer than most are interested in.
    Need: McMahon brake for roller cam mounts, Mountain Goat fork.

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    oh man, hope I haven't got this wrong...methinks I did.

    What I meant to say muddy, in a round about manner was that, ALL branded bikes as such are the ''common fare''... there is no 'judgement' or 'comparing' any of the 'other' Slingshot gifts.

    Sorry for my lame verbosity. gots to stop takin that fish oil.

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    Yaaa, its not very vintage. And its a pretty dorky lookin' set up. Sorry.
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    I had a 94 red that I had put a spiderweb like paint job on. sold it years ago to someone on the east coast(Maryland?). cant seem to find my pics of it. she was one of the best climbing bikes I've ever had.

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    Hi,

    here is one of my Slings ....



    Greetings Stefan

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    Stefan, where did you take your pictures? I lived in Konigstein in the 90s and rode a pair of Slingshots all over the Taunus. Some of the best riding in Europe.

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    Hi,

    in Bavaria in the near of Bad Aibling

    here is one from this Winter ..



    Greetings Stefan

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    Nice one, Stefan. I like the color combo on that one. Very interesting.

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    thank you

    here is one more :-)


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    Abomination

    Not Slingshot. Only 1/2 MTB. I guess the fork is VRC. This bike HAS no catagory to belong to here. Some will like, some will hate...let the chips fly where they will. E.R.B bike from Mark Groendal a.k.a Slingshot originator. MTB frame with Manitou 700c fork, 700c wheels, 10 speed Ultegra w/48t SLX cranks. Built as a rough road mile eater. This bike ROCKS!
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    Official Slingshot Bikes Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Valhart View Post
    Not Slingshot. Only 1/2 MTB. I guess the fork is VRC. This bike HAS no catagory to belong to here. Some will like, some will hate...let the chips fly where they will. E.R.B bike from Mark Groendal a.k.a Slingshot originator. MTB frame with Manitou 700c fork, 700c wheels, 10 speed Ultegra w/48t SLX cranks. Built as a rough road mile eater. This bike ROCKS!
    Looks good. My son is riding one the same color. He climbs like a goat on it

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    My 7th Slingshot. Just picked it up this AM.



    Original owner had it delivered paintless from the factory and his friend did the finish. The chili peppers are airbrushed on, with clearcoat over the top. It's really in nice shape. 1" head tube still.
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    Looks like a cool paint scheme. Close-ups? What is your intended build?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valhart View Post
    Looks like a cool paint scheme. Close-ups? What is your intended build?
    This might be a little better:



    Not sure on the build. I have an M730 crankset and an M760, I also may just keep it single as a singlespeed, possibly a dirt drop singlespeed or a 1x7.
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    nice paintjob

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    That's better. Yeah smokin'!!! I've got some 730 or 735 NOS deraillers/thumbies, if you go that way. Not looking to get rich off it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Valhart View Post
    That's better. Yeah smokin'!!! I've got some 730 or 735 NOS deraillers/thumbies, if you go that way. Not looking to get rich off it
    Thanks, I have m735 derailleurs too if I go that way - certainly not NOS though! All of the dirt drop-ish stems I have are 1-1/8" and black. It always bugs me to have different color headset/spacers/stems, and with the shimmed up steerer I think finding a black headset will look a bit "less bad".

    I had an almost identical frame way back in 1997-1998 that was lilac. It was one of my favorite bikes ever, so I'm pretty gassed to have found a replacement for it - much less one that is in great shape. Now the challenge to build it non-freddish/cheaply and comfortable for my almost 40yr old self.

    I think these era slings can be some of the best looking bikes around, so I will definitely be mindful of preserving that.

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    My buddy (who got me into Slingers), was the guy who welded up those 'bottle trees' for Mark G, back in the day. He has a PERFECT yellow full M900 (first gen XTR) that is the best looking Slingshot MTB I've yet seen. I will have to get it for a photo shoot. He never rides it....

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    Well, done enough to ride. Ugly, but rideable.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/rmplum/10445162684/" title="Untitled by rmplum, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2862/10445162684_537556c931_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Untitled"></a>

    That 1-1/8 voodoo stem is chunky-as-h3ll on there, but my parts box contains exactly zero 1" threadless stems at this time (much less one appropriate for dirt drops). I'll ride it around a bit as shown (singlespeed mode with the backwards cable rear derailleur trick) to see how it works. The frame doesn't have a pulley to run a bottom-pull front derailleur, so I'll also need to do some digging there if I ever want front gears.

    And yes, I threaded the bottle cage bolts in all the way after taking this pic. oops.

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    Not sure how your shifters opporate, but roadie shifters don't play well with MTB front derailleurs. Different cable pull. Tiagra or Sora are cheap, work great and are suited for >50t chainrings AND triple gears. Bottom pull only though, so you'll need to find a pulley.

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    No shifters on it, those are just Tektro aero brake levers. The rear derailleur is just tensioning the chain on the middle cassette cog until I figure out what I'm going to do. My goal for today was to just get it rideable.

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    Getting there.


    Obviously not period correct in a few major areas, but this won't ever be a show bike, so I'm probably not going to be overly concerned about it. The riser bar is the biggest visual wart right now, but it's so much more comfy than an old narrow flat bar. Argh.



    That bottle cage will be replaced with something more appropriate tonight.


    I don't love the paint. If I ever have it resprayed it will be lilac like my older 91-ish Sling.

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    I would be proud to ride that! If terrain permits, I always like a rigid forked SS. Faaast...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valhart View Post
    I would be proud to ride that! If terrain permits, I always like a rigid forked SS. Faaast...
    I will probably just track down a stainless front 36t ring and leave it as a 1x7 to keep it simple-ish.

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    Getting closer.




    I'm not optimistic that I'll find a proper sized (34.9) M736 from derailleur - they seem to be pretty rare. I was lucky enough to stumble upon another 17 degree Salsa flat bar - just need to rotate it down a bit. Nowhere near period correct, but lets me use the 130mm stem and still get a pretty good position.

    I tried a shorter, higher stem briefly and the handling and fit was just a mess. This thing was meant to be ridden long and low.

    A set of slightly newer wheels on the way - hopefully they weren't too good (cheap) to be true.

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    I'll root through my stuff later to see what I have for a FD. I have a NOS 735 for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valhart View Post
    I'll root through my stuff later to see what I have for a FD. I have a NOS 735 for sure.
    I think the 736 mechs in 34.9 are pretty much impossible to find. Will probably end up using a M901, which are much more plentiful.

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    Somewhere in the EU. Photo credit Gary Zaphiris

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    I had a frame and fork exactly like this in 89'. In fact I would be willing to bet that this is the same one.
    A bike by any other name is still a bike.

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    Was digging through some old photos today and found a few SlingShot shot's. Here is the Red, White and Blue one aforementioned:

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    The Stumpie belongs to a friend that I had talked in to riding across a ridgeline in the snow. The story ended up in a magazine cause he wrote for one at the time. 89' I think? Pre fat bike for sure

    The van in front of the truck is the SlingShot team van that was in town for FTBW in 92'. I had just gotten back from working the WC at Mt. Snow.

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    This was my bike the next year after getting a shock for it. Went back to the stock fork after a few rides though because, well, the fork sucked. Looked cool though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigwheel View Post
    I had a frame and fork exactly like this in 89'. In fact I would be willing to bet that this is the same one.
    I love that red, white and blue one.

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    I ran across some old jpegs and not sure if these have been posted yet and don't want to wade through to find out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigwheel View Post
    I ran across some old jpegs and not sure if these have been posted yet and don't want to wade through to find out.
    They haven't been. Super awesome BP!

    How'd you come to be such a Slingshot guy from so early on? Do you have any Slings left?

    I'm on the lookout for an early Slingshot team jersey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy View Post
    They haven't been. Super awesome BP!

    How'd you come to be such a Slingshot guy from so early on? Do you have any Slings left?

    A guy I ran in to had one and I thought it was cool so I got one in 87'. I had a shop in VT. at the time and sold it and bought another. Repeated that a few times, sold some on order and even sold one to Offroad (Proflex) after the John Kukoda (remember Club?) article in Mountain Bike came out where he proclaimed it was the fastest mtn. bike he had ever ridden. 89? When I moved to CO. in 90' I had the black one above but didn't like it as much for riding there. Don't have any and not looking for one either, I just seem to keep running in to stuff from back then in the pile.


    I'm on the lookout for an early Slingshot team jersey.
    I used to have a team one piece that my son took over, not sure if he still has it. I will check.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigwheel View Post
    I used to have a team one piece that my son took over, not sure if he still has it. I will check.
    Jersey, jersey! Not so sure about a used one piece.
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    Official Slingshot Bikes Thread

    I have a jersey I used to be sponsored by Slingshot back in the early 90's I will try to dig it out and post a shot
    Cheers Steve
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy View Post
    Jersey, jersey! Not so sure about a used one piece.
    If in fact it still exists it hasn't been worn in so long that I am sure that anything bad is dead. You're a baggy guy anyway IIRC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rohloffdude View Post
    I have a jersey I used to be sponsored by Slingshot back in the early 90's I will try to dig it out and post a shot
    Cheers Steve
    Sweet, love to see it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigwheel View Post
    If in fact it still exists it hasn't been worn in so long that I am sure that anything bad is dead. You're a baggy guy anyway IIRC.
    Haha, it probably would be baggy on me. I don't mind the sweet smell of Bigwheel.
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    Official Slingshot Bikes Thread



    Here is my Slingshot Jersey as far as I can remember I rode for them 92/93 wish I still had my Slingshot still have the head badge somewhere didn't put it on after I got the frame repainted.
    Cheers Steve
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    I still have both, the jersey and the bike - both are 1996
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    Time to try something a little different.

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    Not vintage, but at least (for me) a classic.






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    Made in Michigan and steel. Counts in my book.

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    Whoarrior, what tires are those? The tread looks like Maxxis Ignitors.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ameybrook View Post
    Whoarrior, what tires are those? The tread looks like Maxxis Ignitors.


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    When they are new, they're really dark brown. But they bleach with time and look like normal skinwall tires.

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