I posted some of this in the catch of the day thread but I was hoping someone would have some info on this bike/frame. It is very similar (fork) to a specialized or ritchey of the era but I'm sure these bikes were copied often. We have dated it to 83-84 because of the parts.
Here is an old mountain bike I picked up today. At first I thought it was a Schwinn and when i saw the "Renegade" name I almost walked away but the cranks caught my eye (175mm Sugino GT), and then the Deer Head Shimano F/R Derailleurs, nice Dia Compe cantilevers. The Wheels are Suzue "sealed Bearing" and the rims are "Sumo" 26x1.75. Cool fork crown with a braze on for a front rack and the frame is marked 4130, the Bull horns are in good shape and the fluted alloy seatpost actually moves! It has forged dropouts but a derailleur hanger and a no name brand. My guess is that this was a "house brand" and just one of a number of companies trying to get into the mountain bike business, but such nice parts as well. Anyone know anything about the "Renegade II"?
What to do with it? I have a friend visiting next week and he is too short to ride my bikes so this will be his for bar hopping and general around town stuff, but after that what do you think, Craigslist or part it out and sell the good stuff on ebay? It runs real nice, it would be a shame to part it out.
Does anyone collect bikes like this or does it have no value becasue it is not "name Brand"?