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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:04 am 
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Yeah I know ...
Etto was one of our sponsors (thanks for the help on that and God bless, Charlie Litsky) and since I lost a contact (hard lenses back then) I had to resort to the back-up eyewear ... 8)


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CCMDoc wrote:
I have the all-Ti, Merlin-built version and raced it against the big boys including JT himself in 1990 and 1991.


Great pics - and a very cool bike - welcome to the site 8)


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Thanks! Those were truly great days and some great bikes.

I have to thank Scant as it was through him that I found this excellent site.

Going through some of these threads is like going through the family photo album. Makes me want to find a working VHS player to watch some of the videos I had collected and some that my wife shot of me at those races.

Thanks again and stay well


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He jumped to Raleigh in 88 if I remember correctly.


Tomac first rode for Raleigh in 91, as well as Motorola on the road. Yeti in 1990 & Mongoose prior to that.

Paul, gorgeous Mongoose titanium :D


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The Titanium is awesome Paul - do you still have it?!

Almost finished the IBOC thanks to a few retrobikers! just needs a rear brake and pedals. I'm going to ride this for a bit and if I get on with it will repaint it and polish / refinish the components.

Went for a spin on the turbo as it was dark :D

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Had these nice Tioga "Japan" bars:
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And this interesting Shimano BB cable guide with removable sealed tubes with o rings! That had me puzzled for a bit as it was bunged up with crud.
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Yes, I have long legs, the seat is the correct height. The headtube is very small on this bike.
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That bike looks great - congratulations on the re-build. I always wanted one of those as well as one of the Ti/steel hybrid IBOCs to complete my Tomac Mongoose collection.

Yes I still have it and rode it last Summer. Still felt great and I missed the lightning fast handling it has compared to modern FS bikes I have.

Again great job and man - you have mighty long legs!


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Again great job and man - you have mighty long legs!


Ha! not so long... 34" inseam jeans, maybe its the photo angle is to blame...

Good to hear you still have the Ti, I wish i could have kept all my old bikes.


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was8v wrote:
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Again great job and man - you have mighty long legs!


Ha! not so long... 34" inseam jeans, maybe its the photo angle is to blame...

Good to hear you still have the Ti, I wish i could have kept all my old bikes.


Unfortunately that's what my waistline has ballooned into!

And I know the feeling about old bikes that I should have kept - just ask scant. But he's helping me rectify that.


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Just found out that IBOC stands for:

"International Bike Of Champions"

Not sure I live up to that title riding it to the shop.

In other news the IBOC now has a NOS Suntour XC SE rear brake.


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A kind person sent me a decent quality scan of the 1989 catalogue page (click for high res):

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