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Old December 6th, 2007, 7:56 PM   #1
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OK, taking a cue from Rody (tandem thread), I would be interested in knowing how many of the Shock-a-Billys are out there. Does anyone still have one that they still ride? How do they compare to the newer FS bikes?
As for myself, I would like to have one of the second generation bikes, but have not seen one in my size.

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Old December 6th, 2007, 8:45 PM   #2
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Rick,

I've fixed a few of the old ones, but it's been a few years. Unfortunately, the AMP rear ends were too noodly for my big buns to ride, would have like to have tried the later model.

I do know there are a few over on Retrobike that have been procurred through EvilBay.

Is the Billy with the Action Tech BOI that Jeff has one of yours?

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Old December 7th, 2007, 6:14 PM   #3
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Rody,

Yes, the Action Tec bike is mine. It has been ridden hard, and unfortunately does not really fit me. I plan to give it the full restoration process but still need to accumulate a few more purple bits (anyone have some spare purple hubs?).
I always admired the AMP bikes but also found the bikes too "light" for my riding and size.

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p.s. Rody, this may have been covered elsewhere, but have you ever tried to match the Team Violet paint color with red tint? I recall a discussion some time back, cannot remember the details.
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Old December 7th, 2007, 6:26 PM   #4
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Rick,

Yep, I've got the team violet down.

As it has been said before, there are about 6 different shades of "team violet" as the color is hand mixed...you've got to set up a little paint lab to get it right . The red pearl is a constant though.

It is almost impossible to match for aftermarket parts (forks, bars, stems) unless you have the original frame to match in front of you; shade variations, uv fade, etc make it a tough job.

It is a lovely color atmo.

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Old December 8th, 2007, 10:03 AM   #5
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Gents,

in the event that you come across an AMP Billy - someone "light" like myself would be interested.

thanks as always,

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Old December 9th, 2007, 8:40 PM   #6
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Default TI SHock-a-billy

Hey Guys

I did weld at least one Titanium Shock-A-Billy. It was the most complex frame that I ever welded. I had to create several custom purge jigs and fixtures to make it come out right.

Of all the frames that I welded there, that is the one I want the most - even if it does have the stupid amp rear-end.

Believe it or not, the most difficult part to weld was the seat tube brace. I had to build a special jig (for all the shocka's) that forced the seat tube to bend back 2 degrees from parallel. The shrinkage from the welds on the brace pulled the seat tube back to parallel. Of course it had to be modified for the TI frame. A bunch of trial and error went into building the jig but the seat tubes came out parallel after they were welded. I also had to build a special purgeable copper heat sink for the bottom bracket since there was so much welding done to it. That was the coolest tool I ever built.

If anyone know where that frame is, I'd re-mortgage my house to buy it.

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Old December 11th, 2007, 1:24 PM   #7
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I would imagine that there are some folks that might sell say a kidney, arm, leg, something to get their hands on this
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Old May 22nd, 2008, 11:06 AM   #8
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I'm taking my Shock-A-Billy to the sprayers in Bristol, Western UK this weekend to get sorted.. Going for a Chameleon Aquafade combo [saw it once ina magazine], but would ideally like the Team Violet so it matches my Yo..

I know the colour is a hard one to match perfectly, but is there a RAL colour than I can quote for the Team Violet that would as close a match as possible?
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Old May 23rd, 2008, 3:01 PM   #9
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I'm taking my Shock-A-Billy to the sprayers in Bristol, Western UK this weekend to get sorted.. Going for a Chameleon Aquafade combo [saw it once ina magazine], but would ideally like the Team Violet so it matches my Yo..

I know the colour is a hard one to match perfectly, but is there a RAL colour than I can quote for the Team Violet that would as close a match as possible?
Hello Kingroon,

Concerning Team Violet - this was the source of this paint story.

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Old May 23rd, 2008, 8:17 PM   #10
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Concerning Team Violet - this was the source of this paint story.

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What has that site got to do with bicycles?
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Old May 24th, 2008, 6:43 AM   #11
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What has that site got to do with bicycles?
Chuck, as I've said. Team Violet is based on the Milka color - sounds surreal, but that's the story Wendyll told me. Therefore you just have to buy a Milka and match it to a ral color scheme.
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Old May 24th, 2008, 7:11 AM   #12
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Chuck, as I've said. Team Violet is based on the Milka color - sounds surreal, but that's the story Wendyll told me. Therefore you just have to buy a Milka and match it to a ral color scheme.
FYI: I have been told that the purple color of the Milka wrapper has actually changed shades over the years.
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FYI: I have been told that the purple color of the Milka wrapper has actually changed shades over the years.
Thanks Tony...that's good to know. Luckily I got a color sample; frame; here!

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Progress report here http://www.fatcogs.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1769
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As a rather big rider (100+ kg) who used to race at a (very low...) national level and still rides hard in the typical swedish terrain with lots of roots and rocks I really don't understand people saying that the AMP-style Billy is wobbly in the rear end. Sure, it is not as stiff as a front suspended bike (duh!) but I have tried modern bikes with flexier rear ends. With a White Industries Ti rear hub and a stiff brake booster the rear end is as stiff as I could ever ask for and with 2/3 10W and 1/3 5W fork oil the AMP damper is smooth as silk. Am I too blind to see that things have happened over the last 14 years?

By the way, can anyone explain the S/N system for the Billy? My bike has S/N 004P4ML. The last two letters mean medium/large I think but the rest?

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As a rather big rider (100+ kg) who used to race at a (very low...) national level and still rides hard in the typical swedish terrain with lots of roots and rocks I really don't understand people saying that the AMP-style Billy is wobbly in the rear end. Sure, it is not as stiff as a front suspended bike (duh!) but I have tried modern bikes with flexier rear ends. With a White Industries Ti rear hub and a stiff brake booster the rear end is as stiff as I could ever ask for and with 2/3 10W and 1/3 5W fork oil the AMP damper is smooth as silk. Am I too blind to see that things have happened over the last 14 years?

By the way, can anyone explain the S/N system for the Billy? My bike has S/N 004P4ML. The last two letters mean medium/large I think but the rest?

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Are you sure that the letter is a "P" in your serial number. I am thinking that it would actually be a "B" with the letter not stamped hard enough at the bottom making it look like a "P". ? Actually by looking at the frame registry list Doug put together, there is another Billy listed with a "P" in the serial number

I'll take a go at it:
004(4th) P(Billy?) 4(year 1994) ML (medium/large).

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Thank you for the answer. I am pretty sure it is a P although the S/N is a bit hard to read because of the thick paint.
How many Billys very made in 94? Total number of AMP-equipped Billys?

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Old August 17th, 2008, 11:04 PM   #18
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Well I can toss my newly minted 2 cents into this my newly aquired 1993 Billy's serial number is 024P3M

Usual heavy paint on mine but definitely looks like a P versus a half B.

To answer the old threads question though. I'm very excited to have it and I am going to definitely riding it. Way to much fun. It seems to me the AMP design has really passed the test of time is still very rideable. Although I would LOVE to check out the later models as well, the 1993 has very special nostalgia to me.


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Old August 18th, 2008, 8:28 AM   #19
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This is sort of a guess, but consider the Shock-A was still in development during its first year. Earl Bob's bike's serial number was PROTO2 if I remember correctly. The 'P' in the early bike serial numbers probably represents Prototype and was later changed to 'B' to represent Billy.
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