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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard43 View Post
    1986 Norco Bush Pilot, forest green, rigid fork. Still have it.
    Oops, it is an Alpine not a Bush Pilot.

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    I was bought Specialized Hardrock Sport 2009 model and never ride on mountains.

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    Late bloomer when it comes to a "real" MTB. '09 Moto 700HT.

    Before that I quasi-MTB'd on an old 90s Peugeot Hybrid.
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    My first Mountain bike was a brand new 1987 Gary Fisher Hoo-Koo-e-Koo, blue with new deore, state of the art u brake under chainstays. It was awesome.
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    What was your first mountain bike?

    My first mountain bike was a 1996 Parkpre Pro 825. Full rigid steel frame and cantilever brakes. I fell off that bike many times. It was a 17” frame so didn't really fit that well. It looked a lot like this one from Retrobike (not my original bike as I couldn't find a photo).

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    My first full suspension bike was a 1997 Marin Mount Vision. Weighing a little over 30lbs it had an aluminium frame, 100mm rear travel, Fox Vanilla coil over shock, a Marzocchi Z1 BAM 100mm travel suspension fork and V-brakes. (In this picture dating from 2008 it has Shimano Dual Control shifters fitted. It originally came with Shimano STI Rapid Fire pods). The frame couldn't accept disc brakes which is why I eventually replaced it.

    The 1997 Marin Mount Vision was a great bike that pedalled well whilst providing a comfortable and controlled ride. It still wouldn't disgrace itself against a current full suspension bike from today. The first time I saw a Marin Mount Vision was at the 1997 Polaris challenge two day orienteering event held on Exmoor. A pair of riders on another team were riding matching Mount Visions and they looked to be going really well, which made me take notice. When I got to test ride one at a bike shop later in the year I was sold by how well it performed and had to have one.



    My current bike, a 2012 Specialized Epic 29er. It weighs around 25lbs with a carbon fibre frame, 100mm air sprung suspension travel front and rear, carbon fibre rims, a Powertap hub and hydraulic disc brakes. When you look at the Marin alongside it gives an idea of how design fashions have changed over the years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by socalkev View Post
    Attachment 703706 Diamondback Ascent EX 1993
    My first mountain bike was a Huffy bought from Canadian Tire if I remember correctly. I don't have a picture to share, but it was a mighty bike.

    I ran into a lot of problems because it wasn't the highest quality bike. I still had a blast riding it though.

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    What was your first mountain bike?

    My first MTN bike was a 1993 Giant Rincon which was stolen, so I replaces it with a 1994 Fuji full rigid CroMo. The chain stay cracked from so much chain suck so I replaced it with a 2001 Jamis Eureka hard tail, which I currently ride. I'm too big for a FS, and it still works great so there's no reason to replace it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by askibum02 View Post
    My first MTN bike was a 1993 Giant Rincon which was stolen, so I replaces it with a 1994 Fuji full rigid CroMo. The chain stay cracked from so much chain suck so I replaced it with a 2001 Jamis Eureka hard tail, which I currently ride. I'm too big for a FS, and it still works great so there's no reason to replace it.

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    It seems to be a trend. Those first mountain bikes aren't always the best, but they get the job done

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    '13 Giant Revel 1. First one I've bought myself. Before the Giant, I was riding a Mongoose.
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    New to the MTB scene (8 months or so) and this is my first bike. Love it!!


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    1987? Specialized HardRock... or was it a RockHopper...
    Not certain what I was thinking regarding safety gear. But hey, it was the 80s
    Mountain bikers who don't road ride are usually slow.
    Roadies who don't mountain bike are usually d***s.

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    This is my first adult MTB. Bought it 2001. Didn't have a clue about mountain bikes back then. I chose the bike that has more shock absorbers.



    Yes it's a URT (they were popular back then). It never occurred to me to replace some components before buying my second MTB 2 years ago. So I recently replaced the crank, the BB, the chain, the rear derailleur and the pedals. And now it rides better than it did the first time I rode it 12 years ago. I just need to buy a new fork but I can't find any threaded forks anymore.

    Now, I hardly use the other bike.

    My second bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gundam168 View Post
    This is my first adult MTB. Bought it 2001.



    It never occured to me to replace some components before buying my second MTB 2 years ago. So I recently replaced the crank, the BB, the chain, the rear derailleur and the pedals. And now it rides better than it did the first time I rode it 12 years ago. I hardly use the other bike anymore. I just need to buy a new fork but I can't find any threaded forks anymore.
    That's awesome. I love it when you can breath life back into an older bike.

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    My first bike was a DiamondBack, circa 1988..can't remember the model. No suspension...I was in high school and rode as much as I could. As you can see in the pic, I was looking mean in front of my DiamondBack MTB.


    My first bike with suspension was a 1996 Nishiki Backroads. I added a Rock Shox Mag 21 and went everywhere with that MTB.
    Now in this pic, I am sporting a nice set of bike shorts and a huge helmet (safety and comfort first).

    Miss that Nishiki.....
    Looking forward to riding.....

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    Late 90's (?) Stumpjumper with Rock Shox Judy fork! I was addicted after my first ride.

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    1989 Marin Eldridge Grade

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    Specialized Hard Rock Cruze, I wanna say '91. Pearl white with blue lettering. Beat the crap out of it so much that the shop mechs would groan every time I came by to fix something. I still have it, on its 4th fork, 2nd mismatched wheelset (now 8 speed rear). It's basically backup for others who may need it if I go riding with friends, just can't seem to let it go, may have to someday convert to SS since Suntour XCT is still the component group, mostly.
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    I would say my Metallic Orange Trek 800 sport was my first real mountain bike. My brother had a green one and as kids we beat the crap out of those bikes. We raced through glen trails behind our house then into the neighborhood. We crashed a lot, had bike drag races where we ripped on our Gripshifts and rode down stairs. Those were some great bikes in the early '00s

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    1991 Trek 7000. Started the love on this bike. Who knew the path it would take me on?

    edit: this image is not my bike but the best representation I could find.
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    Cannondale.

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    Jamis Diablo in the smoke color. 1987 maybe?

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    1997 GT LTS-2. This was in 2010 when I started riding. A little past its prime but I rebuilt it all and I kept up with all my buddies on way newer bikes with better technology. I miss that bike, love my new one but I should have kept my GT as well.

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    Mongoose IBOC comp 1994. I have another one now
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    The GT timberline that I bought used got me started in 2009', The Yamaha "moto-bike" got me started in 1975! (but I won't try to say that was MTB)

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    A hunter green Giant Yukon.... Back in 96 or 97.

    Still have the frame stashed away somewhere.... I wanna dig it up and turn it into a SS
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    Great things are done when men and mountains meet. This is not done by jostling in the street .

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