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    Man, I love my vintage Specialized Stumpjumper M2!

    A good bud just sold me his 1997 Specialized Stumpjumper M2 hardtail which is in near-cherry condition. Components all work great. His wife rode this bike for about a year, and it's been sitting in their garage ever since.

    I rode with my 2 buds at Aliso Woods this last Sunday morning, and the M2's riding characteristics/qualities all came back to me during the ride -- this is my 2nd M2, I stupidly sold my other about 10 years ago.

    Man, what a STIFF frame! "Stiff" to a 40 year old phart now feels even more jarring to a 50 year old phart! BUT, jeezers, what pedaling and climbing efficiency! And, the bike still has that great balanced ride ... no front wheel/tire washing out when pushing speed into corners, no front wheel lifts on climbs, in fact I was pedaling out of saddle and was still getting incredible traction up some very steep ascents.

    Anyway, this bike has me all excited about riding again. The last time I was this excited was when my same bud sold me his 1997 DBR V-Link Pro Carbon Fiber with full-on XTR, upgraded Marzocchi Z1 X-Fly 100mm fork, and John Tomac/Magura hydraulic rim brakes. Remember these? :-)

    Just wanted to share my excitement over my "new" bike. It brings back some fond memories, and I sure do love climbing on it!


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    It would be cool to see the old bike and the new bike...
    I should be out riding....

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    I used to own one of the old M2 Teams (same one that Ned won the worlds on)....it was red, fast and sexy....but if you scratch it...the paint flakes off. Post up some pics!

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    Herb--glad to hear ur getting hooked on riding again. I took my first night ride myself last night in over 4 years--I'm surprised the batts were still good. Anyway I've been laying off the roadie and have become better acquainted with my Stumpjumper this summer/fall.

    Stay ridin'

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    Pete, we gotta start a Stumpjumpers Club! *LOL* And, glad you're getting reacquainted with your Stumpy. I subscribe to Bicycling, and man do they have some gorgeous, sleek road bikes these days! Wow! But, nothing like dirt for me! :-)

    BTW, were you and your family affected at all by all the weather problems that TX experienced in the last few months?
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    Ike was a dud here in central Texas--here in Killeen we received a whopping .02 in of rain and some 30 MPH winds that lasted several hours.

    Quote Originally Posted by Schwinng
    Pete, we gotta start a Stumpjumpers Club! *LOL* And, glad you're getting reacquainted with your Stumpy. I subscribe to Bicycling, and man do they have some gorgeous, sleek road bikes these days! Wow! But, nothing like dirt for me! :-)

    BTW, were you and your family affected at all by all the weather problems that TX experienced in the last few months?

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    I'm still riding my S-works M2, it's now more of a commuter all around bike now though. I bought that new in 96 as my first "high" end bike and have put many miles on it. I still love that frame I don't think I could ever sell that bike.
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    I still use mine all the time. I don't think I will ever get rid of it.
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    Awesome to have fun on an old bike. My mom's Trek Mountain Track 800 still gets attention..from me.

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    I used to admire those bikes. Very clean, very nice design. If I ever come across one, I'll jump at the chance to buy it...

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    Nice. If only 11 years is vintage I must be getting old.

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    I still ride/race my '97 S-Works M2

    I've ridden 7 Leadville 100s, 5 Cascade Creampuffs, and a bunch of other endurance races on it. Lots of good memories and one bad (I rolled my car with it in it).

    I just bought a Specialized Stumpjumper Marathon Carbon, though, so no more racing on the S Works. The carbon frame with a modern fork has a much smoother ride. The S-Works will be my backup bike, I guess.
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    hey sybil...

    ...does this mean you're gonna change your screen name back to 'M2'?




    love and kisses,

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    Quote Originally Posted by parkmeister
    ...does this mean you're gonna change your screen name back to 'M2'?

    love and kisses,

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    PARKMEISTER!!! *LOL* You're one of the few people still around here who even remembers me by that handle!!! Actually, I thought about it!!! Ha!!!

    Don't own a Schwinn any longer ... just a '97 DBR V-Link Pro carbon fiber, this '97 M2, and a '08 Fuji Tahoe Comp 29'er.

    Let me know whenever you come down to L.A. and you want to ride Brown Mtn or the Santa Monicas.

    Later, kimchee breath!

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    Good to see some more of these around. My racing bike is a stumpy pro from 97. Everything is upgraded on it except the derailleurs. It's still one of the lightest frames and it was made in the US

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    I just got a 98 M2 special edition off ebay and love it, spec for the $350 I paid with XTR.

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    Way cool...

    I am building up a 15 inch Specialized Rockhopper made of Nitanium. Keeping the old frame and swapping most over to newer, not period specific, components.This is a backup up hardtail for the wife just in case the main ride is injured.

    !Awesome bike and thanks for posting!

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    Post pics of that bad boy!!! :-)
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    Too bad nitanium is 99.9% marking BS and 0.1% real. Similar to A1, M2, M4 actually being different.

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    Hey Schwinng - I've got the very same Stumpy Comp 2 - same cool blue and everything. I still ride that bike. It's been great to me as well. I've fianlly been looking at new bikes lately and having a real hard time choosing....none of them seem that great compared to my old Stumpy.

    I'm trying to move to a FS due to a bad back but man, that stiff HT has spoiled me. Thanks for posting. Seeing your/my/our bike made my day.

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    I always wanted a stumpy.


    Who didn't, I guess. My rockhopper of a bit later vintage was pretty good too.

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    My Rockhopper gave me 8 great years Mtn. Bike service. Since I got it (used at that) I have replaced every part on the bike except for the stem and seatpost. It's still going strong as my commuter/tourer.




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    I had a rockhopper for 5 years that I did everything on. Commute to work, MTB all over the tahoe rim trail, I even did a tri on it! (WTF was I thinking?) I sold it to a friend who sold it to a friend. Far as I know, its still on the tahoe trails, thats what I like to think at least.

    Best thing about it, it was like $500 brand new and the only thing I ever replaced was the headset and tubes/tires. It's rockin' a chris king.

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    Good thread,i love the older bikes.

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    I tried to resurrect my 95 stumpy.
    the stock mag 21 is blown out so I picked up an 80 mm marzocchi mx pro lo bomber. alas the fork seems to screw up the geometry. Bike isn't really ridable. Probably will strip off the worn bits and ebay the frame this winter.

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    98 s works

    I still have my 98 s works. I paid 1,800 for it with full xtr, and have riden it in 12 states. I don't think I will ever sell it.

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    I have a '98 Dew Green Stumpy that was my second mt bike. I'm giving it a makeover, converting it to an all-round commuter/grocery getter bike.
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    I just bought a late 80's model hardrock from the LBS for $60 after taxes, it has all original parts, such as; arraya rims, grip shifters, and cantilever breaks. I plan on repainting it, its in dire need of a paint job, and converting it to a single speed for my winter beater, I feel guilty taking my trek 6000 out in the salt and the slush.

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    no front wheel lifts on climbs, in fact I was pedaling out of saddle and was still getting incredible traction up some very steep ascents.
    I think it's because they weight a ton.

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    Sorry but a 98 is no where near vintage. 1985 maybe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jskornick
    I just bought a late 80's model hardrock from the LBS for $60 after taxes, it has all original parts, such as; arraya rims, grip shifters, and cantilever breaks. I plan on repainting it, its in dire need of a paint job, and converting it to a single speed for my winter beater, I feel guilty taking my trek 6000 out in the salt and the slush.
    LOL

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    say what

    read the thread this was started with a 97 bike?

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    Whats Your opinion?

    I found a StumpJumper (think) M2 at a pawn shop. It is yellow, neck bearings are loose but was thinking for the price, $100 I would buy, get tuned up, spend a little on it and ride it. I haven't rode for a long time but thought it maybe good excercise for kids and female friend. Didn't want to spend alot incase it didn't get used. Can I find replacement forks? shock absorbing style? other parts? I think it had Shimano crank set, shifting not sure if it worked properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kccobra03
    I found a StumpJumper (think) M2 at a pawn shop. It is yellow, neck bearings are loose but was thinking for the price, $100 I would buy, get tuned up, spend a little on it and ride it. I haven't rode for a long time but thought it maybe good excercise for kids and female friend. Didn't want to spend alot incase it didn't get used. Can I find replacement forks? shock absorbing style? other parts? I think it had Shimano crank set, shifting not sure if it worked properly.
    You can buy a used M2 (around the same year as mine) on craiglist.org for about $200-$250. Finding new 80mm forks that won't cost you an arm and leg are rare these days. But, I've found some used ones on eBay for less than $100.

    If the bike you found is really beat to hell, I'd look elsewhere, pay an add'l $100 and essentially get a rideable bike. Although I ride this one, I'm also keeping it around for my son to ride when he gets a little older.

    Razorfish, it cracked me up when I got to the top of a hill and a bunch of 20-something year old guys were checking out my bike saying stuff like, "Yeah, his looked really bare essentials like that one (pointing to my bike)," and "Dang, man. You'd probably get all beat up on an old bike like that, huh?"

    Although '98 isn't all that old, I think these guys, who all rode newer dualies, probably equated "old" or "vintage" with V-brakes, short-travel (80mm?) Manitou elastomer bumper sprunk fork, 8-speed tranny, and remember those Specialized tires (Team Master, Team Control) with white walls? Yep, my bike still has its stock Specialized tires. :-)
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    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.


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    Here is my 98 S-Works. This bike recently went from retired to the neighborhood, to my go to Indiana trail bike. I almost regret buying a full suspension for riding local trails around here. The S-works climbs so much better and honestly descends almost as easy as my FS bikes just have to choose your line a bit better.



    My riding buddies and I were out a month or so ago in Brown County State Park and were riding our late 90's bikes. It was pretty sweet. My S-Works, a 98 DBR Team issue (Cadel Evans ride back then), and a 96 DBR Ti. Good times!
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    Mine is gone

    I had a Stumpjumper up until recently and that was a solid built bike for sure. Dark blue, I loved that color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by supercub
    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.


    By the color, that is a '95. I still have the rigid fork in that color that was replaced by a 63mm Judy on mine in mid-95. Even after I went to an FSR, the HT was still in use, and rebuilt and upgraded countless times. I finally gave it to a friend two years ago. He still rides it regularly and swears it works as well (or better) than any of his friends fancy new hardtails


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    Bought my Specialized Hardrock Comp at REI back in the summer of 96. It was my first "real" mountain bike. Upgraded it through the years, most significant of which was a Rockshock (stock HR only came with a ridgid fork). Been riding this bike almost every weekend when weather permits. Fast forward 14 years later and it is still used almost daily, the past couple of years being used daily as a towing rig for a bike trailer / bike train (bike trailer plus a trail-a-bike). This bike has been absolutely bullet proof - I am even on the original tires still! The only minor issue I have is the Shimano Quick fire shifter stick a little bit on the front derailleur.

    Every time I visit the LBS or see someone on the trail with something flashy I am tempted to get something newer (disc brakes, better front suspension, lighter, sportier). But then I think back to all the good times and memories I had with the Hardrock and the thought just goes away. If only everything else in life was as perfect.

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    Buddy of mine bought one of the original SWorks Black M2's. Not to long after that he kinda stopped riding it, He worked for the University Police Department while he was in grad school and used his bike to patrol with. I had told him if he ever sold it that I wanted Dibs. Years later I ran into him and asked him if he still had it, "Nope, sold it to Presley"...........WTF..........

    That was a wicked bike and road great.
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    I remember seeing two of those fold in '96 in the same race in expert class. crack in half top and down tubes!

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    Wow, I never had any idea that the year 1997 could be associated with the term “vintage”. Makes me long to go out and ride my 1986 Specialized Rockhopper Comp, so I could properly use the term “vintage” without sounding luck a schmuck.
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    I just got a '97 Stumpjumper Pro to go with my other Specialized stuff. I just got a couple brief rides on it, but it's awesome! I've got some green Ourys at the bike shop and some other stuff for it on the way. Right now I'm trying to decide what to do about the fork (servicing and upgrade options), but I wouldn't mind keeping the V-brakes.

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    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?

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    It shouldn't cost more than a hundred bucks to replace the seals and change the oil on your current fork. Look for an 80mm fork, There are quite a few lightweight xc forks with posts for V brakes, You might want to run a disc in the front especially if you are doing a fair amount of descents.

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    I had this frame and my son and I made it into an SS for around town, later using a SID for weight. It evolved into his racer which slowly acquired carbon bits, XTR, custom DT/Chris King wheels, and a nice shock. He raced it for a season. Even he said it was stiff but it was defintely a worthy frame.

    I built him a Yeti Arc for racing which was more supple. The M2, though, has always been a favorite and he built it up, himself this time, into an SS for around town.
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    I had a Stumpjumper just like the original poster, only red. That thing was super stiff, even to the teenager I was back then. But man did it handle awesome! I still remember how I could rail that thing. After probably 6 years, the chainstay cracked. Then I got an M4 S-works, which was also pretty damn fast, but I ripped the derailleur hanger off that. This thread reminds me of how much I used to love Specialized... maybe it's time to revisit them.

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    My first real mountain bike.
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    Last edited by soontobe29er; 05-12-2011 at 07:25 PM.
    What kind of bike do you have?
    A Sledgehammer.
    Dang! You got shocks, pegs...lucky! You ever take it off any sweet jumps?

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