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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 4:07 pm 
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Picked this up yesterday. have cleaned and over hauled. some interesting parts and colour scheme. Not sure of the year, if anyone knows please let me know. is in pretty decent condition has mostly original parts including one of the tioga farmer john tyres. rear mech is a cheap later replacement from what i can see. pretty pleased with the end result and working perfectly.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 4:12 pm 
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I'd guess at late 80s - maybe 88.

I'd expect an 89 to have straight blade forks, and a 90 to have a rear canti, so going to go with 88, as my guess.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 4:30 pm 
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Thanks Neil that was my thoughts as i had seen the 89+ catalogues and not seen it.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 8:16 pm 
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Neil wrote:
I'd guess at late 80s - maybe 88.

I'd expect an 89 to have straight blade forks, and a 90 to have a rear canti, so going to go with 88, as my guess.

i agree, i used to sell them back in the day. 88 u- brake, 89 straight fork. 90 OS headset.

nice bike just needs a new rear mech.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 9:16 pm 
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Thanks for your reply biglev. yes am thinking of replacing the rear mech... do you know what mech was originally on these?


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 12:43 am 
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My man! I am overwhelmed, that is a stunning piece of time-warp-cyclery right there.

So cool, from the Tioga farmer John & Cousin fr tyre to the smoked paint & U-brake. Saddle & stem need work however. Tioga T-bone required. An Avenir saddle & clips & straps would just complete it.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 2:16 am 
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It's definitely an 88.. that was the year WSI (Centurion / Diamondback) used the purple smoke paint job and all the crazy shapes on the decals.

88 catalog here http://www.bikeman.com/attic/catalog198 ... ackmtn.htm


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 10:19 am 
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Need to have full Deore MT-60 parts, rear mech and thumbies need replacing and the brake levers may also be wrong too.

Carl.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 10:46 am 
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thanks for the replies . i do like it the more i see it . yes it does need more original parts to complete it... will see what happens


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 11:21 am 
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Here's mine but in red. These are really quite nice Japanese Tange frames, surprisingly good to ride.

JIS headset sizing on these.


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