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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
I guess they were in a bit of a grey area. I did a race or two in 1993 and I was about the only one there running a rigid bike. Because of that I don't think I could call the Project 3 a racing bike. On the other hand I had a 1992 Bianchi Grizzly, definitely race oriented, but still a rigid bike.

The project 3s were pretty nice bikes, though. Looks like Bikepedia calls the 93 a MTB and 94-95 hybrids, for whatever reason.

I guess I'd have to waffle on this one.
Project 3's, 5's and 7's were basically the same bike with better components as you went from 3 to 7. The 7 also had Tange Prestige tubing instead of Tange Infinity. Some Project 7's were also sold with suspension forks and some even had drop bars. They were Cross Country bikes.

My mid 90's Rockhopper was also rigid framed and no one would mistake it for a hybrid. The Project 3 is actually a better bike. The only reason the Project series are sometimes mis-labled as hybrids is because of the 700c wheels which few MTBs were using at the time.
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