1989 Denti


1989 Denti

For a lot of years Campagnolo were synonymous with high end road cycling. Early MTB bikes and BMX often had Campagnolo parts, but they were mostly road parts. There was also a BMX line, but that were mostly the same as the road parts but with shorter crank arm and fancy anodization. The road parts were great and worked well. Although it was few bikes that had the parts, but the ones who had were mostly great ones.  

Fast forward to late 1988 – the Euclid was released for the 1989 model year. The group set had many of the typical great Campagnolo features – the bearings are just great; the build quality is stunning and it is a very stylish group. On the other hand – it is way overbuilt, too complicated and so heavy that it really is something different. The seat post even had a quick release for changing the seat angle. The Euclid group had 3 different braking levers, and the long one – “elephant nose” is in many ways a more modern version of the classic Magura Shortys. I really like it, is typical Italian post 2nd World War – avantgarde and functional. 

 The group set is aesthetically a mix between the classic Campagnolo look, Shimano Deore XT 730 and the before mentioned Maguras, although with the WTB threatment of mounting thumbies directly to the brake levers. Some like it, very many don’t. Euclid was the first of many groups – Centaur followed later in 1989, then Olympus in 1991, Icarus and Record OR in 1992. In 1994 the Campagnolo MTB adventure was over. The groups were too expensive and never really became really popular. Maybe Icarus was a telling name – the one that flew too close to the sun and the wings made out of wax melted. 

Just like the Euclid group – this Denti is beautiful but way overengineered. Whether it’s a Denti or not is hard to tell, as there seems to be some decals that is removed from the frame. Hard to tell if it’s rebadged or not.  

Serial: # VL180633
Frame: Cro-moly, Fillet Brazed
Fork: Cro-moly straight bladed, Fillet Brazed 
Rims: Nisi
Hubs: Campagnolo Euclid
Spokes: Stainless steel 
Tires: Tioga Hound Dawg
Pedals: Campagnolo Euclid
Crank: Campagnolo Euclid
Chain: Sedis
Freewheel: Suntour 6 speed
Bottom Bracket: Campagnolo Euclid
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Euclid 
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Euclid
Shifters: Campagnolo Euclid
Handlebars: 3TTT, bulged
Stem: 3TTT, hinged
Headset: Campagnolo Euclid
Brake set: Campagnolo Euclid 
Brake levers: Campagnolo Euclid 
Saddle: Concor Superleggera
Seat post: Campagnolo Euclid
Colors: White with multi color splatter
Size: 20

1989 Mantis Valkyrie #VK1916


1989 Mantis Valkyrie

I don't have the blue Valkyrie anymore since Erik Five (the other third of Vintage MTB Scandinavia) bought it. I sold it because of this new one that I bought in Canada for almost a year ago now. It looked quite beat up, didn't have an original fork and it was pretty hopeless as is. A pretty perfect candidate to send to Toxik Design Lab.

The seller also had a Type II fork for it, and I figured that was a quite good alternative to the original fork.

I always loved the 1989 Mountain Goat Deluxe over at Mombat. I remembered it from some time ago, and I couldn't find it back at Mombat, even through the new website og through Wayback Machine. I asked Harald Strasser of Toxik to make something that reminded me of that one, although I didn't remember exactly how it looked. The main part for me was the black sections here and the crazy neon fade / tie-dye in between. I figured the black sections could go quite well with the crazy tubing on the Valkyrie since it could tone down some sections and still make room for the crazy neons.

This project took quite a bit of time, and I was happy that it did. Since these projects develops over time it's ok to have time to think about the final result. In this case it meant that I got the Mountain Goat from Mombat some months after - something I never dreamt of happening. I didn't intend that to happen, and if I knew I would never have painted them in the same paint job - but now I'm quite happy to have two of these.

I got some pictures from Harald from time to time as the project went on. Every time I was very happy with the progress - in the first I was more than happy to see that the frameset was transformed from the beat up blue one to a nice primed frameset, and as time went by I saw more and more of the finished product. Blew my mind every time.

So - now it is here and it's ready for my part of it. I have a good idea of how it will be and it seems that I have all the parts needed. Since this frame and fork is for cantilevers I think a good, clean and easy build up with all XT 730/732 will be proper.