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    Building a Vintage long distance bike

    I'm going on a long distance ride in 2015 and I want to build my own bike. I would like to use a frame from 89-92 and I would like help to determine what bike frames of that era would be suitable. I do not want to ride hunched over on a road bike though.
    Frame needs to be steel with plenty of braze-ons and mounting options.
    I'd like to run all XT and 7spd if that's any help.
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    I'm 275# and 6'5".

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    steel stumpjumper. Component wise I think I'd go with something a bit more modern if you'r really going to put big miles on it. Makes it easier to find replacement parts if you need to when you're out on the road.
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    Maybe a 900 series Trek? They're not particularly glamorous, but as noted elsewhere they're solid American built steel frames.
    Don't call it a gooseneck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jak0zilla View Post
    Maybe a 900 series Trek? They're not particularly glamorous, but as noted elsewhere they're solid American built steel frames.
    I agree. Those are highly underrated and relatively inexpensive.

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    CT Team Issue URT. Duh.
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    Curious as to why you'd build a vintage bike to go touring on... I mean, almost any bike can be ridden far if the rider is up to it, so why 89-92 and why full - period-correct - XT? Can't you use something you already have?

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    Rumpy- I can't ride the URT for 100's of miles because it's just to cool and I wouldn't want to wear it out. Besides, there's no eyelets or braze-ons. That's the main reason why I can't ride any of the existing bikes I own- no attachment points. The Pinnacle would work if it were an XXL frame.
    After reading lots of travel blogs about long distance biking, people either build a custom bike made specifically for the trip or they use older MTB's with slack geometry.
    I'm looking for 88-92 because that's when I rode the Diamondback. IIRC, it had full mounting options, so maybe my query is solved.

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    Anything w/ long chainstays, to begin with.. aluminum, steel, carbon.. it doesn not matter. It's the geometry that counts. Be it lx, xt, suntour or a single speed... grab a frame w/ long chainstays.
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    And don't count out touring bikes. Just mount up some flat bars.
    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    This summer I bought a couple of early 90s Schwinn Crosscuts for $40 apiece and they are really fun bikes that have really crappy components. Tons of braze-ons and they can take at least 40mm tires, if you like.

    Despite my best efforts to appreciate them "as-is" in all their beater, Exage-tastic awesomeness, it's hard to leave them alone.

    I've gone one in pieces now, and I'm replacing the mechanicals with early 90s xt, but with modern pads, and Mary style bars with Ergon grips, etc. So you might want to keep your eyes peeled for a large upper end hybrid from the period you like, such as Crosscut or even better: a big Trek 750, and do the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zygote2k View Post
    I'm 275# and 6'5".
    Quote Originally Posted by zygote2k View Post
    I'm looking for 88-92 because that's when I rode the Diamondback. IIRC, it had full mounting options, so maybe my query is solved.
    That's a - pardon the pun - tall ask. A 25 year-old cheap, huge mountain bike that is up to the task of loaded touring under a not-insubstantial you..?

    (Sounds like you might be trying to sabotage this trip before it happens)

    That said, there's a huge Fat that has been for sale forever (this can't possibly be outing... it's been up for 3 or 4 months) on eBay. Deerhead FTW.

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    You could have the pivots on one of those Control Tech's welded up solid so they don't squirrel about under load. You'd have the world's only CT loaded tourer. This would make the remaining CT's even rarer.

    Add another water bottle where the shock was, add some high visibility colored road tires, and hit the tarmac!
    Don't call it a gooseneck.

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    Sounds like a steel bike from 89-92 with plenty of braze ons will fit your criteria

    Should be really easy if you actually search. Happy hunting.
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