so..... in reply to a few posts I have read.
~ YES...the Stem is INCREDIBLE!!! and just as hard to find here, in British Columbia!!!!
~ The Decal Kit spells 94 and earlier. I have the same decal kit on my
June / 1994 DeKerf Mountain.
~ Metallic Orange and Metallic emerald Green where the only 2 colors that where mass produced. Custom was always available.....as everything Chris does is custom.
~ I have a good friend with a 1991 DeKerf in The Metallic Orange / with the Matching Rock Shox's Mag's
~ YES...DeKerf did build Bikes in 1991
~ The Serial number is on the bottom of the Bottom Bracket Shell.
It is WELL WORTH stripping the paint from the BB shell, so you can identify the Frame.
You will see a "TR" Thomas Ritchey crest stamped in the Bottom Bracket....right dead middle.
underneath that their is a "L" on the left and a "R" on the right
then, running along the BB edge will be the sereal number.
it will start with " DEK ### "
My friends Orange DeKerf is a 1991 ( identified buy Chris himself )
and his number is in the 100's
My 1994 DeKerf Frame is numbered " DEK 311 "
it is the 331' th Frame Built.
It was built in a group of 15 Frames. All 17.5 inch Frames
June 30th 1994
if you clean the paint from the Bottom Bracket I will GLADLY!! link you up with Chris and find out more specifically what you have.
I think you should step back and smile!!!
you built a beautiful Bike...that your friend would be proud of!!!