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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 7:05 pm 
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Neil wrote:
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Cool cool cool, I know now why you're hellbent on finding that Avenir gel saddle... :wink:

I really like this era of DB as my first proper MTB was one of them, albeit pretty low end. I'm still hoping that a 1991 Axis Team may crop up one day (only one I've seen was on US Ebay about 4 years ago).

This is looking ace though - the wheels are definitely a top score, love the grey hard ano :)

Edit: the wheels are in fact black maybe!? Damn my cack monitor!


The rims (I've got several) are really a kind of dark browny-grey as oppose to black.


Hmmmnnnnnn, mine are deffo black!!! Mind you that's not to say Avenir didn't do other colours :)

Either way very happy with the build so far, in fact over the moon with it :D

It's like being reunited with an old friend :)


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 7:10 pm 
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Loving the correctness with the brahma bars!

I've got a 92, as well - but no brahma bars for it - I've thought about getting some similar, but I've run mine with some straight Avenir bars.

I have a 91 Axis, too, that perhaps means a bit more to me - although it was the Apex from 91 I was really keen to get back.

Don't know what it is about bikes from the early 90s, but they feel bombproof whilst not being that heavy. The mid 90s steel frames they used on the equivalent DBs feel different - definitely lighter, but there's something reassuring about these early 90s DBs. They ride well, seem well sorted from a geometry perspective (they tend to encourage a certain stretched out position) and feel like they could go on forever.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 7:17 pm 
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Jussa wrote:
Neil wrote:
mynchiboy wrote:
Cool cool cool, I know now why you're hellbent on finding that Avenir gel saddle... :wink:

I really like this era of DB as my first proper MTB was one of them, albeit pretty low end. I'm still hoping that a 1991 Axis Team may crop up one day (only one I've seen was on US Ebay about 4 years ago).

This is looking ace though - the wheels are definitely a top score, love the grey hard ano :)

Edit: the wheels are in fact black maybe!? Damn my cack monitor!


The rims (I've got several) are really a kind of dark browny-grey as oppose to black.


Hmmmnnnnnn, mine are deffo black!!! Mind you that's not to say Avenir didn't do other colours :)


Well I've got my original rims from 91 (from an Apex of that year) plus a few I've acquired since. And they're probably described as black - but really there's more of a hint of very dark brown, there, rather than absolute black.

Have a look at this thread, this one and my own thread about my Apex, with a brochure shot. Maybe it's much the same colouring as on other rims described as black anodising - but they're not black like a black saddle is, or even as dark as say black handlebars.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 7:22 pm 
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Neil wrote:
Loving the correctness with the brahma bars!

I've got a 92, as well - but no brahma bars for it - I've thought about getting some similar, but I've run mine with some straight Avenir bars.

I have a 91 Axis, too, that perhaps means a bit more to me - although it was the Apex from 91 I was really keen to get back.

Don't know what it is about bikes from the early 90s, but they feel bombproof whilst not being that heavy. The mid 90s steel frames they used on the equivalent DBs feel different - definitely lighter, but there's something reassuring about these early 90s DBs. They ride well, seem well sorted from a geometry perspective (they tend to encourage a certain stretched out position) and feel like they could go on forever.


I Know what your saying :) often these bikes are overlooked, which is shame as after riding many brands my Axis had something special about it, solid, bombproof, robust, no frills, does what it says on the tin approach :)


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 7:25 pm 
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Rims are apparently a Duronomic finish which your right is not totally black but look very black :)


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 7:40 pm 
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Jussa wrote:
Rims are apparently a Duronomic finish which your right is not totally black but look very black :)


Agreed - they probably look black enough all by themselves - but put them next to a black frame or handlebar for context and you'll see what I mean.

I do wonder if they get to look a bit lighter with age / exposure, too.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 7:39 am 
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Small update on my Axis;

Tyres are now on, decided to go for Dart/Smoke combo, its whats fitted on my Orange Clockwork and works really well. The Axis originally came with double Smoke fit. I do have a spare Smoke so may try this later down the line, but for the moment I like riding with the combo of tyres. Big thanks to bikediscount.de for super speedy service.

Sourced a NOS Tioga Avenger Headset from ebay (Bankruptcycles / Cradley Heath) so off came the STX Headset and on went the Tioga, as fitted originally.

Fitted some NOS Tioga Brake Tamers, these were a great period accessory and hide a few small marks on the brake levers.

Ritchey Saddle is fitted just until i can source a tidy Avenir Gel saddle.

NOS Sharksfin will be fitted last once everything is set up and running how i want it.

Pedals - Now these were sold as NOS Avenir, however when they arrived and when un-boxed they were found to be badged up Raleigh? Now a little digging around and it turns out that Raleigh purchased Diamond Back in 1999, It also turns out that Avenir also resides under the roof of Raleigh too, now it all makes sense. Anyway they serve a purpose and if i can source some Avenir badged pedals and clips then great, but if not i am happy to run with these.

Next up-date will be Brakes, Rear Cassette & Cabling up my Axis.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2016 2:31 pm 
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I still have the brahmas and mint grips from mine.........

The rest has gone.

Lovely bike


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2016 3:34 pm 
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The History Man wrote:
I still have the brahmas and mint grips from mine.........

The rest has gone.

Lovely bike


Cheers for the comment HM, its a keeper so if you do decide to part out your left over bits please bare us in mind :)

Jussa :D


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2016 3:43 pm 
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Jussa wrote:
The History Man wrote:
I still have the brahmas and mint grips from mine.........

The rest has gone.

Lovely bike


Cheers for the comment HM, its a keeper so if you do decide to part out your left over bits please bare us in mind :)

Jussa :D



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If THM comes to a sticky end at Mayhem I'll tell Mrs THM that
he left them to you in his Retro Bike will.


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The X1 is getting another outing at Mayhem :D


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