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Pictures of old and obscure suspension bikes

kidwoo

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Aug 25, 2003
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The old timey times
Hahahahahaha bum bags are just so handy tho... It's amazing what ya can fit in em... Here a quick pic of my avanti moto it was taken last Friday. Most of it is still all original all the suspension I'm sure is still factory lmao.
Nevermind. Apparently we have bigger issues to address first.
 

HardtailHack

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On my last ride I let out a pretty loud "Whoa, and Ellsworth!" there's not too many of them in Oz, not long later I bumped in to a guy running bar ends and probably an 80mm travel fork.
I need to get to the densely populated XC trails more often, I could just pull up a chair, drink some beers and giggle at the weirdness.
 

Bikael Molton

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Jun 9, 2003
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Anakin, FRM, Leonardo... c’mon you are just making up random words. :brows:


Down here the beez kneez at the XC trails are the overpriced FRM Anakin frames, dressed with equally overpriced Leonardi bits. Gosh, they look and ride like a 90s hardtail.



Yet they are full suspension frames :D.


 

canadmos

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May 29, 2011
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Down here the beez kneez at the XC trails are the overpriced FRM Anakin frames, dressed with equally overpriced Leonardi bits. Gosh, they look and ride like a 90s hardtail.



Yet they are full suspension frames :D.


Did they get the seat tube and head tube mixed up in the weld department?
 

Jk Purvis

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May 24, 2020
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Also, for the first time in DH bike history, there's an orange reflector on the rear wheel
Haha yeah my bad.... Back rim was toasted so I used a spare off a road bike I had.... Not many options open while everything is shut during covid 19! It's 20+ years old so I'm making it functional.
 

Electric_City

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Apr 14, 2007
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Haha yeah my bad.... Back rim was toasted so I used a spare off a road bike I had.... Not many options open while everything is shut during covid 19! It's 20+ years old so I'm making it functional.
It's fine with me. I was just busting ya all in good fun.
 

ianjenn

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Sep 12, 2006
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I spent many an hour beating these hydro formed pieces into butter smooth submission when they were down in SLO in the 90's (before Kinesis and the abomination they are now).
Shaums March and Richard Lancaster were doing their best to break them. The factory was a old paint store with a tin roof and swamp cooler. It got nasty in the summer.

No DH bikes in '92 my ass, these were around in '89 with full hydraulic brakes and an inverted fork biatch!
Moto from the get go.

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They where around the corner from my work Robert Reisinger came in once a week with his wife.
 

Jm_

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Jan 14, 2002
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Unidentified bike, anyone know what this is?View attachment 148285
Those are clearly the mountain cycles pro-stop brakes, but a lot doesn't seem to add up. Like why is it running a triple crank? Looks like some 1.8 xc tires or something too. The fork looks a lot newer (not new, mind you, just like the stuff that was showing up a few years later) than the rest of the bike. It looks more like a mock-up or someone's personal project, but it doesn't seem to conform to any known design that I remember from the era. Look at the bottom of the "seat tube" on it, again, that doesn't make sense. Why isn't it hollow and why is the diameter so much larger than the seatpost?
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*also wears a mask
 
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iRider

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Apr 5, 2008
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Unidentified bike, anyone know what this is?
Later generation full hydraulic Pro Stop disc brakes, Cannondale Moto fork (I think the 120 mm version), Fox Alps rear shock, new-ish Shimano cranks. Looks like someone used old parts to build a bike.

Edit: sniped!
 

Jm_

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Structurally, it looks like it'd fall apart in like 3 seconds of riding.
 

ChrisRobin

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Jan 30, 2002
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I had a set of those Prostop brakes. They were cool to look at because of the machining but worked like...well they didn't work. Only one piston would push out a brake pad while the other brake pad was fixed in the caliper. The rotors were neat since they were 'floating' rotors. The version I had had clear brake lines so you could see all the air bubbles.
 

OGRipper

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Feb 3, 2004
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Agreed. Lots of questions/head scratchers with that one. I'm guessing some kind of design exercise/enginerding project that never went anywhere, but I figured I'd try to tap the collective monkey knowledge.

As for the triple, maybe it was just ahead of its time as one of the first long travel trail bikes. On that note, is it me, or do those tiny tires make the wheels look bigger than 26"?

And yes, looks flexy. :banana:
 
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Jm_

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Jan 14, 2002
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I had a set of those Prostop brakes. They were cool to look at because of the machining but worked like...well they didn't work. Only one piston would push out a brake pad while the other brake pad was fixed in the caliper. The rotors were neat since they were 'floating' rotors. The version I had had clear brake lines so you could see all the air bubbles.
Well that kind of system is not all that different than what cars and others have. I believe my Magura Gustavs were the same, one side was "fixed", the entire caliper slid back and forth on pins (floating caliper).

Clear brake lines? What kind of wizardry is that!?
 

ChrisRobin

Turbo Monkey
Jan 30, 2002
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Well they were white but you could see the red mineral oil inside. The problem was the sloppy tolerance between the hose fittings and the levers and calipers. All kinds of air would get inside.
 

slimshady

¡Mira, una ardilla!
A nice trove of 90s bike tech on instagram:

 

HardtailHack

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Jan 20, 2009
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There is an importer in Australia that still has a bunch of Brodies and Tomacs for sale, I have a look every six months or so for a giggle.
Another was still trying to flog off ancient Voodoo Ti frames, they were dated when they were released.
 

dump

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Oct 12, 2001
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There is an importer in Australia that still has a bunch of Brodies and Tomacs for sale, I have a look every six months or so for a giggle.
Another was still trying to flog off ancient Voodoo Ti frames, they were dated when they were released.
Any pics/link?
 

iRider

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Apr 5, 2008
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Holy shit, in which warehouse was that stuff hiding? Are you sure this is not just a glitch in their IT system?