I've been riding a 2000 or so Hardrock for 7+ years, and it may outlive me.
Wow, tons of replies to this thread. Glad to see that these bikes are being put to use! Here's my entry:
It's a 1997 Diamondback Sorrento, with a cheapy Shimano Acera drivetrain. Was my dad's, it was sitting in the attic for the longest time. Put on a new chain, slicks, fenders, lights, and a rack, and it made an excellent commuter through college. Now it lives at work as my around-town bicycle. The drivetrain is surprisingly adequate (compared to my 105 road bike) - sure it's not quite as slick but when adjusted shifts quickly and smoothly. The adjustment is much more finicky than my 105-equipped bike but it's certainly very serviceable.
Richard Cunningham was, of course, the guy who came up the EC (elevated chainstay) design on his Mantis bikes, and who brought the design to the mainstream with his collaboration with Nishiki on the Alien, whose success lead to many similar commercial designs, including Alpinestars, Yeti (famously started as an MBA magazine project), and the Haro pictured above.
One of the other practical advantages to ECs besides eliminating chainsuck was that the chain could be removed without breaking a link!
Chaad--'95 DeKerf Team SL, '02 Lemond Buenos Aires, '05 Novara Buzz, '73 Schwinn Collegiate, '06 Mountain Cycle Rumble, '09 Dahon Mariner D7, '12 Mercier Nano, '12 Breezer Venturi
i dearly WISH i still had my '90s steel moutnian bike, but it was killed by a bus last spring. i had a '96 Raleigh USA M-80 Cro-mo mountian bike. after my teeneaged interest in mountain biking had waned (i live in chicago ), it sat collecting dust in a garage for years until i turned it into one hell of an excellent, rock solid, commuter (upsized crank, rigid fork, bullhorns with reverse pulls). i technically still have it, but she sits wasting away out on my balcony. the frame is wrecked, but i can't let her go.
The first rule: if you're riding a bike and not having fun, then you're doing it wrong.
Picked up these matching 1992 DB Ascent EXs NIB on eBay two years ago for my wife and me. The pics don't do justice to the deep purple color.
1992 Diamond Back Ascent EX 20 DS.jpg1992 Diamond Back Ascent EX 18 DS.jpg
These wre CL finds for my sons. The white DB Topanga for younger son and the black DB Sorrento for older son. I believe they are early '90s and they both have the cool platter paint jobs.
1991 Diamond Back Sorrento DS.jpg1991 Diamond Back Topanga DS.jpg
"There are three kinds of people who post about ANYTHING on the internet...one group who loves, one group who hates it and one group that wants to have sex with it." KonAaron Snake
My parents bought this Mongoose Hilltopper new around '94; it was my commuter in high school and I must've put 10,000 miles on it.
It was just too small for me in the end, and now I commute on a road bike of similar vintage, but boy did I love that bike.
Not a great picture. It's a Performance M505 (5 series from 1995). I rode it in the dirt for years with my son until he went off the college in 2001. Since then it has been my ride for weekend rails-to-trails visits with my wife. I put some 26x1.5" city tires on it last fall and this photo was taken on my first bike overnight. I mounted a Topeak rack and the Topeak trunk bag with the fold out panniers. The chain rings and cluster are very worn but since I have a Trek 1000 and just bought a Trek 520 for commuting I won't be doing much more to this old stead.
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. For he today that sheds his blood -- er, commutes by bike with me -- shall be my brother; be never so vile...
Shakespeare, William sort of...
2012 Trek 520, Planet Bike Hardcore Hybred Fenders, Ortlieb Back Roller Classic Panniers, Topeak MTX Trunk Bag.
2006 Trek 1000 SL, Stock
1995 Performance 505 MTB, 1.5" City Tires, Topeak Rack
Yep, I've still got my 91 Diamond Back Apex, though it's at my folks' place in NC...
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If it's a steel post stuck in a steel frame then use PB Blaster the same way as above.
In the future use a small amount of grease on your fingertips and spread a very thin layer on BOTH the seat post and the inside of the seat tube down as far as the post would extend, then slide the post in and wipe off the excess grease. Any grease will work, I use black automotive bearing grease and never have an issue. Some people regrease once a year, I don't, grease lasts a long time, I may do it once every 5 years and still the grease is lubricating the seat post just fine, but to be safe I redo it. I had no problem pulling a AL seat post out of a steel bike that had been stored for 30 years and the grease was the original grease from the factory and it still allowed the seat post to come out easily.
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I'm a little late to the party but here's my recently painted 1987 Giant Sedona It was in an accident so neds the front wheel trued and some brake repair. I like the fit and ride of this bike the best.
I have to say it's pretty amazing how good all of these steel framed bikes look 20+ years later.
Somebody abandoned a Peugeot in exactly my size outside my house. Working everything except for a stuck seat post. Oh, and I may have dropped part of the QR off the balcony into the apartment below. :embarassed:
Will keep it if nobody claims it by the end of the year.
Free Spirit FS21 - the dead one in need of some lovin'
2009 Specialized Rockhopper - the day-to-day monster
-(secret)- the one I aspire to.
1989 Peugeot Ocean Express - "found" bike
I am sure that the combined mojo of all the folks here could find you a replacement frame and have had a few pass by me over the years at the shop.
If we are going to crank the clock back... my 1987 Kuwahara Shasta has carried me close to 40,000 km since I bought it 5 years ago. It got drop bars after it's first winter and this has never changed although it has gone from ss to fixed to being my geared expedition bike. This is my favourite era as so many nicely made steel mtb's were made and so many have found new life as commuters and touring bikes. They were closely modelled after the touring bikes of the day and often similarly or even identically equipped with the only difference being their 26 inch wheels and tyres which have now become a popular choice for tourists and many commuters.
I've never bought a MTB new, but I still have my 1985 Raleigh Wyoming touring bike that I bought new in Feb 1986. Still in great shape since It's never been left outside, although it does have some newer components on it of course.
"Pain is weakness leaving the body"......yea, right!
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My SUV is a bicycle
I've a 90's Shogun MTB that I retrofitted with an SRAM dualdrive, but sadly it's in storage on the other side of the Pacific Ocean.