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    Suggestions for upgrades?

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    I just got this Breezer Thunder from the mid-90s. Right now it's set up with Deore XT front and rear derailleurs, Suntour XC Comp brakes, Deore LX hubs, Ritchey ForceLite bars, Ritchey stem and seat post, and Continental X King tires. This is going to be my wife's bike for now. She'd like to do some light riding--some single-track, dirt roads and some gravel. I'm thinking some shocks for the front-end? But what other suggestions would anyone have for some decent upgrades?

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    Maybe a seat and post for comforts sake. It would be fun to convert the bike to single speed and ride it as-is.

    Don't pour money into a bike that old.

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    Personally, I wouldn't change anything. Just ride it as is. If she wants to upgrade to a more modern suspension bike later, get a different bike. That thing is almost 100% complete and original, I wouldn't mess that up.
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    Yeah, I was thinking it would be cool to keep it as is. The early 90s is when I really got into biking. So it's really cool for me to see these bikes still being ridden. Do you know what the bike is missing to make it 100% complete?

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    Most certainly leave as it is. It's a lovely vintage mtb. Ride and enjoy. If i was to replace parts then get period correct parts. Certainly would fit sudser forks. It wasn't made for them. You will change the angles and spoil the ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by labland View Post
    Yeah, I was thinking it would be cool to keep it as is. The early 90s is when I really got into biking. So it's really cool for me to see these bikes still being ridden. Do you know what the bike is missing to make it 100% complete?
    It may literally just be the tires and brakes, but it wasn't uncommon for some swapped parts in the same builds from a number of manufacturers in the 90's, so could be 100% original but the tires. Not 100% sure on the year, but their catalogs are still available: Breezer
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    While there is nothing wrong with leaving the bike as is -there would be nothing wrong with upgrading the brakes to V-brakes... much better braking, and still kind of period correct, yet better safety.

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    Thanks for all of your help!

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    If it were my bike, I would swap the canti-brakes for V-brakes and new levers and I'd swap the grip-shifters for triggers. I hate grip-shifters, V-brakes will be a lot more effective and the parts won't cost too much.

    I wouldn't do anything else, just not worth it.

    Tyres are not original by the way and they look very good from the picture. In fact the whole bike looks pretty fresh.

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    I'm in the, "don't do anything" camp as well. It appears to be in pretty vintage shape. Tune it up, make sure everything works well and just ride it.

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    Yeah, get a charger spoon saddle that matches and ride that bike. V-brakes maybe, but the front end is so low a stronger front brake is kind of dangerous. I run v's on my bridgestone and it has tossed me on my back a few times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bridgestone14 View Post
    Yeah, get a charger spoon saddle that matches and ride that bike. V-brakes maybe, but the front end is so low a stronger front brake is kind of dangerous. I run v's on my bridgestone and it has tossed me on my back a few times.
    It's funny, I sometimes think people forget that braking with the front on older bikes, even with just decent canti's was a precarious scenario. Bigger front rotors these days, but I'm pretty sure I went years without ever touching the front for my own well being.
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    If you want to take a bit of the edge off for her a suspension seat post doesn't cost much and they make a new style flex stem that gravel and cross riders are using that would take some of the jarring out of the picture. Otherwise I would leave it alone, looks cool, I remember when those bikes ruled our state series.

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    Good job!

    Dump the twist Shifters and Romp some Cheap used Vintage XT Rapid-Fire Shifters, XT M737/739 V-Brakes and levers.

    Maybe a seat? Though if it's comfy? Leave it be
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