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Old 01-19-13, 02:36 AM
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I have a buddy with a large 23" size Cimarron frameset for sale. Would anybody be interested?

This is what it looked like prior to a good cleanup.



Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
Where the heck are you guys finding all these Cimarrons? I`ve never even seen one in person, but there must be a half dozen in this thread.
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Old 01-19-13, 02:42 AM
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Originally Posted by guzziee
I think I've had a couple of old stumpjumpers that were lugged, I just can't remember years for them.
1982 - 1986 were lugged. 1982 - 1984 had a biplane fork. There were some TIG welded first year Stumpjumpers. They are quite rare.
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This is my most recent Stumpjumper, it's an early '82 serial number and mostly stock, the original owner damaged the seat tube trying to free the stuck seatpost. He tried to "gorilla" the post free and in the process he ruined the frame. I decided that the Bi-plane fork would be a classy addition to my Cimarron dirt drop build.

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Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
Where the heck are you guys finding all these Cimarrons? I`ve never even seen one in person, but there must be a half dozen in this thread.
I look for bikes every day, and the Cimmaron I posted was the first Cimmaron I have found in five years. I've seen a fair number of High Sierras, and they do show up on fleecebay.

I really lucked out finding mine at a garage sale last fall, along with a Fuji mixte. And I was late to the sale. Why both of them were still around I have no idea.


Too bad on the Stumpjumper. I try to encourage people to not use extreme force on a post removal, just for that reason. Its very possible to put more force on the frame than it is designed to take, and you will eventually bend something if you push hard enough. I've ruined a frame myself.
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Originally Posted by frantik
sweet.. is that a randonneur bar guzzie?
Correct, rando bars that came off an old rusty world voyageur


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Originally Posted by cs1
1982 - 1986 were lugged. 1982 - 1984 had a biplane fork. There were some TIG welded first year Stumpjumpers. They are quite rare.
Lugged ones I've had were later 83-85 i believe, I still got a couple in storage. If I remember correctly they are 81 and 82, the 81 has the early decals on the pic and it's TIG welded. 82 does have a bi-plane fork on it, but can't tell from the picture if it's lugged or not(I think it's also TIG )


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Old 01-19-13, 09:23 AM
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Would you be willing to sell one of the storage bikes, if they're the size shown in your pic?,,,,BD

How much for the large Cimarron?
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Originally Posted by guzziee
Correct, rando bars that came off an old rusty world voyageur



i don't really like the up sweep of the tops but the flared drops look good. i put an anatomic road drop on a mtb and i haven't even ridden it and i can feel i want some flare out. i have tried 3 of the modern dirt drop bars, sometime i may have to try a rando bar too
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Originally Posted by Bikedued
Would you be willing to sell one of the storage bikes, if they're the size shown in your pic?,,,,BD

How much for the large Cimarron?
I doubt I'll get rid off them anytime soon, but I do have another Cimarron F/F that i'll be getting rid of. I don't remember the size but I remember being an 85 and needing paint.
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Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
Where the heck are you guys finding all these Cimarrons? I`ve never even seen one in person, but there must be a half dozen in this thread.
The red one I posted came out recently on the local CL(still posted on there), funny thing is that it was posted with a phone number to call and the number had a bad digit on it. A quick search of the number showed that the guy was selling other stuff too, so being the only person calling him about the bike made it very easy to haggle on the asking price and getting a very nice deal on it .
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Well I finally finished my dropbar project Friday night. Didn't take too much as I already had everything besides and just needed the conversion stuff(taller stem, bars, shifters, levers and new cables). I also was able to get Mike DeSalvo to add on a disc mount onto the rear to update it. I was originally going to weld on the mount and he was going to set up the frame for purging but he forgot and did the whole thing. Whoops! I've got $170 into the stuff listed above so I feel pretty good. So I met a local BF member (RPThomas) who I discovered in this thread and we decide to finally meet up and get a short get to know ride in. Turns out he lives just across the highway from me which is less then ten minutes away. He brought his Rockhopper and we hit the local greenway snapping some pictures along the way. I just had my Ipod so I'm using the photos he took instead.

Bob's Rockhopper


My mystery Ti frame dropbar hooligan





The way it sits now without the lock was 23.2 lbs. This was my first bike with barend shifters so it's taking a little getting used to.
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Mystery Ti frame
Omni Racer full carbon fork
Chris King headset
Dimension 90mm crazy rise stem
Easton seatpost
unknown Kevlar/Ti rail saddle
Specialized Roubaix tape(oh so comfy)
Sram X9 derailleurs 2x10
X0 cranks
Crank Bro pedals
TT500 shifters
Tektro RL520 linear levers
BB7 MTN calipers.
Truvativ bars
Mavic Crossride wheels
Intense MK2 micro knobby 26x2.25 tires
No quick release skewers on the bike and hex bolt skewers and binder bolts to keep them from getting pilfered.



It's a fun bike to say the least and pretty comfy with the full carbon fork and the Easton carbon seatpost help smooth out bumps and the 2.25 wide tires help out also. The only thing I'm thinking is left are some type of bags. I would love a old Cannondale handlebar bag with the quick release mount but not sure it would work with the 31.8 clamp area.

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Old 01-19-13, 08:01 PM
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Henry: Loving those pics! 23 pounds, wow, you did great on that one. Love those tires.

A set of black Cannondale bags would look good on that bike.

You'll get to really like those bar ends.

+1 Try it with skinny road tires, and give us a report. I bet you'll like it!

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Old 01-19-13, 09:27 PM
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Henry:

It's a really nice job you did on that bike, it's just top notch all the way, makes me want to look for a Ti Mt. Bike to modify like yours. The disc brakes are such a clean job and look so cool. You have a lot of talent and good taste and what a cool bike.
Let's find me one.

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Old 01-19-13, 09:45 PM
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I'll keep my eyes peeled and we can chat about it on our ride tomorrow. I wouldn't mind trying some skinnier rubber on it to make it a little bit more zippier. Thanks for the kind words Bob as your making me feel like I'm riding on a Bentley or something. Hahaha!
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Wow Henry, amazing. And btw, can we expect more custom builds from you in the near future?
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Team Marin roadification is finally on the road. Hopefully fully dialed in Tuesday.
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That one looks sleek and svelte, Lester. Looks like sidepull brakes- did you put 700c wheels on it?
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The Ti bike looks great! I recall you were working on it about the same time I was building mine.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Team Marin roadification is finally on the road. Hopefully fully dialed in Tuesday.
Hey Lester,

Your Team Marin reminds me so much of my Area CX build, I had it set up the same way with the big ring front, gear cluster, and STI brifters on drop bars. It raced well and was generally an all around great bike for just about anything. Later I set it up as a big ring single speed cross bike with Soma Sparrow bars (I'm using Sparrow bars on my Cimarron drop bar in this thread). The Area 51 was a one off custom made from Columbus Aelle with Campy horizontal drop outs, I bought it from the racer that commissioned the build from John Knox. I wanted a training bike that forced to ride hard and sprint but had the big ring for descending. It was great but I eventually changed my CX riding style, so I sold it to another CX racer. Here is a link to the cyclofiend site with build specs and a couple other views.

https://www.cyclofiend.com/ssg/2008/s...nsler0608.html

What really caught my eye was your derailleur position while you're in the big ring with the chain cross through the cluster. It just reminded me of John Tomac's dirt drop that had that huge track ring, like 59 or 61... craziness on the dirt but Johnny T. was king for a reason!!! He's still my hero! Does anyone else remember that giant chainring? I don't recall if he was on Mongoose or Yeti at the time, I don't think it was when he was riding for Raleigh. Super sneaky advantage with the prototype STI rear shifter... it's good to be the king!
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not so sure about this thread and the direction it's taking with the sloping top tubes
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(Posted in both MTB Drop Bar thread and Vintage MTB thread)

I picked up a couple of interesting candidates last night -- 1987 Bridgestone MB-2 and 1987 Black Chrome Schwinn High Sierra, both in their natural dirty state.

And now the self-imposed obsession with how to build them up, where your advice will be most appreciated.

The MB-2 is in great shape and all stock except, unfortunately, for the yellow stem and bar. I am thinking about playing up the almost Jamaican national team color scheme. And, because it does not have the original stem, I think it's going to become a hot little drop bar allarounder.

The High Sierra is interesting and I would like to save the black paint, although, in spots, its in bad shape. Is it possible to touch up the black on chrome? If not, how would this bike look all chrome?

I've been looking for a good SS MTB frame and the High Sierra is it. I'm leaning towards something like this:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tenkely...1349/lightbox/

Thanks all. I look forward to your thoughts and opinions.







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Are they the same size? I have found on conversions that I can go up a full size or so compared to my regular mtb. I did try to stretch it another size up, that did not work.

On the black chrome, I would not touch the finish. If there is rust, follow one of the various rust threads, spot treat with OA or whatever. I certainly would NOT PC a black chrome frame.

I'm a big fan of chrome (black or otherwise), so I would give a serious look at the High Sierra. Get some polishing compound, and dig in.

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Originally Posted by RFC
The MB-2 is in great shape and all stock except, unfortunately, for the yellow stem and bar. I am thinking about playing up the almost Jamaican national team color scheme. And, because it does not have the original stem, I think it's going to become a hot little drop bar allarounder.
digging the MB-2 colors a LOT.. though personally i'd avoid the rasta theme myself.

The High Sierra is interesting and I would like to save the black paint, although, in spots, its in bad shape. Is it possible to touch up the black on chrome? If not, how would this bike look all chrome?
is it black paint over chrome? My "black chrome" bike the chrome itself is actually a darker color
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Originally Posted by wrk101
Are they the same size? I have found on conversions that I can go up a full size or so compared to my regular mtb. I did try to stretch it another size up, that did not work.

On the black chrome, I would not touch the finish. If there is rust, follow one of the various rust threads, spot treat with OA or whatever. I certainly would NOT PC a black chrome frame.

I'm a big fan of chrome (black or otherwise), so I would give a serious look at the High Sierra. Get some polishing compound, and dig in.
Yes, they are the same size, which is also my MTB size. I could go up a size, as I did with my Procaliber, but then the reach gets pretty long for my all leg physique.
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Originally Posted by frantik
digging the MB-2 colors a LOT.. though personally i'd avoid the rasta theme myself.



is it black paint over chrome? My "black chrome" bike the chrome itself is actually a darker color
Yes, black paint on chrome. It goes black when photographed, but in person you can see the effect of the combination.
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