After a stable of early marins, road bikes, plus a single speed hack, all 1992 or before, and all steel, I was tempted by the idea of something aluminium, looked at Trek 8000 and was also tempted by the composites, then saw this on ebay. It was listed as a '97 but I think it's a '98 given the colour. So in the 98- section even though probably more "pre" in spirit with possible issues and components (but that debate is well worn and here it is).
A bit of research showed not much as Dean pretty small outfit and mainly titanium, but bikepedia did include three Dean aluminium bikes, being Oscars. http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/Bike ... ZAXRs9wYcA
while NONE of the components are original, paint seemed original but more of that later, on the basis the BB shell is 73mm, it's not the elite. The big issue is the obvious paint loss and corrosion of aluminium above and beyond the normal dulling which is the layer of aluminium oxide that is always present unless prevented. As the owner of two old ex military land rovers I am very familiar with the issue of aluminium corrosion particularly where galvanic (as series landies have ali panels and steel chassis, bolts etc), and some positive comments on here, decided to take the risk, did the break up calcs etc and we know what ebay is like.
Well, picked the bike up in London on Wednesday and cycled the short way from Euston to Camden where car parked, nice and responsive although the single speed ratio of 42x16 was a bit higher than the 36x16 on mine. Back to Hampshire to see what I'd got.
so close exam showed the chain ring quite worn but life left and rest ok but a bit of a mix and match. Still very undecided what components to put on re drive train and gears etc, 8 speed as it would have been means buying whole lot or using older 7 speed means lots of bits already. Even this more retro is probably better than wheels it has ?? any thoughts anyone. However all this is very dependent on the frame being sound and the corrosion under control...............which will be in the next instalment (after I upload some more photos).