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1984 MRD Expert

#1 2010-08-05 12:16am

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1984 MRD Expert

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1984 MRD Expert

THE VERY  BEST OF BRITISH


COMPANY IMFORMATION;Tim march was one of the u.k's finest racers,he could mix it with the very best not only here but worldwide.he launched MRD in 1984 in his own words 'out of necessity'.production was based in the south of the uk in a small town called New Milton and overseen by a company called 'tran am'  .made from reynolds 531 tubing and with brazed joints not welded,a very underated company which produced  awesome  looking framesets, up there with the best of them in design,how fast does this one look just stood still!!!
the frame ,forks and bars have had a rechrome,the rest is nos,refurbed and mint survivor parts.to say im happy to land one of these is an understatement,they very rarely come up for sale,this one is now going nowhere.Although an expert its really a pro size frame with an 181/2 tt.just an all round beautiful machine:)
1984 mrd expert frame and forks (rechromed)
hutch pro racer bars 3rd gen (rechromed)
mint tufneck stem
nos kashi mx seat
tange seat post
nos sugino 400 cranks with sugino sealed bb
nos petes precision chainring 44t
polished suntour xc11 pedals
polished araya 7x 1.75 with nos large flange suzue hubs
nos blue/grey label tioga comp 3's 1.75
nos oakley b1b's
nos dc tech 3 lever with polished dc mx 1000 caliper and nos dc cable
nos izumi chain
nos tange seat clamp
beartrap headset with nos tange lock
repro padset (stem pad signed by tim march)







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#2 2010-08-05 5:49am

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That is nice Mark real sexy, loving the colour combo.

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#3 2010-09-03 5:04am

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Never heard of this but should have, beautiful!


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#4 2010-09-03 8:02am

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cheers wayne,i dont think mrd ever made it across the pond,its a  shame cos they were as good as anything out there,the uk's version of the hutch maybe?!

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#5 2010-09-03 8:07am

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Absolutely incredible bike. I love the way you put it together.
Every time I see a MRD bike... makes me want one.

The UK had some really great brands....(MRD, DP, Shauff, Curtis)  that we never had over here.

Instant fave!
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#6 2010-09-03 8:26am

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chromey wrote:

Absolutely incredible bike. I love the way you put it together.
Every time I see a MRD bike... makes me want one.

The UK had some really great brands....(MRD, DP, Shauff, Curtis)  that we never had over here.

Instant fave!
smile

cheers chromey,yes we did have some great brands back here which were popular bitd but dont generate as much interest now,bit of an acquired taste it seems.i absolutely love this bike,it can stand up against any of my other builds,and i could stare at it all day long,the geometry is just perfect cool

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#7 2010-09-03 10:43pm

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Beautiful and esoteric.

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#8 2010-09-04 4:15am

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A brilliant bike and one which brings back alot of great memories from the early/mid-80s, riding around Dorset (a bit further around the coast from Weymouth) and dreaming about owning some of the bikes you've now got in your collection.  Do you remember Andy Ruff, Tim March's big rival bitd?


Check out my 1983 VDC-built Trident, 1983 Kuwi Laserlite, 2010 GT Ultrabox 2, 2011 Crupi race rig and prototype Quamen, plus the all things Crupi & old school scene in Japan threads. Always interested in buying used, mid-school race plates.

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#9 2010-09-04 4:33am

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I raced against Tim March in an French indoor race i Febrary 1988 :-)

The track was handbuilt & called Banania, anyone rememper these indoor tracks ?

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#10 2010-09-04 5:10am

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MickRich393 wrote:

A brilliant bike and one which brings back alot of great memories from the early/mid-80s, riding around Dorset (a bit further around the coast from Weymouth) and dreaming about owning some of the bikes you've now got in your collection.  Do you remember Andy Ruff, Tim March's big rival bitd?

everybody remembers andy ruffell!!hes gone onto great things since his bmx days,hes the inventor of the mobo awards,tv producer and other stuff,a millionaire i think all off the back of his bmx days!!nice to know you know dorset and weymouth

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#11 2010-09-04 6:14am

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I've just checked out an online biog on Andy Ruffell - unbelievable!!

Yeah, my hometown is Swanage so I know Weymouth well.  Am now living in Japan where I'm looking for an old-school ride, though have recently been tempted by a mid-school Robinson.  I checked out a shop this week that had a bunch of unrestored 80s frames hanging from the ceiling - Kuwahara, Diamondback, Redline, Mongoose - they were all there though at typically high Japanese prices.  The shop had some good stuff though - used, nos and repro - and the owner rides around on a 70s Webco.


Check out my 1983 VDC-built Trident, 1983 Kuwi Laserlite, 2010 GT Ultrabox 2, 2011 Crupi race rig and prototype Quamen, plus the all things Crupi & old school scene in Japan threads. Always interested in buying used, mid-school race plates.

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#12 2010-09-04 7:23am

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MickRich393 wrote:

I've just checked out an online biog on Andy Ruffell - unbelievable!!

Yeah, my hometown is Swanage so I know Weymouth well.  Am now living in Japan where I'm looking for an old-school ride, though have recently been tempted by a mid-school Robinson.  I checked out a shop this week that had a bunch of unrestored 80s frames hanging from the ceiling - Kuwahara, Diamondback, Redline, Mongoose - they were all there though at typically high Japanese prices.  The shop had some good stuff though - used, nos and repro - and the owner rides around on a 70s Webco.

my god that shop sounds like heaven.i know swanage well,about 40 mins form weymouth.get yourself an old school ride,you wont regret it!!

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#13 2010-09-05 4:29am

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Yeah, I was like a kid in a candy store, though sadly with no pocket money to spend!  By the way, when I was looking at your other bikes, you mentioned an '83 Robby and an '83 GHP - what's the latest with those?


Check out my 1983 VDC-built Trident, 1983 Kuwi Laserlite, 2010 GT Ultrabox 2, 2011 Crupi race rig and prototype Quamen, plus the all things Crupi & old school scene in Japan threads. Always interested in buying used, mid-school race plates.

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#14 2010-09-05 11:55am

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Very very nice Mark, i think i'm gonna have to get myself one of those. How hard are they to come by ????  I'm assuming quite rare.

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#15 2010-09-06 7:25am

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MickRich393 wrote:

Yeah, I was like a kid in a candy store, though sadly with no pocket money to spend!  By the way, when I was looking at your other bikes, you mentioned an '83 Robby and an '83 GHP - what's the latest with those?

the robbo will be done when i can get a set of flights and a chrome wheel set so maybe 2 months,the ghp is for later early next year maybe,its gonna be white frame fork and bars with gold parts and a touch of red,something a bit differant to my other bikes,im done with chrome after the robbo!!

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#16 2010-09-06 7:27am

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Southern Andy wrote:

Very very nice Mark, i think i'm gonna have to get myself one of those. How hard are they to come by ????  I'm assuming quite rare.

yes andy very rare, but i have the knack for sniffing them out,whereas others stand right above them at lets say an o.s bmx weekend and dont spot them!!!

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#17 2010-09-06 2:03pm

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Ahhh yes, i remember vividly mate, how embarrassing. lollol


Not my fault, i was too busy buying Oakley 2's for £5. cool

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#18 2010-10-23 5:07pm

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thats sweet. i really like your parts selection


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#19 2011-01-24 1:43am

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niceeeeee


CARPI DIEM!!!

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#20 2012-02-01 6:01pm

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I like this alot...good color coordination , very appealing to the eye, probably pretty light as well , I d love to own one some day ... very cool


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#21 2012-05-25 7:06pm

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That's a good looking bike! I've always liked the unique and MRD's are just that. If I dare to take another bike building plunge it would be a March. And Tim should be the posterboy for tall guys who think they can't ride a 20".....he could very well.cool

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