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Old 03-15-08, 06:44 PM
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It use to be a MTB, it's an old SR Litage bonded aluminum frame

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This is Africa, 1943. War spits out its violence overhead and the sandy graveyard swallows it up. Her name is King Nine, B-25, medium bomber, Twelfth Air Force. On a hot, still morning she took off from Tunisia to bomb the southern tip of Italy. An errant piece of flak tore a hole in a wing tank and, like a wounded bird, this is where she landed, not to return on this day, or any other day.

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I'm jealous ^^^^^! I want a SR Litage MTB soooooooo bad! I want, I want, I want!!!!
That's a super sweet rig.
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Here's my Stumpjumper Sport that I bought new in 1984. It's gone through a few evolutions to its current singlespeed status. Original cranks & pedals, front wheel & rear hub. It was a low budget conversion, and is running a 5 speed Pro Compe freewheel with just one threaded cog.

In my unfinished projects pile, I have 2 more frames, same model & same size. My long range goal is to return this bike to near-original as a 15 or 18 speed with the bullmoose bars & thumb shifters, build one of the frames as a singlespeed, and the other as a drop bar fat tire bike. If I ever finish, I'll be sure to post a pic.

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I'm jealous ^^^^^! I want a SR Litage MTB soooooooo bad! I want, I want, I want!!!!
That's a super sweet rig.
I really like the setup. Ride is real stiff, bike is a whip.

It was an eBay find, $300. I've changed the wheelset, different stem, bars and saddle. Damn thing had a Phil Wood bottom bracket, Mavic Crank and those nifty frog leg Mafac brakes.

The neatest thing I discovered upon purchase was that the rear dropout was adjustable, from 130 to 135.
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Originally Posted by dobber
I really like the setup. Ride is real stiff, bike is a whip.

It was an eBay find, $300. I've changed the wheelset, different stem, bars and saddle. Damn thing had a Phil Wood bottom bracket, Mavic Crank and those nifty frog leg Mafac brakes.

The neatest thing I discovered upon purchase was that the rear dropout was adjustable, from 130 to 135.
Sounds like it was a super nice rig............I'm on the lookout for one and hope to find a gold anodized roadbike as well. So cool.....
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I just got this at Goodwill-for $8.00:

'88/'89 Redline Conquest Two. Needs a bit of TLC, and maybe a paint job too.
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I like that paint job the way it is, it's a cool paint job, especially because the number of decals/stickers are understated on that bike. Maybe just touch up?
BTW that's a lot of bike for $8.
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Originally Posted by roccobike
I like that paint job the way it is, it's a cool paint job, especially because the number of decals/stickers are understated on that bike. Maybe just touch up?
BTW that's a lot of bike for $8.
If it were just two colors and not three, I wouldn't mind so much. I just can't look at it for too long before I start to twitch. There are some rusty spots that need touching up, though, and I've got time to figure it out.
And yes, that is a lot of bike for $8. Sugino Biopace cranks? 4130 cromoly? Heck, a bottle cage is $9 at the LBS.
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Huffy, made in USA. Free

I picked this up last summer just cause I didn't have a mountain bike and this one was free. the wheels kinda suck but it goes pretty good when I put my expensive wheels on it. It's even shiny.
I was gonna put it on Craigslist but I saw that it was made in USA. Then I thought there might be someone out there who likes that kind of thing. If that's you, email me, sailorbenjamin@yahoo.com, and you can have it.
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About 2 years ago I purchased a Nishiki Ariel elevated chain stay frame that came with a period correct Scott, Clark Kent suspension fork off of ebay. Over time, I built it into this bike.



When I received it, the fork was frozen so I had it rebuilt by All Star Bike in Cary, NC and they did a great job. Because of the costs of buying parts individually, I used a period correct, 1991 Fuji Discovery and a Mongoose from the late 90s as donor bikes to finish the Nishiki. Still, this project has well over $200 invested and many hours. Most of the components are period correct except the brakes and brake/shifter combos. I elected to use V brakes for their improved performance.
Once complete, I decided it's initial ride would be on a single track trail. To my surprise, the Scott fork performed very well. The bike is very stable on the trail, handling difficult sections as well as my 05 Rockhopper. There are a couple of changes that will be made, the first will be a change of stems to lift the bars at least 2 to 4 inches because the set up is more aggressive than my road bike. After riding for an hour, my gut hurt.
When I return to riding the trails, I'm hoping to fine tune this bike and ride it on some of the more aggresive areas. I'm not sure if I'm going to replace the Scott fork with a newer, oil damper fork or keep it. After all, it is kinda cool looking.
BTW: The Vetta Turbo saddle, that was hanging around my spare parts bin, is the correct saddle for early 90's Nishiki MTBs. Sometimes you just get lucky.
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A guy I ride with has this steel Moots. I'll get a better picture sometime soon hopefully! Has double dropouts on the front fork.

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Old 03-24-08, 12:32 PM
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Hi all, new to BF & was directed to this forum for info maybe... Well, I dunno if it's vintage but I've had this 1985 Hutch Trail Star for near 15 years - bought from a buddy who cleaned it up to get it rolling again. I bought it just to have a bike again. I don't know much about it - anyone else? The chrome is still okay overall but the forks are showing spotty rust! It's been in storage for at least 4 years just taken out today to take pics of. Needs a good cleaning & tune-up. How does one get started with a project like this & where do ya find parts???

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Hi all, new to BF & was directed to this forum for info maybe... Well, I dunno if it's vintage but I've had this 1985 Hutch Trail Star for near 15 years - bought from a buddy who cleaned it up to get it rolling again. I bought it just to have a bike again. I don't know much about it - anyone else? The chrome is still okay overall but the forks are showing spotty rust! It's been in storage for at least 4 years just taken out today to take pics of. Needs a good cleaning & tune-up. How does one get started with a project like this & where do ya find parts???

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Rust...take a look at some of the threads on oxalic acid. Normal steps would be to clean up the drive train, scrub the old grease and oil off the cogs in the back, clean off chain, then relube all the surfaces with friction points. Open up the bottom bracket if you know how, and check the bearings. You will probably want to replace the brake and derailleur cables. That should get you started...sometimes the folks here can help with parts, if you know which ones you need, otherwise eBay is fairly reliable.

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Originally Posted by roccobike
About 2 years ago I purchased a Nishiki Ariel elevated chain stay frame that came with a period correct Scott, Clark Kent suspension fork off of ebay. Over time, I built it into this bike.



When I received it, the fork was frozen so I had it rebuilt by All Star Bike in Cary, NC and they did a great job. Because of the costs of buying parts individually, I used a period correct, 1991 Fuji Discovery and a Mongoose from the late 90s as donor bikes to finish the Nishiki. Still, this project has well over $200 invested and many hours. Most of the components are period correct except the brakes and brake/shifter combos. I elected to use V brakes for their improved performance.
Once complete, I decided it's initial ride would be on a single track trail. To my surprise, the Scott fork performed very well. The bike is very stable on the trail, handling difficult sections as well as my 05 Rockhopper. There are a couple of changes that will be made, the first will be a change of stems to lift the bars at least 2 to 4 inches because the set up is more aggressive than my road bike. After riding for an hour, my gut hurt.
When I return to riding the trails, I'm hoping to fine tune this bike and ride it on some of the more aggresive areas. I'm not sure if I'm going to replace the Scott fork with a newer, oil damper fork or keep it. After all, it is kinda cool looking.
BTW: The Vetta Turbo saddle, that was hanging around my spare parts bin, is the correct saddle for early 90's Nishiki MTBs. Sometimes you just get lucky.
I love those elevated chainstay Nishikis. I always wanted the Cascade with the eye-piercing neon yellow paint job. And if I ever come across an Alien FS, I plan to buy it no matter what. That's my all time favorite MTB. (A close second would be an early '90s Merlin with a plain black rigid fork. Geez I want one!)
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Here's a Mongoose Hill-Topper from 1987. Suntour drivetrain and a Sakae "Oval-Tech" crankset.


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My 1987 Kuwahara Cascade mtb / tourer... still fixed and now with drop bars.

I love this bike.





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Hi all, new to BF & was directed to this forum for info maybe... Well, I dunno if it's vintage but I've had this 1985 Hutch Trail Star for near 15 years - bought from a buddy who cleaned it up to get it rolling again. I bought it just to have a bike again. I don't know much about it - anyone else? The chrome is still okay overall but the forks are showing spotty rust! It's been in storage for at least 4 years just taken out today to take pics of. Needs a good cleaning & tune-up. How does one get started with a project like this & where do ya find parts???

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Doesn't look like it needs much in the way of parts...although this forum, MTBR's forum, or eBay are all a good source for consumables like tires and chains, etc. Most of the stuff on this bike is easy to find replacements for. Let us know what you need!
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I'm soon going to get a older Cannondale MTB. It's deore XT equipped with indexed thumb shifters. There isn't a model number on it anywhere that I could see? Logo on the head tube looks like a house in white.
Paint is red in color. Any idea what year it might be?,,,,BD
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I picked this up to strip it for it's parts. When I unpacked it, I couldn't believe how nice it was. Now I can't decide to keep it or strip it.
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I'm soon going to get a older Cannondale MTB. It's deore XT equipped with indexed thumb shifters. There isn't a model number on it anywhere that I could see? Logo on the head tube looks like a house in white.
Paint is red in color. Any idea what year it might be?,,,,BD
According to Vintage Cannondale the house headbadge was used from '83 - '89. Check out the catalogs there--looks like Deore XT was used for their mountain bikes in 88 and 89. Also check the bottom bracket for a 2-letter code and 4 numbers. If from 88 or 89 the code should be FF or GG, according to the website.


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I picked this up to strip it for it's parts. When I unpacked it, I couldn't believe how nice it was. Now I can't decide to keep it or strip it.
That is a really nice bike...keep it! Put some drop bars on it and make your own version of the Specialized Rock Combo
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That is a really nice bike...keep it! Put some drop bars on it and make your own version of the Specialized Rock Combo
That was an idea. I have a set of Shimano barcons in the hard to find 7sp. I was going to get a Nitto Technomic stem and moustache bars like the Bridgestone. Dirt Drops would work also. On One Midge bars look nice. The group is super clean the only problem is the rubber O-rings on the QR is starting to dry rot. Anyone ever have any luck finding a replacement at the hardware store?

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Here is my commuter bike a '89 Alpine Monitor Pass made of Tange Prestige tubing. Cranks and drive train are Shimano Deore, Suzue hubs, chrome Araya rims, and a Brooks Conquest Saddle. The bike originally had a Tioga T-bone Stem, but it was a little long and definitely didn't work for commuter duty. It got replaced with an unlabeled adjustable road stem from Boone Cyclery here in Houston, Texas.
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Here is my commuter bike a '89 Alpine Monitor Pass made of Tange Prestige tubing. Cranks and drive train are Shimano Deore, Suzue hubs, chrome Araya rims, and a Brooks Conquest Saddle. The bike originally had a Tioga T-bone Stem, but it was a little long and definitely didn't work for commuter duty. It got replaced with an unlabeled adjustable road stem from Boone Cyclery here in Houston, Texas.[/QUOTE]

Very cool! It's always nice to see an old MTB, that might otherwise be relegated to the dustbin, reborn into such a purposeful machine. That bike looks ready for anything. It has the same classic appeal as a Swiss Army knife.
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Yeah, swiss army knife was the first thing I thought too. Then it was Transformer. What does this thing open up into...a GMC pickup truck or something?
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