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Old 12-17-20, 08:11 AM
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Originally Posted by AeroGut
That's pretty much the bike they sold under the name "RockCombo": I like "Roadhopper" better.
Was that the stem they used on the RockCombo?
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Old 12-17-20, 08:23 AM
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Originally Posted by RichSPK
Was that the stem they used on the RockCombo?
Looks like the original might have been a little shallower and didn't have pulley wheel under it:

This is from the 1989 catalog:



Team StumpJumper & RockCombo | Specialized Catalogue 1989 | Retrobike
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Old 12-17-20, 06:57 PM
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Very interesting bike- hadn't seen these before this. Is yours a 60cm?
Any other feedback would be appreciated.


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I picked up this NOS Handsome XOXO frame, which was designed as a virtual knockoff of the 1993 (canti) version of the Bridgestone XO-1.

Admittedly I found the whole "knock-off" thing kinda hokey, and was expecting a lackluster ho-hum ride... So I built it up and took an obligatory ride, convinced I would immediately conclude that I would sell it. Well... I was pleasantly surprised (and impressed) by this bike. Rides like a fast, nimble mointain bike that somehow feels perfectly at home on pavement and dirt roads. Handsome did a really nice job!!👍
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Yes, the XOXO is 60 cm, Reynolds 631 tubing, which has great ride quality, and is (IMO) a pretty close second to Reynolds 853 tubing, which I think is the finest material I've ever ridden, and is featured on my Niner MCR and SIR mountain bikes.

I understand Handsome (due to overwhelmingly positive feedback on the XOXO) has launched a Kickstarter program to fund a rerun of the XOXO, this time around with reynolds 520 tubing and available in pumpkin, white or purple (the original Bridgestone XO colors)👍.... Kinda funny, isn't it???... You could say it's essentially a "knockoff of a knockoff"...😝. My XOXO may actually be offered for sale in the coming months (for a very reasonable price). If interested please email me at MontclairBobbyB@gmail com
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Originally Posted by AeroGut
That's pretty much the bike they sold under the name "RockCombo": I like "Roadhopper" better.
For anyone interested, Bike Snob is riding one for a bit. He talks about it here; he included an original TV commercial for it.
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Old 12-18-20, 09:52 AM
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Originally Posted by aeshultz
Very interesting bike- hadn't seen these before this. Is yours a 60cm?
Any other feedback would be appreciated.
I've also got a 60cm built up as an all-rounder that I've been enjoying for 6 years. I've posted some thoughts in the XOXO thread: Thoughts/Experience with Handsome Cycles XOXO an X0-1 homage All-Rounder
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1992 Stumpjumper

I've been working on this 1992 Stumpjumper for a while. It had a lot of scratches that I had to deal with. I used flat white rustoleum and then a model paint that was an OK match to the original color. I replaced the headset, cassette, and cantilevers but I was able to use the original derailleurs, crank, and wheels. I replaced the consumables. I like the gearing on old MTBs (46/36/24 and an 11-28 7 speed cassette). I'm running 26 x 1.9 continental top contact winter tires. They're good for mixed pavement/snow. I'll install some fenders as soon as I track down the right mounting bolt. I like the way the bike came out.




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Old 01-04-21, 04:19 PM
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Reworked my Trek

Changed from trekkingbars to drops .

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1995 GT Timberline

Bought this over the summer to build up a more rugged commuter. I fell in love with the frame/color and had started reading this thread... Now I'm broke 🤣

Had time over the holidays to tear down a couple road bikes I needed parts off of and got to work. Looking forward to getting everything pieced together soon and riding it again. It was really comfy as a worn out MTB when I got it.

I am making an attempt at running an ultegra 6600 drivetrain with the deore lx crank. It may be terrible, but I had the parts and will have learned 🤷🏼‍♂️ Holy rollers and fresh cables are on the way. Silent rear hub should be interesting.

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I am making an attempt at running an ultegra 6600 drivetrain with the deore lx crank.


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Looking good. That is my favorite Shimano mountain crank style. It only lasted a couple of years but I loved it.
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Originally Posted by oldtimeyirv
bought this over the summer to build up a more rugged commuter. I fell in love with the frame/color and had started reading this thread... Now i'm broke 🤣

had time over the holidays to tear down a couple road bikes i needed parts off of and got to work. Looking forward to getting everything pieced together soon and riding it again. It was really comfy as a worn out mtb when i got it.

I am making an attempt at running an ultegra 6600 drivetrain with the deore lx crank. It may be terrible, but i had the parts and will have learned 🤷🏼‍♂️ holy rollers and fresh cables are on the way. Silent rear hub should be interesting.

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Originally Posted by beicster
Looking good. That is my favorite Shimano mountain crank style. It only lasted a couple of years but I loved it.
Thanks! I inherited an old Diamondback Apex from my mother when I built her a hybrid. It was loaded with older Deore LX (crank, FD, hubs). Hoping the limit screws and a bit of tinkering will turn the triple into a double.
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Thanks! I inherited an old Diamondback Apex from my mother when I built her a hybrid. It was loaded with older Deore LX (crank, FD, hubs). Hoping the limit screws and a bit of tinkering will turn the triple into a double.
I have an Apex but it is currently with my son. I really liked it. If it had been a couple of inches bigger, it would have been a forever bike for me.
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I have an Apex but it is currently with my son. I really liked it. If it had been a couple of inches bigger, it would have been a forever bike for me.
I really like the frame... not sure what I will do with it. Luckily I don't have any money left, so I have plenty of time to figure that one out! Some bike shop in my hometown evidently built it custom for someone way back when.
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Hello, I am new here and built a Trek 8000 with drop bars. I choose XT M750 V brakes and RL520 levers, is anyone running a similar setup? I find the brakes a bit lacking.
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Originally Posted by oldtimeyirv
I really like the frame... not sure what I will do with it. Luckily I don't have any money left, so I have plenty of time to figure that one out! Some bike shop in my hometown evidently built it custom for someone way back when.
Soooo... what size is it?
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Hello, I am new here and built a Trek 8000 with drop bars. I choose XT M750 V brakes and RL520 levers, is anyone running a similar setup? I find the brakes a bit lacking.
Welcome! Post four more times today (you can compliment others' bikes if nothing else) and five times tomorrow, and you'll be able to post pics of your bike! It sounds cool. I don't have a drop bar conversion, I just like to look, and I'd love to look at yours.
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Soooo... what size is it?
I will have to look, but I think it's a 17" maybe? It was way too stretched out for someone 5'3".
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Originally Posted by bechermitT
Hello, I am new here and built a Trek 8000 with drop bars. I choose XT M750 V brakes and RL520 levers, is anyone running a similar setup? I find the brakes a bit lacking.
are the brake pads new? and, do you have them adjusted close enough up to the rim?
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Originally Posted by oldtimeyirv
I will have to look, but I think it's a 17" maybe? It was way too stretched out for someone 5'3".
Good thing I'm 5'4" then. And a short stem can do wonders; my Princess is sporting an awesome 80mm vintage Terry stem.
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Originally Posted by bechermitT
Hello, I am new here and built a Trek 8000 with drop bars. I choose XT M750 V brakes and RL520 levers, is anyone running a similar setup? I find the brakes a bit lacking.
I looked up the levers & brakes you mentioned. Both should be compatible with eachother. That they don't meet your expectations suggests another issue is responsible.

The Bike Forums orthofoxy is to suggest Kool-Stop Salmon pads & compressionless kevlar reinforced housing, for almost any rim brake related issue you can imagine.

The pads should be adjusted to rest flat against the braking surface when applied with just the slightest toe-in. Aluminum rims work better than steel.
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Soooo... what size is it?
LOL. I had to stop myself from asking.
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