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A new interest in vintage Mountain Bikes

Old 11-20-23, 08:05 PM
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Originally Posted by RJM
I have a 1996 Stumpjumper M2 frame, which is not technically a vintage bike yet, but it isn't exactly modern, doesn't make a good commuter because it has no braze ons for racks or anything. It is a light frame and stiff, quite a climber. It was a heck of a trail bike back in the day, still rides trails fine but the shock fork I put on it is completely shot. I have though long and hard about putting a rigid fork with v-brake bosses, some Paul motolite bmx brakes and swapping it to 650b wheels that I have laying around. I would keep the rear gearing, but switch the crank to a single ring and see how it does on the trails. It has the tire clearance for decently wide tires using the 650 wheels, just have to get a fork.

super old thread, but there is one of these bikes in my size on marketplace now for $125. Itís easier to date a modernish production bike like this by the color and in this case is a mango (orangey-yellow). So thinking itís a 97 or 8. Itís the lx/xt equipped model with nice wheels and has been upgraded to a SID fork in the past.

Have contemplated buying it just for the SID , which being high end, is probably still serviceable. I could use it on a first generation Santa Cruz Heckler I have. Then pop a generic rigid fork back on there and send it on to the next owner.

But to address the original 12 year old query, there is more of a market for vintage mtbís now, but it seems like that is only at the high end. However itís likely always been this way. Iíve never seen anyone claiming they used to buy old Yetiís, Klein, Bontragers, etc etc for Pennieís on the dollar back in the day or anything - the boutique stuff has always had a bit of a following
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