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Too much of a good thing? (My first craigslist steal)

Old 01-12-13, 05:22 PM
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Too much of a good thing? (My first craigslist steal)

I find myself at a bit of a crossroads.

I purchased an old, beat-up Peugeot Tundra Express for the purposes of completely tearing down and rebuilding into a drop-bar 26" expedition tourer. The frame itself wasn't so special, with its hi-ten stays and fork blades, but it was the right size and could turn into a rewarding winter project. It's about 30% completed, and a whole slew of parts are on their way.

I was quite surprised this morning to find that someone on craigslist had listed a complete Specialized Stumpjumper Sport XT in a 21" size. Typically, I only find the very smallest sized mountain bikes listed around here, and it's usually the standard low-end Trek fare. Never anything as nice as this, especially considering the $50 asking price. The ad had been up for about 3 hours before I noticed it, so I was quite shocked to get a reply to my inquiry advising that the bike was still for sale.

I could sell it complete on eBay or craigslist after giving it a good once over, and make a sizable profit. I could strip the frame, and build it back up using the components I'd purchased for the Peugeot. Or I could strip the Peugeot, and build this thing up to be a much nicer bike.

So, in short, I have a bike that I know is worth significantly more than the purchase price (though how much remains to be seen). It has some desirable, yet older components on it. I already have a half-completed project that would be suitable, though this frameset is much nicer than what I'm currently working with. So what in the hell should I do with it?

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Old 01-12-13, 05:27 PM
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Personally I would keep the Peugeot as Townie and grab that Stumpjumper for your drop bar project.
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Personally, I'd use the Stumpy as a platform for the expedition tourer (assuming it's the right size) with the parts that are on it. Drop bars with bar end shifters, fenders and new tires, and you're pretty much done. I don't know what to tell you about the Peugeot.
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You got a great deal.

They are neat bicycles.

We bought this 1983 Stumpjumper Sport off of CL three years ago and it has seen very limited use.

Fun bike to use as an allround rider for friends and visiting family members.

I have no idea of the value of yours, but I have received some very nice offers for our all original model.

If you take parts off, keep them safely tucked away as these old Stumpies seem to be gaining value.

Here's ours!

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Really great buy - but as good as you did, my personal view is that your stump jumper is still under valued compared to its quality. Those are GREAT bikes, and I'd rather have the stump jumper than what it would sell for. I like BG's post - use the Peugeot as a beater and make that SJ a KILLER drop conversion.
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Now that I've had a bit of time to think about it, I've decided that I am going to convert this to drops. I'll take the existing wheelset and swap it onto the Peugeot, since I've got a new wheelbuild coming in anyway. The bars will go on the Peugeot too. I think I'll try out the Deerhead derailleurs to see how well they play with an 8-speed cassette, but if it doesn't work out I've got some Suntour XC Pro derailleurs on the way that should do nicely.
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Please make sure you post a photo of the bike when done...we have a thread dedicated to mtbs with drops and this needs to be there.
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I was going to add another opinion to use the Stumpy for your drop bar conversion, but it looks like you already made the choice. When you are done, make sure to post pics in the drop bar MTB thread! https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ar-Conversions
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^^^ probably my favorite thread on the forum.
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Your RDER will handle a 9 speed cassette with your friction shifters . It did on my 86 RockHopper.
It's pre index, so i wouldn't count on it working that way.
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Thanks for the tips, guys. I love checking out the drop bar MTB creations in that thread; it's one of my favorites on BF. I'm keeping an eye out for another set of Suntour barcons, but the prices on the 'bay have been a little inflated lately. I also have a high quality stem shifter that could work, though it would be a poor substitute.
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There was a great deal on suntour commands on eBay - $45 as I recall.
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with it being the "sport" (albeit xt) version, it just won't command that top dollar from collectors. if it fits, keep it.

here's mine:
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Wasn't Sport the higher-end designation? According to this page, it would seem to me that the Sport models were often equipped with newer (though not necessarily better) components.
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nope.

for the OG stumpjumper, some years the frame was better. other years the components were.

also: https://forums.mtbr.com/7799238-post31.html
Regarding the differences between the regular Stumpy and the Sport, I think the following is true:
1. The Sport frames were made in Taiwan, and the regular frames were made in Japan.
2. The dropouts (frame ends) were different: horizontal on the Sport, and vertical on the regular Stumpjumper.
3. The seat-stays were attached differently: brazed to the sides of the seat tube on the Sport, and "fastback" (attached to the seat post clamp) on the regular Stumpjumper.
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That's good information. It's funny- despite the SJ being the grandaddy of all mountain bikes, it's tough to find much in the way of catalogs or hard data about their lineup. I'm still pretty early in my research though, maybe something will pop up!
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That's good information. It's funny- despite the SJ being the grandaddy of all mountain bikes, it's tough to find much in the way of catalogs or hard data about their lineup. I'm still pretty early in my research though, maybe something will pop up!
It is the grandaddy of mass produced MTB's.
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with it being the "sport" (albeit xt) version, it just won't command that top dollar from collectors. if it fits, keep it.

here's mine:
Looks fantastic!

Attractive and practical.
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So, a couple interesting tidbits...

the frame was made in Japan, or so says the sticker on the seat tube near the bb shell. The hubs are cartridge bearing, which i found strange because they also have a metal dust cap. Finally, there's a Shimano 600 13-30 5-speed block on it.

The deer head shifters ratchet nicely, though there is a bit of surface rust. Nothing a short OA bath won't fix. I've also started the process of polishing up the aluminum bits, but I expect that to take some time due to the weather (unheated garage). Finally, aside from a lot of chain slap and a bit of crazing at the head tube where shift cables are routed, the paints in really good shape. She's no museum piece, but she will make a very respectable rider.

i wish I could find any literature at all regarding this specific model. I continue to be confounded by the lack of info available online. If only there was some catalog scan out there I could reference!
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Check out Mombat

Article on comparing the Sport to the Stumpy from 1985.

https://mombat.org/MOMBAT/BikeHistory...ecialized.html

Specs:

https://mombat.org/Specialized_Specs.htm
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u done good.. i wish i could find an all Deore Deerhead bike for $50
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