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    Mine was a late 80's or early 90's schwinn, sierra I think. It was red with black splatter paint. Complete with a matching rigid fork. It had all the gear, full lx, toe clips, computer, bar ends and a girvin rock ring!

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    Quote Originally Posted by the kraken View Post
    Mine was a late 80's or early 90's schwinn, sierra I think. It was red with black splatter paint. Complete with a matching rigid fork. It had all the gear, full lx, toe clips, computer, bar ends and a girvin rock ring!
    I faintly remember that model. Any photos?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpinDirt View Post
    I faintly remember that model. Any photos?

    I do have one pic of that bike. It's a scan so it looks like crap





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    First Mountain Bike

    Klein Pulse Compis my first mountain bike. I had always ridden road, starting with Peugot, then upgrading to Mercian and finally Colnago.
    Wanted to upgrade my Klein, but unable to remove rear cog set. Tried using chain wrench and lock ring tool, but it wouldn't budge counter clockwise, (or in either direction).
    I love the Klein as it has been a strong and rock solid bike, but after 15 years needs upgrading.

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    First was an early 90s Trek Antelope 820. I then saved plenty of summer grass cutting money to buy a brand new 1997 Specialized Stumpjumper Comp M2. Still one of my favorite bikes to this day.

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    First real one I had was a Marin nail trail that lasted for at least 12 years. Had new everything except a bottom bracket, seat post and seat post clamp. Did thousands of miles till one of the chain stays started to crack. I put that down to using it on a turbo trainer.

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    1987 Diamond Back Assent EX. Yellow paint scheme

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    My nephews birthday is coming up. What age were you guys when you got your first mountain bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenlong View Post
    My nephews birthday is coming up. What age were you guys when you got your first mountain bike?
    I was 22 going on 23 when I purchased my first mountain bike. But that was in 1987 when mountain bikes weren't as ubiquitous as they are now. Kids weren't riding mountain bikes yet in those days.

    Depending on how old your nephew is, I would consider getting him a bike that he can take care of himself. . . something simple like a bmx bike. Mountain bikes have a lot of intricate components that can be pretty difficult to take care of or fix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenlong View Post
    My nephews birthday is coming up. What age were you guys when you got your first mountain bike?
    I was 14 in that pic above, riding to my first job that paid for that bike. Things were a lot different back then though (20 years ago). Most kids these days couldn't care less about bikes. Just buy him an ipad

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    My first real bike was a mid-90s Univega Rover, rigid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenlong View Post
    My nephews birthday is coming up. What age were you guys when you got your first mountain bike?
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    50 years ago.
    Holy crap! I'm old.
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    You may be happy to hear that my dad has kicked cancer's ass. Now he's looking for whoever sent it.

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    My first bike was a 1987 specialized hardrock with 24" wheels and suntour xcd 4050 components. I was 11 years old. My favourite day of the month was when my mountain bike action magazine arrived.
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    my first bike was a british eagle in late 90s

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    A brand new 1992 Specialized Hard Rock which I still have and ride 6 days a week.


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    My first was a used 1996 Cannondale Delta V F400. Got it when I was ten. Rode it for 3 or so years and then passed it down to my sister.

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    93 Specialized Hardrock. New from LBS. Front fork with about 25 mm travel. Couldn't believe how much money I was spending, my heart was racing. That thing lasted less than 2 months.

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    department store 'apollo' yeh still got it.

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    Raleigh Technium Instinct. Bought it around 1990.

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    It was a 1990/1 Trek 970. Black with some white splatter highlights. Bent the frame going off a 4 foot drop with no suspension. Replaced it with a first generation carbon fiber frame, the Trek 8000. Talk about flex!!! ;-)

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    My first mountain bike was a gary fisher Joshua F3. Blazing orange and just a beautiful bike. It was kind of sluggish in how it handled and i broke the frame in 3 years. It was a great ride. After a two frame replacements i'm riding a gary fisher Sugar 3+ 2003 model which i have found to be very nimble.

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    Mid 90's Trek 7000 hardtail.

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    1990 Schwinn High Plains or something like that.
    But my first "real" mountain bike was [IS] a 1992 Trek 8700 carbon fiber with Rock Shox Mag 20.
    Added Nuke Proof hubs, Bontrager rims, Panaracer Smoke/Dart, carbon bars, Onza porcupine grips, original Shimano SPDs. I still have it in this configuration and rode it up until last year.
    Still have the neon Yellow Trek Helmet and I still use the stupid Shimano spd shoes in blue/gray/teal. I really need to upgrade!

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    My first Mountain Bike was a Raleigh Lizard.

    At the time it was awesome!

    I cant remember the exact date, but it must have been around 1990. I was 12

    Cant post pics or I would put one up.

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    First mountain bike, or first bike I rode on dirt trails (as an adult)?

    First bike I rode as a MTB was a Giant Sedona. I think Giant once used that name for a proper MTB. This isn't. It's about a 2005 model, hybrid or comfort bike with somewhat MTB-like styling. Bought it to ride around the 'hood, then started riding for fitness then eventually started exploring some of the local trails. Then I was hooked.

    After a couple years of riding that bike on the trails (upgraded tires and saddle along the line - bent the original saddle in an ill-advised attempt at air) and achieving some weight loss goals, I decided it was time for a real mountain bike. So I bought a 2011 Stumpjumper FSR. Wow, what a difference!

    Still have the Sedona, but it's time for it to find a new home. It's a victim of the obsession it created, and I need to make room for more bikes.

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    Raleigh M-80

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    Falcon Dual Suspention kids bike. It was an awesome bike!!

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    I found this pic on the interwebs but its the same year and model as my first real mountain bike.
    1993 trek 800. I had a 2 or 3" elastimer fork on it.

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    specialized p1 all mountain

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    My first MTB was a Jamis Diablo (1998). It came with Deore components..

    Looking back, the frame was too big for me.. But we really didn't care about bike fit in the 90's. We just rode..

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    Haro.... sick

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    My first and only was a Fuji Suncrest, I had some great times on that bike, I wish I still had it.

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    My first mtnb was a 1992 Rocky Mountain Blizzard (it got stolen 2 years later). I replaced it with a Wheeler
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    I bought myself a Specialized back in the early 90's for like $165. I don't remember the model name at all.
    2009 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Elite

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    Wish I had a pic of it but a little hardtail trek when I was about 8. My dad and I used to hit the trails and I would try to keep up with him on that little thing. Good memories.

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    I've had the normal store bought bikes but my first serious bike(current) is a GF Cake 2 dlx.

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    A basic Norco I believe. Had a lot of accidents on that bike!

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    first mountain bike

    I started riding trails on my bmx bike, actually. 1997 redline rl340, chromoly frame. I upgraded (upsized more like. Unless walmart bikes Are upgrades) to a 2000 mongoose xr100 full suspension. That was my First mountain bike. And i rode the crap out of it (at least 4000 clocked miles) before i broke It beyond repair... rest in peice(s)

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    1998 Moongose full suspension. My brother and I dropped $200 on a pair of these bad boys, NOT! We took them out to Tsali and rode both Right and Left Loop and by the time we rolled back into the parking lot he had a broken chain and a broken frame, I had a broken chain and broken rear derelleur.

    After that amazing day of riding we realized that we were hooked on mtn biking and there was NO way these bikes could handle the hard riding we were going to throw at em. So we went out and bought some real bikes, I got a Trek Y Glide and my bro who is 6'4 210 lbs ordered a Barracuda (not sure the model).

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    Living in Bogota Colombia (very difficult to get bikes at the time) Ross Mt Hood in 1983

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    1994 GT Avalanche, CHROME. Loved it, until I broke the frame. I grew up on a GT performer and loved GT's, but the third broken frame had to look elsewhere.

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    Now i have this BBBEEEAAASSSTTT


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    a supermarket bike

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    1989 Specialized Hard Rock in black. Got stolen within 1 month. Next was a '90 Miyata Country Runner that I rode for a few years.

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    GT timberline. Bought it at "play it again" sporting goods (used) for $99. gradually morphed it into my Sette Reken "Frenkenbike" that I still ride and still use the seatpost and one V-brake from the GT.

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    first proper bike - 1988 cannondale sm1000

    loved it, was a surprise gift from my parents, burst into tears on christmas morning - i was16 and just getting serious about biking. came with a u-brake on the seat stays, 18 speed xt, 1.75 irc tyres, a 13 inch bottom bracket and a useless extra long hite-rite - remember them?

    still have it and intend to set up as a single speed 'other bike' as a summer project. could never sell it.

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    I wish I still had it...

    A 1990 Specialized Rockhopper. Steel frame, rigid fork, plastic cage pedals, thumbshifters.

    My wife had a similar one and we rode the trails around Colorado Springs for years on those bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by octavius View Post
    first proper bike - 1988 cannondale sm1000

    loved it, was a surprise gift from my parents, burst into tears on christmas morning - i was16 and just getting serious about biking. came with a u-brake on the seat stays, 18 speed xt, 1.75 irc tyres, a 13 inch bottom bracket and a useless extra long hite-rite - remember them?

    still have it and intend to set up as a single speed 'other bike' as a summer project. could never sell it.
    Hite-rite... the original dropper!

    Dang - an XT-equipped sm1000! You were ballin'!

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    Here's what I started out on - a department store special. It's a Schwinn SX200 or something like that. This thing's just plain dangerous for trail use. Wheels wouldn't stay true, brake pads were bad, and it weighs a ton. But hey...didn't know any better back then.


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