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Old 06-06-22, 05:29 PM
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Custom boat anchors...'84 and '85 Norco Bigfoots.


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Originally Posted by sloar View Post
Iíve got two sets of Bullmoose bars, but the insertion post is to small in diameter.
Huh, so is the steerer odd or the stem part of the bars?

Big difference or shim stock fixable?

All mine are oldschool so all bar stems and forks seem to go together.
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@ merziac, the original bullmoose bars on my gray Norco are 21.1 bmx fit but the '84 came with reg 22's.

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Old 06-06-22, 07:38 PM
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Originally Posted by sloar View Post
I’ve got two sets of Bullmoose bars, but the insertion post is to small in diameter.
Some older mountain bikes took a 21.15 o.d. dia. stem, some took a 22.2 o.d., somewhat newer bikes with a 1 1/8" steerer take a 25.4. Bullmoose bars came in 21.15 and 22.2, but I don't think they came in 25.4, but they did make 25.4 riser stems for mountain bikes. To me, your's looks more like a 25.4 o.d. stem (just from looking at the picture).

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Originally Posted by sloar View Post
Finally found a nice mountain bike that fits me. Seems like they only made small frames. Looking to set this up for long rides and I need some ideas for a custom cockpit. Th

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What are you looking for? More reach, more height, more hand positions?
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I put a full m732 set of XT on this rockhopper of mine. It came with LX. I don't think I kept anything except frame, fork, stem and seatpost clamp qr.
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Originally Posted by katsup View Post
With the right stem they can look nice. The Velo Orange 31.8 quill comes to mind.

They make one that looks like a copy of an old Ibis riser stem also -- That would be interesting to see on a bike .
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Originally Posted by DMC707 View Post
Just pulled one of these out of my attic (Marin Eldridge Grade -- not this bike, but mine is close to identical- although a little rougher around the edges) --- Will be doing the cockpit up with Jones H Bars and trying to ready it for a "gravelly" type of build - although i doubt have any gravel in my immediate AO.

its 8 speed vintage Shimano LX - but i have a XTR 11 speed mini group sitting in a box that would be nice if a 1x was in order -- havent decided yet. For starters im just going to clean it up and test out the bars to see if its a worthwhile project. Hopefully update within 24 hours




Update -- took some pictures of my dusty Marin as "before" pictures --- typical mid 90's 23.5" top tube with a 135mm stem on a 17" bike. Its last setup it was wearing risers , but the old LX trigger shifters i had evidently replaced with the Deore thumby setup (Dont recall doing that and i purchased the bike new - but that was in 1995) -- as mentioned the plan is to try the Jones bars with a shorter stem -- sadly it will require a stem adapter for that .

Going to put a few miles on it to see if i like the "modernization" of it. If i like it, im going to have that top tube dent repaired as dents like that bug the heck out of me , and repainted. The framesets on these old Marins was Tange Prestige and well worth putting a little love into if the bike operates in a favorable fashion.

But if it doesnt work out -- bike will probably get mothballed again sadly



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Originally Posted by Soody View Post
What are you looking for? More reach, more height, more hand positions?

Honestly Iím not sure yet. Iím going to put some miles on the straight bar and see what Iím wanting.
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Originally Posted by Narhay View Post


I put a full m732 set of XT on this rockhopper of mine. It came with LX. I don't think I kept anything except frame, fork, stem and seatpost clamp qr.
Now that's what I'm talking about! Damn, that looks so hot. Was that the original colour or did you have it finished?
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Finished working on this one last night and just took it for a shakedown ride. Feels very good! I did lower the stem a bit after the ride as I felt like I was perched too high.





Frameset is a 1989 Bridgestone MB3 Comp. I went back and forth on the build, but eventually decided to go somewhat modern, particularly the Box 1x8 drivetrain and the SRAM Rival crank. Wheels, seatpost, and saddle I borrowed from my '98 Kona Explosif. Bars are Nitto Albatross, which generally make me feel like I'm on a three speed (similar bend to North Roads). I had planned on canti brakes, but the one set of Shimano MT-60 I've been saving were missing their springs! Also thought I had a set of MAFAC canti brakes around somewhere, but they weren't in the obvious places. Those Shimano v-brakes with Avid levers are powerful stoppers. Total weight is right around 25 lbs as shown. Perhaps this will be my Cino bike? We'll see after some more riding around.
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I put a B-17 on it last night, now I need to figure out some tires. I’ll probably go with some 26x1.75 Paselas. The bars will take some miles before I figure out what I want.
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
Finished working on this one last night and just took it for a shakedown ride. Feels very good! I did lower the stem a bit after the ride as I felt like I was perched too high.





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How is the chainstay clearance with those tires?
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How is the chainstay clearance with those tires?
Adequate. Probably not enough if I were to go riding in extensive mud, but I'll avoid that.
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litespeed before-after.


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And I thought I was going to see full hand built custom frames, not production bikes with different handlebarsÖ.
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Originally Posted by Smokinapankake View Post
And I thought I was going to see full hand built custom frames, not production bikes with different handlebars….
Well I don't think there are that many that you are going to see, if you were very deep into it in the early 80's then many of the early "production" bikes were handmade so effectively custom.

From there, plenty of customs were made but it was a fast moving target that became a production thing as the builders sold out to save their sanity and not have to work themselves to death.

Aside from that, the OP was asking for custom builds so he could suss out his production thing.

Anyway, here's a full custom that's probably here already.

One of 10 or a dozen that Jim built before he went to Big S.





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2000 Factory



Both are 13” which are quite rare.

1998 Moots YBBeat



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Originally Posted by Smokinapankake View Post
And I thought I was going to see full hand built custom frames, not production bikes with different handlebars….
Here is one for you. A 1989 Extreme Punisher who I bought from the original owner. He had custom ordered the XXL size (apparently the first from extreme) and chose the paint.



Unfortunately, the builder didn't add drainage at the BB and this had happened over the years. I noticed it when I was cleaning up the bike.



It's now in the hands of someone who is much more into the rare vintage mountain bikes than I. It hangs in his garage waiting for it's turn.
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I did this one a few years ago. I used Origin 8 Gary bars, Shimano bar-end shifters and brake levers. It was a heavy beast, but quite comfortable on a rough road or a trail. The outward angle of the Gary bars really works for me.


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