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Catalog Revisited
1988 Diamond Back Mountain
First off you have to love any catalog from back in the day where the rider pictured on the cover is not wearing a helmet.... But in 1988 I wasn't wearing one either.


For 1988 Diamond Back 9 bicycles in the category. (They also had a catalog with their Centurion road bicycles as well in 88') Out of these nine bikes, four where legitimate mountain bikes featuring the latest and greatest offerings from Shimano, Tioga and Vetta components. The top of the line Axis was even available in limited quantities speced with the Browning Eletctric Front Chainwheel Shifting System. The Axis was a full Shimano XT bike ready for anything you could throw at it.

For their steel frames Diamond Back's choice was Tange tubing and the higher end frames where made in Japan. One very unique frame for 1988 was the Diamond Back Arrival. This frame was 100%, 7000 Series aluminum that was also handbuilt in Japan. A state of the art frame and bike for 1988, equipped with Shimano XT components, Tioga T-Bone stem, Araya RM-20 rims and a Vetta Turbo saddle. Big drool factor on this one.

Overall 88' was a good year in Diamond Back land. Their dedication to mountian bikes and willingness to spec some eclectic parts made them a leader in the industry.
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Bikeman
Diamond Bike Mountain Bikes 1988
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Cover
Cruising the tundra, sans helmet
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Page 1-2
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The Axis, Prestige tubing, full XT.
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Page 3-4
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The Arrival, Aluminum frame made in Japan, Full XT Components
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Diamondback Apex, the workingman's race bike.
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Page 6-7
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Ascent EX, mid range trail rider
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Page 9-10
Ascent
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Page 11-12
The Cruisers
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Page 13-14
More cruisers and specs
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