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AMAZING.... 8) Please tell me you have some more pictures of them for us all...?

Have you built either of them..?

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Hey Sinnerman, thanks for sharing all that info from your Bonty archive, was especially intsersting to learn more about the full suss proto's. I've always been fairly fond of the plain 'battleship grey' paintjob, on some of the ORs. 8) There was a cool little mini review on one such bike with RockShox in an early MBUK...ridden in the snow IIRC, looked ace. Will try and locate the copy if I can...

Meanwhile here's a link to a picture courtesy of of Noteeth, taken of some Bontragers from BITD (well pre-RetroBike day's anywhow) :)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/noteeth/3359640190/


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Hey Sinnerman, thanks for sharing all that info from your Bonty archive, was especially intsersting to learn more about the full suss proto's. I've always been fairly fond of the plain 'battleship grey' paintjob, on some of the ORs. 8) There was a cool little mini review on one such bike with RockShox in an early MBUK...ridden in the snow IIRC, looked ace. Will try and locate the copy if I can...

Meanwhile here's a link to a picture courtesy of of Noteeth, taken of some Bontragers from BITD (well pre-RetroBike day's anywhow) :)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/noteeth/3359640190/


:shock: :shock: mate if you could get hold of the review i would really appreciate it, the more info the better....thank you. 8)

:shock: also thank you for sharing the link to the pics..... but you know you are a tease, fancy showing me a ti bontrager... :shock: 8) 8)

i hope you dont mind, me posting the images for you, a great addition to the thread i think... 8)


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Imho, the innovation that stands out for me the most, are the BONTRAGER wheels.

In particular the Rolled down MA2"s and Ma40s.

The year was 1984.....Before this was done, mountain bike rims were dam heavy and too wide... :roll:

It was thanks to KB doing this, mountainbikers saw an improvement in wheel weights and quality....., once the rims had proven themselves, Mavic finally introduced a production rim... the MA40 MB, and the rest as they say is history.

Pics of my rims below, trying to demonstrate the differences.
(hopefully i will now be able to find a build worthy of the rolldown rims that were gifted to me, all those years ago.)

Pic 1...the wider Ukai UM20 rim, still being used on production bikes as late as the 90"s. (these were quite narrow at 1.5, earlier rims were wider/heavier again.)

Pic 2... the Bontrager rolldowns

Pic 3... the bontrager rolldowns

Pic 4... the mavic production version.


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....the press release... 8)


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What a great Mendip weekend that was - we need to organise another one.

Thanks for all the input, sinnerman - a great thread just gets better.

Still my fave bikes ever (I own 4 x Races)... just wish I could get hold of a CX frame! :D


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some Bontragers from BITD


What a great Mendip weekend that was - we need to organise another one.

Thanks for all the input, sinnerman - a great thread just gets better.

Still my fave bikes ever (I own 4 x Races)... just wish I could get hold of a CX frame! :D


No probs bud...., i cant remember a time when i didnt have a love for Bontrager bikes, i have had at least one around me since, like what seems the beginning of time...lmao.

built to last a lifetime, and do the job it was intended for and do it really well.

what was it KB was quoted on saying...?

"Good bikes and parts do not come from following fads...! Bikes and parts are tools not fashion statements".

everything was designed to work and last.... 8)

I would love to see all your bontys added to the thread if you can find the time..., :D


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Baby Bontrager for sale.... :shock: Looks like an original OR too..!!!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Bontr ... 256b103764


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sinnerman wrote:
Baby Bontrager for sale.... :shock: Looks like an original OR too..!!!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Bontr ... 256b103764


Yep looks like a 90/91 OR like mine going by the two piece seatstays and the front mech roller.... Has had later decals fitted though. Lovely frame, wish it was a large!

EDIT: I'm not sure how the brake bosses are staying there without the bolts in though.....


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