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    DRF aka Thrifty Bill wrk101's Avatar
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    Vintage MTB Possible ID, rattlecanned, Is it anything decent?

    OK, I posted this over in the C & V area, picked it up as a donor bike. No headbadge, the only decalling is on the drive side seat stay. So I think that blue color is original. The white is rattlecan.

    It has an unusual seat tube lug, rear U brake, components were all Deore LX.

    Any ideas? I can take more pics.


    thanks!




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    That is an interesting seat cluster all right. It has a mounting point for a Hite-Rite (seat height spring adjuster dealybob).

    Steep looking HT.

    Seems like U-brakes were only on 87-89 mass market models, I think this one might be from a smaller manufacturer, though, so it could possibly be a mid-80s model.

    Sorry I can't be of more help.

    You might get lucky here:

    http://mombat.org/MOMBAT/history.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
    OK, I posted this over in the C & V area, picked it up as a donor bike. No headbadge, the only decalling is on the drive side seat stay. So I think that blue color is original. The white is rattlecan.

    It has an unusual seat tube lug, rear U brake, components were all Deore LX.

    Any ideas? I can take more pics.


    thanks!



    The sloped top-tube, cool seat-tube cluster w/ hite-rite tab, and wish-bone stay suggests it's something pretty special. It's from the late 80s I would guess and would have been on the cutting edge of design and spec. For a couple years u-brakes were in fashion and even some high-class boutique builders used them.

    check out this 1989 Mountain Goat. Wishbone. Sloping top tube. Hite rite. U-brake.

    http://www.firstflightbikes.com/1989...oat_Yuppie.htm

    So what I'm saying is I'll take it off your hands because it's a fully rigid piece of junk.

    Seriously though you have something special there. I would guess it's from a smaller boutique builder or possibly even a custom job.
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    DRF aka Thrifty Bill wrk101's Avatar
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    A couple of folks over on the vintage MTB forum suggest it is a Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt.

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    Found this:

    http://www.retrorocky.de/40555.html

    He doesn't have bigger pictures but I'd say rocky mountain is a very good guess. The blizzard on that page is nearly identical.

    That's pretty cool. A vintage rocky mountain is a great find.
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