• 12-27-2012
    sfb12
    2001 specialized hardrock. Got it used in '05. I miss that bike which explains why I bought a 2010 hardrock.
  • 12-27-2012
    CannondaleF9
    My first MTB was a mid 2000's Kmart bike, stopped functioning in 2010, so I traded it for a (almost) real MTB, the Cannondale F9.
  • 12-27-2012
    mgholson
    First Mountain Bike was a Huffy Scout. Before you laugh it wasn't a total piece of trash. Sure the breaks didn't work, the shifting didn't work, it weighed 35 pounds and rode like a log wagon, but it did have a real nice one piece stem handlebar.

    First real mountain bike was the first Trek full suspension bike with the single pivot, which I bought from a local drunkard while he was in rehab. First ride i endoed ten feet from the truck.

    Next bike was a Specialized Rock Hopper, broke the fork on the 3rd or 4th ride.
  • 12-27-2012
    HawkGX
    Seeing as I didn't start MTB'ing until 2012, my first true mountain bike was a 2013 Trek Mamba, purchased in July. Almost ashamed to admit, but I got the bug so bad that I bought my 2nd MTB in November! Call it an early Christmas/Birthday/Anniversary gift from my wife... a 2012 GT Sensor 9r Elite. Never stopped to consider how utterly addictive this sport is!!!
  • 12-28-2012
    larsd
    TREK Singletrack 930 from 1995 with STX and Alivio components. I was 15 or 16. As proud as hell. Nice ride. I tuned the heck out of it with my very limited budget. Those days I had to think twice before buying a 15USD chain or some red aluminum screws for the same price. It was either this or that within a month...
  • 12-28-2012
    chris11557
    Trek 820 2008 which was quickly sold for a much better bike
  • 12-28-2012
    PdlPwr
    GT Ricochet circa 1992. It had those one piece curved bars which in retrospect were very functional and comfortable.
  • 12-28-2012
    Stumpy3496
    1 Attachment(s)
    Mine was a very badly used Raliegh Lizard, probably a 1994 or older, bought for just 15...

    Entered my first race on the bike as stock, plastic pedals, levers, breaks and random gears. it was 'off the track' at Herne Hill, near Brixton London in 1998 and soon after I bought a Stumpjumper.....
  • 12-28-2012
    Sun Burn
    First real one was a Diamondback back in like '91 when I was a kid. Got back into riding again in 2006 after a long break and bought a Motobecane 400HT for 100 bucks off of a buddy. Had a few bikes since then.
  • 12-28-2012
    bikeabuser
    1983 Japanese something ... I bought it while stationed there.
  • 12-28-2012
    Traveller584
    My first real mountain bike was a hardtail Cignal Zanzibar that I just got rid of. Bought it new in 1996 and rode the hell out of it! Replaced it this month with a 2012 Trek 3700. Man, mountain bikes have come a long way!
  • 12-28-2012
    Gundam168
    My 11 year old urt



    enjoyed it immensely during the first year until my dushe bag brother in law called it a mall bike. After that it was 10 years of riding in bitter denial.
  • 12-28-2012
    nccole
    My first decent one as an adult was a KHS Cro-mo. Not sure of model, it was given to me. No suspension, 21 speed, and until a bike I got for Christmas, it was my only decent bike. Love how light it is, but wanted something a little more rugged and not beat up.
  • 12-29-2012
    shagster
    1994 Trek 930. I put a lot of miles on her and she put a few scars on me.

  • 12-31-2012
    rockerc
    Oh my word! I just found this going thru old files here... Not my first bike, but the first suspension I ever used. The RS-1 fork, attached to a Bontrager OR frame, lots of titanium bits, Cook Bros. cranks (managed to snap 2 sets of those), Pace rings, XTR shifting, Power Grips on the pedals, and somewhere jammed up into my bum is a Ti Flite saddle. All cutting edge stuff at the time! This was in 1990 on a spring day on the North Yorkshire Moors. The colors are awesome, and I don't mean the vegetation!... BTW, I know that looks suspiciously like a mullet, but it ain't!


  • 12-31-2012
    Flyin_W
    (thanks to this ^^ no longer 2 shy 2 share)

    1985 Cannondale SM600 26"x24" (rollercams, XC Pro, atop PC's Wasatch Crest.

  • 12-31-2012
    octavius
    Thats a fringed mullet dude. Loving yir bike.
  • 12-31-2012
    rockerc
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by octavius View Post
    Thats a fringed mullet dude. Loving yir bike.

    Do you mean my 'mullet'? Or Flyin W's? His bike is cool too :)
  • 12-31-2012
    octavius
    Rockerc it's your mane I'm talking about. It's a beau.
    I've had two phases of sporting long hair, got I chopped most recently when a mate started calling me gandalf and the wife was grumping. And I was smelling like a yak after big rides.
    Funny thinking about biking for way back when. I lusted over some total nonsense as well, remember Exage Mountain and Axo Ponys?
  • 12-31-2012
    50calray
    2007 KHS XC104 bought used in 2008/2009.

  • 12-31-2012
    supersedona
    My first mtb was a 90s Huffy that I never quite knew what model name was since it was painted 4 different colors and not very well before I got to it. Brought it home in a bucket, took the paint off the important surfaces and it actually worked pretty well for being free. I ran it for about a few months after I discovered trail riding(as a early teen). After learning trail riding my road riding kinda got booring. It lasted a little while until I found a Univega Land rover and opened my eyes to the world of cantilever brake(Lol).
  • 12-31-2012
    coling
    1 Attachment(s)
    Trek Mountain Track 820
  • 12-31-2012
    doctrine
    2007 Jamis Exile SS 29'er




    Got back into bicycles in 2007 after a long hiatus. I kept hearing about those newfangled "29'ers" at the time and thought I'd try one out. Singlespeed brings out the kid in me, reminds me of a big Sting Ray in some ways.
  • 01-01-2013
    eraser.in.time
    Mine was a Raleigh M-40. I was recently gifted a 29er.
  • 01-01-2013
    killerb68
    GT Karakoram....believe it was a 94 model
  • 01-01-2013
    rockerc
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by octavius View Post
    Rockerc it's your mane I'm talking about. It's a beau.
    I've had two phases of sporting long hair, got I chopped most recently when a mate started calling me gandalf and the wife was grumping. And I was smelling like a yak after big rides.
    Funny thinking about biking for way back when. I lusted over some total nonsense as well, remember Exage Mountain and Axo Ponys?

    Glad you like the do Octavius, I have had long hair since the start of the 70s I guess, every 10 years or so it comes back into fashion, to which I am a slave... If you look closely at my footwear in the picture... AXOs! Exage Mountain was on one of my bikes back then, I think I may still have some old bits from that somewhere in my bit boxes.
    I still have the OR frame in my garage here, I have some ideas for restoring it, but I just cannot decide how to do that. Thinking of either going as original as possible, much as it is in the picture, or turning it into a single speed carbon-forked rigid with that burnt orange crackle paintjob I have always lusted for :)
  • 01-01-2013
    Bikerlady
    This was my first mountain bike.


    This is what I ride now.
  • 01-03-2013
    c_t_smith
    1 Attachment(s)
    1989 Diamond Back Apex: Steel frame, rigid fork, cantilever brakes, 1st gen thumb shifters. I even had a dropper post courtesy of a HiteRight! I had a LOT of fun on that bike!

    Mine was similar to this one:
  • 01-03-2013
    Bob C
    BRIDGESTONE MB1 Still have it.
  • 01-04-2013
    tater9.75
    An '01 Trek 820 still riding it today.
  • 01-04-2013
    longbeachmd
    Was a marin nail trail, someone with light fingers is now lovin it.
  • 01-15-2013
    socalkev
    Bump!
  • 01-16-2013
    Kudzu Kannibal
    No pics but it was a low end GT All Terra in 1991...no shocks and when I got into triathlons in 1996, I converted it for my first race (Fat Tire division) adding clip on aerobars and slicks. Once I decided to do triathlons full time, I bought a tri bike and the GT became my 29 pound training bike. Sold it at a yard sale for $20 in 2002.
  • 01-16-2013
    The Yetti
    Mine was a Scwinn Mesa Runner in 1987 I think. Got stolen 5-6 years later, then bought a Specialized Hard rock in 94, was a 95 model, chose the one I bought because of the thumbshifters thought the trigger shifters on the other ones were a "fad"
  • 01-16-2013
    bedargvid
    Agent Orange Surly Troll for me. I now ride road and a bit of cross, but it's still my favorite bike.
  • 01-16-2013
    Mazukea
    2007 Spesh Hardrock. I didn't even ride any trails when I bought it though. It was more to just get around.

    My current 2012 Camber is my first Mountain bike that has seen ACTION!!
  • 01-17-2013
    FinRoller
    2006 Kona Cinder Cone. Still have it as a summer cruiser for paved roads with super moto tyres.
  • 01-17-2013
    Ladmo
    1986 Trek 850 Antelope. Blue frame. I converted it to a commuter bike and the frame finally broke coming home from work a couple years ago. I got more use out of that bike than any other bike I've ever owned.
  • 01-19-2013
    BigRingGrinder
    Balance 250

    Still have the (cracked) frame.
  • 01-21-2013
    socalkev
    1 Attachment(s)
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by socalkev View Post
    Attachment 703706 Diamondback Ascent EX 1993

    Updated photo of my ascent ex!!!!!!! Attachment 754720 shes begining to look alot like the response!
  • 01-22-2013
    thunder
    A giant rincon. Man I loved it. Wish I still had it. Most comfy bike ever.
  • 01-22-2013
    fatpig
    Interesting thread....

    First looked like this one 88 or 89 Jamis Diablo - exage bio-pace - yikes..... replaced it with a Nishiki Alien.... double yikes...

  • 01-26-2013
    druddock
    first real one was called a land gear...
  • 01-26-2013
    Shiftfaced
    My very first mountain bike ever was a Magma or Magna or whatever it was called when I was in elementary school. It was my first bike that could change gears. Well now that I am really into the sport now but new, I am still on the lookout for my first "legit" mountain bike that I won't break on my first run. Due to lack of resources at the moment I'm having to wait a few more weeks before I can make a purchase. Def have been browsing the classified though and doing my research to know what to look for. I'll post my "real" mountain bike after I get it.
  • 02-04-2013
    02GF74
    a blue Trek 850 circa 1989
  • 02-04-2013
    JackJr
    First mt bike the model was a Mt. St. Helens - I think it was a Ross but not sure of the brand. I borrowed it for a summer. First one I bought was a 1991 Bridgestone MB-5. Still have it but it does not get much use anymore.
  • 02-04-2013
    zeimet50
    2011 Trek 3700 Disc
  • 02-04-2013
    TheMushroom
    1 Attachment(s)
    2011 Trek Mamba, well that was my first real bike anyway, before that just cheapo's when I was younger.



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  • 02-04-2013
    groupbmonster
    2001ish Ibex Alpine 350
  • 02-05-2013
    VTSession
    1996 Cannondale F600. I worked all summer bagging groceries for $5/hour when I was 15 to buy it. I think it was $800 in 1996 dollars. I rode this every single weekend, year round with my high school riding buddies. Rain, snow, ice, cold......ever weekend we rode. Those were the days.
  • 02-05-2013
    Charly Baltimore
    1995 Barracuda A2R :thumbsup:
  • 02-05-2013
    nelzbycks
    Hahaha! Lol! Mine was a 2012 Moonlander, and I'm over 40 years old! Hahaha! I've had plenty of road bikes though.

  • 02-05-2013
    Mtn-Rider
    1992 Murray Mountain Shadow, black, rigid, fun.
  • 02-05-2013
    Dipstic
    2003 Mongoose MGX DXR wal-mart special.
  • 02-05-2013
    zgroove
    GT Karakoram/No suspension/Crackle Paint
  • 02-06-2013
    TAOS1
    1990ish Schwinn Impact. Broke the forks off a drop and upgraded to a Trek 7000.
  • 02-06-2013
    rbrsddn
    Mine was a 1988 Giant Sedona. Still have it.
  • 02-06-2013
    Garrick_s
    First REAL mountain bike was a 1996 GT LTS-1.
    Sold my 93 KX500 for 2K and went and rolled into buying the GT.
    Great bike back then for full suspension in the 90's.
    Hand made frame and XT components, etc.

    Still have it in the garage and thought of fixing it for my 15 year old son who s showing an interest in joining me on rides.
  • 02-06-2013
    jonnyolo
    Trek 7000 after seven years the frame broke, but it was a good bike.
  • 02-06-2013
    meerkite
    Trek Marlin
    Trek Marlin
  • 02-06-2013
    meerkite
    Trek Marlin 29er
  • 02-06-2013
    JChasse
    1 Attachment(s)
    A 1989 Trek 830. Sort of a piece of crap. If I remember correctly it had plastic brake levers. Then I got the bug and upgraded to one of these (1993 Marin Pine Mountain) - a completely different beast. I wish I still had it today, purple ano and all.
  • 02-10-2013
    ChugachNative
    2008 kona caldera puchased at REI for $900, cant bring myself to sell it. Since I have owned 2011 cannondale trail sl2 26er , 2011 cannondale trail sl2 29er, 2011 cannondale sl4, 2011 trek cobia, 2012 salsa mukluk 3, and a 2009 surly pugsley.
  • 02-10-2013
    CannondaleF9
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ChugachNative View Post
    2008 kona caldera puchased at REI for $900, cant bring myself to sell it. Since I have owned 2011 cannondale trail sl2 26er , 2011 cannondale trail sl2 29er, 2011 cannondale sl4, 2011 trek cobia, 2012 salsa mukluk 3, and a 2009 surly pugsley.

    Do you still own all of those bikes?
  • 02-10-2013
    KSD
    I had the same bike, sweet ride!
  • 02-10-2013
    KSD
    I have a Trek 7000 as well, I hope the frame doesn't go bad on mine!
  • 02-10-2013
    3vil
    my very first mtb was a skykomish in that amazing neon yellow/green. man the 90's were a great time to be a kid!
  • 02-11-2013
    Kiwiplague
    First mtb I owned was a 1993 Giant Iguana. In green (nice lizardy colour if I recall). Cro-moly frame with a Shimano Altus A20 groupset.
  • 02-11-2013
    justgent1
    My first bike was in 1988, a Schwinn High Sierra. I replaced almost every part on it as they broke, I think by the time I gave it away the only thing original was the frame and forks.
  • 02-11-2013
    Boothy82
    Merida Duracarbon 980. Raced on it as a kid about 15 years ago and the frame is still sitting in the shed. Dont have the heard to thrown out a carbon fibre frame. Maybe when my boy is a bittle older ill build it up for him ;)
  • 02-11-2013
    gamertech84
    Columbia Twin Peak from sports authority. What a POS.
  • 02-12-2013
    cwalton
    Schwinn Sierra. 1984. When I bought that bike used off a friend a whole new world opened up to me out there in the eastern Utah mountains.
  • 02-13-2013
    smperault
    My first "real" mountain bike was a 2000 Rockhopper FSR. Uglier than sin, but man that bike could move...lol
  • 02-14-2013
    Hairic
    I think my first one was probably a STOLEn one.... yeah i wasnt a good kid, but any way needed more post to create my own thread. Thanks
  • 02-14-2013
    mjgrenger
    90-91 Nishiki Colorado rigid frame.
  • 02-20-2013
    Vlad_OfTranssylvania
    Ti Kona Hey-Hey... It was my dads and about 2 sizes to small for me! Worked great till the chainstay got chain suck one to many times and wore through...
  • 02-20-2013
    noxxie
    haha! a raliegh firefly, to be honest it was a bucket of crap!
  • 02-21-2013
    mpmffitz
    Motobecane
  • 02-21-2013
    Rojo Grande
    1 Attachment(s)
    A Nishiki Alien with elevated chain stays, index shifting and oval chainrings.:thumbsup:
  • 02-21-2013
    purple1042
    1990 something hard tail red Gary Fisher, bull horn handle bars, excellent bike, rode it on slick rock in Moab, Utah and climbed like a champ.... also up Kennebec pass in southwest Colorado... think it doesn't fit me any more but would make a great touring bike....
  • 02-21-2013
    teknolog
    Those old school steel frames look so fragile. Of course they probably aren't, but we're so used to aluminum and carbon these days, and the tube girth that goes with those materials.
  • 02-21-2013
    mtnbikej
    '94 Giant Iguana. Still remember the horrible purple splash on black paint job.

    Eventually was stolen out of our garage. Would eventually replace I with a '96 Gt Avalanche LE.
  • 02-22-2013
    BigSur02780
    Early 90s GroundControl, that bike was badass at the time what a piece of crap now that i look back.
  • 02-23-2013
    Treyness
    Just ordered a GT karakoram 3.0....my first ever. As a youngster I always cruised on Dyno's, and the sorts.
  • 02-24-2013
    Repack Rider
    1 Attachment(s)
    1976 on my modified 193? Schwinn.
  • 02-24-2013
    The Yetti
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Repack Rider View Post
    1976 on my modified 193? Schwinn.

    Was hoping you would post on this thread, since your first mountain bikes were the FIRST mountain bikes!:thumbsup:
  • 02-24-2013
    octavius
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Repack Rider View Post
    1976 on my modified 193? Schwinn.

    Sons Of Champlin?
    And the repack.

    Respect.
  • 02-24-2013
    etetro
    Trek Y frame- Classic!
  • 02-24-2013
    Gregon2wheels
    You can find anything on the internet.

    Here is a picture of someone else's Raleigh Traverse, just like mine.


    Full rigid that weighed -- ready for it -- 42 POUNDS.

    It was a lot of fun. I could keep up with some of my riding buddies. Nothing ever broke on it.

    I added a pair of Power Grips - the SCARIEST accessory I have ever tried. They stayed loose until you needed to get your foot off the pedal (like when you were crashing), when they tightened up to hold you foot to the bike.
  • 02-24-2013
    jp4whln12
    Geez everyone is so old! just kidding guys. My first MTB (other than the huffy or other cheap kid bikes) was a 2006 Gary Fisher piranha.
  • 02-28-2013
    Thumpy69
    God Im Old
    I had the sears baby blue banana seat bike in 1975, Converted it over the years until my first huffy in 1981, first diamondback in 1985, First true MTB was a 1984 Puegeot Canyon Express which I got used in 1987 for 250 bucks. Both rims were bent, front derailuer was completely gone, and the cantilevers were broken off when someone stole it in 1990. Tree limbs mess up stuff bad when you catch em. Bought a new 1993 Trek MT 700 and have been riding/upgrading it since. Starting to look at the new Treks this year.
  • 03-01-2013
    307antilla
    Mine was a mid/late 80's Panasonic. I want to say it was a Mountain Cat? Maybe! Had a pearl white paint job with hot pink lettering, thats all I can remember, if anyone can remember the model or has any pics of the same bike, please post!
  • 03-01-2013
    Son Of Don
    late 80's Trek Antelope 800
  • 03-16-2013
    davez26
    Re: What was your first mountain bike?
    Lotus something or other from Sears. Late 80's. Okay starter rig I guess. It had Suntour components, but cheesy BB-sheared spindle once, twisted another, screwed up the freewheel-teeth jammed in housing, and replaced the fork-hit a tree. She was a loss when I wiped out in Cheyenne Canon and the bike went down down 100 feet or so. Cost more to fix/replace, so bought a Trek 930 SHX, then a Fuel 70. Still riding the 70. I realized the other day the only stock pieces left are the main triangle and shifters.

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  • 03-28-2013
    bleedinblue
    Ha...what was Wal-Mart selling around 2000 or so? Next? $100 or slightly over for a FS that I thought was so cool (My first time seeing a FS bike)
  • 03-28-2013
    Richard43
    1986 Norco Bush Pilot, forest green, rigid fork. Still have it.
  • 03-28-2013
    ducktape
    2 Attachment(s)
    First proper one was a 2001 Specialized Hardrock A1 Comp FS (ha ha back then FS stood for Front Suspension). Had a Judy TT on the front cost about 1k (Au). These days bikes haven't changed that much except that for the same price you get a slightly better fork and disc brakes.

    Attachment 785379

    And I thought I'd just add that before that I had a "Dunlop Mens MTB" (kind a like a Huffy pretty much) well two actually, first one got stolen, 2nd one I rode until the bearings wore through the rear hub!
  • 03-28-2013
    davez26
    1 Attachment(s)
    Re: What was your first mountain bike?
    I give props to a buddy of mine who had the highly acclaimed 'Huffy Night Stalker'.
    Heavy Duty frame - way heavy!
    Steel wheels-painted black from the factory including brake surfaces. The paint wore to the shiny metal below!
    Cheesy, flexy brakes.
    About 3 feet extra cable housing.
    Stamped steel chain rings.
    Crazy cheap tires.
    And more!

    My buddy ran that thing with me and we tortured it. He just rode the pee out of it. He asked me if I could help; I shortened up the housings, Kool Stop pads, Panaracer tires, took a grinder at work and resurfaced the wheels-tons of sparks! Worked a million adjustments, never great, but ridable.
    One time riding, the kickstand took a direct hit and one of the welds broke, rammed into the wheel and some spokes. 'What do you want to do now?' - 'throw this damn thing away!' I was hoping he meant the bike, but instead, he bent the stand back and forth a bit 'til it came off and threw it down the canon. Then he says 'let's ride!'
    It may have been a piece, but the engine is what really made all the difference.

    *picture from Google Images

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  • 03-29-2013
    Club Mud
    Ritchey 1984 Commando, painted custom color at build. Still own it and restored/upgraded it last year.






  • 03-29-2013
    Smudge13
    1991 Schwinn High Plains! Woohoo! Bent the fork about six months after I bought it... LOL