Ok, so I know I've been posting a lot of threads, but I keep coming across Bridgestone bikes. I really appreciate all of your help.
So, with that said, I have been offered a 1987 Bridgestone MB-2 for 300 dollars in my size and I'm wondering if I should go for it. I'm a bit low on funds but this is a bike I've wanted for a while. Here is what the seller has said about it...
"Here's what I have (I bought it with some parts and found the rest over time):
1) 19" (center to center) frame in really good shape. It has some typical nicks, but is overall in great shape for the age. I've cleaned it up, waxed it, etc.
2) Matching fork and stem in similar condition, though maybe with a few more nicks.
3) Sakae SX crank set (175mm)
4) Correct Suntour XC7000/Sport f/r derailleurs and XC5000 thumb shifters
5) Araya RM-20 rims on Suzue hubs
6) New 6-speed freewheel (Sunrace, I think)
7) New Tange chrome headset (having trouble getting it in - probably needs head tube reamed and faced at a shop - not a big deal)
8) Original brakes: Suntour XC7000/Sport rollercam rear and cantilever front with Suntour levers. I also have yellow Kool Stop Eagle pads to match.
9) Bright green Oury grips
10) Correct size Caragashi brake cable with yellow housing
11) Strong seatpost and Suntour post quick release."
Well, there's definitely a point where you're getting a good deal or being ripped off...and a bit of middle ground. Like I said, I'm a bit low on funds. If I was a millionaire it would be a very different story.
19" is about right. I think 20" or 21" might be better but I can certainly make 19 work and have felt very comfortable on 19" mountain bikes before. I think it's a very cool bike too.
If it's not the right size, I'd balk. Otherwise you'll ride it for a year and then start looking again.
It always feels better to get a good deal, and while this doesn't strike me as outrageous, it isn't a steal either. For what it's worth, I picked up a Bridgestone XO-4 hybrid model a while back for $65 and with drop bars it's a very sweet ride. You don't say how you plan to use the bike, but just based on the fact that it's a suspension-free bike you're looking at you might consider older hybrids. Personally I think they're under-appreciated, which is often reflected in the price.
But back to the bike in question, if it is the right size and mechanically it's just what you want, so you don't have to use $300 as your starting point, you could do worse. You seem pretty excited about the bike and if you ride it for 10 or 20 years does it really matter whether you spend $200 or $300 on it? (Only you can determine whether $300 is more than you can or should spend on a bike.) You also might look for a while longer and find one for $200 that you have to put another $100+ into.
Of course you can always see if the seller will come down a bit.
So, I measured my inseam and it's 35" which "means" that I should be on a 21" bike. I guess those two inches make a pretty big difference. My brothers bike is 19" and it feels really good to me.
I think I'd rather have the MB over the XO since I will be using this off road use, and also for light commuting and around town. I really dig this bike! I might be impatient but I rarely come across bikes like this in Nashville. Although, I've been finding some sweet stuff here lately. I asked if he could come off the price a bit. We'll see what happens.
You are going to need a very long seatpost! My '88 MB2 is a 20" and I'm 5'10".
Mine is upgraded to 7 speed shimano XT and Ultegra and has all titanium bolts and cf bars and I'm not sure I could get much more than $300 for it, even though I live in one of the hottest bike markets in the country.
The later models are generally regarded as more desireable due to superior components and frame tubing.
I don't have a ton of money to throw at buying bikes, but I rarely come across nice retro MTBs like this one. I've also wanted to build up a SS MTB for quite some time now and had previous plans that were much more expensive.
Is 19" really pushing it with a 35" inseam? I think with a lot of seatpost and some riser bars it could be fine. Decisions decisions decisions.