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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 12:54 pm 
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Here is my old Al Carter im working on at the moment. Anyone got any info on these bikes! Its very hard to find any info on the net. I also have an M-Trax 600 form 93 in every day use and still going strong.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 1:22 pm 
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Quite affordable good quality groupset bikes these were. Division of Townsend/British Eagle I thought.

Mate had a full xt one. Quite heavy Claud Butler'esqe but groupsetsusually were excellent for 400-500 quid bikes.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 1:27 pm 
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Way BITD I knew a guy with one of these. I dont know much, if anything, about them though I'm affraid. All I can recall is it had a mixture of DX/XT. I would guess it came with DX and he changed up to XT here and there.
I must admit, that is the one an only Al I've ever seen...... :?


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 1:50 pm 
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a mate of mine in about '89/'90 had an Al Carter "Sidewinder".. it was fluorescent yellow - just like the classic marin muirwoods, but not quite as good spec..

yours is the second one i've ever seen / heard about.. must be rare mate :wink:


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 3:29 pm 
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Thanks guys! The original parts were all 400lx and exage weighs a fair bit alright. I remember the sidewinder there is a catalogue floating around somewhere from about 1990 with the full range, most of them had the wishbone rear stays and funky paint jobs.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 6:14 pm 
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From what i can remember they were either handmade in Leigh Lancashire or they were shipped from tiawan (sp) as boxed bikes and built up in the same factory in Leigh. Either way they were part of the Towsend group which included Falcon, British Eagle (Remember the Boss).


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 6:51 pm 
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I had a Al Carter Black Panther black frame pink stickers, road it till it broke, I have had the fram re welded but the 1.5in head thbe is slightly ovalised. And its still in my parents garage so I may bring another Al Carter to the retro bike fold soon. the Blackpanther was oversizedcro mo tubes, and came out of the same factory in the far east as Gary fishers production,


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2007 9:28 am 
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British Eagle (Remember the Boss).


God, yea, the Boss DX :shock: :lol:

Big yellow thing with HUUUUUUGE tubing and black decals. Cr*p bike with a good groupo.
Really wanted one of them BITD cus it looked sooooo cool....then saw sense and brought a Diamond Back :wink:


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2007 11:16 am 
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I remember wondering back then "Who in God's Good Chuff is Al Carter??"

Mountain bike equivalent of Barry Scott?


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2007 11:28 am 
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Ther was a 60s Moto cross rider called Al (an) Carter, from Bolton as were Townsend


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