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PostPosted: Sat Jan 15, 2011 5:12 pm 
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Was just looking at your pics again and was wondering about the gear shifters. Was there a seperate shifter from the m900 group? I know there was the XT ST-M008 shifter. Was this a little creative work?


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Very nice!

I would love to own one... :roll:


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Archangel wrote:
ameybrook wrote:
scant wrote:

in the very early 90s the epic ultimate was pretty popular, the specialized anniversary book states around 1500-2000.
mombat states 170 for the 92 year
http://mombat.org/1992_Specialized_Ultimate.htm

older merlin frame numbers are normally stamped into the inside face of the drive side dropout. it might be hidden under the paint.


I think you're wrong! :wink: Sure they made 1500-2000 Epics, but no way did they make that many with ti lugs. I'm sticking with 500... but I'll check that book later.


They sure made a lot more "basic" Epics than Ultimates. Mind you, the 1st Gen Epic was around already in the latter part of the 80s. They were all crmo lugged ones and the portion of carbon was way less compared to the later models.
The 2nd Gen model with ti lugs was first used by Spesh riders in 1990 Worlds and Ned had a special one with super light tubing. The first production models were sold in 1991. Stumpjumper Epic was the crmo lugged one and Stumpjumper Epic Ultimate was the ti lugged version.
With the introduction of S-Works line, the models were renamed as S-Works Carbon and S-Works Ultimate. The frames were the same, only decals and lug & tube coloring was differing between 1991 and 1995.

Here's the rundown of Ultimates:
1991: Stumpjumper Epic Ultimate: black hued tubes, black lugs (painted)
1992: S-Works Ultimate: green or red hued tubes (or combo), black lugs
1993: S-Works Ultimate: similar to 1993
1994: S-Works Ultimate: black hued tubes, silver lugs (painted)
1995: S-Works Ultimate: similar to 1994, limited to 60 pieces, each with number plate

Mine's 1991 Ultimate and its serial is #3441.


This thread made me curious, so I dug out my copy of the 25th anniversary of the Stumpjumper, that Sinyard gave me at a dealer event. they have a big write up on this in their, and i took a picture of the stats. It looks like 1,500 were sold between 1990-1995.

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IMG_1564 by 66bc7d160a798ea8f803c0ab203cb7b5, on Flickr


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Rio wrote:
Was just looking at your pics again and was wondering about the gear shifters. Was there a seperate shifter from the m900 group? I know there was the XT ST-M008 shifter. Was this a little creative work?


a few companies like Proshift made some adaptators .

@ Mike : how does it ride ?


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Its been a couple of years since i was last out in Durango, but they had one of these hanging on the walls at the Mountain Bike Specialists, and i believe it was Ned's old bike. This isn't by chance that bike?


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Stunning.

Compliments your C26 too in terms of frame construction.

Nice pics too.


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that is indeed a very nice bike- great work bingo 8)


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2011 12:39 am 
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Same as the other guys

I'm impressed

I particularly like the retaining original features like the paint and the BB

Very tasteful, looks super lean


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Dhphat wrote:
Its been a couple of years since i was last out in Durango, but they had one of these hanging on the walls at the Mountain Bike Specialists, and i believe it was Ned's old bike. This isn't by chance that bike?


Nope. Thats still up there.
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ameybrook wrote:
Dhphat wrote:
Its been a couple of years since i was last out in Durango, but they had one of these hanging on the walls at the Mountain Bike Specialists, and i believe it was Ned's old bike. This isn't by chance that bike?


Nope. Thats still up there.
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Cool, just curious. That is one cool shop, as far as the eye candy goes as least.


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