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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.

    Can't link. Sorry.

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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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    1988 Nishiki Alien...


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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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