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 Post subject: 1994 Slingshot
PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2007 11:40 pm 
BoTY Winner
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I've always found Slingshots interesting. During my race heydays, I was friends with the company owner's son, who raced for them. He tore up'the scene' on some serious tricked out Slings, and yammered on about how good they rode. We always assumed he was just trying to pump his Dad's business. I never really gave them a second thought until I got into the retro game.

I found this bike at the Denver Veloswap. It was basically the only real 'retro' bike there worth considering. I had a wad a cash ready in case I spotted a Yo, so I didn't want to blow it all on this. I flip-flopped all day, and eventually passed. I knew the seller from MTBR.com, and [non] buyer's remorse had me emailing him the minute I got back home. He offered to sell it to me for what he had it listed at VS.. which was cheap and attractive.

Its original build can be seen
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Immediately after I got it, I knew there would be problems. The 1" headtube completely through my whole built off. So I basically spent an entire day (no joke, about 13 hours straight) to get this in rideable condition. This included breaking some of my coveted rules, like clamping a ahead-type stem onto a threaded steerer :oops: I rode it pretty hard with a rigid fork, but I never really found the 'soul' of the bike that everyone was talking about.

My first crack, for riding purposes
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I still have to get some saddle time, but I figured I would be better off with a shock. That and some parts I had laying around in the garage.

So this is the end result.

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Frame: 1994 Slingshot (so I'm told by the former owner, the serial ## is illegible. Year seems to meet all the 'tells' for Slingshots).
Fork: Rock Shox / Specialized Judy FSX
Rims: Mavic SUP Ceramic
Hubs: XTR M910
Skewers: Ringle
Tires: Ritchey Megabite front / Onza Porc rear
Pedals: Shimano M747
Crank: XT Hyperglide - C
Chain: Sram
Rear Cogs: XT 8 spd
Bottom Bracket: UN71 XT
Front Derailleur: STX
Rear Derailleur: XTR M900
Shifters / Brake Levers: XTR M900
Handlebars: Syntace
Grips: Specialized
Stem: Titec
Headset: Chris King 'rasta'
Brake set: XTR M900
Saddle: Flite Titanium
Seat Post: USE
Bottle Cage: Ringle
Place of Origin: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

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Winter has decided to show its face, so it might be awhile until I can properly take this out to shred. For now, it'll look pretty in the corner of my garage. Or just about anywhere for that matter :wink:

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2007 11:49 pm 
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Great pictures. Looks soooooo good. :D :D Like the green


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 12:01 am 
Mr Darcy
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Hey that looks a lot better than some of the slings around. The TT looks lower I think.

Nice colour, works well on that frame.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 12:47 am 
retrobike rider / Gold Trader
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Looks really good! I heard a lot of people recomending rigids over shocks for these things though, Interesting that you foundit differently.

Those Judy FSX forks are pretty good looking, not quite as nice as the gold stanchioned Pace forks, but not a bad effort from RS.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 3:02 am 
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Very nice, very clean build.

I've been after one of these myself for quite some time now. Must admit I'm a bit jealous. If you find it missing it definitely wasn't me. :twisted:


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 6:08 pm 
BoTM Winner / retrobike rider
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Great build Mike - Love the green and gold combo. Be good to hear how it rides with those pristine looking FSX!


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 6:39 pm 
North Wales Deputy AEC
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Gorgeous bike - one I would sure love to experience on the trail.

Another exquisite build racked up there, Mike - you sure are a consistent performer!

Mr K

PS. Particularly like that 1" steerer... ;-)


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 6:42 pm 
BoTY Winner
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mrkawasaki wrote:
Another exquisite build racked up there, Mike - you sure are a consistent performer!

Mr K

PS. Particularly like that 1" steerer... ;-)


Thanks Mr. K... after I get some rides in, I'll let you know about the steerer.


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 Post subject: Hmmm
PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 8:07 pm 
Gold Trader / MacRetro rider
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Yeah i quite like that. wasnt too keen on the last one that appeared on here. Thought it looked like an abortion...... but this one i like :D Love those FSXs'


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 Post subject: More
PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 8:09 pm 
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How heavy is it? surely it must be a good weight having no down tube.


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