dirt drops from 1983
dirt drops from 1983
I have a separate thread on this Kuwahara Aries - I have yet to check the serial number but I am guessing around 1983. I just purchased it a couple of days ago and it needed a lot of cleaning and detailing but I'm slowly getting there. Just test fitted some handlebars and stem and will be upgrading the drive train. I added the Tubus rack and Hutchinson Python tires. I will be repacking all the bearings as I go through it and am glad to finally have a vintage mountain bike with lugs and a traditional fork crown. Also like the fairly slender fork blades. Funny how Kuwahara put double eyelets front and back but no rear rack mounts. I am sure I saved 2 to 3 pounds just taking off the steel bull moose handlebars, original rack and tires, next is the cheaper all steel front and rear derailleurs as well as the Sugino triple crank set as it has steel chain rings but I have an alloy one waiting. This will be my grocery/ trail riding bike.
dang i love that frame.. green and black lugged goodness :D
anybody got some origin 8 gary bars (gary 2) looking to buy another bar or two
I'm not sure if this counts as vintage but here is my late 90's Land Shark SS with some salsa woodchippers.
Miyata Ridge Runner is an excellent bike, go get it if you don't have it already!
General rule of thumb is aim high, as a nice vintage mtb might cost $25 to $50 more than a basic one. So my 1992 Trek 950, that originally sold for about $800, might bring $50 more than a Trek 800, that may have originally sold for $300. So for an extra $50, you get a bike that was almost 3X more expensive. So the wheels are better, better frame, all components are better, etc. Best deals on vintage rigid frame mtbs IMHO are the higher end ones from the big name manufacturers. I've had several "high end" mtbs, like the Univega Alpina Pro on the first page, and a couple of Trek 950s. Through 1993, the Trek 950 had a lugged steel frame. 1994 and newer was Tig welded. So if you prefer lugged, the late 1980s/early 1990s high end Treks are a nice choice.
On keepers, I try to get Deore components as a minimum. In the late 1980s, Shimano split Deore into many grades, so I would shoot for Deore DX as a minimum. My 1992 950 is mostly Deore LX, while my wife's 1992 Paramount Series 70 is Deore XT (one nice step higher).
Just looked at the 1989 Ridge Runner. That year was very well equipped, with Shimano Deore XT. That era XT was very nice, and attractive too. So at the right price, depending on condition, I'd buy it just for the components. 1988 was even better, with Deore XT and Miyata Splined triple butted frame tubing. Winner/winner!!
Component wise, many of the Cimarrons came stock with Deore XT as well. Cimarron had the unique fillet brazed head tube, lugged steel frame, which is somewhat a gimick, but I like it.
Depending on the year, check your rear spacing. MTBs went from 130mm spacing to 135mm. Your newer wheels will likely be 135mm. Not the end of the world, but you will have to squeeze it in if your bike has 130mm spacing. Just don't be surprised.
The new seven speed STI are a great value if you go that route. Will need a road FD. Myself, I go with $13 tourney trigger shifters if I am trying to keep the cost down, or bar ends if the budget allows.
Not an expert by the way, but I do have opinions....
There's a couple differences between road and MTB FD's.
First is the cable pull (road is shorter), though sometimes you can mess with cable mounting locations to make it work bit better.
Second is the FD's radius as compared to the chainring. Road RD's are typically a little bigger radius, but they can be made to work in most cases.
Finally, with Shimano FD's they are designed to be specific to the chain rings, with the "step down" at a specific point to engage the chain on the next ring.
To brifterize a top pull MTB frame will likely involve a lot of patience on your part. Sometimes you can use the shimano top pull CX derailleur, sometimes you need to resort to reworking a MTB derailleur a bit. I am tempted to put a bar end shifter for the FD on my Croll, as the front shifting is OK but not great. I may try the problem solvers 180 degree cable pulley, and find a good old school triple FD for it.
Thanks. It's a fun bike that I should take out more than I do. I have 8 mtbs. My normal race hardtail jamis nemesis (hopefully replaced with either a rock lobster or another land shark if I can swing it) saw about 800 miles last year, my yo eddy (built up in August) saw about 200 miles, my gt zaskar was about 175 miles, this land shark was maybe 100 miles, then the total for my old jamis dragon, on one inbred, schwinn high sierra, and trek 950 saw another 80-100 miles not counting when I loaned them to others to get them riding.
TL DR; Too many bikes not enough time for them all.
Just wanted to throw up an updated pic on the Dirty Gertie, been meaning to for a long time and just haven't. Please ignore the dirty, it hasn't been cleaned recently and our roads are almost done shedding salt. It will get a complete strip and clean this spring once I get my roadie back together.
They are just Shimano ST2300s but they do the job and do it well. Just wish I had a 3 speed for the front, I have the FD set to stop before going into the smallest cog but in Chicago we don't have hills so it isn't a big deal.
Bomb proof Mike...absolutely bomb proof
holy moly! i'll shoot you a pm :)
Just ordered some Campy brifters, waiting for them to come in the mail to finish up. I put the cane creek levers on there just to get an idea how everything would look. 20.9 lbs as pictured, Hoping to come in under 22 pounds when I'm done.
There's no cohesive color scheme right now but I might powder coat the fork black -- i feel bad cause the paint is in perfect condition but it doesn't match anything. Originally I was planning on doing a blue ano theme but all I have right now is the seat collar. The saddle came with the seat post and is pretty nice so i want to keep it, though it's red which doesn't go with everything like black. I might go with red and blue ano, or just a lot more blue, i dunno.
1993 Diamondback Axis Team Titanium