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Old 11-09-14, 01:16 PM
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A few weeks ago I found an '85-'86 Trek 830 Antelope frameset at the town dump. No wheels and a bit of rust on the bars and bits. But no worries, I had plenty gear from other dump finds.

The wheels I had on hand were old school MTB with the wide rims. So I thought, why not a C&V "Fat Tire" bike? A bit of research turned up Maxxis Hook Worm tires at a wide 2.5." More like cruiser tires, but perfect since I've never met a knobby I liked. While the original fork did not have enough clearance, I had a purple fork on hand that would get the job done. This led to using the purple bottle cages @Puchinfinnland had sold me a while back, and the purple Brooks Colt saddle.

Took it out for a nice shakedown ride today in snow flurries. Winter is on the way. Looks as if I can run the tires as low as 10-15 psi. Should be fine on the Rail Trail where the snow mobiles pack the snow. More ride reports in the height of winter.



I really, really wish I hadn't seen this post. Now I almost have an excuse to find yet another vintage mtb to mod for winter riding.
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Old 11-09-14, 01:19 PM
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I'm a mechanic and a road cyclist, haven't owned a mountain bike in twenty years, but believe the hardtail/rigid fork mountain bike to be the US's great indigenous bike design. The UK perfected the 3 speed roadster, the French the sport/randonneur bike, the Italians got road racing bikes dialed in earlier than anybody else, but the Marin and Colorado tinkerers got this one right.
+ 10. I keep my eyes peeled for vintage MTBs; they're cool.
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Cool. Klunker with a capital K.
Thank you! That is a very nice compliment!
Originally Posted by bikemig
I really, really wish I hadn't seen this post. Now I almost have an excuse to find yet another vintage mtb to mod for winter riding.
I'm hoping it will be a fun ride on some of the snow mobile trails. Experience and time will tell.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Nice looking Takara. Pretty sure it pre-dates 1987. I'm not sure if I got my Takara MTB in 87 or 88 but it had this type of decal design:


I'm now running this bike as a single-speed with only a front V-brake. It will likely be my main bike for the winter as all of my rides will be limited to the neighborhood. I learned a bit more about the likely interpretation of the serial number and the frame was made in 1983. I don't know if the bike was 1983 or 1984 model.

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I got this a few years ago for $40. Typical early 90's RockHopper:



I never really got around to it until just recently (after seeing all the pics of the rigids with drop bars). The midge bars arrived and I'm almost done. Just waiting for the front brake cable hanger. In the meantime, here she is, as is:

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Originally Posted by tk1971
I got this a few years ago for $40. Typical early 90's RockHopper:



I never really got around to it until just recently (after seeing all the pics of the rigids with drop bars). The midge bars arrived and I'm almost done. Just waiting for the front brake cable hanger. In the meantime, here she is, as is:

My early 90's Rockhopper frameset built up into a very nice bike. I originally bought it to set up as a single-speed but that project got sidetracked due to my mechanical ineptitude and right now it's just a frame hanging in my garage.
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Picture gallery of my late 80s Diamondback Apex. https://onedrive.live.com/?cid=C5295...73790E%2111858
I'm not sure exactly what year, it most resembles '88, but it has seatstay cantis. 7-speed Deore Hyperglide w/ thumbies.

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Old 11-12-14, 01:09 AM
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Originally Posted by mobilemail
Picture gallery of my late 80s Diamondback Apex. https://onedrive.live.com/?cid=C5295...73790E%2111858
I'm not sure exactly what year, it most resembles '88, but it has seatstay cantis. 7-speed Deore Hyperglide w/ thumbies.
looks to be a 1992. cool they were still specing thumbies on there, though technically it was a "downgrade" from the higher end trigger shifters at the time

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Hey thanks for the help! I think I still have that T-bone stem in the drawer, but its too long for me. And I have 3ttt bars, not the Scott style. Glad they stuck with thumbies, they rock!
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1989 Schwinn Cimarron. Thirsty?
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1989 Schwinn Cimarron. Thirsty?
That's a pretty bike. Very minty.
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I also have a '91 series 90 PDG, but mine says SCHWINN on the down tube. Possibly because I bought it in Germany while stationed there. Anyway, yours looks great.
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1988 Panasonic MC-7500. Tange MTB Prestige Tubing with Deore XT. I've wanted one since '88 and found one on Craigslist just five miles from my house. Lucky.










ZeRinger, I'm the one who sold you this fine machine. I can't even begin to tell you how bummed I was to have to unload this bike but it was just too short for me. I'm glad it has found a good home where it will be truly appreciated for what it is.
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1995 Specialized HardRock Ultra

Here's my 1995 Specialized HardRock Ultra in "Black Cherry" paint. It's in near showroom condition and all original. I had to rebuild the shifters as the original grease was hardened up causing them to malfunction. I also need to replace the grips since one of them is tearing. Otherwise, quite a nice riding bike.

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It's not done but there's 2 inches of snows so it's hibernating till spring. 88 Alpine series, upgraded from Exage mtn stuff to better stuff, eg. Synchros instead of steel stem, Conti Retro rider rubber XT drivetrain, NOS Esge mudguards,
Can't wait for spring...I live in and around d y k e lands with lots of appropriate paths for big fat smooth tyres.

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Originally Posted by FLJeepGuy
Here's my 1995 Specialized HardRock Ultra in "Black Cherry" paint. It's in near showroom condition and all original. I had to rebuild the shifters as the original grease was hardened up causing them to malfunction. I also need to replace the grips since one of them is tearing. Otherwise, quite a nice riding bike.

[MENTION=366779]FLJeepGuy[/MENTION] - That's a gorgeous bike! I've got a 1992 Hardrock Ultra in the hot pink to purple fade. I wanted to let you know that I believe the crankset on your bike is Under Recall by Shimano. See this link:

CPSC, Shimano Announce Recall of Bicycle Components | CPSC.gov

I know this because I recently bought a 1995 Trek 820 with the FC-CT90 crankset and it was under recall, from 1997, and Shimano still honors it. My local bike shop told me, they contacted Shimano and Shimano sent a "Kit" with a new crankset, bottom bracket, chain and front derailleur and paid the bike shop to install everything at no charge to me. I don't mean to alarm you, but there were, according to the recall, 630 reports of cranks breaking. I'm only telling you this to be helpful.
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This is true^

But... the replacement parts are absolutely the bottom of the Shimano line, and you can't keep the old BB & FD.
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My bike shop let me keep the chain, the "E" type front derailleur and bottom bracket. They only returned the crankset to Shimano. And yes, the best thing out of the entire deal was the chain! At least the new front derailleur is clamp on, and not the E type. This bike was my drop bar conversion and it's fun so far though. If I keep it I'll likely upgrade, but era specific to 1995.
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@FLJeepGuy - That's a gorgeous bike! I've got a 1992 Hardrock Ultra in the hot pink to purple fade. I wanted to let you know that I believe the crankset on your bike is Under Recall by Shimano. See this link:

CPSC, Shimano Announce Recall of Bicycle Components | CPSC.gov

I know this because I recently bought a 1995 Trek 820 with the FC-CT90 crankset and it was under recall, from 1997, and Shimano still honors it. My local bike shop told me, they contacted Shimano and Shimano sent a "Kit" with a new crankset, bottom bracket, chain and front derailleur and paid the bike shop to install everything at no charge to me. I don't mean to alarm you, but there were, according to the recall, 630 reports of cranks breaking. I'm only telling you this to be helpful.
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This is true^

But... the replacement parts are absolutely the bottom of the Shimano line, and you can't keep the old BB & FD.
First off, thanks [MENTION=355580]Velocivixen[/MENTION] for the information. Sure enough, it's an FC-M290 and is mentioned in that recall.

Now the question is whether or not to replace it. If this bike wasn't near mint condition, I'd do the swap in a heartbeat, but that's not the case. Here's the pic I took of the crank this morning. This is BEFORE cleaning, as it came to me, so as you can see the bike has been hardly ridden and only has a bit of dust collected on it from sitting for nearly 20 years. This bike will never see heavy use, only some recreational rides and beach cruising, so chances of me breaking a crank are pretty slim. To me there is some value in the fact that the bike is all original. That's also why I disassembled the shifters and rebuilt them rather than just replacing them.

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Originally Posted by clubman
It's not done but there's 2 inches of snows so it's hibernating till spring. 88 Alpine series, upgraded from Exage mtn stuff to better stuff, eg. Synchros instead of steel stem, Conti Retro rider rubber XT drivetrain, NOS Esge mudguards,
Can't wait for spring...I live in and around d y k e lands with lots of appropriate paths for big fat smooth tyres.
That's a very nice looking bike. Can't wait to see it finished. Enjoy riding it in the "drained lowlands"
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What kind of brakes did you put on?
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Originally Posted by FLJeepGuy
First off, thanks @Velocivixen for the information. Sure enough, it's an FC-M290 and is mentioned in that recall.

Now the question is whether or not to replace it. If this bike wasn't near mint condition, I'd do the swap in a heartbeat, but that's not the case. Here's the pic I took of the crank this morning. This is BEFORE cleaning, as it came to me, so as you can see the bike has been hardly ridden and only has a bit of dust collected on it from sitting for nearly 20 years. This bike will never see heavy use, only some recreational rides and beach cruising, so chances of me breaking a crank are pretty slim. To me there is some value in the fact that the bike is all original. That's also why I disassembled the shifters and rebuilt them rather than just replacing them.

I am waiting on 7 of the recall kits to come in & all but one were from Trek's. I think the issue was with the left ( NDS) crank arm breaking & by the looks of some of the bicycles I removed them from I wouldn't be afraid to ride them as a city bike as they lasted this long & I saw no cracks or breaks in any of them. As long as you don't have big hills to climb or jumping curbs & stuff you may be safe, but if it were me I would just find a upgrade, turn the old crank in for warranty & use it on another project or sell it.

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I posted my 1989 Reflex ALX Carbon earlier in this thread............





I also have a 1995 Huffy Thunder Ridge MTB that I ride daily at work and use in the winter months so the Reflex don't get rusty. Don't underestimate this Huffy! It's got Mavic rims, Deore XT components, Kenda Kwick tires, and a few other upgrades and weight reduction tweaks.............










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Originally Posted by clubman
It's not done but there's 2 inches of snows so it's hibernating till spring. 88 Alpine series, upgraded from Exage mtn stuff to better stuff, eg. Synchros instead of steel stem, Conti Retro rider rubber XT drivetrain, NOS Esge mudguards,
Can't wait for spring...I live in and around d y k e lands with lots of appropriate paths for big fat smooth tyres.
Beautiful, to you powder coat or paint the stem?
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