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    1993 mb3

    Sold my 1989 MB1 as I like the 93 MB3 better It's livelier IMO.



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    This bike turned up at my local auction site. Can anyone ID it and how much should I pony up for it if I do bid?
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    According to the Sheldon Brown site on Bridgestone; that particular scheme fits the 1994 series, I can't tell the number on the oval decal on the seat tube?
    EDIT: I see that XO and CB series have the same oval decal placement denoting the model as the MB series; but only the MB series from -1 to -4 have front suspensions; Rox Shox and Tange it seems?

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    It's a 1994 MB-5

    Bridgestone Bicycles 1994 Catalogue page 35

    You can see on that link what it cost new, decide for yourself what to bid. Not a bad bike, not especially collectible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FurryCrew View Post
    This bike turned up at my local auction site. Can anyone ID it and how much should I pony up for it if I do bid?
    Higher-end Bridgestones were desired because they were some of the last mountain bikes built using lugs, which was the "traditional" method for making frames, and because the Grant Peterson (the guy who designed and speced the later bikes) had a unique view of the industry and how bikes should be built.

    The bike in question is a fine bike and will ride well. However, it's not a Japanese lugged frame - it was TIG welded in Taiwan. And in 1994 Grant kind of "gave up" his vision and sold bikes that people wanted, not what he wanted to design. So if you're looking for a bike that works fine and has no real collectable value, this one will work great. But if you're looking for a bike and you've heard that "Bridgestones were super cool," this is not one of the bikes that was being referred to.
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    Got it for a steal off local CL!
    Equipped with Suntour XC pro
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    Nicely setup, good score. Needs a nice Logic fork on it if you can find one.....

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    Too small for the rider who set it up.
    WTB: Bomber Z2 1 1/8 steerer, in good to excellent shape OR bomber rebuild kit.

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    Rebuild MB-1

    Bought from Benbonty and rebuild



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    That is beautiful.

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    PSA: Totally stock, low miles, purple XO-2 just popped up for sale sort of in my area. Guy says it's a 52cm. No relation, yadda yadda. Pm me and I can steer you to his link. He is asking $500. I apologize in advance if this is bad juju.

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    Crossposted to Blue Collar Classics. Saw this on the roof rack in the parking lot next to the bike shop.

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    Mine in its natural environment .

    A MB-3 frame (1993) is on its way to me, found on Ebay. Waiting to be build






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    MB-3's

    Couple of my MB-3's...
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    Ready

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    Re: Official Bridgestone Thread

    It's been a year since I picked up this '89 mb-3 for a song. It has gotten me back into biking regularly, serves as commuter as well as trail bike, bikepack rig, tourer, gravel grinder, and even off road tri bike. I've ridden it through sunshine, rain, pitch black nights, thunderstorms, and snow. I've worn out the rear rim, chainrings, and seat, as well as usual wear and tear items.

    She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts.

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    1986/87 mb2

    Just aquired my first Bridgestone today from original owner. Ridden once, original owner had wheelset, post and saddle stolen after maiden voyage, it was left unridden since.









    Does anyone know the seatpost size? 26.8 seems a smidge to small and 27.2 to big. I assume 27.0, however would like to confirm before i purchase one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steel29er View Post
    Just aquired my first Bridgestone today from original owner. Ridden once, original owner had wheelset, post and saddle stolen after maiden voyage, it was left unridden since.









    Does anyone know the seatpost size? 26.8 seems a smidge to small and 27.2 to big. I assume 27.0, however would like to confirm before i purchase one.
    Hi,

    Can anyone confirm the seatpost size on the 1987 MB2? I believe it's either 26.8 or 27.0

    Thanks for the help!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiefFlatFootNoBeard View Post
    It's been a year since I picked up this '89 mb-3 for a song.
    Do you live in the PNW? I feel like I recognize those places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steel29er View Post
    Hi,

    Can anyone confirm the seatpost size on the 1987 MB2? I believe it's either 26.8 or 27.0

    Thanks for the help!
    On my MB-3 (1993) seatpost size is 27.0, my MB-1 is 27.2. I am pretty sure yours is a 27.0.

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    Re: Sizzler, yeah, those pictures are from the Coast Range and Mary's Peak in Oregon. The mb-3 is great for the logging roads and most trails in the immediate area.
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    1991 mb-4

    Official Bridgestone Thread-bstone3.jpgMy little beauty, picked this up about a year ago from someone at work, she bought it brand new in the bay area. Avid single digit 7's, longer seatpost, high rise bar. Rides very smooth.

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    1991 cb-1

    Official Bridgestone Thread-bstone1.jpgMy wife's custom build, custom paint, wooden fenders. Both of my B-stones use 26.2 seatp Official Bridgestone Thread-bstone2.jpgost, which I found on Sheldon Brown's website.

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    Nice paint!
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    Official Bridgestone Thread

    My CL find. MB-5 lugless. Shimano STX throughout. Nothing special but if I clean it up I should get more than the $40 I paid for it.

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    Mb-3

    Here is my Bridgestone MB-3. It has Ritchey Logic, Rim Cyclery, and "comp" stickers on it. It was given to me by a family friend. I don't know anything about bikes or this bike but I'd be curious to know at least what year its from if anyone knows. Thanks!
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    My three MB's











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    My 1989 MB-3

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    what's left of the original fork

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    Overinflated tire?
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    Update to post #25

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    It has taken me forever to complete my rebuild project. But its done. If you go back to post #25 on page 6 you will see the before picture. Still need to work on adjusting the brakes after the first couple of test rides.

    Now I would like to find another Bridgestone to set-up with drop bars

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    Haven't been on MTBR in a while. I was thinking of picking up an older, but still fairly good shape 1989 Bridgestone MB-1, to turn into an all around, short distance commuter bike, maybe a winter bike, and light trail bike. I have two recent Rivendell's, so I contacted Rivendell for some advice on the sizing of the old MBs. While the old Bridgestones are fine bikes, it was implied that my current bikes are better given that the designs have evolved over time.

    The backstory is that I was a young university student in the late 80s and early 90s when Bridgestone was at its peak here, and of course, I couldn't afford one at the time. I kept two of their catalogues throughout all this time. There's no overly practical reason for me to get an MB-1... other than... I think I just want one?

    Is a 1989 MB-1 still worth it? It would probably run me $500 to $600, plus $130 for shipping, new tires, and maybe some other odds and ends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider View Post
    Crossposted to Blue Collar Classics. Saw this on the roof rack in the parking lot next to the bike shop.

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    Love the girvan stem, I had the cheaper version girvan flex stem when it came out, couldn't afford the quadra 5. Was so proud of the p.o.s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ozonation View Post
    Haven't been on MTBR in a while. I was thinking of picking up an older, but still fairly good shape 1989 Bridgestone MB-1, to turn into an all around, short distance commuter bike, maybe a winter bike, and light trail bike. I have two recent Rivendell's, so I contacted Rivendell for some advice on the sizing of the old MBs. While the old Bridgestones are fine bikes, it was implied that my current bikes are better given that the designs have evolved over time.

    The backstory is that I was a young university student in the late 80s and early 90s when Bridgestone was at its peak here, and of course, I couldn't afford one at the time. I kept two of their catalogues throughout all this time. There's no overly practical reason for me to get an MB-1... other than... I think I just want one?

    Is a 1989 MB-1 still worth it? It would probably run me $500 to $600, plus $130 for shipping, new tires, and maybe some other odds and ends.
    That seems a little steep but there is a cult following for b-stones, plus it's a top of the line mb-1. I would make sure it's mint, hopefully the drivetrain as well. I too, have been looking for a larger old school bstone frame, ended up going with a specialized rockhopper because I could pick the whole thing up for $60. I'm still always on the lookout though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shane5001 View Post
    That seems a little steep but there is a cult following for b-stones, plus it's a top of the line mb-1. I would make sure it's mint, hopefully the drivetrain as well. I too, have been looking for a larger old school bstone frame, ended up going with a specialized rockhopper because I could pick the whole thing up for $60. I'm still always on the lookout though.
    Yes... that's my hesitation too. According to the photos, the bike looks pretty mint except for a few scratches. The only thing I'd probably have to change are the tires and it should be immediately rideable.

    $500 plus shipping is what's holding me back. Even though I can afford it, I have a hard time justifying that much money to get a bike of which I probably already have a better and more current version (Rivendell).

    I guess what you wanted as a kid or young adult still can have a hold on you after all these years!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ozonation View Post
    Yes... that's my hesitation too. According to the photos, the bike looks pretty mint except for a few scratches. The only thing I'd probably have to change are the tires and it should be immediately rideable.

    $500 plus shipping is what's holding me back. Even though I can afford it, I have a hard time justifying that much money to get a bike of which I probably already have a better and more current version (Rivendell).

    I guess what you wanted as a kid or young adult still can have a hold on you after all these years!
    Is it that white 20.5" on ebay? If so it does look nice, and he has a best offer button.

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    I loved my MB-1s when they were new in '87, '88, & '89, but when I bought another '89 in 2007 I wasn't as impressed and re-sold it pretty quickly. I had been riding a lugged steel '93 Paramount for several years by the time I got my second '89 MB-1 and the MB-1 didn't feel as magical any more after riding the newer Paramount. The Paramount was a similar bike to the MB-1 in that they are both lugged steel and the geometry is similar, but the lighter Paramount felt better. Probably a similar comparison you will get between your Rivendells and the MB-1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgltrak View Post
    I loved my MB-1s when they were new in '87, '88, & '89, but when I bought another '89 in 2007 I wasn't as impressed and re-sold it pretty quickly. I had been riding a lugged steel '93 Paramount for several years by the time I got my second '89 MB-1 and the MB-1 didn't feel as magical any more after riding the newer Paramount. The Paramount was a similar bike to the MB-1 in that they are both lugged steel and the geometry is similar, but the lighter Paramount felt better. Probably a similar comparison you will get between your Rivendells and the MB-1.
    I think the tubing got better. I thought my 93 MB-3 was livelier than my 89 MB-1 and liked it better. Identical size and components.

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    Definitely would agree with Fred there. You also have to bear in mind that the Paramount you have is a pretty special frame. Any of the high end ones from '93 were built in the Waterford facility and are silver brazed. Some of the builders there were true craftsman and had 20+ years of building high end frames......

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    So I'm now the proud owner of a November 1984 MB-3.

    I was volunteering at the local co-op on thursday, and someone had dropped it off, and I couldn't pass it up:


    Just a frame, fork, headset, seatpost, and some caliper bits. Frame has the standard chips and cablerub, but is still very pretty. Decals are cracked and yellow, so I think I'l probably get a set of reproductions off ebay.

    It's not a period-build, because I just moved all the parts over from a different frame. It's fixed with a midge and bigapples (and some reflective racing stripes for commuting):

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    New-to-me MB-1

    Been looking for one of these in my size for a while, and was lucky enough to get this really clean one.

    What can you tell me about it and how much is original?
    As far as I can tell this bike has never been on dirt

    Here's what I know:
    Serial # is J421309 (based on this Bridgestone MB-1? I think that means it's a '94?)

    Most bits are Shimano Deore (including the cranks, shifters, FD and RD)
    Rims are Araya Super-Hard Anodized RM-20
    Hubs are Shimano (rear is FH-M730) but 36h front and rear, so maybe not original?
    Brake levers are Dia-Compe
    Brakes are Shimano
    Stem is a Ritchey Force
    Bars are ?
    Grips are Ergon (they'll need to go)
    Saddle is a Flite (will keep until I can find an Avocet)
    Seatpost is a Sakae (I think)

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    Frame, fork, stem, would imagine headset, and derailleurs appear to be original. Can't see shifters, brake levers or wheels to be sure.
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    Whoops, forgot shifter pic!

    Thanks for the comments!

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    Color wise it is a '93, the '94 was grey. In '93, the cranks should have been a Ritchey Logic crank versus the XT. The MB1 also came with XT top mounts versus the DX. Wheels would have been a 28 hole Ultegra front with a 32 hole XT rear and mated to Ritchey Vantage comps.

    Brakes would have been Logic levers mated to Dia Compe 987s versus what you have on there now and I think handle bar wise that might be a Trek bar versus the Ritchey bar it would have been originally.

    Looks to me like someone bought a frame and fork and then built it up, just too many things different to be just likely replacement pieces.

    This is a gorgeous frame and in great condition. I have this exact same bike and I love it. One thing to think about, if you are over 140 lbs or so, I would recommend changing the fork for a Ritchey Logic. It is a gorgeous fork but they actually made a mistake in how it was built. The blades are too thin and as a result they either break or bend.

    You should really enjoy that frame, it is a great riding frame...... for me it is the bike that I judge all the others I have against.....

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    Thanks for the detailed write-up!

    I weigh 140lbs, so I think I'll keep the fork on it; not planning on riding anything particularly gnarly with this bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knamel View Post
    Here is my Bridgestone MB-3. It has Ritchey Logic, Rim Cyclery, and "comp" stickers on it. It was given to me by a family friend. I don't know anything about bikes or this bike but I'd be curious to know at least what year its from if anyone knows. Thanks!
    I had a 1990 MB-3 with the exact same graphics (but without the LBS sticker). Mine had Shimano Deore DX Rapidfire shifters (under the bar) and not the thumbshifters in yours. So my guess is that yours is 89? But for some reason, I am thinking that 91s regressed and had thumbshifters. At any rate, mine had the same cantilever brakes (that I replaced with the diacompe 986).

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    Hi all, I have a Bridgestone to share with you. It's not a MTB, it's too small for anyone to ride, but I think you still might like what you see :-)

    Take a look at it:
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    Sorry 'bout the crappy picture by the way, I'll make some better ones soon.
    The kit is complete and everything is still in it's plastic package inside the box.

    It may not be a MTB, but he IS riding down a nice dirt road on it!

    Curious to hear what you Bridgestone lovers think about my find.

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    '93 MB-1 For Touring

    Found this bike with damaged rock shox fork, replaced with inexpensive fork from sunlite, added minoura front rack, rear rack. Straight Frame and original XT components in great shape with no wear on chain. Kept original Ritchey stem and bars the stem and bars I put on when I replaced the fork are much more practical for touring and commuting.

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    Are you considering building it? I think it's cool. The packaging is awesome.
    Quote Originally Posted by sredlums View Post
    Hi all, I have a Bridgestone to share with you. It's not a MTB, it's too small for anyone to ride, but I think you still might like what you see :-)

    Take a look at it:
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    Sorry 'bout the crappy picture by the way, I'll make some better ones soon.
    The kit is complete and everything is still in it's plastic package inside the box.

    It may not be a MTB, but he IS riding down a nice dirt road on it!

    Curious to hear what you Bridgestone lovers think about my find.
    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    [Take a look at it:/QUOTE]
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    I would love to own this too, yep just plain cool, box photos and all.

    Problem: would you build it, or leave in box?

    Pics of instructions & parts please !!!



    (You could give the kit to that guy who built a complete miniature bike shop, for a build. Film the whole thing, micro-second fame on Facebook. Not sure the ratios would match tho!)

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    1993 mb-4

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    1989 Bridgestone Mb-3

    This bike was found by my father in law while he was out hunting. It sat for close to 20 years and was almost tossed. I have a 93 mb3 that I love and when I saw this mb3 I knew I had a project ahead of me!The paint was in such rough shape that I figured I would try my first attempt at rawing. It was in a very rough shape but I decided to build it up with spare parts and tried to keep the era correct components fairly close. I was given a great 6 speed wheelset with Deore hubs and ARAYA super hard rims. Here's what I kept and what I added:

    Kept the frame (4130 EX Ishiwiata tubing)
    Deore Crankset and bb, tange falcon headset and deore FD

    Everything else has been newly added including:
    NOS Suntour 6 speed accushift thumb shifters, CODA brake levers, Deore DX RD, Brooks professional saddle, ARAYA RD-40 wheel set laced to deore hubs. Ritchey steam, and a generic alt mtb bar.
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    92 MB-1. New Powdercoat and Velocals. In commuter mode.


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    1994 mb2

    getting hard to find,upgraded to XT8 speed,brooks B5n.
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    getting hard to find,upgraded to XT8 speed,brooks B5n.
    Very Nice. Brakes look familiar. Is that a Ringle water bottle cage?

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    is a ringle,Peterson self energizing canti's.

    Peterson self energizing canti's.
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    I have a set of those sitting in the bin right now that I might run on Ibis SS I am doing. Anyone have any thoughts on a good pair or levers to pair with them? Rest of the build is going to be M900..... still tossing around finding some M900 brakes to run instead but these have a strange calling to be used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by datmony View Post
    I have a set of those sitting in the bin right now that I might run on Ibis SS I am doing. Anyone have any thoughts on a good pair or levers to pair with them? Rest of the build is going to be M900..... still tossing around finding some M900 brakes to run instead but these have a strange calling to be used.
    Your m900 shifters and levers are combined unless you find just the shifter pods.

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    Sorry should have been more clear, won't be running the m900 shifters as I don't like rapid fire shifters. Shifters will be m732 top mounts, xtr cranks, xtr wheels, xtr derailleurs.....

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    Don't think I've shared mine before.

    Original owner MB-2. Has a few period upgrades that were done way back when.

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    I don't ride it much at all because of my new 29ers, but I need to clean her up and go for a few rides.

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    I own a 1988 MB5, but haven't ridden in some time. I realize that a new bike is probably most efficient and cost-effective. However, I have no objection to putting a few dollars into this classic if it can work for me as a commuter. It needs tires and probably taller bars for me.

    My concern is that after I put $100 into it, I'll discover that it used some esoteric parts I can't replace readily. Are there any of those known-to-fail parts I should be concerned about on an MB5?

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    The issue that I had with my 86 was the headset. The link below will show you what I learned from it. There are 5 different standards of 1 inch headset and the same thing will be ran into with the bb. Just because the bb axle is the same size does not mean it will work.

    But everything can be replaced.


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    Just picked up this, what i believe to be, 1988 MB1. Bike is in great condition and all original but the seat. The tires are also in great shape making me think the bike was not used much. Took it out for a 5 mile ride on the forest trails across the street from my house today and she rides real nice. Gotta love good steel.

    After I get a seat sorted out, I think i might add some drop bars and have it be like an '87 MB1.

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    I'll play too. 90 MB-0. Parts bin special.



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    Such a pretty ride. I would love to have one except I know my fat a$$ would crack it in the first ride...... Lovely as always Ameybrook

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    Would anyone be able to help me identify the year and model of a Bridgestone with this emblem on it?


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    Anyone need a free MB1? I got this from a guy with a '93 I bought from him. The headtube is toast but I would assume a good frame builder could repair it. Also thought that if there is someone out there with a damaged tube that perhaps they could use this to source a replacement tube. You pay for shipping and it is yours.

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    Fork is ok?
    WTB: Bomber Z2 1 1/8 steerer, in good to excellent shape OR bomber rebuild kit.

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    When first looked at it, I couldn't tell for sure. It has a different rake than the later frames that I have (91 and onward). But in comparing to he pictures of Singletrackmacks up above, it looks like that just may have been the rake on the forks from that year since his is the same year bike as this one.

    There are no paint wrinkles and both blades have the same arc but I would just find it hard to believe that the fork would have lasted unscathed during whatever happened that caused that head tube to break that badly. Not to say it couldn't have..... just would surprise me.....

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    I keep meaning to post the images of my MB-6. Loaned to a friend since 2013 as an around town bike.
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    My MB-3

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    Quote Originally Posted by PokefanOhMe View Post
    Would anyone be able to help me identify the year and model of a Bridgestone with this emblem on it?

    It's the notorious ******** model.

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    New Project

    Just picked up my 3rd Bstone, 1990 mb-3. Going to try and locate original fork tomorrow, although marzocchi with 1" steerer very cool. Rear triangle appears "out of true," will have to string method and pull/push and see if I can get the rear wheel to sit straight. The red is hideous, might end up re-painting. Official Bridgestone Thread-bstonemb3.jpg

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    Just picked up an 94 MB-4 for $40. I need to get some new tires, just kinda curious what the tire clearance would be. Think a 2.2" Holy Roller would fit fine? It looks like it would fit, but I don't have the tires in my hands and I can't find my calipers...

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    Quote Originally Posted by metaljim View Post
    Just picked up an 94 MB-4 for $40. I need to get some new tires, just kinda curious what the tire clearance would be. Think a 2.2" Holy Roller would fit fine? It looks like it would fit, but I don't have the tires in my hands and I can't find my calipers...
    I have the 90 mb-3, 91 mb-4, and a 91 cb-1. All were built around a 130mm (road) width rear hub, all very tight tire clearance. I have a geax saquaro 2.2 (small fast tread) and the rubber strings on the sidewalls rub the chain stays. Wouldn't see why the holy roller wouldn't fit as well although close. Doubtful that any modern aggressive tires would fit in mine.

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    Bridge-stoned

    A local seller on CL is selling an '92 XO-3 for $125. This one has 700C wheels instead of the usual 26". I went to see it but it but not only is the seller a jerk, but he's also the worst bike mechanic. The front derailleur (not working) cable had been twisted around the reflector for so long the housing was exploded by friction. The front wheel had weird nuts holding it onto the fork - I finally realized the skewer was gone, and he'd used the cone lock nuts to fasten the wheel. When I loosened one nut, it shot out into the yard from the sprung fork blade. I couldn't compress the blades enough to put it back or reason how he'd managed that. The frame is TIG welded, the paint is thoroughly abused, and the handlebars are flat - not the cool arc design. The rear derailleur is a 300 LX, and the frame is 23", which is the most attractive feature for me. I have a few 90's cross bikes already, mostly limited to 22". I'm not sure if the appeal of the Bridgestone warrants overlooking the uninspired construction and maintenance, or the jerk who's selling it.
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    Hi Benster,

    I bought a used 191 MB-1 Frame for $100 on Ebay. I always loved the look of the 1993 MB-1 so I had the frame bead blasted & powder coated trying to match the original "pearl Tusk" color as closely as possible. I have owned am '89 MB-2 since'89 & loved it for years. My aim with this '93 is to resurrect & modernize it making it a rider, not a collector's item. I am placing all XTR on it. I'm spec'ing Ritchey stem,handlebars, seatpost, tires, WCS rims. I'm turning it into a single chainring (Raceface crank BB, chainring) with a 10T-40T cassette. I decided not to go with disc brakes because it's simpler to use V-Brakes, plus lighter and (let's be honest) plenty of stopping power in 99.9% of riding conditions around here in CA. I tried to post an image but It turned out to be too difficult. The web admin needs to do some further Javascript programming to make this easier!!!

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    Pre-turkey ride yesterday

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    So normally my MB-3 looks like this:



    But I've got a spare 700c wheelset kicking around, and there are some crazy-long-reach v-brakes available on ebay, so today I did the conversion:







    With the freaky v-brakes braking power is definitely reduced a lot, but between the fact that it's a fixie and the drop levers giving lots of places to pull from, it should work.

    The intent with this is to be modular. I want to be able to swap back to 26 easily and use these wheels on another bike. Since all I have to do is swap the wheels, swap the bolt-on cog, and swap the brake arms (easier than readjusting the pads) I hope it'll be a 20~30min job.

    Really nice ride today as a fake-cx bike.

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    1994 RB-T

    As purchased:


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    Changes:
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    Flat townie-ish pedals
    Proper binder bolt

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    That is groovy. At the bike swap this weekend there was a RB1 in my size I almost bought but really holding out for either a RB-T like this or a XO-1.....

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    My Dropbar MB4


    Sorry for the NDS pic.

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    My three MB's

    Excellent bike, and a damn fine beer!

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    89 MB3 Comp w/ Deore XT

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    I picked this up at the town dump. It was very dusty, missing the front wheel, the handlebar was pitted, and it had a petrified gel saddle on it. I think it's an '89? This is what it looks like after a wipe-down. I added a longer stem, bars, grips, and a saddle. Shifts perfectly. It has XT components, Biopace chainrings, rear rim is Ritchey Vantage. I'm trying to figure out if the XT group is original or added later... catalog says this model came with Deore II.
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    Studs come off, fancy new summer tires go on:

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    Mb-2

    I picked this ride up about a week and a half ago for $75. I had forgotten just how good these bikes ride. I've been riding it more than my high dollar super bike. Fits me absolutely perfect. 1993 I think.

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    Back in the day, the shop I worked at aquired the Bridgestone dealership. I missed the zip by one year.
    I did own an MB1 with the cool fork crown. That bike always had a way of slamming me to the ground however. Flexy fork/front wheel combo. I still have that wheelset though, with the 28 spoke front wheel.

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    To keep this thread alive: My beloved RB-2. yes, a road bike, but itís seen more dirt than most mountain bikes!
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    ^^ As it should be! I loved seeing pics of Pineapple Bob riding his RB on trails. Gave me tons of inspiration...

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    Scraping the bottom of the model line here, but check out this minty MB-6 that I just rebuilt as a commuter / gravel grinder. The things you find on Craigslist - I don't think this bike had ever been ridden outdoors! All original (and working) Suntour EXM components, save for the new controls I threw on there.


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    This is my MB5. I ran it as a rigid MTB for years before going commuter style with slicks and different handlebars. Then, I converted it to a cargo bike with the Xtracycle conversion.

    It's a great bike for the conversion, though someday I'll move the Xtracycle attachment to another bike and restore this to stock. I still even have the original handlebars.

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    Doc, didn't know you had a Zip.....that's one that's still on my list.



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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve View Post
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    Yeah.. i didn't know that as well. I bet it it suits those trails Doc rides.
    I still want an MB just like i wanted in 1991 but ended on a trek 8700; what i could find in my country.
    I hear the RBs are magic though and i love a good road bike these days.
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    1993 catalog

    I was cleaning out the basement and found this 1993 Bridgestone catalog. I always wanted an XO-1 which is why I probably picked up the catalog way back when. I was going to toss it in the recycling bin but then thought someone in Vintage/Retro/Classic might want it. You can have it for postage. All the pages can be found on Sheldon Brown's site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1 View Post
    Yeah.. i didn't know that as well. I bet it it suits those trails Doc rides.
    I still want an MB just like i wanted in 1991 but ended on a trek 8700; what i could find in my country.
    I hear the RBs are magic though and i love a good road bike these days.
    There's nothing special about the way Bridgestone MB rides, but some were really nice looking (see attached photo). My RB-1 however rides beautifully!!

    Trek 8700 is among my favorite vintage rides
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    Quote Originally Posted by klasse View Post
    There's nothing special about the way Bridgestone MB rides, but some were really nice looking (see attached photo). My RB-1 however rides beautifully!!

    Trek 8700 is among my favorite vintage rides
    trek 8700 although good looking is just the worst bike i ever had.
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    Just scored a MINT Japaneese 1992 MB 4 from my Jiu Jitsu instructor for free All original. Just ripped up town on it. The Bike I wanted when I bought my rock hopper BITD. I felt like a kid again, then fell over in the driveway because I forgot about toe-clips. Endless fun will be had!

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