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Ever since I bought my Privatter in 1998 I have wondered about the evolution of the Bontrager bicycle.

http://www.arkansasvalley.net/bontrager/

is a good site to start..

http://www.eandsweb.com/me/bontrager/

has more details but is limited..

http://www.ridesmarter.com/archives/archive_main.htm

from the horses mouth.

Still a lot of un-answered questions-

What is the differance between a OR and a Race? When did they switch from the squared off frame stickers? What about the two part seat stays? What about the front derailleur pulley? Dates and possible reasons why. Rocklobster Nontragers are made from NOS Tange Prestige from the Santa Cruz Bontrager closure. Does that mean Bontrager frames were made from Tange? I thought they were made from True Temper.

Let me know what you know and I'll put it all together. How about a timeline? I know there are folks out there that knws this stuff.

1G1G, Brad
 

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Ever since I sold my Privateer I've been wondering...

How I could be so carelessly lame, looking back at the decision, and hopefully the guy's still enjoying it!!

I'm not even gonna try to offer what limited amount I know. Definitely would be great to hear more on this though. Close to me, there's Rumpfy, Hollister, and of course Grant's over at Rivendell. Has any of this been touched upon over in the Vintage forum yet?? As far as the OR versus Race, definitely the headtube and tubset thicknesses were a big point.

Great post idea Brad!! :thumbsup: I know I'm gonna watch what comes of this!
 

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you can access the archived Bontrager webpage (1997-2001) here. The links for achives from 2002 to present don't work. It's nice to have access to Keith's Rants which Trek removed a while ago from the current Bontrager site.
 

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i.e.

aka brad said:
Ever since I bought my Privatter in 1998 I have wondered about the evolution of the Bontrager bicycle.

http://www.arkansasvalley.net/bontrager/

is a good site to start..

http://www.eandsweb.com/me/bontrager/

has more details but is limited..

http://www.ridesmarter.com/archives/archive_main.htm

from the horses mouth.

Still a lot of un-answered questions-

What is the differance between a OR and a Race? When did they switch from the squared off frame stickers? What about the two part seat stays? What about the front derailleur pulley? Dates and possible reasons why. Rocklobster Nontragers are made from NOS Tange Prestige from the Santa Cruz Bontrager closure. Does that mean Bontrager frames were made from Tange? I thought they were made from True Temper.

Let me know what you know and I'll put it all together. How about a timeline? I know there are folks out there that knws this stuff.

1G1G, Brad
I'd like to put info like this on a time line..

http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=242743&highlight=bontrager+frame

Brad
 
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