1989 Brodie Romax

jimi911

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Finally got my mits on one and in Toronto! I am regularly taunted by a Romax 5 minutes from my house that I haven't been able to acquire. This isn't it, but it's a solid find.

November 1989 Brodie Romax with brazed fork.

If it looks odd it should. It was sent to Marinoni in Montreal in the very late 90s. Typical Marinoni repaint - it's good, but not Toxic Harrold good. They put a XTR 951/2 group on it - original owner probably spent a fortune on it and never really rode it.

Unfortunately the frame was modified for v brakes :facepalm:

This will be a bit of a project :?





 

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Hey - that's exactly the fork that mine had on it originally, back in '89 ... until I bent it hitting the far side of a hidden ditch that I failed to clear while airing off the top of a burm on Seymour in the early 90's, and replaced it with a Rockshox Mag 20! I see the 'noodle' is gone - did they cut it off when it was 'modified' for V-brakes (sacrilege!)?

What serial number is the bike? Are you going to re-paint, or are you
keeping that livery?

Oh- and all that new-ish XTR stuff has gotta go!
 

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Nice project. I wonder if it was a seat stay mounted u-brake
or an under chain stay mounted one. Or was it a canti frame.
I'm pretty sure anything pre 1990 was u-brake.
Are you planning on changing it back to U-brakes
or into a canti bike? Looks decent as is.
Just too bad about the mod's.

What you hiding under that sticky on the top tube? :)
 

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Signing in for updates - great find :)
 

jimi911

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k-rod":3fiq2hb0 said:
Hey - that's exactly the fork that mine had on it originally, back in '89 ... until I bent it hitting the far side of a hidden ditch that I failed to clear while airing off the top of a burm on Seymour in the early 90's, and replaced it with a Rockshox Mag 20! I see the 'noodle' is gone - did they cut it off when it was 'modified' for V-brakes (sacrilege!)?

What serial number is the bike? Are you going to re-paint, or are you
keeping that livery?

Oh- and all that new-ish XTR stuff has gotta go!

I haven't seen too many 89+ romaxes with the brazed fork. Most seem to have the first gators. Sort of a nice feature.

I think it's gonna need the full treatment ... paint will be the easy part!

Xtr is gonzo :)

Retro_Roy":3fiq2hb0 said:
Nice project. I wonder if it was a seat stay mounted u-brake
or an under chain stay mounted one. Or was it a canti frame.
I'm pretty sure anything pre 1990 was u-brake.
Are you planning on changing it back to U-brakes
or into a canti bike? Looks decent as is.
Just too bad about the mod's.

What you hiding under that sticky on the top tube? :)

I'm not sure where the U was mounted ... could be either as you say. I am fairly certain it was not a cantilever brake model. The bosses on the back look a bit newer than you'd expect to find.

The plan is to do a full restoration. I would almost prefer to mount the brake below the chain stays. I like the look of that better and I already have two Brodie's with upper u brakes. I'm leaining that way today.

The original owner had his name painted on the bike. I thought it best not to post that on the Internet ... But really who paints their name on a mountain bike and rides it 10 feet? :facepalm:
 

jimi911

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Here's some pics of the bosses. Looks like this was not a canti bike originally.

27.0 seatpost. I've got Brodies with 26.8, 27.0, and 27.2 seat tubes.


 

bartsince1975

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Grabbing my seat for this one!

You might be able to see where the original bosses were after stripping the paint.
 

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Is the other one you're after the splatter paint one that gets used as a shopping bike in Leslieville? seen it locked up outside the Lakeshore Loblaws a couple of times.
 

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mechagouki":20ovh78e said:
Is the other one you're after the splatter paint one that gets used as a shopping bike in Leslieville? seen it locked up outside the Lakeshore Loblaws a couple of times.

That's the one! It's been spotted by a few here. I've talked to the owners partner about it and she really doesn't want to sell it. It's probably been used almost everyday of it's 25+ year life so she's pretty attached to it. It be a serious project ... I've seen it up close.

I have seen a total of 5 Romaxs (Romaxes?) in the GTA
- that local commuter
- the dirt drop/ripe pipe one
- this one
- shutter's one from Ottawa which I believe is for sale.
- one once at Bisegal modified as a track or circle racer.

Not many make it east.
 
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