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PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2010 8:33 pm 
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An '88 Ascent EX I picked up not long ago on the 'bay.

Advertised along the lines of 'ex display model/as new'. The only bits altered as far as I can see- Tyres and Exage Mountain 6 speed thumbies removed replaced with Gripshift Max's.

A few chips to paint and a little ageing here and there but virtually unused eg no marking to rim braking surfaces, chainrings/cogs 'as new', saddle pristine.

Think I'll make a few changes and get riding :D


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PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2010 8:46 pm 
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Mine is now employed as a childcarrier....does it bloody well too..

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PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2010 9:24 pm 
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Konaglider wrote:
An '88 Ascent EX I picked up not long ago on the 'bay.


Hi KG,

I like that a lot , looks stunning, will you get it dirty ??? Do I spy Exage Mountain groupset 8)

Im not so sure on the sofa....... erm saddle, (if it be the original it would be work keeping in a box) :lol:

Cheers

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PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2010 10:32 pm 
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I will use it after a bit of fiddling, would be rude not to!

The angles and the nice'tingy/pingy' Tange tubes will make for a pretty 'far-out' ride I'm hoping.

Always a bit wary of these horizontalish drop-outs though, the wheel shifting under drive with anything less than track nuts, we'll see.


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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2010 12:51 pm 
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My first MTB: a '92 Response:

Sold it in '95 and this is the only full picture I have of it.

I bought a '94 Axis frame from Ed (Orange71) last year that I'm about to send to the powdercoaters and then build up to try and relive the memories.


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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2010 1:10 pm 
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Bit of a state in that pic, it's getting some well needed attention at the moment.

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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2010 8:40 pm 
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Here's mine -

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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2012 6:53 pm 
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Just resurrecting this with a current-ish pic' of my '88 Ascent EX.

I stuck some skinny tyres on it for a road ride the other night as my road bike was stuffed. I expected to be left behind but it totally surprised me, flew along!

Love it.


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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 11:29 pm 
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Great thread. DiamondBacks were killer bikes back in the day.

I wish I still had my 92 Apex or pics of it atleast. Many of my riding buddies had DB's over the years.


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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 9:37 pm 
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My first 'proper' mountain bike was a 93 Axis and what I loved was that it was full XT right down to the hubs. I still have the frame in the loft but probably won't use it again but it has good memories.


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