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Old 09-14-16, 09:15 PM
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Mad respect.
Mad fun! 😀
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Old 09-18-16, 11:05 PM
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New in 1988!

Hi guys,

I bought this Stumpjumper new in '88, and rebuilt it in the '90s with orange paint and u-brake removal by the well-known Chas Roberts, decals sourced from Specialized here in England, and a more rigid Tange fat fork fitted and a Campagnolo headset.

I sourced NoS Deore and Deore XT components to replace to worn ones, new wheels with Mavic rims, Specialized stem and riser bar, Deore cranks with Tomac rings and a super rare Cinelli OR (Off Road) saddle.

Leaning against a tree in my Lincolnshire Wolds garden.

Hope you like it.

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Old 09-23-16, 11:48 AM
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My MB-6 dilemma

So I buy a really dirty, grease caked, scraped and scratched up, with pimped out handle bars MB-6 to fix and flip on CL.
IMG_0924 by lebagman, on Flickr

My problem is it fits me pretty good, rides pretty nice, and weights 27 lbs as finished with parts that were in the stash. No attempt to build this for me to keep. Turned out OK looking in a 10 foot kind of way.

https://flic.kr/s/aHskJu9XAE

$100.00 to $150.00 is my guess for my market.

I know I shouldn't fall in love...but what to do? Has this happened to any one else?
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I have been chasing this frame for a lot of years...finally got my hands on it yesterday...built myself a fun ride:
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Old 09-25-16, 07:46 PM
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Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve View Post
I have been chasing this frame for a lot of years...finally got my hands on it yesterday...built myself a fun ride:
Nice!
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Old 09-25-16, 07:47 PM
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Originally Posted by hobbs1951 View Post
Hi guys,

I bought this Stumpjumper new in '88, and rebuilt it in the '90s with orange paint and u-brake removal by the well-known Chas Roberts, decals sourced from Specialized here in England, and a more rigid Tange fat fork fitted and a Campagnolo headset.

I sourced NoS Deore and Deore XT components to replace to worn ones, new wheels with Mavic rims, Specialized stem and riser bar, Deore cranks with Tomac rings and a super rare Cinelli OR (Off Road) saddle.

Leaning against a tree in my Lincolnshire Wolds garden.

Hope you like it.

John.
Excellent ride!
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Old 09-30-16, 02:14 PM
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Bianchi Grizzly

Original Grizzly with Suntour all over and KKT pedals, a real beast! Urban street tires currently. I always loved the through the stem brake cable, then, through the reflector as well.
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Old 09-30-16, 02:16 PM
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Forgot to mention the "Cunningham" Suntour roller cam brakes! tough to adjust, but very effective!
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Old 09-30-16, 03:34 PM
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Not vintage, but I picked up this '99 Stumpjumper FSR XC Pro in June for $120. I've replaced the tires and all consumables and it's perfect. Even the fork and shock are good to go, thankfully I found my old Sid pump adapter. Only weighs 25lbs. But it's the first time I've ridden with rear suspension in about 15 years and I think I'll have to get a rear shock with lockout because I can't get used to the bobbing while climbing. But it glides over bumps like a Caddy.

Hard to believe it's 17 years old. I still consider it a newer bike.

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Hard to believe it's 17 years old. I still consider it a newer bike.
I'm that way with cars, too.

Hey gents, I have a vintage mountain bike question to throw out for comments, opinions, flames, whatever. My kids are starting to outgrow their 20" wheel bikes and I'm looking at bikes with 24" wheels.

As a longtime craigslist user and an enthusiastic (if inexperienced, compared to most of you) amateur bike mechanic, is there any reason NOT to buy an older mountain bike for a child who's ready to move up from 20" wheels to 24"?

An example I spotted on craigslist today is below. As I always say about craigslist, if there's one of something for sale, there will be more. I'm not rushing out to buy this one, but I'm wondering about bikes like this in general. It looks to me to be pretty much just like any other '90s mountain bike, except for wheel size and frame size. I realize that also means the cost to refurbish will be the same as on a full-size bike. I'm okay with that.

Schwinn High Plains 24 - $100



The longer story, if anyone cares: since getting back into cycling in 2013, I've obtained two '90s bikes (three '90s bikes, if you count my wife's) and replaced just about every part on the mountain bike, a '93 rigid MTB that I also did a drop bar conversion on. Yes, you guys have blown my mind with the Drop Bar Conversion thread, and I'll never look at bikes the same way again. I love mine and find myself sneaking peeks at older MTBs in my size on CL and wondering if I shouldn't build another one, because, well...you guys understand, right?

Anyway, I have a repair stand now, and I've been buying tools as needed. I'm comfortable replacing cables and housings and adjusting derailluers and setting up cantilever brakes up properly, and of course swapping "easy" parts like saddles and grips and tires and installing racks and so forth.

What I don't know how to do (yet) or have the tools for (yet) is re-packing bearings, truing (trueing? Both look wrong) wheels, and doing anything at all with bottom brackets. And while I've changed chains, I haven't had to change a cassette yet, but that looks simple once one has the right tool.

Now it looks like almost every 24" new kids mountain bike comes with front suspension, and being a middle-aged guy who rides single-track like a crazy man with a rigid fork and always has, I just don't think they need suspension, and I suspect their bikes will be much lighter and simpler to deal with if they have rigid forks. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm thinking I could refurbish an older rigid 24" like the one I linked above and they'd have a better bike overall, and I might - MIGHT - get away with spending a tiny bit less than what a new one costs, although that is not the specific goal.

To be honest, I guess I see what you guys do in the "before and after" department and I'd to do that for my kids (and have fun doing it, I must admit), instead of just buying one of what every other kid in the neighborhood has.

Am I nuts?

Thanks.

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Old 09-30-16, 09:00 PM
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That High Plains is no slouch.

Your plan sounds well thought out.

Go for it !
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Old 10-02-16, 09:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Squeeze View Post
I'm that way with cars, too.

Hey gents, I have a vintage mountain bike question to throw out for comments, opinions, flames, whatever. My kids are starting to outgrow their 20" wheel bikes and I'm looking at bikes with 24" wheels.

As a longtime craigslist user and an enthusiastic (if inexperienced, compared to most of you) amateur bike mechanic, is there any reason NOT to buy an older mountain bike for a child who's ready to move up from 20" wheels to 24"?

An example I spotted on craigslist today is below. As I always say about craigslist, if there's one of something for sale, there will be more. I'm not rushing out to buy this one, but I'm wondering about bikes like this in general. It looks to me to be pretty much just like any other '90s mountain bike, except for wheel size and frame size. I realize that also means the cost to refurbish will be the same as on a full-size bike. I'm okay with that.

Schwinn High Plains 24 - $100



The longer story, if anyone cares: since getting back into cycling in 2013, I've obtained two '90s bikes (three '90s bikes, if you count my wife's) and replaced just about every part on the mountain bike, a '93 rigid MTB that I also did a drop bar conversion on. Yes, you guys have blown my mind with the Drop Bar Conversion thread, and I'll never look at bikes the same way again. I love mine and find myself sneaking peeks at older MTBs in my size on CL and wondering if I shouldn't build another one, because, well...you guys understand, right?

Anyway, I have a repair stand now, and I've been buying tools as needed. I'm comfortable replacing cables and housings and adjusting derailluers and setting up cantilever brakes up properly, and of course swapping "easy" parts like saddles and grips and tires and installing racks and so forth.

What I don't know how to do (yet) or have the tools for (yet) is re-packing bearings, truing (trueing? Both look wrong) wheels, and doing anything at all with bottom brackets. And while I've changed chains, I haven't had to change a cassette yet, but that looks simple once one has the right tool.

Now it looks like almost every 24" new kids mountain bike comes with front suspension, and being a middle-aged guy who rides single-track like a crazy man with a rigid fork and always has, I just don't think they need suspension, and I suspect their bikes will be much lighter and simpler to deal with if they have rigid forks. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm thinking I could refurbish an older rigid 24" like the one I linked above and they'd have a better bike overall, and I might - MIGHT - get away with spending a tiny bit less than what a new one costs, although that is not the specific goal.

To be honest, I guess I see what you guys do in the "before and after" department and I'd to do that for my kids (and have fun doing it, I must admit), instead of just buying one of what every other kid in the neighborhood has.

Am I nuts?

Thanks.
I have an older High Plains (1990) and it is pretty much my only ride. I have a couple other bikes, but it's far and away my preferred!!!

If i had seen that bike this spring, it wouldn't be for sale now! I was shopping for my boy, but that High Plains looks very clean and would have been the end of my shopping!
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Old 10-02-16, 11:33 PM
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1994 DiamondBack DBR Axis TT titanium, as purchased in 2012, and now, adapted as a city bike in NYc
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A heads up if anyone is near Georgia. Only $225 with full XTR. The parts alone are worth more than that.

Nishiki Alien SP Mountain Bike w/Shimano XTR



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Finally finished building up a Diamondback Ascent EX frame and fork that i picked up 2 years ago.

I used parts that I either had or that came off a couple rigid mtbs i bought off craigslist to clean up and donate to our local colective. Every component but the front derailleur is from 87-93.

Just took it out for 5mi of singletrack thru the woods and it was a blast!
I finished it because i wanted to see if i should sink some money and time into a frame i picked up last year from thr bike colective. It was donated by an online warehouse here in des moines- Modern Bike. They used to be an actual shop, they mived locations, and donated a bunch of components and frames.


Diamondback Ascent EX





Mongoose IBOC Comp SX frame waiting to be built. its a 92 or 93.
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1985 Specialized Stumpjumper

Here's my 85 Stumpy.. love it. Except for the tires, all original. Love it, rides like a cruiser, more than a MTB.



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1991 & 1992 Trek 970's

These are the bikes my wife and I ride at the beach... 1991 and 1992 Trek 970s. Steel is real.

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Old 10-22-16, 09:18 PM
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Originally Posted by rebraun View Post
I have had this bike over 20 years, pretty sure it is a 1988. All XT M730. I ride it almost every day.
I too had a '88 Team Issue bike exactly as yours. Paid $950 for it as I remember. One of the U-brake bosses broke and I was warrantied a new frame, albeit the next generation Team Issue.
So now, I have just acquired a near mint '88 Team Issue! To go along with my other '91 Team Issue that I still have (just got it back from the ex-wife lol).
Both bikes have Tange Prestige tubing. Go Prairie Breakers!

Just acquired '88 Team Issue...



'91 Team Issue that replaced my original '88 Team Issue, which had a set of Rock Shox gold Mag 21's suspension forks way back when (originally a rigid fork bike). AND, Bullseye cranks. Both of which the ex let slip away...


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Following those two mtn bikes, I got into my first full suspension bike. About a '93, Mongoose Amplifier. 24 1/4 lbs - always the lightweight king in my circles. Rode it for years and still own it.

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Old 11-01-16, 11:03 AM
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Congrats on your new bike!! Seattle area?? Enjoy!!
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My two Stumpjumper M2's


Is 1998 too new for C&V?

Repurposed as a city bike. Early XT and XTR with an Origin 8 fork cause I dislike worn out Judy's. Wasnt much fond of them when new either...



And my 1993 frame. I've had this since new and rode it a lot. It's now awaiting a decision on it's fate. I either build it up with it's original components (LX) or part it out. Decisions decisions...

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Congrats on your new bike!! Seattle area?? Enjoy!!
Yup, and thanks!
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Old 11-01-16, 06:24 PM
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Here're a couple of my vintage MTBs that I haven't converted to drop bar bikes - yet. LOL

Specialized Rock Hopper literally saved from the dump. Just needed the tires pumped u8p. All Alivio groupset.

#01 Specialized Rock Hopper by Miele Man, on Flickr

Dianmond Back Apex I bought for $25.00 Canadian.

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Unknown make. MTB I converted to a single speed. Handlebar is a reversed cut down dropbar that's now 12" wide.

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not all cheap bikes go to the trash

Got this freespirit dinasty pretty cheap and buit it for my wife and she never use it so I use it sometimes to beat guys with expensive bikes and have fun and the other one I have no clue what it is, got it for free, thinking to fix it and give it to my dad to make him do exercise hehehe...
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