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Old 08-10-09, 07:46 AM   #1
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Looking at a Bridgestone XO-2 >>>>

Briefly saw a used on this weekend and it is white and had 26 inch wheels on it, pretty used but looks OK. Anyone have any information on this bike like what year and components it originally came with ?? Also how should this bike be sized ?? Like a rode bike ?? I am thinking of going back and trying it out and maybe buy it. Thanks for any info.
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Old 08-10-09, 09:50 AM   #2
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That would be a first year (1992) model XO-2 in pearl white. The XO-2 was only made for two years and in limited numbers. In 1992 the XO-1 and XO-2 were the only two lugged models and both were made in Japan. In 92 the XO-2 had a moustache bar like the XO-1 but instead of aero levers and bar-end shifters it had grips, MTB style brakes and thumb shifters. Overall I think I prefer that look to the standard moustache with aero setup. The 92 was available in green and pearl white. In 1993 the XO-2 was the only model that came with drop bars (which I assume they did to counter-balance the negative press that the moustache bars were getting) and came in a purple color. All versions of the XO-2 were nice bikes with lugged triple butted Cro-Moly frames and decent Shimano equiment. I would size it more like a road bike even though it has 26" wheels. If it is a good price buy it quick and post some photos!
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Old 08-10-09, 10:10 AM   #3
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'All versions of the XO-2 were nice bikes with lugged triple butted Cro-Moly frames...'

While I agree with the nice part, the XO-2 did not have a lugged frame. I have a green on sitting the basement right now, bought new by me, and it is TIG welded.
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Old 08-10-09, 10:13 AM   #4
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In 92 the only lugged frame was the XO-1? I thought both the 1 and 2 were lugged. I know that in 93 that they were lugged all the way down to the XO-3. I should have looked at the catalog first I guess.
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Well I will let you all know hopefully sometime tonight if it is lugged or not.
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I had a purplish XO2 and I remember it as lugged. Sis is riding it now, if that turns into a fight I can ask her.

I rode it for years. I tend to be in between sizes on a lot of bikes. It was a bit small.

Good points.. it's rugged. I can't imagine riding it to death unless you want to put 100K on it.

Bad points... it's slow. It is much like a touring bike in some ways, and because of it there is nothing you can do so that it isn't slow.

But it would make a great commuter, fun bike. You could even tour on it. With rugged tires you can even ride dirt. It came with 1.5" tires. I suggest getting somewhat larger and nicer tires.
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Nope...no fight, he is right on I just was not remembering correctly. The XO-1 was the only lugged frame in 1992. In 1993 the XO's were lugged from the XO-3 up and then in 1994 there was no XO-1 or XO-2 model. Also the moustache bars on the 1992 XO-2 were not Nitto made which I think is one of the reason it did not have bar end shifters.

Please post pictures when you get it!
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Some photos from the internet...

A 1992 XO-2 in pearl white - non-lugged (this one had Nitto bars added):



A 1992 XO-2 in green:



A 1993 XO-2 in purple with drop bars (the bar and stem are replacements as I think the 93 XO-2 had a dirtdrop style stem):

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Ah that green one above is just like my bike, but with a rack and what look like un-damaged Deore shifters.
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Old 08-13-09, 12:41 PM   #10
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Well I ended up riding the bike for about 20 minutes and it felt solid. Now mind you that since this is a 17 year old bike it looked like it I ended up paying $50 for it. I looks to have everything original except the moustache bars. Currently it has a 3 1/2 inch riser bar which is fine for me, as this bike is more of a cruising the beach bike and neighborhood riding bike. I do plan on getting it repainted or powder coated in the winter and then rebuilding it with Shimano XT stuff. Also since it has a 1inch head tube, I am thinking of installing a Vintage RockShox Mag21 with a 1inch steerer on it. What do you all think ??
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Great price on that remember to post some pictures.

Honestly unless the paint was utterly beat I would not repaint but that is just me. Also I would not put a RockShox on it either. That's a fairly rare bike so I would try to keep it original.

Just my opinion though.
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Here's my 92 and I LOVE her!! It's getting ready to go under the knife and will come out with some spiffy leather bar covers and fenders. I ride her everyday with much love and affection. I agree about being a bit slow...but I still pass folks on my commute from time to time...so she's not *that* slow.




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Great price on that remember to post some pictures.

Honestly unless the paint was utterly beat I would not repaint but that is just me. Also I would not put a RockShox on it either. That's a fairly rare bike so I would try to keep it original.

Just my opinion though.
Agree on all counts.
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Old 08-15-09, 01:29 PM   #14
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I can't seem to find my calipers to measure. Anyone know what size seatpost the XO-2 has ??? Thanks again for any info.
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27. It came stock with a Kalloy setapost..230mm

Edit to add: Perhaps someone can verify this for me. My 1994 XO-3 has a 27 post but I see alot of XO's also coming with 26.2 Kalloy posts. All of the stems have the same id's (#242 and #243) but different sizes so I am not sure, it will be 27 or 26.2 I guess.

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Bought some calipers from Harbor Freight and measured it. My 1992 Bridgestone XO-2 has a seatpost of 26.2.
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Yeah I think I have it figured out. In 92 the XO-1 had a 27 post and all other XO had 26.2

In 93 the XO-1 and XO-2 had 27. The XO-3 "might" have been 27 as well but the XO-4 and 5 were 26.2

In 94 the XO-3 had a 27 and the other XO models were 26.2

It looks almost like the lugged models had a 27 diameter seatpost while the non-lugged models had 26.2. The only exception might be the XO-3 in 93 that had a lugged frame. I can't confirm what diameter that seatpost is.
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I am thinking of installing a Vintage RockShox Mag21 with a 1inch steerer on it. What do you all think ??
If you are going to be on the road, there is just no need for shocks, and couple reasons
not to use them. Especially old ones.

Just put on larger tires if you want a nicer ride. There are some nice two inch slicks out there, that size you run soft.

You want a good saddle like a B17, a rack, prob some new tires, maybe a tuneup.
Get it running nice, and then start worrying about changes. Frankly, it is what it is.
Most changes you could make would be lateral moves, not progress.... with a real chance at making things worse instead of better.
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I rode the XO-2 on at the Virginia Beach Boardwalk yesterday morning. 3 1/2 miles from the begining to the other end of the boardwalk, or up and back for 7 miles total. Wow what a nice comfortable ride. It currently has a 3 1/2 inch high rise mountain bar and I actually like it with that. The old Shimano DX top mount thumb Shifters worked great.
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This is a 7 year old thread but I thought I'd update it with my 1993 XO-2. I really like the design of the bike. I think that road bike geometry and 26 inch wheels is a nice combo; of course in '93, there were no 29ers so the world has changed. Still they're stout wheels and the bike rides great. I've completely rebuilt the bike. The only parts that are original are the bar, stem, seatpost, and headset. I'm running it 3 x 8 with brifter and a trekking crank:

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My '93 XO-3 is red, made in Japan, fully lugged (tri-butted Ishiwata EXT w/ matching box-crown fork), and it most definitely has a 27.0 seat tube.

That said, I've actually seen a couple of green '93 XO-3s that had unicrown forks like the XO-4 & 5.

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