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Frame Identification
Hello and thanks for looking at my thread. I'm trying to identify fame that i got free on gumtree. Was thinking of restoring the bike to its former glory or adding upgraded parts for my pleasure then selling it on once I've had my fun. Any help or advice on best route (restore or upgrade) would be appreciated. As you can see from pictures this frame has been painted gold very poorly then partly stripped back to bare metal, which is making identifying frame very difficult.

Would love to hear your suggestions on what to do with this frame.


Do not want to pop your plans but realistically you never get back what you invest. even if by chance the frame was special you are looking at $1000 for good shocks alone yet alone wheels, brake system, full groupo, tubes, tires, chain, etc .etc
If you have that kind a cash laying around I recommend starting with a new frame and build the bike of your dreams and keep it, maintain it, sleep with it and love it for years to come!
Make wall art out of it or scrap it out for value and buy a beer to drown your sorrow! I am not an Hater, just shoot straight from the hip!
There are two kinds of people in the world, "Those who help themselves to people, and those who help people!"
I have to agree with PK - for me the deciding factor is that it is an aluminum frame. Someone abandoned it for a reason - most likely a crack somewhere.

If it was Cr-Mo or Titanium, I'd be all over it, but not aluminum.

If you want to build up an aluminum MTB, take a look at Nashbar's frame offerings.
Even I a fan of this type of suspension, must say Bob and Nigel are correct in what they say! I am trying to think of which Manufacturer paid to use this type of suspension for a very short time on cheaper inferior frame. Sorry I do not remember where I read this tidbit of info but I am pretty sure it was not a real big hit on this type of frame. Next as a restorer and painter of a few bicycles if I found a crack in a frame I would not continue any further more less take a hacksaw and junk the frame so I knew no one would be tempted for failure. Not saying you can not do the job, just saying we want you to ride safely if not for others mainly for yourself Smile .
Good maintenance to your Bike, can make it like the wheels are, true and smooth!
Cheer for the advice guys think wall art sounds like all its good for. Think it would cost way to much money for my first project.

The frame turned out to be a Diamondback found out as the seat had DB on the leather then scoured Google images for frame, not 100% on model though.

Thanks for the replies guys.

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