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This is the Rock Lobster that we recently picked up. Mostly XTR (including head set and seat post) with a Dura Ace front track hub. The serial number is Gimpsman and here is the story of the bike from Paul Sadoff

I know the frame you are speaking of well. It's a team issue fillet ( unfiled) made originally for Kim Seargent ( now married to Joe Murray) when she was together with Steve Garro ( Coconino cycles, Flagstaff,Az.) The bike has a lot of hard miles and Kim was a decent racer as well as one of the "Mutants" , a renegade group of MTB riders in the early '90's in Flagstaff. Kim was working for A-5, a company that made really durable packs of all kinds but the one pack that all the Mutants had was the "Gimpsman" pack....;..an indestructable cordura fanny pack that was big enough for a 12-pack of beer but remarkably compact. Kim left A-5 and formed her own company " Evil Kim packs" which she sold after a number of years. I got a gimpsman pack made by Kim at A-5 in 1993. I still have it and it has no holes in it. I have taken that pack to many places here and in Europe.....it refuses to die. That frame I built for Kim was made like the pack.....it won't die easily. I think Kim had that bike for 14 years.

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It just occurred to me that for the vintage mountain bike initiate on the hunt for his first acquisition, all he needs to look for is bikes with cool and weird names. I mean, Fat Chance, Slingshot, Rock Lobster? Not too hard to remember!
 

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ahh...

Sweet rig...and story...talk about a pair of classy classics Sadoff and Middendorf

A5 was the **** when Middendorf owned it...still have my A5 haul bag...it saw many a Valley ascent as well as some 1st's in NewfyLand...now it sits in the basement. Never got a Gimp, already had my FishBootyBag...

I am sure he digs checks from NorthWaste...power to him.
 

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That's cool to get a little more background from you guys. I wasn't familiar with A-5 prior to getting this bike. Sounds like a neat bunch of folks (and they must have made good stuff if it is still in use all these years later!)
 
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