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I see this bike around town sometimes, it is an orginal equipe DB Arrival, which was an aluminum frame back when DB only built in steel circa 1985.



Well I had one brand new and still have it. Although it underwent a few transformations on the way to its present state! Not many bikes today sporting Hub brakes, Sachs 2x7 drivetrains (the bike is a 42 spd) and TA cranks although Pink is making a comeback of sorts as a paint job.

 

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Bigwheel said:
I see this bike around town sometimes, it is an orginal equipe DB Arrival, which was an aluminum frame back when DB only built in steel circa 1985.



Well I had one brand new and still have it. Although it underwent a few transformations on the way to its present state! Not many bikes today sporting Hub brakes, Sachs 2x7 drivetrains (the bike is a 42 spd) and TA cranks although Pink is making a comeback of sorts as a paint job.

Is DB the same as Diamond Back?

(never the same after Weins, Cully, Penny and hollywood Henderson left the buidling . . . )

-mtnwing
 

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Bigwheel said:
I see this bike around town sometimes, it is an orginal equipe DB Arrival, which was an aluminum frame back when DB only built in steel circa 1985.
I'm pretty sure this is an '87 Arrival as I believe this was the year it was introduced. The XT components are definately '87/'88 era. I do remember there being a lot of fan-fare around this model, with the then-high-tech aluminum frame in a production bike. I also remember lots of complaints on the Arrival with paint chipping, as Diamond Back was learning how to apply paint to their new aluminum frames (although the one in your picture seems to be in decent shape).
 

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We are both amost right, the bike was introduced in 1986 actually.
 

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We are both amost right, the bike was introduced in 1986 actually.
Yes, you are correct--the initial year was '86. It came with Suntour XC parts including the XC Sport rollercam. I couldn't make out the rear brake on your original pic, but unless the owner swapped to XT parts, that one looks to be an '87. Kooky stem! Not sure where he/she was going with that. It is neat to see these vintage mtb's pop up around town and on the campus.
 

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Thats a unique build! Looks like you have a little less fork offset than it originally came with! (fork looks bent backwards) Yes, these were pretty popular bikes back then atleast in my neck of the woods as we had a pretty popular local dealer that sold them. I liked the black ones iwth the splatter paint that came out a year later or so in 88-89. I remember Kasey Cunselman used to race one. The old bikes bring back so many memories!

Nice hole drilled in the road stem for the cantis!! On a somewhat related note, I remember seeing a shot in a magazine where a guy drilled his seatpost in a similar fashion to be the cable hanger for the rear canti... The only problem was if you moved your seat height you also adjusted your rear brakes.
 

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I know where there's a yellow one hanging in a shop NOS but the sticker price is like 850.
 

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there was one in yellow sittin next to the apex that i bought back in '92... oh it took us a long time to get stuff over here back in those days...
 
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