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Old 03-14-13, 08:00 AM
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My 1992 purple to blue fade, with a bunch of upgrades. New Bontrager saddle, FSA seat post, Salsa bars, Vintage ergo grips, STX thumb shifter/brake combo, upgraded to LX rear derailour, SPD clipless pedals. It's steal and heavy, but a great riding bike.

I have that same, err, distinctive paint job on the bike I bought last summer. I actually really like the bike, except it's too small for me. I'm still riding it on some light-moderately light trails, though. I also thought it was pretty light. Could be because it's so small. Want to find something like it in the right size.
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Old 03-14-13, 09:17 AM
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Old 03-14-13, 09:22 AM
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High Plains Schwinn 1991 as it is now. Could change as the warmer climate begins Flat bars,seatpost,saddle,grips,pedals and tires are new to the bike .Brass Crane bell added for moving obstacles.
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Old 03-19-13, 03:37 PM
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Lugged Trek 950 Single track with rack and new street tires. Excellent condition as found. I scored this from a CL seller a while back and finally found a home for it. Gave it to a friend who recently moved back to the area and had no bike at all. It fits her well. Oops, pics later
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Old 03-19-13, 04:10 PM
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Any suggested or perceived cut-off to what would be perceived as "vintage" for an MTB ? I have a Yeti FRO and a couple of Tange PRestige built MArins from the mid 90's -- but i think with Linear Pulls and first gen Aheadsets and clamp-on stems

--- if those are game i'll crawl in the attic , dust 'em off and snap a couple of pics !
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Old 03-19-13, 05:02 PM
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Old 03-19-13, 07:49 PM
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Old 03-23-13, 11:49 PM
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MTM Glacier XT 6000, Tange MTB and Full Deore group. $25 at the ol thrifty.




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^ very nice pick up, especially for $25! That Deore II stuff looks nice and those cantis are my favorite of any cantis. The SLR brake levers combined with the SLR cantis have awesome response and lots of braking power

Shimano only offered that group in 1989 so i'd guess that is the year of your bike.. never heard of MTM before but can't see anything to complain about.. plus it came with a rack! nice

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Old 03-24-13, 12:22 AM
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^yes, there's remarkably little online about them, even an image search turns up nothing. The only other MTM mountain bike I've seen was at the same thrift store. I have seen one listed on CL locally here. Both have Montana names, "beartooth" and "glacier". Wonder if this is something local to me here in Montana.... hmmm. The "beartooth" bike I saw wasn't of the same quality material/components, but still seemed better than your standard dept store bike. Need to do some scooby doo mystery solving.
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Old 03-24-13, 06:19 AM
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Originally Posted by DMC707 View Post
Any suggested or perceived cut-off to what would be perceived as "vintage" for an MTB ? I have a Yeti FRO and a couple of Tange PRestige built MArins from the mid 90's -- but i think with Linear Pulls and first gen Aheadsets and clamp-on stems

--- if those are game i'll crawl in the attic , dust 'em off and snap a couple of pics !
A Yeti FRO definitely qualifies to be in the vintage mtb thread. I would guess the defining features of a vintage mtb would be: rigid fork, cantilever, U-brake, or rollercams, and threaded headset. But this is by no means a definitive list. As time goes on the definition of classic/vintage seems to shift, as well.

What I wouldn't give to get my hands on a Yeti FRO.....
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Old 03-24-13, 08:48 AM
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1984 Trek 830 MTB (and questions on modernizing)

Hi Folks,

I have some pictures or my 1984 Trek 830 mountain bike. It is a 501 frame and was the low end of the line (I know because I bought it new back then and have ridden it since). The frame is beautifully lugged.

I'm looking for some opinion/help on updating this. As you see, I had the frame powder coated (it was really banged up before). I now need to replace the front cranks cause of a misthreaded pedal (my bad). Once I look at changing that, I figure I'll swap out the BB, then I look at that old cassette and derailleur in the back (I pulled the front and am happily running it as an 8 speed). That leads me to look at the hubs, then whole wheels, you get the picture. By that point we're about $300 bucks in using low end stuff. What do you think? The old parts have lived a good life, not been abused, but sometimes age just has a way of weakening things ( wow, maybe I'm talking about me and not the bike)

I'm trying to get it solid because I'm doing a 40 mile charity ride with the little dude in the trailer (see pic below) and I want it running well.

Thanks in advance as always!
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The original picture must be summer 1987:


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Old 03-24-13, 09:17 AM
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Originally Posted by stedanrac View Post
Hi Folks,

I have some pictures or my 1984 Trek 830 mountain bike. It is a 501 frame and was the low end of the line (I know because I bought it new back then and have ridden it since). The frame is beautifully lugged.

I'm looking for some opinion/help on updating this. As you see, I had the frame powder coated (it was really banged up before). I now need to replace the front cranks cause of a misthreaded pedal (my bad). Once I look at changing that, I figure I'll swap out the BB, then I look at that old cassette and derailleur in the back (I pulled the front and am happily running it as an 8 speed). That leads me to look at the hubs, then whole wheels, you get the picture. By that point we're about $300 bucks in using low end stuff. What do you think? The old parts have lived a good life, not been abused, but sometimes age just has a way of weakening things ( wow, maybe I'm talking about me and not the bike)

I'm trying to get it solid because I'm doing a 40 mile charity ride with the little dude in the trailer (see pic below) and I want it running well.

Thanks in advance as always!
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The original picture must be summer 1987:

Pics didn't show for me. Sounds like you need a donor bike for parts. How's your local Craigslist? Several people here on the forum pick up complete bikes for the parts and sell the frame
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Old 03-24-13, 09:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
If you refer to the Arvon frames, they are filet brazed and the only lug is at the bottom bracket and these had to be customized to fit the "mesa oval" tubes which were also custom drawn for these and many other bikes we build.



Do you have any photos of recently built Arvon frames?
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Originally Posted by ditchbanker View Post
I have that same, err, distinctive paint job on the bike I bought last summer. I actually really like the bike, except it's too small for me. I'm still riding it on some light-moderately light trails, though. I also thought it was pretty light. Could be because it's so small. Want to find something like it in the right size.
Yea I love riding mine. Let's see yours.
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Old 03-24-13, 10:31 AM
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Hopefully fixed images... thx for the heads up.
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Hopefully fixed images... thx for the heads up.
This is mainly what it needs. Nice powdercoat job, a LOT of places would have filled in the seat stay cap lettering, and made unreadable! I have this exact model and year, but just a hair too small for me.,,,,BD


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Originally Posted by stedanrac View Post
Hi Folks,

I have some pictures or my 1984 Trek 830 mountain bike. It is a 501 frame and was the low end of the line (I know because I bought it new back then and have ridden it since). The frame is beautifully lugged.

I'm looking for some opinion/help on updating this. As you see, I had the frame powder coated (it was really banged up before). I now need to replace the front cranks cause of a misthreaded pedal (my bad). Once I look at changing that, I figure I'll swap out the BB, then I look at that old cassette and derailleur in the back (I pulled the front and am happily running it as an 8 speed). That leads me to look at the hubs, then whole wheels, you get the picture. By that point we're about $300 bucks in using low end stuff. What do you think? The old parts have lived a good life, not been abused, but sometimes age just has a way of weakening things ( wow, maybe I'm talking about me and not the bike)

I'm trying to get it solid because I'm doing a 40 mile charity ride with the little dude in the trailer (see pic below) and I want it running well.

Thanks in advance as always!
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The original picture must be summer 1987:


That's a really nice bike, and the new powdercoat looks superb. I wouldn't put new parts on it. I would use the parts you have, after a good cleaning and refreshing. If you need to replace anything I would try to get parts that are "period correct". That bike would just look so much better with all of the old components, but that's just me. Cool pics too!
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Old 03-25-13, 08:34 PM
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Just picked up this 1986 Mongoose ATB that was on craigslist for 70.00 bucks. I love these old Mongoose ATBs. My first real geared bike was a light blue one. I kind of like the clean look of the seat-stays due to the chainstay U-brake. When I picked it up it had a good amount of light rust on the frame and fork, but I've gotten most of it off with aluminum and water. It is shining up really nice. I just gotta give it an overhaul, maybe a new rear derailleur, a seat, and I was thinking maybe either either a drop bar set up, or possibly a Bosco bullmoose bar set up. These frames are set up with double eyelets front and back, so it would probably make a great tourer or commuter.


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oops. double post. Don't know why that happened.
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I am visiting Austin TX and am amazed at the number of bikes on CL. But can't figure the pricing, Trek 800 and 830s asking price $150 to $300, a 930 was priced at $80, if I didn't already Have a '93 930 it would be mine.
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The 930 I saw was Lugged steel bike, no suspension. According to the color I believe a '93, the last year for lugged frames.
I think the one you refer to is a '98.

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Originally Posted by wildjim View Post
1993 Specialized Hardrock

It's the oldest Mountain bicycle I own. Is it vintage?

I purchased it for $20 but it was ridden honorably to near death. The BB spindle was grooved so that it was ready to break.

All the parts disassembled easily; which made it enjoyable to repair. So I completely disassembled it and greased all the bearings, stem and seat post.

The original headset seems to be in fine condition, easily adjustable and smooth turning.

I trued the original rear wheel straight but it required some uneven spoke tensioning and many of the spoke nipples were rusted and required replacement so I decided to replace the wheel instead.

It appears to have been kept indoors as the paint is chipped from usage but there is no rust inside the frame. The frame appears to be in good shape overall. The paint appears Blue and or Green depending on the lighting conditions.

I have replaced the Rear wheel, Seat post, Chain, Cables, BB, Freewheel, Handlebar grips and Pedals. The seat is torn at the edges but it's functional.

The price of restoration to this point is $112 in parts.

It rides smooth and quiet with a reborn spirit. . .


verrrrrrry nice! shiny!
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