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Old 06-28-21, 09:43 AM
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Here's another recent build that wasn't supposed to happen... this started out as a parts bike for my chrome '86 frame but then this color grew on me so I had to build it too.... this is also an '86 Ascent




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Old 06-28-21, 10:07 AM
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1984 Schwinn Mesa Runner built for my granddaughter. The components needed cleaning, but were basically NOS. Pre-grip installation.
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Old 06-28-21, 11:08 AM
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This Ritchey!!!!! Wow!
Tx man, couldn't not get it, big and close to my size, chrome, cool as heck and great shape too.

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Chrome Ritchey from ebay/CL finds
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Old 07-04-21, 04:09 PM
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Here's my old Haro that I bought new back in '91

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Old 07-04-21, 05:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Pacelineg
Here's my old Haro that I bought new back in '91

Is that some sort of quick release on the top of your stem?

BTW, you could post this in the July / Multi-color thread (or did you already?).
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Originally Posted by madpogue
Is that some sort of quick release on the top of your stem?

BTW, you could post this in the July / Multi-color thread (or did you already?).
The thing on top of the stem is a Topeak cell phone mount.
I haven't posted it in the July/Multi-color thread, but I'll have a look, thanks.
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Old 07-05-21, 07:26 AM
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Originally Posted by c0rbin9
Any thoughts on early vs. late rigid MTB geometry? The shift to more aggressive angles came about in 1987 or so, when you started seeing bikes built for racing with really long top tubes. At first glance it seems like the earlier more relaxed geometry would be better for the kind of general purpose riding most do on vintage mountain bikes these days. On the flip side, the later bikes are often significantly lighter with heat treated and thin-walled steel frames... arguably some of the nicest steel frames ever produced. I have seen people complain about the stretched out riding position of the early 90s bikes... couldn't this be rectified with the right stem/handlebar setup? I'm wondering how something like an '85 Cimarron compares to a '93 Trek Singletrack 970.
I worked in the biz in the era you're talking about and I'm still riding a 1987 Schwinn Cimarron as my primary mountain bike. Let it be said I'm not tall, so my impressions are of the smaller sized bikes, like 17" or 18". Larger frames may vary.

The 71/73 bikes with the 16.9 chainstays (which was pretty much everything from 1988 on) all seemed to push the front end in corners as initially set up. The usual fix, if someone cared about it, was a longer/lower stem to put a bit more weight on the front wheel. Bontrager's original rigid fork proposed to do the same thing by having a bit less offset (rake) which had the side benefit of increasing trail for stability. The stem fix obviously only worked when it was also something the rider needed to fit the bike. We sold a decent amount of 150mm Tioga T-Bones.

What I knew on the Cimarron was that I was always the first one down the hill. If my friends with their 'modern' bikes would wait for me at the top of the hill, I'd wait for them at the bottom.

In 1992 I had a sponsorship deal (skinny tire racing) that included a weekly massage. My masseuse was talking about riding with her friends. "I'm not sure what's going on, but I'm always waiting for them at the bottom of the hill." "What kind of bike are you riding?" "Oh, it's an old Schwinn." "Is it red?" She also had a 1987 Cimarron, same size as mine.
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Old 07-05-21, 08:52 AM
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Originally Posted by melville
I worked in the biz in the era you're talking about and I'm still riding a 1987 Schwinn Cimarron as my primary mountain bike.
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My masseuse was talking about riding with her friends. "I'm not sure what's going on, but I'm always waiting for them at the bottom of the hill." "What kind of bike are you riding?" "Oh, it's an old Schwinn." "Is it red?" She also had a 1987 Cimarron, same size as mine.
Hah, good story! I guess there's a bit to be said about geometry.
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Originally Posted by fishboat
The shift to steeper HT angles..not sure what to call it..more modern..more responsive..less excessively slack...in any event the 73 degree seat tube/71 degree head tube combo was adopted in 87ish(?) and is still used today. My '93 970 has the 73/71 combo, as does the 90's Trek Multitrack hybrids, as well as the Trek 520 touring bike(at the time). The Surly LHT used this combo for many years. LOTS of bikes used and still use this geometry. I've heard it referred to a "classic NORBA geometry". As for top tubes..just an fyi..the 90ish to 1993 or '94 Trek mtn bikes(900 series) had about a 10-15mm shorter top tube than '94 or '95+ years. I ran across this as I was researching potential bikes for a drop bar conversion. I ended up with a '93 970..wonderful bike with drop bars(and recently a VO Cigne 90mm stem) and is now my dedicated touring bike...and occasional bomber for a day ride. Given the short-low HT's on these bikes and a desire to get the handlebars up about equal with the saddle, taller stems tend to shorten the (bar)reach. The net (bar)reach on my 970 (with a VO Cigne 90mm stem, though a 70mm version is available) isn't a whole lot different than my road bikes. I tour on my 970 with 4 pannier & bag on top of the rear rack setup...and touring tires. About 35 pounds of gear total. Very comfortable bike, day after day..
Thank you for this very useful information. It sounds like I should be looking for something older than my beloved '94 930; specs say effective top tube for the 16.5" is 560mm. Wish me luck, I'll need it.

Just FYI, seat and head angles for that size are 73.5 and 70.5 respectively.

ETA: The '93 930 top tube is 539mm, less than an inch shorter.

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Old 07-11-21, 06:54 PM
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Hope this qualifies.
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Old 07-12-21, 11:04 AM
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Old 07-12-21, 02:55 PM
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Does 1995 qualify? Univega 701

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Originally Posted by Pacelineg
Here's my old Haro that I bought new back in '91

That's sweet. I had one in 91 also but mine was blue; I crashed it in 93 and wrecked it. Now I have this '90 model in a lighter blue to remind me of the old days.



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Old 07-13-21, 01:15 PM
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old steel Gary Fisher.


my 1990's Gary Fisher wahoo...

Fresh paint some small changes...
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Old 07-13-21, 05:53 PM
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Old 07-16-21, 12:35 PM
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Here are my two '84 Stumpjumper Sports:






The above Sj was modernized with an 8 speed cassette, and cerca '93 Shimano XT & XTR components except the calipers which, I think, are stock, and hubs which are LX. Unfortunately someone shortened the bull moose handlebars by about an inch on each side. Works great & handles any off-road trails I want with the 2.25" WTB Trail Boss tires.






This second SJ Sport was hidden in a Craigslist post for $75. I believe it was stock when I got it. I replaced the Mountech RD when the upper pulley seized on me. I'm really happy with the XC Triple pulley RD I swapped in and the Suntour friction thumbies are excellent. This one also goes anywhere I want off-road, but also does really well on paved surfaces with the 2.1" Maxxis DTHs.

Edit: the cables are long on purpose: I'm contemplating different bars.



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Old 07-16-21, 01:10 PM
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Originally Posted by thorstein
Here are my two '84 Stumpjumper Sports:

The above Sj was modernized with an 8 speed cassette, and cerca '93 Shimano XT & XTR components except the calipers which, I think, are stock, and hubs which are LX. Unfortunately someone shortened the bull moose handlebars by about an inch on each side. Works great & handles any off-road trails I want with the 2.25" WTB Trail Boss tires.

This second SJ Sport was hidden in a Craigslist post for $75. I believe it was stock when I got it. I replaced the Mountech RD when the upper pulley seized on me. I'm really happy with the XC Triple pulley RD I swapped in and the Suntour friction thumbies are excellent. This one also goes anywhere I want off-road, but also does really well on paved surfaces with the 2.1" Maxxis DTHs.
Edit: the cables are long on purpose: I'm contemplating different bars.
What a pair of beauties! Nice catch on that second one for $75. In some places they go for 10x that much!

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Just nabbed this one today - late 80ís Fat City Cycles Wicked Fat Chance. Iím very excited about it!






Bullet shaped tube ends at the dropout

Head tube / down tube gusset

Reinforcing web at seatstay junction

Im pretty excited. Itís by no means pretty but it is in good nick. Iíve got some good parts to build it with but I think it needs a good bath; maybe go full Monty on it with a Powdercoat paint and repro decals from VelocalsÖ more to come Iím sure!
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Serial number is 359W11. From the fatcogs website is this:



So this means my Wicked is frame 359, Wicked, 1991 manufacture, 21Ē. I thought it was older than that. But okay, still Somerville made, not Serotta made. Even better!
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^^^^^ Whatever you do with the finish on that Fat Chance, you gotta either keep or replace that snake flag decal.
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New shoes for the RockHopper

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New shoes for the RockHopper

Nice, those tires come with lime wedges and salt?
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Nice, those tires come with lime wedges and salt?
They did!
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Old 08-01-21, 10:56 AM
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Vintage 1983/84 Ross Mt. Rainer

I just picked up this vintage Ross Mt. Rainier in all original condition. The Shimano derailleur is a RD-AL11 which was released in June 1984, however the serial number on the bike is R3J1159, which makes me think it has a 1983 frame. Also the classic Ross advertisements from 1983 show the Mt. Rainier in the red color. Strange to me that the Mt. Rainier was a mid level bike, but had bolt on wheels.






Either way it's a great vintage bike and will be fun to take it old school out on the trail. I can't wait to give it a total refurbishment.
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That's really nice.

A lot of early MTBs had bolt on wheels. It's strange to see that version of lawyer lips on the front..

It's interesting that they transitioned to Shimano derailleurs that early. I always assumed the low-end Shimano with hanger on my (probably) Force One was non-original, but maybe it was. I ended up replacing it and the garbage FD with NOS Suntour AG Tech.

I think mine also has Ishiwata 024 tubing, and I like it quite a bit.
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