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Old 04-01-2012, 10:33 AM   #1471
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After buying a Buell Paramount in December, the theme of bicycles designed by motorcycle guys was in my consciousness. Then Mutt asks for help finding a steel-framed bicycle and I'm looking at Craigslist again (bad combo). On to the latest impulse buy...

So, you're Mercedes Benz, it's 1997 and you want to sell high-end beach cruiser bicycles in your showrooms for the 1998 model year.

Who do you get to build a serious, high-quality bicycle, worthy of your brand? A Chinese company? Uhhh...no. A Japanese company? That won't fly in a proper German showroom. Somebody in Germany? What the heck do they know about beach cruisers? How about an Austrian-born engineer, living in Laguna Beach who already builds exotic mountain bikes? GENIUS! Enter Horst Leitner, founder of Amp Research, and ATK motorcycles.



I just picked up this baby from Craigslist for no good reason, other than I'm flat in-love all the machined parts, the non-standard components, shapes and colors that make a total package that I'm happy to just stare at.



1998 Mercedes Benz Sport Cruiser: basically an Amp Research B3 mountain bike with a stylized main frame and Shimano Nexus 7-speed internal hub and crankset.



The front hub, caliper and other bits are pure Amp Research; all CNC machined from billet. The disc was laser cut from stainless.



The fork is the same F3, 4-bar front fork equipped on the mountain bikes.







A Serfas Tailbones gel seat fits the cruiser role. Titanium Bronze paint finishes the aluminum frame while Black Cherry metallic covers the aluminum fenders and chain guard.





It weighs in at 34 pounds on my bathroom scale. A disproportionate amount seems to be in the 7-speed rear hub. As you pick up the bike, it's noticeably tail-heavy.









Nonetheless, it's a really nice, soft ride on the street and pedals nicely--a bicycle worthy of the brand. Now if I can just resist changing it to a belt drive.



That's three bicycles--each set up slightly different. Where does this madness end?
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:40 AM   #1472
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Where does this madness end?
I would say you're out of control, but maybe being in control is the problem.

I think you enjoy these things more than the designers do.
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:50 AM   #1473
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Look at the rear swingarm. It's all machined dropouts and fittings but, not a weld in sight. They all have stubs that are bonded into the tubes (about 1" deep if my unscientific tap-test is correct). Look at how many operations those fork pieces took to make. Or the caliper. Pure. Freakin'. Art.
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Old 04-01-2012, 05:32 PM   #1474
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That's three bicycles--each set up slightly different. Where does this madness end?
N00b. I have 7. So far.
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Old 04-02-2012, 06:36 AM   #1475
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N00b. I have 7. So far.
I was down to 3 for a bit. I'm back up to 6.

Lost my Full Tilt Boogie to the economy.

Now that I have a flikr account set up, watch for pics.

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Old 04-02-2012, 09:26 AM   #1476
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Here are a couple of my rides.... Trek Portland with a new set of wheels.



And my Titus Motolite....recently swapped for monkeylite ceramic bars....course i could just lose some weight hah!

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Old 04-02-2012, 02:02 PM   #1477
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I dig those wheels.
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Old 04-02-2012, 02:16 PM   #1478
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Roubaix in 'sorta ready to sell' clothes:


Rain bike:


Quattro Assi that's a rain magnet:

Last 2 times I've been out on this bike, its rained on me. Just poured a bunch of water out of it!

Gunnar Crosshairs set up for road duty:

Its got a 50t big ring on it till cross season, when it goes back to either a 44t or 46t big ring. Right now its my only steel bike.

My E-5 S-Works is still in TX and there's a mtn bike in the garage.

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Old 04-02-2012, 04:50 PM   #1479
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Now I only need a decent fork and she will be done, new things since last posting, Mango kind headset, HOPE monoblock brake caliper and two part rotors, Joplin "Dropping" seat post.


And as in today Mavic "Crossmax SX" tubeless wheels, Free-ride ready but also super light and ultra strong even the color is perfect.


Better view of the hub, pretty awesome straight pull spoke system.
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Old 04-02-2012, 05:01 PM   #1480
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Those Cobalts are gorgeous!
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Old 04-02-2012, 05:50 PM   #1481
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Better view of the hub, pretty awesome straight pull spoke system.
My wheels are mavic straight pull spokes. I've had the devil's own time finding replacement spokes. Straight pull with little notches on the sides. I finally had to kludge up a solution and I hope I don't die from it.
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Old 04-02-2012, 06:16 PM   #1482
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My wheels are mavic straight pull spokes. I've had the devil's own time finding replacement spokes. Straight pull with little notches on the sides.
Hopefully I don't run into the same troubles, I still have a few friends in the industry just in case.
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I finally had to kludge up a solution and I hope I don't die from it.
So what did you end up doing...
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:20 PM   #1483
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Those Cobalts are gorgeous!
Yeah i picked them up last season and love the look and the ride! Running tubeless now and love the 15QR on the front. Color matches my Titus frame perfectly....only thing slowing that bike down is the fat bastard peddling!
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Old 04-03-2012, 06:29 AM   #1484
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My wheels are mavic straight pull spokes. I've had the devil's own time finding replacement spokes. Straight pull with little notches on the sides. I finally had to kludge up a solution and I hope I don't die from it.
Go to Mavic's site and do a dealer search. Every dealer has the parts you need, usually in stock.

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Yeah i picked them up last season and love the look and the ride! Running tubeless now and love the 15QR on the front. Color matches my Titus frame perfectly....only thing slowing that bike down is the fat bastard peddling!
That'll be the replacement wheelset to grace my 29er. Damn, I wish I was rich!
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Old 04-03-2012, 12:36 PM   #1485
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Go to Mavic's site and do a dealer search. Every dealer has the parts you need, usually in stock.



That'll be the replacement wheelset to grace my 29er. Damn, I wish I was rich!
I recently sold a set of used silver 29er Cobalts for $450. They aren't terribly expensive, anyway.

Also, if you are going to own a set, get a dealer to get you some replacement spokes from CB so you have them. Pretty much nobody stocks them, and CB is pretty slow about getting parts out sometimes. Sucks to have your wheels sitting for two weeks because of one broken spoke.

And FWIW, they are beautiful wheels, and having no thru-holes is awesome for running Tubeless as these need less sealant than anything else out there. They are also awesome about mounting up just about any tire as tubeless, whether they were intended to be or not. The only drawback I know of with them (other than the spoke thing) is they really aren't terribly stiff, unfortunately, especially in 29er. I have two sets of 26's and had one set of 29, all in 15mm thru-axle.


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