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    Hanebrink made Descender survivor!

    A very rare very early rear suspension bike resurfaces! In great survivor condition!

    This is what I have gathered:
    From Howleys pics of 1984 Repack there is one pictured so it's 83-84. It's the same as the 1984 MCR Descender from a MTBA mag scan from Repack Rider. Hanebrink made Descender frames before him and Brain Skinner parted ways (thanks First Flight/MOMBAT). And Hanebrink went on to do the aluminum shocker for SE Racing (thanks papawheelie via BMXMuseum) (note the similarity). I could never find any stickered Hanebrinks like this though. I still need to contact Big Bear Bikes to get more info as they are stickered on there also.

    The parts. Not all are original:
    Hanebrink made Descender frame/swing arm Chromoly dark red only minor scuffs-mostly on swing arm.
    SE Racing Landing Gear with brake mounts (and yes this is the OG fork!)
    Hanebrink made rear shock
    Unknown 26" Front rim with Suntour SE hub
    Pro Class 24" rear rim with SR hub
    Both tires Tioga Farmer Johns. 24x1.95 and 26x1.95. A little dry rotted but gnarly tread and still have some of the molding nipple things
    Shimano cranks FC-B124 Biopace chain rings
    Suntour beartrap pedals
    Specialized seat
    Sugino SP-H fluted post Sugino clamp
    HL bars
    Toad stool grips
    Sunline brake levers
    Dia-Compe centerpull brakes
    Shimano Shifters
    Shimano w/ Elk head derailleurs

    Any more info/comments would be awesome.
    And now the pics:







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    That chainstay mounted set of cantilevers is wild!

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    That's Greg Rawuka's bike that used to hang on the wall at Big Bear Bikes! Where'd you get it? Those motocross levers are off my old Breezer! Sure is funny to see this here.

    Greg built that up about '91 using a frame and fork and assorted parts that Dan Hanebrink had in his Big Bear shop.

    If I remember correctly it was the usual story with Dan (gotta love him!)...he owed Greg a few bucks for something or other and gave him the frame and parts instead.

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    Crazy! It's now at AZ Bikes in Flagstaff, AZ. I asked if I could display it there for the time being and they were stoked. It's going to be hung next to an original Breezer and original Cooks. I'm glad I could find out the exact origin-with a good story behind it to boot. What else can you tell me? Does Big Bear Bikes not exist anymore? I called a place named that but the lady I talked to said they never were a bike shop?

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    I have wanted one of those bikes since then....Chris

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    When I read the thread title, I thought to myself, I know where one is right down the road. Looks nice outside with the dust off.
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    Have you met my friends "Bob" and "Brake Jack" ?
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    Build looks earlier than '91. Cool bike.


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    Big Bear Bikes opened in April of '92. It was on Big Bear Blvd. in Big Bear Lake, right across from the KFC. I was a partner, Greg Rawuka was the main owner. I sold out my interest and Greg kept it for a while, but I hear he sold out about 2000 or so and then the new guys eventually closed it. Not sure on the dates since I moved from Big Bear in '99.

    Anyway, Greg got the frame and fork from Dan, did a rattle can paint job on it behind the shop and built it up to be more or less period correct for 1984-85. The derailleurs and cantilever brakes came off of his mid-80s Ritchey Timber Comp. The wheels I believe came with the bike...the rear is a 24" with drilled-out rims. The crank was some BioPace take-off from a customer's bike. Tires were something from out of stock that happened to be about the correct vintage. The brake levers are motorcycle levers that had been on my Breezer. The The handlebar/stem and thumb-shifters also came from Greg's Ritchey...he'd put a titanium Girvin Flex-Stem/Handlebar on the Ritchey.

    When Dan designed the suspension he basically copied the Kawasaki Uni-Trak motocross bikes of the time. The shock is simply an air chamber with the only damping being the internal friction and the added friction of a quick-release on the upper shock mount...crank it tighter for more damping, loosen it for less!

    I rode the thing around a bit, but that particular run of frames was a bit underbuilt and hard landings could damage the swingarm. Sideways landing could knock the swingarm right out of alignment...something I learned first hand. Greg wasn't too happy about that!

    Dan could tell you a bit more. He's easy to find...just Google him. He'd probably be tickled to talk about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmmorath
    Crazy! It's now at AZ Bikes in Flagstaff, AZ. I asked if I could display it there for the time being and they were stoked. It's going to be hung next to an original Breezer and original Cooks. I'm glad I could find out the exact origin-with a good story behind it to boot. What else can you tell me? Does Big Bear Bikes not exist anymore? I called a place named that but the lady I talked to said they never were a bike shop?

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    Holy crap! How often can a vintage bike be pinpointed like this!? This is cool. Thanks Bigfoot.

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    So, whereja gettit?


    Quote Originally Posted by jmmorath
    Holy crap! How often can a vintage bike be pinpointed like this!? This is cool. Thanks Bigfoot.
    "Yeah, Humboldt County is way the %#@* up there, but worth it!"

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    Online from Greg Rawuka. But he gave minimal info on it and I didn't know the name of the person at the time-just figured it out.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfoot
    So, whereja gettit?

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    I love this place.
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    Greg was working at the shop at least until '02/'03; around the same time Burro Bikes got going.

    http://www.mtbr.com/mfr/burro-bikes/...5_1510crx.aspx

    He raced quite a few super d's on those when super d racing was in it's infancy(and hauled azz). Dan Hannebrink still shows up every now and then at the Rim Nordic Races on one of his big wheel bikes.
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    This is a great story. Weird bike too. Great read.

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    Figured I would resurrect the original thread as opposed to starting a new one. We got out hand on this bike and added it to our Descender and SE Shocker. Makes for a nice display of the changes. Anyway, we did switch out a handful of parts. I just couldn't leave the blue brake levers on there and laced up a matched set of rims (RM 25) and hubs (Deore XT). Also upgraded the crank to the 6206. Other than that, just gave it a bath.

    More pictures and details @ http://mombat.org/MOMBAT/Bikes/1984_Hanebrink.html












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    Oh man, be careful of anything with the Hanebroke, oh I mean Hanebrink name on it. I owned a pair of forks from that guy. It was the single worst purchase I have ever made. And they had absolutely zero customer service.
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    "Figured I would resurrect the original thread as opposed to starting a new one. We got out hand on this bike and added it to our Descender and SE Shocker. Makes for a nice display of the changes. Anyway, we did switch out a handful of parts. I just couldn't leave the blue brake levers on there and laced up a matched set of rims (RM 25) and hubs (Deore XT). Also upgraded the crank to the 6206. Other than that, just gave it a bath."

    Um, if you aren't going to use my brake levers, could I get them back, please?
    "Yeah, Humboldt County is way the %#@* up there, but worth it!"

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    That thing is way cool. I have to imagine the rear end on that would be the very definition of wig wag once up to speed though!

    Thanks Jeff!
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    Head angle looks very steep.
    undefined Absolutely must have: Black Machine Tech Zeroflex brake levers (the ones with the rotating leverage adjuster)

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    Quote Originally Posted by uphiller
    Head angle looks very steep.
    uphiller commenting on a Descender, he he, he he.....


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    I love that bike. If you can do a photo shoot with it next to the Skinner Descender.

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    Thought about lining up the SE Shocker, the Hanebrink and Descender up and taking some pictures. Might be neat to see the evolution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfoot
    "Figured I would resurrect the original thread as opposed to starting a new one. We got out hand on this bike and added it to our Descender and SE Shocker. Makes for a nice display of the changes. Anyway, we did switch out a handful of parts. I just couldn't leave the blue brake levers on there and laced up a matched set of rims (RM 25) and hubs (Deore XT). Also upgraded the crank to the 6206. Other than that, just gave it a bath."

    Um, if you aren't going to use my brake levers, could I get them back, please?
    Postage and they are yours I did feel a twinge of guilt since they had been on there for 20 years but just couldn't leave 'em on, sorry

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    Looks great! I'm glad it's there now. I'd take the Pro Class rim back, if you're not using it.

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