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    What type of fork is that?

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    If you mean me, it's a Manitou 5 I think.
    What kind of bike do you have?
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    Dang! You got shocks, pegs...lucky! You ever take it off any sweet jumps?

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    Right on! I bought a 1994 stumpy a few years ago for a couple hundred, intended to commute with it... then I took it on a trail and saw the light. Now I ride it probably 75% of the time, over my AM rig that cost 15 times more. It's set up rigid SS and is astonishingly fun, and surprisingly capable. These are great bikes by any measure.


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    One of my favorite bikes! I had a green '97 that I remember paying $1457 at Performance in Virginia. Sold it in 2000 though. What a leap up from a '92 Mongoose IBOC!!!

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    this is funny! - A lot of love for a great bike ..... I am just now replacing my 98 stumpy M2 comp. I paid $1,300 for it and still ride it couple days a week, what a bargain, probably comes to about $1/per ride! Almost all of the bike is still stock

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    Nice to see such excitement about older bikes, even if they are Specialized.
    I'm partial to old Kleins, now that they can be had for a deal sometimes. I mostly ride my 2004 Salsa, But often enough i pull out a 1989 Klein Pinnacle. I have never seen another out there. Rigid, seven speeds, canti's. It doesn't stop as fast as my disc brakes, but it STILL kicks ass.

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    Got a bit inspired by this post and broke out my 99 Schwinn homegrown Mesa hardtail. Put some new clipless pedals on it and blasted the trails today.

    Still a great bike! Thanks for the stoke.

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    Check Vintage Retro Classic section...lots of classy bikes

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    I love the old m2 bikes. I sold the one I used to race on to a friend many years ago but he won't sell it back to me. It was a 94 m2 rigid in flat red, it was so cool.

    here are some other ones I have had along the way.




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    this is my '93 (?) stumpy with full lx. haven't been riding it as consistently as i would want because i ride solo =/
    but its an awesome ride nonetheless! planning on switching the fork and going threadless. any recommendations?
    and also seatpost, saddle and shifters.
    im fairly new to the mtb game, but im already very passionate and eager to learn!

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    my '01 stumpy was stolen from my garage last week....very bummed.

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    Metal matrix baby!!

    I raced entire '93 season on one of those bad boys...man it was sooo light (for the 90s at least)!! Brutally stiff ride though...ouch.

    Anyone have the "TEAM" model that preceded the M2..tange presige steel..yeh hooweee.. I had a purple one of those..loved it. Suntour Grease Gaurd..ha.
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    Time Capsule opened last week...

    It seems like this is the place to post for people that know/love the M2 era from Specialized.

    I have a mint condition, 1996 Specialized Stumpjumper M2, it is all XT components including the brake levers (they re-designed them for 98), the Rock Shox Judy, the whole bike is original back to the Mavic rims and tires…

    I purchased it in 2004 and thought it was brand new…that’s another story…and it has been ridden about 10 times since 2004, and never off the road….

    So….anyone know someone that is looking for this retro bike?? The only downside is that it’s a 13.5 frame….

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    richboyles, maybe your local craigslist, unless there is a "market" here at MTBR.

    It brought back some very fond memories looking at these older Stumpies and components like the Marzocchi XC-50(?) fork, talk about the RockShox Mag 21, the old Manitou 3, 4, 5, Shimano LX components, etc. My first Stumpy was also a very light, powdercoat blue, like the one posted herein.

    I have since "upgraded" that red Manitou fork to a yellow RockShox Judy SL, the first year they started with something that was supposed to be kinda like Marzocchi's oil bath, but not quite. 80mm travel and still works like butter; from a buddy's Haro Escape A-3 that I told him in the late 1990's.

    I've also been riding my '97 DBR V-Link Pro carbon fiber, which has been a blast. I need to rebuild/replace the Stratos Pro shock one day soon, but will need to go to Fox or another company as Stratos went out of business.

    All fun times, gang. Maybe I'll take the M2 out today instead of the FSR Stumpy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddac
    What are our choices for forks? The Manitou SX that came on the bike (99) is leaking oil pretty badly on the left leg.

    I want the bike to have the same exact geometry!! I also want a fork that's just as light! I think the Manitous that came with our bikes are less than 3.5lbs. Seems like forks nowadays are in the 4 - 5lbs range.

    Would you think it's better to get the Manitou SX rebuilt at the LBS? Or should I just try to find something similar and replace it (but want to keep the V brakes).

    Any ideas or suggestions?

    PS - how much would rebuilding the fork cost roughly?
    I picked up a Magura Duran 80mm back in December that is pretty light. Chainlove has them for around $300.00 every once in a while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sxr-racer
    I picked up a Magura Duran 80mm back in December that is pretty light. Chainlove has them for around $300.00 every once in a while.
    Speaking of Magura and vintage, I still have those red-hot Magura John Tomac hydraulic rim brakes! Talk about a very good design for that type of brake!
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    I think I'm going to have to get my od Specialized bikes back in running order. I still have my first "real" mtb 1994 Specialized hardrock fs. My father has my 96 rockhopper A1, but I can't get him to give it back to me, he just loves it soo much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by creaturefear
    this is my '93 (?) stumpy with full lx. haven't been riding it as consistently as i would want because i ride solo =/
    but its an awesome ride nonetheless! planning on switching the fork and going threadless. any recommendations?
    and also seatpost, saddle and shifters.
    im fairly new to the mtb game, but im already very passionate and eager to learn!


    PM me please if you want to unload that fork!!!!! I have a 93 Marin Pine Mountain that I am trying to restore, and it has the exact same fork, color and everything, but the elastomers are blown out and melted into the tube, so i need a new one... If that one is in decant shape I would be really interested in it. Thanks

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    1996 stumpy

    Quote Originally Posted by richboyles View Post
    It seems like this is the place to post for people that know/love the M2 era from Specialized.

    I have a mint condition, 1996 Specialized Stumpjumper M2, it is all XT components including the brake levers (they re-designed them for 98), the Rock Shox Judy, the whole bike is original back to the Mavic rims and tires…

    I purchased it in 2004 and thought it was brand new…that’s another story…and it has been ridden about 10 times since 2004, and never off the road….

    So….anyone know someone that is looking for this retro bike?? The only downside is that it’s a 13.5 frame….
    I WOULD BE VERY INTERESTED IN SEEING THIS MACHINE...CAN YOU POST UP SOME PICS
    thanks rich!!!

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    Ho ho... our ten year old has just upgraded/grown-into a '94 Stumpy M2 with XTR, o.g. Sachs twist shifters, Avid Arch Supremes and a Manitou R7 up front. He even had me swap on the Suntour XC/Pro traps out of the parts box, since he's not yet into the clipless thing. Great old bikes live on!

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    I decided to sell my s works m2xx, just not riding it anymore...

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    I LOVE my '95 Rockhopper A1! Many times I show up to the trails with 2 bikes, one old and one new and switch off mid-day. People look at me as though I'm crazy, but sometimes I just can't decide which one to ride. I'm even proud of the original white wall tires that it sports!
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    Huh... interesting

    Quote Originally Posted by supercub View Post
    Still ride my almost stock M@. I think its a 95 or 96. I'm trying to find a new fork and some good V-brakes. The cantilevers and flexy Marz really need to go.

    I think that is the exact color my wife's bike was.

    I scored an S-Works stumpy off craigslist for $60... all beaten up to be damned, made ugly for urban bike use.

    I stripped it down, rattle canned it and got it looking good again.... then scratched up the paint. a bit. Rattle can finish is not durable at all.

    But... when stripping it down, I think I saw that as the base color.

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    I have since replaced the Manitou fork for a Rockshox Duke Race, reduced to 63mm of travel... about what the original fork's Axle to Crown was. I also replaced the Juliana bars with more traditional bars, and added a front Deore disc brake.

    Now, if I could just get her to ride it more.....

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    nice to see old bikes still ryding

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    Anybody looking to sell theirs? If so, PM me!

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    after santa brought my youngest his first mountain bike I dug my wifes 2000 M2 out of the back of the shed. a quick wash and air in the tires this stumpy is great. been riding my 2001 M4 with the kids never seen anything wrong with either stumpy.

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    I thought this was the best color, imo.
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    ThreeD I had a frame just like that, sold it on ebay though.

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    This one is gone too. I made the jump to 29ers and never looked back.

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    How much travel do your forks usually have?

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    My son's M2 came with the Specialized version of a Mag 21, at 63mm travel (?) but was switched to and raced with a Mach 5 at 70mm travel. Finally, in 2011 the Mach 5 was upgraded to an R7 with 80mm travel. Compared to the original design this obviously longer and has lifted the front end a little. However, the bike's original owner reports the ride is excellent, if a little less twitchy, and therefore perfect for the 11-year old that's just come up from 24" wheels.

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    Nice stumpjumper

    That is a nice bike man, i have an old 1994 that i just love to ride, i keep it 100 percent original.....
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    1997 Stumpjumper still going strong.
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    Aw I love classic MTBs. It's how I found this forum. I am looking at either restoring or creating a SS out of a 1992 Rocky Mountain Experience or a 1993 Kona Cinder Cone.

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    Here is mine when I got it:



    Then, after spending a summer: buying, fixing, and re-selling similar bikes. I took a bunch of better parts from the other bikes and swapped them onto this one. I now have this, its my commuter/road training bike. Tough and reliable.



    Its actually even better now than in that pic. I have a better road saddle and semi road slick tires

    I want to get a set of mustache bars for it

    Just realized I actually have a hardrock... oh well, close enough
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    Great stories and pics! I am still riding my '02 stumpy M4. put some disc brakes on a few years back (avid 5's) and am thinking of upgrading to 7's. On a similar note. I converted my Diamond Back Ascent from '87 into a SS for riding rail trail and easy single track.

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    After over a decade of single track riding, I recently converted my '98 Specialized S-Works M2 to a neighborhood cruiser (23 lbs now) ..


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    Great bikes.

    I recently took my '95 M2 Stumpy FS for a 20 mile trail ride. She had been limited to commuter duty for about a year. My modern fully bike was down for maintenance, so the Stumpy put on her knobbies again. I thought I'd be *****ing and moaning all day about not being on my other bike. To the contrary - I loved it. The limited suspension clearly has its limitations, but the frame is so stiff and responsive and the power transfer is so direct. Remembered why I always loved this bike.

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    Here's my stumpy M4:

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    still having lots of fun on it. Also just bought a Tricross Sport for dirt roads, rail trail and single track

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    Man, this really makes me miss my old Stumpjumper and Rockhopper. Both were stolen
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    They came in steel too.


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    Quote Originally Posted by burtonridr View Post
    Here is mine when I got it:



    Then, after spending a summer: buying, fixing, and re-selling similar bikes. I took a bunch of better parts from the other bikes and swapped them onto this one. I now have this, its my commuter/road training bike. Tough and reliable.



    Its actually even better now than in that pic. I have a better road saddle and semi road slick tires

    I want to get a set of mustache bars for it

    Just realized I actually have a hardrock... oh well, close enough
    My wife has a similar era Hardrock. They are indestructible.
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    I’m still making miles on my old-timer Admiral Hardtail MTB. Back in 1998 it was my first REAL mountain bike :]] After lots of miles and… long years forgotten in garage… my bike is again on trail. With me :] I will definitely never sell it. Memories are not for sale.

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    Man, I love my vintage Specialized Stumpjumper M2!-imageuploadedbytapatalk1336915879.991601.jpg

    Very cool old stumpy

    I really love this old bike...My 1996 Trek 7000....gave it new life as a singlespeed / fully rigid with eXotic fork.....the geometry on these older bikes just seem to be more lively than modern rides....and it is always fun to make my riding buddies try to keep up with me on their expensive FS rigs!!!!

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    Very cool old stumpy

    I really love this old bike...My 1996 Trek 7000....gave it new life as a singlespeed / fully rigid with eXotic fork.....the geometry on these older bikes just seem to be more lively than modern rides....and it is always fun to make my riding buddies try to keep up with me on their expensive FS rigs!!!!

    My rides: 1996 Trek 7000, 2008 Giant Trance X2, 2011 Stumpjumper EVO ht, 2010 Giant Defy Advanced 3 roadie
    My old 1993 Trek 8000 is due for a new life as well, soon as my 29er is done. I think there's broken bearings in pretty much every component!

    Sure love these old bikes, they are amazing workhorses.
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    I miss my old team M2, some scum bag stole it from my old flat!

    Great bike, had it for over 10 years

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    I still have my 1991 "purple haize" M2. Its been through several iterations - spent a few years covered in tape aka urban disguise while i lived in a big city. most recently its a SS with schwalbe fat franks and a baby seat! hasn't seen a trail in about 3 years (since it got saddled with the kid seat). went SS and rigid a few years ago which to me was only fun in small doses. all this talk is making me think i should swap some knobbys on it and hit the local trails.

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    I like this thread! I was a mechanic back in the days of the first few M2's. Love them. I have the 2nd version (Barney Purple). I'll get a photo up here soon.
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    My wife says I need to clear out some bikes, and I'm afraid that my 97 M2 may the one. It's in great shape and honestly didn't get much abuse. Anyone know how much I should ask for this classic bike?

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    I miss my SJ M2, It was the first real MTB I got, Deore LX FTW

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