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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 9:58 pm 
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I sort of accidentally won this on ebay last week :? . http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... K:MEWNX:IT

I was browsing the ending soonest and found it with no bids and only about 5 minutes to go. I couldn't resist and stuck a fiver on it then closed the page down. Checked "my ebay" a few minutes later and saw I'd won the thing for 99p!

Picked it up a few days ago and here's the first photo of my 99p bike (I gave the chap a fiver as that's what I bid).

I think it's a '91 but happy to be corrected and apart from the STX rear mech I'm guessing it might be pretty original. I'm currently giving the bike a good going over, strip and regrease from end to end. So far I'm amazed how mint this bike is for 20 years old, particularly the paintwork which is lovely.

Will do some updates when I've got it looking a bit more respectable.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 10:24 pm 
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Very good score 8)


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 10:30 pm 
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Love the paint on this...

What a result!.


That saddle looks like it sunk the titanic :D


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:30 pm 
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Thanks guys :D .

The saddle, reflectors and collection of brackets for various lights and accessories were first to go. To be fair the saddle was comfy as hell but a pig in the looks department.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 8:10 am 
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You sneaky, sneaky man. :o. I remember wanting this model back when I was 13/14 in the early 90s. Good score, and indeed great paint job.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 9:16 am 
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my first "proper" bike was one of these in black
very nice ,top e-baying too

get on with it then :lol:


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 10:09 am 
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I'll check my 91 brochure tonight, but 91 models that I've either got (91 Apex and 91 Axis) or encountered (91 Ascent and Ascent EX) had fork blades that didn't taper as they neared the dropouts (just chunky tubing that remained chunky tubing).

The pic of yours at least looks to have fork blades that taper, which is indicative of DBs from 90. But whether that was the same for all bikes in the line-up I'm not sure - as I said, will check the brochure later.

That's just semantics, though, bargain-tastic for the money you paid.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 10:15 am 
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Great buy.

I like those massive Avocet saddles. Not that I'd want one on my bike.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 10:33 am 
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good score. do you have any plans for it? do you know what rear mech should be on it?


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 11:58 am 
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wow, what a score! clean her up, put a nice original black flit on it and a vintage derailluer, and it will be good as done! i had a DB of this era when i was a kid. its the best years for theor paintjobs and graphics i think. they were really identifiable, and staryed to get plain jane after this era..


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