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 Post subject: Squashed Tubing ?
PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 11:58 am 
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After joining the site , I have to admit , I'm bitten by the 'cycling bug' again :roll: :D

I try and avoid the for sale forums but jeez its hard :oops: , I'm like a kid in a candy shop :mrgreen:

Now , I've started to look around and see what's available , from the like's of ebay , gumtree and the like, but never thought of looking in the local lock up at work :idea:

Now apart from all the 'modern junk' and piles of poo , amongst which I spotted a old black mtb , think it was a steel frame , maybe with a titanium fork ? with what looked like round to 'squashed tubes' along the top tube and the bottom tube, into the bottom bracket area :?

Upon further rummaging I noted it had a mixture of shimano xt and I'm not sure but a campagnolo crank on :P , a threaded headset , cantilever black shimano brakes at the front , and 'SE' ? brakes at the rear does this ring any bells with what it might be ?

(I have left a note on the bike to ask the owner if its for sale and what is it :) )


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 Post subject: Re: Squashed Tubing ?
PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 12:10 pm 
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Sticking my neck out massively here on the description you have given it sounds like it might be a Kona Explosif they had ovalised (squashed)tubing, pewter project 2's could look vaguely titanium, the SE brake is a Pedersen design 'Self Energising' maybe Suntour XC pro.


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 Post subject: Re: Squashed Tubing ?
PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 5:09 pm 
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kermitgreenkona88 thanks for the input, I do not think the forks were a project fork as the ones I have seen on this forum are all straight bladed and the forks on this bike were curved , could be wrong though.

Hoping its something nice , I'll be back at work tomorrow so maybe be a message waiting for me :D


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 Post subject: Re: Squashed Tubing ?
PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 2:37 pm 
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An update on this , About an hour ago I had a phone call from the guy who owns this bike :)

he said it has a lightweight steel frame and fork and is made from colombus tubes, and he was told when he bought it over 10 years ago it was made by a company called cerota ?

I'm going to have a look tomorrow at the bike, but if anyone can shed any light on the quality or possible value that would be a good guide for me to work with :)

any help would be greatly apprecaited ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Squashed Tubing ?
PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 2:45 pm 
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Like this?

viewtopic.php?f=2&t=231092&hilit=serotta


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 Post subject: Re: Squashed Tubing ?
PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 3:44 pm 
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Serotta. Mmmmm an I have it. Should be MaxOR tubing. Search the web for the Serotta forum


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 Post subject: Re: Squashed Tubing ?
PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 5:06 pm 
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Supreme find. Excellent tubing and excellent manufacturer.

Post some pics when you can.


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 Post subject: Re: Squashed Tubing ?
PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 5:41 pm 
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Supreme find. Excellent tubing and excellent manufacturer.

Post some pics when you can.


Mr toad, interesting, are these a rare bike then ?


how do they ride compared to a normal round tubed bike ? question to Mr toad and fluffychicken

suburbanreuben looks very similar , but cannot be 100% as its a different colour and has no writing on the tubes that I could see.

Is there any way to verify its a genuine serotta ? is there anything to watch out for ?

Certainly if it is a serotta then the price discussed is very good, and I'll certainly put some pictures up if I do buy it. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Squashed Tubing ?
PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 6:00 pm 
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Unfortunately i've never ridden a bike with this tubeset so I can't comment on the ride. My guess is that it would be fairly stiff.

A few other manufacturers also used this tubing, Steelman (ElGato) and Santana (Moda I think). Maybe Rossin as well? Yours is probably a Serotta T-Max.

In any case Google and RetroBike will be your best source of information.

Also post pics when you can. I'm sure there are T-Max owners around that could verify.


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 Post subject: Re: Squashed Tubing ?
PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 6:12 pm 
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Can't wait to see this - what a find!

If you don't like the look of it, let me know, I'll have it! :wink:

Seriously though, Serotta only made high quality, expensive bikes, and are very appealing to any serious retrobiker.


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