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Old 05-15-21, 07:49 PM
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fully rigid mtb

the joy of riding fully rigid is off the scale it is fun fast instant feedback. the down hill riding however is exhausting.
using arm

1990's Gary Fisher Wahoo.
s and legs to support self is tiring but fun
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Old 05-16-21, 01:36 AM
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Unfortunately, they don't make these anymore, it's been replaced by much more expensive gravel bikes.
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Old 05-16-21, 07:08 AM
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Vintage mountain bikes are neat to look at. But not enjoyable to ride.
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When it is good (like a relatively smooth flowy trail) riding rigid is pretty awesome.
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Originally Posted by prj71 View Post
Vintage mountain bikes are neat to look at. But not enjoyable to ride.
They are nice to ride on the same trails / gravel roads where you'd ride a gravel bike.
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Old 05-17-21, 07:22 AM
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I can agree with both of you. I guess I was referring to MTB trails as it sounds like that is what the OP did.
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Old 05-17-21, 08:29 AM
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I'm still enjoying mine.
But then again, I only ride 3-4 times a week so I may not know what I'm talking about.
This from Friday.

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Old 05-17-21, 08:55 AM
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More no fun videos
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Granted I have added a vintage fork to my vintage rigid as I worried about breaking the frame but still...

I do all the same up trails as everyone else and all the more popular downhill trails. I may not hit some things as fast or hard, and may bypass some things, but so do many other riders. Realistically what vintage bikes don't do well are getting air off jumps for fear of breaking (no suspension to cushion the landings) and dropping off ledges (for the same reason). However, many of the people I see out mtbing aren't doing that anyway. If I mix it with them I can do the same stuff. Why do they get to have fun and I don't"

Case in point: If you watch the first few seconds of the first video you see a bunch of riders on modern mtbs standing around at the top of the same trail. This is common to many trails I ride on which no one is using a gravel bike for.

Fun is relative. Fun is getting out and riding. I plan to do it after work today!


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Old 05-17-21, 10:48 AM
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Pretty smooth looking buffed out trails in those videos. Around my parts on a rigid bike...the seat would be busting your balls and your arms would tire quickly. Much more rock and root. where I'm at.
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Old 05-17-21, 01:10 PM
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Originally Posted by prj71 View Post
Pretty smooth looking buffed out trails in those videos. Around my parts on a rigid bike...the seat would be busting your balls and your arms would tire quickly. Much more rock and root. where I'm at.
Well, go pro effect takes some of the harsh out but we do have some nice flow trails.Lots of people with modern FS bikes on them.

I've also ridden Moab and wouldn't want a rigid there. As the OP noted, the buzz on the arms would be a pita.
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Old 05-18-21, 02:20 PM
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Great content here!

Here's me riding a completely rigid bike down a pretty chunky, technical descending trail near my home in Eastern Washington.

The bike I am on is a Jones Plus LWB with 3" tires. I have it set up for trail riding. Fun times! Still, I am going to build a full suspension some day

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Old 05-18-21, 03:56 PM
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Nice trail 😀
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Old 05-18-21, 04:23 PM
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Originally Posted by cubewheels View Post
Unfortunately, they don't make these anymore, it's been replaced by much more expensive gravel bikes.
Huh? These are pretty widely available, and not even that expensive. There is basically zero difference between that and a flat-bar gravel bike. Well, the gravel bike will use 700x50 tires instead of 26in, so it'll roll better.

A Giant Toughroad is ~$1000. A Diverge Evo is $1700. The bike in the picture would be at least $1000 in today's market with how crazy things have gotten.
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Old 05-18-21, 06:26 PM
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Huh? These are pretty widely available, and not even that expensive. There is basically zero difference between that and a flat-bar gravel bike. Well, the gravel bike will use 700x50 tires instead of 26in, so it'll roll better.

A Giant Toughroad is ~$1000. A Diverge Evo is $1700. The bike in the picture would be at least $1000 in today's market with how crazy things have gotten.
Crazy. Back then, they were the cheap bikes for the mass commuters (what most commuters used back in the 90's and early 2000's anyway) and they were actually great for commutes.
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Old 05-18-21, 06:54 PM
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Wahoo was near the bottom of the Fisher lineup, not an expensive bike at $350 then-dollars, the last to receive a suspension fork. But it was for-real a mountain bike, with a heavy duty frame and knobby tires. The non-suspension MTB that was good for commuting did not go away, it became a hybrid/fitness bike, with a lighter frame and the 1.5 inch slicks already installed. So a fairer value comparison would maybe be the FX at $600 today-dollars. Not sure what fair point is made comparing it to >$1700 gravel bikes having both a much nicer build and the road-bike tax.

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Old 05-20-21, 11:12 AM
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Over the winter I tore down my "Monster Cross" drop bar Performance XCL9r, to service the old RockShox Dart 3 forks, headset, swap out the drops for a flat bar, and lose the front derailluer for a 1x9 setup.

While the bike was disassembled, I rode my old 90 Trek 7000. I have ankle issues, so I don't stand on the pedals like I could in my 30s... So I really felt every bump and such along the way. How in the world did I EVER ride rigids the way I did back then? HAHAHAAAA!!!

Back on the 29er, and the old rigid bike just seems more difficult to enjoy.

Alas, next bike will likely be a fatbike or full suspension machine.
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Old 06-01-21, 10:06 AM
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I just finished building up this single speed rigid Trek Rig. It's going to mainly be a fire roads and double track bike for days that I don't want to ride my xc or gravel bikes.
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Old 06-08-21, 07:19 AM
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That bike looks like it's missing the rear derailleur and 11 speed cassette.
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Originally Posted by prj71 View Post
That bike looks like it's missing the rear derailleur and 11 speed cassette.
I actually have a 12 speed group I can put on it
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Old 06-10-21, 05:57 AM
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Originally Posted by osiris419 View Post
I just finished building up this single speed rigid Trek Rig. It's going to mainly be a fire roads and double track bike for days that I don't want to ride my xc or gravel bikes.
decided to strip my old beast get fresh paint new Headset and BB. simple goodness.
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