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MarkKBike

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Apr 17, 2017
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#4
I remember seeing those new in the Mountain Bike Action Magazines back in the day. I always liked the was they looked.
The Syncros Stem, and Blue Easton Seatpost are also pretty cool. I wonder if the break booster is a early Paul.
 

Pauliemon

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 22, 2009
346
610
Sacramento, California
#5
I remember seeing those new in the Mountain Bike Action Magazines back in the day. I always liked the was they looked.
The Syncros Stem, and Blue Easton Seatpost are also pretty cool. I wonder if the break booster is a early Paul.
I sold them for a while. They were a little flexy but worth the trade off. The post is a Ringle' Easton. QRs are Salsa and yes a Paul brake booster. I put some heavy parts on it trying to slow my son down. He had been riding a Alpine Stars hardail and all the sudden started kicking my butt. Lucky for me he got his driver's license. After that he gave up mountain biking for girls.
 

gben

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 15, 2015
200
287
#6
I remember back in the 90s one of the local bike shops had a new AMP fork hanging on the wall for sale. I am sure it was partially carbon-fiber. I do not think anyone ever bought it. It was just too weird and pricey for most people in an era when Rock Shocks and Manitou and Marozocchi were pumping out tons of forks that were cheaper and worked well.
 

Pauliemon

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 22, 2009
346
610
Sacramento, California
#7
I remember back in the 90s one of the local bike shops had a new AMP fork hanging on the wall for sale. I am sure it was partially carbon-fiber. I do not think anyone ever bought it. It was just too weird and pricey for most people in an era when Rock Shocks and Manitou and Marozocchi were pumping out tons of forks that were cheaper and worked well.
I hear that! The AMP fork really worked well with the AMP frame and the AMP frame really well with the AMP fork. After that, nodda. I started selling Dagger frames that used a conventional front Easton triangle with a AMP rear end. You could run a Rock Shock or Manitou without the AMP geometry. Horst told me he had a proto 11" travel AMP fork for MX that was to costly to produce.
 
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Pauliemon

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 22, 2009
346
610
Sacramento, California
#8
Horst Leitner also designed the ATK motocross bike snd the extended tailgate to name a few.
 

Brutuskend

I live for the CABE
Apr 3, 2011
1,218
1,557
Eugene / Springfield Oregon
#9
I still have a AMP fork kicking around here someplace. Thinking about modding the legs to fit 700c wheels and disc brakes and building a street bomber / commuter .
 

Pauliemon

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 22, 2009
346
610
Sacramento, California
#11
Who and where were the Mongoose Amps built by?
The Mongoose Amplifiers were rebadged AMP Research B2s.
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AMP made some bikes for Mercedes Benz also. The Benz models were B5s with more suspension travel, lots-o-carbon fiber and a healthy price tag.
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AMP also sold rear ends to other companies. This a Dagger. It had a Easton front triangle. You could build them crazy light.
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SKPC

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Feb 2, 2018
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62
Utah - United States
#12
Nice. The Horst Link bikes and the Amp rides with the linkage fork was the cats meao setup back in the day. Big tube triangles with the Horst Link in aluninum you could build up really light. This Linkage fork design is still relevant, functional and beautiful IMO.
 

Brutuskend

I live for the CABE
Apr 3, 2011
1,218
1,557
Eugene / Springfield Oregon
#14
I still have one of thier forks. I'm toying with the idea of putting it on a old straight bar schwinn frame with a drum brake and making it a super klunker!
 
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Brutuskend

I live for the CABE
Apr 3, 2011
1,218
1,557
Eugene / Springfield Oregon
#15
The Mongoose Amplifiers were rebadged AMP Research B2s.
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AMP made some bikes for Mercedes Benz also. The Benz models were B5s with more suspension travel, lots-o-carbon fiber and a healthy price tag.
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AMP also sold rear ends to other companies. This a Dagger. It had a Easton front triangle. You could build them crazy light.
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Worked on at least one of those over the years! The Mercedes that is.
BTW, univega spec.ed many of thier bikes with " concept " forks which were re badged AMP forks in the early 90's.
 

cyclingday

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 24, 2008
6,610
22,072
Costa Mesa, California. United States
#16
I built up a GT Dyno Moto 7 with a steel AMP Research fork, and used it as a commuter bike.
The downtube on that frame had a tight little curve just behind the headtube that gave the perfect clearance for the Horst Link unit.
It was my first experience with the Shimano Nexus system.
It and the Amp fork worked flawlessly, for the 15 years that I rode that bike to and from work.
I ended up giving the bike to a friend who wanted to start commuting to work on a bike.
As far as I know, he’s still occasionally rides that bike to work.
At first, I was pretty skeptical of the spindly nature of that fork, but it proved to be more than up to the task.
Tried and true, for sure, by this rider.
 
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Vintage Newbie

On Training Wheels
Aug 7, 2019
1
0
38
California
#17
Just stumbled across this recent thread while looking for info on this bike. Rode it in the 90s and just dug it out of my parents house. Wanting to get back into biking and have been seeing a lot of talk about how much better the newer tech is. Definitely don’t think it competes with the minimal looks of this one though. Deciding on if I should rehab it or sell and get something more fitting for a beginner again..?
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