Bikerumor Monday Mystery Pic

bikerumor monday mystery pic from first flight bicycles

Photo from the collection of Jeff Archer of First Flight Bicycles. If you think you know what this is, post your answer in the ‘comments’ section– the correct answer will be posted there on Tuesday!

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chris
chris
10 years ago

I know! It’s a bi-cycle frame!!

No really, I have no idea.

Rob
Rob
10 years ago

build your own kit parts for brazing

NoCoRider
NoCoRider
10 years ago

Titanium lugs from a Specialized Ultimate frame?

Mcr
Mcr
10 years ago

Front triangle cluster, seat tube cluster, rear stays, all in stainless steel (or titanium) awaiting their carbon tubes. Carbon tubes shall be:top tube, seat tube, seat stays, chain stays, and down tube…But where is the BB?

jimxwill
jimxwill
10 years ago

they are lugs for a carbon tubed frame. Tubes get mitered and glued into the lugs.

Richard
10 years ago

It is the titanium lugs for a bike made by Specialized in 1994(?) that had carbon tubes coupled with these titanium lugs and was called the “Ultimate”
I’m pretty sure anyways…

Richard
10 years ago

Actually, it may have been called an Epic. Or maybe an Epic Ultimate!

nick C
nick C
10 years ago

lug set from harry havnoonian.

nick C
nick C
10 years ago

but no doubt, richard is correct.

professorVelo
professorVelo
10 years ago

mmm… I’m was going to say it’s the lug set for one of the Trek bonded carbon fiber bikes of the early/mid 90s. these would have been aluminum, though, and it was a fastback seat cluster… the weird thing is that the brake bridge isn’t drilled. that and the head tube is complete. most – especially early versions had a CF head tube…

dang.

carl
carl
10 years ago

Looks like a lug set from a GRAFTEC.

Andy
Andy
10 years ago
John
John
10 years ago

Lugs for whatever custom frames. Tubing would be brazed to the lug.

harry covair
harry covair
10 years ago

the seatstay bridge has no brake bosses though….

Shredder
Shredder
10 years ago

Don’t think it’s for that Ultimate, the seat stay bridge doesn’t have any canti mounts on it.

am
am
10 years ago

It kind of looks like a lug set from a Merlin, pre Lightspeed days. That seat binder is whats catching my eye

Atgani
Atgani
10 years ago

The Emperor’s New Bike?

joby
joby
10 years ago

Seven Odonata raw lug set?

andy
andy
10 years ago

definitely specialized epic ultimate

Sean
Sean
10 years ago

The seat cluster doesn’t look right for the Specialized Epic Ultimate. It looks as if it has been chopped in half to produce the seat cluster and seatstay bridge separately . If you look at the pictures that Andy posted, you can see what I mean.

James Barnes
James Barnes
10 years ago

A set of lugs so sweet that even I cold build my own. Steel is real!
So nice and clean.

NoCoRider
NoCoRider
10 years ago
Adam
Adam
10 years ago

Well, judging by the Epic Ultimate being in Jeff’s own collection.
http://mombat.org/MOMBAT/Bikes/1992_Specialized_Ultimate.html

The bridge could simply be in the builders stage, pre-welded before building the frame to ensure the brake bosses are square to each other.

But, I remember hearing of a road version of this same frame-set but can’t find it online anywhere.
But where is the BB… hmmm

huelse
huelse
10 years ago

Exxon Graftek lugset?

Mark
10 years ago

Specialized Epic Ultimate for sure. I owned (and broke) one many years ago…

Charlie B.
Charlie B.
10 years ago

The brace that slides over the stays is the Epic giveaway.

jamie
jamie
10 years ago

those lugs were made by merlin for specialized

Sean
Sean
10 years ago

Ah, NoCoRider’s picture looks like a winner. Satisfies my questiong.

Hank Matheson
Hank Matheson
10 years ago

Lugs thats for sure. Most likely made to interface with some carbon tubing. And from the color of the heat effected zone I’m going with Ti.

Kees
Kees
10 years ago

Lugs from a Litespeed made John Tomac Raleigh Ti carbon frame he raced in the early nineties

Speedy
Speedy
10 years ago

I think a few of you are missing the fact that the Cantis don’t mount to the bridge, they were set up on their own metal sleeves. Look at the images in the link posted by NoCoRider, and you will see what I mean. The canti sleeves and BB are just not pictures in the post here.

ryan
ryan
10 years ago

ti lugs made by merlin

Moove
10 years ago

Congrats to NoCoRider, he spotted it first!

Kristi Benedict
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Kristi Benedict(@kristibee)
10 years ago
Reply to  Moove

Lots of great guesses…and the answer is:

“the titanium pieces to make a Specialized Epic frame. They would have been joined with carbon fiber tubes to make a complete frame like this one http://mombat.org/MOMBAT/Bikes/1992_Specialized_Ultimate.html

Kevin
Kevin
10 years ago

Lugs to make a bamboo (or any other cut to fit material) frame