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Old 07-22-11, 10:17 PM   #1
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who rides older mtn bikes

Let us all know if you ride an older mt bike, like anything maybe from the 1990's and earlier as your primary mt bike riding.

Tell us why you like it or ride it and what you have.

Fors starters 1992 specialized Rockhopper, with a Rock Shox quad 21 fork

and i have a 1996 Maxam Lightweight heavy weight,
Shimano XT components
and Manitou fork from 2003.

Reason i have not got new ones.
As these are still in good shape. Plus i have 3 bikes already, so a forth one would take up space.
frame size is perfect

plus really, can't really sell an old bike, even if they are in good shape for anything worthwhile.

Who is going to pay 400 bucks for a bike 20 years old when u can brand new one for less etc.

So like to hear from all of you out there. What your older rides are and the story.

oh ya the rockhopper is my first serious bike i bought when i was in high school
so lots of good memories on that one.
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Old 07-22-11, 10:21 PM   #2
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I have a stock Specialized Hard Rock, that I have citified.

Does that count?
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Old 07-22-11, 11:32 PM   #4
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this Haro which I'm pretty sure is late 80's since it has the old company name which changed, iirc, in 1988

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I ride an '01 Rocky Mountain Blizzard and am building up a 1988 Kona Explosif... should be no reason to explain why I ride a Blizzard as it is one of the sweetest hard tails ever made.
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Old 07-23-11, 12:05 AM   #6
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1997 Fuji MX-200 atb. Ride it because it was cheap at Sports Authority and the bike just won't die. The rear hub finally broke & wore out a month ago, but it was only $ 40 for an entire replacement wheel, so why pay $ 300+ for a new mtb when this one still rides ? A new Weinman rear wheel, hope to get 13-14 more years out of it ?
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You need to go to the c&v forum for some elderly bike porn, like wrinkly-butt stuff.
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I like steel MTBs and think they peaked in the mid 90s when you could get a 25 lb. rigid one for $700 or so.

My favorite is the 1996 IBOC - The Grey Goose:

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I would still be riding my 1990ish GT Karakoram K2 if some dirt bag hadn't swiped it from a friend's house many years back. It was a great ride. Now, I ride the bike in my signature that I bought new from REI almost 10 years ago.
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plus really, can't really sell an old bike, even if they are in good shape for anything worthwhile.

Who is going to pay 400 bucks for a bike 20 years old when u can brand new one for less etc.
You would be surprised. Depending on year, model and condition an old mtb can bring well over $400. Fat Chances in good shape will get over $800.
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I still ride my '98 Stumpy, but no longer on the trails. It's my commuter I ride daily to work. It's gone through a paint make over, several parts changes and chain/cassette/ring replacements over the years. The only part that's show room floor original is the front Shimano Deore LX derailleur. That thing is bomb proof and the iron man of derailleurs. 13 years of continuous service, not bad for a $1100 (in 1998 dollars) investment.

Alas, I no longer have my first ever mountain bike. A '90 Giant Sedona ATX that was $350 (damn, that was a lot of money back then LOL!) at the local bike shop that no longer exists. It was rigid, steel, heavy, 7 speed and had a god awful Shimano Bio Pace crankset that I absolutely abhorred. On a side note - wanting to rid myself of that crankset introduced me to the wonderful world of bike wrenching. I loved that bike and rode the heck out of it. I still regret giving it away to my buddy many years ago.
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Ya, I ride an older bike time to time - - '03 Diamondback XTS Moto. Agreeable dinosaur.
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The only bike I have is a 1995 Raliegh M-50. Great bike,just had it tuned up and added a new chain.I use it for general purposes.
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Old 07-24-11, 08:10 AM   #16
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Mine is a 97 Schwinn Homegrown. Main reason I don't have a new one is there is nothing wrong with the one I have. Sure disk brakes would be nice, but I don't have the money to spend on a new bike that is as good.

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I just got a trek 820 hardtail no suspension as my first mtb , friend gave it to me . needed some parts.
I am currently looking for front suspension , but it has the 1" steer tube so.... lots of looking .
I do plan on upgrading some stuff , shifters and fork mostly , but it suits my needs atm

oh he said its about 6 yrs old or so , but I think to him it was 6 yrs old , it appears to be a 1998 or so
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Affording first class bikes at a fraction of the cost of the latest greatest just makes sense. The local shops probably wish I would buy something from them other than tubes, cables and bearings or a occasional headset....Am I missing out ? I guess I will find out in 10 years.

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I ride a 1996 Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo. Just had a new front fork and new brakes put on.
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1995 GT Outpost Trail. I ride it because it's faithful and has never failed on me. Over the years, almost everything has been replaced except the frame/fork/wheels, though. Probably spent more upgrading it than the original price of the bike, heh.

I am considering retiring it after this year though, I think it may be time to go with something more modern. We'll see when next year rolls around.
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Indeed.

I can drive to work in my crapped out 1996 Nissan Sentra, but I wouldn't take it to a rally course and expect it to put a smile on my face. It's all in what you want do to with it. I can't fathom doing some of the crap on my 1998 Komodo that I do on my '10 Parker...but I expect different things from each bike. I have more fun on an XC trail on the Komodo...but more fun downtown on the Parker.
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Indeed.

I can drive to work in my crapped out 1996 Nissan Sentra, but I wouldn't take it to a rally course and expect it to put a smile on my face. It's all in what you want do to with it. I can't fathom doing some of the crap on my 1998 Komodo that I do on my '10 Parker...but I expect different things from each bike. I have more fun on an XC trail on the Komodo...but more fun downtown on the Parker.
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