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Old 01-24-11, 04:48 PM
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Just picked this Univega up a couple days ago, I believe it's a 96'. Ordered a new saddle for it last night and it should be here in a few days. I also have my Fuji S12-S that I just went through and replaced all bearings and tuned. I have exactly what I want with both these...for now.

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Old 01-24-11, 05:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Chuckk View Post
Anybody have insight to what fork travel the bike might have been designed for?
Or maybe it's just a feature.



Nice S.A.S.S!

We actually sold two of these through the shop and they both came through with MAG 20's on them. I forget how much travel they originally had.

I recall that these bikes rode high in the rear but they were a lot of fun. I also remember that they had real finicky Magura hydraulic brakes.
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Old 01-24-11, 08:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Chuckk View Post
That was two out of about 200 built.

I found a contemporary article with photos today, and it shows short forks, so the Mag 21 is pretty close.
'92 Popular Science article here

Motorcycle Erik Buell and Marc Muller designed the bike and assigned patents to Schwinn.
Patent view here

Mombat has a short history of the bike here

It was just a complete frame with front derailleur and water bottle holder when I got it.
I was just lucky that the pivot position for the Maguras are the same as a V-brake!
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You have a great collection of MTBs and road bikes. If you you ever decide to part with that Mt. Whitney, please let me know...
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Old 01-24-11, 09:20 PM
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I believe that My Mt Rainier shares the same frame as the Mt Whitney(but I could be mistaken)



And yes, The are great cruisers. However, speed is not their forte.

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Old 01-25-11, 06:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Chuckk View Post
The Mt. Whitney is a fantastic cruiser! Even got a big Raleigh bell and lights on it now.

Just how loooonnng are those chainstays, anyway?
Great looking bike!
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Old 01-25-11, 07:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Smokinapankake View Post
Just how loooonnng are those chainstays, anyway?
Great looking bike!
Heh. With chainstays that loooooong, you'd never have to touch the handlebars unless you needed to change gears or use the brakes.

I used to swap mtb's with a buddy who had looooong chainstays like that. You could get out your lunch, unwrap it, eat it, and put away the containers... all while keeping your cadence steady.


Nice bike.
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Old 01-25-11, 01:57 PM
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I have a Claude Butler "Midas" with sexy black and speckled gold paint job which i rode today, i would guess it is from the late 80s, it has Reynolds 500 tubing and Shimano Altus C10 components.
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Old 02-13-11, 08:43 PM
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Here is my KHS Expedition, love this bike exept that it has no braze ons for a rear rack. It came to me totaly covered in silver spray paint. It is pretty much my fire road to town cruiser/beater, just put a huge wald basket on it for my dog to ride in.(jack russel beagle mix, absolutely loves it)


Just bought this scott "wind river" on vacation in FL instead of renting something to tear up. The seven speed rapid fires barely worked, and I chewed the bike shop(it was a trade in)down a little. a little bp and some tapping and I was off. Now its in full tear down, trying to decide if I want to put butterfly bars on it. Its in great shape, no idea of the year. I will try to take a better pic of it when its done.


And not sure about posting, this one, it is a Peugeot canyon express MTB. The rear brake snagged a log, and bent the posts, and the front fork was bent at the same time. Hung onto the frame, cause It was virtualy my first good bike, and eventualy found a fork from a Motobecane, ground off the remaining rear posts from the chainstays, and put 700c rims on it, the sidepulls fit fine. Running it as a fixed gear, Have pulled a few centurys on this old girl.
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Old 02-13-11, 08:46 PM
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Nice. Is this one of those "the saddle costs more than the bike" thing
I've got one of those too.
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Old 02-13-11, 08:51 PM
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Actualy, I found some old rails and some elkhide, sort of streched my own. But thanks for the complement! Lots of folks think that it was really expensive
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Originally Posted by shipwreck View Post
Actualy, I found some old rails and some elkhide, sort of streched my own. But thanks for the complement! Lots of folks think that it was really expensive
Dang you're resourceful! You didn't kill, gut, skin that elk too did you?
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Old 02-13-11, 09:10 PM
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Dang you're resourceful! You didn't kill, gut, skin that elk too did you?
No, but I did cuss it a lot after it was dead, skinned, and on my workbench. Its really thick and hard to work with, like 1/4 inch thick. It may or may not break in someday.
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Old 02-13-11, 10:53 PM
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Unknown year Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo. Early 90s? Having a difficult time pinning this one down. A friend gave me this bike, it had been his before giving it to his teen son, and then it sat for few years.


Yes, the seat looks high, yes I adjusted before riding.



Suntour XCE and X-1 components. It has X-Press shifters too. The chain needs to be replaced, won't hold lube and its noisy.


Pro Forx Big name? Or store brand?



I bought this pair of 89 Trek 950s thinking I would make a tandem of them. Both are too small for me, but would have been OK for a tandem I think. Anyway, chose to go a different way and sold the blue one, and giving the white one to my son and daughter-in-law. They can fight over who rides the 950, or the early 90s Trek 820 I gave them last year. Sorry, no pic of the 820.
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Old 02-13-11, 11:00 PM
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Whew, glad to hear you didn't hack up two 900 series frames to make a terrible tandem.

Wild guess on the HKEK, 1990? You can check component codes here if you think parts are original.

Rear derailer looks a lot more like my 1991 XC-Pro stuff than my 1988 XCM stuff. Could be 1991.

ProForx doesn't ring a bell. Seems kinda cheepo.

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Old 02-14-11, 12:14 AM
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I'll look for the date code tomorrow. RD is XCE. Its a good bike for free. Shoot, its a good bike. Not many Fisher's in this whole thread. I'm thinking its got to be 1990-1993 somewhere. 87-88s had a U-brake under the chain stays. And Bikepedia says 94s were Shimano group equipped.

I was never fond of X-Press shifters, and would prefer something newer to shift it. Not sure what would work with the XCE RD...

As for not hacking the Treks, honestly, it came down to money. Cheaper to buy a Mongoose Wanderer (really, plenty of bike for slow flat trails and my wife with balance and strength issues), than to buy the tube and seat posts and other sundry items needed. That, and hacking around the lugs would be a lot more difficult than I cared to try for a first crack at modifying frames in general.
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I was never fond of X-Press shifters, and would prefer something newer to shift it. Not sure what would work with the XCE RD...
I've used Suntour Derailers on Shimano 7 & 8 speed indexed systems. It's the Shifter and Cogset that have to match in this case. Most derailers will work.
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Originally Posted by shipwreck View Post
Just bought this scott "wind river" on vacation in FL instead of renting something to tear up. The seven speed rapid fires barely worked, and I chewed the bike shop(it was a trade in)down a little. a little bp and some tapping and I was off. Now its in full tear down, trying to decide if I want to put butterfly bars on it. Its in great shape, no idea of the year. I will try to take a better pic of it when its done.
When I was in high school I rode my MTB along the waterline for a few miles, and it was rusting by the time I got home. I had to do a full teardown that day to save what I could, but I had to toss the chain and wheels (galvanized spokes...)

Was that photo taken at Bathtub Beach?
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Old 02-14-11, 09:55 AM
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Originally Posted by shipwreck View Post
Actualy, I found some old rails and some elkhide, sort of streched my own. But thanks for the complement! Lots of folks think that it was really expensive
Where did you find the rivets or how did you attach the new leather? Got any close up pics?
I've often though that I could make my own seats if I came up with the right tools to attach the leather.
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Old 02-14-11, 10:09 AM
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1984 Miyata Terra Runner garage sale find converted to SS. Ride quality tbd, but I'm digging the slack angles. You have to love Miyata - forged dropouts with adjusters on a low-mid level tank of a frame.
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{Was that photo taken at Bathtub Beach? **

yeah, I gave it a good rinse and dry twice a day. It was taken on Siesta Key. A twelve mile ride(out and back) right along the water line. I took my three speed fuji on the beach twice, following my buddy on the bike that I gave him(and is rusting to death). At first I did not want to do it, was cringeing inside about the chrome fenders an such, but then thought, what the heck. Why own something to the point that it owns me. After that, I had a blast, bought some of that boshield stuff, and just rode it. Then I bought this, and did the same thing. The worst was the super fine sand that you could feel getting into everything. Managed to keep the chain rust free by simply slathering everything in lube. I think that I probably rode it more that week than the previous owner ever did.

And I really have to remember that the two matching Univegas that I gave my friend will die an honorable death, doing what they were meant to do, be fun whil being ridden.
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Originally Posted by vintagebicycle View Post
Where did you find the rivets or how did you attach the new leather? Got any close up pics?
I've often though that I could make my own seats if I came up with the right tools to attach the leather.
The rivets are copper units found at the local ACE hardware. I did have to make some special steel tools to get ito the rear rail. I may be able to find them, nothing special, just some bar that I shaped and drilled. Because this leather was so thick, i actualy soldered back of the rivet because I could not get a good angle to split it. The leather was wet, and did not scorch. Mostly I used brute strength and ignorance to get things together, as well as plenty of patience.
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1984 Miyata Terra Runner garage sale find converted to SS. Ride quality tbd, but I'm digging the slack angles. You have to love Miyata - forged dropouts with adjusters on a low-mid level tank of a frame.
Awesome Miyata! For 1984 I wouldn't call that a low-mid level tank. What kind of tubing is it? Looks kinda like a Tange Champion sticker. I'd place it upper mid level. Most companies didn't have low-end Hi-Ten (or CrMo main tubes only) MTBs yet. It likely compares nicely to a 1984 Stumpjumper Sport or 1984 Trek 850.

They were still rather tanklike and had limousine wheelbases however. MTBs were still evolving from mountain bikes of the 70s, which were real tanks:

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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
Awesome Miyata! For 1984 I wouldn't call that a low-mid level tank. What kind of tubing is it? Looks kinda like a Tange Champion sticker. I'd place it upper mid level. Most companies didn't have low-end Hi-Ten (or CrMo main tubes only) MTBs yet. It likely compares nicely to a 1984 Stumpjumper Sport or 1984 Trek 850.

They were still rather tanklike and had limousine wheelbases however. MTBs were still evolving from mountain bikes of the 70s, which were real tanks:
Maybe tank is too pejorative, but the frame feels pretty heavy; it was a stock 34# bike with bolt-on wheels and a hi-ten fork. But yes, it's still a nice lugged early mtb. (Miyata tubing).

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Straight gauge tubing and Hi-Ten fork. Kinda a bummer. Still a sweet ride, though.
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1984 Miyata Terra Runner garage sale find converted to SS. Ride quality tbd, but I'm digging the slack angles. You have to love Miyata - forged dropouts with adjusters on a low-mid level tank of a frame.
Wow, I love that Miyata! I passed up an opportunity to grab one last year because it involved a two hour drive and I'm really regretting it having seen yours

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And I really have to remember that the two matching Univegas that I gave my friend will die an honorable death, doing what they were meant to do, be fun whil being ridden.
Right on, I didn't mean to come across as preachy, the fun is the main thing. I recall what a blast it was, though our sand on the southeast coast is more coarse and soft. I couldn't stop pedaling or I'd sink in to the soup...
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