93 A2L Limited rescued

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93 A2L Limited rescued

Postby NORD » October 26th, 2014, 11:55 am

A kindhearted bike mechanic friend Zach at the other end of my state pointed me to this 1993 A2L Limited when I visited him as Winter turned to Spring this year. He said "We got something in you would like I want to show you!" thinking I would definitely want it for the thumb shifters and parts for other bike projects. The previous owner had used the bike as a commuter with slicks for the last 10 years and the bike was dirty. He brought it in over the winter for tuneup and repairs but did not like the $125 estimate and did not want to put any money into the bike,telling them to just keep it there. He got a Cannondale commuter bike and was happy as could be! Upon seeing this bike(it being the only A2L I have ever seen in person) I was very interested in the unique color scheme and the faded gold Mavic rims which were pretty unscared, so I told my friend,"No... I'm interested in it as a bike to ride." I put some money down and picked it up on another trip there in October.

Zach helped me set the bike right again by going thru it with me there.It looked like the bike was ridden off-road in the early years and maintenance neglected as a commmuter in the later years. The drivetrain was totally worn out except for a fresh chain so it got a new cassette,2 chainrings,crank bolts,wheel true,some nice pedals to replace the clip-ins on it,bar ends,and obligatory Shark Fin. The icing on the cake was it came with 40mm of Plush Occasional travel with the fork!! So I put on my favorite 2.3 sticky tires with low pressure to bring the grand total up to 53mm for the Hucker in me!!

I will probably use it some in winter with a set of winter wheels and studded Darts I have as I like the fact that it is not a pristine bike I feel a need to baby. The sticky new tires made a wonderful pinging symphony during the first ride flinging tiny pebbles onto the down tube.
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1994 Barracuda A2R
1993 Barracuda A2L
1990 Specialized Stumpjumper Team
1972 Regina Sport SS project
1991 Bianchi Ibex project
1995 Bianchi Ibex project

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Re: 93 A2L Limited rescued

Postby vpc66 » October 26th, 2014, 1:16 pm

Looks nice, do you have any before pictures so we can see what it look like when the person drop it off..


By the way, thanks for posting !
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Re: 93 A2L Limited rescued

Postby NORD » October 26th, 2014, 1:57 pm

I only have some fuzzy cellphone pics from before the job when I found the bike
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1994 Barracuda A2R
1993 Barracuda A2L
1990 Specialized Stumpjumper Team
1972 Regina Sport SS project
1991 Bianchi Ibex project
1995 Bianchi Ibex project

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Re: 93 A2L Limited rescued

Postby vpc66 » October 26th, 2014, 2:02 pm

Much better with fat tires ! Enjoy your rides ...
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Re: 93 A2L Limited rescued

Postby neo_pop_71 » November 16th, 2014, 9:38 pm

Right on my fellow A2L brother, your build came out great! Certainly a trail worthy bike for sure and given those amazing trails you enjoy, I can imagine many fabulous miles ahead!

The only thing I would add would be one of those NOS Zoom made "BARRACUDA" stem on Ebay. They are 25% off right now and you could have one in hand for under $20.00 and that's including shipping. This one looks to be about the same rise and length as the stem you're presently running. I get that it's an extra 20 bucks that isn't needed but it sure would looks sweet!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Barracuda-Chrom ... 35df85197b

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Re: 93 A2L Limited rescued

Postby mixalive » November 22nd, 2014, 6:56 pm

Nice
93 A2R blue/white 14" Craigslist Austin
94 A2R lavender/white 12" Austin barn find
94 A2M silver/white 14" Cenna's Cycles SA, original owner
94 Cuda Comp purple/white 14" won on Ebay
95 XX Team gold/white 14" Craigslist Memphis

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Re: 93 A2L Limited rescued

Postby Mark » March 4th, 2015, 1:20 pm

I love a good rescue story!


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