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Old 10-29-21, 08:37 AM
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'87 MB-2 Thoughts

GRANT PETERSEN's thoughts, that is...
From his blog (or, as he calls it: BLAHG).
"Here's a Bstone ad I had everything to do with, from 1987. I didn't have everything to do with the bike. It had a U-brake, which I didn't want. I didn't want that. color. Everything else sort of fell into place. I thought differently about geometry then than now. I would write it differently. The layout is perfect. The cross heads should be benefits, not features (in contemporary language, they should "sell the brownie, not the recipe." My current critique follows."


Annotated by Grant in 2021


Interesting reading his thoughts 34ish years later....

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Old 10-29-21, 10:39 AM
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I like the MB Bridgestones. We have a '91 MB-5 here that my son uses. I compared it to the '92 Trek 930 I had, and the Bridgestone is a better riding bike. Kept it and moved the Trek along.
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Cutting down the handlebars was a thing BITD mainly, I think, to make the bike more maneuverable. I do like my '93 MB 1 a lot.

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My coworker who likes Rivs and has a few, also has a very late Bridgestone MTB. You can tell it's the final pinnacle of "MTB is a fat tire flat bar touring bike." It's steep and has every conceivable deluxe 1980's steel bike braze-on. This style did not survive the arrival of suspension forks.
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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
Cutting down the handlebars was a thing BITD mainly, I think, to make the bike more maneuverable. I do like my '93 MB 1 a lot.

Last year building new mountain bikes I couldn't believe how wide the bars have gotten. It's ridiculous.
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Originally Posted by 52telecaster View Post
Last year building new mountain bikes I couldn't believe how wide the bars have gotten. It's ridiculous.
What's goes around comes around; I'm noticing people are wanting narrower bars now on their non-downhill bikes.
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If the promotion does not push new and different product, then folk would be happy with what they have. Not good for the new bike industry.
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I always cut down my ATB bars, but then my region has an abundance of narrow, tree lined, single track, where wider bars increase the probaility of catching a tree trunk.

And there's nothing wrong with U-brakes, provided they are not mounted under the chain stays. GT spec'd U-brakes on their seat stays and I liked them fine.
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
My coworker who likes Rivs and has a few, also has a very late Bridgestone MTB. You can tell it's the final pinnacle of "MTB is a fat tire flat bar touring bike." It's steep and has every conceivable deluxe 1980's steel bike braze-on. This style did not survive the arrival of suspension forks.
I always attributed steeper angles, shorter wheelbases and the removal of all the extraneous "tour-y" braze ons to Bridgestone.

Turning an "ATB" into 'racing bikes for trails.'
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Originally Posted by The Golden Boy View Post
I always attributed steeper angles, shorter wheelbases and the removal of all the extraneous "tour-y" braze ons to Bridgestone.

Turning an "ATB" into 'racing bikes for trails.'
Yes. Their MB series were quite racy and great for cross country and single track. But the trend was mountain bike racing starting to resemble downhill skiing more than X-C skiing. And Bridgestones were not great for downhill.
I had an MB-Zip that was very light and quick. Definitely not a flat bar touring bike.

Narrow bars were (are) better for single track. Far less likely to catch a branch.
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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
Cutting down the handlebars was a thing BITD mainly, I think, to make the bike more maneuverable. I do like my '93 MB 1 a lot.
You have to remember that in the beginning mountain bikers were riding hiking trails which don't always have a lot of clearance. Then they invented mountain biking trails with all the clearance and the handlebars followed suit.
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I don't get the impression Grant Peterson's Bridgestone was driving much of anything but their own self-limited counterculture. Like, was '87 the heyday? The industry was about to dive headlong into aluminum frames and telescoping forks, to the point that by Y2K that's about all you could get.
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