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Old 02-11-16, 09:54 PM
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Originally Posted by fishwatcher View Post
I love finding forum threads from fans of the old Raleigh Mountain Tour series. Mine is one of those old green Raleigh Mountain tour bikes. It's an Elkhorn, circa 1984 or 85'. A few of my cycling friends (with full carbon road or mtn. bikes) look down at my old reliable steel steed. I am the original owner and this was my sole bike for over 25 years before I finally got into newer riding technology.
@fishwatcher, I've always dug your Elkhorn and what you've done to it! And it's so cool that you've had it for 30 years!
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And since this thread has popped up again, I'd figure I'd show another photo of my Crested Butte. I just had some modifications done to it again! The biggest thing is the Nitto Bosco bars. They have a lot of rise and sweep to them, so they work well with early mountain bikes and their too-long top tubes.
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And @Hugeroost, are we ever going to see photos of your Crested Butte?
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Old 02-12-16, 08:54 AM
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And @Hugeroost, are we ever going to see photos of your Crested Butte?
guys I'm sorry I promise i'll get it out and take some pics
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And I'll add my Elkhorn Mountain Tour (1985?) here for the record. At this writing it's available in the for sale thread.


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And I'll add my Elkhorn Mountain Tour (1985?) here for the record. At this writing it's available in the for sale thread.
Nice one! And big one! My educated guess is that's a 1986 model. They switched from lugged fork to unicrown that year, the final year that the Elkhorn looked like this. Also, I think the stem and bars have are not original, since these ones should have a Bullmoose bar/stem combo.
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Here's what the Mountain Tour line looked in 1987, the last year of the line. They tightened up the angles, and the color scheme is a more period-appropriate "Miami Vice" salmon. This is a Seneca, which was the middle model of the group. (The Mt. Tour group was reduced to three models in 1987. They dropped the Crested Butte, so the Elkhorn became the "top o' the line".)
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Originally Posted by adventurepdx View Post
Here's what the Mountain Tour line looked in 1987, the last year of the line. They tightened up the angles, and the color scheme is a more period-appropriate "Miami Vice" salmon. This is a Seneca, which was the middle model of the group. (The Mt. Tour group was reduced to three models in 1987. They dropped the Crested Butte, so the Elkhorn became the "top o' the line".)
Wish you were here when I first got my Teton. Took me forever to find out anything about it.



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Wish you were here when I first got my Teton. Took me forever to find out anything about it.
Nice one!
Ya just need to page me. I can't be everywhere!
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And for anyone interested, this link over on MOMBAT has the best overview I could find of the early Raleigh USA mountain bike history:
MOMBAT: Raleigh Bicycles History
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A scan of the first ad with the Mountain Tour series, circa 1984:

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Originally Posted by adventurepdx View Post
Nice one! And big one! My educated guess is that's a 1986 model. They switched from lugged fork to unicrown that year, the final year that the Elkhorn looked like this. Also, I think the stem and bars have are not original, since these ones should have a Bullmoose bar/stem combo.
Interesting! Sheldon says you're right about the '85 having a lugged fork and bullmoose bars. The Headbadge has an '86 catalog that shows the slingshot stem and unicrown fork I have, so I think I was just a year off. There are several more out there on the interwebs that have the same stem, some self-identified as '85, but probably '86, it seems.
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guys I'm sorry I promise i'll get it out and take some pics
Well, February has passed. Maybe we'll see the promised pics this month?
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Does anyone here know what size seatpost would have been used on an '87 Mountain Tour?
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Originally Posted by CannedPakes View Post
Does anyone here know what size seatpost would have been used on an '87 Mountain Tour?
Mine from 86 used a 25.8.
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Mine from 86 used a 25.8.
Thanks, hopefully they didn't change it within a year for some reason
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Hi I just signed up to add my Seneca, which somehow found it's way to New Zealand. I picked it up for $20 at the dump shop. It was a bit sad then, but with a bit of tlc it's riding like a champ.

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Bringing an old post back to life, with some Questions

I picked up a beautiful 1984 mountain Tour. Yukon. Iím curious of the seat post size
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This bike brings back memories! A close friend of mine had one of these in the '80's, and it was the first "mountain bike" I had the chance to ride.

It was brown. We called it the "Crusty Butt". Huh huh.. Crusty. Butt.

But we were like 14 years old.
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I picked up a beautiful 1984 mountain Tour. Yukon. Iím curious of the seat post size
My '84 Crested Butte has a 26.0 seatpost, which is an oddball size. I'd still double-check yours with a micrometer.
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And since someone brought the thread back to life, might as well show my 1984 Raleigh Crested Butte in its current configuration:
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While home for Thanksgiving I finally got my hands on my new Raleigh Crested Butte. Pretty close to 100% original, including the 34yo tires! Once I got it back to DC, it became clear some things had to change. It's coming along: It'll get a front rack, fenders, and probably a larger-ish saddle bag. If anyone is going back all original, I probably have the part if you don't see it on my bike! (CAN'T POST PICS YET!!!) Sorry...


Also, open to ideas and tips to make it the most awesome it can be, thanks for looking.


And so it began the journey; less original, but more rideable...
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Originally Posted by J Rey 1978 View Post
While home for Thanksgiving I finally got my hands on my new Raleigh Crested Butte. Pretty close to 100% original, including the 34yo tires! Once I got it back to DC, it became clear some things had to change. It's coming along: It'll get a front rack, fenders, and probably a larger-ish saddle bag. If anyone is going back all original, I probably have the part if you don't see it on my bike! (CAN'T POST PICS YET!!!) Sorry...
Nice! And please post pics when you can! Don't be like the OP and tease us with pics that never, ever materialized!

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Also, open to ideas and tips to make it the most awesome it can be, thanks for looking.
Well, what are you going to use the Butte for or try to do? Do you want it to look like an awesome mid-80's mountain bike? Or do you want to make an awesome commuter out of it?
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Hey guys ole Roost here, dug the Butte out of garage this morning, took an hour, and its very dusty. Also nobody noticed I guess but my post count not high enough for pics. TBC
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So figured while the kids are here for X-Mas i would get help posting pics
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