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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 10:25 am 
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Found this today - a Diamond Back DB Axis LE. The guy I bought it off had it handed down from his mum, who bought it new. Nice one mum! Love the squiggly paint job and the neon decals.

I think it's a 1991 model (but can't be sure). Also, does anyone know what the 'LE' designation means (was it sold as frame only or something?).

As expected there are a few non-standard parts on it (it was on slicks, and the chainset is recent) but the rest is all Deore DX and Araya RM-17 rims. Also, the saddle is missing its lycra, but it's dated July 1989 so I might get it re-covered.

I slung on the Mythos tyres and gave it a wash and it's come up nicely. I'll get around to a more thorough examination and a good going over with a paint restorer in the coming weekends.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 10:41 am 
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Nice find
Great when these old bikes turn up out of the blue
If your saddle is an avocet you can usually pick them up
Off the forum or flea bay.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 11:46 am 
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Hey Bowser,

No branding anywhere on or under the saddle mate, just the date. I was thinking an Avenir saddle.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 6:52 pm 
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:facepalm:
Whoops yes the avenir equipment decal may give that one away !


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 7:53 pm 
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I think the LE was Limited Edition and was to do with the ovalised tubes.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 10:19 pm 
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Beauty! Great find


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2015 3:05 am 
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Great find indeed and looking in pretty fair nick too 8) ....


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2015 3:34 am 
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Hey guys.

Yep, the top tube is nice and oval where it meets the other tubes. I wouldn't have thought that would warrant a special mention ... but I've probably seen lesser features highlighted on other bikes.

The condition is really nice and it looks to have had an easy life. It's mainly a case of polishing what's already there.

It needs a DX chainset putting back on, and I'll replace the stem and seat post (which are pretty scruffy). And an Avenir saddle will turn up somewhere (or I'll re-cover the old one). What tyres would this have had on it - Tioga Farmers maybe?


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2015 9:49 pm 
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From memory it would have been Smokes front and rear on the Axis that year.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2015 9:55 pm 
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It's the nice little touchs on these bikes that make them so special along with the good racing pedigree ..


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