Keep it funky?
Wondering if I should keep building this up with my assorted collection of parts that I have accumulated over 23 years of MTBing or try to source more original era components.
I may be getting a immaculate/stock 1985 Ritchey MTB so having another retro bike is not too important to me.
That is a mint, (folding) ground control on the floor I could start with.
The wheel is a extension of the foot
Close up pic of the stem please.
I dig the carnival look! If that paint looks as nice up close as far away it's a real gem! By all means keep it era correct, but thats just me.
Seek: Koski Trailmaster. Breezer Series 2, or 3. Fillet brazed Ibis Custom. Cunningham Racer. Otis Guy (but not that softride model
). That's all I need I don't need anything else... except... except for an old Mountain Goat bar stem combo. And that's all I need. I don't need anything else. Except.....
Not every day you see a rainbow fade Ibis. That looks sweet. At the very least, I'd ditch the colored tires....
Personally I would build it up period correct... but whatever makes you happy.
Your Ibis have the baseball logo with the 4 digit SN like mine? Man, your ride looks nice.
As for that Ground Control "S" , I wouldn't use it since they usually lasted one week of riding at best!
I would go back to circa 89 or so for the original stuff and put it on. Probably the only area I would compromise would be for V-brakes if it's going to be rode on a real basis. Those damn XT canti's in either the 87-89 version or the low profile versions after that just don't work as well in my opinion, and I didn't switch to V-brakes from canti's until late 2007, seriously.
Good friction shifting is getting hard to find nowadays....
Nice bike, but judging by the seatpost extension and the stem rise/length, I'd start with a frame that actually fit you.
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