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    Hardtail XC photo thread

    All right yall im looking for inspiration for a XC built for the spring, lets see those hardtail cross country bikes you have stored away after that long winter.

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    My xc hardtail.




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    nice, what componants are you running?

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    This is my XC hardtail, but it wasn't stored away over the winter:







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    im curious, what suspension are yall running in the front?

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    That last pic with the dock is wallpaper material.
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    It got dirty a few times this winter, this was just it's picture day photo
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    Quote Originally Posted by wastelandmanstan
    im curious, what suspension are yall running in the front?
    I've got 80mm right now but this week switching to 100mm. Or are you talking about brand? I got a new frame & fork so i'll post pics as soon as they get put together

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    This is SoCal, we don't have a "winter." So no storing here.

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    This is a rare one. Only two painted like this in existence.

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    Here are my:

    2009 Semi Custom Geometry Lynskey M230 17" Frame.

    17lbs race ready.





















    Full build details can be found here:

    My 17 lbs Lynskey Ti hardtail
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    2X9 Litespeed


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    20lbs. Raced it again yesterday. Pic was from last season. looks exactly the same tho .


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    My Fat at Cockaponset yesterday

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    hey Cheers, any chance you could re post some of those pics? reading the build over in the weight weenies forum and it sounds ballin.

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    Strong Titanium

    Quote Originally Posted by wastelandmanstan
    All right yall im looking for inspiration for a XC built for the spring, lets see those hardtail cross country bikes you have stored away after that long winter.
    Heres some inspiration..
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    Biiig pic here



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    holy **** that thing (the strong) looks so nimble! beautiful bike, how does it ride? what material is that? (i hope its TI, i was just talking about a super similar dream bike today)
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    As seen elsewhere...

    ...but here's mine

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    Hey, I have a hardtail too!

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    Good job!

    Oh...that's purty !!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duckman
    20lbs. Raced it again yesterday. Pic was from last season. looks exactly the same tho .
    What do you think of the XTC frame?? I'm thinking of buying the alloy frame set and building it as a second race bike with SID's i have.
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    It's gotten it's fair share of riding this year....

    especially in the last month
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    Here's what I will use for "XC" from now on:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Damitletsride!
    What do you think of the XTC frame?? I'm thinking of buying the alloy frame set and building it as a second race bike with SID's i have.

    Typical classic HT race frame, imo. Average frame weight(3.5lb for this 19" carbon/alum hybrid). Been racing it off/on since late 05(04 frame). Won a couple races last year on it(Sport 50+).

    Pic from last Sat's 6 hour race in a light rain, fwiw.

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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dazed
    Here's what I will use for "XC" from now on:


    What the hell is an aluminum falcon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wastelandmanstan
    holy **** that thing (the strong) looks so nimble! beautiful bike, how does it ride? what material is that? (i hope its TI, i was just talking about a super similar dream bike today)
    I wont disapoint you - It's Titanium allright!
    The ride is good, very good. If I could change anything it would be the height of the front. Its wandering a bit when the climbing is steep. Thats compensated for -however, when the going points down or on long flat hauls.

    Kasper


    (Another setup. Not as aesthetic -but the Float is way better than the F100X and the Brooks saddle was "not my thing". The mallets is a that-day-only-tryout)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duckman
    Typical classic HT race frame, imo. Average frame weight(3.5lb for this 19" carbon/alum hybrid). Been racing it off/on since late 05(04 frame). Won a couple races last year on it(Sport 50+).

    Pic from last Sat's 6 hour race in a light rain, fwiw.

    http://defiantphotography.smugmug.co...44_vDEhs-X3-LB
    Ye cool, over here we just have a choice between full alloy or full carbon and i'll be going for the alloy. I just want to find out about the handling, i'll be coming off a Klein hardtail thats now too small for me. There is a kona kula on sale in a shop near me for a fraction more.
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    10 year break




    her she is after a ten year break, with some new and old parts.

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    My stumpy .

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    Quote Originally Posted by sherijumper
    My stumpy .

    Coming soon , Moots Rigormootis , I can`t wait !
    That bike brings back memories.

    In 2004 my wife did her first season racing as an elite on one of those. Ended up racing for Canada at World Championships on that bike (ended up 46th I believe).

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    The Alma...

    ...At the top of Little Pine (Santa Barbara) descent, having just climbed the singletrack last Saturday. Such an incredibly, perfectly, sweet bike.


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    Built up a new HT 1x9 bike for Tubewifey! It is almost finished, should have it completed tonight.


    It started out as a used ebay Jamis Dragon frame. The frame is made out of Reynolds 853 double butted cromo.








    A couple coats of aircraft remover and some elbow grease and you get this:









    Then 3 very light coats of primer:





    Then 3 coats of gloss white enamal and 3 coats of clearcoat:






    Finally start to bolt on some nice parts:



    It has Hugi hubs, DT Revolution spokes, Mavic 230 wheels; Continental Race 2.2 Supersonic tires, Ringle Skewers, MY2000 Rockshox SID (2.8lbs), Thompson Elite X4 stem and Masterpiece seatpost, WTB Speed V saddle, King headset, Salsa liplock, Shimano M770 XT crank (run as 1x9), XT rear derailler, XTR Ti 12-34 cassette, 959 SPD pedals.

    Still to go are XTR shifter/brake levers and Avid MagLite brakes. Not sure what handlebar will go on.

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    Man,that's sweet!!!
    Great job on the respray!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by longhaultrucker
    Man,that's sweet!!!
    Great job on the respray!!!

    Thanks. I was joking with her that her "new" bike is turning out really nice and is almost better (better frame and parts) than my SS bike and then I realized it was true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tubedriver
    Thanks. I was joking with her that her "new" bike is turning out really nice and is almost better (better frame and parts) than my SS bike and then I realized it was true.
    Funny how that happens sometimes

    Just keep reminding yerself it's money well spent...and that "if Mama ain't happy..."
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    Quote Originally Posted by sherijumper
    My stumpy .

    Coming soon , Moots Rigormootis , I can`t wait !
    Stumpy for me also. Just bought it in Feb. I havent actually ridden it on the trails yet.


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    what seat post is that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by navymtbkr
    what seat post is that?

    Looks like a Thomson setback.
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    Mine? Yes, It's a Thomson.

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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tubedriver
    WTB Speed V saddle
    Best saddle ever. I dont care how heavy it is, that thing can take a beating and is very comfortable.
    What the hell is an aluminum falcon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by phoeneous
    Best saddle ever. I dont care how heavy it is, that thing can take a beating and is very comfortable.

    It seems to be the best one for my wife. She had a fancy Titanium Terry Womens saddle but hated it.

    I have used an original Selle Flite for years, my butt is used to it so I just grab one on ebay every so often.

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    Winter??????

    never heard of it. February just means things are actually sorta "green" for a change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timmy
    never heard of it. February just means things are actually sorta "green" for a change.


    I ll take winter over that any day.

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    three musketeers (from L to R: Titus Fireline, Merlin XLM, Lynskey M230)

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    dude! Are you trying to drive up the price of Titanium on the commodities market by hoarding Ti?



    Nice bikes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by paneristi
    mine



    three musketeers (from L to R: Titus Fireline, Merlin XLM, Lynskey M230)
    Can you give us a comparison between the Fireline and the Lynskey?
    Riding slowly since 1977.

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    Yeah, you're right. January and February are particularly terrible here.



    You should definitely stay away

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    This will be my XC ride for the season... It may grow some gears when the high country opens up, but will lose them again for SSWC



    (Frame is a Sette Shadow)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yeti07
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    MMMMMMMM nice bike ! I don`t see to many of those around my parts of the world .
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    Here's my 2007 Banshee Viento...





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    STOLEN: '07 Banshee Viento - See Eastern Canada Forum for Pictures. If anyone sees it contact me ASAP!

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    My Zion 660



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    Just bought it yesterday. Went on a 6 mile shakedown ride today. Man I forgot how much fun this was..
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    Quote Originally Posted by navymtbkr
    what seat post is that?

    it's a Thompson

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    My Jamis Durango SX



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    Quote Originally Posted by Timmy
    never heard of it. February just means things are actually sorta "green" for a change.

    nice, who made that? the fork is so cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tpm7
    Here's my 2007 Banshee Viento...
    You have the seat pretty far to the back. Are you sure it is a good position for you?

    OK, here's my "XC" bike, before the snow fell (new wheels and disc brakes on the way):


    Might as well post the trail bike, before some more snow fell:

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    Thanks!

    The builder is Tony Pereira in Portland OR.


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    Here are my two rides. My 10 year old Cannondale and my 2008 Yeti arc. Cannondale needs some new grips. It's my winter beater

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    <img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3473/3269675778_dca5d8cba5_b.jpg" width="900" /></a>

    UPDATE
    Here is the 2009 bike....in full carbon. (www.rotwild.de)

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    My 2008 Rockhopper Disc 29er. I can't wait for the snow to melt around here.

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    A bit artsy:



    A bit more clear:


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    Here is mine, running 2x9 this year (29-42/11-34)

    Disclaimer. I now sell bicycles and bicycle tyres.

    instacrap ----> http://instagram.com/manx71/

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    My former HT made out of a heavy Nashbar steel frame.
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    [QUOTE=strangeland2]Stumpy for me also. Just bought it in Feb. I havent actually ridden it on the trails yet.

    You are going to love it ! It`s been a great bike for me .
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    Mine aren't exactly inspirational, but they get the job done for a 230lb rider.







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    I love my Fat, but when I'm looking for another bike, I'm going to check out those Lynskey's. That is a gorgeous bike!

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    [QUOTE=Pooh Bear]A bit artsy:



    Beautiful pic...

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    Living in Southern Cali...there is no such thing as Winter here. I don't race- but riding a 19-pound hardtail feels just like a mountain goat, up the steepest hills. I've maxed it out at 34mph on the road flats, too!

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    My LiteSpeed Toccoa

    This was bought this winter and been pdated with newer XTR, Thomson, Fizik, Easton, Crossmax Sl and Industry Nine wheelset. Cant make up my mind what wheelset will stay on this.
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    Same pics as in the AM Hardtail thread.
    XTR lever with XT 4pot front and M486 rear
    Fox Float 140 RLC
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    My beauty who was patiently awaiting my return after 3 months of being at sea. took her out for a ride yesterday, and it was absolutely amazing. not exactly your lightest bike around, but i don't have to worry about anything breaking.


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    why not

    my voodoo
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    Winter is coming.

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    Technically, it's a hardtail...

    And a hard front. It's my soulmate:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheers!
    Here are my:

    2009 Semi Custom Geometry Lynskey M230 17" Frame.

    17lbs race ready.
    Very nice - I like the looks of that bike!

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    ...and my favorite pic
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    Quote Originally Posted by coachjon
    why not

    my voodoo
    I absolutely love it! Reminds me of my Banshee a bit, not sure if I could run my regualr trail rig SS though!
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    Nice to see some of those older Talas's still out there,
    Mines from 2004 and still going strong!!
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    I wouldn't have called this thing race ready.

    Until I took it racing.

    Once last Fall, and again a few days ago.

    This is a picture right after I brought it back from the shop, which includes cleaning with their tune. Figure it doesn't happen often, so I should record it.



    If I can afford it this season, I'd like to put a narrower crankset on it and maybe also narrower rims. Aside from that, I'm going to try to keep it to maintenance only. I tried a 29er the other day and really liked it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch
    I wouldn't have called this thing race ready.

    Until I took it racing.

    Once last Fall, and again a few days ago.

    This is a picture right after I brought it back from the shop, which includes cleaning with their tune. Figure it doesn't happen often, so I should record it.



    If I can afford it this season, I'd like to put a narrower crankset on it and maybe also narrower rims. Aside from that, I'm going to try to keep it to maintenance only. I tried a 29er the other day and really liked it.


    Have you tried other tire combos? Smoke/Dart is a great trail combo, but I would opt for something a little more predictable for race application. I think that might help your game alot. Smokes are some of the grabbiest tires I've ridden, but when they let go, they let go hard. Other tires will grab almost as well, but be much easier to ride out in a slide. Keeping the tires under you and under control even in a slde keeps your speed and confidence up. My preference for a do-it-all tire is the Continental Mountain King, but there are alot of good tires out there. Just an idea. Good luck with the racing bud.

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    mine

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barkleyfan
    Have you tried other tire combos? Smoke/Dart is a great trail combo, but I would opt for something a little more predictable for race application. I think that might help your game alot. Smokes are some of the grabbiest tires I've ridden, but when they let go, they let go hard.
    You can have my Dart when you pry it out of my cold, dead fingers. I agree with you about the Smoke. I love the 126 tpi casing in my Panaracers, I think it makes the rolling resistance penalty much lower when running the tires at low pressure. I'm curious to try the Fire XC on the back - they're available with the same casing, they look like the spacing is a little more open and I guess Panaracer seems to think they've got a better rubber compound. So that's probably my next rear tire. I think I want to keep a somewhat chunky tread, at least unless the summer is really dry, because I'm in the Pacific Northwest and it's pretty much always muddy around here.
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    My Cotic Soda with it's winter training boots on at the moment. I'm about to put my Rovals back on with much lighter tyres.





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    My '04-ish Hardrock Pro. Since I took this picture I've replaced the seat with a Selle Italia Flite with Ti rails and replaced the OE fork with a '07 Bomber XC 600 and will be replacing the tires this weekend.


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    nasty...

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    Murphy Strikes Again

    My Haro Flightline Comp
    First ride of the season I got a flat rear. I couldn't find my frame pump so I just decided to go without it, because what are the odds that I'm going to actually need it? Ah, Murphy never lets me down.


    Last edited by marsh rider; 03-27-2009 at 04:58 PM.
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    Hardtails

    is all i've got

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmwjnky
    What kind of stem is this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 251
    What kind of stem is this?
    Ringle Zooka Mountain Stem.
    25.4 mm clamp only.

    Circa 1996? +/- 2 years? I forget exactly.

    Billet machined 7075-T6, w/ Titanium bolts. That fine example he has is anodized blue. Most of the stems were super long. 130mm+ in length, back in the day of super long stem, cut down super narrow flat handle bars, and super small frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tubedriver
    Thanks. I was joking with her that her "new" bike is turning out really nice and is almost better (better frame and parts) than my SS bike and then I realized it was true.
    Which tube do you drive, if you don't mind my asking.

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    Here is mine. 09 specialised rockhopper frame, recent replacement for an 04. Almost all components were added on through a stretched upgrade process. A strange component group that works out to a bike thats one of the fastest on the trail, but can be run into the ground and keep on rolling. Thats pretty much perfection to me. Mech discs, bb7, mavic crossride rims, specialized dual control transmission, manitou relic fork. Recent convert to spd pedals from crankbros.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheers!
    Ringle Zooka Mountain Stem.
    25.4 mm clamp only.

    Circa 1996? +/- 2 years? I forget exactly.

    Billet machined 7075-T6, w/ Titanium bolts. That fine example he has is anodized blue. Most of the stems were super long. 130mm+ in length, back in the day of super long stem, cut down super narrow flat handle bars, and super small frame.
    Correct, the stem I have is probably for the later part of the 90's since threadless wasn't that big earlier on. Even though I'm not that old my MTB roots are retro and I find the modern riser bars not quite right and too wide. Next paycheck the riser bar on my bike is out of here and I'm going back to a flat bar.

    As much as it doesn't match the bike I won't get rid of it, looking at it reminds me of when I really got into MTB in the mid/late 90's. I'm actually going to get other components in blue to match it. I miss the late 90's odd/bright colored components and have had a hard time finding anything other than white and black in color and I wish someone would bring back gum wall tires.

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