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Old 05-02-09, 08:11 PM
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I guess this rates as vintage and has had a few modifications... my 88 Shasta.


88 Kuwahara Shasta

It serves me as a commuter and messenger bike but it got me to thinking of how to build up that '88 Kona Explosif frame that is under my bed... can you say dirt drops ?

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89 Trek 950 Single Track

xtr crank
xt hubs on mavic 221's
machine tech levers (i need a machine tech stem for it)
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gusset ss conversion kit with a surly singulator

92 Trek 950 Single Track

a mix of lx and dx


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Old 05-10-09, 05:06 PM
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Fat Chance Titanium number 006
with Tange FAT blades.

it's not the best photo but is the best riding bike i have ever had (and i have/had some bikes )
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WOW! Where do you find them Defiant!!? Do you have industry connections or what?
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Here's the beat-down muirwoods. Not sure what year, but its butted tange, 21sp. "sti" and deore iirc.
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Old 05-11-09, 01:45 AM
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Originally Posted by bigwoo
WOW! Where do you find them Defiant!!? Do you have industry connections or what?
Hello mr Bigwoo
I find them in my livingroom
no, i have no connections within the industry or what,..i just look for them
This one was offered to me through Youtube, i mentioned long time ago on a clip of Chris Chance that i would to a Titanium one some time,..last january i was contacted by a real nice guy in Calli that he had one,..
Made the transfer right away and a month later i had the frame at home in the Netherlands


(The name is Bas btw)
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Old 05-11-09, 07:18 AM
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That's awsome Bas,
All I know is that I would like you and Elev12K to adopt me.....
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Old 05-30-09, 01:59 PM
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One of the greatest ever, and the most light-weight bike that I have ever handled...

a GT Zaskar

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Old 05-30-09, 04:02 PM
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1993 Nishiki Manitoba

Here's what I considered my second "real" bike. I rode the Rosarito to Ensenada ride on this one back in '94. It doesn't seem like these are held in high regard but the ride is still awesome.

Yes, I did put slicks on it. Mostly all original equipment. Shimano Altus groupo and Araya wheelset. Only the front shifters had to be swapped out due to wear and the Specialized Fatboys slicks (which are about as old as the bike). The seat will be swapped out since it's pretty hard on the tailbone.

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Old 05-30-09, 05:11 PM
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Similar to my 80's Schwinn MTB now a cruizemobile...

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Old 05-31-09, 08:19 AM
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My 1995 Gary Fisher Montare I bought new in 1995 - I was in 8th grade, saved up all year and sold my '84 KX80 to buy it. Was used mostly for getting to / from middle school, and then high school, and then eventually my first job and to and first girlfriend's house. It recently saw some trail riding at a nearby state park... got tired of hurting myself on it and converted it to touring / kid trailer hauling duty. I actually like riding it better than my road bike. Picture taken after last year's MS150 ride.

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Old 05-31-09, 09:05 AM
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My '93 Yo Eddy, now with a new saddle



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Old 05-31-09, 10:22 AM
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These vintage mtbs are sweet and I'd love to have one I have a question, though.

I am pretty clueless when it comes to mountain bikes and only get out on the trails with my MTB obsessed bro every now and then. I want to get an MTB to join my stable of roadies, but I'd like the ability to ride some fairly technical singletrack with it. I'd love to go vintage and get a sweet bike like the Fat Chance above. Does the lack of a front suspension have that much of an effect? I have only ridden borrowed MTBs with front suspension so I guess I'm wondering if I picked up an mtb w/o front suspension would it limit me significantly in terms of what I could comfortably ride?

Also, if I go the vintage route, what sizes should I be looking at? For reference, I can ride a 57-59 road bike and am 6'1" with a 32.5" inseam.

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Old 05-31-09, 04:10 PM
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The ability to handle technical singletrack is more the product of the rider than the bike, but you do get beaten up a bit more without it Unless you are going pre-'93 pretty much most everything is going to have suspension though. Then the issue becomes whether the forks have been maintained or not.

I am about the same size as you and I generally ride mtbs with +/- 23" top tubes, and usually that means 18" seat tube or a M sized frame. Sizing can be pretty different based on frame design, but there are lots of ways to fudge with stem length and riser bars, etc. If you don't go vintage, you could get a very sweet rigid (or suspended) 29er with disc brakes for less than what the Fat above cost. Perhaps not a bad option, and would be more forgiving rigid, if maybe not as agile as a 26" bike for tight singletrack. If your brother is into mtbs he might have some friends with an old lightweight steed sitting around. Seems like everyone rides fully suspended tanks these days (the bike above is just under 22lbs).
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Old 05-31-09, 04:12 PM
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Also, since I see you are relatively local---check these guys out:
https://www.firstflightbikes.com/

They have an amazing museum as well as some neat bikes for sale and I am sure would be happy to help you into the vintage world.
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Old 05-31-09, 06:07 PM
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1992 Marin Eldridge Grade:

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Old 05-31-09, 06:47 PM
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you mean Marin, right?

sweet bike though, I always liked their two-tone jobs.
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Originally Posted by nateintokyo
you mean Marin, right?

sweet bike though, I always liked their two-tone jobs.
duh lol. was dreaming again. thx for the quick correction so i didnt have to look like an idiot too long.
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heh, if you aren't a dentist there is no shame in not riding a Merlin
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Old 06-01-09, 03:26 AM
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I still have my 1992 fluoro green Diamond Back (Ascent, I think), bought with my first ever professional paycheck. No suspension. All original bits (Deore LX) except new sealed bottom bracket. It sits in my parents' holiday house. It has the biggest tyres I could fit in the forks/chainstays (2.65" front, 2.35 rear) as it has done around-town child-carrying service the last 4 years with each of my small kids in turn using the rear seat suspended off the seat tube. This arrangement is quite springy, so I bought fattest tyres around and ran them softish, so I wouldn't bounce the kids going up kerbs.

I thought it was just an old mountain bike, but now on this "Vintage" thread I see they are desirable.

Might give it a clean and sort-out. It hasn't been washed since 1995, so has some vintage last-millenium dirt on it still.

The main reason I bought it originally is it's almost BMX-like frame geometry compared with many of the others that were in the shop at the time, and it felt quite nimble compared to many of the others my size. It still has that same feel, Cr-Mo frame gives it that I guess.
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Not mine, but it recently belonged to a friend. Did anyone here buy it?

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so, uh, defiant...do you have a museum where you display all of these rare, fine collector pieces, all dressed in the finest proper vintage parts?
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Hey, bigwoo. Is that Profile Design bar on that Zaskar a "Tenacious-D" bar? or are you just a fan of the band Tenacious D (I am)?
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