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      01-18-2011 10:38 PM #1
      If all goes well, I'm going to be buying an old school Specialized Stumpjumper later this week. I dont know what happened, but the old school mountain bike bug bit, and it bit hard.
      Unfortunately though, I've never been well versed in the components of older bikes. Is there any sort of collection of information just to learn about the old school stuff somewhere online?

      Also, if your stable includes any nicer old school mountain bikes, or you have pictures of really nice 90's bikes, you should post them in here, cause I just want to see some eye candy! I know some of you here are rocking really nice hardtails, and I thought there was a thread dedicated to this, but search didn't turn up anything. Anyways! Rigids, hardtails, softtails, full suspensions, if its old school mtb, i want to see it

      I'll start it off. Fat Chance bikes!

      Last edited by azn; 01-18-2011 at 10:42 PM.
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      01-18-2011 10:55 PM #2
      My '95 Stumpjemper M2 FS, which has sadly been in storage since 2009.




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      01-18-2011 11:53 PM #3
      I've got a rare old beast that I've had since I bought it new in 1993 -- a Reflex TWX. Old enough that front shocks were just being introduced on high-end bikes; most mountain bikes were still fully rigid.

      Bought it shortly after Reflex got out of its short-lived experiment with mountain bikes and I got it brand new at about half its MSRP (I was working in Alta at the time, and Reflex was based in SLC -- a whole bunch of us went and bought crated bikes at their going-out-of-business warehouse sale).

      It's a double-butted, bonded Easton aluminum frame, with mid-level componentry. I don't have any digital pictures of mine, but it's seen many, many thousands of miles of use -- mostly as an urban commuter in the past 15 years or so.

      Don't have any digital pics, but here's one from an online review I found:


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      01-19-2011 01:30 AM #4
      Wish I could remember the years for these but I pretty sure they would be considered old school.

      Racing my MB-1. Still have it maybe I should build it back up someday.


      Racing my Reflex. Mine was carbon wrapped aluminium for the main triangle, worked for me. Love the Factory Pilots and the Scott bars!

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      01-19-2011 11:49 AM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by Andy GTI View Post
      Wish I could remember the years for these but I pretty sure they would be considered old school.

      Racing my MB-1. Still have it maybe I should build it back up someday.


      Racing my Reflex. Mine was carbon wrapped aluminium for the main triangle, worked for me. Love the Factory Pilots and the Scott bars!
      Heh -- you're the first person I've encountered who has actually owned a Reflex, much less heard of it!

      I could have purchased the same bike you had, but I was a poor ski bum at the time and the extra hundred dollars or so was just too much dosh for me at the time. Had to stretch to get the TWX and even then only bought it because it was half-price.

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      01-19-2011 07:05 PM #7
      I have 3 older mtbs

      93 GT Zaskar LE - I used it in one of my cross races this season and I take it out a couple times a month when I feel like a change from my main mtb.


      93 Trek 950 Singletrack - I got the gt as an upgrade so I'll be selling this sometime soon


      89 Trek 950 Singletrack -Currently this is stripped down to a frame and I will be repainting it again.



      Here is a thread the OP will like: https://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?3384327/page1

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      01-19-2011 07:21 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by fiatjeepdriver View Post

      Yes! That was exactly the thread I was thinking of, but couldn't find it searching
      So I didn't manage to get Stumpjumper, unfortunately.
      Down at my LBS though, I did find one of the old Manitou 2 or 3 forks languishing in the used forks bins for 30 dollars. I may go back and offer them 20 in a week or two. Anyways!
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      01-19-2011 07:24 PM #9
      I'd love to have one of those old Manitou fs bikes. A local shop has a late 80's Ritchey for sale though I am not sure how much they want for it.

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      01-20-2011 01:07 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by dts View Post
      Heh -- you're the first person I've encountered who has actually owned a Reflex, much less heard of it!

      I could have purchased the same bike you had, but I was a poor ski bum at the time and the extra hundred dollars or so was just too much dosh for me at the time. Had to stretch to get the TWX and even then only bought it because it was half-price.
      I wish I could find a picture of the bike, I'll have to look harder. My shop sold them and gave me one to race. I had used an aluminum one for a few races then got the wrapped one.

    12. 01-20-2011 07:36 PM #11
      Had:



      But I sold it... Just too small for me! (I had loaned it out when the photo was taken, imagine the saddle several inches higher than that!)

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      01-20-2011 10:57 PM #12
      I have an almost complete stack of OG Mountain Bike magazines ("worlds best selling mountain bike magazine!") dating from August 1995 to... umm... some time before they went to crap and died, and long before the resurrection.

      I seriously place my entire mountain bike eccentricity upon that Aug 1995 issue and the guy who let me leaf thru his copy... I bought my own copy the next day if I remember. I was 12 years old.

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      01-21-2011 10:59 AM #13
      last of the race lites...

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      01-21-2011 11:38 AM #14
      dumpster find!


    16. 01-27-2011 09:45 AM #15
      I've got an early 90's Cannondale Beast of the East. I love this bike. Super light, agile but has a really crappy manitou fork up front.

      When I first bought it:


      After a fresh layer of powdercoat:


      Next up is a new fork with at least 100mm of travel.

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      01-27-2011 11:27 AM #16
      you know that bike is designed for an 80mm fork. putting a 100 or 120mm fork is going to **** with your geometry. your headtube angle will be more slack and it won't steer as well and will put your ass farther over the back axle. just fyi.

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      01-27-2011 12:16 PM #17
      you know that bike is designed for an 80mm fork. putting a 100 or 120mm fork is going to **** with your geometry. your headtube angle will be more slack and it won't steer as well and will put your ass farther over the back axle. just fyi.
      Agreed. Get a 80mm fatty to keep it in the family.

    19. 01-27-2011 07:42 PM #18
      I guess I never thought about that. Maybe I'll just upgrade and still stick with the 80mm. Anything will be better then the fork that's on there and I don't think it's worth rebuilding.

    20. 03-09-2011 06:45 PM #19
      Both are 10 yr old Bikes-- we just use for weekend rides (very very occassional light trails)...

      A K2 and Schwinn



      I just got a new road bike which i plan to put serious miles. excited!

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      03-10-2011 12:22 AM #20
      Here's how my 1994 Trek 930 sits today. I bought it new and sold it to my mom in 1995 to buy a Trek 8700. As you can tell, it's been mom-ified with the seat, power grips, lizard skins, pump, and rear rack. I don't think that the Manitou 2 ever worked, but my 14-year-old self thought that it was better than the rigid fork.



      What's left of my well-used, de-bonded twice and cracked once 8700:



      That thing had the worst chain suck in the world, but it sure is pretty. I still remember the smell of the shop when I bought it... and deciding between the 8700 rigid and the not-as-good-looking silver SHX. I ended up putting a Manitou 4 on it before I brought it home. There was a lot of lawn mowing involved with this one.
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      03-10-2011 12:00 PM #21
      My 1997 Gary Fisher Big Sur. I have another fork, a 1997 RockShox Judy to replace the Indy C but have not gotten around to it. It's been retired to mostly rail-trail duty now, though.


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      03-10-2011 01:05 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by Samson View Post
      Here's how my 1994 Trek 930 sits today. I bought it new and sold it to my mom in 1995 to buy a Trek 8700. As you can tell, it's been mom-ified with the seat, power grips, lizard skins, pump, and rear rack. I don't think that the Manitou 2 ever worked, but my 14-year-old self thought that it was better than the rigid fork.


      My 3rd mountain bike was the same model but following year. Red to black fade and it came with a rock shock quadra. Good bike, took a ton of abuse with no issues.
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      03-10-2011 11:08 PM #23
      Yay retroporn!

      None of these are mine, and I got "into" cycling in the late 90s, so I missed some of the heydays, but these still have wow-factor today, so I can imagine a lot of these being super drool-worthy when they were new on the scene.

















      And this is my '99 Gary Fisher Tassajara. Not really that oldschool yet, but I'm sure one day it will look downright obsolete. The cranks are the originals, from the now-discontinued STX-RC group from Shimano. It used to be geared, of course, and came with a super-schitty Rockshox Jett fork. I took it apart, realized the elastomer suspension was little more than two hot-glue sticks shoved in a pipe, and started saving up for the '01 Marzzochi Z1 Atom Race.

      This is still my one-and-only MTB, and it will always be an active member of my fleet.

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      03-11-2011 08:04 AM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by wagsGTI View Post
      I love this bike. Super light, agile but has a really crappy manitou fork up front.
      What's wrong with the mach 5 ...



      95 trek 7000 when I pulled it out of storage 2 years ago and started to convert it to a single speed.

      Rode it only a few times on the street but my commute was way too hilly over just 2 miles for it to be efficient.

      Last spring threw some knobbies back on it, started sorting it out for off road again and used it all summer. Should be back out after DST this weekend.

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