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LeadSled1
post Jan 31 2006, 10:13 AM
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Does anyone know the history behind ELF? Who owned it and who now owns the name? Who built the frames etc.
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brian45auto
post Jan 31 2006, 06:34 PM
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this is all i know.
it was a family run small company.
at one time they were made in a garage.
they are now out of business
chris moeller bought their tooling when they shut down in the late 90s' and i don't think anybody now owns the name.

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post Jan 31 2006, 07:07 PM
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nobody owns the name ELF started in california ended in france Not much stuff known about Elf unless you find the origonal owners name and find him. I talked to a fellow named george and he told me alot about my particular ELF. they never really took off like they shoudlve
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post Jan 31 2006, 07:49 PM
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i do know that ELF stood for
Extra Light Frames. thats all i know.
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post Jan 31 2006, 08:07 PM
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BY the way I am looking to a threadless Elf stem if anyone has access to one
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post Jan 31 2006, 08:20 PM
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Never took off ? Elves were everywhere when I was racing in the late 80s.

They may not have had the powerhouse team that free agent did but I'd bet they sold more frames than boss and cyclecraft put together.
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post Jan 31 2006, 08:26 PM
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i am just relaying what that guy told me when i talked to him he was a main sales rep for ELF BITD use to take the orders from bicycle shops across the country works for S&M now. The only time i knew of ELF when iw as a kid was looking at pictures in a BMX plus magazine wishing i had one
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post Jan 31 2006, 08:40 PM
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Elf Doublecross framesets were King in the early 90s, not to mention 6pc. blast bars which were the thy bars to have before the dirt jumpa craze hit.

One of the rarest frames they ever made is on Ebay right now the Elf Tractionplate model, only a handful were ever made.
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post Jan 31 2006, 08:46 PM
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i was going to bid on that bike but there is no documentation that it is actually an ELF no stampings or no knowledge by owner. I have seen those frames on e-bay before and this is the first one to actually get a bid mostly because of the parts on it are worth as much as the asking price. I have a double cross aluminum ELF defines the EXTRA LITE FRAME
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post Jan 31 2006, 09:16 PM
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I'll personally guarantee you that is in fact an ELF Traction Plate frame. I was an Elf dealer 1996-2001 and personally talked to the owner many times on the phone, thay also made a version of the frame in question with regular chainstays for some reason or another. The frame you must have is the DXIII, I know it well, it came as a complete bike only, and has a fairly short toptube, also the finish was clearcoat over polish. They made them within the last year they were open for business.
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