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    Official Slingshot Bikes Thread

    I had to do it. Anyone that knows me, knows I'm a big Slingshot fan. I'm not sure how many others there are on MTBR, but now would be a good time to show off your stuff.

    My 1993 Slingshot before restoration:


    And after a resto and repaint done by Rick Stefani of D+D Cycles West.


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    Slingshot Team. 1 of 18 made for the 1992 race season. It had full Suntour XC Pro drive train (which I disliked.)

    The most important thing left being the frame. They take up less space in the apt. this way...
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    Titanium Slingshot

    Does anyone know where to find (or has seen in person) a Titanium Slingshot?
    I'd take a half or full Ti...I know they were made for a short while c. 93/94....I'd love to own one. Any leads or info would be great.
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    Nice Slingshots Rumpfy

    I've never ridden one, but a local wrench has one that he converted to road to beat up on the local roadies with. I personally think it's a waste, but definitely a unique bike. I've always wanted to ride one though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by loonyOne
    I've never ridden one, but a local wrench has one that he converted to road to beat up on the local roadies with. I personally think it's a waste, but definitely a unique bike. I've always wanted to ride one though.

    An MTB frame he converted to road? Hmm...
    So, uh...do you think he'd be willing to sell it?
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    Here's mine (gone now)...


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    Bonking ... not feelin' well NOT an MTB frame

    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    An MTB frame he converted to road? Hmm...
    So, uh...do you think he'd be willing to sell it?

    I know this bike and it's keeper. It is set up as a tri bike and has tri geometry. 650c Slingshot Road. Sorry to burst the bubble!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted
    I know this bike and it's keeper. It is set up as a tri bike and has tri geometry. 650c Slingshot Road. Sorry to burst the bubble!
    Bummer. Well, the search continues...
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    Quote Originally Posted by aosty
    Here's mine (gone now)...
    Aosty, why'd you sell? Looks like a larger frame size...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted
    I know this bike and it's keeper. It is set up as a tri bike and has tri geometry. 650c Slingshot Road. Sorry to burst the bubble!
    You know my friend that lives in the same town as me?? Are you sure? What shop does he work at? Tell me his name if you do know. I know that he told me it was an MTB. I was really good friends with one of his old roommates quite a few years ago...it was definitely an MTB that was used on the dirt then. Enlighten me.

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    Is Slingshot from Grand Rapids, MI or thereabouts? It seems like I see an awful lot of them (considering how few ride them overall) when I'm back home in MI.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seely
    Is Slingshot from Grand Rapids, MI or thereabouts? It seems like I see an awful lot of them (considering how few ride them overall) when I'm back home in MI.
    Aye...Grand Rapids born and built. I'm sure that has something to do with their numbers out there. Don't see too many of them on the west coast!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Slingshot Team. 1 of 18 made for the 1992 race season. It had full Suntour XC Pro drive train (which I disliked.)
    Just curious, what didn't you like about the XC Pro drivetrain? I've only ridden the old Suntour road stuff, Superbe Pro II. Far as I'm concerned, that was top-of-the-line stuff compared to anything else on the market at the time for roadie gear.
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    Slings Hot

    Had a spare moment to do a bit in the overhead today and got a picture of my 17" 89' Shot. The paintjob is a custom "Nuclear Lizard" done by Grove Innovations when the bike was new. When I put it back it in the upper storage which is about 1/2 dark after having it out for only a bit it was glowing like crazy!



    There is a unicrown fork and Flex Stem in the stash that are painted to match but apparently in its last incarnation it was sporting the IRD suspension fork. I think my older son was the last to ride this bike about 5 or 6 years ago....

    This is a shot of the back of a T Shirt that the Groendahls had made up to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Sling Shot back in 93'.



    And here is the front which give a nice little pictorial history of the development of the frame up to the age of the ones pictured above.



    The first Sling Shot was a BMX bike actually. PeeWee Groendahl broke the frame on his BMXer and Mark his older brother grafted a piece of Hexcel ski to the break to fix it and the rest as they say is history! The one labled 83' in the T-shirt was wheeled through the aisles of the Atlantic City version of Interbike in that year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bhutata
    Just curious, what didn't you like about the XC Pro drivetrain? I've only ridden the old Suntour road stuff, Superbe Pro II. Far as I'm concerned, that was top-of-the-line stuff compared to anything else on the market at the time for roadie gear.
    Well, for the most part it was good. Good feel, light weight (for it's age), grease guard stuff worked well.
    But...unless your drive train was in perfect tune, I felt that I ended up with a lot of ghost shifting. It was a bit tempermental to dial in and didn't allow for a gread deal of slop.
    I know some people are anti-Shimano, but I almost never have any problems with any of it. Parts are easy to find, a lot of it is compatable. Even the 'floating' der. pullies allow for your drive train to be off a bit and still shift through the gears. You know....because we ride our vintage rigs so hard and all...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigwheel
    Had a spare moment to do a bit in the overhead today and got a picture of my 17" 89' Shot. The paintjob is a custom "Nuclear Lizard" done by Grove Innovations when the bike was new. When I put it back it in the upper storage which is a....
    one labled 83' in the T-shirt was wheeled through the aisles of the Atlantic City version of Interbike in that year.
    Bob, that post made my day!
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    Shot Shots

    The link to these pics are in another thread but thought it worthwhile to post it here in the "Official" thread.

    This is a bike that was made for a female client. It is pretty amazing that for one thing you had a bike painted pink but that you could also get pink toe clips, bottle cage, hand grips and lever covers and spoke covers to match in those days! It was an 89 model year and was the inspiration for the bike frame pictured above that I built up for my wife a little while after.



    This frame was an 87/88' as it had the spring in the top tube. This bike ended up in the hands of a hot junior racer and he did rather well on it.
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    Wanted: older Slingshot info

    We have been trying to put together some info for our web site about the older Slingshots. If anyone has any literature that they would sell, loan or copy please let me know. We would also like to find an example of the earlier frame styles for the "museum". Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Aosty, why'd you sell? Looks like a larger frame size...
    I needed cash.

    As for the size, it was semi-custom... 18" with the 20" boom tube (~24" toptube)... or something like that.

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    my slingshot

    here's mine. dated at 1993. its now a single speed. silver paint , need new paint. i will have full pics this week. i had gene at spicercycles weld on disc tabs and fabricate 1" threadless fork with disc tab. i still have the kinesis alu fork.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dirt diggler
    here's mine. dated at 1993. its now a single speed. silver paint , need new paint. i will have full pics this week. i had gene at spicercycles weld on disc tabs and fabricate 1" threadless fork with disc tab. i still have the kinesis alu fork
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    Genius. I so wanted to do the same with my 93.
    Let us know how it works out after the build!
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    hey eric,
    good to see that there are true slingshot riders out there. i love this bike. i have alot of newer bikes but i can't seem to hang this up on the rafters. have you had the scotchplate rplaced yet ? i contacted the newer slingshot owners and they quoted me at 6bills to do it.
    my bike is rideable and new life with disc brakes. the whole disc with new rigi fork was 107.00. gene at spicer did a great job in my concern of the heat when welding to not heat up the epoxy and melt the plate.

    btw if this is still available, local shop her in cleveland century cycles 1-440-519-0013 (solon store) has a great condition slingshot 650c road frame with fork and ac seatpost for around 250bills.

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    Ya, I heard that story too about riding around on a broken frame and liking the feel of flex it had. The only difference is I thought it was a motorized mini bike..... But its been a long time. Im sure the story gets slightly altered each time its told. Ive always wanted to try one out, supposedly if you could pedal to match the rithym of the frame you could really move.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed
    Ya, I heard that story too about riding around on a broken frame and liking the feel of flex it had. The only difference is I thought it was a motorized mini bike......
    You know FB I believe you're right. I think that after that experience they chopped Pee Wees BMX bike up, but the whole truth will come out when someone gets ahold of Mark sometime

    Sounds like 6 bills for a board change is a bit steep though, I think the new frames are only a little over a grand or so....

    The folding Shots are pretty cool also and would make a great travel bike if you were into alot of flying or boat travel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirt diggler
    hey eric,
    good to see that there are true slingshot riders out there. i love this bike. i have alot of newer bikes but i can't seem to hang this up on the rafters. have you had the scotchplate rplaced yet ? i contacted the newer slingshot owners and they quoted me at 6bills to do it.
    my bike is rideable and new life with disc brakes. the whole disc with new rigi fork was 107.00. gene at spicer did a great job in my concern of the heat when welding to not heat up the epoxy and melt the plate.

    btw if this is still available, local shop her in cleveland century cycles 1-440-519-0013 (solon store) has a great condition slingshot 650c road frame with fork and ac seatpost for around 250bills.

    thanks
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    Yeah, I'm a hardcore Sling fan. I've owned 5 or 6. Bought and sold for various reasons...
    $250 is a good deal. It's about what I paid from the one I bought from DeeEight.
    I happen to be anti-road though...

    As for the board replacement, $600 is not what they have quoted on their website.
    I don't think they make it all the easy to find...but it's in print.
    Check this link:
    http://www.slingshotbikes.com/service_center/faqs.cfm
    (Q) - How much does it cost for a board replacement?
    (A) - A complete re-fab with new board and paint is $300.
    I have not had the service done. Before the new ownership they charged $250/$300 for board replacement and a respray.

    The nice thing about the new frames are the 1 1/8" headtubes and factory disc mounts I've seen popping up on some of the bikes....
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    sorry,
    its 600 hundred for board and paint. 400 for board replacement because of the older board type. from what was replied the older board would have to be machined and bonded. reset the jig to accomodate the the older frame. quote from Mark Watt.

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    quiring cycles actually contract builds some of the slingshot. scot quiring races for slingshot and kicks alot of geared bikes on the now singleshot SS bike.

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    where can u get a slingshot bmx bike.... i heard they were monnnayyy

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    Quote Originally Posted by poobah
    where can u get a slingshot bmx bike.... i heard they were monnnayyy
    In all my years of being a devoted Slingshot fan, I've never seen one (for sale or otherwise).
    But...I do happen to have a picture.



    If you happen upon two, let me know!
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    Slingshot trials bike on ebay

    Check out the custom Slingshot trials frame and fork posted on ebay. I'm talking 20" trials, but it's a cool looking custom. Auction ends 11/06/04. Disclaimer: Not my bike, don't know the seller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Aye...Grand Rapids born and built. I'm sure that has something to do with their numbers out there. Don't see too many of them on the west coast!
    That was the ONLY times I've ever seen a Slingshot, was when I lived in MI.....

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    Speaking of the Trials bike:

    I watched Bob Lawson win the nationals on the other slingshot trials bike mentioned. My brother roomed with him in college, and he rode a similar frame (different h-bar) to the national championship in Bellaire MI in the late 90's. His was setup with what they called a 'dog bone' shaft over the cable, not quite sure what the theory is behind it, maybe to help with the lateral stiffness during trials manuevers? He had a set of one off v-brake style brakes before v-brakes were common, used a lot of tar on the rims, and could ride the **** out of that thing. I remember being amazed.

    I had a slingshot converted to a SS in the late 90's as well, it was a great singlespeed. I wish that I had enough money to keep all the pimp bikes I used to own, unfortunately, usually my arguments for new bikes are sealed with a promise to thin the herd before new ones are added.

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    slingshot on ebay uk

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    and another Slingshot (18" MTB) on ebay (US)...

    Just saw this one, starting at $350. Ends in 4 days....
    (I have nothing to see with the vendor...)
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    Whuttheheck? I jumped thru all the hoops, uploaded the image to the site but can't get it in the post Oh well it was a crummy shot anyhoo. If you really want to see it it's that red 16" job that was posted in the classifieds most recently.
    So as a new convert to the "disciples of flex" I have a Question or two about the care and feeding of my new Slingshot. The issue of replacement of the scotchply thingy, is that a wear and tear/fatigue or an age issue? What sort of symptoms should I be on the lookout for? Any other common problems to watch for, particular places these frames might break etc.?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclodan
    Whuttheheck? I jumped thru all the hoops, uploaded the image to the site but can't get it in the post Oh well it was a crummy shot anyhoo. If you really want to see it it's that red 16" job that was posted in the classifieds most recently.
    So as a new convert to the "disciples of flex" I have a Question or two about the care and feeding of my new Slingshot. The issue of replacement of the scotchply thingy, is that a wear and tear/fatigue or an age issue? What sort of symptoms should I be on the lookout for? Any other common problems to watch for, particular places these frames might break etc.?
    I've yet to have a problem with either of my Slingshots (both the 92 and 93). They are still on their original board and coil. The Sling frames are somewhat 'overbuilt' to make up for the lack of downtube and all the general flexieness that's going on. People always ask if it's a light bike because of the missing DT...the frames are 5lbs. That doesn't make them the lightest steel hardtails, but everything is pretty reinforced. A pretty strong frame IMO. I've heard stories of other people snapping the coil/cable. Usually heavier riders or riders hard on their equipment (of which I'm neither). I've also not noticed an increase in flex due to age or ware....everything seems normal. I'm not sure if fatigue will be an issue for that board. You could always ask Slingshot customer service...they'll have a more intelligent answer than I will.

    As for replacement..they do it. It's on their FAQ's page on their website...11 down:
    (Q) - How much does it cost for a board replacement?
    (A) - A complete re-fab with new board and paint is $300.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    As for replacement..they do it. It's on their FAQ's page on their website...11 down:
    (Q) - How much does it cost for a board replacement?
    (A) - A complete re-fab with new board and paint is $300.
    it would'nt really take new paint to replace that board..... would it?

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    my contribution to the small slingshot world

    I built up this Sling a couple of weeks ago just to test it out how the frames worked.

    I figured the fastest climbing bike would make a good single speed as long as it had a stiff enough BB to hadle the extreme forces of single speed riding. Well, after the first ride I brought it back home and tossed my nicer parts on it because I was hooked. now I ride it more than any of my other bikes combined.

    It has a stiffer bottom bracket than my first Bianchi road bike, completely stable with no hands on the bars, does wheelies, climbs like a goat, descends good (for a rigid), and has just enough geek factor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vdubbusrider
    it would'nt really take new paint to replace that board..... would it?
    Not really. They used to offer the service separate. Board/bolt replacement for about $150, or the board/bolt/repaint combo for $250 or so. Now it's all or nothing....but I suppose they'd do just the replacement and not repaint, but I'm not sure you could talk them into discounting the work if no paint job is done.

    I'm assuming you don't want to undo the lavender paint and vintage decals on yours...
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    Quote Originally Posted by vdubbusrider
    I built up this Sling a couple of weeks ago just to test it out how the frames worked.

    I figured the fastest climbing bike would make a good single speed as long as it had a stiff enough BB to hadle the extreme forces of single speed riding. Well, after the first ride I brought it back home and tossed my nicer parts on it because I was hooked. now I ride it more than any of my other bikes combined.

    It has a stiffer bottom bracket than my first Bianchi road bike, completely stable with no hands on the bars, does wheelies, climbs like a goat, descends good (for a rigid), and has just enough geek factor.

    https://gallery.mtbr.com/data/mtbr/5..._x-bike_008.jpg

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    Might want to check the links my friend...don't seem to be working...

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    Thanx for the feedback Rumpfy. Given that my '97 or '98 frame probably only has a 100 or so miles on it and that I weigh in at a whopping 150lb. I shouln't have to worry about the board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclodan
    Thanx for the feedback Rumpfy. Given that my '97 or '98 frame probably only has a 100 or so miles on it and that I weigh in at a whopping 150lb. I shouln't have to worry about the board.
    Nah...I wouldn't.

    Good luck! Post some pics when you get a chance!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclodan
    Thanx for the feedback Rumpfy. Given that my '97 or '98 frame probably only has a 100 or so miles on it and that I weigh in at a whopping 150lb. I shouln't have to worry about the board.
    i'm 175lbs and i ride the crap out of my rigid. i dont let up one bit on the downhills, jumps, and drops. so far so good. ride it and if mine breaks i'll tell you what to look out for.

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    1989 SlingShot Pro racer....

    Quote Originally Posted by vdubbusrider
    i'm 175lbs and i ride the crap out of my rigid. i dont let up one bit on the downhills, jumps, and drops. so far so good. ride it and if mine breaks i'll tell you what to look out for.
    not an article, just a 2-page info sheet on the bike.. From MBAction April 1990 issue.. I am assuming the bike is an '89 model..
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2ManyPlaces
    not an article, just a 2-page info sheet on the bike.. From MBAction April 1990 issue.. I am assuming the bike is an '89 model..
    Ooh, that one's a gooder!

    I want that frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Ooh, that one's a gooder!

    I want that frame.

    I like those old ones too.

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    @ 1989 Worlds in......

    Quote Originally Posted by 2ManyPlaces
    not an article, just a 2-page info sheet on the bike.. From MBAction April 1990 issue.. I am assuming the bike is an '89 model..
    Mammoth.... from Jan.'90 MBAction isuue.... i thought this was a cool pic....
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2ManyPlaces
    Mammoth.... from Jan.'90 MBAction isuue.... i thought this was a cool pic....
    Martin Stenger leading JT...Good Slingshot propaganda.
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    Not exactly Slingshot's finest hour...

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    The only time I've ever seen a full titanium Slingshot

    Would be nice to own one of these....

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    Thanks for the scan, that's the first I've seen that frame. 3.5lbs blow me away. Here are some pics of my bike for the thread. I thought the last pic turned out pretty cool.
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    Rumpfy,
    or others.. anyone price out scotchplate replacement for the older slingshots ?
    i emailed Slingshot and my quote was more affordable to buy a newer frame, due to the older plates are more time consuming to replace.. any comments ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirt diggler
    Rumpfy,
    or others.. anyone price out scotchplate replacement for the older slingshots ?
    i emailed Slingshot and my quote was more affordable to buy a newer frame, due to the older plates are more time consuming to replace.. any comments ?

    Thanks
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    The website quotes $300 for board and paint....what did they quote you over the phone?!

    New frames are over $1000....there's no way they can quote that much for it.
    If they tell you it's a grand for you to keep your Slingshot running, tell them you'll just switch to another bike company. That's bullsh!t!

    What's your reason for wanting to replace the board? Is it broken?
    I've yet to have a Slingshot where I felt the board needs replacement...
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    at the time Mark W of slingshot was quoted (2001) it was 110.00 to reboard, 40.00 for paint and 65.00 for cable replacement (if needed).

    now with new ownership 500 with paint, new hardware and machined flexplate to fit older models. because of heating the epoxy off the frame would damage the paint, so paint is included.

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    not vintage, just a little retro

    just built this up a few months ago, finally snapped a pic the other day when i put it in the classifieds. rides exceptionally well, just not the bike for where the job is transferring me.
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    My Travel Bike...

    Awesome riding bike... thinking of converting into a SS...
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    Quote Originally Posted by flipnidaho
    Awesome riding bike... thinking of converting into a SS...
    Sling's do very well as an SS. If you go that way...you'll like it plenty.

    Get out and ride with Laffeux, since he moved away, he hasn't been able to look at my Slingshots...
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    anyone see this?


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    finally found one!

    Hi,

    have been looking for a Slingshot for a few months "only" and found one in immaculate shape in a small town bike shop in Southern Germany.
    They have hardly ridden the bike, rather used it as an "eye catcher".
    So, the thing had a few rusty bolts - that's all.

    Removed the original LX / STX parts and threw some nicer stuff at the frame... now it's hanging in my shed, waiting for a few more parts and we should be hitting the trails shortly.
    Great to have a new toy for the upcoming summer!
    cheers from Prague, Czech Republic,
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldman
    Hi,

    have been looking for a Slingshot for a few months "only" and found one in immaculate shape in a small town bike shop in Southern Germany.
    They have hardly ridden the bike, rather used it as an "eye catcher".
    So, the thing had a few rusty bolts - that's all.

    Removed the original LX / STX parts and threw some nicer stuff at the frame... now it's hanging in my shed, waiting for a few more parts and we should be hitting the trails shortly.
    Great to have a new toy for the upcoming summer!
    cheers from Prague, Czech Republic,
    Nick
    Nice find!
    Wow...it looks like it's in clean shape too, for an oldie!
    With the coil down by the BB...you're looking at a 1991 model.

    Enjoy and keep us posted with pics when the build is done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Sling's do very well as an SS. If you go that way...you'll like it plenty.

    Get out and ride with Laffeux, since he moved away, he hasn't been able to look at my Slingshots...

    If you do SS it, it might be worth looking into an EBB for the frame, rather than track dropouts. When I had mine converted to TDO's, there was very little clearance for decent sized tires (anything bigger than 1.95's). An EBB would be OK, you just have to have a eyelet on the BB for the cable attachment. Might cause problems with cable length due to the bigger size of the EBB shell.

    Or, just do an ENO and forget about it. There's argueably no better frame for SSing than a slingshot. Loved mine. Too bad my tastes are fickle.


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    For some weird reason that I have not yet come to grips with it; I am wanting a Bigshot--29" wheel'd unit. Leave it rigid in the front and fly..........
    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee
    Better suited to non-aggressive 125# gals named Russell.
    I ride so slow, your Garmin will shut off.

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    the one and only Slingshot in Prague...

    hi there,

    found some time to put my 1991 Slingshot together. Still not final, am looking for a brake set for the front wheel, the Manitou Comp 4 is still stuck in customs and need some skinwall Panaracers.
    Neither is the seat post final.

    But, the thing's already got a Marinovative Decelerator in the rear. Cool thing.
    The Real Design levers a bit too flexy, while the XT long rd works fine.
    Anyway, love this bike!

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    Very nice. Think Prague has a new tourist attraction.
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    I bought a Slingshot Road Frame from 87-89 i think. The condition of the frame is not as bad as it looks, but cable, spring, and so on are lost. I hope i can get a replacement set from Slingshot. If i get this one on the road again i'll post some new pics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whoarrior
    I bought a Slingshot Road Frame from 87-89 i think. The condition of the frame is not as bad as it looks, but cable, spring, and so on are lost. I hope i can get a replacement set from Slingshot. If i get this one on the road again i'll post some new pics.
    The problem I think you'll find, is that the cable and coil set up for that frame is very different from what Slingshot now uses.
    You can try, but I doubt they have any replacement parts that date back that far...wish they did.

    I can also say that emailing their customer service isn't all that quick at getting back to you. They're more interested in the current line up of frames...

    Cool bike though! Love those really old one's!
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    Here's my oldest.
    88/89 frame.
    It's more beat up than it looks...

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    upgraded Prague's one and only Slingshot

    hi,

    finally received all parts (some got stuck in customs...) and managed to throw them at my bike.
    Pulled the threaded headset off and added a threadless one.
    Took the original Slingshot forks off (they are for sale... ...148mm steerer with 40mm thread), as well as the stem and the Real Design levers.
    Now I have got a Manitou Comp with Eglund kit and a Synros stem.
    And, managed to find an IRD Widget; run them with Kookas now.
    Have ridden the bike on some serious trails and can't get enough of it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldman
    hi,

    finally received all parts (some got stuck in customs...) and managed to throw them at my bike.
    Pulled the threaded headset off and added a threadless one.
    Took the original Slingshot forks off (they are for sale... ...148mm steerer with 40mm thread), as well as the stem and the Real Design levers.
    Now I have got a Manitou Comp with Eglund kit and a Synros stem.
    And, managed to find an IRD Widget; run them with Kookas now.
    Have ridden the bike on some serious trails and can't get enough of it!
    oldman

    IMHO...don't sell the fork.
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    My 91 SlingShot

    This is my second SlingShot. The first was replaced under warrantee when I broke the frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moblsv
    This is my second SlingShot. The first was replaced under warrantee when I broke the frame.
    I haven't heard too many stories of Slingshots breaking.

    What year frame and when/how did you break yours? I'm curious.
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    Current pic of my 93 Slingshot.
    If you must know, the chain rings are from Moonhead Machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    I haven't heard too many stories of Slingshots breaking.

    What year frame and when/how did you break yours? I'm curious.
    I think the original frame was also the '91, if I remember correctly. Actually, I'm not entirely sure I remember the year correctly on this frame, I seem to remember it was a '91. It was the identical color scheme to the one in your second post that says "1 of 18 made for the 1992 race season".

    I broke two welds, found both after one long day of riding. The weld where the top tube meets the head tube was cracked. the other was inside the seat tube. there's a piece of metal welded in there and the welds had broken on it so it was vibrating and making a nasty noise.

    This frame I have now I have never been happy with. I was told it was the last one they had in that year and it turned out it was actually somewhat defective, I should have made an issue of it but I guess it's too late now. I have to use a spacer on the bottom bracket so the crank arm doesn't hit the frame and the chain still hits the frame when I have the chain on the smallest gear in the rear.

    Do you know if Martin Stenger posts here? I noticed a couple pictures of him from back in the day. He may not even remember me but we somewhat knew each other when we went to school at the University of Utah and he used to lap me at the local races. Last I heard a friend we have in common told me he was in Mammoth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Does anyone know where to find (or has seen in person) a Titanium Slingshot?
    I'd take a half or full Ti...I know they were made for a short while c. 93/94....I'd love to own one. Any leads or info would be great.
    I have no idea where to find one but I did see one in person at Wild Rose Bike Shop in Salt Lake City back in the early 90's when it was made. Maybe somebody there could give you a lead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    I haven't heard too many stories of Slingshots breaking.

    What year frame and when/how did you break yours? I'm curious.
    I just realized I was wrong about my first SlingShot. It was actually just like the one in the "end of the trail" picture. The frame with 'slingshot' all spelled out in big block letters. Exact same color scheme too.

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    I've seen a few that the lower cable attachment failed at the bottom bracket, but seat tube failures where the most common breakages prior to 1995. In 1995 they went to a large diameter seat tube and ovalized it where it met the BB shell. Prior to that, they used a flat plate welded into the "standard" size seat tube. I believe they actually drilled a few holes in the seat tube and "spot" tig welded it from the outside. If you look close at your seat tubes, you'll see the welds on either side of the seat tube starting about 2/3 of the way down.

    jw

    BTW - I've had a 1991, 1994, and a 1995 Slingshot. (Photo is of the 1995 and you can just make out the seat tube BB junction.)


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    I broke two welds, found both after one long day of riding. The weld where the top tube meets the head tube was cracked. the other was inside the seat tube. there's a piece of metal welded in there and the welds had broken on it so it was vibrating and making a nasty noise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Does anyone know where to find (or has seen in person) a Titanium Slingshot?
    I'd take a half or full Ti...I know they were made for a short while c. 93/94....I'd love to own one. Any leads or info would be great.
    Here's one in MBA Feb '92 - nice!:


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    Cable tension on a '94 Slingshot

    Hi

    I have a question about the cable tension on a '94 Slingshot. To what extent is the nut above the spring adjustable and if it is, what's the 'range' of coil compression from soft to stiff? How slack is too slack?

    I ask because I've just finished a restoration on my '94 Slingshot. I'll post some pics soon. I used the cable, coil and clip from my other frame - also a '94 (serial numbers quite close) and exactly the same size.

    Although the two cables are the same length I was mildly surprised to observe minor differences between the two in the crimping at both the bottom bracket end and the spring end. When attaching the cable to the new bike I noticed that less frame compression was required to fasten it to the fitting under the head tube than was required with this cable on the other frame.

    Not sure how others do this but I turn the Sling upside down and lean on the b/b, pulling the fork towards me, which compresses the frame a little - about a cm - allowing you to slide the pin through.

    I reasoned that because there was less compression required to fasten the cable the coil and board will flex more, giving a softer ride. The other bike needed more compression (though not much more - maybe 5mm) to attach the cable and, presumably, returned a firmer ride since the coil was already compressed a bit more.

    I thought this was interesting and it made me wonder about the adjustability. It's not something I've heard mentioned, the ability to 'tune' the ride by fiddling with this.

    Any thoughts?
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    Slingshot, BIKE Juni91 (German)


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    Positive review. Brief conclusion: Downhill the wheels are better attached to the ground, nevertheless the greatest advantage of the Slingshot design is not comfort. The Slingshot provides smoother traction (the article is saying it works like a modern of traction control system) and gives energy in return at a point that benefits optimal 360 pedalling (energy return system).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elevation12,000
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    Positive review. Brief conclusion: Downhill the wheels are better attached to the ground, nevertheless the greatest advantage of the Slingshot design is not comfort. The Slingshot provides smoother traction (the article is saying it works like a modern of traction control system) and gives energy in return at a point that benefits optimal 360 pedalling (energy return system).
    Cool review Mel! I don't have that year frame yet...
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    Me neither... I am even wondering whether there will be one in the country. Never saw one.

    Great to hear you liked it. I will post Slingshot content whenever I stumble upon it in newly acquired vintage mags.
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    The above review is already gone. All pics and mag scans I ever posted are gone! Fortunately I saved them all on my computer. I made new hyperlinks and all mag scans can again be viewed on FatCogs.

    I post the Slingshot review again:

    Slingshot, BIKE Juni91

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    Positive review. Brief conclusion: Downhill the wheels are better attached to the ground, nevertheless the greatest advantage of the Slingshot design is not comfort. The Slingshot provides smoother traction (the article is saying it works like a modern of traction control system) and gives energy in return at a point that benefits optimal 360 pedalling (energy return system).
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    Just picked-up a 95 Slingshot off of ebay.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...163808545&rd=1

    I am not typically one for impulse buying,(Well ok, maybe sometimes!) but the bike looked pretty clean, and the fork pushed me over the edge! I have wanted a Slingshot for a while, and look forward to owning and riding one. What kind of decals did the 95 vintage bikes have? Any feedback is appreciated.

    Seems like I remember reading that certain types of Boom-tube decals are still available through Slingshotbikes(I think from one of your posts on FirstFlight Eric). I have been trying to call Slingshot over the past couple of days but they are kind of tough to catch in. Guess thats to be expected with small botique bike manufacturers. Need to email them tomorrow I suppose.

    Thanks for starting this thread Eric, and thanks to all that have contributed with great info and excellent pictures of their bikes!


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    Keeping this tread alive. Found it after this thread on the 29er board today got me looking into the history of board breakage on Slingshots. Seems like there are a good number of old 26ers still running strong, can whatever extra forces poster 'number2' mentions that big wheels put on the board really be that bad?
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    I have just had a search through my old mags and found a 1994 copy of mtb pro.
    It has a review of a MT4 sling shot.
    Anyone want it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noserider
    I have just had a search through my old mags and found a 1994 copy of mtb pro.
    It has a review of a MT4 sling shot.
    Anyone want it?

    I do!

    Check your PM's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tamjam
    Keeping this tread alive. Found it after this thread on the 29er board today got me looking into the history of board breakage on Slingshots. Seems like there are a good number of old 26ers still running strong, can whatever extra forces poster 'number2' mentions that big wheels put on the board really be that bad?
    I am not sure what "extra forces" he could be talking about either. AFAIK the flex board location does not vary much with any frame size. The bottom of the head tube on the Big Shot may be a little higher than a 26" frame.

    I am not going to worry about it and just ride my B'Shot.

    number2's post has the feel of sour grapes.
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    No sour grapes just hard facts. I feel I have the responsability to let the buyers know what their getting into.

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    Quote Originally Posted by number2
    No sour grapes just hard facts. I feel I have the responsability to let the buyers know what their getting into.
    Then give us the full story and some one else that can back it up. this looks like a small part of one side of the story. Information without conformation can not be taken as fact.

    We have no idea you who are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    Then give us the full story and some one else that can back it up. this looks like a small part of one side of the story. Information without conformation can not be taken as fact.

    We have no idea you who are.

    Rumors are easy to start.
    I have been involved with slingshot in some way for about 10 years, the last involvment was a partnership in the company. I was also the poduct manager and part of the new "design team" that made the 29" frame. I am not going to give out names on this forum, you can use my information anyway you want or not.
    The reason the newer frames have a quicker failure rate is : 1 the rear triangle stiffness was increased by using lighter and larger OD stays with ritchey dropouts combined with 2 a stiffer boom tube with a 1.125 head tube and a hand built fork combined with 3 a board material that was not able to withstand the extra force generated by the above. In or around 1998 the "scotchply" material design was sold to another company(SCICOM) and was being developed for other uses. Slingshot started using the new product when they started to cnc machine the board box for there frames, while this did not present a problem at the time because they did not change there tubing specs. The reason the older frames last longer: original Scotchply board and smaller OD tubing and 1" head tubes and possibly the old box shape?
    Rather than try to fix the problem with a new board material the current owners desided to make it fixable by a shop or the owner( you can not do it with a steel frame without alot of tooling and some of the old board material etc ).
    I am 5' 7 and weigh 180 lb and was able to make a board fail in 6 mo. on a 26" SS and 3mo. on a 29" SS
    This was under normal riding conditions, similar failure rates were had by several local riders.
    All riders were on SS frames, some were folding 26" all the 29" were non folding.
    The new design is being made in china and is aluminum. I Don't know much more than what I've seen in a few interbike pics. The prototypes were built in the US and were raced by some of their factory team. That is all.

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    I have been involved with slingshot in some way for about 10 years, the last involvment was a partnership in the company. I was also the poduct manager and part of the new "design team" that made the 29" frame. I am not going to give out names on this forum, you can use my information anyway you want or not.
    I talked to Scott at Slingshot this morning. He said he knows who you are, but would not say. He and his product manager are working on a response to your post, which they'll send to me, and I will post here once I get it. I need to know the full story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by number2
    I have been involved with slingshot in some way for about 10 years, the last involvment was a partnership in the company...
    I am 5' 7 and weigh 180 lb and was able to make a board fail in 6 mo. on a 26" SS and 3mo. on a 29" SS
    This was under normal riding conditions, similar failure rates were had by several local riders.
    All riders were on SS frames, some were folding 26" all the 29" were non folding.
    The new design is being made in china and is aluminum. I Don't know much more than what I've seen in a few interbike pics. The prototypes were built in the US and were raced by some of their factory team. That is all.
    Interesting. And reserving judgement.

    Your story has changed a bit. On the 29er board you implied the problem was specific to, and because of, the 29er design. Not a change in tubing sizes. Not a change in the board material. No mention of general design issues regardless of wheel size.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    Interesting. And reserving judgement.

    Your story has changed a bit. On the 29er board you implied the problem was specific to, and because of, the 29er design. Not a change in tubing sizes. Not a change in the board material. No mention of general design issues regardless of wheel size.
    That is not what I was implying,and I'm sorry it looked that way. The problem is worse with the 29'' frame than 26" and the SS set up was worse than the geared. I think you are taking me the wrong way here, I'm not trying to degrade the slingshot name or the 29'' wheel, I'm just letting you know what I have known for a few years. I have been riding 29" wheels exclusivly for the last 3 years and am a devout fan. I also own several slingshots and still think the design has alot going for it. I do not ride a slingshot mtb any longer but I still enjoy it in road bike form.

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    Quote Originally Posted by number2
    That is not what I was implying,and I'm sorry it looked that way. The problem is worse with the 29'' frame than 26" and the SS set up was worse than the geared. I think you are taking me the wrong way here, I'm not trying to degrade the slingshot name or the 29'' wheel, I'm just letting you know what I have known for a few years. I have been riding 29" wheels exclusivly for the last 3 years and am a devout fan. I also own several slingshots and still think the design has alot going for it. I do not ride a slingshot mtb any longer but I still enjoy it in road bike form.
    Honestly, I appreciate your input. I just like knowing where it is coming from.

    Do you know if/where I can get a softer spring for my BS?
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    Honestly, I appreciate your input. I just like knowing where it is coming from.

    Do you know if/where I can get a softer spring for my BS?
    The springs on slingshots are a stock die spring that can be had at any die supply house. I don't recall the wieght of the stock spring but if you take it with you they can tell the size. Die springs change in OD and length when the load changes so I'm not sure a softer spring will fit.

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    CF "Slingshot"

    Anyone else see the Slingshot-style carbon bike? It's a home-made job. Photos from the Weight Weenies site.



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    Just started watching this forumn. I dig it! I am so tired of the techno weenies. I have been riding a Slingshot Boom tube bike since the fall of 92. No pics right now, I am building a new house and it is packed away with the rest of my herd in sotorage.

    Mine is the 93 Team Yellow version in a 17" long. I also have a mod that I have never seen. A Pro-Action downtube. I sold Slingshots back then and got to try this new deal. It really made the bike a blast on steep technical downhills.

    I will try to get pics shot soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by surlytman
    Just started watching this forumn. I dig it! I am so tired of the techno weenies. I have been riding a Slingshot Boom tube bike since the fall of 92. No pics right now, I am building a new house and it is packed away with the rest of my herd in sotorage.

    Mine is the 93 Team Yellow version in a 17" long. I also have a mod that I have never seen. A Pro-Action downtube. I sold Slingshots back then and got to try this new deal. It really made the bike a blast on steep technical downhills.

    I will try to get pics shot soon.
    Super curious to see it!

    What else do you have in your 'herd'?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Super curious to see it!

    What else do you have in your 'herd'?
    Lets see, a restored Pinarello road bike with newer Campy. a Surly 1x1. a Surly Karate Monkey, a Bianchi Project 7 29er, a Burly Rock and Roll Softride Tandem, Schwinn Joey Garcia 20 incherSeveral British 3 speeds, an old Schwinn Moab steel hardtail set up with moustache bars, my wifes Alpinstar, I know I am forgetting some stuff here?

    I have saved most of the vintage chi chi parts I have ever bought. IRD brakes in 3DV Old Syncros, American stem and other goodies...............this forum kinda rocks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by number2
    if you want to know the real truth about slingshot bikes email [email protected]
    im intrigued. e-mail sent.

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    Did anyone else notice that the all steel Slingshot seems to be a thing of the past? They are not offering one for '06.

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    How come this thread is all scrambled up suddenly? There are three recent posts in the middle of the second page.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclodan
    How come this thread is all scrambled up suddenly? There are three recent posts in the middle of the second page.
    Looks fine in my usual "threaded" view.
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    Hello all. I used to ride a mid 90's slingshot but had to sell it due to being a broke college student a few years ago. I had also gotten out of riding but am now looking to start again. If anyone hears of a reasonably priced Slingshot frame/fork and drops me a line I would be eternally geatful. I also have a Slingshot BMX frame sitting awaiting a repaint/build-up at home that a friend gave to me when I used to work at Rock N' Road Cycles in Muskegon, MI. I'll post pictures the next time I'm home.

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    Hi Guys............Slingshot newbie

    Just got this slingshot as a frame recently , always liked the look of em so I thought 'Why not'
    The photo was taken last week hence no cables, but I have ridden it snice then and I
    have to say...............its quite an experience and its gonna take some getting used to.

    anyway here it is ,its a 1993 and its got a Suntour xc-comp/pro groupset

    Wanted -girvin cranks, tubular steel - not the standard alloy ones

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    OK, so how do these things ride? Are they laturality stiff? Rumpfy, whats the scoop?

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    Gotta add my slingshot

    Great thread. Sorry for the grainy pic.



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    Quote Originally Posted by retrobikeguy
    Just got this slingshot as a frame recently , always liked the look of em so I thought 'Why not'
    The photo was taken last week hence no cables, but I have ridden it snice then and I
    have to say...............its quite an experience and its gonna take some getting used to.

    anyway here it is ,its a 1993 and its got a Suntour xc-comp/pro groupset

    So far so good?

    They really are a fun bike. You get lots of attention on them, thats for sure!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kb11
    OK, so how do these things ride? Are they laturality stiff? Rumpfy, whats the scoop?

    I've had every bit of 6 or 7 different Slingshots over the years. They're a fun bike, and from what I've seen of your riding style, you'd probably like it actually. They're a good bike for a smoother rider, someone who keep the tires on the ground.

    I'm down to just having the 92 team frame set up as an SS and the 88/89 which is awaiting a repaint.

    You're more than welcome to ride my single speeded Slingshot if you want (next time we're in the same place).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    I've had every bit of 6 or 7 different Slingshots over the years. They're a fun bike, and from what I've seen of your riding style, you'd probably like it actually. They're a good bike for a smoother rider, someone who keep the tires on the ground.

    I'm down to just having the 92 team frame set up as an SS and the 88/89 which is awaiting a repaint.

    You're more than welcome to ride my single speeded Slingshot if you want (next time we're in the same place).

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    Well, I just bought one off of EBay. I may have paid a little too much but didn't feel like waiting till the last minute. Got outbid in the last 7 seconds a few days ago on another. I do have a couple of questions though. First, is it possible to take the frame apart for shipping or are the boards bonded in and then bolted? Also, is a 96 suspension corrected. Looking at this tread there are some newer (mid 90's) with rigid forks that don't look to be suspension corrected. I am kind of hoping it isn't, I have been hanging on to a NOS Koski fork for probably 10 years and was hoping to use that. My last questions is what is the Pro-Action downtube that someone mentioned a few posts ago?? Thanks and I will post some pics when it is built.

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    after 34x18 gearing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirt diggler
    after 34x18 gearing.
    Mr. Dig,

    Why the new stem, looks to be the same except for the color. Nice looking bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKamp
    Well, I just bought one off of EBay. I may have paid a little too much but didn't feel like waiting till the last minute. Got outbid in the last 7 seconds a few days ago on another. I do have a couple of questions though. First, is it possible to take the frame apart for shipping or are the boards bonded in and then bolted? Also, is a 96 suspension corrected. Looking at this tread there are some newer (mid 90's) with rigid forks that don't look to be suspension corrected. I am kind of hoping it isn't, I have been hanging on to a NOS Koski fork for probably 10 years and was hoping to use that. My last questions is what is the Pro-Action downtube that someone mentioned a few posts ago?? Thanks and I will post some pics when it is built.
    I believe that the '96's were suspension adjusted. Mine was a '94 and I'm pretty sure that was the last year they were not. A friend had some problems with buying a rigid fork for a non-suspension adjusted frame (a '95 I believe) and it handling weird.

    As far as the Pro Action downtube goes, it is a hollow aluminum tube with an elastomer on the end that fits over the cable. As it was explained to me, Slingshot had a expert/pro downhiller on the squad in the mid-90's (when I was still riding) and his only complaint about the Slingshot design was that during hard braking the frame would compress, thus shrinking the wheelbase. The Pro Action downtube fixed this by allowing the frame to swing out (during hard pedaling) but not to swing in (under hard braking). I think I still have one lying around somewhere, I never put it on because I never noticed that problem.

    Oh yeah, I REALLY want to start riding again and REALLY love Slingshots (made in Michigan, whoop whoop!) so if anyone has a sling they're looking to get rid of please let me know. I also got my Slingshot BMX frame from my dad's house and will post pictures soon.

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    AKamp,
    Stem had more of a degree, besides i have several bikes so alot of parts tradings happens alot.

    as far as the differences - spinergy rear wheel is gone, XT hydro brakes replaced the avid mechs, single speed drivetrain with salsa 34t chainring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by banks
    For some weird reason that I have not yet come to grips with it; I am wanting a Bigshot--29" wheel'd unit. Leave it rigid in the front and fly..........
    something like this?

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/280290225/" title="Photo Sharing"><img src="https://static.flickr.com/114/280290225_dcd391b126.jpg" width="500" height="366" alt="Farmboy 6" /></a>

    It's a new frame (the Farmboy) but a few retro parts: Regal seat, square taper BB and old Specialized StrongArm compact cranks, Sachs/Ritchey twist shifter (1x9).

    It joins a 2004 Slingshot folding road bike (custom built for a mtb journalist to test: Dan Koeppel I think) in my current stable. My college friend/roommate was the Slingshot trials rider (Robert Lawson). The aluminum tube covering the cable on that bike was to prevent too much compression during some of the more extreme trials moves (during a big hop, or a front wheel landing probably) IIRC. They also offered it on some of the CX bikes from a few years ago. I believe there were two total 20" trials bikes built. Very cool.

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    I see a Slingshot in my future.

    I have room for one more bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacdykema
    I believe that the '96's were suspension adjusted. Mine was a '94 and I'm pretty sure that was the last year they were not. A friend had some problems with buying a rigid fork for a non-suspension adjusted frame (a '95 I believe) and it handling weird.

    As far as the Pro Action downtube goes, it is a hollow aluminum tube with an elastomer on the end that fits over the cable. As it was explained to me, Slingshot had a expert/pro downhiller on the squad in the mid-90's (when I was still riding) and his only complaint about the Slingshot design was that during hard braking the frame would compress, thus shrinking the wheelbase. The Pro Action downtube fixed this by allowing the frame to swing out (during hard pedaling) but not to swing in (under hard braking). I think I still have one lying around somewhere, I never put it on because I never noticed that problem.

    Oh yeah, I REALLY want to start riding again and REALLY love Slingshots (made in Michigan, whoop whoop!) so if anyone has a sling they're looking to get rid of please let me know. I also got my Slingshot BMX frame from my dad's house and will post pictures soon.

    You are the ONLY other person that I know of that has the downtube! I am back up and running online wise and will try to get a pic FINALLY of my Sling'

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    Bob Lawson's Slingshot trials bike

    Hi! I was wondering if anyone knows where or who bought the SLINGSHOT TRIALS bike that ROBERT (BOB) LAWSOM used, and that he sold on ebay. If anyone has any idea, please email me or send me a message. I would like to buy it back. Thanks!

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    for all of you who are wondering what's going on over at slingshot i would point you to the blog. they have a few photos of some bikes they are playing with. i rode the slinger with the lefty at the iceman cometh race this year and it was a blast, very fun. i have also thrown a leg over the 69er, also a great riding bike.
    www.slingshotbikes.blogspot.com

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    For all the Slingshot fans out there - check out this website. It's Mark Groendal's new bike company and still employing the same Sling-Power tech as the original Slingshot bikes. Personnally, I think Slingshot's new aluminum designs and stabs at "full suspension" bikes are asthetically hideous compared to the early-mid 90's frame design. These new frames are a little more appealing.

    I know this isn't really vintage equipment, but the idea is nearly as old as mountain biking itself. Enjoy!

    www.erbbike.com

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    Erb

    These ERB bikes are really cool. I think they would be worth a try.
    I like the design. Very URTish though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Does anyone know where to find (or has seen in person) a Titanium Slingshot?
    I'd take a half or full Ti...I know they were made for a short while c. 93/94....I'd love to own one. Any leads or info would be great.
    If I remember correctly, Scott Quiring used to fab for slingshot back in the day. He does some serious quality fabrication these days. You might want to contact him and ask if he'll do a custom for you. Good luck 'finding' one though, every sling owner I've ever known would sooner lose a nut before they sold their slingshot.
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    Here's a few shots of my farmboy-- I've had it for about 4 months now. It is pulling double duty as my commuter and I take it up to Marin as often as possible
    Stripped the TT myself and had sycip powder coat the rear triangle. The fork is a Scott Quiring custom job.



    with the fork that came with it (sibex- nice but too flexy for me)




    mid-build


    local playground shots, headlands and Mt. Tam (my wife is very happy that I got the farmboy- she now gets to ride my zaskar instead of her old peugot k-mart bike)

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    Circus problems

    Well I finally rebuilt the old 92/93 Sling shot i bought from some bloke and found that the fiber plate is pritty much shot. The front and the back of the bike head in different directions like some kind of circus bike (bolts are tight).
    Contacted the new Sling shot guys and they said that they were not doing any refurbs on old frames at all (with or without paint) but offered to sell me one of their new ones.

    Anybody out there got any sugestions?

    Oh yea here are some smilies

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    Circus problems

    Wife says; "Run away and join the circus".

    Suppose I could put a piece of alley in there but that defeats the whole concept of the bike
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lid
    Well I finally rebuilt the old 92/93 Sling shot i bought from some bloke and found that the fiber plate is pritty much shot. The front and the back of the bike head in different directions like some kind of circus bike (bolts are tight).
    Contacted the new Sling shot guys and they said that they were not doing any refurbs on old frames at all (with or without paint) but offered to sell me one of their new ones.

    Anybody out there got any sugestions?
    Yeah, you're pretty much SOL now. The new owners of the company aren't too cool IMO.

    I have an older Sling as well thats a bit out of alignment...not much I can do about it.

    You tires will bald on one side faster!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lid
    Well I finally rebuilt the old 92/93 Sling shot i bought from some bloke and found that the fiber plate is pritty much shot. The front and the back of the bike head in different directions like some kind of circus bike (bolts are tight).
    Contacted the new Sling shot guys and they said that they were not doing any refurbs on old frames at all (with or without paint) but offered to sell me one of their new ones.

    Anybody out there got any sugestions?

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    I'd be willing to bet you could find out what those 3m fiber boards are 'really' used for- It just seems unlikely that 3m makes those boards just for slingshots. I'd bet that slingshot found them being used in some other application (like some kind of windsurfer fitting, or lawn furniture or something that is mass produced by the thousands) and modified it themselves. Getting a company like 3m to make a few hundred of these boards per year just seems very unlikely, it wouldn't be worth the effort.

    You could try to find a big hunk of fiber plastic and shape it yourself with a belt sander or something. There just isn't a whole lot of engineering in that thing, it wouldn't be rocket surgery.

    Then just pay some local high school kid $5 to test it out (he he)
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    If it CAN be fixed, and if it was my bike - I know who I'd contact - Scott Quiring. Scott worked/raced at Slingshot back in the old days and probably knows as much about those frames as anybody. I think he even built some of the later US-made frames - so it's at least worth a call/email.

    FCTi

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    Mark Groendal is also making bikes again (under a different company name). I'm sure he would be able to answer that question as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Mark Groendal is also making bikes again (under a different company name). I'm sure he would be able to answer that question as well.
    Here it is: http://www.erbbikes.com/

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    New thread opened:

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=298662

    thanks
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    Hallo,

    I'm restoring a 1990 Slingshot frame.
    It has been repainted and now it is missing all the decals. I think i need one like the picures attached.
    Anyone could help me taking a closeup picture of one of their bike, so I can reproduce it?

    many thanks

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    Anyone run a Lefty on their Slingshot?
    Half a fork, Half a bike....

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    i have run a lefty on a slingshot. i had one on a 69er set up, the put one on the ripper and raced it at Iceman. then i jumped to the big wheeled farmboy and converted the lefty for that. to me it was the best of the freaks

    let me tell you about the stares i'd get and the questions....

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    Here it is mine!

    Finally I set up this sling of 1990.
    It is almost definitive, but the seat post is not the right one due it is a 26.8 and I need a 26.6 difficult to find that size.
    The decals are missing,but thanks to Bigweel they will be back soon.
    What do you think about it?
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    Here it is mine!

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    again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rouge
    Finally I set up this sling of 1990.
    It is almost definitive, but the seat post is not the right one due it is a 26.8 and I need a 26.6 difficult to find that size.
    The decals are missing,but thanks to Bigweel they will be back soon.
    What do you think about it?
    Niiice!

    Great looking Slingshot. I've got one just like it I need to restore....though I think that frame is an 88 or 89 I'm pretty sure.

    Bigwheel would know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Niiice!

    Great looking Slingshot. I've got one just like it I need to restore....though I think that frame is an 88 or 89 I'm pretty sure.

    Bigwheel would know.
    Post some pictures!
    I'm still don't know exactly the year.
    Firstflight has one of 1990 similar but the wire is connected to the front head tube.
    In Italy came out a bike test of this exact frame in 1991....i'm sure that it is earlier than 1991. :-)
    Bigwheel? :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rouge
    Post some pictures!
    I'm still don't know exactly the year.
    Firstflight has one of 1990 similar but the wire is connected to the front head tube.
    In Italy came out a bike test of this exact frame in 1991....i'm sure that it is earlier than 1991. :-)
    Bigwheel? :-)
    It's pretty worked over right now...but I'll have some paint on it soon.
    I also think its a tiny bit crooked.

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    Nice!!

    Before repaint it, could you take an HD picture of the true temper tubing label and the front tube label?
    I can make an HD scan of decals and send them to you, so you can reproduce them as originals. What do you think?

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    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rouge
    Before repaint it, could you take an HD picture of the true temper tubing label and the front tube label?
    I can make an HD scan of decals and send them to you, so you can reproduce them as originals. What do you think?

    [email protected]

    Thanks
    Alex
    I already have factory replacement decals for this. No headtube decal on this frame. I can take a picture of the frame tubing decal easy enough.
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    Possible 3M material solution...

    For many years I worked with vibrating materials handling equipment which used little 3M spring packs. These were similar, if not the same, as your Slingshot springs.
    I am currently contracting for this same company during my University holidays (so I can afford to eat...).
    I will look into who the suppliers of the springs are. You may have to make the springs yourself from raw blanks or perhaps one of the suppliers can take a sample spring and make a few for you (group buy etc).
    I don't want to get your hopes up too high, but the new Slingshot company DON'T have a monoploy on that 3M leaf spring material.

    I don't own a slingshot but I think it stinks that they refuse to honour service of their old products or instead shaft current owners with stupid prices.

    "well if you love it that much i'm sure you can sell a kidney and buy a new one from us".

    Particularly when they are a niche "cult" type product that i'm sure benefits from word-of-mouth by passionate current owners.

    Here is a link to show what i'm talking about with the 3M leaf springs:
    http://www.fmctechnologies.com/uploa...ghtfeeders.pdf
    Look at the pictures of these blue machines. See the little fibre springs between the base and the pan? They come in all sizes. I'm sure you could modify one to suit or maybe even find one of the right section size - just cut and drill.

    Also talk to people who worked with the old Slingshot mob and see if they can tell you what a spring changeout involved. Find out any info you can.

    Can anyone give some dimensions of their spring, doesn't need to be too accurate for now.

    I'll try to get back to you with more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by purdyboy
    Possible 3M material solution...
    yeah it just seems really unikely that 3m is just producing these flex boards just for slingshots. How many do they mak a year? 200? 500?

    I bet Scott Quiring would know what they <i>really</i> are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by purdyboy
    For many years I worked with vibrating materials handling equipment which used little 3M spring packs. These were similar, if not the same, as your Slingshot springs.
    I am currently contracting for this same company during my University holidays (so I can afford to eat...).
    I will look into who the suppliers of the springs are. You may have to make the springs yourself from raw blanks or perhaps one of the suppliers can take a sample spring and make a few for you (group buy etc).
    I don't want to get your hopes up too high, but the new Slingshot company DON'T have a monoploy on that 3M leaf spring material.

    I don't own a slingshot but I think it stinks that they refuse to honour service of their old products or instead shaft current owners with stupid prices.

    "well if you love it that much i'm sure you can sell a kidney and buy a new one from us".

    Particularly when they are a niche "cult" type product that i'm sure benefits from word-of-mouth by passionate current owners.

    Here is a link to show what i'm talking about with the 3M leaf springs:
    http://www.fmctechnologies.com/uploa...ghtfeeders.pdf
    Look at the pictures of these blue machines. See the little fibre springs between the base and the pan? They come in all sizes. I'm sure you could modify one to suit or maybe even find one of the right section size - just cut and drill.

    Also talk to people who worked with the old Slingshot mob and see if they can tell you what a spring changeout involved. Find out any info you can.

    Can anyone give some dimensions of their spring, doesn't need to be too accurate for now.

    I'll try to get back to you with more.
    That'd be fantastic!

    Means there might be hope for my 88 thats sitting a bit crooked.

    Might be hard to measure exactly the size but I'll give it a shot.
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    Road shot

    Not sure if I have posted this bike or not (its stablemate is the black FarmBoy posted earlier), just snapped a few pics after this morning's commute.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/rmplum/768718842/" title="Photo Sharing"><img src="https://farm2.static.flickr.com/1342/768718842_6675832d6b_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="CIMG0223" /></a>

    and a shot showing the junction on this folding frame:

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    Remove the bolt (pictured just behind the fibreboard), separate the shift and brake cables (all use threaded cable splitters), remove the cable from the BB junction. The Top tube/upper seat tube (you can see the larger diameter tubing which slides over the smaller dia. lower seat tube) slides up, and bingo - two pieces.

    Some history on this particular bike:

    I bought it as a demo from Slingshot back in maybe 2004? Supposedly this frame was built up and sent out to Dan "Hug the Bunny" Koeppel (from Mountain Bike Mag) to review. He rode it a few times (???) and it got sent back to Slingshot, then to me. For the longest time I looked for his writeup featuring this bike, but never saw anything. Oh well.

    I was told when I got it that it was not stock, in that it used the lighter "Ultimate" tubeset, along with the folding mechanism. Who knows if this is true.?!? When I unpacked it and put it together it weighted about 19lbs (full DA 10sp, including wheels). Not bad considering the frame probably weighs around 4.5 lbs.

    I was going to ship the bike all over (I travel for work) so I took a lot of the blingy DA stuff (read: high resale value) off and threw some Ultegra 9 shifters and a Ritchey 50/36 WCS Compact crank on, along with some Colorado Cyclist built DA7700/Open Pro wheels and that's how it sits today.

    OK, back to the dirty bikes, sorry to bore you all with my silly little road bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    I already have factory replacement decals for this. No headtube decal on this frame. I can take a picture of the frame tubing decal easy enough.
    Great!!!
    please, could you take me a front picture of the true temper tubing label?

    Many thanks

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    Hi Guys.
    Meant to get back to let you know what I did with my split fiber-board Slingshot.
    Basically took your advise (thank you) and contacted Mark Groendal and Scott Quiring.
    Mark seriously looked into the problem and decided that he was unable to perform the replacement of the fiber-boards.
    Scott said that he had some boards in his possessiion and that he could do the necessary repair. So I shipped my frame to him and it is still there. He is in contact but has his own business building bikes....so not yet done the repair.


    Currently waiting with baited breath.

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    I think I can help you find a fibre board?

    Quote Originally Posted by finger51
    yeah it just seems really unikely that 3m is just producing these flex boards just for slingshots. How many do they mak a year? 200? 500?

    I bet Scott Quiring would know what they <i>really</i> are.
    Hi Finger51 and all you fellow "old school" slingshot riders over there in USA. I have recently been looking into replacing the fiber board on my 94 slingshot as I have had it resprayed red and I am re-building it to start riding after a 7 year break (injuries, work, relocating etc) Here is a link to 3m scotchply in my local city Brisbane.

    http://www.cuttosize.com.au/products/3m.html

    As you can see from the website the fiber board can be machined. I still have the last board so I plan to take the bike frame and board to them, get a second board and hopefully enquire about which is the correct epoxy. I spoke to the local branch of the company and they were very confident they could help me. This all came about because I was able to call 3m in Sydney and I just kept asking until someone knew what I was on about. The lady @ 3m who helped me actually had seen the bike before!

    I have also replaced my bolts and nylocs no problem, just went to a specialist bolt store.

    Lastly I needed to replace the cable as it had been frayed from years of riding and rubbing on the bottle cage (extender/double adapter) so I went to a chandlery (sailing stuff) and had them produce an exact copy of the cable with the thread @ one end and the pin at the other. The only problem was the new pin (now metric, not imperial) was a touch too big so I took the bike back to the local frame maker who re-drilled the hole, touched up the paint and fitted the pin.

    Happy days - I am now looking for a good group set - I am thinking Sram?

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    Quote Originally Posted by felixe
    Hi Finger51 and all you fellow "old school" slingshot riders over there in USA. I have recently been looking into replacing the fiber board on my 94 slingshot as I have had it resprayed red and I am re-building it to start riding after a 7 year break (injuries, work, relocating etc) Here is a link to 3m scotchply in my local city Brisbane.

    http://www.cuttosize.com.au/products/3m.html

    As you can see from the website the fiber board can be machined. I still have the last board so I plan to take the bike frame and board to them, get a second board and hopefully enquire about which is the correct epoxy. I spoke to the local branch of the company and they were very confident they could help me. This all came about because I was able to call 3m in Sydney and I just kept asking until someone knew what I was on about. The lady @ 3m who helped me actually had seen the bike before!

    I have also replaced my bolts and nylocs no problem, just went to a specialist bolt store.

    Lastly I needed to replace the cable as it had been frayed from years of riding and rubbing on the bottle cage (extender/double adapter) so I went to a chandlery (sailing stuff) and had them produce an exact copy of the cable with the thread @ one end and the pin at the other. The only problem was the new pin (now metric, not imperial) was a touch too big so I took the bike back to the local frame maker who re-drilled the hole, touched up the paint and fitted the pin.

    Happy days - I am now looking for a good group set - I am thinking Sram?
    Wow!
    Crazy research and effort to get the Slinger back up and running again! Nice.

    I'm starting to consider a board replacement for my older Slingshot. Good info here, thank you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by felixe
    Hi Finger51 and all you fellow "old school" slingshot riders over there in USA. I have recently been looking into replacing the fiber board on my 94 slingshot as I have had it resprayed red and I am re-building it to start riding after a 7 year break (injuries, work, relocating etc) Here is a link to 3m scotchply in my local city Brisbane.

    http://www.cuttosize.com.au/products/3m.html

    As you can see from the website the fiber board can be machined. I still have the last board so I plan to take the bike frame and board to them, get a second board and hopefully enquire about which is the correct epoxy. I spoke to the local branch of the company and they were very confident they could help me. This all came about because I was able to call 3m in Sydney and I just kept asking until someone knew what I was on about. The lady @ 3m who helped me actually had seen the bike before!

    I have also replaced my bolts and nylocs no problem, just went to a specialist bolt store.

    Lastly I needed to replace the cable as it had been frayed from years of riding and rubbing on the bottle cage (extender/double adapter) so I went to a chandlery (sailing stuff) and had them produce an exact copy of the cable with the thread @ one end and the pin at the other. The only problem was the new pin (now metric, not imperial) was a touch too big so I took the bike back to the local frame maker who re-drilled the hole, touched up the paint and fitted the pin.

    Happy days - I am now looking for a good group set - I am thinking Sram?
    Hey Felixe~

    Yeah, I have to concur with Rumpfy- nice job! Great thinking going to a chandlery for the cable too. I never would have thought of that.
    Looking forward to seeing some pics. Enjoy your ride!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatchanceti
    Not sure if I have posted this bike or not (its stablemate is the black FarmBoy posted earlier), just snapped a few pics after this morning's commute.
    Hey Fat!

    digging the folder. looks like fun. Question: Is the fiber board the same style as the one on your FarmBoy? Just curious as to when they started using them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by finger51
    Hey Fat!

    digging the folder. looks like fun. Question: Is the fiber board the same style as the one on your FarmBoy? Just curious as to when they started using them.
    ~fing
    the folder board pictured is not the same as the dogbone style board in the Farm Boy. the board in all newer Slingshots is easily replaced by comparison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by finger51
    Hey Fat!

    digging the folder. looks like fun. Question: Is the fiber board the same style as the one on your FarmBoy? Just curious as to when they started using them.
    ~fing
    yup, what Midget said. My folding road bike frame really doesn't resemble the newer dog bone/aluminum frame much.

    I honestly find the older steel frames (like about mid 90's through 2004 or so) the most visually appealing. I guess the Ripper looks pretty aggressive, but it's dissapointingly heavy.

    FCTi
    (need to change my handle to Slingshot something-or-other since my TiFat is long gone!)

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    see slingshot factory refab thread in this forum

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    decals

    If anyone else needs Slingshot decals, I have a bunch, made for the double top tube frames. I'll be glad to send them out to comrades in need. Send me a PM.

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    Hi!
    Here it is finished and ready to go. I got the decals from Rhinos-bike-orama of ebay.

    The frame is the original 1993 model - resprayed (again) red.
    The cable has been replaced - see previous posts.
    The hinge has been replaced - see previous posts.
    The bolts have been replaced.
    The drivetrain is Sram cassette with X9 rear and XGen front derailleurs
    The crankset and BB are FSA Afterburners.
    The pedals are Crank bro's Candy C's
    The rear hub is a carbon fibre Suzee with Tioga double eyeletted rim, I had a Suzee hub on the front but as it was disk ready I had to swap it out for a non disk Deore LX so it did not rub on the fork stanchion.
    The brakes are Avid V brakes and levers.
    The seatpost is Cane creek thudbuster which I can swap for my control tech.
    The Stem and bars are my old CODA setup from 1998 with the aheadset converter for threaded steerers.
    The headset is a shimano 105.
    The shifters are SRAM XO Twist shifters.
    The forks are re-commisioned RST Mozo Pro 4.5 inches of travel with coil springs.

    That is it, just need new shoes and I can go for a ride.
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    94 Slingshot

    Here is mine. 94.
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    What size was that advertised at the swap as? I thought I remember seeing the card say 14 or 15 inch with a TT measurement? With the headtube gusset and the extended seat tube that is more likely a 19"

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    14" Top tube

    Slingshot standardized the top tube on all their frames to fourteen inches cc starting in 1993. Scotty's is actually a 20". the seat tube mast and head tube grow as the size increases while the TT stays at fourteen inches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YETIFIED
    Slingshot standardized the top tube on all their frames to fourteen inches cc starting in 1993. Scotty's is actually a 20". the seat tube mast and head tube grow as the size increases while the TT stays at fourteen inches.
    Re-read what you typed................you said it backasswards. All rear triangle/SEATTUBE junctions were 14" BUT the TOP TUBES grew according to size. The amount above the seat tube junction and above the toptube at the head tube junction grew up as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by surlytman
    Re-read what you typed................you said it backasswards. All rear triangle/SEATTUBE junctions were 14" BUT the TOP TUBES grew according to size. The amount above the seat tube junction and above the toptube at the head tube junction grew up as well.

    Thank you for clearing that up, my bad. To anyone who's head is spinning from the time change and my dyslexia, my deepest apologies. surlytman is right.
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    So that makes mine about 2.5 inches too big. I lowered the seatpost as you can see in the pic, but it did feel kind of long. Now that I know what size it is, I will not be able to get over the mental block.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottyMTB
    So that makes mine about 2.5 inches too big. I lowered the seatpost as you can see in the pic, but it did feel kind of long. Now that I know what size it is, I will not be able to get over the mental block.
    Depends, with a shorter more modern stem it might feel fine. I am riding larger frames than I did years ago but have them setup with 70-90 MM stems. modern lower standovers help this, the Sling certianly predated the lower toptubes in some ways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottyMTB
    So that makes mine about 2.5 inches too big. I lowered the seatpost as you can see in the pic, but it did feel kind of long. Now that I know what size it is, I will not be able to get over the mental block.
    Sorry.
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    A few shots of my '91

    Dusted it off, put a shorter stem and riser bars on it. Not getting any younger....

    XC Pro grease guard, XT cantis. Built by The Speed Merchants in Rockford, MI.
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    Might be time to dust it off and give it a make over

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    Quote Originally Posted by 993rs
    Dusted it off, put a shorter stem and riser bars on it. Not getting any younger....

    XC Pro grease guard, XT cantis. Built by The Speed Merchants in Rockford, MI.
    There's a winner. Nice Sling!
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    Figure I'd repost a few since my original photos were on the old MTBR hosting and don't show up any more...7 pages ago...geez.


    1992 Slingshot 'team issue' frame in its current drop bar, single speed state.



    Here she is in Union Square in SF right after the rebuild to SS.


    Still does the occasional race duty.


    Los Gatos Turkey Day ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Figure I'd repost a few since my original photos were on the old MTBR hosting and don't show up any more...7 pages ago...geez.
    Union Square in SF right after the rebuild to SS.
    Obviously taken after a trip to Louis Vitton

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    Quote Originally Posted by ameybrook
    Obviously taken after a trip to Louis Vitton

    I like to look good. What?









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    You gotta love those yellow Slingshots. I also have an '06. It is a Suntour XC pro/Shim. mix. All Syncrosed up with a humongus Ti post. I'd post some photos, but it is lent out at the moment.

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    Can anyone help me?
    Just been given a Slongshot frame,complete with forks, seatpost and ti bb. Now the person who that donated the frame to me didnt seem to know very much about it. I think its one of the tri frames in the same yellow as the bike in the pic above. But im unsure on what size wheels the bike should be running, and what drop brakes they run i.e standard road drop or long drop. thanks for any help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by the scotsman
    Can anyone help me?
    Just been given a Slongshot frame,complete with forks, seatpost and ti bb. Now the person who that donated the frame to me didnt seem to know very much about it. I think its one of the tri frames in the same yellow as the bike in the pic above. But im unsure on what size wheels the bike should be running, and what drop brakes they run i.e standard road drop or long drop. thanks for any help!
    Welcome to VRC! The best way for people to help you on this forum is to post a picture of the subject in question and the serial number on the bottom bracket.
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    Hi dirt diggler,
    what adapter did you use for the disk brakes on your old slingshot frame?
    How would you rate the performance?
    Thanks,
    Felixe.

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    Hi again,

    I want to know the geometry of my head tube and seat tube, how do I calculate this on my 1992 slingshot?
    Alternatively does someone have a back issue of a mag which reviews the bike stating these specs?

    Thanks.

    Felixe.

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    Not the most precise tool to get head tube or seat tube angle but close enough for government work...
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    "Welcome to VRC! The best way for people to help you on this forum is to post a picture of the subject in question and the serial number on the bottom bracket"

    my frame number is:
    4-3-95-5
    can anyone shed light onto what wheels it should be running.

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    Back in the early 90s I lined up at the start of a race on my Cannondale that had a 24" rear wheel next to a slingshot rider. He looked over at me and said "Are you going to race THAT". I told him that I was going to ride up next to him on a slow climb with a pair of wire cutters and PING his race would be over. He looked at me like a piece of dirt then the gun went off. As it turns out he won the class and I was lucky to survive it. I've wanted a slingshot ever since.
    One thing though. If you bury the front wheel into something does the bike fold up. Cables are good in tension but not in compression.

    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by felixe
    Hi again,

    I want to know the geometry of my head tube and seat tube, how do I calculate this on my 1992 slingshot?
    Alternatively does someone have a back issue of a mag which reviews the bike stating these specs?

    Thanks.

    Felixe.
    This should help.





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    Hi Flipnidaho,
    that isn't much use to me unless you either:
    Fly out to Oz to measure my bike.
    Mail it to me so I can use it.

    Rumpfy
    thanks, that is what I needed, interesting how the current slingshot specs are the same as those 14 years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by felixe
    Rumpfy
    thanks, that is what I needed, interesting how the current slingshot specs are the same as those 14 years ago.

    Why change a good thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the scotsman
    "Welcome to VRC! The best way for people to help you on this forum is to post a picture of the subject in question and the serial number on the bottom bracket"

    my frame number is:
    4-3-95-5
    can anyone shed light onto what wheels it should be running.
    26" wheels and cantilever or v-brakes, according to the levers you might have.

    ciao
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    Hey Rumpfy, what's the axle to crown length on your factory fork?
    “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.” John F. Kennedy

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    Hmm, don't know how I missed this thread for all these years.
    Here are some pics of my '93, now a single speed. Got it after I cracked the seat tube on my '91 - it had the old block lettering and I had transposed the "I" and "O" in SLINGSHOT
    Spec isn't too exciting;
    Mag 21's, custom tuned by Paul Turner at the '94 World Cup in Vernon BC
    Pulstar USA made front hub with oversize axle and Ti spokes
    XT caged pedals, circa 1986
    Raceface 180mm Turbines - the first year they were cold forged
    rear XT hub with RM20 rim - 1986
    Machine tech rear canti, 1st gen XTR canti at the rear
    misc other stuff from the junk box...

    Slingshot 001.jpg

    Slingshot 002.jpg

    Slingshot 004.jpg

    Noticing that it could use some silver polish on that headtube badge....

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    Not sure if it's in keeping, but here's my roadie slingshot:



    Built up with as much quality American stuff as I could find over this side of the Atlantic with the exception of the campa components - well I am European!

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    ScottMTB's Sling is now my Sling

    Enjoy



    Frame: 1994 Slingshot (so I'm told by the former owner, the serial ## is illegible. Year seems to meet all the 'tells' for Slingshots).
    Fork: Rock Shox / Specialized Judy FSX
    Rims: Mavic SUP Ceramic
    Hubs: XTR M910
    Skewers: Ringle
    Tires: Ritchey Megabite front / Onza Porc rear
    Pedals: Shimano M747
    Crank: XT Hyperglide - C
    Chain: Sram
    Rear Cogs: XT 8 spd
    Bottom Bracket: UN71 XT
    Front Derailleur: STX
    Rear Derailleur: XTR M900
    Shifters / Brake Levers: XTR M900
    Handlebars: Syntace
    Grips: Specialized
    Stem: Titec
    Headset: Chris King 'rasta'
    Brake set: XTR M900
    Saddle: Flite Titanium
    Seat Post: USE
    Bottle Cage: Ringle
    Place of Origin: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA





















    Winter has decided to show its face, so it might be awhile until I can properly take this out to shred. For now, it'll look pretty in the corner of my garage. Or just about anywhere for that matter :wink:




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    Quote Originally Posted by ameybrook
    ScottMTB's Sling is now my Sling

    Enjoy

    seems to meet all the 'tells' for Slingshots).
    Fork: Rock Shox / Specialized Judy FSX
    Rims: Mavic SUP Ceramic
    Hubs: XTR M910
    Skewers: Ringle
    Tires: Ritchey Megabite front / Onza Porc rear
    Pedals: Shimano M747
    Crank: XT Hyperglide - C
    Chain: Sram
    Rear Cogs: XT 8 spd
    Bottom Bracket: UN71 XT
    Front Derailleur: STX
    Rear Derailleur: XTR M900
    Shifters / Brake Levers: XTR M900
    Handlebars: Syntace
    Grips: Specialized
    Stem: Titec
    Headset: Chris King 'rasta'
    Brake set: XTR M900
    Saddle: Flite Titanium
    Seat Post: USE
    Bottle Cage: Ringle
    Place of Origin: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

    Winter has decided to show its face, so it might be awhile until I can properly take this out to shred. For now, it'll look pretty in the corner of my garage. Or just about anywhere for that matter :wink:

    Nice!

    Well...how'd it ride for you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Nice!

    Well...how'd it ride for you?
    Well...I rode it rigid first, like most say to do.. I was expecting [hoping] to have it ride all wacked out, rear end swaying like an open gate in the wind, etc. But it sadly felt like a solid hardtail. I first noticed the rear end movement in the rough stuff, when I stayed seated. I honestly only rode it once for an hour. She'll get a proper thrashing soon....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ameybrook
    But it sadly felt like a solid hardtail. I first noticed the rear end movement in the rough stuff, when I stayed seated
    Professing ignorance as I haven't a lot of saddle time on one, but isn't that way they are supposed to be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinguwin
    Professing ignorance as I haven't a lot of saddle time on one, but isn't that way they are supposed to be?
    Yes. Most people on first glance think it's going to feel like one of those 'inch worm' toys the little tykes would ride. They are then surprised to find out that the slingshot 'feel' is much more subtle.
    If I had to distill the feel of a slignshot ride down to a couple of words it would be 'supple hardtail'
    I only feel the slingy-ness while hammering out of the saddle. Sometimes in a fast steady turn I can feel the bike 'spread out' and re-coil.
    “I don't like jail, they got the wrong kind of bars in there”

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    1991 Slingshot

    Just finished my 91 Sling ...

    Tech specs:

    Frame True Temper OX
    Fork Straight leg, Cro-Moly
    Rear Shock NA
    Rims Mavic Energy M6
    Hubs Bullseye
    Spokes Stainless Steel, Sapim
    Tires Michelin Hilite Hot
    Pedals Shimano Deore XT
    Crank Grafton Joystix, Cook Bros. & Sugino chainrings
    Chain Shimano HG91
    Rear Cogs Shimano Dura Ace 13-23 7 speed cassette
    Bottom Bracket Edco Competition
    Front Derailleur Shimano Deore XT
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT
    Shifters Shimano Deore XT STI
    Handlebars Tange Prestige
    Stem Cro-Moly
    Headset Shimano Deore XT
    Brake set Shimano Deore XT
    Brake levers Shimano Deore XT SLR 2 finger
    Saddle Selle Italia Turbo Lite
    Seat Post Shimano Deore XT
    Colors Black
    Size 19" c-c
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    Quote Originally Posted by felixdelrio
    Just finished my 91 Sling ...

    Tech specs:

    Frame True Temper OX
    Fork Straight leg, Cro-Moly
    Rear Shock NA
    Rims Mavic Energy M6
    Hubs Bullseye
    Spokes Stainless Steel, Sapim
    Tires Michelin Hilite Hot
    Pedals Shimano Deore XT
    Crank Grafton Joystix, Cook Bros. & Sugino chainrings
    Chain Shimano HG91
    Rear Cogs Shimano Dura Ace 13-23 7 speed cassette
    Bottom Bracket Edco Competition
    Front Derailleur Shimano Deore XT
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT
    Shifters Shimano Deore XT STI
    Handlebars Tange Prestige
    Stem Cro-Moly
    Headset Shimano Deore XT
    Brake set Shimano Deore XT
    Brake levers Shimano Deore XT SLR 2 finger
    Saddle Selle Italia Turbo Lite
    Seat Post Shimano Deore XT
    Colors Black
    Size 19" c-c

    Holy F!

    That is some fine, fine work. Fantastic!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Holy F!

    That is some fine, fine work. Fantastic!
    agreed.
    looking for 20-21" P team

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