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Old 09-25-13, 11:26 AM
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Thanks for the suggestion Blilrat. I didn't realize origin8 made one too. I found the one that problem solvers make but it looks much chunkier.
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Old 09-25-13, 05:45 PM
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Originally Posted by blilrat View Post
Nice bike. Answer purchased Manitou thus 'Answer' on the fork. Right above where it says Manitou on the fork leg should be the model - looks like an SX.
thanks for the info, It is an Answer Manitou bulge FS titanium spring. I was able to find the factory owners manual with included rebuilding/adjusting info. it looks like it is in excellent shape too.

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Old 09-26-13, 01:20 AM
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1988 Diamondback Ascent EX.. my fun around town bike.. it needs better tires but otherwise I like it. it may get a drop bar but i'm 50/50 right now since i'm kind of having fun with the riser bar. i feel like jumping everything



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Old 09-26-13, 03:11 AM
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Wow, Frantik, just wow. That's one of the baddest around town bikes. enjoy the ride!
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Old 09-26-13, 01:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Italuminium View Post
Wow, Frantik, just wow. That's one of the baddest around town bikes. enjoy the ride!
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Old 09-29-13, 03:54 PM
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Those purple ano bits are sweet.

Here's my latest project, an early 90s (not sure if vintage enough, but a lot of the components are) Merlin. Titanium frame, Moots stem/bar combo and White Industries bottom bracket; mostly Deore XT components (shifters, brake levers, brakes, rear derailleur crankset, hubs); Easton Flatboy pedals; no-nonsense Jandd panniers and rack bag; Turbo saddle; Planet Bike Cascadia fenders; bell.



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Old 09-29-13, 11:37 PM
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Originally Posted by blilrat View Post
Origin8 makes a nice cable stop. I think you can get it in black also.

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Thanks for the suggestion Blilrat. I didn't realize origin8 made one too. I found the one that problem solvers make but it looks much chunkier.
Good call billrat! I'm not a big fan of Origin8 but these bolt on cable stops (single or double) are really useful and provide a clean look. I agree with you simpleton, the Problem Solvers are none too pretty. He's right about them coming in black, I ran a pair of them on my Smorgasbord single speed, it was an aesthetic call because I didn't want to run housing all the way back with the clips. Go with a small bit of rubber film (like the leftovers from cyclometer) under the clamp and that'll save marking up your paint, I almost learned the hard way on my clear coat.
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Old 09-30-13, 12:28 AM
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Originally Posted by pcdmiele View Post
thanks for the info, It is an Answer Manitou bulge FS titanium spring. I was able to find the factory owners manual with included rebuilding/adjusting info. it looks like it is in excellent shape too.

Royal
That's a great fork Royal, I ran that same fork on my '93 Yeti A.R.C., it was one of the best forks available at that time. The SX with the titanium spring performed much better than the steel spring model plus it weighed less. Old school race ready fork that should give you great performance with no troubles. Those M2 Metal Matrix Stumpjumpers were super bikes, you should have plenty of fun on that bike, enjoy! Also, you're right about the Marzocchi Bomber fork being are good one, especially the Z1 (and later the Bomber Fly) fork. I have a Z1 Bomber on my Psycle Werks Wild Hare, that fork has performed like champ! Marzocchi is the Italian equivalent of Fox, they've been doing suspension since the late 40's. Plus, they always have a lovely booth at Interbike each year...



...see how everyone admires her penmanship.
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Old 09-30-13, 12:38 AM
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Another nice build on your D.B. Ascent EX Frantik, really sharp my man! Are those NOS cages on your pedals? Do you have a stash of bike treasures? Everyone I knew back in the day would have killed for a set of those pedals in that color!!! I really dig it... not used to seeing one of your builds without a drop bar but it does look like a fun bike!

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Old 09-30-13, 04:38 AM
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hey neo pop.. nah they aren't NOS.. all the purple ano is new stuff off ebay except the bottle cage. the fixie guys brought ano back...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/VP-Bear-Trap...-/290825488040

and yeah i can't decide if i should put on a drop bar on it or not.. i feel like with a drop bar it would be a more capable bike, but the with brake levers set up for the drops would mean it's not as good for cruising around town...
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Old 09-30-13, 05:59 AM
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Originally Posted by cog_nate View Post
Those purple ano bits are sweet.

Here's my latest project, an early 90s (not sure if vintage enough, but a lot of the components are) Merlin. Titanium frame, Moots stem/bar combo and White Industries bottom bracket; mostly Deore XT components (shifters, brake levers, brakes, rear derailleur crankset, hubs); Easton Flatboy pedals; no-nonsense Jandd panniers and rack bag; Turbo saddle; Planet Bike Cascadia fenders; bell.



That's really nice. A Ti commuter/do all bike, lucky you.
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Old 09-30-13, 10:13 AM
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Originally Posted by cog_nate View Post
Those purple ano bits are sweet.

Here's my latest project, an early 90s (not sure if vintage enough, but a lot of the components are) Merlin. Titanium frame, Moots stem/bar combo and White Industries bottom bracket; mostly Deore XT components (shifters, brake levers, brakes, rear derailleur crankset, hubs); Easton Flatboy pedals; no-nonsense Jandd panniers and rack bag; Turbo saddle; Planet Bike Cascadia fenders; bell.



Man, I love this bike! Nice work!!
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Old 09-30-13, 08:38 PM
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NP, thanks for the info on the Manitou and marzzochi shocks. I just wasn't into mountain bikes during those years(I couldn't afford it) so missed out on knowing "what was what" but this thread and the drop bar thread have been very educational and inspirational. thanks for all the great post to all you guys and keep 'em coming.

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Old 10-06-13, 03:29 PM
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Recently finished building this Kona Cinder Cone back up from a bare frame. It's a 1990 Joe Murray designed Japan built model and really handles the dirt and rougher stuff well considering there's no suspension on it. It won't win any races to the trail, but once there it's quite solid.
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Old 10-06-13, 11:30 PM
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/10757602@N08/9549954418

Finally getting around to posting my vintage MTB drop bar build, at least as it stands now. The complete progression, complete with photos, is available using the link above.

A set of trekking bars saw duty while I saved up for drop bars and the other related component upgrades (bar end shifters, etc.), but the conversion is now complete. Drive train is 3x8 (all Deore except for the cransket which is Alivio b/c I wanted square taper). Could never get the cantis set up the way I wanted, so I bit the bullet and bought some Avid SD7 v-brakes and Tekro RL520 levers. Love the setup.

After some difficulties with a rear wheel from Handspun (not build quality issues - tire compatibility issues), I ended up building my own rear wheel, too. Best rear wheel I've ever had, and it's the first one I've built myself. Over 1,000 miles on it now, and it's still as true as the day I built it! I just put Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tour 26 x 2.0" tires on last week after getting fed up with sidewall failures on the cheaper Michelin City tires I was trying to use.

Anyway, bike's coming along. Still on my upgrade list are:

Brooks saddle
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Dynamo hub front wheel build and lighting

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Recently finished building this Kona Cinder Cone back up from a bare frame. It's a 1990 Joe Murray designed Japan built model and really handles the dirt and rougher stuff well considering there's no suspension on it. It won't win any races to the trail, but once there it's quite solid.
Lovin' this build for sure!

I'd take it to Cuyana any day.

Congrats.
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Old 10-09-13, 12:32 PM
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Well, here she is...Spent a total of $67 on this build. My cheapest build yet. I eneded up going with the 1 1/8 threadless fork for two reasons. 1 I have more stems and bar options and 2 it has fender mounts whereas the original Big Fork did not. I need to do a little tweaking but so for I really like how this bike handles.
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Old 10-09-13, 06:28 PM
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In Search of the Great Pumpkin and How I Was Robbed Along the Way

I have been looking for a large frame vintage Stumpjumper for over a month. This 1985 Stumpy in pumpkin orange showed up on Long Island's idyllic north shore, the backdrop for the novel The Great Gatsby (where else are they building new Aston Martin / McLaren dealers other than Manhasset). I went for it knowing that it would be a long and costly journey, but $28 in tolls? Now I know where the term Highway Robbery originated; $13 for the George Washington Bridge, $7.50 for the Throgs Neck Bridge, and the RFK bridge (aka Triboro) $7.50.

The bike was advertised as a "Schwinn Stump Jumper" as the fat a$$ saddle is a Schwinn, and the frame has no Specialized decals. The bike's paint is a little rough, but manageable. The rear wheel is not original, but the 5 speed freewheel appears to be.






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Old 10-09-13, 07:05 PM
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Very Nice. My favorite Stumpy Frame and color too. I'm jealouse

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I have been looking for a large frame vintage Stumpjumper for over a month. This 1985 Stumpy in pumpkin orange showed up on Long Island's idyllic north shore, the backdrop for the novel The Great Gatsby (where else are they building new Aston Martin / McLaren dealers other than Manhasset). I went for it knowing that it would be a long and costly journey,but $28 in tolls? Now I know where the term Highway Robbery originated; $13 for the George Washington Bridge, $7.50 for the Throgs Neck Bridge, and the RFK bridge (aka Triboro) $7.50.

The bike was advertised as a "Schwinn Stump Jumper" as the fat a$$ saddle is a Schwinn, and the frame has no Specialized decals. The bike's paint is a little rough, but manageable. The rear wheel is not original, but the 5 speed freewheel appears to be.





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Old 10-09-13, 07:15 PM
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Nice Stumpjumper. Someday all those tolls will be forgotten; a nice grab.

I picked up this Grizzly today. A little rough; replacement fork and mis-matched wheels. It's going to get the Midge treatment.
[edit] btw there is no tubing sticker on this bike. I'm assuming it's an Asian-made Bianchi, maybe Tange? Anyone know for sure?

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Old 10-09-13, 10:35 PM
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I don't know if this is C+V (1994), plus it has a suspension fork , but here's the latest incarnation of the Diamondback, which has been getting a lot of off road miles lately:
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Old 10-10-13, 04:20 AM
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few teasers for now



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Old 10-10-13, 04:33 AM
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mis-matched wheels
that is probably one of my biggest pet peeves when picking up a bike.. nice score tho
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While I haven't scored a decent MTB in a while, I did pick up these cleaning out the office at work,


Also stashed away at work I have a pair of Tange Switchblade forks and a bunch of Tange Chrome Cromoly U-Brake/Roller Cam only forks
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