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 Post subject: Concorde Mirage
PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 4:48 pm 
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Earlier this week I got hands on this Concorde Mirage. A mountainbike that is named after two supersonic airplanes. That must be good!

Is it good?

Yes, it is. The frame has a Canadian geometry. That is a good start 8) It is build using Tange Seamless tubing. The Tange Struts forks, designed in cooperation with Fat Chance according to the Tange catalog, is a nice touch. There are more Fat ties: the model a step up, the Team Half Track, used Tange Prestige tubing and was also marketed as Team Chance on the Canadian market. A budget alternative for the US built Fat Chance. The story goes that Chris Chance wasn't really a fan of the initiative by Veltec (distributor of both brands), but in 100 years nobody will remember that detail. It is a pretty frame. Nicely welded and de serial starts with H, what probably means that Hodaka is responsible for the job.

The black LX parts and Exage ES cranks are supplied by Shimano and Zoom took care of the cockpit and the post. Polished Araya RM20 rims and two Panaracer Smoke tires complete the Asian contribution. The blue collar guy had to spend 1695 guilders of his wel earned sallery to acquire this blue collar guy mountainbike back in the early 90s. I think that was a good deal.

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 Post subject: Re: Concorde Mirage
PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:45 pm 
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Nice


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 Post subject: Re: Concorde Mirage
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Thank you 8)


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Not sure what 1695 Guilders was, but I like your bike.



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 Post subject: Re: Concorde Mirage
PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:07 pm 
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love the matt finish. nice build


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:38 pm 
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al wrote:
Not sure what 1695 Guilders was, but I like your bike.


It is equivilent of 750 euro or a Zaskar frame only in 1994.


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 Post subject: Re: Concorde Mirage
PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:48 pm 
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tintin40 wrote:
love the matt finish. nice build


The matt grey is actually quite modernish looking. The paint has a rough texture.

A couple things will change in the build, but I am not sure what. Possibly I add a Canadian cockpit and a couple little ano bits. The bits will really stand out on this frame.


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 Post subject: Re: Concorde Mirage
PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 7:33 pm 
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I finished the Concorde today. Most parts returned, but there are some upgrades: for example XTR m900 cranks and headset, Tioga T-bone Prestige stem and DL2000 bar and brake boosters. The Avocet R1 seat was not present when I bought the Concorde, but according to the catalog it is the original seat for this bike. The tires are modern. Ready to roll.

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 Post subject: Re: Concorde Mirage
PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:17 am 
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Nice bike, awesome car.


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