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Old 04-06-08, 10:52 AM
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Originally Posted by jeffr093 View Post
This was dug out of my garage, used to be my Dad's. If anybody has any info on the bike it would be appreciated. It has Tange 5 Cro-Mo tubing.








Yours is the first Alpine I've seen since mine left the showroom floor in '89!
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Originally Posted by luker View Post
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?
Well, it's set up for going to work at my workplace. So one pannier has clothes the other side has shower essentials. It's looks so cluttered because I carry two batteries for the Niterider Digital Evolution head light. One under the cross tube (Where it' supposed to be) infront of the seat stay and a second velcroed to the rack stays. Both by virtue of the extension cable intended for using the light mounted to a helmet. (I had two of the cables available to me.)
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Well here is my submission:
Late 80s Diamond Back Arrival
Most everything is stock Deore XT.
It has modern risers and LX levers, front brakes, Maxxis 2.4 tires (who needs suspension!), and a Koobi saddle.

I got it off of ebay last year for under $200 shipped. Put an all new drive train on it the levers and brakes.

It is not lugged steel but it has that great old mountain bike geometry and it is a total blast to ride with those huge tires.

I'm hooked!

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Old 04-26-08, 09:41 PM
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Here's a neat Specialized Rockhopper I recently came across. I had to replace the rear derailleur, but all the other mechanical bits are original, including the DX rapidfires. A really nice-handling old mountain bike:


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Originally Posted by 531phile View Post
Damn! look at that wheelbase. I think I can fit my leg between the rear wheel and seat tube. What other old school MtB had super long wheelbases like that?
Mebbe I posted it before...my 1987 Kuwahara Cascade mtb / tourer. Built on an Ishiwata quad butted and fully lugged frame... it now runs as a fixed gear.

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Old 04-28-08, 08:13 AM
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that grey Rockhopper is great.
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Old 05-10-08, 08:48 PM
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Finally picked this one up today. Got it in a trade, we kept playing phone tag for about two weeks. Love the thick tubing and the seat stays set 90* from normal. From the side they look like your average stays, from the back they're massive. Fat knobbies make me nervous on the street, so it will probably get some Drifters or some other multipurpose tires.,,,,BD

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Thanks to my 11 year old, who taught me how to use the digital camera and download pics:



1987 Schwinn Cimarron. The only bike I've bought both new and complete. Rode it hard for 10 years, went to trailer towing (kids) duty for a few, and now back in semi regular service offroad. All original equipment but for Stronglight A9 headset, BB UN72, Fat City flat bar, D XT 7S shifters, and DA 8S wheels with Matrix SingleTrack rims I built in 1989. Yes, I use the Hite-Rite. I gave up trying to match the red early on and have done almost all touch up with yellow, including the seatstay top repair in 1994.

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Old 05-26-08, 01:42 PM
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Same color as the VW Bug?
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Same color as the VW Bug?
Some idiot PO yellowed that Beetle. There's a layer of black under that, and under the black is the original Polar Silver. It'll be back to that someday, after the mechanical work is done (motor and brakes, mostly).

I used an old Schwinn yellow touch-up bottle from the 70s. When that ran out, I went with "judy yellow."
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Originally Posted by melville View Post
1987 Schwinn Cimarron. The only bike I've bought both new and complete. Rode it hard for 10 years, went to trailer towing (kids) duty for a few, and now back in semi regular service offroad. All original equipment but for Stronglight A9 headset, BB UN72, Fat City flat bar, D XT 7S shifters, and DA 8S wheels with Matrix SingleTrack rims I built in 1989. Yes, I use the Hite-Rite. I gave up trying to match the red early on and have done almost all touch up with yellow, including the seatstay top repair in 1994.
Beautiful crankset! What is that, Sugino XD?
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Beautiful crankset! What is that, Sugino XD?
1987 D XT. Outer ring is mid 80s Shimano 600 IIRC, because I wanted ROUND rings.
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Did I just praise Shimano?
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Got this one today at the flea market for $20! Mid 80's? Fuji Sundance. Lugged 441 frame, Suntour drops, XC cam brakes, Grafight 2000 pedals, Suntour XC shifters with Mountech FD, Nitto stem AND bars. It obviously needs some work, but lugs and cam brakes??! No way I could pass it up.,,,,BD

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GT Timberline. I have no idea what year it is, but I told a very hip MTB'er today, and he said,
"Man, that's old." It does everything I've ever asked it to do off-road, and a 15m leg on a triathlon
in 1:00:01. I've not broken a single bone while riding it. That alone makes it my favorite MTB.


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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
GT Timberline. I have no idea what year it is, but I told a very hip MTB'er today, and he said,
"Man, that's old." It does everything I've ever asked it to do off-road, and a 15m leg on a triathlon
in 1:00:01. I've not broken a single bone while riding it. That alone makes it my favorite MTB.


With that under-the chainstay u-brake, I'd guess '86-'88 (the years Sheldon discusses.). Almost everybody dropped them by '89, but GT kept using them into the '90s (although I'm not sure for how long). My '91 Karakoram has u-brakes, but they're mounted on the seat stay, rather than the chainstay.
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With that under-the chainstay u-brake, I'd guess '86-'88 (the years Sheldon discusses.). Almost everybody dropped them by '89, but GT kept using them into the '90s (although I'm not sure for how long). My '91 Karakoram has u-brakes, but they're mounted on the seat stay, rather than the chainstay.
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My mixte has them on the seat stay, and it took me five minutes to find them....
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I've got an all original '83 trek 850. I'm the second owner and it's in fantastic shape (although it could use a good cleaning). I've really only learned some about this bike until recently, if you guys are interested I could get some pictures up soon.
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No pics yet. Picked up at my shop's bi-annual swap and sale:
1995-6 Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper HT $35.00
Cannondale P-bone fork (will be replaced with suspension fork eventually)
XT cam actuated V-brakes
XT crank
XT FD
Deore RD
I also picked up a Bontrager wheel-set w/tires for $4.00
Titec Hell-bent bars $5.00
Fizik Aliente XM saddle $25.00 New
Deore LX 9-speed shifters $15.00

Not bad for $84.00

This is my first MTB and I'm lovin it so far.
Charlottesville is some tough terrain though. My wrists hurt a lot.
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Spent some time on the trails Friday with my "vintagest" mountain bike:










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1988 Kuwahara Shasta.... running fixed and on slicks for the urban jungle.

Ishiwata Ex triple butted frame, Tange fork, Sugino VP crank and 48 tooth Sugino chain ring.



It reminds me a little of my old GT Karkoram which was also a fixed gear that rarely saw any pavement.
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One more bike to cram in the garage...I think I'm just about to hit critical mass, but I really can't help myself when it comes to cool old bikes.









and a few action shots for the hell of it:



















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Old 09-21-08, 06:43 PM
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Can you believe that somebody purchased this and used it 1 time in all those years!!??

I have always been faithful to, and enjoyed riding Cannondale MTB's in foul weather and on Singletrack, but I think that I'm going to have to let go of 1 of my vintage Canny's for this Specialized.....This is the first Rockhopper that I've ever had and I think that it is the 1st all-Suntour MTB that I've ever had as well.

I'm going to feel guilty getting this sucker dirty, but that is what these are meant for right?

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Old 09-26-08, 10:49 AM
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My trusty old Trek 930 before and after. And I got an old half-lugged baby blue scott frame coming to me in the mail which I plan to put those white schwalbe tires on... gonna be puuurdy. I'm happy that I've discovered vintage MTB's at a time when most folks are going nuts over vintage track and road bikes. There's some real good bargains to be had on ebay and the like in this department.



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Just picked this up today for $27 at a pawn shop. Man what a mess, lol. Spray bombed black, but was originally black with the white slung on paint. I found that after looking the bike over. There were all kinds of raised ribs under the paint. Unfortunately they did away with the top tube name decal since it didn't show up during the scraping. Not true vintage I know, but can anyone shed some light on the possible model? Did they use this paint scheme on all of the GT models? FD/RD are Deore LX, rear brake and hubs are exage(brake is Exage Mountain? Front is canti brakes. Crank is 400GS. Rims are Ritchey Vantage sport. 1 1/8 threaded YST headset.

It looks about the same level as my MB-5 guessing by the crank, but who knows. This thing is all over the place component wise so it's hard to tell what's original? Any guesses for the model? It's 7 speed with STI push/push thumb shifters.,,,,,BD








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