Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 09-07-10, 09:18 AM   #1
JamesV
Gitchur SUV Away From Me
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Carmichael, California
Bikes:
Posts: 212
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Dumpster Find: Specialized Stumpjumper -- How To Rebuild?

I'm out behind a shopping center looking for a few cardboard boxes when I spot a pile of four bike frames, obviously discarded. Three of the four are department store junk brands, but one is a Specialized Stumpjumper. I grabbed that one. I'm guessing it's about 1985 vintage.

A few questions since I know nothing about these. I'd like to bring it back to life as a commuter.

- The frame measures about 20 or 21 inches from BB to where the top tube meets the seat tube. I'm 5'-10", is this too small for me?

- In the front there's a triple 26/36/46 with a Suntour derailleur. What modern rear derailleur and cassette/freewheel can I use? How about a SS hub with an idler pulley? The frame has vertical dropouts.

- I'm confused about the wheel size. It only measures 12 inches from the end of the fork to the brake pads. Did these use 24 inch wheels?

I know I have a nice frame here so any help to get it on the road again will be appreciated !

Thanks, Jim
JamesV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-10, 09:25 AM   #2
shopgirl
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: california
Bikes: a heavy old steel Frankenbike Gitane, a cruiser (not something I'd buy for myself, but it was a gift, what can you do?), a Greg Lemond, a Specialized Stumpjumper(old, steel, fully rigid), and a Specialized Safire
Posts: 421
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Well I'm not sure about most of your questions, but nice find! A 20" frame sounds like about the right size for you. My stumpjumper is about ten years younger than yours, but I can tell you that mine came with 7sp indexed shifting and cantilever brakes (and 26" wheels, FWIW). Did yours have the triangular handlebars on it? I think that's what it might have come with originally. I have also seen one stumpjumper that was converted to a SS before, with a chain tensioner. It looks pretty slick.
shopgirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-10, 09:53 AM   #3
rhm
multimodal commuter
 
rhm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: NJ, NYC, LI
Bikes: 1940s Fothergill, 1959 Allegro Special, 1963? Claud Butler Olympic Sprint, Lambert 'Clubman', 1974 Fuji "the Ace", 1976 Holdsworth 650b conversion rando bike, 1983 Trek 720 tourer, 1984 Counterpoint Opus II, 1993 Basso Gap, 2010 Downtube 8h, and...
Posts: 16,097
Mentioned: 53 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 232 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by JamesV View Post

- I'm confused about the wheel size. It only measures 12 inches from the end of the fork to the brake pads. Did these use 24 inch wheels?
The rim diameter of 26" MTB wheels is nominally 559 mm, which is about 22." So -called "24 inch wheels" are even smaller. You probably have 26" (decimal, not to be confused with 26 x 1 3/8 or other fractional sizes) wheels.
rhm is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-10, 10:04 AM   #4
Chris_in_Miami
Senior Member
 
Chris_in_Miami's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 4,517
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Sounds like a good score, check out the forum at retrobike.co.uk for some inspiration, they have plenty of images of single-speeded early Specialized bikes.
Chris_in_Miami is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-10, 10:06 AM   #5
roccobike
Bike Junkie
 
roccobike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: South of Raleigh, North of New Hill, East of Harris Lake, NC
Bikes: Specialized Tarmac, Speialized Roubaix, Giant OCR-C, Specialized Stumpjumper FSR, Stumpjumper Comp, 88 & 92Nishiki Ariel, 01 Bianchi Campione, 87 Centurion Ironman, 92 Paramount
Posts: 9,447
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
That's an outstanding find. As was stated, a 20-21" frame is either the correct size for you or too large, but certainly not too small. A 21" frame is considere extra large. As was stated, that bike only used standard MTB 26 inch wheels.
The vintage Stumpys have something of a cult following and sell for way more than a typical rigid fork steel MTB. It's not uncommon to hear prices in the $200+ catagory for a nice original example. While yours may not command that kind of money, it's still a great find and worth putting some money into. Good luck with it.
__________________
Roccobike BF Official Thread Terminator
roccobike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-10, 10:14 AM   #6
JamesV
Gitchur SUV Away From Me
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Carmichael, California
Bikes:
Posts: 212
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by shopgirl View Post
Well I'm not sure about most of your questions, but nice find! A 20" frame sounds like about the right size for you. My stumpjumper is about ten years younger than yours, but I can tell you that mine came with 7sp indexed shifting and cantilever brakes (and 26" wheels, FWIW). Did yours have the triangular handlebars on it? I think that's what it might have come with originally. I have also seen one stumpjumper that was converted to a SS before, with a chain tensioner. It looks pretty slick.
Thanks, this is helpful info esp. the 26-in wheels. Yup, it has the triangle bars. It also has a lugged frame. The rear der is trashed but the front der and crankset look good. I think a set of 26-in wheels, a SS hub with a chain tensioner, a set of brake cables and she's ready for commuting duty...
JamesV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-10, 11:28 AM   #7
Maddox
Ride heavy metal.
 
Maddox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Teenage Wasteland, USA
Bikes: '74 Raleigh LTD-3, '76 Motobecane Grand Jubile, '83 Fuji TSIII (customized commuter), '10 Mercier Kilo WT (fixed obsession), '83 Bianchi Alloro, '92 Bridgestone MB-1 (project), '83 Specialized Expedition (project), '79 Peugeot UO-8 (sold)
Posts: 1,634
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Photos.
Maddox is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-10, 11:35 AM   #8
Scrockern8r
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Southwest Washington
Bikes: '77 Traveller III '05 Rockhopper.
Posts: 337
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
^or it didn't happen.^
Scrockern8r is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-10, 12:35 PM   #9
The Golden Boy 
Blood And Steel!!
 
The Golden Boy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Waukesha WI
Bikes: 1978/79 Trek 736; 1984 Specialized Stumpjumper Sport; 1984 Schwinn Voyageur SP; 1985 Trek 620; 1985 Trek 720; 1986 Trek 400; 1987 Schwinn High Sierra w/ Drop Bars
Posts: 7,798
Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 250 Post(s)
Sorta like this guy?





__________________
*Recipient of the 2006 Time Magazine "Person Of The Year" Award*

You have our gratitude!
The Golden Boy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-10, 07:36 PM   #10
JamesV
Gitchur SUV Away From Me
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Carmichael, California
Bikes:
Posts: 212
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
By popular demand, here's a photo of the discarded Stumpjumper.

Oh, and one more question I forgot to ask: what size seat posts do these take?

JamesV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-10, 08:15 PM   #11
retrofit 
4.6692016090
 
retrofit's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Monterey Peninsula, California
Bikes: yes
Posts: 1,522
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
More info for you: Museum of Mountain Bike Art & Technology
retrofit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-10, 11:02 PM   #12
lord_athlon 
Senior Member
 
lord_athlon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 936
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
is that a 3rensho stumpjumper?
__________________
71 Raleigh Grand Sports, 74 Fuji "The Finest", 74 Schwinn Voyageur II, 79 Raleigh Clubman.
lord_athlon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-10, 06:36 AM   #13
devinfan
Senior Member
 
devinfan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Bikes:
Posts: 1,770
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 26 Post(s)
What a great find!! I love those old stumpjumpers, and yours looks to be in great shape despite the missing parts. I always had one of those frames in mind when I was thinking of putting together an "all terrain" touring bike. If I were you I think I'd put slicks, drops, bar-end shifters and a brown brooks B-17 saddle on it. It would look stunning.
devinfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-10, 07:39 AM   #14
lotek
Forum Admin
 
lotek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: n.w. superdrome
Bikes: 1 trek, serotta, rih, de Reus, Pogliaghi and finally a Zieleman! and got a DeRosa
Posts: 17,712
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
cool find.
why is it all I find in the trash, or at yard sales are Murray or Huffy wally world bikes?
I'm beginning to think I need a mountain bike, and something like that would be
right up my alley.
__________________
Sono pił lento di quel che sembra.
Odio la gente, tutti.


Want to upgrade your membership? Click Here.
lotek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-10, 07:46 AM   #15
scozim 
Ellensburg, WA
 
scozim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Ellensburg, WA
Bikes: See my signature
Posts: 2,795
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by devinfan View Post
What a great find!! I love those old stumpjumpers, and yours looks to be in great shape despite the missing parts. I always had one of those frames in mind when I was thinking of putting together an "all terrain" touring bike. If I were you I think I'd put slicks, drops, bar-end shifters and a brown brooks B-17 saddle on it. It would look stunning.
+1 I'm doing the above with a 1987 Trek Antelope (not nearly as nice a bike as the StumpJumper). I've got a few parts to go but I'm liking how it rides right now. Sakae randonneur bars, 1" quill stem adapter (more stem options in my mind - wouldn't do this on my road bikes), Suntour bar end shifters, Shimano aero brake levers. The nice thing is I'll be able to switch between my knobby mtb tires and slicks depending on where I want to go. The kids are excited because we'll load it up with camping gear next summer and head up into the hills around our place.
__________________
1984 Gitane Sprint; 1984 Gitane Tour de France; 1982 Trek 610; 1980's Univega Supra Sport (fixie); 1968 Peugeot PL8; 1982 Nishiki Marina 12; 1972 Peugeot PX-10; 1987 Trek 800 Antelope (touring/commuting set up); 1993 Trek 950 mtb; 1997 Klein Pulse Comp mtb; 1989 Peugeot Limestone hybrid (for touring); 1975 Gitane Olympic; 1983 Vitus 979; 1989 Spectrum Titanium:
scozim is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:53 PM.