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    What was your first mountain bike?

    What was your first mountain bike?-imageuploadedbytapatalk1339654585.347691.jpg Diamondback Ascent EX 1993

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    actually its this... i just put it on craigslist to sell it, and i have no idea what it is lol
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    1989 Schwinn pro aluminum. Totalled it when I was hit by a car.
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    I wish I had pictures of it as a complete bike.



    I built it as my final high school project. Fillet brazed Columbus Thron, Ritchey dropouts, painted Ford amethyst, which I thought was really cool in 1996, but now just looks a little too pink! I made matching Columbus Thron TIG welded (I had the welding done for me) rigid forks using an RST or Marzocchi (can't remember which) steerer tube with Ritchey tips painted RS Judy yellow.

    It was built up with a Shimano Deore LX groupset, Velocity Aeroheat AT rims in blue (absolute garbage), Kore stem, Kalloy post and bars, Cheng Shin tyres, SDG Bel Air seat and Tioga Surefoot IV pedals.

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    Cadex CFM-2.
    It was given to me by a housemate of a friend of mine.
    All it needed was tires and brakes.
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    '99 Iron Horse ARS 8.0. Still have it in a storage building.
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    Quote Originally Posted by socalkev View Post
    Diamondback Ascent EX 1993
    Mine was a Diamondback Topanga.. somewhere around a '90-91... thing was a tank.

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    GT Tequesta (the yellow and blue model year) with a Quadra SL added. Wish I had kept it for nostalgia purposes.

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    1988 Diamondback Ascent purchased new, I rode the hell out of that thing. Was my only transportation all through college and for several years afterwards. Simpler times.

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    Not sure what year it actually was, but I think 1997. I bought it used in 1999. (Seat post and kick stand were very temporary.)



    I stripped it down, refinished it with matte green paint a couple years ago and built it back up with older XT components and a pair of Deore/Rhyno Lite wheels.

    Now it looks like this:


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    GT Karakoram late 80's early 90s? It was grey texture painted over a white base coat. Rigid fork, of course. Pretty sure it had center bolt mount brake calipers instead of cantis, but it's been gone a long time.

    And oh yeah...BIOPACE!!!
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    '99 or '00 Schwinn Mesa GSX. Got it new, wish I still had it. Next time my friend and I are both in San Francisco, I'm going to try to re-buy it from him. Then it can be my visiting home bike, maybe with a rigid fork if I want to really humiliate my Mom's boyfriend on trails. (He has a FSR XC with a nice fork.)
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    It was this.

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    Trek 800 Antelope. Late 80s, early 90s, I think.

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    1990 Schwinn Sierra MOS

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    2006 Specialized Hardrock Sport

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    1984 Peugeot something-something. Was a total piece of crap, and had even crappier components on it. But then in 1986 I bought my first real mountainbike, which was a 1986 Specialized Rockhopper Comp.
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    I had a late model Klein Pulse Comp as my first 26" bike. I quickly ditched it when a frame builder friend of mine loaned me one of his creations.

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    I wish I had an actual picture of it. It was an orange 1986 Specialized Stumpjumper. I had painted little black tiger stripes on it that were pretty freaking RAD. Loved riding that bike.

    Here is a pic that looks pretty much like it.



    The geometry looks pretty funny compared to today's mountain bikes.

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    Holy crap! I could buy my Karakoram again for the low, low price of $899 plus $125 shipping!

    BRB....

    Vintage 1988 GT Karakoram MTB mountain bike bicycle Shimano Deore 16" crackle | eBay



    Edit: Nevermind--no GT stickers. Too bad.

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    I bought a pair of circa 1985 Huffy (something that resembles) mountain bikes for my wife and I. We were just married and just bought our first home so didnt have much of that disposable income stuff laying around. We rode the crap out of those bikes and I think it was around 1996 when I sold them off and upgraded to "real bikes" for the wife and I. I paid $100 bucks a piece for those Huffys and sold them for $100 for the pair 11 years later...pretty good return for over a decade of usage lol.

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    Giant Iguana

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    I got a very late start to mountain biking; well after I graduated from college.

    My first was a (1996?) red, rigid Schwinn Frontier. The frame looked an awful lot like this:

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    1985 or 1986 Jamis Dakota. Before V-brakes or suspension.

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    '92 or '93 DB Topanga. With purple lightning graphics. Oh yeah!!!
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    It was Rog Joma, long time ago back in 1997/8 i think

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    Mine was a 1988 Peugeot St Laurent that I still have and use as a commuter bike
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    1992 GT Avalanche, Got it with the Rock Shock Mag 20... 48mm of plush travel I loved that bike! Here is the picture I used to sell it on ebay... if you have this bike I'll buy it back from you
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    Mine was a black and red front susp. 1995 Trek 950. I later upgraded the front fork to a Judy. that thing saw 1,000's of miles!

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    Trek 820. I'd post it up but they didn't have digital cameras in 1992.

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    1999 Specialized Hardrock. I was 20

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    at the time i got the DB Ascent ex i was originally gonna get an overdrive at that time 29er but they where sold out and they only had 1 DB the one in my photo or a John Tomac Signature Mongoose i looked at both and the Tomac mongoose look classy but the Ascent ex looked futuristic for the time! with the Predecessors of the Rapid fires and the predecessors of the Shimano Saint brakes shimano exage in 93 was very futuristic looking for its time! for todays bike world its obsolete but back than it was futuristic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tystevens View Post
    '92 or '93 DB Topanga. With purple lightning graphics. Oh yeah!!!
    that is actually a 93 topanga it shares the same purple color as my Ascent Ex!

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    Bright red 199? Specialized Hard Rock -- the entry level model. Didn't ride that on a trail until years later, but that first trail was an out and back to Dutch Creek starting from the bottom part of Hermosa Creek Trail. That really lit the fire.

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    1993 Trek 830. $430 and frame made in WI...
    whatever...

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    1991 Hardrock. Found this pic on the intarwebs. Same color with same matching water bottle cage . I even had a white specialize water bottle to match. Lol. Had one of those bell helmets with the spandex sock thing.

    Ended up breaking the original forks (think only the frame or mayve even the main triangle was chromo and fork that year was mild steel). Replaced it with a newer (95?) rigid hardrock fork that was chromo (dark green and pink). Ovalized the head tube on the original frame and replaced it with another hardrock frame which was black and yellow (don't know year, mid 90s). Pretty much everything was replaced: saddle, seat post, stem and bars etc.I kept my pink toe clip straps for pretty much the life or the bike (one of the few things I didn't break). Ended up being a pretty ugly bike in the end. Wonder if there are any shots of me with it in an old year book (road on the school team with that pieced together bike)...

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    GT Richter 8.0 1993'ish. I had a Giant something or other before that but it was more hybrid than mt bike, I just rose it like a mt bike ;-)

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    1995 Schwinn Moab Elite

    What was left of the chrome moly beast when I stripped the parts and gave the frame to a local co-op.
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    My first mountain bike is a Trek 930 which i am looking to build up this summer.

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    Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo, from like 1989. Red Black and Yellow. Probably weighed 30 lbs!

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    1986 Cannondale SM500
    Red with yellow decals.
    Roller cam brakes.
    Friction-type thumb shifters.
    3x5 Suntour drivetrain.
    Rigid fork.
    Brooks saddle.

    Got it brand new.
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    I don't know the details on my first one besides it being a blue and yellow hardtail made by Pacific. A real workhorse though, it took a lot of abuse and hundreds of miles a year and the only thing I ever had to replace on it was a few pairs of new tires.

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    I am older and bought my first mtn bike about 1986 - a Bike Nashbar ridgid (was there anything else?).

    It had all the latest stuff, "biopace" chain rings. "indexed" thumbshifters. "U Brake" chain stay mounted rear brake (what a (#@*$ disaster that idea was). It was all I could afford at about $330. While it was nice for a while, it fell apart under rough use. I ended up buying new wheels after destroying them from just wear and tear. Bottom bracket (no name loose ball). Headset (loose ball). Bike would not keep a tune and required frequent repair/adjustments.

    I ended up turning it into a commuter bike which it was decent for, but then eventually gave it to a bike coop where they have ghetto kids rebuild bikes.

    I got so tired of replacing stuff and still having a crappy ride I went in '93 and paid $1000 (huge money in those days) for a Cannondale with headshok. Was so stoked to do a ride and find that the bike was still tuned.

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    Hey guys I'm getting my very first bike tomorrow it'll be a Specialized Hardrock. However, I'm stuck on which one to choose and wonder if I can get help as an entry level rider. I have a $500 budget as for now. It's pretty much going to be used everyday for at least an hour and every weekend for about 2-3 hours on trails and parks.

    Buddy of mines has a 2004 Specialized Hardrock Sport $75, completely stock. Then use the spare money to do some upgrades if not upgrade all parts of the bike. Then get other gears.
    or
    Should I go for the 2011/2012 Specialized Hardrock brand new and not worry about any upgrades for now.

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    1984 (?) Schwinn Sierra. I added Oakley BMX grips, Specialized Ground Control tires. I once rode it in a 50-mile race in Pennsylvania - the Punxsutawney Groundhog 50.

    The fork broke attempting a 4' ish drop onto flat concrete. The drop was a loading dock at the Medina Supply in Medina, Ohio next to Garfield School. I still occasionally cut the scar on my chin from that when I shave.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirkdaddy View Post
    It had all the latest stuff, "biopace" chain rings. "indexed" thumbshifters. "U Brake" chain stay mounted rear brake (what a (#@*$ disaster that idea was).
    LOL - exactly like my 88' Diamonback. All I remember about the U-Brake was how well it packed up mud ;-) Rest of the bike was solid though.

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    GT Agressor, LIME GREEN!

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    Huffy, don't remember the make and model anymore though. Was rigid style and had the old style thumb lever shifters.

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    My first and rode it for 20 years.Was going to make a SS with it but upon completion of my recent build I gave this away to a co worker for his wife to ride and it`s still going strong.

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    1985 GT Timberline
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    2004 Gary Fisher Tarpon. Such a solid bike. Throw back to my gel seat toting, reflector rocking, V brake days....miss the heck out of that thing.
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    It was a GT Aggressor, polished bare metal finish. It had big fat aluminum tubes and welds stout enough for a Mac truck. I thought it was the coolest bike ever made. Rode that bike through multi day adventure races.

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    It was a fluorescent lime Shasta rigid circa 1989 that promptly was stolen. I ended up with another one except it was orange.
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    Mine was a 92 or 93 Specialized Rockhopper.....I still had it and then moved out of my friends house about 8 years ago to move out of state and couldn't fit it with my other stuff.....I think he gave it to his brother or something, kind of wish I would have kept it....it was Purple with Yellow decals.

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    I'll let you know when I get it. Hopefully soon

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    giant stp3. 05 i think.

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    88' Iron Horse "Zebra": 6sp freewheel and biopace.
    90' Bontrager OR with the RS-1 rockshox

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    2001 kona lava dome

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    In 83 I had a specialized rockhopper, it was stolen then I had a trek antelope I think and it was stolen too. Then in 84 I think, I got a specialized stump jumper that I rode for a lot of years. I still have it. Not riding it. Looking at maybe getting another stumpy. Have an epic now.

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    I spent most of my younger yrs riding BMX bikes; I had a Diamondback Viper and an '97 GT Mach 1. I beat the crap out of those bikes in the trails, jumping everything I could. Once I outgrew those, I got an awesome Roadmaster from Toys R Us; that bike got a bent rim, and just destroyed as well, and I ended up giving it to a friend. Next I went to Wal-Mart and bough a Mongoose F/S bike (first F/S), and I ended up breaking the cassette off, and the rear shock spring. Next, I went to Dicks where I bought another Mongoose F/S bike (my current one) and I'm using that unitl I destroy it, or save up money for a REAL F/S Mt/XC bike.

    I ride HARD, I jump everything I can, go fast, and go through everything; I don't have high expectations of my current rig and hope it holds up long enough for me to save for a real bike. I LOVE F/S bikes, so whatever I get WILL be one of those.

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    1993 Diamondback Sorrento. I was 10 years old and MTBing was almost as cool as roller blading.

    later in its life I turned it into a single speed. It was stolen while I was at college in 2001

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    1988 GT Timberline. Black with purple accents. Sold it when I graduated from college.

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    Crappy Diamond back which my parents gave somewhere between 1995-1996. It was bad but I had fun with it until it got stolen on 1999.

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    Specialized Camber Elite. honking POS, had it for a week then bought a Cannondale moto 2 carbon was I guess my first real bike.

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    1986 Cannondale w/ 26"front/24" rear.. Still have it !!

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    1997 Gt timberline fs.. great beginner bike!

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    1988 Mongoose IBOC COMP.Replaced every single part on the bike to get it super lite.Took a ride on a proflex full suspension with the stupid elastomers and have never even thought of going back to a hard tail. Doug M

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    Very first bike was a GT bmx bike from target

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    Garry Fischer - loved them and was amazed how well they ride...
    dont have a picture, though

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    Iron girder with wheels on!! Hehe.

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    Went fast downhill!

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    1999 Klein Mantra white/metallic silver paint scheme, aluminum frame, Manitou sx fork/fox vanilla float rear. Unique xc bike. Still got it, pic in my profile album.
    2013 Specialized P 26 AM green/purple. Nuff said

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    2008 Kona Dawgma... Just sold it last week. On a X2 now. But I loved that bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chadalex78 View Post
    2008 Kona Dawgma... Just sold it last week. On a X2 now. But I loved that bike.
    Sick bike.
    2013 Specialized P 26 AM green/purple. Nuff said

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    1997 Klein pulse comp still got it and it still climbs better then any other bike out there

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    '92 Bontrager Race Lite (indigo blue) w/ Rock Shox v.2 (anodized gold)

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    Nisheki hard everything!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sumgai View Post
    '92 Bontrager Race Lite (indigo blue) w/ Rock Shox v.2 (anodized gold)
    Now that was a nice brand and bike before trek ****ed it up like my klein

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    i had a schwin frontier that i tricked out with closeout parts from my local bike shops.i lasated 2 seasons before i bent the front fork and wrecked the cranks on my local trails at the time.it was a good bike,that was fun to ride.

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    1991 Giant Rincon... From a land before disc brakes and at the dawn of suspension forks.... That bike was built like a tank, and rode like one too!!!

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    A red Skykomish Marble Point purchased from Costco in '91 or '92.
    After only a few rides I was hooked on mountain biking but realized the bike was too small so it was quickly replaced by a 1992 Giant Cadex CFM-3 which still sees regular trail use to this day (albeit the only original parts are the frame and fork).

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    An Ironhorse warrior disc. I bought it at dicks around 2002 and rode it to death. I am adding a few small things to it and making it rideable again.

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    Not counting the Huffy I had, the first "real' MTB I had was a Schwinn. I forgot the model, this was around 20 years ago. My parents were sick of me wrecking cheapo bikes, and since I rode alot, they got me a good bike for my birthday that year. Prior to that, I always thought of "bike store bikes" as exotic.

    Unfortunately thar bike was WAY to big for me, and I couldn't really ride it effectively when I started doing actual trails. So my next bike, right around the time I turned 16, was a Univega Alpina 5.1. I really liked that bike, I rode the snot out of it for two years.

    After that I bought the Marin I talk about in my Newbie check-in post.

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    1990 Trek 700

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    1982-ish Schwinn Sidewinder. Not a real mtb by today's standards - more of a transition to a mountain bike. Got stolen my Freshman year at college (1988), and was replaced by a Giant Iguana. The Iguana was an entry level all-rigid bike, but it took a pounding. From Moab to Planet X (Auburn, AL).
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    Well my first mountain bike was a hand-me-down Motive Stonegrinder...basically a shaddy walmart bike. But then a friend loaned me his nice KHS hardtail for a couple rides and I knew I needed to get a real bike. He hooked me up with his friends 1996 Gary Fisher for $180. I rode it for years and then sold it for $150. I regretted selling it so much I picked up a similar bike, a 1998 HKEK for $180. I slapped a Tora coil fork on it and it really rides great...gotta love those old steel hardtails!

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    I had a Giant and a Scott but can't remember the names, then a Schwinn Frontier, but what'd I'd call my first mountain bike was a 2002 Specialized Rockhopper, got it in 6th grade and beat the hell out of it on roads and trail all the way through senior year of college until it was stolen. I loved that bike. By the end, it was nearly in shambles - untrue rims, fading brakes, rusted chain, completely faded grips, a paint job almost completely chipped off - yet I could still ride the crap out of it. Definitely my most prized possession. It will be missed.

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    I 1994 I bought a brand new schwinn 21 speed mtb. I cant remember the model, but I sure got alot of use out of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chadalex78 View Post
    2008 Kona Dawgma... Just sold it last week. On a X2 now. But I loved that bike.
    Now thats a beautiful bike

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    First mountain bike was a mid 90's KHS. I remember the color being a bluish green or bluish purple. Anyone knowledgeable about older KHSs? It was stolen by punks after only a couple years and I didn't get another bike until college.

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    My first mountain bike is my current one which is a '12 Trek Marlin in green....this is also my first post on the board.

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    1963 Sears bike

    2 inch ballon tires 24 inch wheels single speed...rigid.

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    '02 Hardrock.

    Still riding it actually, although not too much of the original bike remains.

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    First MTB was an cheap Matrabike fully, Tourney deralleurs, POS thing imo.
    First real mtb was a Specialized Stumpjumper M2 from 1998, A green one, deore lx compoments, suntour xcp75 fork, then came the Nishiki Z29..
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