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Old 12-10-09, 09:37 AM
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Mountain Guys I need your expertise!

Can you identify much of this bike? is it high/low end? It has a core stem and looks like an after market fork. Looks gravy to me, I'm going to check it out this weekend. (Hopefully its going to be my dad's X-Mas gift)

Has a KORE Stem (high end, right?)
Crank/Fork Looks nice, I dont know much about else if you can tell from those pics.

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Old 12-11-09, 07:42 PM
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One from the more "modern" side of vintage:


always wanted a FTW frame. I finished the build tonight and am stoked at how nice it came out
















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Old 12-12-09, 05:44 AM
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This wasn't supposed to happen. Heck it's almost invisible...just stopped in at the LBS, been in the corner for two years...price drop, new wheels, tires and drive train, new pedals, lizard skin, bottles and, and and....
Pulled the grandkids on a sled really nicely...up the hill.

Not sure of the year???
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Old 12-12-09, 10:52 AM
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I think the term vintage is getting a "little" stretched in this thread? No offense intended to any one person. When I see suspension forks, threadless headsets, fat alloy tubing and black components, the term vintage doesn't pop into my head. What happened to all the lugged steel bikes with bull moose bars? Canti brakes so wide that they can grab thick brush and throw you to the ground.,,,,BD
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Old 12-12-09, 01:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Bikedued
I think the term vintage is getting a "little" stretched in this thread? No offense intended to any one person. When I see suspension forks, threadless headsets, fat alloy tubing and black components, the term vintage doesn't pop into my head. What happened to all the lugged steel bikes with bull moose bars? Canti brakes so wide that they can grab thick brush and throw you to the ground.,,,,BD

How about this?

87 Schwinn High Sierra. Everything is just like it was when I bought it a few weeks ago except for the trail-a-bike hitch. The white and pink bottle cage will be the first thing to go.

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Old 12-12-09, 02:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Bikedued
I think the term vintage is getting a "little" stretched in this thread? No offense intended to any one person. When I see suspension forks, threadless headsets, fat alloy tubing and black components, the term vintage doesn't pop into my head. What happened to all the lugged steel bikes with bull moose bars? Canti brakes so wide that they can grab thick brush and throw you to the ground.,,,,BD
Mountain bikes haven't been around that long. My Klein is a 1991, almost 20 years old, and it has suspension forks and fat alloy tubing. I also have a 1982 stumpy that is just as you describe, but they are only nine years apart!
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You do have a point, but there were dozens of companies making mtb's by the time the alloy stems and riser bars became the norm. It was probably the one
style of bike that advanced the quickest, but I still like the old skinny tubing and bull moose bars, and lugged frames. I regretted selling my 990, but I needed the cash
at the time. Lugged True temper with OS tubing, and indexed shifting.

kknh3... I love it. I have a lemon yellow 88 model, with black cartridge hub rims. They're really nice!,,,,BD


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Old 12-12-09, 03:27 PM
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1992 Trek 930 from CL.
Replaced bars (Torsion), shifters (Suntour thumbs), brake levers, stem (no name), pedals, seatpost (Ritchey) and saddle. Took it out in the snow Monday night and it was a blast!

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Old 12-12-09, 04:13 PM
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A local reseller had that bike's cousin recently. Unfortunately, it had been outside for a while. I did convince him to take it indoors. He listed it on CL a few weeks ago, but I don't know whether or not he sold it. The listing is still active, so he may still have it. See this link High Sierra
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Old 12-12-09, 08:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Bikedued
I think the term vintage is getting a "little" stretched in this thread? No offense intended to any one person. When I see suspension forks, threadless headsets, fat alloy tubing and black components, the term vintage doesn't pop into my head. What happened to all the lugged steel bikes with bull moose bars? Canti brakes so wide that they can grab thick brush and throw you to the ground.,,,,BD
Dued, Think vintage Titanium frames.
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Hello... I'm a newbie here. I have a Redline Conquest Three that I bought from a community thrift store sometime 1997-98. I've been wanting to know more about the bike but couldn't find more info online .... perhaps you guys can help me. Here's a recent photo....pretty much the same when I bought it more than 10 years ago. Thanks!
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Old 12-14-09, 04:18 PM
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not my vintage mtb, but my wife's: a 1992 specialized rockhopper comp. it was her first new bike, bought in 1992 for $680. full deore LX group. it's been converted to comfort/city use.

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Originally Posted by Bikedued
You do have a point, but there were dozens of companies making mtb's by the time the alloy stems and riser bars became the norm. It was probably the one
style of bike that advanced the quickest, but I still like the old skinny tubing and bull moose bars, and lugged frames. I regretted selling my 990, but I needed the cash
at the time. Lugged True temper with OS tubing, and indexed shifting.

kknh3... I love it. I have a lemon yellow 88 model, with black cartridge hub rims. They're really nice!,,,,BD

I love this thread. You can go away for a week and pick up where you left off. Classic Rendezvous agreed, somehow, to limit their discussions to pre-1982 or so. I'm not sure why. Does anyone have an argument why Classic and Vintage mountain bikes should be cut off to a certain year? I have a 1993 Denny Fuso, and I think that it fits the Classic and Vintage category. My new double boingers? meh.

But maybe a proflex 986? That's a classic full susser.
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Originally Posted by biker-hiker
Hello... I'm a newbie here. I have a Redline Conquest Three that I bought from a community thrift store sometime 1997-98. I've been wanting to know more about the bike but couldn't find more info online .... perhaps you guys can help me. Here's a recent photo....pretty much the same when I bought it more than 10 years ago. Thanks!
pretty much? didja change the grips or the tires? It looks absolutely brand new! They are great bikes.
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Old 12-15-09, 05:37 AM
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[QUOTE=[I]Mickey;10147291]GT Team Avalanche 1991[/I]


What kind of brakes are those ? Can you post a close-up photo of your brake caliper ?
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Originally Posted by luker
I love this thread. You can go away for a week and pick up where you left off. Classic Rendezvous agreed, somehow, to limit their discussions to pre-1982 or so. I'm not sure why. Does anyone have an argument why Classic and Vintage mountain bikes should be cut off to a certain year? I have a 1993 Denny Fuso, and I think that it fits the Classic and Vintage category. My new double boingers? meh.

But maybe a proflex 986? That's a classic full susser.
I have no idea what a Proflex 986 is, perhaps something I am missing?

I think 1990-92, should be a cutoff, though not going to push the issue. I'm not an azzwhole, lol. I know there wasn't a whole lot of time for MTB's to be vintage, and they came along right when everything was
beginning to turn modern. Manufacturers took the MTB and ran with it. We didn't have much time to enjoy them in their infancy, but I still do enjoy a bull moose bar, and all silver hardware.,,,,BD
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What kind of brakes are those ?
I think those are Magura hydraulics. Nice ride, Mickey.
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I have a Ross Signature, actually a pretty nice bike, Tange tube set and lx components. Only the shifters and brake levers aren't original. Not pictured I have a couple old Schwinn's and an old Stumpjumper Sport (just the frame, unfortunately "someone" damaged the seat tube a little cutting out the frozen seat post)
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Originally Posted by southpawboston
not my vintage mtb, but my wife's: a 1992 specialized rockhopper comp. it was her first new bike, bought in 1992 for $680. full deore LX group. it's been converted to comfort/city use.

complete flickr set with comments here

That bike looks so sweet! I noticed that you used the "brand name" bars at a hundred bucks but re0used the grips to save money (?). With others offering similar bars for so much less why did you settle on them? Also, were you able to re-use the stock shifters and break levers? I thought that those type of bars were "road" sized but I think I might be answering my own question about their initial cost......
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does any one even MAKE a rigid MTB any more?
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does any one even MAKE a rigid MTB any more?
sure. surly makes a bunch of 'em.
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I have no idea what a Proflex 986 is, perhaps something I am missing?

I think 1990-92, should be a cutoff, though not going to push the issue. I'm not an azzwhole, lol. I know there wasn't a whole lot of time for MTB's to be vintage, and they came along right when everything was
beginning to turn modern. Manufacturers took the MTB and ran with it. We didn't have much time to enjoy them in their infancy, but I still do enjoy a bull moose bar, and all silver hardware.,,,,BD
brain cramp. 986 wuz a brake. 856 wuz a bike. Proflex 856. I don't think we should stress about a cutoff here, but I'm inclined to agree with you. One could make the argument that a minimum stem length of 135 would make a good cutoff for the classic bikes as well. I used to run a 135 or 140, now I'm running a 90 and I'm thinking that it may be too long...
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I think right around 1995 was when MTBs peaked. Really light, well built, "normal-looking" rigid MTBs were available for relatively cheap by then.

Stem length is a bit tricky for inclusion in the C&V MTB realm. The bike I had in 1987 had a 90mm stem and risers (risers were fairly common, but kinda un-cool). My ride in 1990 (it was a 1989 model) had 100mm stem and flat bars.
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I have an MB-5 that I cannot ride. The top tube seems to be about 23 inches, though I haven't measured it. With a long stem, I'm emulating Superman to even ride the thing, lol.,,,,BD
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