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mysterybike

I have quite a bit of experience with cycling in general mountain bikes especially. This bike got me stumped, it has a Titan racing stem, vintage Easton peregrine carbon str8 bars, Easton answer Manitou front shocks, headlock headset, deore LX groupset, and a seat post that has an "A" and a star and USA. The frame itself has a couple numbers under the bottom bracket but I haven't been able to come up with anything. Also on the under side of the down tube it has what appears to be an "easton" "E" stamped. Thanks for any insight!

  • Nice bike - I'm picking a 90's vintage based on the quill stem. Would you add a photo of the fork crown from the front? That looks interesting. – Criggie Jan 26 '16 at 20:04
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My Google-Fu comes up with the 1991 Alpinestar Ti Mega. It looks like they made an aluminum version as well. The tube shapes look to be about the same. Might be a good starting point for you.

  • Looks like a good match - Excellent finding skills! – Criggie Jan 26 '16 at 22:06
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My friend had one, definitely Alpinestar. The forks are probably newer than '91, look like mid-90's Manitou's. The stock fork was probably rigid, someone swapped it out with the suspension fork.

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Alpinstars or Nishiki are the only two manufacturers that I know of that made a frame like that.

  • Do you have an example of a nishiki model that was styled in this way? – Batman Oct 3 '17 at 2:21
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    Everyone did elevated chainstays in early 1990s. – ojs Oct 3 '17 at 20:33
  • @ojs 'Everyone' is a stretch :). I know Haro also did it, but a lot of brands did not (GT, Specialized, Trek, Giant) – Wallace Howery Jan 1 '18 at 18:37
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Haro Extreme Fat chance yo eddy

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    Welcome to SE - Do you have any supporting information? Did/do you own one? Images found via a google image search suggest that they did have raised chainstays, but looked more like this i.pinimg.com/originals/fd/94/22/… and another angle retrobike.co.uk/forum/download/file.php?id=138696 so the double braces above the BB are quite different. Good spotting though. – Criggie Apr 28 '18 at 0:00
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    Welcome to Bicycles SE. We're looking for answers with more detail. Please consider expanding your answer to explain how you were able to identify the frame. A short, one-line answer like this is likely to get downvoted, flagged for moderator intervention, and possibly deleted. – jimchristie Apr 30 '18 at 13:12
  • The google image search says that it's similar, but still different. – Klaster_1 May 16 '18 at 11:16

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