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    vintage MTB ads

    just found this one on some random vintage site. i remember it well:
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    Mtbing makes me look like James Dean too.
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    Greg "Hairball" Herbold was the man when I was a kid..




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    Quote Originally Posted by OCtrailMonkey View Post
    Greg "Hairball" Herbold was the man when I was a kid..

    shame we didn't get a 20th anniversary release of those tights.
    trust the tread

    '06 Cannondale Prophet 1000

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    How styles do change. Only a 10 year old girl would be caught wearing tights like that now.
    Use it, use it, use it while you still have it.

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    Man. I had all that Ringle' stuff. The hubs are on my son's 20" bike now.
    I like turtles

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    This kick started everything 30 years ago, I wanted this bike so bad!



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    Since I published the first MTB magazine, all the old ads are in my collection. Here are a few.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    This kick started everything 30 years ago, I wanted this bike so bad!
    I *so* wanted one of those, but they were out of my price range.
    Mountain bike with 15k miles, Road bike with 10k miles, breaking in my 29er by riding the entire AZ Trail

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    While not strictly an ad, this website has the Trek Catalogs dating back to 1984.

    Trek, Fisher, Klein, Lemond bike catalogs, bicycle brochures

    I love flipping through the old catalogs and seeing what was being marketed as the next thing in biking.

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    My fav product name! Its the Anti-Chainsuck thingy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shekky View Post
    just found this one on some random vintage site. i remember it well:
    I had a pair of those forks! In red ano, lasted about 6 months before I snapped the legs off.

    Now, I'm still riding a pair of Z1 bombers from 2006, and they are still going strong. How technology has changed!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfisher1971 View Post
    shame we didn't get a 20th anniversary release of those tights.
    That trulee helmet would still be interresting nowadays...
    If i remember well t was a full face with removable mouth piece...
    expensive cars are a waste of money. Expensive bikes...not so much!

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    Awesome stuff in here.

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    Where did you get this ad online? I wonder if I could buy one to put on my wall in my bike room. Awesome!

    Quote Originally Posted by shekky View Post
    just found this one on some random vintage site. i remember it well:
    "Chancho. When you are a man sometimes you wear stretchy pants... Its for fun..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whason View Post
    Where did you get this ad online? I wonder if I could buy one to put on my wall in my bike room. Awesome!
    my memory fails me.

    sorry...

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    Quote Originally Posted by OCtrailMonkey View Post
    Some footage:

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    In 1981 Specialized introduced their first product for the new type of bikes, a tire specifically designed for off-road. They called it the "Stumpjumper." They were a small company and didn't even have a publicity still photo to send us, so we had our house artist draw the tire.
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    A few more from the files
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    Keep them coming Repack Rider!

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    no disrespect but my first introduction to trails was on this in socal '75!
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    That Moto-Bike is seriously cool!
    Mountain bike with 15k miles, Road bike with 10k miles, breaking in my 29er by riding the entire AZ Trail

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    Makes me think of when the first Rockshox came out. Had pink Rockshox logo on black lowers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1banger View Post
    Makes me think of when the first Rockshox came out. Had pink Rockshox logo on black lowers!
    those were the days! i blew up my first pair on a brodie catalyst!

    head over to Retrobike | If it's Old School, It's in great stuff to look at.

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    Rigid fork, squishy tail (1991):


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    Quote Originally Posted by OCtrailMonkey View Post
    Rigid fork, squishy tail (1991):
    Who needs a suspension fork when you can have a suspension stem!!?

    I remember lusting after that Cannondale so bad after reading about it in Mountainbike Action

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    this one raised a big stink in some circles:
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    This threads is bringing back memory of my youth...

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    Were those tires even any good?? I've never seen anyone with them.
    I like turtles

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    Tires? What tires?
    Seeking MB-2 Fork (19.3), Ritchey FD post silver 26.8

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    Quote Originally Posted by trodaq View Post
    Tires? What tires?
    The Stumpjumpers.

    I was thinking the same thing.

    They must have been a short term thing, I can't even recall them being discussed over on the VRC....

    CK? What gives?
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    Macaw tires were horrible. Less like rubber and more like plastic, but I sure did look cool with my blue front tire and purple rear.

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    Man I love these old ads!! Thanks for the post!

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    old ads are the best, like going through old magazines to see car ads

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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    The Stumpjumpers.

    I was thinking the same thing.

    They must have been a short term thing, I can't even recall them being discussed over on the VRC....

    CK? What gives?
    The Stumpjumper tires were heavy and the tread pretty tight spacing. I had the National tire version. OK on dirt, but they were great for home made studded tires.
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    I like that Ritchey bullmoose bar. And the "fat bike" concept? Wow, everything old is new again...

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    epic

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    Yeti around 1986
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    Quote Originally Posted by OCtrailMonkey View Post
    Rigid fork, squishy tail (1991):

    Squishy is a term used loosely here.
    Short guy on a big bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider View Post
    Yeti around 1986
    The actual paste up, too!
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    The trouble with common sense is it is no longer common

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    Since I have already seen examples of the Fat Tire Flyer posted in this thread, here is an example of what the only mountain bike publication in the world looked like thirty years ago. It's in .pdf format, just so you know. Many of the ads you have seen here ran in my humble rag.

    http://sonic.net/~ckelly/Seekay/ckimages/ftf12.pdf

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    Surfing the web, I found a guy on EBay selling what he called a copy of the Fat Tire Flyer, but it is actually a copy of the MountainBikes catalog from about 1981. No link, but there is one day left on the auction.

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    is that mikes bikes ad from the same mikes bikes we know today?!?!

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    Thanks for posting these old ads. It makes me appreciate how far equipment has come. Not necessarily the experience!

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    it IS the same mike's. i have a friend who is their warehouse manager. he says the number is STILL THE SAME after all these years!!!

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    It was this ad in Mountain Bike Action Mag that really got me into mountain bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    It was this ad in Mountain Bike Action Mag that really got me into mountain bikes.
    it was the issue of MBA in which the san andreas was tested that absolutely sucked me into the sport.

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    I love this thread. I keep coming back to it and look at the pics and follow the links. It's so rich in mountain biking history
    I'm fairly new to mtb so I have alot of catching up! Thanks for everyones contributions!
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