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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:30 pm 
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This is one of the earliest mountain bikes I've ever seen or owned. No brake mounts, so probably meant for sidepull calipers, or hub brakes possibly? Has a VDC sticker on it, and a CW head tube decal. Serial number is MT09, so low production and possibly a test or prototype frame? I know I have never seen anything like this, ever! The rear dropouts are plate style, but with Campagnolo forged dropouts welded onto them. I am still puzzled by the reverse sloping top tube, though. The slant is enough that if it had a level top tube originally, the fork would have to have had a separate mount, or else a VERY deep crown. I am really going to enjoy this one, and keep it around a while. The plan is for first gen Deore friction thumb shifters, and a set of Suntour Mountech derailleurs. The brakes, well it's going to be rough either way. I either will get some MX brakes, or some adaptor plates and run some of the reproduction Dia Compe U brakes. Getting some wheels built with hub brakes isn't in the budget right now.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:37 pm 
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Wow that's cool, and a complete mystery to me.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:45 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Yeah it's one of those bikes that leaves you scratching your head, because it shouldn't exist. Yet there it is staring back at you. I saw it, and had to have it. My buddy had bought it off of ebay a year or so ago, but the frame was too big for him.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:56 pm 
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I would rule out VDC, everything they made was a tube piercing another tube. There have been a couple of CW mountain bikes posted on one of the forum boards.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 12:44 am 
Dirt Disciple

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Yes, but an old school VDC sticker is on the seat tube, and he built for for other brands as well. Not to mention not "everything he built" was tubing pierced, at least not the early stuff for other companies.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 4:34 am 
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hi
could this be some sort of large size framed 26" wheel bmx bike?
i don't know much about them.
only recently started investigating the 26" bmx scene.
i think the fork is a landing gear.
here is an example of a titan 24" bmx on local craigslist
with the same fork. just a thought. hope this helps a bit.
roy


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 2:18 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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The fork didn't come with the frame unfortunately, it's a recent repop. Even the guys at Mombat were puzzled, but they did say to contact them first if I ever plan to sell it. That's as much validation as I could ever want. Wait a second??? Could the down slant on the top tube be to make a "normal" height BMX bar fit correctly? IE: Not too high. I think you may be on to something there! That and NO derailleur will fit the seat tube, without a very thick shim. I have a set of BMX bars, and a 21.1 quill stem. I am going to try it and take a few pics. Thanks for the eye opener!!


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 11:43 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Well, threw on the only set of BMX bars I had, and it clicked. I do believe this is a BMX bike for a large adult. It looks more correct than it did with bullmoose bars, that's for sure. I like it, and will be building this way, with a 1x 5 drivetrain, and early Dura ace cranks with a single 47T ring. I will get a new bar of course.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 12:38 am 
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I reckon that the rear dropouts have been cut & the Campag ones welded on so a rear mech can be added.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 2:17 am 
Dirt Disciple

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Or so a heavier person can ride it, with more than just plate steel holding the wheel, lol! But yes, a LOT of manufacturers do that these days, with derailleurs, brakes, etc. BTW: The Doofenshmirtz rap song was the funniest thing I've ever seen....


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