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    1983 Ibis  

Scot Nicol, founder of Ibis, just serialized his bikes in numeric order which makes it pretty easy to figure out the relative order of the bikes.  Unfortunately, there aren't date attached to the serial numbers.  Going from a rough guess of production and the original components, this one is probably in the first half of 1983 or so.  Interesting parts on this bike include the brakes, hubs and stem.  The stem is a custom Ibis stem which mounts to a stub brazed into the steerer tube on the fork.  The hubs are custom riveted Hi-E for added strength.  The brakes are early examples of the Ibis sold and Cunningham designed roller cam brakes.  I asked Scot about the "by master" decal and this was his explanation: 

"By master, I have an old slide show of things that say master on them. I collected them in the 70's and 80's. It's a really fun series, simply pictures of products that say master on them. I guess that's where the Speedmaster brakes name came from, I was the original guy who worked on those with Charlie before Potts was involved. "

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Frame Cro-Moly
Fork Cro-Moly
Rear Shock NA
Rims Saturne X22
Hubs Hi-E modified
Spokes Stainless Steel
Tires Specialized Ground
Pedals Campagnolo Record
Crank Specialized triple
Chain Shimano
Rear Cogs Suntour 6 speed freewheel
Bottom Bracket Sealed cartridge, press fit
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore XT
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT
Shifters Suntour Power thumb shifters
Handlebars Alloy, shimmed
Stem Ibis, stub mounted
Headset Campagnolo steel
Brake set Cunningham/Ibis Roller Cams
Brake levers Shimano Deore XT
Saddle Brooks B-17
Seat Post SR Laprade
Colors Red
Size 19" c-t
Serial #   46

 

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