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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 10:35 am 
Devout Dirtbag

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Hi folks,
I'm a bit of a newby to MTBs so forgive my ignorance...
I recently aquired an early Claud Butler MTB which I am rebuilding as a fun bike. I am having trouble identifying age and model to get parts. As far as I can see there are no numbers on the frame only the badges you can see in the photos. It has good quality kit fitted so I assume it was a pricey bike when new? Any thoughts welcome, many thanks.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:08 pm 
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Probably late 90s - early 2000s, I reckon at least. Looks pretty nice


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 2:01 am 
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The frame number on my CB is on a sticker, rather than stamped into the frame itself, so if that's gone walkabout, you'll probably never know. Have a good look around the rear drop outs and under the bottom bracket though, that's the most usual places for frame numbers.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:29 am 
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Sorry, I intended to reply to this earlier. The frame and badges look identical to my 1998 Claud Butler Carabo, though they may have used the same frame on different models. The frame number should be under the bottom bracket on the non-drive side, and I believe the first number (mine is A8******) will give you the year. If the frame number isn't there that suggests it's been removed.

I like the frame (despite preferring steel frames) and was pleasantly surprised by the bike as a whole after picking it up in near-new condition for next to nothing.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:44 am 
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Thanks very much for the helpful comments, especially the pics. Much clearer now. :D


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