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So...I bought this crappy Bianchi MTB, what to do with it?

Old 05-20-13, 04:23 PM
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So...I bought this 97 Bianchi MTB, what to do with it?

I started looking a few days ago for a decent but cheap bike to throw on the back of the van when we go camping, and to ride around with my kids in the neighborhood. I haven't had a bike in a few years, but I've had 3 or 4 nice MTB's and a really nice Kona Cross bike. I started plugging away at CL and happened upon an old Bianchi Peregrine. Mostly Deore components, all original except tires, pedals and bar ends. The Indy XC still works pretty well. Bike needs a good scrubbing and lube, and probably new cables, tires and other minor stuff.

Bike Pedia: https://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...odel=Peregrine

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My plan was to put some rollers on it, along with a rigid fork and new stem and bar. I hate grip shifters, so I want to get some triggers and maybe upgrade some other stuff.

What would you do with it? Is it even worth messing with?

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Old 05-20-13, 04:49 PM
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A rigid fork here, drop-bars there, some slick tires, I see potential.
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Old 05-20-13, 05:17 PM
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
A rigid fork here, drop-bars there, some slick tires, I see potential.
What fork would you recommend? Ritchey logic? Carbon?
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My wife has a similar "crappy Bianchi mountain bike", a '91 Forte, also from Taiwan. It gives a very nice ride around the city. Zero complaints. It has an old school fork.
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Panaracer paselas, kind of what I'm thinking for my City Bike .
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Old 05-21-13, 12:44 PM
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Just picked up a rigid fork off the auction site...it's a Tange (off a Trek) rigid fork...$34
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Old 05-21-13, 12:51 PM
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You need a fork that is Suspension corrected or suspension ready. The axle to crown race length is longer on a suspension for fork you can't put just any old MTB fork on it. If you do the front of the bike will drop about 2" or so changing the geometry and therefore the handling.

Personally I don't think it is all that crappy of a MTB just needs some TLC. If you aim is to mostly ride around with the kids and do some dirt road ridinf you might want to look at some x1.75 or 1.95 slicks like a Pasela or something like that.
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The fork came off of a Trek OCLV carbon MTB...I assumed it was suspension corrected, but I could definitely be wrong. The Indy fork only has 63mm of travel in it.
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
You need a fork that is Suspension corrected or suspension ready.
Got to ask why? the Indy was a short travel fork, 63mm, for which no correction is needed; no correction is really needed unless you are trying to put a 120mm+ travel fork on a pre 1994 MTB.

For the bike; give the drive train a really good clean, fit the fork (hoping that the steerer tube is long enough), give it new cables for the brakes and gears, and you have a nice bike
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Tires ordered...Kenda K845 Kross Plus 26 x 1.95
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Spent about an hour trying to clean the bike up...the casette and chainrings are still pretty nasty. Large chainring has a chipped tooth, will need replacing. Today:

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the tooth is not chipped. It is profiled for shifting. You have a mid level mountain bike of good quality that should ride excellent as it. It looks to be in very good shape with very little use on it.. if you think that drivetrain was nasty... oh boy... that bike is perfect as it sits. ride it and enjoy. very nice score.
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Originally Posted by jimc101 View Post
Got to ask why? the Indy was a short travel fork, 63mm, for which no correction is needed; no correction is really needed unless you are trying to put a 120mm+ travel fork on a pre 1994 MTB.

For the bike; give the drive train a really good clean, fit the fork (hoping that the steerer tube is long enough), give it new cables for the brakes and gears, and you have a nice bike
I was not aware of the short travel on this fork. Actually couldn't the OP just lock it out?
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
I was not aware of the short travel on this fork. Actually couldn't the OP just lock it out?
Indy forks are not very adjustable. Mine only had preload adjustment, no lockout. Maybe if you replaced the MCU with a wood dowel
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What more could you ask in a mtb frame...It's Bianchi, steel, Deore LX derailleurs, uses a 1-1/8" fork, normal canti mounts(no U-brake stuff). Just depends on how far you want to take it. I think it's pretty cool and would toss some more city friendly tires or some fat slicks onto it. Could ditch the v brakes and get some decent CX cantilever brakes, some Sora 3x7 STI levers and drop road bars. Oh and the fork I would pick up one of the aluminum Mosso or Exotic rigid forks on Ebay. Could always put a full carbon Mosso fork onto it and lose a good amount of weight.

That bike could get down to the low 20's I think with some smaller rubber and a decent fork.
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Get rid of that crankset, it's defective.
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Originally Posted by Wisco View Post
Get rid of that crankset, it's defective.
From the pictures, it's perfectly serviceable, where are you getting the idea that is is defective from?
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Get rid of that crankset, it's defective.
Meh. I don't know if I've ever seen many used MTBs without a blunted tooth or two on the big ring. Both of mine have a couple, and they shift as well as anything I have, so what's the biggie?
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That is such a beautiful bike. Great score. Can I ask how much you got it for?
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Originally Posted by jimc101 View Post
From the pictures, it's perfectly serviceable, where are you getting the idea that is is defective from?
Possibly referring to a recall? https://articles.latimes.com/1997/jul...iness/fi-11318

I briefly had a Bianchi Osprey, which was probably one model below this. Was pretty much stock except for 26x2.0 slicks, and was a super fun bike for riding around town. And they weren't kidding with the "zero flex design" decal, it was definitely one of the stiffest bikes I've been on.

I'd give the gripshifters at least a bit of a chance, they may grow on you. The mid/high end ones are a lot more satisfying to use than the cheap crap offered today.
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Yeah, pretty sure that's one of the recall cranks. Shimano is still honoring the recall as of a couple months ago... but the new parts they will give you are the bottom of the line, so it's not really worth it if you want to keep the bike's spec uniform.
In my opinion the bike is perfect as is aside from the crank.
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I love my "crappy" Bianchi! :~)

A Grizzly, it's my go to bike for all around cruising, just did a 32 mile trip with the local bike club.
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Originally Posted by Arrowana View Post
As the cranks fitted are 1997 STX, and the recall was for Atlus, Acera & Alivio FC-CT90, FC-M290 & FC-MC12 cranks from around 1994-95 (the recall was in 1997), you can discount this.
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Nice wee bike that, nothing crappy about it.
Plenty of life left in a very wide variety of applications.
Enjoy it.
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