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Old 01-05-20, 04:08 PM
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New 1983 Stumpy

This was a fairly local Craigslist pickup for me yesterday. My question is whether these black 1983’s were Stumpjumpers or Stumpjumper “Sport” models? It came with the Tomaselli motorcycle type levers, which I thought were reserved for the full-on Stumpjumper models? There are no “Sport” decals on the top tube. Can anyone shed some light on this for me? Thanks!



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Old 01-05-20, 04:24 PM
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That thing is sweet!
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That thing is sweet!
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Originally Posted by orcas island View Post
This was a fairly local Craigslist pickup for me yesterday. My question is whether these black 1983’s were Stumpjumpers or Stumpjumper “Sport” models? It came with the Tomaselli motorcycle type levers, which I thought were reserved for the full-on Stumpjumper models? There are no “Sport” decals on the top tube. Can anyone shed some light on this for me? Thanks!


Those were used on some not on others, Magura's too, they tended to be on the ones that had Mafac canti's and TA cranks which this may have had, at this point any of it could have been changed or swapped out. Not sure if there was an SE or Sport that early, the later ones always said it on the TT.

Any "Designed by" on the NDS chainstay?

Very cool find, you one lucky guy.
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Fun bike.

Not lots to add, but my wife's 1983 Stumpjumper Sport is silver.

Sport decal on the top tube.
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I’ve owned a few Stumpjumpers over the years; purchased a new Sport model in 1984 (silver, like yours Gomango). That one came with the more standard DiaCompe brake levers and Sport decal on the top tube. There is no Tim Neenan decal on the chainstay of this one.
All of the other components on this bike seem to be common to both models of Stumpjumper built during this time frame (ie. no TA cranks or Mafac cantilevers).
Most of these Sport models seem to come in either the silver or light blue colors; I don’t seem to see too many of them in this gloss black shade.
Does anyone know whether the black color was associated with one model vs another?

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I’ve owned a few Stumpjumpers over the years; purchased a new Sport model in 1984 (silver, like yours Gomango). That one came with the more standard DiaCompe brake levers and Sport decal on the top tube. There is no Tim Neenan decal on the chainstay
All of the other components on this bike seem to be common to both models of Stumpjumper built during this time frame (ie. no TA cranks or Mafac cantilevers).
Most of these Sport models seem to come in either the silver or light blue colors; I don’t seem to see too many of them in this gloss black shade.
Does anyone know whether the black color was associated with one model vs another?
Sounds like you know as much or more than we do so..... I have never seen an early one like this in black, I have 2 later unicrown ones that are black Sport's. Seems like the date codes on the parts could shed some light. The Tomaselli levers are an anomaly no matter what even if original, they are as cool as it gets and likely worth whatever you paid for the whole thing.
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Old 01-05-20, 08:09 PM
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This doesn’t seem like a repaint. It’s just that I don’t recall black being an option when I bought my original Sport in 1984. I’m sure somebody out there knows if it was an option to buy a Sport in this color. Not that it makes a heck of a lot of difference whether it’s a Sport or Stumpjumper model; I just like to dig up this kind of info.
When I bought my original one in early ‘84 there weren’t a lot of mountain bikes on the road or hills back then. I was riding it on a road in San Diego and a cop pulled me over, full red light and siren treatment. I thought,”what the heck did I do?” and tried to remember if I’d rolled through a stop sign, whatever... He walked up to me slowly and I asked what I’d done, and he said “nothing, I just wanted to take a look at your bike”. Thanks for giving me a heart attack!

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Old 01-05-20, 08:59 PM
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Considering how clean the rest of the bike is I don't think that bike was ever repainted, that bike looks like it just rolled directly out of a time machine! Those are original grips too I think?!?
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Jack- the paint is in pretty good shape. Some small chips on the drive side chainstay and a few other scrapes here and there. Overall, it’s pretty clean,not much dirt or grime on any of the components. It doesn’t seem like it logged too many off road miles.
I’m not sure that these are the original grips; they seem softer and thicker than I remember the originals as being
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There's another thread here from 2010 I found from googling 1983 stumpjumper. It was new in the box and had suntour mountech derailleurs. It was a sport.
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Old 01-05-20, 10:32 PM
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I've had a few old Stumpjumpers, including one of the 500 or so 1981's (since sold) IIRC. The very early bikes seemed to come with a mish-mash of parts, apparently due to what Specialized could source and keep on hand at the time. That said....I have a 85 Sport in my basement at the moment and it is black, like yours, but it has the SPORT decal on the top tube. It also has a uni-crown fork, which I think started in 85. I had an earlier non-Sport model that was blue and had the bi-plane fork like yours. That bike can be found in the mtn bike drop bar conversion thread. I also have a black non-Sport frame but it doesn't have a fork, so it's a bit of a project.

Very nice bike! Enjoy it and have fun with it.
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