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Anyone Still Have Their '90's Steel Mountain Bike?

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Old 05-22-13, 09:22 AM
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I still have my 1984 Ross Mt. Rainier. I still have the original bull moose bars in case I ever want to put it back to original. I just replaced the bottom bracket a few weeks ago since the spindle finally showed some pitting. I bought this bike new. The sad thing is that it is a few months older than my wife.
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Old 05-22-13, 09:35 AM
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^^ wow 1984. Still looks great.
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Old 05-23-13, 08:41 AM
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^^ wow 1984. Still looks great.
Thanks! This has been a great bike. I have kept it as nice as possible. Up close there are some minor scrapes on the paint, but nothing you wouldn't expect to find on an almost 30 year old bike that has been ridden.
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Old 05-31-13, 03:35 PM
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Here's the completed "twin" to the one in the OP. I bought this one for $20 several months back and was shocked to see one in my size let alone seeing one just like it with the same groovy paint!. My goal was to only put $50 in it total but the first ride in to work revealed the rear tire was shot so I just replaced it....so it cost a little more than $50 but still worth it.

I converted it into a 1x7
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Old 05-31-13, 11:56 PM
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The Cascade did not see too many miles last year... did not have the time to consider much touring but this spring it has seen some nice upgrades to the wheels and drive and hope to get out for some multi day trips.



Arvon hubs laced to CR18 rims... triple cartridge bearing in the rear, standard front hub... and new Marathon Racers.



After so many years and so many miles this bike is like a favourite pair of shoes... always perfect and the standard by which other bikes gets judged.
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Old 06-01-13, 12:30 AM
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My 90's steel mountain bike was stolen... in the 90's. I can't remember what it looked like.
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Old 06-01-13, 07:22 PM
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I still have my '94 Kona Kilauea. I used to race it back in '94 thru '96, then it was demoted to a commuter bike. I commuted on it regularly for 15 years until I switched jobs a few years ago. I need to give that bike some love. I didn't realize that bike was becoming a classic already. I still have all of the original components for it.....time for a full restoration!
I've still got my 95 Kilauea (exactly the same frame), it's in bits at the moment awaiting a respray. Still my main MTB though! Also still have my 95 Bontrager Race, which is a beautiful frame, but too small for me really. And it needs a new BB, new headset and various other new bits. I should get these things sorted out...
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Old 10-04-14, 12:11 AM
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Originally Posted by megalowmatt View Post
Here's the completed "twin" to the one in the OP. I bought this one for $20 several months back and was shocked to see one in my size let alone seeing one just like it with the same groovy paint!. My goal was to only put $50 in it total but the first ride in to work revealed the rear tire was shot so I just replaced it....so it cost a little more than $50 but still worth it.

I converted it into a 1x7
Sorry to revive this thread, but that bike looks amazing. Do you still have it?
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Old 10-04-14, 06:24 AM
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A well used 90 something diamondback ascent ex-makes a good trail bike
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Old 10-04-14, 06:25 AM
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Still loving my 1996 GT Outpost, which I now use for commuting and touring. There's nothing like owning and riding a bike that you know right down to the smallest component. I can get on this thing and ride a hundred miles without even thinking about a mechanical check, because I know I can jury rig any part that breaks out on the road. I hope she never, ever dies!
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Old 10-04-14, 06:34 AM
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1991 Specialized Team Stumpjumper with full suntour grease guard gruppo. Pretty much original other than the saddle, seatpost (had to have a black seatpost on this bike), pedals (clipless), and the handlebars (replaced the stock bar with a trekking bar):

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Old 10-04-14, 10:34 AM
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So I'm not clear...Have steel bikes gone away altogether?
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Old 10-04-14, 10:57 AM
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So you think it's possible that the seatpost WILL NOT come out? I just thought I hadn't tried hard enough yet. Read a little on Sheldon Brown but no major research on how to do it. I was thinking heat, but it's aluminum I think. Still havn't tried any acids yet either. Any other suggestions?
Soak the seat post with penetrating oil. I use AeroKroil which my Dad calls skunk piss. (lol) Let it set for a day. After waiting put the seat post in a vice and turn the bike. The seatpost should break free. if that doesnt work you could heat the seat tube with a torch to make it expand while applying a damp cloth to the seatpost to keep it cool.
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Old 10-04-14, 11:01 AM
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So I'm not clear...Have steel bikes gone away altogether?
The Long Haul Trucker still comes in steel. I'm sure there are others as well
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Old 10-04-14, 11:13 AM
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I have a 90s nishiki which I maintain every weekend, but it keeps emitting this "clanky" noise at regular intervals, I know it's either coming from the mid-section of the bike (crank, FR, BB, or possibly chain) but I cannot figure out what is it that's causing the noise. According to sheldon it might be a link in the chain that's stiff, but I've checked it and I couldn't find it.

Other than that, I ****ing love it. (can I curse in this forum?)
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Old 10-04-14, 11:17 AM
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I have a 90s nishiki which I maintain every weekend, but it keeps emitting this "clanky" noise at regular intervals, I know it's either coming from the mid-section of the bike (crank, FR, BB, or possibly chain) but I cannot figure out what is it that's causing the noise. According to sheldon it might be a link in the chain that's stiff, but I've checked it and I couldn't find it.

Other than that, I ****ing love it. (can I curse in this forum?)
Most likely a bottom bracket. The cage bearings are probably mangled. Time to replace.
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Old 10-04-14, 12:01 PM
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Most likely a bottom bracket. The cage bearings are probably mangled. Time to replace.
damn, I was hoping it wouldn't be the BB, my bike-servicing skills do not extend that far
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Old 10-04-14, 12:25 PM
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Most likely a bottom bracket. The cage bearings are probably mangled. Time to replace.
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Old 10-04-14, 12:52 PM
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Had a new cartridge BB put in my 80's Schwinn High Plains when I could not find replacement outer races.

it only cost about $65 installed, from a small local shop.
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Sorry to revive this thread, but that bike looks amazing. Do you still have it?
Yes I do.
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Old 10-04-14, 04:15 PM
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198? Ross Hi-Tech I purchased new, good quality bike made in the US. with Tange 4130. Converted to a 7 speed IGH commuter.

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my new salsa vaya is steel,many companies produce steel frames............even today.
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Old 10-04-14, 07:36 PM
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198? Ross Hi-Tech I purchased new, good quality bike made in the US. with Tange 4130. Converted to a 7 speed IGH commuter.

Wow!

I went though the whole post and yours is the winner. Too bad Ross couldn't make bikes like that or they would still be in business.
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Used to work a LBS late 80's-early 90's in So Cal, just getting back into it. Picked these up recently......Love these bikes!
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I still have my 90's era heavy tank of a MTB, it's a Giant Rincon that I bought on year end closeout, but for some reason mine came with Shimano XT derailleurs and shifters which has just been a plain nightmare, which made me wonder what the lower end components that was suppose to come with it were like. Everything else on the bike appears to be original factory spec'd stuff. It's scratched up a lot but it was bought to be a beater and beat it I did.
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