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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 4:54 pm 
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I've just picked this up as a potential project, but needing some of the parts so with a plan b that it could be a donor bike.

I can find web references to 'limited edition' - and there was one in 91 - all black. This appears to have the guards red stem and forks from the (from memory) traverse but I'm not sure about the frame - internally routed rear brake cable, no pierced top/seat tube intersection. It's quite heavy.

Its got dx hubs and mechs and black cranks, wolber/saracen rims, no rust on spokes (hurrah!), pizzazz bars and ends, levers/shifters not original, farmer johns.

Unfortunately the seat post won't budge (haven't tried that hard but there's lots of it in the tube) and given the weight I'll probably just take the parts I can use and sell the rest. But I'd be interested to know more before deciding.

Pics to follow in a minute.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:29 pm 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:34 pm 
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DX cantis too, so pretty well specced - but perhaps just to get rid of some less good frames??

The bike needs a really good clean and it looks like its spent most of its life having stuff dumped in top of it. But it also looks like it's seen very little use :-)

It took me a while to figure out what's wrong with thefarmer johns - some genius has painted the amberwalls black!


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 9:24 pm 
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They quite often knocked out the previous years old stock as 'special addition' so that would point towards a 89/90 frame. Maybe a Tufftrax or Traverse?


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:25 pm 
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Love it


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:05 pm 
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Cheers Coomber! If I can't easily shift the seatpost the frame (with stuck post) might be going out karma. Feel free to dibs but be warned I'm extremely slow with bike stuff...

Brocklanders looking at the 90 catalogue it does look like it might be a tufftrax frame - nothing else seems to fit - just surprising it's got kit from several levels up the range. Anyone got a 90 tufftrax for a detailed comparison?


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:14 pm 
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Here is a stunning 1990

viewtopic.php?f=6&t=218075&hilit=saracen+tufftrax

I'd love to take it off your hands if and when you want to move it on chap


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:14 pm 
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Found one! Tufftrax comp
http://item.mobileweb.ebay.co.uk/viewit ... 1940&sbk=1

Got the same distinctive rear canti hanger


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:16 pm 
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Try soaking in plus gas for a few days (or any penetrating oil) before attempting seat post removal


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:18 pm 
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jaypee wrote:
It took me a while to figure out what's wrong with the farmer johns - some genius has painted the amberwalls black!


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