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 Post subject: Cheap Alpinestars
PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 10:51 am 
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A friend of mine has asked me to look out for a decent commuting bike for him and I managed to pick this ASR120 up for £40 this week (it is a bit of a gate but he's 6'4'' ).

It's in great condition, with hardly a mark on it and not a bit of rust. It's not the lightest of bikes, and I know it's not a top end model because of the Altus kit on it.

I'm guessing early 90's, but can anyone let me know the year of this bike please.


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 Post subject: Re: Cheap Alpinestars
PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 7:26 pm 
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I'd say mid 90's, just before they pulled out of the MTB market. Could be wrong though, often am.


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 Post subject: Re: Cheap Alpinestars
PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 10:32 pm 
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cant help with year but £40? that's a good buy there.


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 Post subject: Re: Cheap Alpinestars
PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 11:08 pm 
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That Altus is in 1995 and 1996 Shimano catalogues.


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 Post subject: Re: Cheap Alpinestars
PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 11:28 pm 
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brocklanders023 wrote:
I'd say mid 90's, just before they pulled out of the MTB market. Could be wrong though, often am.



Correct!


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 Post subject: Re: Cheap Alpinestars
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 3:31 pm 
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The up-spec bikes in the catalogue would have had the same frame. Throw some LX on it for durability/better shifting, a better seat, and go.


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 Post subject: Re: Cheap Alpinestars
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 3:46 pm 
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FMJ wrote:
The up-spec bikes in the catalogue would have had the same frame. Throw some LX on it for durability/better shifting, a better seat, and go.


They had quite a few frames.
The lowest two models were part cro-mo, then above that was the full cro-mo front triangle, then full cro-mo the the double (or triple) butted frames were LX / XT IIRC.


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 Post subject: Re: Cheap Alpinestars
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 5:03 pm 
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Thanks for the info. Luckily I don't have to do anything to it - my mate's just ridden off on it, as pleased as punch! :D


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