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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 12:47 pm 
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Hi guys,

I'm really new to this, i've always bought current model bikes, but lately i've had an urge to build up a retro commuter.

What are you thoughts on a late 90's Diamondback Toranga Cro-mo frame as a base for a bike?

Comes with a BB, Crankset, seatpost and clamp and a headset... The best bit, IT'S FREE!!!!

So what do you all think of it?


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 12:53 pm 
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any frame that's free is worth building if the price is right

i have a few budget bits in the for sale forum at the mo.

the topanga was a £400 bike, came with alivio/STX kit. that looks to be 97, 98 or so


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 1:04 pm 
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Have it and build it. But it may be a slow build if looking for the parts that were on it BITD :D


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 1:17 pm 
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plenty of STX on ebay...


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 2:05 pm 
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Thanks for the feedback guys.

Does anyone have any idea where I could get the original spec list for the bike?


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 2:09 pm 
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try www.bike-alog.com

they have a listing for a 97 topanga SE, which was a suspension version of this. it has that chainset.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 2:16 pm 
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Awesome site, very helpful.

From that it looks like a '97 model.

[url]http://www.bike-alog.com/BikePedia/Helpers/BikeSpecs.aspx?Year=1997&Brand=Diamondback&Model=Topanga+SE&Type=bike
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 4:40 pm 
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Location: Scotland!!!!!! Yay, at last, only 4 years waiting!
I think I have an STX rear mech, on a bike it was not OE on, would consider selling. Let me know if interested.

Cheers


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 4:50 pm 
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cce wrote:
try www.bike-alog.com

they have a listing for a 97 topanga SE, which was a suspension version of this. it has that chainset.


What a cool link that is, Brings back some memories there 8)


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 4:57 pm 
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A Topanga was my first MTB back in 1991 8)


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