Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Proto Ringle crankset

This is an unreleased prototype Sun/Ringle crankset. I thought if Ringle ever released a crank it would have holes drilled in the arms, but we all know that only idiots run cranks with holes drilled in them.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Monday, May 19, 2014

Ultra rare collection of pewter anodized CNC components

This is an ultra rare collection of pewter anodized (dark gray) CNC vintage MTB components.
Original Grafton first gen cranks, Grafton Speed Controllers and brake levers. Rare Grafton Speedcase bottom bracket and not pewter but silver Grafton crank arm caps (good luck finding them).

Super rare pewter anodized 1.25 high rise Zooka stem, quick releases and Moby post. F"n awesome!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Orange Ms Isle

Here is one of my favorite frames, the UK made Orange Ms Isle (Missile get it?). It was supposed to be a 4x, dirt jump kind of frame I think. This particular frame has been used quite a lot (probably raced) and is the first generation Ms Isle, there is later version with beefier seatstays - I think the original version looks best though.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Early Mountain Goat Whiskeytown Racer

Here is an early Mountain Goat Whiskeytown racer. These pictures are interesting because this is the paint job I think most people recognize Mountain Goat frames by. Also, check out the mountain goat on the top of the crown of the fork, how nice.


Sunday, May 11, 2014

Tomac 204 Magnum

The Tomac 204 Magnum is an interesting frame. It was designed/developed/made? by Doug Bradbury who did the original Manitou forks and frames. His bikes and early forks where always heavy on CNC machining and you can see DNA from those times in the linkage parts of the frame. The suspension was licensed from Lawwill and the frame was a specific DH frame and supposedly rode like a tank (with soft suspension).

The Lawwill rear suspension seems to live on forever. Originally used on the Gary Fisher full suspension frame, then Lawwill released his own frames, it then went to Yeti, then Schwinn/Yeti then to Tomac and then it went to Rotec and now maybe some obscure garage company is planning to take over the DH world with a new version of the infamous Lawwill rear suspension.

To make a long story short, the interesting details in all this is that essentially the suspension works the same way as the original Gary Fisher prototype worked back in 1991. Back then it was called the ultimate suspension frame, so why hide it now?!

You would think these old school Tomac frames are collectors items these days but they are not, as with the original Intense M1 SL, you can pick up a used Tomac 204 Magnum quite cheap.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Boone chainrings and cogs

Boone made some of the most gorgeus titanium chainrings and cogs on the market (and titanium wedding rings too), apparently, they are back?

If you are more "form follows function" than "function follows form" then these might not be for you.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Yeti 24" prototype

If you had the pleasure of inspecting a genuine (pre sellout) Yeti hardtail frame in detail you will probably instantly see a lot of connections to the BMX world. The rear end is a looptail, just like quite a lot of vintage BMX frames where made, the early Yeti frames did not use 1" headset but BMX size, just like the bottom bracket on early Yeti frames. You can also see shades of BMX in the ovalization of tubes and in the Accu Trax fork. So to find out a 24" wheeled Yeti might not come as a big surprise. It was probably made for some racing application such as dual slalom. I am quite curious how it rides.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Merlin Full suspension

Here is a cool vintage Merlin full suspension. It has a Rock Shox Mag 21 front suspension fork and a rear suspension shock by Pro Flex.
Depending how you view things this frameset is either horribly outdated or still just as cool and functional as it was back in 1992.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Foes Fly

Here is a classic Freeride mountain bike by Foes. Just like modern computers and cars, a modern mountain bike becomes obsolete and old quite fast. Or maybe you just grow older faster the older you get?!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Totally awesome Mountain Goat Road Goat road bike

Here is an awesome period correct road bike from Mountain Goat - the Road goat. Just like the mountain bike it has the same kind of wishbone seatstays and goat head badge. Take notice of the super cool Mavic Zap electronic road group (just do not ride the bike in the rain ktnx), also check out Topline cranks, American Classic seatpost and King titanium bottlecage (I think).

Monday, May 5, 2014

Santa Cruz Chameleon

This is a cool Santa Cruz Chameleon set up as a singlespeed. I think this is the 2003-2004 model. It  has a custom paintjob but I prefer the out of production paint job "transparent red" that Santa Cruz offered for a couple of years.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Cracked Yeti ARC

Remember to not over tighten your seatpost bolt on your hardcore vintage Yeti ARC!

Rock Shox SID

This is a picture of a Rock Shox SID. Why I saved it is a mystery to me. Maybe it is a picture of an ultra rare proto disc brake, sorry i forgot.