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Seatpostdiameter according to previous owner is 27.0
Headtube is 1", that narrows it down to 1996 or 1997.

Panels on the toptube say 1997, but the OR decal on the toptube says 1996.
Decal on the seattube says 1996.
Seatclamp is silver, that's like all 1997 Privateers.

I'm a bit confused or is there a simple answer, anyone?
 

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27.0

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For what it's worth, on the tag I got with my 1997 Race Lite (still have the bike and all docs), it states:

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Ti Frame Seatpost Diameter: 27.0 mm
Steel Frame Seatpost Diameter: 26.8 mm
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Of course, you'll need an accurate caliper to determine what the dimension of yours actually is, and assume the tube hasn't expanded with age. I'm assuming from the picture that it isn't a re-painted Ti Lite.

Hope this helps.
 

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Are you sure the seat tube clamp is original?

Do you have any of the other original components? If so, please post pictures. That will make it much easier to determine which year your bike was made.
 

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Some of the first Privateers frames took a 26.8. Don't try to force a 27.0 if it doesn't fit. I've got a first year Privateer that takes a 26.8 (1995, I think?).
 

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Rumpfy said:
I thought zero Privateers were 1"?
For head tubes? All except for the final year (1998) where 1" frames.
 

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someone should do a puzzle game: "what bontrager is this?"
;)
do those guys like multiple standards or what?
 

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The Privateer frames came with 1" compatible head tubes after '98, I believe. In the company catalog, Keith said that there were lots of good reasons to use 1" quill stems instead, but he was "done jousting windmills".

Your Privateer is a '96 (pretty sure) , and was also available in an all-black configuration. I wish I could find one like that in a Medium; that thing looks like it's in great shape.

I've got a '97 Privateer S with a 1" compatible steerer and no canti hanger and a '98 (maybe '99?) Privateer Comp frame with a 1 1/8" compatible steerer.
 

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keeps things interesting

colker1 said:
someone should do a puzzle game: "what bontrager is this?"
;)
do those guys like multiple standards or what?
yeah, you wouldn't want one :)
 

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colker1 said:
someone should do a puzzle game: "what bontrager is this?"
;)
do those guys like multiple standards or what?
The opposite is actually true: Bontrager changed very little once production frame were introduced, and they remained very standard. Part of the difficulty in determining the year is that there are so few differences, that pinpointing an exact year is sometimes impossible. In the end there's not enough change that it matters what year a specific frame was made.

The Race and Race Lite frames were made from approximately 1991 to 1997. In those seven years, the only major changes were:

- suspended versus non-suspended geometry (unfortunately decals do not designate this)
- two-piece versus one-piece seat stays
- horizontal versus vertical drop-outs (this was actually an option)
- decal style changed once
- the number of colors available was reduced in the last couple of years

I'd say that that is consistency. Also, changes were made when changes were needed, not based on a model year. There's really no such thing as a '96 or a '97 Bontrager, the frames are identical - one just happened to be made in '96 and one in '97.

The Privateer is a little different as it did change by model year (mostly color).
 
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