Mountain Biking - 91 Bianchi Ibex
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01-31-12, 11:49 AM
I thought I would post a few pics of my first mountain bike. It's a 91 Bianchi Ibex and I have put a complete Deore M 530 group on it, Mavic Crossrides, Ritchey stem, bars, and headset with Ergon 3 grips and a WTB Silverado saddle. I found a Rock Shox Quadra 5 suspension fork (unused!) on ebay.
01-31-12, 02:19 PM
I love the few vintage bikes around that are that clean, nice bianchi.
01-31-12, 02:26 PM
Thanks! The bike only had a few miles on it when I bought it last summer. Other than that it was shuffled around in a garage all its life. Some rubbing compound really shined it up.
Dang, that thing is pristine. You should probably post that in the 'Show us your vintage Mountain Bikes' thread in the C&V section.
01-31-12, 02:50 PM
It's pretty clean...there was one place I had to touch up. I'll check the vintage mountain bike thread...
01-31-12, 09:50 PM
I have an old IBEX in the basement. It was stored outdoors by the previous owner and looks like a "before" pic compared to your beauty. That's a really nice job of upgrading a vintage frame with some nice components. Nice job!
01-31-12, 10:10 PM
Thanks! I was lucky to stumble across it (the previous owner actually listed it as a titanium frame bike. I couldn't resist going to look at it and wound up buying it anyway.) It didn't look that great when I got it. I went over the frame with some rubbing compound and it cleaned up way better than I thought. As to the components I actually have more money in this thing than I should have put into it. Guess I'll be riding it for a long time to recoup that.
01-31-12, 10:21 PM
I have a 1993 Ibex, mostly original Exage components. I bought it to use as a winter commuter from the original owner, who is the sales manager at an LBS. It's in beautiful shape which has had the ironic effect of compelling me to keep my bad weather "beater" bike cleaner and better maintained than my main bike. After any day that's wet or slushy, I hose it off, dry it, and relube everything that needs lubricating. Here it is: (PS--Her name is Bianca. She's very sensitive, so if you comment on her appearance, be kind!)
01-31-12, 10:25 PM
Took a closer look at your pics. Mine is clean. Yours truly is pristine--hardly a scratch!
Maybe we should get these old geezers together. Go out on a fire trail and maybe a little single track and to shake off the cobwebs!
02-01-12, 09:04 AM
Here it is: (PS--Her name is Bianca. She's very sensitive, so if you comment on her appearance, be kind!)
I like the color...yours is really clean! Mine is a little big for me (I ride that size in a road bike but I read somewhere that you're supposed to ride a smaller size mountain bike). I also like the geometry with yours better. Mine has almost no miles on her since my upgrades. I have a trip planned over a mountain where I used to live in Arkansas.
I hear you about the fire trail! I'm game...but you'll probably dust me!
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