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PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 11:34 pm 
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I picked this up from someone local who was selling it on fleabay. After spending hours on end looking at different frames and coming up with nothing I must now hang my head in shame and bow to the superior knowledge of long standing Retrobike members. If anyone can give me a helping hand in providing any information on the frame I will happily send you 10 metres of Frame Wrap in exchange for your valuable knowledge.

So here goes.

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It's approx 16" Frame with a 27.2 Seatpost.

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Reinforced Bottom Bracket/Seatpost/Downtube

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Reinforced Toptube/Seatpost

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Cables run along the top of the toptube.

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Standard sized head tube.

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Box section Chain and Seat Stays

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Disc compatible

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Dropout with missing Gear Hanger

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Rear seat stays.

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Bottom Bracket with Frame Number AF40600507.

So if anyone can shed some light on the frame it would be appreciated. It could be a BSO but I highly doubt it because it also came with a Deore LX Crank and Octalink BB which I think is original.

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Liam


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 1:02 pm 
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also came with a bad paint job, you sure it's not red hot?


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 1:18 pm 
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It may have been at some time in it's poor hard life, however I think the paint job has been on the frame for a while as it doesn't look too fresh. So it's probably warm as opposed to Red Hot, something I didn't consider when buying it, however I did ask the seller the history of it and he told me he picked it up at the local recycling centre. Which obviously absolves me from any claims of handling stolen goods.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 6:38 pm 
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Pretty sure it's one of these viewtopic.php?f=21&t=263514

They did them in red and blue if I'm not mistaken but I think they were also available from other companies stickered as other makes, hope this helps.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:02 pm 
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Cheers for the heads up Mark, it's very much appreciated. After you posted the link to your build, I've been looking everywhere for more information and it seems the frame is Thai built and there are a number of different companies who have sold this frame under different names.

Chain Reaction under Brand X MKIII

http://www.tradetalk.com/Brand-X-Dirt-J ... 3563/38/en

http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic ... ost-unused

Built up

http://www.moredirt.com/ratemyride/bike ... hp?id=6482

Merlin have actually sold the frame as well and it was sold under Merlin 7005 Trials.

http://web.archive.org/web/200408050036 ... rames.html

You can still buy the frame on eBay all polished up.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dirt-FreeRide ... 1235849274

So thanks for the helpful information, although there is one other thing I need if possible, could you send me a picture of the Rear Gear Hanger as I need to get hold of one and if you can PM me your address details I'll send you 10 metres of Frame Wrap as promised.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:11 pm 
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Sounds like you've been busy online! As per the thread I linked to, I've got an old MBUK with an add for the frame I've got, it's a good heavy duty jump bike that my brother loves. It's at my parents house, but I'm round there tomorrow eve, so I'll take a pic or the hanger then. I'll PM you my address later, thanks for the frame wrap!


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:33 pm 
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Busy, I've been using my Googlefu to the MAX. Cheers for offering to take the picture as it will help me out. Think I'm just going to get rid of those horrible brake bosses, strip it and give it the shiny treatment. As for Dirt Jumping I don't think so, I bought it for the sole purpose of using it as and when my Full Susser isn't required and as a commuter/run around.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 10:02 pm 
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Definitely a Brand-X, had to cable tie the brake hoses on the pink one I built up for a friend of mine:

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