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    Old but good used bikes

    I'm trying to put together a list of "non-touring" bikes from the 90's that would make a good touring frame, like the Specialized Crossroads and 900 series Trek MTBs. Can you guys help to expand this list ?

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    What I'm really looking for are specific (model & year) bikes that are relatively light but strong enough to tour with in a 22" or larger frame size. Can be a mountain bike, road bike or hybrid.

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    Mine is a 21" Shogun Stumpjumper II. Might be about 1991.
    Hoogie has a 21.5" Giant Yukon (early 90's). They're both 4130 steel.

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    Giant Iguana from 1989-1994? Available up to a 23" frame. I have a 1991 21" that is being converted to Expedition Tour duty. Only drawback so far is the 6 speed freewheel, but that is minor in my book.

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    Why are asking about such a large frame??? Are you tall or do they work well for touring? Why i ask is that i found a vintage Hardrock for sale that has a 22" frame and rigid fork. It sounds like a great bike but i am 5'10" with a long torso. For Mt biking i used to like small, light bikes that ya can throw around. For touring, i am not really sure what size would work well. Late.
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    I'm looking at a black, GT Outpost Trail on ebay right now. It's one of the few 24" frames I've seen, but I know next to nothing about GT or that model. The seller doesn't specify the components or year.
    Can anyone offer an opinion ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by psycho d View Post
    Why are asking about such a large frame??? Are you tall or do they work well for touring? Why i ask is that i found a vintage Hardrock for sale that has a 22" frame and rigid fork. It sounds like a great bike but i am 5'10" with a long torso. For Mt biking i used to like small, light bikes that ya can throw around. For touring, i am not really sure what size would work well. Late.
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    For touring,I understand that you will want to go a size larger.
    I'm 6'2" and the 20" MTB that I'm using to tour with is way small.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1-track-mind View Post
    I'm looking at a black, GT Outpost Trail on ebay right now. It's one of the few 24" frames I've seen, but I know next to nothing about GT or that model. The seller doesn't specify the components or year.
    Can anyone offer an opinion ?
    I was looking at the same bike for a winter commuter but opted out of it because they want way too much money for it. Probably a 93-95 low end bike. Plus unless I'm sadly mistaken that crankset was recalled by Shimano around 95 or 96 (I started working at a shop in 96 and replaced more of those than I care to remember).

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    Thanks, big guy. It's a challenge to get up to speed on all these models from different years.
    I'd love to find a 900 series trek or something comparable.
    I'm also on the lookout for a cheap beater for my son who is 6'4". His bike was stolen last week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by psycho d View Post
    Why are asking about such a large frame??? Are you tall or do they work well for touring? Why i ask is that i found a vintage Hardrock for sale that has a 22" frame and rigid fork. It sounds like a great bike but i am 5'10" with a long torso. For Mt biking i used to like small, light bikes that ya can throw around. For touring, i am not really sure what size would work well. Late.
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    I would ride at least one size larger for touring vs MTB use. FWIW I ride a 25.5" (64-65cm) touring frame. I typically use a 21" MTB for technical riding. A 23" would be my first grab for Expedition Tour use, I am building up the 21" Iguana because it is what I have. I ride frames from 19" to 25.5", based on what I am using them for.

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    1993 Specialized Crossroads Trail LX.

    Lots of eyelets for racks and fenders and also has a mount for a sidewall dynamo. Bonus: has holes in the frame so you can route your electrical wiring internally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaypee View Post
    1993 Specialized Crossroads Trail LX.

    Lots of eyelets for racks and fenders and also has a mount for a sidewall dynamo. Bonus: has holes in the frame so you can route your electrical wiring internally.
    Great bike, but how large do they go with the frames ? They also seem to be scarce.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1-track-mind View Post
    Thanks, big guy. It's a challenge to get up to speed on all these models from different years.
    I'd love to find a 900 series trek or something comparable.
    I'm also on the lookout for a cheap beater for my son who is 6'4". His bike was stolen last week.
    Gah... that's too bad. Always good to check craigslist, from what I've been seeing once you add the shipping to a bike ebay often ends up not being such a hot deal on cheaper bikes.

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    Trek 750 - double butted chromoly with good components. It's a like a Trek 520 with straight bars and mountain cranks.

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    Cannondale M900 - very light and stiff frame and good components. Top of the line Cannondale MTB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrPolak View Post
    Trek 750 - double butted chromoly with good components. It's a like a Trek 520 with straight bars and mountain cranks.
    Thanks. What about the 800 series treks ? They seem to be easier to find.

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    I've got a 91 Trek 820- 21". It seems to be a nice frame for touring. The components could be better but it is a pretty stiff frame. They should be pretty easy to find..

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1-track-mind View Post
    Thanks. What about the 800 series treks ? They seem to be easier to find.
    Trek 820, or preferably 850 if you can find one, are both a good choice and can be had with solid forks.

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    I had an 80's Peugeot Canyon Express that I would've considered very nice for touring. Very long chainstays. It only really lacked mid-fork mounts and extra bottle mounts. I had a pair of cannondale platform-style racks that didn't require the mid-fork mount, but I guess it would be pretty handy if you wanted a low-rider rack.

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    I have an '85 Peugeot Canyon Express that, as coweater said, would be a great touring frame. Dual eyelets front and rear, nice Ishiwata double butted lugged steel with looooong chainstays (18") and triple water bottle mounts. Also has a real pump peg behind the seat tube. It's probably the nicest riding bike I own; very lively feel. Good luck finding one; mine came out of a thrift store.

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    Right on with the canyon express. I bent the fork on mine a long time ago, replaced it with a chrome job from a motobecane, put 700c wheels with a flipflop hub on, fenders, and use it for light summer fixed touring. great frame.

    I have toured on a 90 treck antelope, it was a little to small but easy to whip around and took a lot of abuse. 6 foot and it was a 19 inch frame with lots of seat post and a long stem. I weigh about 215 and had a 45 lb load on four corners.

    now I am on a 90's KHS for off road touring stuff, 23 inch, no eyelets but a real solid bike. I just used p clamps and take a spare or two, have not needed them yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1-track-mind View Post
    Thanks. What about the 800 series treks ? They seem to be easier to find.
    They do pretty well Heres mines



    I didn't care for the feel of these 26x1.25 Nashbar slicks. I swapped in some Bontrager 1.95 semi tread tires and its much more comfortable (as well as making the bike now look really mean haha). Fenders are off too
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