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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:22 pm 
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Just arrived today! Bought it for a good price of marktplaats, because I just liked the look of it and because it's a rare early Empella MTB (IMHO).
Don't know if you guys know about Empella, but it's a Dutch bike builder who is famous for it's cyclecross bikes. http://www.empella.nl

The frame was with a M900 front mech, so I guess it's from 1992-1995. I allready send these pics to Empella. Perhaps they can determine the frame, because it doesn't have a framenumber? Perhaps an early team-bike?

If you have any information about it; let me know. I will try to build it like it was in those early days!

Cheers,
Bart

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:29 pm 
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8) I'd love to hear the story behind the seat tube!


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:42 pm 
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nice frame - unique seatpost 8)

do you have an idea what tubeset is used ?

could it be that theres a dutch rider named "Gommers" and that was his team bike :roll:


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:43 pm 
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kaiser wrote:
8) I'd love to hear the story behind the seat tube!


It's almost like it's made specifically for someone to their choice of stepover.

Bonkers though.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:54 pm 
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Here is a whole article that might help a bit: http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/eas ... on-empella

And here a little piece of it:

The team's bicycle sponsor, Empella, had the company's founder, Ad van Empel, on hand for the launch. Van Empel started the line of Empella bikes 25 years ago, and while he doesn't ride himself, he always enjoyed watching bike races and noticed that he could help racers become faster by improving positioning, material and other things he had an eye for.

With that in mind, the company was born, but Van Empel chose the more Italian sounding Empella name rather than his own to grace the frames. The breakthrough for Empella came in the mid-90's. "In 1994 we had our first World champion with Dutch junior Gretenius Gommers. Then others wanted to ride Empella bikes and we started a team with two professionals in 1995." Initially cyclo-cross was facing stiff competition from the up-and-coming sport of mountain biking, which was somewhat puzzling to van Empel. He chuckled that "we don't really have mountains here. It's all flat." Around 2000, things turned around again and cyclo-cross became as popular as ever.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 5:09 pm 
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crazy seat tube but i like that.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 6:44 pm 
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Early version of a seat mast? Very cool!


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 7:44 pm 
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Yeah, I know about this article and found out about Gretenius Gommers. But before I jump to any conclusions I'll wait untill I hear something from Empella!



rienster wrote:
Here is a whole article that might help a bit: http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/eas ... on-empella

And here a little piece of it:

The team's bicycle sponsor, Empella, had the company's founder, Ad van Empel, on hand for the launch. Van Empel started the line of Empella bikes 25 years ago, and while he doesn't ride himself, he always enjoyed watching bike races and noticed that he could help racers become faster by improving positioning, material and other things he had an eye for.

With that in mind, the company was born, but Van Empel chose the more Italian sounding Empella name rather than his own to grace the frames. The breakthrough for Empella came in the mid-90's. "In 1994 we had our first World champion with Dutch junior Gretenius Gommers. Then others wanted to ride Empella bikes and we started a team with two professionals in 1995." Initially cyclo-cross was facing stiff competition from the up-and-coming sport of mountain biking, which was somewhat puzzling to van Empel. He chuckled that "we don't really have mountains here. It's all flat." Around 2000, things turned around again and cyclo-cross became as popular as ever.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 3:24 pm 
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New pics and some updates! No news from Empella!

Put an Judy SL with AC crown, ControlTech stem and ITM bar on!
Also had some wheels with Panaracer Magic tires... Not sure if these suit it or I have to take the Porcs.

I need a black seatpost 30,0mm. I think it looks better.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 4:03 pm 
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i really wasn't expecting it to look as good as that as i scrolled down to your last post.

fantastic job so far :D


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