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PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 10:30 pm 
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Don't worry, this isn't one of those 'I hate 'em so everyone else should' threads! :roll:

Thing is, until I came on here I can't remember ever hearing about them. My golden era for mtb's was '88 to '94 and it's not a name that registers from back then.

They obviously have a large fan club and seem to go for lot's of pennies so it'd be great if you lot could fill me in with what I'm missing. :wink: :? :?


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 10:50 pm 
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A high end Canadian manufacturer is all I've ever known. They are the aspire too but unlikely to ever own unless cash is not a problem steel frame builder. First dedicated single speed mtb that I ever saw was a DeKerf and the first softail I ever seen was a DeKerf. Dream bike stuff :D


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 11:43 pm 
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I walked into a bike store here in Calgary last week and there was a lone brand new dekerf. First one I've ever seen in person. Although they did paint my explosif.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 11:48 pm 
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Chris DeKerf cut the seatstays too short on the prototype, and had to bridge the gap with a horizontal tube. Somebody said, "hey, that looks cool"...probably a girl, and the rest is history...










...OK, that's pretty much all made up. :lol:


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 12:26 am 
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We used to carry his bikes for a while at the shop I worked at. Early 90s. He was an ex-Rocky welder. Nice bikes.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 1:02 am 
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They are VERY nice bikes! :D Didn't start making them 'til '93.
Incredible razor sharp handling , climbs like you wouldn't believe, yet extremely comfy for days in the saddle.
The bigger ones do look a bit gooky, but they get the job done better than anything else!


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 10:22 am 
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Thanks for the info gang. So are they hand made, and what steel is used for the tubes? :?


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 10:38 am 
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brocklanders023 wrote:
Thanks for the info gang. So are they hand made, and what steel is used for the tubes? :?
Early ones, to about '97 used Ritchey Logic (My '94 18.5" weighs 3.75lbs :shock: ) Later ones use 853,first with 725 stays, then full 853. The Generation used 725 thenm eventually 853. Here's a brief history:
http://www.dekerf.com/aboutus.asp#hist
You thinking of getting one? I would if I were you! Go on, it's Christmas! Why should the nippers have all the fun?


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 11:24 am 
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I never remember hearing about Dekerf either....obviously waaaay out of my price range BITD (and still now)


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 11:36 am 
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i have never recalled seeing another dekerf in the flesh bar my own. thats what i call rare.

i love the way the dekerf rides, very nice indeed and they climb better than any other hardtail i have rode.

im going to get a titanium elysium when i have the spare $3700 for the frame :lol:

i will have to enjoy my uk limited for the time being however, chris used reynolds 631 on this model.


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