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bconneraz 06-10-14 03:38 PM

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Originally Posted by Metacortex (Post 16839131)
I saw that one on eBay, I think you got a pretty good deal! However despite what the seller listed I'm 99% sure it's an '86 (I have an '87 in that color). I'd be interested to know the first two or three digits of the frame serial number under the bottom bracket (indicates when the frame was made) and the 4-digit date stamp on the headbadge (indicates the day the bike was built).

Here's my '87. I'm the original owner and in this pic the bike is all original except for the tires and saddle (I've since reinstalled the original saddle, wish I would have kept the original tires!). It has a Sept. '86 frame (I6xxxxx serial) and was built on Jan. 29th 1987 (0297 badge):

http://i61.tinypic.com/1zcip7n.jpg
http://i59.tinypic.com/2euoos9.jpg

I knew right away it was an 86 when the auction went up; the whole "custom Porsche Red" made me giggle; I've got an 87 as well in the same color. That said, it's truly an NOS bike. I have probably 50 close up pics that I took of the bike as I cleaned it up. No de-greaser needed; just a little water out of a spray bottle and some simple green. I wiped off the chain and freewheel with a dry rag with no chemicals at all. Ironically, I'd love to tell you what the numbers are on the bottom bracket, but they are covered with an original piece of protective plastic to protect the paint from the cables; it's yellowed and brittle, so I wont remove it. March 24th, 1986 is it's birth date. (head badge 0836)

I'm delighted with what I paid; I could sell the XC pro II pedals to friends at various BMX sites for half the cost of the bike. That's not going to happen though...I absolutely love these bikes. If you watched this one, you probably watched the green 85 too; the pedals from that bike sold for over $200- because they were mint. The rest of the bike was too; I should see it next week. I've always wanted an 85; I love the bolt on XT hubs, and the filet brazed fork.
Your Cimarron is beautiful; I've loved these bikes since working in a Schwinn Shop in the 80's. Once my 85 arrives, I'll get it cleaned up, and we'll start a "show your Cimarron" thread.

Metacortex 06-10-14 04:12 PM

Thanks for confirming the vintage. That seller was apparently selling for a 3rd party and were obviously mis-informed. I did see that '85, that was also a stunner, you're building up quite a Cimarron collection there! I saw that it was without pedals, did you get those as well? The Cimarron is my favorite '80s Schwinn, I look forward to seeing more pics of both of them. I'll have to get some newer and better pics of mine.

Johnny Mullet 06-10-14 04:13 PM

My 1989 Reflex ALX Carbon.................

http://i1272.photobucket.com/albums/...ps3f3173a7.jpg

http://i1272.photobucket.com/albums/...psa3af4ff5.jpg

http://i1272.photobucket.com/albums/...psd34917b5.jpg

gietl 06-16-14 11:16 PM

1992 Trek 850 Antelope
 
Hey everyone, my first post. I am starting a project with this bike. I am the original owner, bought in 1992. I am going to be adding an electric assist kit to it. Before I do, here it is in the current state.

1992 Trek 850 Antelope

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-X...616_225211.jpg

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-z...616_225128.jpg

frantik 06-17-14 12:06 AM

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Originally Posted by jmeb (Post 16838299)
Still been riding it too much to take good pictures. Only updates are some new tires found around my basement to get a bit more grip up front, a bit less rolling resistance in the back. The Axis TT is a blast on trails. Perhaps a bit too quick-steering for me. Eventually will be slowed down a bit by a longer-travel fork/slacker angles.

Here it is on a post-work ride at Lair O' The Bear yesterday.
http://i.imgur.com/TnfvxLL.jpg

nice :) i have mine set up as a road-oriented bike so i like the quicker angles. but seeing yours makes me want to set it up as a proper mtb :D

gm1230126 06-17-14 02:36 PM

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CPublik 06-17-14 04:49 PM

Hi all.. 1st post here. I haven't had a bike in years, but wanted to get back into it, and to have something to go on bike rides with my daughter. So I picked up a Norco Cypress on Kijiji yesterday. The frame is aluminum, so it's nice and light.. Think it's from about 1999 (does that count as vintage?) Seems to be in good shape, just needs to be cleaned up a bit.. I'm probably going to put less aggressive tires on it to start, then upgrade other stuff from there.

http://i.imgur.com/0YCLnxS.jpg

WNG 06-17-14 05:25 PM

^Welcome aboard! The Norco looks showroom new! Nice score. It should serve you well and be loads of enjoyment. I've been enjoying mtb-ing for the first time this Winter, and it's a blast. Even these old girls are still capable enough to be entertaining in the single tracks. Don't let anyone convince you otherwise.

jgedwa 06-17-14 06:13 PM

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Originally Posted by gm1230126 (Post 16859279)
A peek

67 GTs in the barn? I think you need to start your own thread and show us around that barn some.

Jim

CPublik 06-17-14 06:39 PM

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Originally Posted by WNG (Post 16859755)
^Welcome aboard! The Norco looks showroom new! Nice score. It should serve you well and be loads of enjoyment. I've been enjoying mtb-ing for the first time this Winter, and it's a blast. Even these old girls are still capable enough to be entertaining in the single tracks. Don't let anyone convince you otherwise.

Thanks! Yeah, it really is in good shape.. seems like a pretty good score. Rides great too.

soslowrider 06-17-14 08:41 PM

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gm1230126 06-19-14 08:55 AM

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67 GTs in the barn? I think you need to start your own thread and show us around that barn some.

Jim

If you visit the rest of the world wide web they are out there.

WNG 06-19-14 10:27 AM

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Originally Posted by gm1230126 (Post 16864512)
If you visit the rest of the world wide web they are out there.

But this deserves a dedicated thread to showcase these beauties here for GT fans. What a wonderful collection! Like a GT museum. Only mtbs, or includes BMX and road bikes?

neo_pop_71 06-19-14 03:32 PM

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Hey, look at that... there's my polished '92 Zaskar with the gold Mag 21, that bike was a real racer! I gotta say, seeing yours, sure does make me miss mine! Thanks for sharing your incredible collection!

gm1230126 06-20-14 09:46 PM

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Originally Posted by WNG (Post 16864826)
But this deserves a dedicated thread to showcase these beauties here for GT fans. What a wonderful collection! Like a GT museum. Only mtbs, or includes BMX and road bikes?

31 of them posted in a month here....gm1230126's 30 Days of GT Forum | Retrobike

Many MTBS, many road, past nat'l, olympic and world champions rides, tandems, trials, frames, cx. Most pre 96.
Ti, aluminum, steel. A dozen Tech shop frames.

jbchybridrider 06-24-14 07:54 AM

Well after a 4 month wait I finally have my "brand new never assembled" Sakae Litage mtb frame.

I think it was a good price but the catch is I need to make the rear drops and cable guide under the bb. Neither will be a problem for me and hope to make it a full Suntour fat tire dropbar build. I'm sure this was bought from Japan by a euro bike company to paint/polish and put there own branding on but never used it.

For some reason I cant load small pics direct from my own computer so I'm going to take up most of this page with large pics.:D
http://i.imgur.com/Xa135Io.png

http://i.imgur.com/19wrQZO.png

http://i.imgur.com/E2JIbJz.png

http://i.imgur.com/jDAclLw.png

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jgedwa 06-24-14 08:26 AM

Wow! What is that thing? What is it made of?

Jim

Sixty Fiver 06-24-14 08:36 AM

1994-ish Diamondback Apex... a little project I have been working on.

http://www.ravingbikefiend.com/bikep...4dbr%20(1).JPG

Will be swapping in an XT wheelset (8 speed), shifter, and XT long cage this morning.

jbchybridrider 06-24-14 08:44 AM

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Originally Posted by jgedwa (Post 16877717)
Wow! What is that thing? What is it made of?

Jim

I think Sakae is Suntour ? Bonded alloy but way better than Vitus frames, from around 1990 ?

WNG 06-24-14 11:09 AM

^ Sakae Ringyo Litage series. Sakae Ringyo, also known as SR was a Japanese bike parts manufacturer before the rising Yen and Shimano killed off the Maeda Group.
SR-Suntour is the Taiwanese company that sprang from the demise of the two Japanese companies. The fall of giants.

SR made a Litage road bike that was a closely copied Vitus 979, but included cool differences.
I've not see this mtb version....thanks for sharing!
It's amazingly cool!!!
Congrats on your find.

WNG 06-24-14 11:16 AM

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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver (Post 16877749)
1994-ish Diamondback Apex... a little project I have been working on.

http://www.ravingbikefiend.com/bikep...4dbr%20(1).JPG

Will be swapping in an XT wheelset (8 speed), shifter, and XT long cage this morning.

A great score sixty-fiver! I saw the pics in the other thread as well. Nicely built.
Is this DBR aluminum or titanium? Looks like it's titanium.

Sixty Fiver 06-24-14 11:51 AM

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Originally Posted by WNG (Post 16878351)
A great score sixty-fiver! I saw the pics in the other thread as well. Nicely built.
Is this DBR aluminum or titanium? Looks like it's titanium.

True Temper TT Lite (OXII short butted)... it is nickel plated.

http://www.ravingbikefiend.com/bikep...brxt%20(1).JPG

Swapped the wheel set and transmission this am... now it has XT wheels (laced to Araya RM 20 rims), an XT long cage derailleur, Deore brakes, and an XT thumbie running the 8 speed.

Most of the parts are pretty much period correct right down to those Deore pedals... and damn that old XT stuff works beautifully.

http://www.ravingbikefiend.com/bikep...brxt%20(2).JPG

http://www.ravingbikefiend.com/bikep...brxt%20(3).JPG

http://www.ravingbikefiend.com/bikep...brxt%20(5).JPG

And the rims are a nice match to the frame too.

:D

jmeb 06-25-14 10:47 AM

Just placed an order to rework my beloved black chrome High Sierra into a stealthy grocery-getting everyday commuter. Its about to get some Big Apple rubbers, black racks, and a black Wald basket. Photos coming this weekend. The remaining question is...black plastic Longboard fenders, or try to squeeze the big apples under some shiny VO metal ones?

It no longer plays in the dirt like below now that I have a dedicated MTB bike (posted above).
http://i.imgur.com/r73rZZch.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/47kb6fMh.jpg

bconneraz 06-25-14 04:24 PM

My son has named them Ace and Gary....I posted my 86 here last week, and here it is with my newly acquired 85. Both unmolested, and only needed wax, some simple green, and a little TLC. I am so excited to own these.
1985
http://i1237.photobucket.com/albums/...psb0a0f02d.jpg
1986
http://i1237.photobucket.com/albums/...ps2286701f.jpg
"Ace & Gary" my Schwinn Cimarrons
http://i1237.photobucket.com/albums/...ps944e3558.jpg

neo_pop_71 06-25-14 04:27 PM

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Originally Posted by jbchybridrider (Post 16877638)
Well after a 4 month wait I finally have my "brand new never assembled" Sakae Litage mtb frame.

I think it was a good price but the catch is I need to make the rear drops and cable guide under the bb. Neither will be a problem for me and hope to make it a full Suntour fat tire dropbar build. I'm sure this was bought from Japan by a euro bike company to paint/polish and put there own branding on but never used it.

For some reason I cant load small pics direct from my own computer so I'm going to take up most of this page with large pics.:D
http://i.imgur.com/Xa135Io.png

http://i.imgur.com/19wrQZO.png

http://i.imgur.com/E2JIbJz.png

http://i.imgur.com/jDAclLw.png

http://i.imgur.com/79KG3WB.png

http://i.imgur.com/msloWZX.png

http://i.imgur.com/JNnjYSj.png

http://i.imgur.com/T72uc0G.png

Hey jbchybridrider,

That is one sweet bike, congrats on the score! I haven't seen one of those in 20 years, what a beauty! Back in the late 80's and early 90's when I was racing on my college road team, my coach had the same bike, he was an alternate on the '92 U.S. Olympic team. He said the team had been given many prototype bikes to try out, the SR being one of them. On Fridays we did trail rides to change it up, he blew our minds when he showed up to do his miles on that same SR Litage mountain bike. I recall we all drooled over the bike when he showed up the first time on it! Plus it was decked out in full with brand new to the market "silver" XTR. One of his personal sponsors was SR, one day before practice he starts dishing out beautiful SR alloy stems to any of my team members who wanted one. The short one went quickly which was fine with me because I was used to running 130-150 Tioga T-Bone stems on my bikes. I ended up with 3 or 4, I still have 2 or 3 stems in the spare part bins. If you'd like one, you are more than welcome to have the stock stem to go with your fabulous new project.

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=389489http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=389490http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=389512

p.s. Sorry about the flipped photo, it's not flipped on my desktop, not sure what's up... oh well...


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