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Old 03-19-06, 09:03 PM
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Originally Posted by luker
Did the brake boss come completely off of the stay or did the post come out of the squarish piece that is brazed to the stay?
The post just came out of the square portion that is brazed to the frame, but it appears the post was brazed on to that part. I guess it could simply be tack welded or brazed back into place, but I'd have to have it painted, at least in that area if not the whole frame. I secured the cantilever so it wouldn't flop around and then took the bike for a short spin. It rides amazingly well (besides having no rear brakes. ) and feels basically brand new. I just took it down the street and back, but it seems like it would be scary offroad.
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Old 03-19-06, 10:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Lamplight
The post just came out of the square portion that is brazed to the frame, but it appears the post was brazed on to that part. I guess it could simply be tack welded or brazed back into place, but I'd have to have it painted, at least in that area if not the whole frame. I secured the cantilever so it wouldn't flop around and then took the bike for a short spin. It rides amazingly well (besides having no rear brakes. ) and feels basically brand new. I just took it down the street and back, but it seems like it would be scary offroad.
It was scary. Mostly because of the looong front center. That helps when it isn't too rough, but in the really rough stuff you just have to get off. And the really steep stuff. Both ways. Race courses were by and large set for the capabilities of the bikes of the day (not always, though...I have scars and a permanent tweak from a cracked hip, racing on courses that an insane person designed).

The post, more than likely, wasn't tacked at the factory. The end is mushroomed into the square thingie - frame builders are supposed to braze it but often neglected to do that. If you have access to a frame builder he can fix it with minimal damage to the paint. I'm pretty sure that I wouldn't trust any other solution besides honest brazing...
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Old 03-20-06, 03:22 AM
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Originally Posted by luker
Sure, old steel road bikes are the catz pajamas. And ancient, crusty track bikes are fascinating, if unfathomable, and big ballooner bikes remind us of our childhood, but what about Mountain Bikes? Is anyone out there assembling a collection? Do you have an original Moots, or Ritchey with hand-rolled Bontrager wheels? Still have the bike that you won that NORBA National on?

We need to see 'em. Come on, don't be shy. Post us a picture of your vintage MTB.
I have an original 1980 Specailized Stumpjumper nicknamed the TANK. It was a fantastic bike that allowed me off road for years travelling the lumber company roads and trails of Oregon and Washington. I have the original fork and brakes Cantis but the bike now sports a Judy shock and early Vee brakes. I'll have to take a picture tomorrow so I can upload it.
My newer bike is a Scapin steel mtb (frame wt 3.1 lbs) built in 2001. It is an incredible ride. I'll photo that one as well.
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Old 03-20-06, 11:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Deanster04
I have an original 1980 Specailized Stumpjumper
Uhhh, except there was no such thing as a Specialized Stumpjumper in 1980.

http://www.firstflightbikes.com/timeline.htm

I have to imagine that think handles like a tank with a sus. fork on that raked out front end!
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Old 03-20-06, 12:08 PM
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Originally Posted by luker
I think...that the paramountain predated the KOM, but I don't have anything here to prove that - Stan or Bob would probably know exactly. I have a 1991, and it is labeled Paramount, in the same big block letters as the road bike...
Paramountain production began about mid-year 1986 and was in the 1987 catalog. The KOM came along in 1988.

http://www.geocities.com/sldbconsumer/1987/87atb03.html

Here is the breakdown of the later Paramount production:

http://www.waterfordbikes.com/site/c...ara_series.php


Originally Posted by luker
By the way, I see a pair of King Stings up on Ebay - look to be nearly NOS - starting bid is $2500, though.
Very cool bikes (though I think that price is a bit steep). Their cheap cousin -- the Sidewinder -- on the First Flight site used to belong to my Dad:

http://www.firstflightbikes.com/1982_Sidewinder.htm

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Old 03-20-06, 01:09 PM
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Originally Posted by BobHufford
Paramountain production began about mid-year 1986 and was in the 1987 catalog. The KOM came along in 1988.

http://www.geocities.com/sldbconsumer/1987/87atb03.html

Here is the breakdown of the later Paramount production:

http://www.waterfordbikes.com/site/c...ara_series.php




Very cool bikes (though I think that price is a bit steep). Their cheap cousin -- the Sidewinder -- on the First Flight site used to belong to my Dad:

http://www.firstflightbikes.com/1982_Sidewinder.htm

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Bob, thanks for providing the link to that Sidewinder. I couldn't for the life of me remember the name of that model. I saw one of those at a Pawn Shop recently, almost bought it just for the gigantic whitewall knobbies it had on it! But the guy was asking too much, IMHO, and I didn't want the bike that badly anyway. Those bikes are pretty cool, though-
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Speaking of vintage mountain bikes, I just came across this old photo, thought I would share it:

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Jack, what did I say! No public pictures of Keith, Gary and me!
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Speaking of vintage mountain bikes, I just came across this old photo, thought I would share it:

Sterling Lorence has nothing on Waldo Bascom.
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Buncha long-haired goofballs!.....That'll never catch on......

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Old 04-13-06, 04:10 PM
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In honor of our moderator's self-confessed fetish for over the top paint jobs, check out my latest project -a Russ Denny Fuso from about 1993 with just about the wildest paint job in this part of Idaho. I built it back with XTR, excluding the Syncros, Nuke, and Topline parts. Weighs 23.5 lb, and when I find my Conti racers, it'll weigh even less. I've been riding it in lieu of a road bike, seeing as how the weather here is about as bad as Seattle right now.
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Old 04-13-06, 06:57 PM
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Oh man, that bike has so many of my favorite components from back in the day. First gen XTR, Topline Cranks, Flite saddle, Nuke Proof hubs....that's some expensive stuff!
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Old 04-13-06, 08:00 PM
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I had two racebikes back then - one is still together and I use it when I go to the in-law's house. The other got blown apart years ago, and many of these parts came from that second bike. The nukes are just glass. I bought a syncros post, stem and titanium bottom bracket on eBay because the Syncros sticker is under the clear, but the ATAC stem was NOS in a pile at the back of the LBS, and I couldn't resist it. In the same pile was a set of NOS switchblades, and I couldn't resist them either. I shamed the owner into blowing 'em out to me, knowing he'd been sitting on 'em for almost fifteen years.
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I'm posting again because I finally repaired my Stumpjumper and also got around to taking a decent picture of it! Unfortunately the guy who welded the brake boss back on managed to pop the rear tire on the sidewall, so I patched it basically for the picture, and will get a new tube tomorrow. However, there is now a small hole in the sidewall. I'm pretty sure this bike is cursed. lol



To be honest, it's actually a little scary to ride even on the street.
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That bike rocks. I'm pretty sure that it isn't cursed, although the welder might be...you can boot the tire by gluing a little piece of a road tire inside, where the hole is. The tires are too cool to trash.
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Thanks luker, I'll try that out tomorrow. My brother and his friend both rode it around a little earlier and loved it! I may have to build a second barn...
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Originally Posted by Lamplight
I'm posting again because I finally repaired my Stumpjumper and also got around to taking a decent picture of it!
She's so purty. Those classic lines....
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My '88 MB-2 set up for summer commuting:

http://community.webshots.com/photo/...8014369opcapm#
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Originally Posted by Dirtdrop
My '88 MB-2 set up for summer commuting:

http://community.webshots.com/photo/...8014369opcapm#
Those bridgestones are sweet bikes. I didn't peg you for a retro-grouch, though?
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Originally Posted by luker
Those bridgestones are sweet bikes. I didn't peg you for a retro-grouch, though?
You must have me confused with someone else. Look up retro-grouch in the dictionary and you'll find my picture. That's my only bike with index shifting.
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Had to bring this thread back to life one more time to post my brother's '94 Trek 930. We put it together almost entirely with spare parts I had left over from my '90s mountain bike stage, so it's still lacking in a few areas.



Oh, and that's a crusty '95 Trek 850 in the background)
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I have a 1985 Cannondale SM600 with the 26" front 24" back wheel setup and a 1987 Raleigh Mountain Tour. Both have been modified a bit, the Raleigh is my snow/ice bike, and I've kept all the original parts for the C'dale.

I try to get some photos up soon.
I also have a similar Cannondale. It's an '86 SM700 with the heavier cast crown forks of '84-'85. It was the only option at the time, if I wanted a 20" frame in yellow. It also has the 26/24 wheel set up. I remember when I saw it in the C'dale brochure. The two things that sold me were the smaller rear wheel and the rear brakes located on the seat stays. (as opposed to the "trend" of the day; rear brakes {rollercam or U brakes} located on the chainstays, behind the bottom bracket) The girlfriend that bought it for me is now my wife and I still have both. The bike AND the Cannondale brochure!!

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My classic Ritchey

Here is Tom Ritchey holding my 1983 Ritchey Annapurna at the recent Sea Otter Classic.
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Here is Tom Ritchey holding my 1983 Ritchey Annapurna at the recent Sea Otter Classic.
Now that's cool!
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Originally Posted by Repack Rider
Here is Tom Ritchey holding my 1983 Ritchey Annapurna at the recent Sea Otter Classic.
He looks just as fast as ever!
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