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Old 10-31-15, 10:45 PM
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Show Us Your Vintage Diamond Backs!

You know that younger brother to the Centurions . the other brand from WSI. Lets see how Diamond Backs were.
I will go first.

heres my Chrome 1986 Ascent, Just got done with it today!



















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Old 11-01-15, 12:53 AM
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^^ No where near a nice or vintage as yours.

Haven't decided what to do with yet. Carbon main tubes bonded to alloy lugs., very light.

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Old 11-01-15, 04:28 AM
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The old girl gets ridden hard.

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Great stuff.
I expect frantik to show up soon; he has some beauties.
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1983 Ridge Runner

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Old 11-01-15, 09:54 AM
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This one blurs the line between Centurion and Diamond Back, it's a 1990 Diamond Back Centurion Interval. Haven't put it together yet but I have all the parts, it's getting a 105 group with STI, the wheels have Ultegra hubs. The paint is much better than it looks in the pictures.




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Old 11-01-15, 09:58 AM
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1986? Diamond Back Lakeside. I wanted to make it into a drop bar touring bike, but it is too small. It does work well as a hybrid to hop on for a quick trip. I had to replace the crappy Shimano plastic cantilevers, but the rest is pretty much original.
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Old 11-01-15, 10:17 AM
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Miamijim:

Nicest color combination for that 1st DM mountain bike 83 Ridge Runner

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Here are a few I have owned through the years...can't get enough DBs

Early 1984 Trail Streak September 1983 built



1986 Apex in my favorite color


Late 86 or early 87 Apex in a nice color as well


Early 1986 Arrival January 1986 built


and a 1990 Apex
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Old 11-01-15, 11:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Murray Missile View Post
This one blurs the line between Centurion and Diamond Back, it's a 1990 Diamond Back Centurion Interval. Haven't put it together yet but I have all the parts, it's getting a 105 group with STI, the wheels have Ultegra hubs. The paint is much better than it looks in the pictures.

I'm always fascinated by that transition year. The end of one era and the beginning of a new era that continues to this day. I would like to think today's DB red and white colour scheme pays homage to the classic 80s Ironmans.

I'm looking forward to seeing your finished project.


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Old 11-01-15, 03:32 PM
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I'm looking forward to seeing your finished project.
Me too and I'm really looking forward to riding it as well.
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Originally Posted by miamijim View Post
1983 Ridge Runner
Nice!! My LBS owner, a great guy who has given tons back to our community (cycling and otherwise) has one of these, and I've been trying to trade for a Superb Tech RD for a long time to help him get it back on the road. If any of you Diamondback guys have one, I have lots to trade. Cool "housingless" cable routing to the RD on those, and I really dig the back/silver livery! Thanks for posting your Ridge Runner.
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Old 11-01-15, 04:31 PM
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'92 Diamondback Master TG

Here's my '92 Master TG. Bought it as a frameset, and built it up with some parts I had on hand: Sport LX Shifters, Brake Levers, Crankset, Hubs, and Front Derailleur; Modolo Speedy Calipers and a 105 rear derailleur handling a 13-28 7 speed Uniglide cassette. The frame is tig-welded True Temper RC-2. It's a nice, stiff ride, but I'll probably let it go pretty soon for something with a bit more relaxed geometry, room for bigger tires and eyelets for fenders.

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Old 11-01-15, 07:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Santuri32 View Post
Here are a few I have owned through the years...can't get enough DBs

Early 1984 Trail Streak September 1983 built



1986 Apex in my favorite color


Late 86 or early 87 Apex in a nice color as well


Early 1986 Arrival January 1986 built


and a 1990 Apex
Theres some nice DB's There. I always really liked those 87 models like your Orange Apex.

My first MTB was a 1987 Ascent It was red , although the Red wasn't in the 87 catalogues. It was a great bike til it got stolen.
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---- Sorry --- Diamond Back died for me in 1991 ---- but interestingly enough, most of these bikes lived on for a bit with different DB badging.
Such a legendary BMX marque was reduced to selling primarilly mid to low end mountain bikes in pretty short order and they still haven't recovered --- neither has Mongoose, but GT is still plugging away (in the higher end market that is )





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Nice Centurions. But although the Diamond Backs did take a fall in the 1990's they do offer some nice machines. Are they at the top of the game.. no. but alot of us can appreciate the brand that once was .

Make sure that you post those Centurions in the numerous Centurion threads here if you havent already.
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Heres a pic of my in Process 1989 Apex with the Lilac Smoke Iridescent paint.




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So if it's a BMX brand, show us the BMX bikes! I see them on CL and I really can't tell the Walmart models apart from the classics, I don't have the knowledge.
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Originally Posted by fleslider View Post
Theres some nice DB's There. I always really liked those 87 models like your Orange Apex.

My first MTB was a 1987 Ascent It was red , although the Red wasn't in the 87 catalogues. It was a great bike til it got stolen.
Do you have an 87 catalog?, I have the specs sheet only but in 1986 ascent was offered in Porsche Red, Bright Turquoise, and as your beautiful chrome one.

The 87 in Tangerine is nice, specially with the black Weinmann concave rims
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We've had a few. Don't have pics of the 4 or 5 DB BMX bikes we had when the boys were younger but here are a few of the MTBs. Years range from '86 to '97.
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What say you guys and gals now that my interest is moderately piqued? -- Is this 'ol gal worth a C-note? - I dont need any more, but this looks like a fun runabout to chase the wife around on bike paths and other laid back afternoon jaunts








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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
So if it's a BMX brand, show us the BMX bikes! I see them on CL and I really can't tell the Walmart models apart from the classics, I don't have the knowledge.
Not mine --- grabbed from Photobucket -- some pretty nice old DB BMX's







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Another transition-year Centurion DiamondBack. Expert TG. Sold this one (sans wheel set) to a fellow forumite, but I haven't seen him post his build on yet.


@jjames1452, have you done anything with this bike, or is it "still in the queue?" or sold?
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I had to get in on this thread. It's a '94 Response Elite.

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Killer bikes.

On a whim, I bought a '92 (I think) DB Expert TG from a bike shop for $239; he was ridding himself of used bikes.
I have no idea what the tubing was, just said ChroMo on it, and 23" for the size. Nice lugged frame in champagne.
What I quickly realized was that it had a 3x7 Shimano RSX group on it, with STI shifters, a compact 48/38/26 setup.
The hubs were either Exage or non-Shimano, but that bike would have served me well on some hilly group rides.
I moved the group to my brother-in-law's Lemans RS, and when the shifters finally gave up, I sent them for rebuild.
The frame ended up as a bike messenger's ride in Quebec, and it lasted an entire year, which is unusual up there.
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