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1992 Ibis Mountain Trials

Old 07-08-15, 07:18 PM
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1992 Ibis Mountain Trials

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I have a '92* Ibis Mountain Trials. I think it was possibly the last Mountain Trials built by then Ibis framebuilder Wes Williams, who left Ibis soon after. I had to special order it 'cause that model wasn't part of Ibis' official lineup at the time.

It has a square taper WTB GreaseGuard BB, a WTB/Chris King GreaseGuard headset and a set of straight Koski forks. The seatpost is extra long (custom made by Charlie Cunningham) and there are no bottle mounts on the seattube allowing it to be lowered all the way.

It's painted in Ibis "Just Red" and is in REALLY nice condition.

What do you guys think? Is this a desirable bike? What kind of price do you think it ought to bring? Do you think I should remove the GG headset and sell it separately?

I can add some pics if you like.

Thanks!

*Edit: After doing a bit more research and "reflection", I think the bike is actually a '93 or '94 (not that it really matters).

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Old 07-09-15, 06:46 AM
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Add some pics - I'm thinking partout...
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Here you go:

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I've never heard of Ibis so that could make it a tougher sell. I admit I don't know much about vintage MTBs but it's obviously not a household name like Klein, Ritchey, Gary Fisher, etc.

What is the drivetrain/wheels? The grease guard parts are cool but frankly, buyers are more likely to be interested in the other components.

Some more pictures would be nice. It's a really cool bike!
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That's Trials bike? I thought they were 20" very fat tires and SS with like a 16x16 gearing?

@FastJake Ibis was/is a pretty high end mahine, I don't think it was something you would usually find sitting in a bike shop, most were special order. I worked with a kid that had a MTN tandem for them and one of our customers had one too.
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Originally Posted by FastJake View Post
I've never heard of Ibis so that could make it a tougher sell. I admit I don't know much about vintage MTBs but it's obviously not a household name like Klein, Ritchey, Gary Fisher, etc.

What is the drivetrain/wheels? The grease guard parts are cool but frankly, buyers are more likely to be interested in the other components.

Some more pictures would be nice. It's a really cool bike!
Maybe not a household name, but certainly not unknown!


I'm thinking about selling it as a frame & fork only but here are the components as it stands now:


Rims: Araya RM-20 - 26" front / 24" rear

Hubs: WTB GreaseGuard - 36 hole

Bottom Bracket: WTB GreaseGuard (pressed-in bearings)

Freewheel: 6-speed Dura-Ace

Rear Derailleur: Deore XT

Front Derailleur: Suntour XC Pro

Shifters: Deore XT indexed thumbshifters (the originals)

Cranks: Specialized cold forged - 172.5 mm

Pedals: Suntour XC Comp with WTB "toe-flips"

Tires: IRC "Trials Expert"

Brakes: Rear - WTB cantilever w/ DKG bridge // Front - XTR V-brake

Brake Levers: Deore XT

Seatpost: Extra long custom made by Charlie Cunningham (WTB)

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Old 07-09-15, 02:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
That's Trials bike? I thought they were 20" very fat tires and SS with like a 16x16 gearing?
The Mountain Trials was kind of a hybrid mountain/trials bike - something you could ride all day, but with serious trials abilities.

Here's an article that you might find interesting:

1988 Ibis Mountain Trials bike review- Mtbr.com
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So, I guess no one has any idea how much this bike might be worth?
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Originally Posted by superstring View Post
So, I guess no one has any idea how much this bike might be worth?
Heh superstring, I would register and try your luck here: Forums - Mtbr.com

I spend most of my time there and you'll find your answer.

FWIW It looks like a great bike, but you would have better luck selling it for top value there.
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Thanks, gomango, I'll do that.
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What a sweet bike! Yes, Ibis has it's very strong cult following. They are on par with Fat Chance, Ritchey, etc... Ibis owner's often own several different models. Spanky, Mojo, Ripley... I knew 2 guys who rode Spankys when steel was still par for the big road rides. For those of you unfamiliar with the brand, Ibis was synonymous with fine quality and innovation, but also with a great sense of humor. The Spanky road bikes for instance, were made of "Moron" tubing. One stem was know as the "Limp D" because of it's appearance. They had a small hand-like rear derailleur hanger brazed onto some frames, and it was of course known as a "hand job". You get it. I would not be surprised if you got as much as 750.00 for your whole bike, if you wait for the buyer.
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Ibis made some really sweet bikes.
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Originally Posted by AngryFrankie View Post
What a sweet bike! Yes, Ibis has it's very strong cult following. They are on par with Fat Chance, Ritchey, etc... Ibis owner's often own several different models. Spanky, Mojo, Ripley... I knew 2 guys who rode Spankys when steel was still par for the big road rides. For those of you unfamiliar with the brand, Ibis was synonymous with fine quality and innovation, but also with a great sense of humor. The Spanky road bikes for instance, were made of "Moron" tubing. One stem was know as the "Limp D" because of it's appearance. They had a small hand-like rear derailleur hanger brazed onto some frames, and it was of course known as a "hand job". You get it. I would not be surprised if you got as much as 750.00 for your whole bike, if you wait for the buyer.
Thanks, AngryFrankie. I may just end up keeping the bike. I got a feeling that, if I sold it, I'd regret it.

Oh, and BTW, it has a Hand Job!
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Yes! Keep the ibis!
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