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Road Test/Bike Review (1986) Buyers' Guide -- 4 ATB Models

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Road Test/Bike Review (1986) Buyers' Guide -- 4 ATB Models

Bicycling magazine's 1986 Buyers' Guide contains road tests/reviews of 14 featured bikes (5 Touring, 5 Racing, 4 ATB) and a table of specifications for 191 bikes total.
Categories are Touring (sport touring, loaded touring), Racing, and ATB.
This post presents the featured ATB models ROSS Mt. Hood, PEUGEOT Canyon Express, JAMIS Dakota, and DIAMONDBACK Ascent.

1986 Buyers' Guide featured Touring models were posted here: Road Test/Bike Review (1986) Buyers' Guide -- 5 Touring Models
1986 Buyers' Guide featured Racing models were posted here: Road Test/Bike Review (1986) Buyers' Guide -- 5 Racing Models

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LOL, love that shot of those people riding in salt water.
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3 out of the 4 have Roller Cams
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
3 out of the 4 have Roller Cams
Hey -- all the good mountain bikes do.

I love the statement about ATBs making good commuters and transportation steeds, because mine gets more use that way than as a trailblazer. I also have a couple of short dirt path links on my hilly local exercise route, and the ATB is superb on those, as well as on poorly-maintained roads.

Maybe it's just an age thing, but I have become increasingly interested in wider tires on the road, be they the 1.95" on my mountain bike or 32-35mm on my older road bikes. (The Bianchi can't clear anything above about 28mm.) No more 700Cx23 or 27" x 7/8" (remember the game-changing Michelin Elan when it first came out in the early 1970s?).
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