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    Official Bridgestone Thread

    Hello all,

    Just thought I'd start a thread for Bridgestones...

    If this thread already exists somewhere on this site, my apologies.

    Here's mine!

    1988 MB1




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    Can we edit the thread so eager young ladies don't expect to see white dresses?

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    LOL! My bad! Error corrected...

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    repainted 1991 mb-1


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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Smedley View Post
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    What happened to its Koski fork?

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    My '88 MB-1
    Pickup with my "88 MB-1 and my first '89 MB-1 on top
    My second '89 MB-1.

    Can't find a pic of my '90 MB-1. Truck and bikes all long gone now.
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    I demand this thread be locked and thrown in the recycle bin for severely tempting me to buy another Bridgestone!!!

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    Loving the progress!! Great bikes!!

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    94 stoner

    My 94 MB-1 Stoner, love this classic work horse
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed View Post
    What happened to its Koski fork?
    Good question, I found the frame and fork in separate deals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Smedley View Post
    Good question, I found the frame and fork in separate deals.
    hard to go wrong with a Logic fork. I think they're a good compromise between the spindly 1/2" blades and the 1" Yeti and Type II forks.

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    my 89. I really dug this bike back in its day:

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    Loving the MB-1's, but.....Where all the Zips hiding???



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    Bs mb1,2,3,5

    The '94 MB1 is my main ride, the '89 MB2 is in my Garage collection. The MB3, MB4 (no picture) and MB5 were parts donors..

    Just remembered, I've also got an '89 MB1 frame that I'm building
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    '88 mb2
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    Fork question

    Quote Originally Posted by da'HOOV View Post
    The MB1 is my main ride, the MB2 is in my Garage collection. The MB3, MB4 (no picture) and MB5 were parts donors..

    Just remembered, I've also got an '89 MB1 frame that I'm building
    Great bikes here, wish I had one. So I have to ask, is it OK to install a Ritchey lugged fork on any of the MB frames above 3? Reason I ask is cause I have a fork but no frame. All the frames I've found in my size are not 1's or 2's or even the correct year for the Ritchey fork.
    Too many bikes, and just enough time to ride them.

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    Here's my '93, have since replaced the tires with some Z-Maxs to keep the troops happy must of misplaced the pedals

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sizzler View Post
    '88 mb2
    I think I remember that ride...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kb11 View Post
    Here's my '93, have since replaced the tires with some Z-Maxs to keep the troops happy must of misplaced the pedals
    **** yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve View Post
    Loving the MB-1's, but.....Where all the Zips hiding???



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    Room for an XO here? I've ridden it on mild trails but mainly use it as an all road (dirt, pavement, what have you) ride...


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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveF View Post
    Room for an XO here? I've ridden it on mild trails but mainly use it as an all road (dirt, pavement, what have you) ride...

    beautiful

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    Quote Originally Posted by proto2000 View Post
    Great bikes here, wish I had one. So I have to ask, is it OK to install a Ritchey lugged fork on any of the MB frames above 3? Reason I ask is cause I have a fork but no frame. All the frames I've found in my size are not 1's or 2's or even the correct year for the Ritchey fork.
    Depends on the year fork and the year frame. The later 89 on frames have steeper head angles and the forks have less rake. If you want :FACTORY" geometry you should use forks/ frames from the the years that correspond. Bridgestone Bicycles You can find geometry's here.

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    That's a perfect one KB! Dig that XO as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveF View Post
    Room for an XO here?
    Given the XO-1's off-road race pedigree, of course there's room!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Benster View Post
    Hello all,

    Just thought I'd start a thread for Bridgestones...

    If this thread already exists somewhere on this site, my apologies.

    Here's mine!

    Benster
    Thanks for starting this. While the thread is still young, here are some Bridgestone resources that some people may find informative or entertaining - assuming that not everybody is familiar with them already:

    1. Sheldon Brown's Bridgestone Page, including links to .pdfs of complete catalogs as well as various historical advertisements, reviews, etc.

    2. Bridgestone directory at Cyclofiend's current classics photo archive.

    3. Links to some previous VRC threads with good information or photo content (sorry if I left any out):

    Bridgestone, 1987 Bridgestone MB-1 Drop Bars! , 1987 Bridgestone MB-1 test , My Bridgestone MB-0 , Drop bar Bridgestone , Vintage Photos - Bridgestone, Funk, etc , Finally got my hands on a Bridgestone , SPAMVILLE: Brand New Bridgestone XO-1, Bridgestone MB-2 , 93 Bridgestone MB3 , '91 bridgestone drop bar resto. complete , The radar is on. Minty Bridgestone MB3 Comp , 1989 Bridgestone MB-1 , 1990 Bridgestone MB3 , My mint Bridgestone MB-1 SS , 1991 Bridgestone MB-0 Complete Makeover Tips , Bridgestone MB - S "yes it's an S" , BRIDGESTONE MB-0 Zip Score #522 , 1987 BridgeStone MB2 , 1992 Bridgestone MB-1: The brother to my Waterford PDG MTB , 1989 Bridgestone MB-3 , 1993 Bridgestone MB-1 , Pristine Bridgestone , Bridgestone MB-5 , An '86 Bridgestone MB-2 , Bridgestone Bonanza , Bridgestone MB-S , Bridgestone MB1 Project , Bridgestone MB . . . . . . ? , Bridgestone MB-1 - Best year made? , 1993 Bridgestone MB-2 , Another Bridgestone MB Conversion , MB-1 rider , 1994 Bridgestone MB-1
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    1993 Family Portrait

    Here are my babies - 52cm 1993 MB-1; 55cm 1993 XO-1; 59cm RB-1. (Details in following posts)

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    1993 xo-1

    The durable parts are mostly stock, with the exception of the 3rd chainring, derailleurs to accommodate it, dirt drop stem, Phil/Mavic wheels, King headset, and fenders. I wish this one was a 57cm but, of course, they didn't make one in that size for some reason. I rationalized buying this for a 15 mile, mixed-terrain commute to work. After exclusively mountain biking for almost 25 years, this bike (with a Noodle bar) taught me that "road" riding could be fun (either that, or I just got old).

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    1993mb-1

    This has been the bike I wanted the most and looked for the longest, and is the reason I ended up with a XO-1 and RB-1. This one is a re-paint, obviously. I didn't have many of the stock components, so I used Suntour XC-Pro components throughout... and I love it. It's been discussed here and here previously, so I won't get into details again.

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    1993 rb-1

    Wouldn't typically be appropriate for the mtbr forums perhaps, so I won't waste too much space on this one. Except to say that it's a pretty damn cool road bike, seen from a mountain biker's perspective: This year's fork had a scaled-down version of the Ritchey bi-plane mtb crown, and the stock stem is a negative-rise version of the Ritchey Force mtb quill stem.

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    nice pics!
    looking for 20-21" P team

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    now with dirt drops:


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    84 MB-1

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    Restored 86 MB-1

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    93 MB-2 repaint

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    Grant Peterson approved handlebar tape

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    Just got this '93 MB-1 in the mail today. The condition is really nice. I'm hoping to fit it with mostly original parts over time.


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    Quote Originally Posted by klasse View Post
    Just got this '93 MB-1 in the mail today. The condition is really nice. I'm hoping to fit it with mostly original parts over time.
    Beautiful!
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    Quote Originally Posted by klasse View Post
    Just got this '93 MB-1 in the mail today. The condition is really nice. I'm hoping to fit it with mostly original parts over time.
    I called on that one today but he said it was gone, glad to know someone got it who will enjoy it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by iamkeith View Post
    I wish this one was a 57cm but, of course, they didn't make one in that size for some reason.
    Yeah, I never understood that. I had a 55cm for several years and it never quite fit right. I have a 59cm now, but I'm still looking for a few parts to get it rolling again. Hopefully it fits me better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iamkeith View Post
    Wouldn't typically be appropriate for the mtbr forums perhaps, so I won't waste too much space on this one. Except to say that it's a pretty damn cool road bike, seen from a mountain biker's perspective: This year's fork had a scaled-down version of the Ritchey bi-plane mtb crown, and the stock stem is a negative-rise version of the Ritchey Force mtb quill stem.

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    What a great set of bikes. Thx. I have a 1989 RB-1 which I won't display here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iamkeith View Post
    Given the XO-1's off-road race pedigree, of course there's room!
    Some nice looking Bridgestones! I like your 86, Don.

    What's the off road race pedigree of the XO-1?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed View Post
    What's the off road race pedigree of the XO-1?
    Pineapple Bob!

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    this is from the 1993 catalog from Sheldon Brown's site:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Austin Dave View Post
    this is from the 1993 catalog from Sheldon Brown's site:


    Cool. So did Stamstead use the moustache bars on an XO-1 or just the bars?

    The neatest looking XO-1 I've seen had Ground Controls on it. The narrow slicks look like a boring commuter (not that there's anything wrong with that) to me. I know the MB-1 had a 72 head angle, were these steeper yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed View Post
    Cool. So did Stamstead use the moustache bars on an XO-1 or just the bars?

    The neatest looking XO-1 I've seen had Ground Controls on it. The narrow slicks look like a boring commuter (not that there's anything wrong with that) to me. I know the MB-1 had a 72 head angle, were these steeper yet?
    I'm not at all sure if he used a whole bike or not. I was trying to post the info (now there) on the second page about that race across australia on xo-1s. I thought it was on the first page and goofed. I've posted both pages now.


    Here are the frame geometries for 1993:

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    seems to imply just the bars....

    here's a pic of L-R: Harry Winand, Gene Oberpriller, John Stamstad, Chris Kostman at the 24 Hours of Canaan.

    Rough Riders: Any Bike, Anywhere: Home of the Classic Cyclist: Any Bike, Anywhere
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    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
    seems to imply just the bars....

    here's a pic of L-R: Harry Winand, Gene Oberpriller, John Stamstad, Chris Kostman at the 24 Hours of Canaan.

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    Great pic. And that looks like a great long distance bike. I don't know of Harry, but those other three are super strong. My guess is they won.

    Sure does change the look with some 2" knobbies (pulled from the web):
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    My second "art" post in two days!

    Just by the way, if anyone want's one of the cool Bridgestone prints shown in the 1993-1994 catalogs, pm me and I'll send you some info to a shop that may still have some. I got some NOS prints from them there last year, for not much money. Really nice bike-people at the shop, too.

    These aren't cheap posters--they are really great looking linocuts by Christopher Wormell, on heavy paper. Here is the mtb one:
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    I don't know how it rides. I hear mixed reviews but.. . i don't care. i just want an XO1.

    edit: i should get a 650B Rawland. That would be smart. Mike sells those..
    WTB: Bomber Z2 1 1/8 steerer, in good to excellent shape OR bomber rebuild kit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed View Post
    Cool. So did Stamstead use the moustache bars on an XO-1 or just the bars?

    The neatest looking XO-1 I've seen had Ground Controls on it. The narrow slicks look like a boring commuter (not that there's anything wrong with that) to me. I know the MB-1 had a 72 head angle, were these steeper yet?
    i remember info of 73/73 angles. The Riv Atlantis has double 72 though... curious as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1 View Post
    i remember info of 73/73 angles. The Riv Atlantis has double 72 though... curious as well.
    The larger sizes were 73/73. The smaller ones varied. with steeper STAs and shallower HTAs.
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    '91 MB-0 Zip

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    Did you manage to find one in your size?! Looks nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
    Did you manage to find one in your size?! Looks nice!
    seatpost looks to be about 6" too high if I recall Klasse's sizing criteria.

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    Here's my decidedly more bluecollar '89 MB5. RapidRise with bacons, mmmmm


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    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
    Did you manage to find one in your size?! Looks nice!
    Not yet. This one I got on the Bay around 3 yrs ago. I got a few other parts along the way: the wheels, a nicer tire set, dust caps for the cranks, housing, and got the saddle cleaned. It's a real KLASSIC like you said and thanks for the props.

    FB, i forgot to lower the post after it came off the stand, you got me! haha

    a few more pics here: http://www.photobucket.com/91zip
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    Quote Originally Posted by bacoes View Post
    Here's my decidedly more bluecollar '89 MB5. RapidRise with bacons, mmmmm
    Looks like more of a workhorse bike. I'd like to ride one with a nice rack

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    Which models came with Koski forks? I had a MB-1 back in the day (1990 I think) w/ Koskis but I seldom see any others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrey View Post
    Which models came with Koski forks? I had a MB-1 back in the day (1990 I think) w/ Koskis but I seldom see any others.
    '89 and I'm not sure which other years if any.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1 View Post
    I don't know how it rides. I hear mixed reviews but.. . i don't care. i just want an XO1.

    edit: i should get a 650B Rawland. That would be smart. Mike sells those..
    I have a 650B Rawland RSogn. It's an excellent mountain bike. I ride it more than any of my other bikes.

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    Do any of the Bridgestone experts out there know annual build counts for specific MB's?? In other words, how many MB1's were produced for each year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benster View Post
    Do any of the Bridgestone experts out there know annual build counts for specific MB's?? In other words, how many MB1's were produced for each year?
    I'm no expert but I'll chime in that 1000 were made in 1993, according to the catalog: Bridgestone Bicycles 1993 Catalogue page 37

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    seems to imply just the bars....

    here's a pic of L-R: Harry Winand, Gene Oberpriller, John Stamstad, Chris Kostman at the 24 Hours of Canaan.
    GeneO!

    ....and I thought these Bridgestones were a blast from the past. Went to HS with Gene. Very cool guy to hang out with.
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    my 1991 MB-3

    I got this '91 MB-3 a few years ago for $125. It was basically new. Still had the original tires that still had the tire mold nubbies on it, but they had dry rot and I replaced them with Continental Town and Country tires.

    I have to say I really love this bike. It's a ball to ride on trails and roads. It's NOT light, but after a mile or so I don't notice its weight at all. It's got great balance so you can steer it with your butt--just shift your weight and scoot the back end around whenever you want to. None of the components is fancy, but everything works together really well, and never bothers. I never worry about hurting anything, which is a nice feature of a bike.

    It rocks a lightweight Pletscher rack (and an über-sexy plastic lock clamp!), so it's great for trips to the store or whatnot.

    Besides the above changes, I used Frame-Saver, and I added a Brooks B-17, Salsa bars, Oury grips, SRAM chain and Jag wires. I'm moving back to Chicago next week and think I'll use this bike as transportation much more (when weather permits), so may soon go to an all-weather saddle and a stronger rack. We'll see.

    I think of this bike like a good dog--trouble-free and happy to do anything that gets us outside.
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    Yep, saw that too. Curious if the same counts applied to all years?

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    I road a Bridgestone and Specialized way back when. Was pleased to see that old Bridgestone bikes are still popular here in the Bay Area when I decided I wanted an old vintage bike to ride on the trail close to my house. I've collected 4 80s bikes for that purpose. Eventually my bike search took me to Rivendell. I road all their bikes and was most impressed by the mustache handlebar version of the A Homer Hilsen. I'm no expert, and haven't really ridden enough different bikes to really understand why it felt so right. Clearly, it's lighter than anything I've ridden and the componenets are better. But those things alone don't make the thing feel "right." Some discussion here about frame angles and the sweet looking XO-1, Is the 72 degree seat angle the secret that makes the Riv bikes so comfortable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Sapo Rojo View Post
    I road a Bridgestone and Specialized way back when. Was pleased to see that old Bridgestone bikes are still popular here in the Bay Area when I decided I wanted an old vintage bike to ride on the trail close to my house. I've collected 4 80s bikes for that purpose. Eventually my bike search took me to Rivendell. I road all their bikes and was most impressed by the mustache handlebar version of the A Homer Hilsen. I'm no expert, and haven't really ridden enough different bikes to really understand why it felt so right. Clearly, it's lighter than anything I've ridden and the componenets are better. But those things alone don't make the thing feel "right." Some discussion here about frame angles and the sweet looking XO-1, Is the 72 degree seat angle the secret that makes the Riv bikes so comfortable?
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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1 View Post
    I don't know how it rides. I hear mixed reviews but.. . i don't care. i just want an XO1. edit: i should get a 650B Rawland. That would be smart. Mike sells those..
    I always understood the Rivendell Atlantis to be the natural, linear descendent of the XO-1. Perhaps slightly beefier tubing, but similar angles and 26" wheels, room for knobbys, and LUGS!

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Sapo Rojo View Post
    I road a Bridgestone and Specialized way back when. Was pleased to see that old Bridgestone bikes are still popular here in the Bay Area when I decided I wanted an old vintage bike to ride on the trail close to my house. I've collected 4 80s bikes for that purpose. Eventually my bike search took me to Rivendell. I road all their bikes and was most impressed by the mustache handlebar version of the A Homer Hilsen. I'm no expert, and haven't really ridden enough different bikes to really understand why it felt so right. Clearly, it's lighter than anything I've ridden and the componenets are better. But those things alone don't make the thing feel "right." Some discussion here about frame angles and the sweet looking XO-1, Is the 72 degree seat angle the secret that makes the Riv bikes so comfortable?
    Grant Peterson has talked a lot about his evolving theory regarding frame angles and comfort in the Rivendell Readers and on the Rive website. Some examples: here and here.

    I'm not smart enough to understand how seat tube angle makes a difference though, so I shouldn't try to paraphrase too much (in other words, you should read these yourself), but I think he likes the seats located somewhat behind the bottom bracket because, in recreational riding, the resultant body position keeps you from having to support your weight with your hands, and it helps to "push" you back onto the seat instead of sliding forward.

    I haven't allowed myself to fully ebrace or try his theorys, though. I still just try adjust my seat position based on what gives me the best balance of weight distribution for climbing, accelleration, and comfort - more or less the knee-over-pedal-spindle standard. On my Rivendell Rambouillet (predecessor to the Hilson you mentioned) I have my seat slammed forward, all the way to the rear of the rails. On my XO-1, I have it slammed all the way the other direction.

    Somewhat related,(and relevant to the thread), here are some articles from the Rivendell Reader #32, Spring 2004, in which Grant talks about his time at Bridgestone. Enjoyable read with some insight into the bikes, the industry, and the formation of Rivendell.
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    Nice read. Thanks for posting.

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    '92 MB-4 in metallic blue



    Size: 38cm or 15"
    Frame: Tange CrMo, double butted
    Fork: CrMo, 1 1/8” oval tubes
    Headset: Ritchey Logic (black), Ritchey Cable Hanger (silver)
    Seatpost: Kalloy, 26.2mm
    Shifters: Shimano Deore DX thumbies, 7 speed
    Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore LX
    Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore LX
    Cranks: Mavic Sugino GP 110, 46x36x24T, 170mm
    Bottom Bracket: Sugino sealed, 122.5mm
    Pedals: Sakae Low Fat
    Toe Clips and Straps: black Specialized clips, grey straps
    Hubs: 32H Exage HB-RM50
    Cassette: Shimano 7sp, 13-30T
    Rims: Ritchey Vantage Expert
    Brakes: Dia-Compe X-1 cantis
    Brake Levers: Dia-Compe SS-5
    Handlebar: Ritchey Force, 6 degree bend, 540mm
    Stem: Ritchey Force
    Grips: Ritchey True, black
    Tires: Ritchey Megabite 2.1
    Saddle: Avocet Racing, vinyl

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    Not a mountain bike, but its still a 1970's Bridgestone.

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    Geno! Didn't he win the Chequamegon that year on the XO?

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    Quote Originally Posted by iamkeith View Post
    This has been the bike I wanted the most and looked for the longest, and is the reason I ended up with a XO-1 and RB-1. This one is a re-paint, obviously. I didn't have many of the stock components, so I used Suntour XC-Pro components throughout... and I love it. It's been discussed here and here previously, so I won't get into details again.

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    How do you like the Dirt Drops? I'm thinking of putting some on my Ritchey. And the shifters -- did those come stock on the MB-1 w/Dirt Drops? I'm not sure I want bar end shifters and these look like a good option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by puddletown View Post
    Geno! Didn't he win the Chequamegon that year on the XO?
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    1993 Gene Oberpriller, Minneapolis, MN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2:16:27

    Yes he did! My favorite Gene O description from an old bike mag described him as the only racer out drinking 'til 1 slam dancing til 3 and racing at 9 am (or some order of the above).

    Gene is definitely a different kind of animal. He always stuck out from the crowd and the only thing he loved as much as biking was partying. Dude was good times 24/7. Guarantee you that! Not surprising he excelled when conditions were s#!t. Gene O just really didn't give a f^@# as long as he was enjoying himself. He did a charity ride in Mpls a few years back and blew kisses to the crowd and the whole over the top shebang. A classic retro act.!

    Ride strong Gene O!

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    Remember watching Gene flog the rest of the best in the Midwest at a NORBA race at Chestnut Mt in Galena, IL in 93 or 4. It poured through the entire race and I think he was the only one that made it up the monster climb all four laps on his bike. Nasty day for a mountain bike race.
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    Some nice bikes in this thread!
    Here is an '88 MB-3, size 53cm in Scarlet, nearly all stock



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    Our baby daughter will be awake in a few hours and I really need to hit the sack but I had to read through all those scanned pages. Very interesting info
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    Dear all,

    I would be happy if I could participate in this thread.
    Although I have other vintage mtb's, I just finished to build a 1988 MB-3 and I am abolutely in love with "her". The ride is is quite wonderful, I just can't stop riding.
    The problem is that I did prefer to use other parts according to my taste (the original ones were in not so good shape) instead of the stock ones, so I know that with this I could be not so welcome to this group.
    Still, I would like to ask you, please, to post a picture to show you my Bridgestone. The frame is in immaculate condition. The geometry is fantastic.
    Please accept me,
    Thank you,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lagrange1 View Post
    Dear all,

    I would be happy if I could participate in this thread.
    Although I have other vintage mtb's, I just finished to build a 1988 MB-3 and I am abolutely in love with "her". The ride is is quite wonderful, I just can't stop riding.
    The problem is that I did prefer to use other parts according to my taste (the original ones were in not so good shape) instead of the stock ones, so I know that with this I could be not so welcome to this group.
    Still, I would like to ask you, please, to post a picture to show you my Bridgestone. The frame is in immaculate condition. The geometry is fantastic.
    Please accept me,
    Thank you,
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    Thank you.
    My Bridgestone pic URL is ready but, according to this Forum I just need to have a minimum of 10 message posts in order to be able to post a URL.
    Let me keep just talking for now.
    I enjoy all the Bridgestone pictures posted here.

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    You are correct.
    Absolutely no carbon for these nice old machines (they just don't need it).

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    It is interesting how small is the diameter of the tubes from my 1988 MB-3 Bridgestone, comparing to the other cromoly bikes I have from the early 90's.

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    If I understood correctly, a couple of more message posts and I will be able to post the link from my Bridgestone.

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    The 1988 MB-3 has an interesting cable routing at the bottom bracket shell.

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    I have now 10 posts. Thank you for accepting me.
    O.K. here it is. I remotely got this 1988 MB-3 frameset in Alabama about two years ago, for my daughter to use at the University. When I saw it during her graduation I did realize what I had in my hands. I saved the drivetrain and brakes (for its future maybe?) including the stem that is quite unique, and I installed some nice brand new parts that I had and I enjoy:

    - STI shifter/brake levers, rear and front derailleur, chain: LX
    - crankset, front and rear hubs, cantilever brakes, 11-28 7-speed cassette: STX-RC

    It took me the whole weekend to put it together (is there a better job ?)
    I just love the geometry. The size is perfect for me. The colour is beautiful. The riding is just a dream.

    So, here it is my contribution to your nice initiative. I hope you guys like it.

    http://i1171.photobucket.com/albums/...3SergioBRA.jpg

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    (sorry again for disturbing the originality of this Bridgestone)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lagrange1 View Post
    I have now 10 posts. Thank you for accepting me.
    O.K. here it is. I remotely got this 1988 MB-3 frameset in Alabama about two years ago, for my daughter to use at the University. When I saw it during her graduation I did realize what I had in my hands. I saved the drivetrain and brakes (for its future maybe?) including the stem that is quite unique, and I installed some nice brand new parts that I had and I enjoy:

    - STI shifter/brake levers, rear and front derailleur, chain: LX
    - crankset, front and rear hubs, cantilever brakes, 11-28 7-speed cassette: STX-RC

    It took me the whole weekend to put it together (is there a better job ?)
    I just love the geometry. The size is perfect for me. The colour is beautiful. The riding is just a dream.

    So, here it is my contribution to your nice initiative. I hope you guys like it.

    http://i1171.photobucket.com/albums/...3SergioBRA.jpg

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    (sorry again for disturbing the originality of this Bridgestone)
    Cool bike, Sergio, though it looks like you could use a size up. If you look back in this thread you will see a larger '88 MB-3 in red w/all original parts. I recently sold it on eBay - using those very same pictures Also sold the MB-4 using the same pics! LOL

    The bike rides very very solid, I know what you mean! Enjoy it.

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    And here's my sweet little '90 MB-3 with DX, size 50cm:

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    A 20.5" 1989 mb-1 from the original owner. Full XT group, Koski fork.

    Dave (klasse) kindly contacted the seller and is keeping the bike for me for awhile. Thanks Dave!

    Will post more pics later when it arrives.



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    that's my favorite Bridgestone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
    that's my favorite Bridgestone.
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    Seconded.
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    Can you guys and gals school me on someting please? What does MB-1, MB-2, MB-5 mean?

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    MB=Mountain Bike
    # was where it stood in the Bridgestone lineup, starting at number 1 for the best model (except 1990 and 1991, when there was a top of the line model called the MB-0 or MB-Zip)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drummerboy1975 View Post
    Can you guys and gals school me on someting please? What does MB-1, MB-2, MB-5 mean?
    Let me google that for you

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    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
    Thank, your a plethora of information.

    But thankfully someone else was nice enough to give me a simplified answer, rather than the one I've come to excpect from you.

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    You are very welcome! Glad I can help.

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    So I take it that an MB-5 is not so hot?

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