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Old 11-24-21, 07:03 PM
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Originally Posted by brightsideofit View Post
Here's a question for you vintage MTB experts. I've managed to collect quite a few mass produced 80s MTBs. I want to thin the stable and would like your opinion. Which of these bikes would you keep and why? I am trying to keep it to three bikes. I also included the condition of the bike. Thanks!

1. 1982 Specialized Stumpjumper - flagship model, not a Sport (good)
2. 1983 Univega Alpina Ultima (fair)
3. 1984 Specialized Stumpjumper - flagship model, not a Sport (good)
4. 1985 Trek 870 (mint)
5. 1985 Schwinn Cimarron (mint)
6. 1985 Gary Fisher Montare (good)
7. 1985 Bridgestone MB-1 (fair)
8. 1986 Schwinn Cimarron (mint)

Fair = moderate use with many scratches and scuffs, but no dings or dents
Good = low use with the occasional scratches here and there
Mint = looks brand new and very difficult to find any imperfections

I think its safe to say that youd be well off with the two Stumpjumpers and the Gary Fisher. Specialized was the first, that I know of, to mass produce the first mountain bikes, Stumpjumper being the first. Gary Fisher is one of the first people to introduce mountain bikes. Both of them hold THE history behind the first mountain bikes.
If Im wrong, someone please correct me.
Just look both of them up on Ebay, those prices will show the proof.
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Old 11-25-21, 09:05 AM
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91? 92?
I posted this a while ago. After I rescued it from the curb.
I sold it for $50. My friend gave it back. Because he needs to clear out his garage after getting divorced.
so its going to live at my in laws as a holiday bike.
thankfully I had a 7spd rear wheel laying around. I exploded the 6spd freewheel trying to remove it to repack the rear hub.
to quote General Patton: it rides like a tank
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Old 11-25-21, 11:00 AM
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Originally Posted by brightsideofit View Post
Here's a question for you vintage MTB experts. I've managed to collect quite a few mass produced 80s MTBs. I want to thin the stable and would like your opinion. Which of these bikes would you keep and why? I am trying to keep it to three bikes. I also included the condition of the bike. Thanks!

1. 1982 Specialized Stumpjumper - flagship model, not a Sport (good)
2. 1983 Univega Alpina Ultima (fair)
3. 1984 Specialized Stumpjumper - flagship model, not a Sport (good)
4. 1985 Trek 870 (mint)
5. 1985 Schwinn Cimarron (mint)
6. 1985 Gary Fisher Montare (good)
7. 1985 Bridgestone MB-1 (fair)
8. 1986 Schwinn Cimarron (mint)
Nice little collection, there.

I tend to be a no-Safe-Queens type, myself. If it were me wanting to thin that herd, I'd probably keep the following:
  • 1982 or 1984 Stumpjumper (good) -- utterly representative of the line, IMO the "best" vintage, perfect project to get back to original
  • 1985 Trek 870 (mint) -- mind condition; a unique early example, one that I think is highly underrated
  • 1985 or 1986 Schwinn Cimarron (mint) -- mint condition; excellent examples of the era; stellar rides; only going to go up in value

The rest are ones I'd let go either due to condition or being a duplicate of the above. The selling of which should easily fund the minor restorations or upgrades for the remaining three bikes.
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Old 11-25-21, 12:02 PM
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[QUOTE=brightsideofit;22319335]Here's a question for you vintage MTB experts. I've managed to collect quite a few mass produced 80s MTBs. I want to thin the stable and would like your opinion. Which of these bikes would you keep and why? I am trying to keep it to three bikes. I also included the condition of the bike. Thanks!

1. 1982 Specialized Stumpjumper - flagship model, not a Sport (good)
2. 1983 Univega Alpina Ultima (fair)
3. 1984 Specialized Stumpjumper - flagship model, not a Sport (good)
4. 1985 Trek 870 (mint)
5. 1985 Schwinn Cimarron (mint)
6. 1985 Gary Fisher Montare (good)
7. 1985 Bridgestone MB-1 (fair)
8. 1986 Schwinn Cimarron (mint)

I'd keep the '82 Specialized and the Gary Fisher for history's sake, and the Trek or the Bridgestone for regular riding. Nice collection, by the way. Look forward to you posting some of these for sale.
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