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    Vintage belt drive Circa 1995, who made it

    Just picked up 2 of these bikes (serial # 10 and #14). Figured I would see if anyone recognized them before revealing the entire bike. These were made circa 1995 and there is a web page on the MOMBAT.org web site with copies of some ads. 7 speed Sachs internal hub with a toothed Gates drive belt, pretty cool for almost 20 years ago.
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    Dan/Ed, based on the goofy crank.

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    Figured the crank was the giveaway, but couldn't get a shot of the belt without the sprocket! Guess this would have made it even more obvious.
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    Pretty much everything we have on the company is at MOMBATan-Ed History

    Anybody got more??

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    I hope it skips less than mine did...

    Not impressed.

    Belt drive that is, looking forward to full pics of this.
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    We need to have a contest to name all the things wrong with this bike!
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    That thing is way cool!

    Does it ride as weird as I think it will?

    I'm imagining something akin to a SoftRide beam, boingyboingyboingy.....

    As to what's wrong? I'll start, it's missing seat stays (I know, the easy one to guess)!
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    The rear shock alone is horrible in a number of ways- too short to provide either travel or damping.
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    That thing is awesome!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by First Flight View Post
    We need to have a contest to name all the things wrong with this bike!
    I assume that "lots" of rear travel combined with no front travel (unless you count the stem) would be the biggest issue. Also I'd assume that the rear end would be all over the place given that there is little to prevent it from flexing.

    But a neat bike none the less.
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    Dan of Dan/Ed called the shop today so hopefully we will have more info coming soon!

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    How about all of the stress from the suspension being put into the bolt that pierces the elastomer in exactly the place where there isn't much meat? Seems like there should have been some type of "pocket" on the bike, like the front, to distribute the load?

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    In this picture, you can see a groove on the back of the swing arm where the bolt goes to hold the brake mount on. There isn't a lot of excessive thickness on the swing arm and they machine a stress riser right down the middle of it
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    and i don't see anything to hold the belt on the front cog.
    can't imagine that this should work.

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    Static display.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rigidftw View Post
    and i don't see anything to hold the belt on the front cog.
    can't imagine that this should work.
    Just cleaning it up on the stand and riding around for pictures, the belt seemed to track true and had no problem staying on. The bike uses vertical dropouts so there isn't any way to account for belt stretch or different sized cogs.

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    Full set of pictures are now up @ MOMBAT: 1995 Dan/Ed (red)

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    Is the little tensioner pully the only thing with guides to keep the belt in place?
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    is it rideable, or does the belt just fall off the front? is this how it was designed, or is there something to guide the belt up front that's missing? very intriguing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s4gobabygo View Post
    is it rideable, or does the belt just fall off the front? is this how it was designed, or is there something to guide the belt up front that's missing? very intriguing.
    Just riding it around casually, the belt stayed on and didn't wander.

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    Quote Originally Posted by First Flight View Post
    Just riding it around casually, the belt stayed on and didn't wander.
    cool! so it's not missing any kind of guide in the front that you're aware of? it certainly looks like it would fall right off haha!

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    I found another.

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    Any full bike shots? Serial number? (stamped on the swing arm)

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    Quote Originally Posted by First Flight View Post
    Any full bike shots? Serial number? (stamped on the swing arm)
    No thats the only decent pic I have. Its hanging in a bike shop along with a couple other cool and interesting bikes.
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