There is one for sale locally. What are your opinions? Most of the reviews I have read are pretty good. It is an 18" frame. I am 6 ft, kind of short legged so I think it would fit. I am just getting into MTBing and a hard tail would likely suit me just fine for the type of riding an old dude (50) would do.
I do realize that mtbs have progressed by lightyears since this thing was new, but I should be able to use that point to get it for a very reasonable price. I so understand that being FS it is likely to need bushings/etc. I am not very experienced as a bike mechanic, but, I am very experienced with mechanical gadgets in general, so having to do that sort of thing doesn't scare me....much.
1983 Univega Gran Turismo, 1972 Schwinn Super Sport, 2001 Univega Modo Vincere, Self-Built Nashbar Touring, 1997 giant ATX970, 1989 BianchiSuper Grizzly, 1974 Peugeot U08, 1974 Atala Grand Prix, 1986 Ross Mt. Hood
I have a 1997 atx 970 that I bought new in 99. The bike handles great at speed, but bobs quite a bit while climbing. The bushings are not available anymore, luckily mine are still good. Check for slop really well. When the time comes to change mine, I'll see if I can find sealed bearings that fit.
I ended up buying the Giant. Rear suspension seems very tight. Front fork, RST 381 is toast. Less than an inch of travel. I opened up one side, pulled out the rod and squeezed the polymer tube to see how pliable it was.
Not very. it crumbled. I can get a rebuild kit for 53 bucks. I think my best bet though is to find a good used fork on CL or feebay. Any recommendations? Don't care about weight, just want something with decent travel and is bombproof. I do believe it is a 1 1/8 fork as bikepedia specs the headset at 1 1/8. Lockout would be nice as well, but, not necessary.