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i just had this bike shipped to me. it had aftermarket Manitou decals on it which or course were not original. it does say Hamilton and New Mexico but they seem to have been rattle-canned on. obviously this is a quality frame. it's got really nice lugs and some fillet brazing. there is no serial number. i'm hoping some of you guys could give me a few good leads???

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na, doesn't say anything. no serial number even. the lugs are very distict like you say. also, mixing fillet brazing with lugs is distinctive. the workmanship is very nice. .
no idea about the make of the bike, but I have seen those cranksets before (though the name escapes me right now), and really like the look of them.

have to agree, the work seems very unique, have you tried looking at some of the builders on CR?
 

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Cranks are Topline/Topolino. Frame is almost surely American (though Japan does have a few builders who build in this style, though with a strikingly different aesthetic) , handmade and that's not a rattle can paint job. Extraordinary lugwork points to only a few of the best builders. Try Kirk bikes, Baylis, Erichie and Davidson; these guys will be able to identify who made those lugs.
 

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Cranks are Topline/Topolino. Frame is almost surely American (though Japan does have a few builders who build in this style, though with a strikingly different aesthetic) , handmade and that's not a rattle can paint job. Extraordinary lugwork points to only a few of the best builders. Try Kirk bikes, Baylis, Erichie and Davidson; these guys will be able to identify who made those lugs.
yeup, Toplines. i know the paint is not rattle can but the lettering thats on the frame looks to have been placed on there with a rattle can and stencils. i've sent an e-mail out to Bayliss and Nobilette. hopefully one of them will have an answer for me. we'll see. :thumbsup:
 

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OK, another bike forum answered the question. as it turns out there is a custom frame builder named Dave Hamilton in Albuqueque New Mexico. who'd have thought :rolleyes:

dont think i'm crazy. the lettering on it has fish eyes and looks very amateur where the frame looks very professional. i'm just glad to know who built it. :cornut:
 
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