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Old 05-06-15, 12:50 PM
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^^^^Awsome, especially for zero miles, how rare!!! Hey, is that an Anti Gravity suspension fork? I used to have one of those. I think those XT cranks were some of the finest looking cranks Shimano ever made. I wonder why hardly anyone does those kind of paint jobs anymore? Seems like just about everyone was doing it back in them days.
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Old 05-06-15, 05:07 PM
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Interesting to see so many Specialized.. Picked this up as a commuter. Uglier now that slapped it with reflective tape. Wanted to make it less steal proof. Would like to figure out what year. The bike store had 1 more the same size and another little bigger. Would buy another but want a road bike first!

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Old 05-06-15, 05:24 PM
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crazy drop outs on that fork
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Old 05-06-15, 05:35 PM
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1990 Bianchi Crossroads w/ Shimano Deore XT components. Now electrified.

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I picked up this '90ish Marin Eldridge for my daughter recently. It has Deore II/DX components. It has kind of a cool speckled paint job. She rides road bikes but wanted to go mountain biking. Picked this up for super cheap so if she doesn't like it I will sell it and make a few bucks.
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Originally Posted by 4funbikes
Not the best pictures, but 1991 or 92 GT Team Avalanche. Has zero miles on it



HOLY CRAP that is sweet!
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Those adjustible rake forks really are something.
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Old 05-07-15, 12:38 PM
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Giant John Tomac ATX 890. Mid 90's with a Judy
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Old 05-07-15, 11:56 PM
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I took the drop bars off this '88 Rockhopper Comp & put original Specialized (Nitto made) 140mm stem back on. I've got it for sale on my local CL, so hopefully someone will love it & ride it a lot.
17.5" '88 Rockhopper Comp by velocivixen, on Rockhopper Rear by velocivixen, on Flickr'88 Rockhopper U Brake by velocivixen, on Flickr17.5" '88 Rockhopper Comp by velocivixen, on FlickrDeore 6 Speed Shifter by velocivixen, on FlickrNice Deore Cantis by velocivixen, on Flickr
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Just an everyday pic of the commuter High Sierra. Big apples, fenders, Wald basket, mismatched housing--a down and dirty functional bike. Photo from this mornings rain soaked ride. Getting good use out of the ol' C-Dale panniers that [MENTION=174646]The Golden Boy[/MENTION] sent my way in a trade.

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I just picked up this '92 Diamond Back Apex for my daughter. It is in excellent condition and has all Deore DX components. It was super cheap.

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Old 05-09-15, 05:28 PM
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Originally Posted by rjhammett
I just picked up this '92 Diamond Back Apex for my daughter. It is in excellent condition and has all Deore DX components. It was super cheap.
You've made so many great deals, "Super cheap" coming from you Bob, makes me think the former owner paid you to take it away!
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Old 05-09-15, 05:30 PM
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Nice Apex. Vintage parts! I have the Black Forest paint job but a flat bar. Nice to see a sibling.
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There are a few reasons that I am able to do pretty well on picking up bikes.
1. The Twin Cities is a huge bike market
2. Most people are looking for newer bikes while I am looking for vintage
3. I spend way too much time checking CL.

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You've made so many great deals, "Super cheap" coming from you Bob, makes me think the former owner paid you to take it away!
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Trek 990

Bought August 2013 ----> First ride today. Purchased a mostly complete bike, sans wheels, saddle and seat post, for less than a Ulysses Grant. I believe the wheelset is from the Trek 950 bike that I sold to Whatwolf earlier this year.

As shown, it is the lightest steel MTB I have come across. I thought I'd try the Forte 26 X 1.25 tires for a while. But my test ride with them was not an ah hah moment; I may not need/want 85 psi tires on an MTB.

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Originally Posted by oddjob2
Bought August 2013 ----> First ride today. Purchased a mostly complete bike, sans wheels, saddle and seat post, for less than a Ulysses Grant. I believe the wheelset is from the Trek 950 bike that I sold to Whatwolf earlier this year.

As shown, it is the lightest steel MTB I have come across. I thought I'd try the Forte 26 X 1.25 tires for a while. But my test ride with them was not an ah hah moment; I may not need/want 85 psi tires on an MTB.

The high end vintage mtbs can be pretty lightweight. My 1991 team stumpjumper weighs around 25 lbs:

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Old 05-09-15, 10:27 PM
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Originally Posted by rjhammett
I just picked up this '92 Diamond Back Apex for my daughter. It is in excellent condition and has all Deore DX components. It was super cheap.

Wow! I likey, I likey a lot!
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Old 05-16-15, 10:56 PM
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Originally Posted by oddjob2
Bought August 2013 ----> First ride today. Purchased a mostly complete bike, sans wheels, saddle and seat post, for less than a Ulysses Grant. I believe the wheelset is from the Trek 950 bike that I sold to Whatwolf earlier this year.

As shown, it is the lightest steel MTB I have come across. I thought I'd try the Forte 26 X 1.25 tires for a while. But my test ride with them was not an ah hah moment; I may not need/want 85 psi tires on an MTB.


That is sweet and I love the look of those cranks.
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Old 05-18-15, 07:24 AM
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1998 Klein Mantra Pro (Blue Koi)





I know folks bash these as poor design etc. The issue is they were never really designed for down-hill as the "bashers" point out. They are actually very, light and fast fire-road rockets. I use mine as an around-towner on mostly paved roads/paths. Mine weighs in at just under 26 pounds which is lighter than many of the hard-tails of the day. It is a love/hate thing with the overall design. I know for one thing. Every time I have it out it gathers a crowd asking about it. Not too many in good shape left that I see.

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Old 05-18-15, 07:58 AM
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Bob, does that Klein handle badly in blustery cross winds? That would be my main reservation.
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Old 05-19-15, 03:15 AM
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Love the Klein, like the way he really thought outside of the box with this
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Old 05-21-15, 07:30 PM
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A Rock Hopper I picked up recently. By way of component dating I think it's a 89 according to the info I found on this website. Date of Manufacture of Bicycle Components can be used to date a bike: component dating The group set is Shimano Deore LX. The front derailleur has NI stamped on it. The cranks have NJ. If anyone can confirm this or enlighten me on the correct year of this bike I would appreciate it.

The wheels needed some truing but after some fiddling I got them straight again.
The hardest part working on this bike was mounting the front rack. I had to do some backyard blacksmithing to get the correct bend on the fork bracket. I had to the rack would sit in a flat position and still have clearance for the front brake. The end P-brackets I found at the local hardware store. Other then that I didn't have to do too much except trade out the saddle and seat post.


Update: I found another red Rock Hopper Comp and it was a 1990. So I have a 1990 RH with 89 components.

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Heres my 1990 Trek 7000 I got it new in 1990 as a replacement for my 1987 Diamondback Ascent that got stolen.

Full Deore LX group
Black with White speckled paint and neon green logo
(yes the waterbottle cage is also a 1990 model it matched the logo perfect at one time)
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Apart than the Tires/Grips/Seat/pedals the bike is all original and in really good shape below is a picture taken a couple years ago with the kid trailer attached.
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Originally Posted by Dixie Kiwi

Giant John Tomac ATX 890. Mid 90's with a Judy
I raced on that same frame back then, that Alcoa aircraft aluminum was so stout and stiff, easily one of the best climbing bikes I've ever owned.
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New to me Univega Alpina 501 1995 I think looks like it hasn't seen many miles
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