original Ringle violet 3D lavender Ti Stix quick releases (Maybe not)

original Ringle violet 3D lavender Ti Stix quick releases (Maybe not)

Nothing is more iconic of vintage mountain bike components than Ringle Ti Stix quick releases with its round holes and toxic striking looking purple anodized color clashing with traditional silver and black components.

But it was not only good looks that sold these quick releases, they where a bit lighter than stock Shimano quick releases too since they had titanium axles.

It is not often you find a set of Ringle Ti Stix in such a good condition as these ones, they have never really been used at all, maybe mounted to a bike sometime but it seems they have lived most of their life in a drawer. The 3D lavender, purple anodized color is still very good with some tiny marks here and there. But hold on, do not email me just yet…

You see, there is something special with this quick release set.

No, they are not prototypes.

No, they have not been raced by John Tomac (they would cost at least $12000 then, yes this joke never gets old).

No, the axels are not made of titanium plated beryllium with a carbon core.

Guess what,

…they are actually fakes!

Yes, as pathetic as that sounds here I am selling fake Ringle quick releases (and you probably was salivating already for the prospect of owning near mint original Ringle Ti Stix quick releases for your Coral Reef Klein frame which will never see proper off road use ever again).

Want to know something even more pathetic? When I bought them the seller told me they where Ringle titanium quick releases, so I trusted him. Guess I am kinda pathetic after all.

But these copies are really well done, what eventually signalled they where fakes where that the holes where not exactly 100% aligned in the center of the quick release lever. And on the inside of the lever it has a tiny bit more material than the original thing.

Wanna know a secret?

If you mount these on your Yeti, nobody will know they are not the real thing besides you. Hey, they are titanium and working fine and the lavender anodized finish is great (although my camera have a hard time catching the right tone).

So if you want to be the scumbag of the vintage mountain bike world fooling all those elite members of the secret order of vintage mountain bike brotherhood with their stacks of Potts frames and books full of secret knowledge of these legendary frames we who do not know are unworthy of riding or mentioning their names I give you the possibility to be the rebel of the vintage world.

Go a head, get a price on your head for 30 euro SOLD! (but do not tell me afterwards that I did not warn you).

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Posted in Quick releases on Nov 26th, 2009, 1:23 am by Retro mountain biker   

9 Responses

  1. Wilba
    December 15th, 2009 | 8:15 pm

    Still for sale? Look good enough for me.

  2. Retro mountain biker
    December 17th, 2009 | 12:34 am

    Yeah, still for sale 🙂

  3. Stan Albaugh
    July 4th, 2010 | 5:37 am

    Do you still have the skewers?

  4. Retro mountain biker
    July 6th, 2010 | 1:42 pm

    Yep, but keep in mind they are fakes. I think they are made by Bici.

  5. Stan Albaugh
    July 6th, 2010 | 10:11 pm

    Do you want to sell? If so email me at mantisalbaugh@gmail.com or call me #707-497-6038 Thank’s Stan

  6. John
    August 18th, 2010 | 1:38 am

    Have you sold the ringle skewers yet?

  7. Retro mountain biker
    August 18th, 2010 | 11:38 am

    Yep, they are sold!

  8. Vince
    October 17th, 2010 | 2:18 am

    Any idea where I could get some just like them?

  9. Retro mountain biker
    October 18th, 2010 | 10:32 am

    Try eBay or Retrobike, people are stocking up on stuff like these as crazy, but once they realize they will never use it stuff hits the market, just watch the market for more than 3 months and I am sure you will find them.

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