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Old 08-09-12, 04:14 PM
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The elevated chainstay design offered the possibilty of creating a shorter rear end. Rings vs tire clearance was no longer a constraint. Next to that it also eliminates chainsuck.

It wasn't a Koga invention btw. Mountainbike Action cooperated with Yeti on an e-stay design and covered it a couple articles. The Yeti Ultimate. The Ultimate evoked a serious hype, but I would think for example Mantis was earlier.
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Just finished building up 1986 Ritchey Ascent to mostly original specs.


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Old 08-09-12, 06:27 PM
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Wow, that Ritchey is something to behold. NICE job!!,,,,BD
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Old 08-10-12, 04:21 AM
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I always loved the paint coming out of Chris Chance's shop in the late-80s and '90s, some for their beautiful subtlety like this one and some for their shear humor and awesome detail like the ones with small cartoons all over. I don't remember who was doing his paint at the time, but I sure stole from them alot!

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I'm not usually a fan of lower end bikes, but I'd ride that Miyata with pride. Beautiful!

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Old 08-12-12, 03:28 AM
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Nice bike, but it is later than '94
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what's a mountain bike?
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Old 08-12-12, 09:18 AM
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what's a mountain bike?
Its a special bike for The Mountain That Rides.
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Old 08-12-12, 11:10 AM
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Old 08-12-12, 07:26 PM
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Old 08-16-12, 09:56 PM
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fixing up this early 90s Hard Rock for some friends
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Just did some major mods on my '88 Trek 900. It's seriously hybridized now, but I like it this way. Should make a good commuter scooter. Drop bars, Suntour bar end shifters, Tektro levers, V-brakes and narrower 1.5" road tires. I can easily throw some knobbies on it if I ever want to do some real trails.



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Can I play? This one's a '99 (counts fingers). Not that old, but it's the oldest bike in my MTB group.



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Old 08-17-12, 12:45 PM
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Of course, we're pretty friendly here. That's a nice Merlin!
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1986 Ross Mt. Rainier set up for a couple overnight campers. Brake pads on the roller cams were worn out so i had to peel them out of the cartridge and stuff some kool stops in there, worked like a charm.

After riding a bike with 1.5'' tires i don't think i can ever go to anything smaller, feels so nyyyyth. ALSO - i bought this bike with all its original parts on it for $50, sold the suntour bear traps that were on it for $60 on ebay and the suntour brake levers for $15. The only thing i don't like is the fork takes the 21.1 stem so i had to use some crap sun-lite stem but other than that i love it, makes me laugh at 26'' $1,200 long haul truckers.

love this thread, that red Ritchey up there is blowin my mind right now, see ya.
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Old 08-18-12, 02:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Yo Spiff
Just did some major mods on my '88 Trek 900. It's seriously hybridized now, but I like it this way. Should make a good commuter scooter. Drop bars, Suntour bar end shifters, Tektro levers, V-brakes and narrower 1.5" road tires. I can easily throw some knobbies on it if I ever want to do some real trails.



I am really infatuated with this Trek.....she's like the bicycle equivalent of the "Sexy Librarian". Nice work.
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Originally Posted by dirty tiger
I am really infatuated with this Trek.....she's like the bicycle equivalent of the "Sexy Librarian". Nice work.
Thanks, I took her out for a 25 mile shakedown cruise on a group ride just after I took those pics. I was quite happy with the feel and performance. I've had this bike on rides with this group before, but several folks thought I had gotten a new bike. I had been thinking of maybe getting a touring bike in the near future, but I think this will now fit the need perfectly. It's also nice to have something just a little bit different.

One interesting thing I noticed on this ride. One woman I know in the group just bought a used mountain bike in order to have greater comfort, at the same time as I was putting drops on my mountain bike for greater comfort. It's very much a personal preference thing.

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Old 08-19-12, 08:13 AM
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A shot from today's ride.

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Its a special bike for The Mountain That Rides.
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Lol. 36"? In valyrian steel off course.
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Old 08-19-12, 08:54 AM
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1985 Specialized RockHopper

This is a supper fine, nicely balanced, very durable ride. A great climber with its low gearing, but will rattle your teeth in a rocky descent.

Thanks, Dave-didn't know it was named for a race.

Some features of interest: the front brake cable is routed through the stem; the elliptical shaped Bio-Pace crank set; the easy-access bar shifters with optional SIS system-indexed-shifting.

I added a computer, bar-end mounted mirror, and the Panaracer wide red walls (FireXC Pro 2.1), and bottle holder. And, lots of touch-up paint as I repacked hubs over the winter.

It is made in Taiwan, with strong weld beads.
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Originally Posted by Peugeotlover
This is a supper fine, nicely balanced, very durable ride. A great climber with its low gearing, but will rattle your teeth in a rocky descent.
Thats cool.
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I did the 1985 version of the race for which the Rockhopper is named.
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A shot from today's ride.

Nice ride, nice photo. Would love to see those sites, in person. Thanks!
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Thanks mate, your welcome in Adelaide anytime. We have it all for cyclists here.
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Latest addition to my stable, the 1990 Laïti Mono.



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Old 08-21-12, 05:20 PM
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That outboard Suntour freewheel broke my brain, but I love it!
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