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#1 2013-03-09 7:49am

blueep3piece
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1997 S&M DIRTBIKE

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1997 S&M DIRTBIKE

"Ol' DB"

Me and this frame have a little history. This was my first S&M I built, thanks to a friend that had one of the chrome skull-decal'd Dirtbikes, I wanted one. So I bought the 1" version of this color/decal set brand new way back in 1997. I didn't want to pay the extra $50 or whatever it was for the oversized version but went the extra mile and got the Stupidfork/Redneck stem combo. It was a great bike, but after about 4 years I got bored of it and found myself riding my GT Fueler I had as a spare. I eventually bought another spare bike, in the form of a heavily modified Haro Backtrail so I got rid of the Fueler and the Dirtbike sat. After seeing it neglected after a few months and really loving the newer benefits of 1-1/8" bikes, I stripped the Dirtbike frame and repainted it orange. That didn't make me want to ride it anymore than before so I removed all the parts I could use on 1-1/8" bikes and I did something I regretted for a very long time. I took the frame, fork/stem combo and headset down to the trash compactor in my condo complex and set it on top figuring one of the parents would see it, grab it and build it up for one of their kids. Never saw it again.

One day in May of 2012 I was reminiscing about that bike and tried to find pics of one. My search led me to this website and I ended up joining shortly there after. I vowed to myself that if I ever came across this color Dirtbike with this decal set, I'd jump on it to somewhat redeem myself and the bike I once threw away. At some point profilerider tossed this up for grabs and we made a frame for frame trade deal.
When it came to building this I had imagined making it look exactly like my original one but with a few minor new school upgrades to make it livable. Well, after I blew a few hundred dollars on it, I realized if it is what my old one once was, I probably wouldn't enjoy riding it. So I scrapped my original plans for it and chose to build a new school bike around the tired and weathered frame. What you see is currently 75% of my "plan B". At some point I will be selling off the wheels and cranks in favor of a sealed cassette wheelset and chrome Fit Indent cranks. I hope to be able to run 36/12 on this but clearing the brake might be an issue. 36/13 is how she sits now. Everything else is just the way I want it.
As much as I like to boast about being new school, I feel the term (for me) is wrong. I believe the category I belong in and always have is "current school". As the times change, so do my bikes.

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parts list
1997 S&M Dirtbike, 1-1/8" headtube, 20.25" top tube, 3/8" dropoutsFit Blade 2 forkMechanik S.T.I. headsetS&M Redneck XLT stemS&M Slam XLT barsODI closed end Longnecksunknown bottom bracketGT cranks, 175mm (for now)Odyssey Trailmix pedalsTree O.G. sprocket, 36tKMC 410 chainSun Ringle sealed & slotted 14mm (flip flop rear) laced to Sun Black Box rims, 48h (for now)Odyssey freewheel, 13tFit FAF-K front tire, 2.25"Fit FAF-K rear tire, 2.1"S&M kevlar Pivotal seatCrupi 22.2mm Pivotal seat postProfile Slim Jim seat post clampOdyssey Monolever mediumOdyssey EVO II brakeCoalition linear brake cable
as she sits, 27.5 lb

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current school > your school

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#2 2013-03-09 8:57am

Stoner71
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Re: 1997 S&M DIRTBIKE

Goddamn work of art, perfect color scheme, awesome parts. Bro.....you nailed this bike big time! cool


Ummmmm..........Yeah.

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#3 2013-03-11 8:50am

blueep3piece
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Re: 1997 S&M DIRTBIKE

thanks dude, I love it so far. it feels really solid and I can't wait until it's totally finished.


current school > your school

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#4 2013-03-12 7:07am

RDB
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Re: 1997 S&M DIRTBIKE

super trick resto-mod right here, looks great mang and has an awesome parts line up...

you did good son...and 27.5 lbs yikes  nicely done cool

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#5 2013-03-12 8:16am

blueep3piece
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Re: 1997 S&M DIRTBIKE

RDB wrote:

super trick resto-mod right here, looks great mang and has an awesome parts line up...

you did good son...and 27.5 lbs yikes  nicely done cool

thank you mang. pretty stoked on the weight. thankfully less than 30 lb.

Ol' DB 27.5 lb
Blackie 26.8 lb
Melba Toast 24.7 lb


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#6 2013-03-12 8:21am

RDB
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Re: 1997 S&M DIRTBIKE

blueep3piece wrote:

RDB wrote:

super trick resto-mod right here, looks great mang and has an awesome parts line up...

you did good son...and 27.5 lbs yikes  nicely done cool

thank you mang. pretty stoked on the weight. thankfully less than 30 lb.

Ol' DB 27.5 lb
Blackie 26.8 lb
Melba Toast 24.7 lb

that is a nice line up for sure cool

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#7 2013-03-12 8:22am

blueep3piece
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Re: 1997 S&M DIRTBIKE

thanks, they get lighter as they get newer. weight matters, but only to people that actually ride their bikes. we are the 1% lol


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#8 2013-03-12 8:42am

RDB
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Re: 1997 S&M DIRTBIKE

blueep3piece wrote:

thanks, they get lighter as they get newer. weight matters, but only to people that actually ride their bikes. we are the 1% lol

lol

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#9 2013-10-10 6:31am

blueep3piece
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Re: 1997 S&M DIRTBIKE

have a few things coming in soon for this. can't wait.


current school > your school

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#10 2015-05-08 3:05am

knolsy
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Re: 1997 S&M DIRTBIKE

Perfect blend of old & new.. love it!

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#11 2015-05-08 3:29am

holeshot
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Re: 1997 S&M DIRTBIKE

This is a pimps bike.


Raced NBL tracks in the 80's East Coast. Boston is home base. Wide ranging love for all things BMX. I have great memories and continue to make them. Faster than greased moose poop.

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#12 2019-01-09 1:08pm

Juan Love
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Re: 1997 S&M DIRTBIKE

Awesome story, and the bike came out great! I always loved the thrasher style decals.  Very nice build, and I love the patina.  cool

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#13 2019-01-22 5:04pm

ChaseDyno-Bmx
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Re: 1997 S&M DIRTBIKE

Like it

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