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Old 10-28-18, 06:55 AM
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^Good for you, fixing up Dadís bike. Looks great. Itís a lot of saddle-bar drop but if you are comfortable, itís all good. Are you riding mostly on trails or pavement?
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Yeah it's about 8cm. I ride mostly gravel "fire roads" stuff with this. But a lot of uphill and long downhills. I ride roadbikes a lot so i'm comfortable. On Trails it's too much drop i found, even though lowering the saddle helps. Wish there was a dropper post for 26,8mm seatposts. Gonna flip the stem to see if it gets better, but i'm too lazy to adjust the cantis since i have my modern fullsuspension for the gnarly stuff. But for long trips without gnarly downhills its great.
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Originally Posted by emro
And since i have the required posts now... Here my Scott Evolution Pro. Tink it's from 1992 or something. Was my Dads first MTB, and he rode it hard. Was used as a city bike and now deserved some love. Had to get it powder coated since the old paint was coming of and it got a bit rusty here and there. Still using the original drive train (XT rear mech,dx front mech, xt cranks,)plus xt ( it think) brakes. Hope you like it.
BTW: I'm running 26x2,4 Conti X-Kings and they fit great. Gonna try a RaceKing 2,2 for a little more speed in the back though.
One of the best bikes in the thread!
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Very happy to find this thread. Lot of inspiration. Been scouring ebay and local craigslist for a vintage MTB or hybrid that i can use for a winter nyc delivery bike.

Got eyes peeled
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Originally Posted by emro
And since i have the required posts now... Here my Scott Evolution Pro. Tink it's from 1992 or something. Was my Dads first MTB, and he rode it hard. Was used as a city bike and now deserved some love. Had to get it powder coated since the old paint was coming of and it got a bit rusty here and there. Still using the original drive train (XT rear mech,dx front mech, xt cranks,)plus xt ( it think) brakes. Hope you like it.
BTW: I'm running 26x2,4 Conti X-Kings and they fit great. Gonna try a RaceKing 2,2 for a little more speed in the back though.


Very cool build. It's begging for some custom frame bags
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This is a late 90's Giant Iguana I literally pulled out of a dumpster at my sister in law's beach house. Replaced the suspension fork with a rigid fork and resprayed with Rustoleum "Spa Blue". The brifters are Sora and brakes and rear derailleur are Deore. The Sora levers have enough pull to operate the v-brakes very nicely.


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Originally Posted by GeezyRider
This is a late 90's Giant Iguana I literally pulled out of a dumpster at my sister in law's beach house. Replaced the suspension fork with a non-suspension cromoly one and resprayed with Rustoleum "Spa Blue". The brifters are Sora and brakes and rear derailleur are Deore. The Sora levers have enough pull to operate the v-brakes very nicely.

Love the Scavenger on the top tube. Nice job.
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Thanks! Renaming it was part of the fun of rescuing it.
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What fork is it? Great job with the paint. Looks awesome.
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Aerotek m4000

Just recabled it, rewrapped the bars, and replaced the brake hoods after 3 1/2 years as my main bike.

I haven't been able to find any information on the make in that time. It's definitely early 90s. Possibly the Aerotek that makes custom titanium bolt kits for motocross bikes made some mountain bikes once?

I found the bare frame on the sidewalk and built it up with a 26" Long Haul Trucker fork and Salsa woodchippers. Started out with bar-end shifters but they were constantly bumping into things due to the flared drops. Eventually switched to Suntour command shifters when I happened across a set.

The brakes and drivetrain I originally scrounged from a stumpjumper FS with lots of purple anodized dongles. I replaced the derailleurs and the purple chainring bolts have faded a lot but the brakes still look good. Now that I look at these pictures I should probably replace those rusty washers and the overlong m6 bolt.
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Originally Posted by emro
What fork is it? Great job with the paint. Looks awesome.
It is a Carver Bikes fork purchased from Bikeman. It has a 440mm axle to crown length which allowed me to compensate for the suspension fork.
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@eeuuugh Nice, I love it. Reminds me of my purple Bridgestone MB-2, although mine is set up flat bar.

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Originally Posted by papaStrudel

Just put the fenders on in anticipation of fall weather here in CO
Damn! your GT is like the sexy version of mine! Well done. I was thinking about getting the Cigne stem too, nice to see it mounted to yours.
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Originally Posted by eeuuugh
Just recabled it, rewrapped the bars, and replaced the brake hoods after 3 1/2 years as my main bike.

I haven't been able to find any information on the make in that time. It's definitely early 90s. Possibly the Aerotek that makes custom titanium bolt kits for motocross bikes made some mountain bikes once?

I found the bare frame on the sidewalk and built it up with a 26" Long Haul Trucker fork and Salsa woodchippers. Started out with bar-end shifters but they were constantly bumping into things due to the flared drops. Eventually switched to Suntour command shifters when I happened across a set.

The brakes and drivetrain I originally scrounged from a stumpjumper FS with lots of purple anodized dongles. I replaced the derailleurs and the purple chainring bolts have faded a lot but the brakes still look good. Now that I look at these pictures I should probably replace those rusty washers and the overlong m6 bolt.
What front rack are you using, and how do you like it? Thanks
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Originally Posted by TenGrainBread
@eeuuugh Nice, I love it. Reminds me of my purple Bridgestone MB-2, although mine is set up flat bar.
Nice bike. A drop bar MB-2 would b so sweet (or better yet moustache or albatross handlebars.
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Originally Posted by due ruote

What front rack are you using, and how do you like it? Thanks
It's the Surly 8-pack rack. I'm impressed with how sturdy and well-built it is, and the welds are nicer than on a Soma Champs …lysťes rack I had on another bike. At first it bugged me that it was longer than the basket, but it's grown on me. There's definitely utility in having support for something strapped in front of the basket. It doesn't have a light mount, but it was extremely easy to mount a piece of chainring on one of the strut clamps and use that, an idea I got from a Rivendell blog post I can't find right now. Also, it would be easy to double-up with a lowrider rack, in case I ever get around to a longer tour.
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Got some new fenders for my Stumpjumper, aka Pinky. The anti-gray bike.

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Originally Posted by emro
And since i have the required posts now... Here my Scott Evolution Pro. Tink it's from 1992 or something. Was my Dads first MTB, and he rode it hard. Was used as a city bike and now deserved some love. Had to get it powder coated since the old paint was coming of and it got a bit rusty here and there. Still using the original drive train (XT rear mech,dx front mech, xt cranks,)plus xt ( it think) brakes. Hope you like it.
BTW: I'm running 26x2,4 Conti X-Kings and they fit great. Gonna try a RaceKing 2,2 for a little more speed in the back though.

I keep telling myself that I don't like 26" wheels, but a vintage elevated-stay MTB is way up on my list of bucket-list bikes.

Really super nice build!
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Originally Posted by due ruote
Got some new fenders for my Stumpjumper, aka Pinky. The anti-gray bike.

Oooh, I like how that bar looks. What is it?
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Originally Posted by tricky
Oooh, I like how that bar looks. What is it?
On One Midge with a Nitto DirtDrop stem.
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Originally Posted by Nu2Miele
Nice bike. A drop bar MB-2 would b so sweet
Ahem.... 1988 MB2 Album

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Originally Posted by due ruote
On One Midge with a Nitto DirtDrop stem.
I just snagged a set of Midge bars from the co-op parts bin. How do you like them?
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Pinky, my daily driver version of my XC mtb. Triple wrapped bar tape and retrofitted rear Disc tab.
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What a beautiful build. Exactly (or close enough) to what I would do EXCEPT sandblasding. Sandblasting can work harden the frame material resulting in micro cracks and fissures. A chemical strip (caustic dip or chemical paint remover) is easier on the frame, but not the enviroment. Crushed walnut shells , peas, beans, etc can be used as a substitute when trying not to work harden a frame set.

Did you find out what the crown style fork was from?


rRgardless a beautiful build.

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Old 11-06-18, 07:41 AM
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Originally Posted by CO_Hoya
I just snagged a set of Midge bars from the co-op parts bin. How do you like them?
A lot. Ideally, set them up so the drop is the default position. They may feel wide at first but I find them extremely comfortable. Ymmv of course.
Are yours the 25.4 version? They are getting hard to find, so that would be an excellent snag.
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