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Old 05-13-24, 02:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Maxey
Interesting, Jim. Is the Ritchey to catalogue spec or did you take some liberties?

I have an opportunity to buy a little used '91 Stumpjumper Team (the one with the wild purpleish/black paint and the yellow graphics), but unfortunately the frame is only 18" so too small for me -- I'm fine with anything from 19" to 20". Thing is, it's still catalog spec with all the Suntour XC Pro components in fine, little used condition. They're asking $450 for the bike and I'm tempted to make an offer to scoop up the parts and recoup some of the money by selling the frame. I hate to part out a nice original Stumpy like that, but it's no good to me in the wrong size even if it would get ridden very little.
So Jim Merz is Merz the framebuilder, PortlandJim here on the forum.

He doesn't build anymore but does some amazing machine work and restoring.

I'm just a fan here in Portland where he built his frames before going to Specialized to really leave his mark on the cycling industry which he very much did.

The Ritchey frame is believed to have been a frame only, no S/N and no one I have talked to has seen another chrome one.

The parts are a collection of what was used on many early MTB's when they started, Big S used TA triple cranks on the early Stumpys as well as Mafac cantis with Magura and Tomaselli levers. Many parts were sourced from motorcyles at the time before the bike industry got up to speed on them.

I put Magura levers and Mafac touring/tandem canti's on the front and it came with the Charlie Cunningham/SunTour roller cam on the back, this frame also came with the incredible original fillet brazed bullmoose bars and Campy headset.

I used SunTour thumbies that are a bit newer than the frame I think and nice wheels with Bullseye hubs and modern Ritchey tires and grips instead of oldschool Oury grips that I normally use which I did have on here to begin with.

Shimano (not my favorite just because) Deerhead/MT (same thing) drailleurs were used as they were early recognizable, very reliable choice used by many.

Its a long and winding road as the components changed rapidly in the early days as companies scrambled to get it right with what they had to work with.

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Old 05-13-24, 02:19 PM
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Originally Posted by merziac
This is here already but I finally cracked the code and notched a win for best original at the Albany (OR) Vintage bike show, turn out was a little thin and they are not our tribe but the Ritchey finally got me there after going 6 or 7 times.

Pretty good group of folks and are always glad to have you but really a balloon tire/BMX crowd with some MTB tendancies.


Well done MerziacNice bike
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Old 05-13-24, 02:28 PM
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Congrats, Merziac!

Adding on to the Schwinn Sierra shown above, here's a 1985 I picked up the other day. "Black chrome" finish and I believe is all original except tires. It rides nicely!



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Old 05-13-24, 02:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Maxey
Interesting, Jim. Is the Ritchey to catalogue spec or did you take some liberties?

I have an opportunity to buy a little used '91 Stumpjumper Team (the one with the wild purpleish/black paint and the yellow graphics), but unfortunately the frame is only 18" so too small for me -- I'm fine with anything from 19" to 20". Thing is, it's still catalog spec with all the Suntour XC Pro components in fine, little used condition. They're asking $450 for the bike and I'm tempted to make an offer to scoop up the parts and recoup some of the money by selling the frame. I hate to part out a nice original Stumpy like that, but it's no good to me in the wrong size even if it would get ridden very little.
I don't have a strong opinion on newer ones like this, if the components are in good shape and you can go there, make it so.

I always look at it that you can put newer parts on an older frame as that happened organically along the way through attrition.

I also think it ok to retro fit a good example with older parts if the retro vibe can be strengthened by the frame in question.

Anything that came with a fugly unibrow fork is fair game to change IMO, they just kill the vibe for me and yes the Ritchey has one but not much I can do about that, its a Tange, lugged, fits perfect so here we are, it came that way and a correct fork would have to be made from scratch for it, just not happening on my watch.
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Originally Posted by georges1
Well done MerziacNice bike
Originally Posted by SDHawk
Congrats, Merziac!

Adding on to the Schwinn Sierra shown above, here's a 1985 I picked up the other day. "Black chrome" finish and I believe is all original except tires. It rides nicely!


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Originally Posted by merziac
I don't have a strong opinion on newer ones like this, if the components are in good shape and you can go there, make it so.

I always look at it that you can put newer parts on an older frame as that happened organically along the way through attrition.

I also think it ok to retro fit a good example with older parts if the retro vibe can be strengthened by the frame in question.

Anything that came with a fugly unibrow fork is fair game to change IMO, they just kill the vibe for me and yes the Ritchey has one but not much I can do about that, its a Tange, lugged, fits perfect so here we are, it came that way and a correct fork would have to be made from scratch for it, just not happening on my watch.
Thanks for the build info. on your Ritchey, merziac. It sounds like it's period correct and that's probably about all you could do with no other guidance for a frameset only. That's crazy your chrome one seems to be a one-of-one frame.

The XC Pro parts on the '91 Stumpy I referred to would likely go on a '90 Bianchi MTB frameset-- Bianchi used XC Pro on many of their high-end MTBs back in the day so it would certainly be period correct.
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Old 05-13-24, 07:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Maxey
Thanks for the build info. on your Ritchey, merziac. It sounds like it's period correct and that's probably about all you could do with no other guidance for a frameset only. That's crazy your chrome one seems to be a one-of-one frame.

The XC Pro parts on the '91 Stumpy I referred to would likely go on a '90 Bianchi MTB frameset-- Bianchi used XC Pro on many of their high-end MTBs back in the day so it would certainly be period correct.
You're welcome, always glad to go down the rabbit hole on any of this.

Well it can be whatever it needs to be really, another term I like to use is "sympathetic resto, build" etc, very open, to very loose interpretation, by design.

It's entirely possible that somebody had this chromed or it was a one off, maybe when it was built.

The best thing about this is it being big enough for me, no small feat.
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Wannabe...
Bullmoose handlebars on a dinky little kid size bike! There is so much awesome going on here!
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Old 05-15-24, 08:36 PM
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Here's a 1988 KHS Montana XT I picked up recently from the original owner. Deore XT throughout, and Araya RM-20 rims. It had heavy tires with super heavy "flat proof" tubes. I replaced with lighter tires and regular tubes.




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Before and after. This one was almost too far gone but I embraced the challenge of bringing it back to life because I used to have one just like it back in the day. Hoping to take this one on a dirt/gravel adventure tour soon.


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Before and after. This one was almost too far gone but I embraced the challenge of bringing it back to life because I used to have one just like it back in the day. Hoping to take this one on a dirt/gravel adventure tour soon.


Bullmoose bars! ...What happened to them?
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My 91 Axis ready to shred👊🏼
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My 91 Axis ready to shred👊🏼
Nice bike
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Old 05-17-24, 09:24 AM
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Bullmoose bars! ...What happened to them?
They are in fair enough condition but wanted something taller and narrower which fits me better. Planning to use it as an xc tourer so some style sacrificed for comfort there. Also the alloy stem/bars are much lighter. Didnít weigh the alloy stuff but just tipped the scale at 857g with the original bullmoose. Iím sure I will find a suitable project for them eventually!
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I've really been enjoying 650b on my 84 Trek 850.
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I've really been enjoying 650b on my 84 Trek 850.
Nice rack!
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Nice rack!
Thanks! It's a Blackburn. Came with the bike when I bought it, and it's one of the few things I haven't swapped out! Carries a trunk bag 90% of the time. Love having it.
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Trek 6500

I recently posted about finding this bike in the ďYour Catch of the Day / Saved from the DumpĒ thread here.

Although maybe borderline vintage as a 2001 model, I think it still has the classic aspects of a vintage hard tail mountain bike. There are some gouges in the paint on the non-drive side, but the rest of it is in such good shape that Iím going leave it stock. If I repaint it at some point, it will probably be a restoration rather than a customization. The only things Iíve changed are to add a stem and handlebar with a little more rise than the originals, and the DoubleFighter tires I had on hand. A previous owner had put on some of those generic ďmountainĒ tires that come on department-store bikes. Iíll keep the original stem and handlebar so I can pass them along to the next owner. Or, more likely, my kids can.

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Here's my 1989 Supergo Access Comp II yesterday at Cardiff beach in San Diego. Obscure brand, but it's a great bike with Columbus tubing... IDK how that came about but it's true!

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I remember back in the day receiving the Supergo catalogs.
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91 Schwinn Paramount Series 70

this bike was buried in the garage for 20+ years - got it out earlier this month and did a quick clean

Specialized Turbo 1.0 tires are currently installed - apparently last time it was ridden was on the roads during late winter or so (?)














made some progress with the PDG70

21.8 lbs as shown above
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1994 Kona Hei Hei
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