Results 1 to 14 of 14
  1. #1
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Posts
    56

    1996ish Signature Addition Rocky Mountain Blizzard

    Hi all I have decided to take my blizzard out of civic duty as the family grocery getter and return it to its glory days as a very fun mountain bike. I started out with a new cassette, chain and front sprockets. Added some new tires, brake pads, ordered a new stem, handlebar and grips. Also have some new decals coming to refresh it as I de-badged it to keep it safer from thieves.

    So I have a couple questions. I have hunted through the forums here but can't really find the answers I am looking for.

    1. Do any manufacturers make an 80mm travel front fork with brake post for V-Brakes to replace my old and sloppy Judy XC? My hubs and wheels are still in great shape and really do not want to spend the extra $$ for a fork, new wheel and disk brake. Forks are expensive! WOW! Would just like to update the forks.

    2. Can I convert my old wheel set over to tubeless or am I just better off sticking with tubes.

    I'll post a picture or two when I get stuff that has been ordered put on.

    Many thanks for any input!

  2. #2
    Hi There!
    Reputation: thegweed's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Posts
    491
    I had a Rock Shox XC32TK with rim brakes, it was 100 mm, but they make it in 80mm though.
    Last edited by thegweed; 06-27-2013 at 01:01 PM.
    NTFTC

  3. #3
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Posts
    40
    The Rock Shox Recon Silver R looks like it would fit the bill, and it would be definitely worth the extra money over the XC28/XC32. Other than that, I couldn't find any decent forks that have V brake mounts. Good quality 80mm forks are also starting to disappear.

  4. #4
    Feel Good About Hood
    Reputation: Pedal/Paddle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Posts
    215
    Manitou Minute Expert, although they are running out of stock on many sites. Chain Reaction has some.

    Manitou Minute Expert Forks 2013 | Buy Online | ChainReactionCycles.com

    Last one on the list "80mm - Gloss Black"

  5. #5
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Posts
    56

    1996ish Signature Addition Rocky Mountain Blizzard

    I may look at the recon when my budget allows.

  6. #6
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Posts
    56
    So here she is. I replaced the decals, added 90mm 6degree rise Raceface Turbine stem, Raceface Turbine 3/4" rise bars cut down to 625mm, new Sram cassette and chain, as well as, new Raceface front sprockets, a Selle Italia gel seat, Specialized Control tires and Koolstop brake pads. Lots of stuff now that I write it down. The only thing my sharp eyed wife did not notice was the stem. Thought I was being sneaky about the whole thing. This thing is so much lighter than my Moonlander but no where near the traction.

    1996ish Signature Addition Rocky Mountain Blizzard-97-blizzard-1.jpg

    1996ish Signature Addition Rocky Mountain Blizzard-97-blizzard-2.jpg

    1996ish Signature Addition Rocky Mountain Blizzard-97-blizzard-3.jpg

    1996ish Signature Addition Rocky Mountain Blizzard-97-blizzard-4.jpg

  7. #7
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    360
    Quit tinkering with your bike and mow that lawn!

    Great looking bike...I hope to see dirt on it next time you show it.

  8. #8
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Posts
    56
    Quote Originally Posted by muddytire View Post
    Quit tinkering with your bike and mow that lawn!

    Great looking bike...I hope to see dirt on it next time you show it.
    You have a sharp eye as well. Calling for rain all weekend so she will get dirty and lawn will get longer!

  9. #9
    mtbr member
    Reputation: dbhammercycle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    766
    Sooo nice. I love my own Rockies. I really like some of those classic XT bits you've got there too. My '02 hammer came with a 80mm travel Marzocchi Bomber Z2 atom race. I need to get it rebuilt, rebuild kits are out there, I just need the money and the time. I would look for a quality used sus fork in your area and rebuild it. I think you could get more bang for your buck that way. Also, I'm for more dirty pics!
    No fuss with the MUSS

  10. #10
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Posts
    56
    Tomorrow it will get dirty. Promise!!😃

  11. #11
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Posts
    56
    Stock XT derailers and hubs. Still as smooth as the day they were new. Original shimano BB and Raceface headset as well all smooth as can be. It been a very good bike! So glad I made it newish again!

  12. #12
    Titanium junkie
    Reputation: Loudviking's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    1,513
    Put a Manitou R7 Pro on my 1999 Airborne Lucky Strike, great fork and has V-brake
    mounts.......
    Good looking Rocky, hang on to it!
    Climb into the sky, never wonder why - Tailgunner
    You're a Tailgunner

  13. #13
    Nice day for a ride.....
    Reputation: Bikin' Bric's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Posts
    1,499
    Looks great, I love old hardtails that have been given a new lease on life. I like the old Shimano parallel push V-brakes. I had a set of the XT's and they were powerful, very loud though.
    2011 Cannondale SL4 29er
    2012 Norco CCX3
    2014 Nashbar Fatbike

Similar Threads

  1. Rocky Mountain @ SOC??
    By vaelin in forum Rocky Mountain
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 05-01-2012, 06:30 PM
  2. "86.5" Rocky Mountain Blizzard Number 9
    By WETYC... in forum Vintage, Retro, Classic
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 01-31-2012, 07:50 PM
  3. Replies: 10
    Last Post: 10-24-2011, 04:27 PM
  4. Rocky Mountain Blizzard Frame
    By cyclesoflife in forum Rocky Mountain
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 08-22-2011, 03:28 PM
  5. Rcoky Mountain BLizzard 1995
    By snoroqc in forum Rocky Mountain
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 07-24-2011, 07:56 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •