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Old 01-22-11, 09:43 PM   #1
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1984 Stumpy Classic

Here are some photos of my 1984 Stumpjumper; love the build quality. Any others out there?
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Old 01-23-11, 07:52 AM   #2
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Very Nice!! You SHOULD be proud of that one!!

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Agreed.

One of my favorites up at the cabin.

Here's a shot of my oldest son's 1983 Stumpjumper Sport.

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Agreed.

One of my favorites up at the cabin.

Here's a shot of my oldest son's 1983 Stumpjumper Sport.

Yeah, I know, that's a lot of seatpost, but I can't help myself. I love riding the bike.
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Agreed.

One of my favorites up at the cabin.

Here's a shot of my oldest son's 1983 Stumpjumper Sport.

These older mountain bikes are great. Nice lugged steel frames with clearances for fenders and fat tires, triple chain wheels, cantilever brakes, 26" wheels, and alot of other great stuff. Can handle heavy loads, and be used for touring and commuting. Nice!
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dude, i visited Orcas Island last October, and must say, I LOVED that place. loved it. oh, yeah, nice bike too
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@Orcas Island, Nice bike! What is the story behind it?

@Gomango, it looks like a lot of seatpost by road bike standards, but by MTB standards it looks normal.
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It's amazing how wonderfully simple mountain bikes used to be. In contrast, it seems that all the MTB's have full suspension, disc brakes and now - though I'm not sure why - seatposts you can adjust with a lever mounted on the handlebars. Wonderful machines, mind you, but far more complex.

Nice bike - good to see something of that vintage still in good shape.
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The story on this bike is that apparently I am the third owner. The first owner must have ridden it lightly on the streets only, because it doesn't have any of the sort of scratches and rash that usually accompanies hard usage. I jumped on his CL ad and thought I had a deal worked out with him but when I e-mailed to say I was on my way he let me know it had been sold. AAARRRGGGHHH! It showed up again three months later on CL with grainy cell phone photos in the ad, but I knew it was the same bike. Apparently, this was one bike too many in the apartment for the seller's girlfriend; and one of those "it's me or the bike" conversations ensued. I sprinted over to see it and even tho the seller had said it was a size smaller than it is, I bought it anyways thinking my taller-than-me 17 year old might enjoy it . No such luck. Way too "old school" for him. So now I'm on the lookout for a 19" model to actually ride; this one only gets use on those Sunday morning rides to the breakfast place with my wife. It is a beautiful bike though, and really brings me back to the memory of how cool it was to ride a mountain bike the first time. It really was like riding an all-terrain tank if you were used to a spindly-tired road bike!
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dude, i visited Orcas Island last October, and must say, I LOVED that place. loved it. oh, yeah, nice bike too
Shrinkboy, Orcas Island is a beautiful place. We fell in love with it during the short time we lived in Seattle in the early 90's. I'm thinking about how to set up nice, inexpensive (rustic) lodging for cyclists visiting the Island. Something along the lines of tent cabins, shower, hot tub and a simple breakfast as well as access to wrenches and some emergency repair items. More as hospitality than a money maker. I will let C&V know if we get that far....
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Shrinkboy, Orcas Island is a beautiful place. We fell in love with it during the short time we lived in Seattle in the early 90's. I'm thinking about how to set up nice, inexpensive (rustic) lodging for cyclists visiting the Island. Something along the lines of tent cabins, shower, hot tub and a simple breakfast as well as access to wrenches and some emergency repair items. More as hospitality than a money maker. I will let C&V know if we get that far....
Let us know.

I'll gleefully pay up.

One of our all-time favorite family vacations was to this area four years ago with the kids.

Adding bikes to the mix would be outstanding.
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and now - though I'm not sure why - seatposts you can adjust with a lever mounted on the handlebars.
you want a low center of gravity for descending, so you lower the saddle. and you want proper leg extension for climbing, so you raise it. i assume you have noticed that mtb's tend to have a quick release on the seatpost clamp, right? this is just more better i guess.
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I've got an 84 Stumpjumper Sport-

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you want a low center of gravity for descending, so you lower the saddle. and you want proper leg extension for climbing, so you raise it. i assume you have noticed that mtb's tend to have a quick release on the seatpost clamp, right? this is just more better i guess.

Oh! Yes, I have a QR seatpost clamp on my FSR, but never really knew why.

OK, so I remember just hanging my butt off the back of the seat to descend - they just engineered a different solution. Now is it more better? Or more betterer?
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Nice Stumpjumper!
I remember when those first came out.

I will forever regret selling my '85 Ross Mt. Whitney......
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Shrinkboy, Orcas Island is a beautiful place. We fell in love with it during the short time we lived in Seattle in the early 90's. I'm thinking about how to set up nice, inexpensive (rustic) lodging for cyclists visiting the Island. Something along the lines of tent cabins, shower, hot tub and a simple breakfast as well as access to wrenches and some emergency repair items. More as hospitality than a money maker. I will let C&V know if we get that far....
I remember seeing the bicycle cops around Pike's Market in Seattle back in the '80s when that Stump Jumper was new. In regtrospect, all the trends of the late '80s and '90s seem to have started in Seattle. It was a really cool place to be.
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I had a kids size Stumpjumper a few years back. Found it in my favorite dumpster. There were kids MTBs in there all the time and I didn't even give them a second look but this one stuck out so I brought it home. I was really impressed with it. Nicely made. First bike I even had with indexed shifting, Suntour Accushift.
The school was having an auction so I cleaned it up and donated it and a girls bike that more or less matched. They got the local bike shop to donate a pair of helmets.
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I'm becoming very obsessed with vintage MTBs. Totally underrated coolness. I even love the first wave of "hybrids" that look in retrospect pretty sweet.

Lugs, sweet tubing, rigid forks.

Hey, at least I'll find one for cheaper than a vintage Cinelli, amirite?
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That paint and that fork... to die for.

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and now - though I'm not sure why - seatposts you can adjust with a lever mounted on the handlebars.
It's a vaguely C&V feature. See this bike and this link about the Hite Rite.
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I bought this Stumpjumper on July 23, 1982. Still own it.

Ah, the times we've had together...
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Nice Stumpjumpers guys.

We are adding a Blackburn front rack to my son's, so we can add panniers to the front.

I also took the tires off a couple of weeks ago, and swapped in some fairly wide Ritchey Speed Maxs.

Nothing like a little meat on the trails.
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OP gets extra credit for having Specialized Ground Control tires on there.
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OP gets extra credit for having Specialized Ground Control tires on there.
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I very much like! Ever since Riv featured these old stumpies (esp models sporting crowned forks) these things seem to have gotten more expensive. The few that pop up on ebay seem to go for about the same price as some touring bikes.

Someday, I will get a super-sweet vintage mountain bike as well. But until then, i need to figure out a way to sell my extra 2 road bikes .
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