October 26th 2015.
Found this on Gumtree one Sunday lunchtime – a Diamond Back DB Axis LE (I believe LE is Limited Edition and relates to the ovalised top tube). Here’s how I found it.
The guy I bought it off had it handed down from his mum, who bought it new. Nice one mum! Love the squiggly paint job and the neon decals.
From what I can gather, these frames were built in 1990 (using Tange tubing) but the graphics are from 1991 (DB also switched to True Temper tubing in ’91) – so this is some kind of ’90/91 cross-over.
As expected with a bike of this age there are a few non-standard parts (it was on slicks, and the chainset is recent) but the rest is all there – Deore DX throughout, Araya RM-17 rims, and original DB grips.
Unfortunately, the saddle is missing its lycra. But it’s dated July 1989 so it might be worth getting it re-covered.
I’ve since cleaned it up and it’s looking good. A pair of Panarcaer Smoke tyres (as it would have worn when new) help enormously.
I’ll get around to a more thorough examination and a good going over with a paint restorer in the coming weekends.