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    What bike is this? (solved)


    Got this from a family friend cleaning out their basement. It was their sonís circa 1999-2000. Also got a Santa Cruz Super 8 in bad condition.


    This one has no markings other than the forks. Looks close to a Specialized Stumpjumper, but what year and exact model? I'm leaning a 98 Stumpjumper or an old Trek at this point, but canít really tell.


    I made a list of its parts:

    Marzocchi Bomber Z3 Forks
    Specialized Comp Team Control 26x2.0 tires
    Raceface 94 44T 9 speed crankset 3x
    Shimano Deore front derailleur
    Shimano XTR rear derailleur
    Ringle front hub
    DT Hugi rear hub
    Shimano XTR front/rear brakes
    Thomson Elite seatpost
    Selle Flight seat
    Raceface Icon stem
    Easton EA50 Monkeybar handlebars
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    I don't think it's a specialized, although the cable routing looks close. I don't remember any specialized with that 2 piece seattube unless that was a repair or something. They also use a full collar clamp on their seatposts since something like 1989.
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    At first glance, I'd say it's a Kona.

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    Nice build. Thatīs all i ve got. Mid late 90s nice build. Seems like a high end asian frame.
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    Marin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roc6839 View Post
    Marin.
    F in serial may mean Fairly, the maker in TW. Fairly has built Marin, Kona, Bianchi, Novara and others.

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    If it's late 90s, was it common to have such a sloping top tube? That makes it look like a Kona to me. However, from various searches, the only frames I've seen on the internet with that two piece seat tube were Rocky Mountains. But most of the Rocky Mountain frames seem to have the seat stays joining the seat tube above the top tube.

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    Look at the drop outs. Marin ab. Do a Marin serial # search.

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    For Marin: Help with Marin frame numbers please! | Retrobike
    Kind of the right format, but the decoding doesn't lead to this frame. Also, that seat tube feature...

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    raleigh m-trax ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mainlyfats View Post
    At first glance, I'd say it's a Kona.
    Quote Originally Posted by roc6839 View Post
    Look at the drop outs. Marin ab. Do a Marin serial # search.
    With sloping top tube, Kona was my first guess too, but the details are wrong,

    But Marin looks right.

    This Pine Mountain is close. Seat tube isn't quite right, but the rest looks right.

    @MikeA0589: Maybe you can take off the rear wheel and check if "Marin" is stamped into the dropout?

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    Quote Originally Posted by paramount3 View Post
    For Marin: Help with Marin frame numbers please! | Retrobike
    Kind of the right format, but the decoding doesn't lead to this frame. Also, that seat tube feature...
    Fantastic! Looks like I have a 1998 Marin Palisades Trail! Based on your link to the serial numbers...

    F78BAB02
    The F is the factory.

    M is Marvel, F is Fairly and T is Ti sports

    7 is the model number.

    1 Team Issue
    2 Team Marin
    3 Pine Mountain
    4 Eldridge grade
    5 Bear Valley
    6 Muirwoods
    7 Palisades Trail
    8 Bobcat Trail

    8 is the year ending number. That would be 1998.

    BA is month and date, but you will need the Enigma machine to decode these. Not really relevant either!

    B is the size centre to centre.

    A is 14 inches
    B is 15.5 inches ( this makes it 17 centre to top)
    C is 17 inches
    D is 19 inches
    E is 20 inches

    02 are production numbers that are factory use only, and again require the Enigma machine.


    And to @J_Westy who suggested I take the rear wheel off to see if Marin is stamped on the drop out... there it was right there!


    Great detective work!
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    Marin after burner drops. Noticed it right away. Did not even need the wheel removed

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeA0589 View Post
    Fantastic! Looks like I have a 1998 Marin Palisades Trail! Based on your link to the serial numbers...

    And to @J_Westy who suggested I take the rear wheel off to see if Marin is stamped on the drop out... there it was right there!
    Cool, but I don't think it's a Palisades Trail... that was aluminum.

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    sweet rear dropouts
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