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    wheelin in the years ebr898's Avatar
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    Scott -Sawtooth Mt. Bike

    It was a city wide garage sale this weekend here in Gardner. Not a lot of bikes though. I did buy a Scott Sawtooth mountan bike from the 80's (I think). It is yellow/ red with TIG welded Tange tubing. It has "Mountain LX" components, and rear U-Brake. The really strange thing I noticed was: It is tig welded on the head tube but the seat cluster appears to be lugged & tig welded.
    I will add pictures when I get a chance, but I had a few questions about this bike.
    Question 1: It says it was made in Taiwan, tested in Ohio, any clues as to who the builder was?

    This frame is huge for a mountain bike, aprox 22.5 to 23 in. I put it side by side with my 1977 Trek 500 series . At quick glance it appears to be close in geometry , but the bottom bracket hight is taller on the Scott. It a good canidate for a 26 wheeled "cyclocross/ commuter" style bike for a co worker. I had him stand over it, He said he had 1 in of clearance.
    Question 2 any "down sides" to converting it?

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    Anyone?

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    U brakes date a bike around 1987 or so.
    Probably similar to the Specialized/Giant/Schwinn MB frames from that era?

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    sounds cool, pics?
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    Old style MTBs with relaxed geometry make fantastic commuters. No downside whatsoever as far as I am concerned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgedwa View Post
    Old style MTBs with relaxed geometry make fantastic commuters. No downside whatsoever as far as I am concerned.

    jim
    Jim is exactly right. These things ride great.

    Then again I'm biased because I have one and love it to death.

    Its my go to steed.

    But Really: They are rock solid, reasonably stiff, and ride like limosiunes because of that massive wheelbase. The brakes (at least mine) are extremely solid and better than most bikes I've ridden. They have mounts for just about anything you could ever think of. Fenders have plenty of clearance. I've ridden mine 6-20 miles a day every day this summer. Your friend may want a new saddle though, mine was crap.

    The U Brake is fine as long as you really hammer the rear wheel QR down extremely tight. If not and you really grab it, the wheel can slide out of the drop outs.

    I'll post Pics later today or tomorrow so you can see how it looks all done.

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    Sawtooth Pics

    Yours may look different, as I have done a lot of customizing and whatnot, and they may be different-year models.

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    80's Scott Sawtooth - Commuter Mystery French Chrome Fixie, OEM Carbon-roadie, 84 Bianchi Limited
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    That looks pretty close. Someone has painted yellow on the front half so it is now yellow to red fade. I set my co-worker up with it and he likes it. I have tried to talk him into putting drops on it, but he likes the strait bars. I am going to send him a link to you photos mabey he will re think it.
    If it was shorter I would not have sold it, but I did find a RockHopper that I set up with dirt drops:
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    right on

    I saw a navy blue rockhopper yesterday at a 100+ bike garage sale in loveland, and I wanted it. Instead I got a rack+Panniers for 2 bucks.
    80's Scott Sawtooth - Commuter Mystery French Chrome Fixie, OEM Carbon-roadie, 84 Bianchi Limited
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    A 100+ garage sale! Sounds cool, wife would have strung me up though. The Rockhopper is my attempt to consolidate bikes to less than 4.

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