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I got a diamond back frame from my lbs that I asked to be stripped and re-sprayed, I also asked they take pictures before sending the frame on so I could get new decals which the y didn't do. I remember the bike had "DBR" written on the top tube, but that's all I can really remember. How would I know if the frame was titanium? Are there any markings that you know of that would help identify the frame material?

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I got a diamond back frame from my lbs that I asked to be stripped and re-sprayed, I also asked they take pictures before sending the frame on so I could get new decals which the y didn't do. I remember the bike had "DBR" written on the top tube, but that's all I can really remember. How would I know if the frame was titanium? Are there any markings that you know of that would help identify the frame material?

 

Not sure if Diamondback brought out Titanium frames. Mostly cromoly or Aluminium.

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I got a diamond back frame from my lbs that I asked to be stripped and re-sprayed, I also asked they take pictures before sending the frame on so I could get new decals which the y didn't do. I remember the bike had "DBR" written on the top tube, but that's all I can really remember. How would I know if the frame was titanium? Are there any markings that you know of that would help identify the frame material?

 

The DBR is reference to Diamondback Racing, which was reference to the "racing division" of DB, back in the day... Similar to what 'S-Works' is to Specialised these days... Of course, that was then - when DB was still a major player... They've since nearly closed up shop, were then bought-out by one of the big US companies, and have made a minor(?) comeback States-side, but nothing close to where they used to be...

 

If yours had a DBR sticker on it, it could've been from that era - earliesh 90s to very early 2000s... Mine is circa 1994.

 

Regarding whether or not it was Ti - well, it's kind of difficult to explain what it looks like... Also depends on the finish of the Ti - i.e polished or not...

 

Regarding markings - apart from stickers indicating the material [usually something along the lines of "3/2.5"], I'm not aware of any particular mark being hammered into the frame material... Serial numbers and the like are generally on the bottom of the BB, but even there I don't think you'd ordinarily find anything identifying it as Ti...

 

Not sure if Diamondback brought out Titanium frames. Mostly cromoly or Aluminium.

 

They did indeed. It was a limited production run of +/- 1500 frames between 1993 and 1995 - made by Sandvik, who also produced top-end Ti frames for the likes of Mongoose etc. at the time...

 

Nice bike - but no comment on the saddle

 

People either hate them or love them [or are simply being polite]... :P

 

Recently converted the frame to a SS - will pop up pics asap... The old-skool saddle sort of matches the look more now...

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