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    It's officially old enough to drink
    And looks like it has.

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    Turned this (2008 model, 2018s out soon):

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    Buffed up nicely, well done.
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    10 years, that's it? Still have 2 of my 20+ year old bikes going.

    Current ride is a '98 Ellsworth Truth FS that I slowly improve over the years with a mix-match of components. Nothing pretty about it but it works awesome and I love it.

    My wife rides my '96/97 Voodoo Hoodoo HT converted over to more of a street bike with slicks and a rigid fork. Light, very easy roll.

    As my son grows, he's moved up from his 20" BMX to a 26" bike we're building together for him based on my wife's old '02 Specialized Hard Rock frame.
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    My 1995 Specialized Stumpjumper M2 that I purchased new in January of 1996. First pic is how I rode it up until last year when I finally upgraded to a front shock, better brakes and new tires. Second pic is how it looks today.....
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    Here is our fleet is 26'ers.


    2000 Klein Adroit Pro. Work in progress. Built up with stuff from my parts pile. Got the frame 2 years ago.
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    Rode this last week while on a trip. Early 2000's Montague CX folder. Got this summer of 2017. My travel bike. I ride this on the beach, so its a bit rusty.
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    2003? Marin Wolf Ridge. Rode this today. Another parts-box build from frame. I've had it a few years. Ran it single speed for awhile.
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    The stumpy gets a lot of use. Had it for about 18 months. 2007 or 2008 or so.
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    The XC is used a little. Really nice bike. Very clean condition. Picked it up recently. 2005-ish?
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    Future project Indy Fab Deluxe frame. Got this last year. 2003 or so
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    Raleigh Technium Peak, early 1990s. Has crack in frame near seat clamp. Donated many parts to the Klein. Future art project I guess.
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    Trek Liquid. Very nice bike. Another recent addition. 2005 I think
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neuner View Post
    Current ride is a '98 Ellsworth Truth FS that I slowly improve over the years with a mix-match of components. Nothing pretty about it but it works awesome and I love it.
    Ugh. You have me beat. I have a shot-peened 2001 Truth that I'm riding. I love the bike! Just last week I took out a demo Pivot xc bike ($6,000). It was nice for sure, but all I could think about was how I didn't really notice any of the innovations over the past 17 years, aside from the position change....On my bike, I have a ridiculous amount of spacers, to help improve my position on the bike.

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    Finished up my '97 Bontrager Privateer Comp XT yesterday.

    New Bontrager tires, Bontrager Mustang rims, cables, housings, ferules, head set, saddle (Brooks Special w/copper rivets) and rebuilt Judy XC.

    Freshly sandblasted and powder coated in original color. New decals.

    Still looking for a few things.

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    After 20 years of use, abuse and neglect it was due for a freshening up. Hopefully it's good for another 20 years.

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    lovely save. Looks new.

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    Diamond Back Topanga (1993 IIRC). Purchased from a mechanic friend of mine and built up into a commuter.

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    A random scene with my all-purpose 1993 Diamond Back Ascent EX. Haulin' a heavy load.

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    1996 Gary Fisher XCaliber. I'm sure this picture is over 10 years old. The Judy XC's elastomers are toast and I'd like to replace the fork with an 80mm alternative. If you'd like to sell me one let me know.
    Seeking a 90's or 00s 80mm 26" suspension fork.

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    Nice little family photo of the ol' 26's
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    My 96 Yo Eddy now serves commuter / gravel duty.


    Currently restoring and converting this 1990 Trek into a dirt drop ride.


    And my newly acquired 1993 26er Bilenky fillet brazed tandem.

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    My repainted Decathlon 9.1 from 2007

    Great ride, despite the years. 150mm Sektor air up front and upgraded X-fusion shock.
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    Thought I'd add my bikes to the thread:
    My 2004ish Specialized Hard Rock Pro. I love this bike! Forgive the bags but I turned this into my town bike when I was stationed in Germany:


    My current project, Scott FX-25:


    And my wifes Seven. I wish this bike fit me or I'd appropriate it from her:

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    '98 Pulse Race

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    Just got this old C-dale refurbished. New 7.0 rear, 5.0 front derailleurs, new-old-stock-rear-wheel I had in storage, 2.2 rear tire that is just a hair too wide.

    Rode it on its first trail ride in 14 years yesterday. It, and I, did well!

    Do wish it had disc brakes, though. Old v-brakes are hell on the fore-arms when going hard.



    I wonder why I'm listed as 2005 - I was using the site the most from 1999 to 2003.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Neuner View Post
    10 years, that's it? Still have 2 of my 20+ year old bikes going.

    Current ride is a '98 Ellsworth Truth FS that I slowly improve over the years with a mix-match of components. Nothing pretty about it but it works awesome and I love it.

    My wife rides my '96/97 Voodoo Hoodoo HT converted over to more of a street bike with slicks and a rigid fork. Light, very easy roll.

    As my son grows, he's moved up from his 20" BMX to a 26" bike we're building together for him based on my wife's old '02 Specialized Hard Rock frame.

    Update:

    My sons current ride that we built up from my wife's old Specialized.
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    I've since changed the stem and handlebars to 780 wide which I enjoy much more.
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    GammaDriver - mine is the same. I was on here way back about the same time however mine shows 2005 as well. Wonder if they had a crash or some virus reset.
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    Just resurrected an old thread. Picked up a 2000 Specialized FSR for $100 yesterday. Didn't realize it would be a pain to find parts but nontheless Im excited. Looking forward to working on it.

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    Everybody- LOTS of GORGEOUS bikes! This is a cool thread.

    slowfashow- I have an old 2000 Enduro. Let me know if you need any parts. Not sure how much of the Enduro is the same as the FSR but have new linkage bolts. If you're trying to keep it original, I still have the Hayes brakes, Stout hubs, cranks, etc. Well, everything.
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    EDIT- Two seat posts cut to two different lengths because that's what we had to do back then to change a bike from xc to downhill. Two seatposts and stems of different lengths. Remember? :-)
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    Having completed 30K kilometres (at the very least - 2 years of data are missing) on my 2009 Mojo I say it is a bike to recommend.

    Like old Chevy's: Mojo's don'tr die - they just go faster.

    Only thing from new is the XT crank. Everything else, worn out, replaced.
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    $50+ a six pack gets......


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    Quote Originally Posted by theMISSIONARY View Post
    $50+ a six pack gets......

    It's a beauty to look at, that's for sure!

    But, correct me if I'm wrong, I heard these are notoriously bad at climbing.

    In any case, this is definitely a collectors item.

    Score!

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    Quote Originally Posted by theMISSIONARY View Post
    $50+ a six pack gets......

    Love it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Burns View Post
    It's a beauty to look at, that's for sure!

    But, correct me if I'm wrong, I heard these are notoriously bad at climbing.

    In any case, this is definitely a collectors item.

    Score!

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    Many old-school FS rigs were 'bad' at climbing and sprinting, but such was life. Treat them nice, use them as soft-riding single-track Zen-trail bikes, and the owner will remain happy. Treat them as a full modern FS rig, and the owner won't be happy.

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    4th ride in 14 years (since i put it into storage)

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    A 'good' bike is a 'good' bike, and - if used within certain parameters - it doesn't take much to create a very adept 'gravel' road bike out of a 26" hardtail. Gravel bikes don't need to be much more than a 26" - 8-speed in this case with a triple front ring - unless one is racing. Me - I'm not racing gravel routes.

    But... here's the thing... the couple of 'sand' roads I took would have been more of a challenge on a modern gravel-bike/cyclo-cross bike with their narrow tires. My 'gravel bike' 26"er allowed me to explore and cycle more of the local terrain. How do I know this? Well, i don't - but I'm extrapolating the data from Strava segments where I was up against actual gravel-bikes (so proclaimed, and sometimes pictured, on other's rides that led to KOM ratings). Sure, those gravel bikes rode the hard-pack sand/gravel roads, but none are showing up on well maintained, long hard-pack 'sand' roads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noapathy View Post
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    That is a sweet looking bike. Good job you have done with it.
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    Manitou shocks and forks last forever.
    It cannot be original paint?
    it is harder to get fit than to stay fit.

    You have only one brain: protect it!

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    You do a fine job keeping all thes bikes.
    You might know where to buy 26x2.5 - 2.4 - 2.3 real tubeless or UST (not tubeless ready). I use CushCore inserts and on long tours tubeless ready loose air from the rubbing of the inserts against the sidewall af the TR tires. On real tubeless no such thing.
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    I am still riding a 2002 Specialized FSR S Works Stump Jumper


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    Noice, jtran!

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    A 1991 Fuji Team Professional. Prestige tubing, originally a ridgid which I ran with a Softride suspension stem for many years, then added the fork about 10 years ago. Has a 1Ē steerer, originally Suntour XC Pro 7 spd components. I still use that Suntour triple 110 crank on my tourer. I changed out to cobbled together 9 speed stuff plus V brakes at some point. As it wasnít designed for any suspension fork, itís a tad slow in the single track. I might put a drop bar on this and make it a gravel bike.
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    '99 1x1

    Just moved to southeast KS from Tucson, and wanted a bike that would be good for cruising town, for riding gravel to go fishing or swimming in the summers, and for more fun on the non-mountainous yet still very sweet trails around here. I built my '99 Surly 1x1 up like this a few years ago for SSAZ, and am pretty pumped to be going back to it.
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    Pretty close to OZ, dood!! Great trails there.

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    My 18 year old Marin Mount Vision.
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    As wrong as it may be, I still really like the range the 3-chainrings give me since I converted the hard-tail over to be a gravel-riding bike. Gravel-riding does seem to often include paved roads, so having that extra range that the big ring gives is a bonus to me. Having the smallest ring is nice to then ride hard-pack single-track on.

    I realize that modern bikes have 11 speed cassettes with broad ranges, so there could be a range for everything, but I haven't put that to the test by riding one yet.

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    New Shimano 1x12 is 508% gear range.

    If you do a 3x10 old school 20/32/44 x 11-36 714% gear range.

    So yeah...3x10 would be incredibly versatile for any grade...up OR down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
    New Shimano 1x12 is 508% gear range.

    If you do a 3x10 old school 20/32/44 x 11-36 714% gear range.

    So yeah...3x10 would be incredibly versatile for any grade...up OR down.

    Thank you. I knew there was math that I could have done to see the ranges, but was too ... busy, yeah - that's it - I was 'busy' here at work, to do it. :-)

    Ok then, again - thanks. I'll remember your encouraging post and math (why do the English pluralize it to 'maths'?) the next time I'm switching rings on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GammaDriver View Post
    Thank you. I knew there was math that I could have done to see the ranges, but was too ... busy, yeah - that's it - I was 'busy' here at work, to do it. :-)

    Ok then, again - thanks. I'll remember your encouraging post and math (why do the English pluralize it to 'maths'?) the next time I'm switching rings on it.
    By English, do you mean the Brits'? In the States, we say math. That said, the plural maths could be a shortened version of mathematics.

    As for 3 chainrings, got 2 bikes that still have the 3. The big rings are never actually used though... There's nothing wrong with 1x, 2x or 3x... it's all the rider's preference and need based on the terrain being rolled over.
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    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
    New Shimano 1x12 is 508% gear range.

    If you do a 3x10 old school 20/32/44 x 11-36 714% gear range.

    So yeah...3x10 would be incredibly versatile for any grade...up OR down.
    Yeah, and I suppose you could put a 11-42 tooth rear cassette on or some size like that and get HUGE range! Just have to be careful not to cross-chain because it might be impossible to get a chain-length that would work for each extreme. But most people on 3x are used to preventing cross-chaining anyway.

    But personally, I was fine with 3x and wouldn't bother trying to change unless several other parts were worn out. Or just bored to death and had "upgrade-idis".
    Have fun!

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    26ers over 10 years old-photos-005.jpgI don't know if the picture worked but I can play. Its a 1999 Scott Racing comp that I use for gravel rides, commuting, just because.

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    Quoting myself only to show the picture again and tell more about it. I got it about 2 weeks ago. Because of the rain having all of the local riding trails closed, and because I have been customizing it and giving the old bike some TLC during that time, today was my first chance to do a test ride on it. I must say I have fallen in love with this bike. It is my first FS, having been riding hardtails for a very long time.

    I bought it on fleabay. The seller represented it honestly, and I knew I was getting an old bike with some miles on it. Because I like tinkering with stuff, and I got it at a good price, I didn't mind buying something that old.

    To compare things to automobiles, my previous Cannondale F7 handled like my wife's Civic. Pretty good. This Mount Vision handles like the Miata I used to own. It just eats up the tight twisty's. It is very, very agile. Oh, and 5-6 lb lighter than my F7 was.

    Having not ridden most of the winter because of the rain keeping the trails closed, I have become way out of shape. And I didn't want to take it on a long and serious ride for the first one. Turns out it only needed a few minor adjustments. Having warmed up myself today while having the bike prove itself, I will take it on a real ride tomorrow. I'm pretty certain I will be even more in love with this old bike after tomorrow's ride.

    I am sold on FS bikes. I doubt I will ever go back to a hardtail. In addition to my old butt not being jarred to death, that back wheel stays on the ground much better, and hence my control of the bike stays in check, better. I don't care if I have to eventually buy a rebuild kit for the rear shock, and spend some time on it. I like doing stuff like that. Goodbye from me, hardtails.

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    My 18 year old Marin Mount Vision.
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    Scott Strike Team HMF 2003-2004

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    This is my Scott 2004 or more correct it was till I was on vacation and somebody thought I did not need it anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norsk View Post
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    That's awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbhammercycle View Post
    By English, do you mean the Brits'? In the States, we say math. That said, the plural maths could be a shortened version of mathematics.

    As for 3 chainrings, got 2 bikes that still have the 3. The big rings are never actually used though... There's nothing wrong with 1x,2x or 2x... it's all the rider's preference and need based on the terrain being rolled over.
    In the States they speak a dialect not a language. No offence, I like the sound of John Wayne.
    I also have 3 chainrings on 3 bikes and use all 3, granny for uphill and big one for going fast. 11-40.
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    Beautiful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by las-palmas View Post
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    This is my Scott 2004 or more correct it was till I was on vacation and somebody thought I did not need it anymore.

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    Such a cool period-correct bike. Sucks the bike thieves got it.
    Have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wheelspeed View Post
    Such a cool period-correct bike. Sucks the bike thieves got it.
    I miss it.
    it is harder to get fit than to stay fit.

    You have only one brain: protect it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wheelspeed View Post
    Yeah, and I suppose you could put a 11-42 tooth rear cassette on or some size like that and get HUGE range! Just have to be careful not to cross-chain because it might be impossible to get a chain-length that would work for each extreme. But most people on 3x are used to preventing cross-chaining anyway.

    But personally, I was fine with 3x and wouldn't bother trying to change unless several other parts were worn out. Or just bored to death and had "upgrade-idis".
    I have 11-40 and 22-32-44 on my Mojo and no problems with chain. Mostly use the middle ring, but on climbs between 25 and 30 degrees I use the granny.
    Of course I do not put the 44 ring on the 40 as well as I see no reason to combine the granny with the 11.
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    Hi just picked up 07 Giant Ac2 project,I'm doing a 1x conversion, Jyzt needing information or recommendations on rear shock setup.

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    Here's my 2009 Intense Spider XVP. My GF was riding this for the longest time until she got her Ripley LS.

    Recent upgrades:
    - Monarch Debonair RT3 shock
    - Switched the SID XX 120mm fork damper to RCT3 (mainly to declutter and ditch the XX lock-out remote)
    - Drilled-out the cable stops on the seat-stays so I can run uninterrupted derailleur housing
    - Mastic tape on the bottom of the drive-side chain-stay (too late as the paint is trashed, but it'll quiet things down)

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    This is such a fast and nimble bike! I still need to service the dropper and maybe go 1x in the front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtran76 View Post
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    Nice ride. What width Continentals are those and what version?

    Tried some 2.35 and 2.5 Kenda's but they didn't seem to have much structure and were squirrelly. Do you like those?
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    They are 2.4 Continentals Trail king Sport up front and the rear I am running 2.25 Nashbar Grinders. I absolutely love them. Lots of grip up front and ride a lot of different terrain from loose gravel to hard packed dirt.

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    I wish I bought the 575 back in the day but I ended up on an Ellsworth Moment which at the time was a bad ass bike. Now I've been riding for the past 6 years a Yeti SB66 with as upgraded of geometry as possible and I love it even more since I put a shorty stem on in, a dropper post, wider bars and having Craig at AValanche suspension dial it in a couple years ago. It's always fun to dream about the new bikes but I haven't ridden one that has made me want to sell mine and upgrade.
    I laught at some of pics in this thread seeing how long the stems are and the funky geometry of the bikes. To each his own but for what I like to do, which is way more aggressive than I'd feel comfortable with on some of these bikes, I still dig that people dont get wrapped up in having to upgrade to the newer wheel sizes
    Especilally the 29 thing I dont understand, even though I'm 6'3'' it still doesnt seem condusive to having fun but more about being fast... I guess.
    Anyways, cheers to the progression of the bike industry and the hard core 26" die hards
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    I built this bike from the ground up over 10 years ago and have been riding it hard ever since. Found the frame buried under layers of leaves and muck in the middle of a forest while hiking. Was all rusted up and spray painted black. Stripped it down and built it up: SLX triple, XT FD, 11-28 8 speed cassette, XT RD, hand built wheels on Mustang hoops, Dart 2 fork and BB7s. My biggest fear is the fork dying since finding a decent straight steer, non-TA fork is getting harder and harder.
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    Bought the bike for the frame and drive train Christmas of '95 because I liked the way it looked and IIRC it was cheap ($399 for full LX gruppo). Built it up from there.

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    To say I have a few vintage bikes is an understatement lol.. hanging on the wall besides my wife's Schwinn she hasn't ridden since I picked it up, and her younger sister's old Walmart special are my 95' Barracuda A2E hard tail, 96' Gary Fischer Joshua Y full suspension, 01' Yeti AS-R full suspension, and on the floor is my 98' Gary Fischer Paragon hard tail that my wife's little sister uses. Not shown is my 12' Yeti AS-R 5 C, it's still a 26er but not quite vintage yet lol
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    No idea how old this one is. It had been sitting in a barn for years. Looked like this when I bought it:
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    Now looks like this:
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    I've had this one since about '94. Been with me longer than my wife has. Hardrock FS with a shock I assume was a takeoff from a Stumpy. I've ridden this thing down mountains, across urban wastelands, through rivers, mud, and decades. Never let me down. Until this fall. Now, it's in pieces while I come up with a plan for it's rebirth.26ers over 10 years old-img_20190618_122116335_hdr.jpg
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    Damn, I love that bike. So now, I'm shopping for more sixers, one to ride, always wanted a Stumpjumper or maybe a Kona, and one to donate parts to my rat.
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    2005 Yeti 575. I switched out a few things since I bought it - replaced the 120 mm stem and 620 bars with a 60 mm stem and 740 bars - huge difference in handling! I also put a 2.3 DHF and 2.25 Ardent on to replace the 2.1 tires I was running - again, major upgrade in handling, not to mention traction. Finally, I replaced an exploded Hayes 9 with a new set of TRP Quadiems.

    I was planning on going to a demo day yesterday to ride a Trail 429, Ripley and Tallboy, but washed my old Yeti instead. I haven't ridden a 29er, and quite frankly, don't want to lust over a new bike I can't afford when I have an old, but perfectly good one. On second thought, maybe adding a dropper post would make it perfectly good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steamthief View Post
    2005 Yeti 575. maybe adding a dropper post would make it perfectly good!
    Dropper post is a luxury. I have time to manually put my saddle down when having reached top of the mountain. Other things are more needed for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steamthief View Post
    2005 Yeti 575. I haven't ridden a 29er, and quite frankly, don't want to lust over a new bike I can't afford when I have an old, but perfectly good one. On second thought, maybe adding a dropper post would make it perfectly good!
    Nice up grades!
    Dropper is very nice up grade but not cheap......
    I have said that for years........but I finally broke down.
    Don't get the frame till Spring.....looking for sales!
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    old FS bike

    Still looking for a vintage project bike and my eye spotted this bike (only one pic).


    I really cant find any similar bikes online.
    It feels a bit like Nishiki but then again i my search came up empty.
    The parts do not look that high end but the elevated chainstay leg line is quite beautiful

    What do you think of it?
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    Nice. Now that is vintage old school right there. No idea what it is. Would the serial number turn up anything?

    Also I converted my 05 Cannondale Prophet to 27.5 so I guess I'm out of this thread. 😁

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    I've never seen a nishiki elevated stay with the flex frame or Softail like that. I've never seen any estay like that. You might want to try over at the vintage retro forum, see if that crowd has any info. Proflex is my best guess, they made a bunch of flex frame designs, but it's just a guess. This is the closest I could find26ers over 10 years old-d1b9d45d3d9061274c1c292c09c585b0.jpg
    The rear triangle looks like thicker tubing though.
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    Mine should be built next week... I'm so excited I can't sleep ;-)
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    Still kicking 27.5 and 29er ass.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by ladljon View Post
    Still kicking 27.5 and 29er ass.....
    Why not? 26" is cool and has been a long time. Heard of a guy on a 24" bike who can keep up with the bigger wheel size riders.
    Is the fork comfortable?
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    A buddy of mine rode from the top of Alaska to tip of South America and is editing the 2hr documentary on it now. We were talking at a dinner party the other night and I told him about my "Vintage" 26er build I was working on and he laughed and said it is only vintage in USA as everywhere else in the world is still rolling on 26in wheels. Just something to think about when someone makes you "feel vintage" ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by 6D ATB-1T EVO View Post
    Why not? 26" is cool and has been a long time. Heard of a guy on a 24" bike who can keep up with the bigger wheel size riders.
    Is the fork comfortable?
    Love that fork....would like to have a Motion E18...but don't make for 26ers...Had an AMP F4 and loved it, also....Tried Fox and Rockshox but didn't like the way they handled....
    Tread killer....

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    Had the 26er out again. Had a blast on it! Funny going back to Grip Shift and 550mm bars. Sure was nice cutting between trees tho! (Cannondale M600 from about '90, but everything's been replaced.)

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    Pic before I put the '09 XT triple crankset on. This was the OE LX triple crankset. I had to change it out because I couldn't handle the O.E. 28/38/48 rings with the 7-speed cassette! Much more enjoyable for my 50-year-old-legs with the XT's 22/32/44 or whatever the exact rings are on the '09 crankset.
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    EDIT- About the bars... remember Answer Hyperlites?
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    1994 Balance AL-750

    I love seeing these older bikes still out on the trails. The limited time I spend on the forum is usually spent in the VRC section, although my bike is newer than many of the rides being discussed over there. I am currently going through my second build for this frame (background/details are here: https://forums.mtbr.com/vintage-retr...ed-517060.html) this time I am having some custom work done so I can switch to disc brakes and I am going to a 1x11 setup.

    Last good pic before recent teardown:
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    the old brake hardware:
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    latest update:
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    Current build plan:
    Fork - 2007 Rock Shox SID World Cup - Blackbox Carbon
    Rims - DT Swiss EX471 32H
    Hubs - Hope Pro 4 32H
    Spokes - DT Swiss Evolution
    Tires - going tubeless, setup TBD
    Pedals - Shimano M540
    Crank - XT FC-M8000-1 32T, 170mm
    Chain - HG-X11 CN-HG700
    Cassette - XT CS-M8000 11-46T
    Bottom Bracket - XT BB-MT800
    Rear Derailleur - XT RD-M8000 Shadow RD+
    Shifter - XT SL-M8000
    Handlebars - RaceFace Deus XC
    Stem - Ritchey WCS X-Axis
    Headset - Ritchey WCS
    Brakeset - Formula R1
    Rotors: Hayes V6
    Pads: Kool Stop KSD330S (sintered)
    Saddle - Sette Nyx
    Seat Post - Kalloy
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    I bought this new in the summer of 1982. Ah, the adventures we've had!

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    Quote Originally Posted by john_dalhart View Post
    I bought this new in the summer of 1982. Ah, the adventures we've had!

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    And still going strong. Nice bike. I don't think todays mtbs will be.

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    Hi, guys. New to the board but been lurking for a while.

    Here's my 2005 Kona Cinder Cone, bought new back in the day:

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    Some recent updates: 1x11, wider handlebar and shorter stem, fork and 40 headset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mannyrides View Post
    Hi, guys. New to the board but been lurking for a while.

    Here's my 2005 Kona Cinder Cone, bought new back in the day:

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    Some recent updates: 1x11, wider handlebar and shorter stem, fork and 40 headset.
    Lookin' good Manny! Thanks for sharing.
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    DunCon Amstaff 2005

    A Norco 125 donated it's organs for the build

    And a friend's '96 Heckler, upgraded in 2006. He doesn't ride it, and sent it home with me for company.
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    I am over ten years old and I have a 26er I still ride. In fact, I also have a 24er that I still ride, despite the fact I am 6 feet tall.
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    Hello. I just purchased a 1999 Specialized stumpjumper fsr and was wondering if you have the bearing rear linkage like MRP?

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    Hello. I just purchased a 1999 Specialized stumpjumper fsr and was wondering if you have the bearing rear linkage like MRP or Endura rear section?

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    1999 Cannondale 26+ Project
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    Khs xct

    Not sure why this post came in where it did. Oh well.

    Doing some upgrades (wider bars & shorter stem). Not sure how much longer this bike will stay in use, but at least through spring. I'm actively looking for a replacement.

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    Hi All,
    New here and just got back into riding in the dirt after a nearly ten year break (been on road since). Still riding my 02 Stumpjumper FSR. I have been out a bunch of times this new year so far and have only seen a handful of 26er's out there in the wild!


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    Nice looking ride. I had a 00 s-works FSR that I miss. So much red!!
    Looking for a Medium Scott Scale frame, preferably a 2012 in 26.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bridgestone14 View Post
    Nice looking ride. I had a 00 s-works FSR that I miss. So much red!!
    Thanks.. and yes so much red.. lol... its funny, everytime I think of getting a new bike (recently picked up a 2019 Pitch for my 12 year old) I go for a ride and this bike can still do more then I ever could...

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    Mid Nineties Mongoose Rockadile SX

    By catching the right cast-offs you can build a competitive bike for a few hundred dollars instead of thousands. But bless y'all for priming the pumps with new purchases and making these awesome parts obsolete and affordable.

    Now 2x9, 30x42 + 12x40, profile race 180mm cranks exo BB, 180mm Shimano rotor with M6000 lever. Rear brake is Avid Arch Rival. Front rim is WTB 25mm iFrequency with 2.4 Panaracer Swoop measuring 62mm, rear is 24mm Rhyno Lite with Onza Greina 2.4 that measures about 58mm, the biggest that will fit back there without hitting the stays when torquing up super steeps. Both tubeless. The frame was purchased NOS in 2005 for $50 and sat idle till a year or so ago. The bike does everything a modern hard tail can.
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    Nice 'goose! I love me some chrome
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    In a not very far away future all 26" bikes will be over 10 years old.
    Let's keep them alive as long as they are fun to ride.
    it is harder to get fit than to stay fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheelerfreak View Post


    Still riding my '97 S-works M2. I bought it new in the spring of '97. It has gone thru a few changes. After I got my full suspension 26er it was relegated to commuting duties until my commute got over 20 miles. Now I'm back to riding it on trails again. Converted it to discs about 5 years ago.
    sweet ride

    i picked up the same bicycle a few years ago in a second hand store. Itís hanging in my garage but I have not rebuilt it yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6D ATB-1T EVO View Post
    In a not very far away future all 26" bikes will be over 10 years old.
    Let's keep them alive as long as they are fun to ride.
    I have 4 of them

    Plenty of parts to keep at least 1 running at all times 😁👍

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6D ATB-1T EVO View Post
    In a not very far away future all 26" bikes will be over 10 years old.
    Let's keep them alive as long as they are fun to ride.
    Yeah, Like ten years from now! Have you seen the 2019 Dragonslayer 26+? Pretty hot item!
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    I just did a ride on my Turner RFX and the frame is 20 years old.
    Still love riding it and I think looks as good then as it does now!
    I still got lots of parts available also!
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    Well I posted my recent acquisition elsewhere in this forum but like any proud Facebook Mommy/Daddy I'll keep posting it until everyone unfriends me

    03 Stumpy with (for some reason) an 02 fork currently torn down and waiting for parts...

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    This just hit 10 years old. It's a 2010 Fisher GED. It's a lot of fun, man!! I built it up with a Deore 10spd setup, single rear brake, Surly Sunrise big boy BMX bars.

    It rails...


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    Quote Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
    This just hit 10 years old. It's a 2010 Fisher GED. It's a lot of fun, man!! I built it up with a Deore 10spd setup, single rear brake, Surly Sunrise big boy BMX bars.

    It rails...

    Hey man, that's a great pic! I like it because you look totally casual while airborne. Like, you could photoshop that onto a street and people would think you were just casually turning some circles around the neighborhood street while talking to friends or something. Pretty funny to see someone looking totally normal while airborne and crossed up.
    Have fun!

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    Looks like I can add a pic to this thread:

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    And this old Cannondale I keep at my wife's home town for when I travel there. (El Paso with a ~ '90 Cannondale)

    Love the red/white/blue tricolor fade paint job. Unfortunately the previous owner beat the paint to death... but the bike is cool that it seems all original.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
    New Shimano 1x12 is 508% gear range.

    If you do a 3x10 old school 20/32/44 x 11-36 714% gear range.

    So yeah...3x10 would be incredibly versatile for any grade...up OR down.
    A 20 small gear crank, how does that work?
    Any tidbits of info to look in proper direction?
    Inquiring minds need to know.

    I'd personally love a 20/xx/52 with 10-(36+or44), no go.


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    Quote Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
    New Shimano 1x12 is 508% gear range.

    If you do a 3x10 old school 20/32/44 x 11-36 714% gear range.

    So yeah...3x10 would be incredibly versatile for any grade...up OR down.

    3x is only for those with brain capacity enough to use it.
    1x anybody can use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by matt4x4 View Post
    A 20 small gear crank, how does that work?
    Any tidbits of info to look in proper direction?
    Inquiring minds need to know.

    I'd personally love a 20/xx/52 with 10-(36+or44), no go.
    If you can find an old Mountain Tamer adapter for an old school crank, you can use an old freewheel cog to get down to a 20t on your crank, though I don't know if a 52t chainring would be available for that same 110mm BCD crank. Even if it is, it would be challenging to find a front derailleur that can handle the 32t difference between the small and large chainrings and a rear derailleur with enough cage length / capacity to keep the chain tight on smaller cogs.

    The widest range I ever ran up front was 24-36-50, but usually my go-to gearing in the late 80s and early 90s was 24-36-48 chainrings with a 12-26 or 12-28 cassette and a short cage rear derailleur.

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    2005 Jamis Dakkar

    This was a cool thread to read though. I still use this bike a fair amount it was bought 2008 and built with parts from my Kona Kahuna. Its setup with:

    -130 mm Marzochi Drop Off I (this was "freeride" range then)
    -3x9 Deore drivetrain
    -Deore Hydraulic disk brakes (added these in 2012 ish I first had it setup with mechanical disk brakes)
    -780 mm Handlebars (recent addition...makes it handle waaay better than the super narrow ones that were on it)
    -Manitou 4 way swinger (It came with a 3 way)

    Been debating switching it over to tubeless with 27.5x 2.3 ish wheels

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    It is a throw away society, once something gets 5 or 10 years old people throw it away, and get suckered into thinking they need the latest and greatest, so they dump $1500+ into another bike. That is why bicycle companies come out with something new, to get the suckers to buy into it. Just keep riding your 26" bicycle and have fun.

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    And just beneath the throwaway level is the second hand scum, we're happy to buy that "junk" at a discount, and use it happily ever after!
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    I recently became aware there are other sizes than 26. I guess I'm immune to marketing.

    Flip phones are also getting larger and heavier, which is the next dumbest thing.

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    Here is mine 2008 Santa Cruz Heckler.
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    I've got an 05 Cannondale Prophet that I converted to 27.5...I guess that doesn't count anymore?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Energetik View Post
    I've got an 05 Cannondale Prophet that I converted to 27.5...I guess that doesn't count anymore?
    Is it a 26er? Post pics, we'll help you decide...
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    Hopefully this works.

    2009 fsr xc comp bought used in 2015
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    Took my 08' RFX out for a ride.
    Been my go to ride for 12 years and still going strong!
    Awesome day!

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    On a sad note it will moved to 2nd on the list once I get my new bike.
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    All mine are 26". Only one is less than ten years old.



    Finished this up recently too. Eleven years old.


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    26's are relevant today!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BujiBiker View Post
    Hopefully this works.

    2009 fsr xc comp bought used in 2015
    It sure works for me! Nice bike! I don't usually go for double squish bikes, but I'll make an exception for that one!
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    So I'll play. 2005 S/C Heckler. Pretty much everything except the seatpost and bars have been replaced in this pic. Converted to 1 x 11 last year.

    Caveat, She is now semi-retired. My son still rides it and I use as a backup. I'm now full time on my Mach 5.5.

    Another older Heckler on the trails this weekend. My buddy's wife rode his 2008 as her Epic is in the shop for shock service. I need to break mine back out for a ride. I actually like the 11 speed XT over the 12 speed XO1 I am riding now.
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    11 years young today:

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    it is harder to get fit than to stay fit.

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    26ers over 10 years old

    Hereís my 2007 Chameleon that I bought as a frame only 13 years ago. It just got refreshed with XT M8000 brakes, 34T 1x Crank & Rear derailleur. 11-42 XT cassette with XTR rear shifter. Ice-tech 203fr 180rr rotors.

    Browsing eBay I stumbled upon a Fox 32 Performance 140mm fork with straight steerer that was never used, so I upgraded that.

    Then I found a Chris King wheelset in navy to match the headset and bottom bracket, couldnít resist.

    Set it up tubeless with a vigilante up front and trail boss in the rear.

    Went riding with the kids today and had a blast. Iíll never get rid of this one.



    I do however have a large orange 2019 chameleon frame set en route. Going to build it up as a 1x11 29er, just out of curiosity. Should compliment the 26er nicely.


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    26'ers are great to ride.
    Having more then one bike, who doesnt?

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    I wish it road as good as it looks. Started out with a 92 gt timberline rigid 24 speed I think. Bought matching Gary Fisher Tassajaraís for me and my wife in 2002. Didnít ride much between 08 and 15 till I bought the fsr. Rode that until April last year. Decided I wanted a new bike and bought a Fezarri Abajo Peak 29 er 5 days before I blew out my knee! 2weeks later got the bike, put it together put about 20 miles before my surgery. I keep the fsr for friends that donít have ride. My son would rather ride the fisher.

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    Bought old Chameleon for my Birthday this week!

    I just found this on the Nextdoor For Sale Marketplace. She was asking $800, but talked her down to $500. Said she bought it from a bay area bike shop about 2011 for $2200. Had ridden it less than 50 times and never offroad and it looks it!

    Not sure what year it is, wish I knew..
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    I think Chameleon switched to 27.5 in 2014, so yours is older than that. You're probably in this generation:
    https://geometrygeeks.bike/bike/sant...eon-2008-2012/
    Maybe someone has more information on serial numbers and dates over in the Santa Cruz section of the forum
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattiThundrrr View Post
    I think Chameleon switched to 27.5 in 2014, so yours is older than that. You're probably in this generation:
    https://geometrygeeks.bike/bike/sant...eon-2008-2012/
    Maybe someone has more information on serial numbers and dates over in the Santa Cruz section of the forum
    EBB would give it away confirming its that generation, as it was first introduced on the 2008 chameleon. I have 2- 2007's and that one is definitely newer than that.

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    Ventana Marble Peak

    Hereís my late 90ís Ventana Marble Peak. I bought it in new condition 20 years ago from a photographer who took it in trade from a bike shop. I hadnít ridden it for a couple of years, but the COVID-19 shutdown inspired me to clean it, put on some new tires, and go for a ride today.

    Shown here with a Fox Alps 5 air shock, I also have a Fox Vanilla R coil over.

    Thanks for looking.
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    I'll see your youthful 10 years old and raise you 20 years! 1989 Red Shred.

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    Awesome thread

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    1998 Titus Racer X

    In build process. This is an early RX (1998 considering the shock and "no-linkage" set-up)with the V-Brake mounts on the back. The frame & fork was a gift from my brother-in-law a few years back (Thanks Ryan!)and I have been slowly picking up pieces to get it built and going. Unfortunately the back shock on the early RX is an early FOX vanilla that you can't get parts for any more and it has a special lower mount. Risse still makes one for the bike so maybe that's next when I find the extra funds. I have owned many Titus Racer X over the years and always loved the short travel bikes.

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    IMHO the Racer-X was one of the best FS bike from the 90s. It felt like a fast handling hardtail from that era but with suspension.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PNW MTB View Post
    I'll see your youthful 10 years old and raise you 20 years! 1989 Red Shred.
    That dinosaur probably saved you a few peso's no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt4x4 View Post
    That dinosaur probably saved you a few peso's no.
    Not really, I bought it new in 1989 for around $1,100.00. I think I was making like $7.00/hr back then! LOL. Put it this way, it cost almost 3 times as much as my first car!!

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    1998 Trek 8900SL Resto Mod
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    Quote Originally Posted by bdumas35 View Post
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    what fork is that?

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    The fork is an "Exotic Carbon Rigid" from Ebay.

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    The Trek looks rad. And a bit "Exotic". Love the chrome
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    Quote Originally Posted by bdumas35 View Post
    The fork is an "Exotic Carbon Rigid" from Ebay.
    Awesome, how do you like it? I am too fat for my SID WC (and rigid CF options) so I bought the Exotic Rigid Super Light Alloy XC fork and am excited to get it mounted and back out on the trails.

    Our builds are highly similar as far as the vintage of frames, going 1x, discs, and rigid forks. I was actually just wondering the other day if anyone used the term "resto mod" when it comes to bikes as that is an accurate description of the process (a process that is not particulalry welcome in the VRC forum). My Balance AL-750 is further up this page. Gene Spicer welded on a disc tab for me, so if that adapter you have ever becomes a pain keep that option in mind. You even have a polished frame, so like me there is no concern about having to repaint or anything.

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    I've heard "restomod" at another retro themed forum. I am a vintage-retro guy and like the idea. It keeps the old frames rolling. I wouldn't go as far as to cut or weld a frame, and Breezer-1 is probably safe, but I say go for it!
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    I just don't like the way newer bikes ride, so my Balance remains my primary off road/trail riding bike and that means I need to keep it serviceable. I am really excited about my latest build because I shouldn't have to worry about part availability for a long time (might pick up a spare pair of EX471 hoops sooner than later just in case).

    I have 27.5 for family rides (tow my youngest son with it) and it is OK, I have ridden numerous 29ers and while they totally rule access roads, I find them to be pretty miserable on single track and anything technical that they can't just simply roll over.

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    I'll add my "Dino's" to the list.

    2000 F800 Fatty Ultra 80mm
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    Just finished this for my friends 13 yo son. Was nice to have a project.

    Replaced a good portion of the parts, bushings, seals, cables, wheels, tires. Learned that Igus bushings are pretty easy to find directly from Igus, just measure & chances are they still sell em, cheap! And I can now bleed Hayes brakes, messy but doable.


    Was great to have something to wrench on, sadly at least around here everyone has doubled their used bike prices.... Aaargh!
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    Ď92 Alpinestars Al-Mega XT





    I recently posted a pic of my 90ís Ventana Marble Peak.

    Here is my 1992 Alpinestars Al-Mega XT. It still has the XT cranks, front derailleur, and hubs, but has some nice period upgrades, including:

    - Syncros stem w/ Chris King No thread headset
    - XTR shifters, brake levers, and rear derailleur
    - Avid Tri-Align brakes
    - Kore and Ringle QRís
    - RS Mag21 shocks

    It was originally black with garish decals (that are now retro-cool!), but I had it bead blasted and powder coated blue back in the day. No regrets!

    I havenít ridden this bike in 20 years, but got it cleaned up today and will take it for a ride next week. Cracked frames are apparently very common on these bikes, but I inspected mine closely and there are no issues. The shock needs to be serviced, the tires inflate but cannot be trusted, the brake lever boots are perished, and the rear brake cable needs to be replaced. Otherwise, itís all good.

    Sorry the pictures are all wonky. Still trying to figure out the upload UI.

    Thanks for looking.
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    retro sexy...like me...

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    What was the thinking with the high located chainstays that donít connect to the bottom bracket? Seen this on other 90s era mtbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by attaboy View Post
    What was the thinking with the high located chainstays that donít connect to the bottom bracket? Seen this on other 90s era mtbs.
    Reduced chain suck/slap, and better front derailleur clearance.

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    And shorter stays. Apparently e-stays climb like a beast. Never tried one, but I'll get one someday...

    Awesome example, Kcheves
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    who made the last e-stay? My Trimble stopped in 07. Any body still making a e-stay?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wightweenie26er View Post
    who made the last e-stay? My Trimble stopped in 07. Any body still making a e-stay?
    A handful have brought it back, the two I can think of are the Allied able gravel bikes and Marin's weirdo wolf ridge full sus. The elevated stay probably went away after the 3x started being fazed out, but as per usual everything's been done and it all comes back around.
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    Balance AL-750

    Got it out on some real trails yesterday, first time since the rebuild. I went to a rigid fork because I weigh too much for my SID WC Carbon and was getting crazy flex, the bite of the R1s wasn't helping either. I wasn't looking to shed more weight but the rigid fork brought it down to 21.98lbs. Once I got the pressure right the Ritchey Shield tires were amazing, I wasn't missing front suspension at all. The R1s with KS sintered pads are scary powerful with enormous bite. I couldn't get over how explosive the bike was. It was always a great climber and quick to accelerate out of turns, but the combination of the rigid fork, new drive train, wheelset, and tubeless tires has made it an absolute monster on the low end.

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    Frame - 1994 Balance AL-750
    Fork - Exotic Rigid Alloy XC
    Rims - DT Swiss EX471 32H
    Hubs - Hope Pro 4 32H
    Spokes - DT Swiss Evolution
    Tires - Ritchey WCS Shield 2.1
    Pedals - Shimano M540
    Crank - XT FC-M8000-1 32T, 170mm
    Chain - HG-X11 CN-HG700
    Cassette - XT CS-M8000 11-46T
    Bottom Bracket - XT BB-MT800
    Rear Derailleur - XT RD-M8000 Shadow RD+
    Shifter - XT SL-M8000
    Handlebars - RaceFace Deus XC
    Stem - Ritchey WCS X-Axis
    Headset - Ritchey WCS
    Brakeset - Formula R1
    Rotors: Hayes V6
    Pads: Kool Stop KSD330S (sintered)
    Saddle - Sette Nyx
    Seat Post - Kalloy
    Other: Ritchey trail comp grips, Ti skewers, Ti bolts for seat, rotors, calipers, and adapters, Problem Solver cable guide adapters, Stans sealant, Stans rim tape
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    Quote Originally Posted by wightweenie26er View Post
    who made the last e-stay? My Trimble stopped in 07. Any body still making a e-stay?
    Devinci made these as a promotion in 2017
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    Good luck finding one, they only made three
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    This is my FORGE SAWBACK 5XX (Lage-19) which I remember buying 2007. So definitely older than 10 years (it even has the older HAYES MX2 calipers instead of the AVID BB5 introduced by Forge later).

    Going through some upgrades, converted it to a 1x9 drivetrain and purchased the following

    INSTALLED:

    • MicroShift Advent Clutched Rear Derailleur (RD-M6195M)
    • MicroShift Advent Right Trigger (SL-M8195-R)
    • MicroShift Advent 9 Speed Cassette (CS-H093A)
    • SRAM GX 1000 GXP Crankset w/ Team GXP Bottom Bracket
    • Crank Brothers Stamp 1 Pedals
    • Serfas RX-921V Saddle
    • KMC X9.93 Chain
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    Given i'm 6 foot (and 210 lbs), I should have bought a 29er - lol. But this bike brings back fond memories.

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    Here's the latest incarnation of my ST. Worked hard all winter on the trainer, started over with 3 months of base training in the basement, picked it up from there... best race shape in 15 years. COVID... no races... dug out the attic, refabed the ST and am recovering a '98 Schwinn S-10 that I'll post up as well.

    Bike absolutely rocks--medium, Bomber MX PRO 105mm, 80mm stem with with Niner bar. Ghetto Disc on Front with Avid Ti rear V.Rips downhill, with the softtail, it feels like it wraps around obstacles. The fork lockout lowers the ride height, making the seattube angle nice and steep, and once again, the softtail sticks the back wheel to the ground on the tech sections. What a blast. Yeah, my 29er is faster, but it feels like you're taking the taxi after riding this!

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    My 1990ish Sworks steel frame back in action.

    I built this bike up back in the early '90s and made a few improvements back in my racing days. I recently got it out cleaned it up, rebuilt the front shock, and made sure everything was working well. I've been riding it on some local dirt trails and looking forward to getting back out on some good single track that I've recently discovered.
    The first thing I need to do is get some more aggressive tires. This bike has served me very well over the years. It's nimble on the twists and turns, climbs like a banshee, just a fun bike to ride.
    Since this is my very first post, I'd also like to say Hi to everyone and I've enjoyed reading your posts and checking out the pics of your vintage 26er's. As a first timer I hope this works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dger51 View Post
    I built this bike up back in the early '90s and made a few improvements back in my racing days. I recently got it out cleaned it up, rebuilt the front shock, and made sure everything was working well. I've been riding it on some local dirt trails and looking forward to getting back out on some good single track that I've recently discovered.
    The first thing I need to do is get some more aggressive tires. This bike has served me very well over the years. It's nimble on the twists and turns, climbs like a banshee, just a fun bike to ride.
    Since this is my very first post, I'd also like to say Hi to everyone and I've enjoyed reading your posts and checking out the pics of your vintage 26er's. As a first timer I hope this works.
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    Love the classic bike and welcome to the forums!

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    Are those Velocity cages? Complementing the light, beautiful, functional rig, and the peace sign crossover is excellent! Steel frames are springy and durable, and quite expensive now. I like the Specialized bikes with a practical streak, like the 2020 Rockhopper which is good for trails and has eyelets for a rack.

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    Great bike! Love the Nuke Proof Hubs. Welcome!

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    Whats that black rectangle thing on one side of the fork, just above the qr skewer lever?

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt4x4 View Post
    Whats that black rectangle thing on one side of the fork, just above the qr skewer lever?
    Looks like a Speedometer/Odometer (sensor)......

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    Two straps holding it on, I didnt see that before.
    Wires going to computer are hidden then, or its wireless. No sign of wires snaking up the fork.

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    Oh heck yeah! Steel S Works definitely works for Matti! Killer!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dger51 View Post
    I built this bike up back in the early '90s and made a few improvements back in my racing days. I recently got it out cleaned it up, rebuilt the front shock, and made sure everything was working well. I've been riding it on some local dirt trails and looking forward to getting back out on some good single track that I've recently discovered.
    The first thing I need to do is get some more aggressive tires. This bike has served me very well over the years. It's nimble on the twists and turns, climbs like a banshee, just a fun bike to ride.
    Since this is my very first post, I'd also like to say Hi to everyone and I've enjoyed reading your posts and checking out the pics of your vintage 26er's. As a first timer I hope this works.
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    Nice! I ran the same hubs, brakes, brake levers and thumbshifters on 2 or 3 bikes around the same time, but always ran a rigid fork. I still have my wheels with Nuke Proof hubs and a couple of set of those SS-7 brake levers, but I sold off all of my 986 brakes.

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    Good to hear

    Quote Originally Posted by sgltrak View Post
    Nice! I ran the same hubs, brakes, brake levers and thumbshifters on 2 or 3 bikes around the same time, but always ran a rigid fork. I still have my wheels with Nuke Proof hubs and a couple of set of those SS-7 brake levers, but I sold off all of my 986 brakes.
    Great to hear, knew there had to be more people with those hubs. They've never given me any issue, and I just think they're cool. I am looking to upgrade the drive train. Thinking about going with 11 gear cassette, and not sure weather to go 1 or 2 chain rings up front. Most likely new shifters too .

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    I just put that wireless on the bike, old wired stop working.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldMike View Post
    Looks similar to this
    That's the one. Seems to work well. Hope that huge senor lasts awhile when I hit the trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattiThundrrr View Post
    Oh heck yeah! Steel S Works definitely works for Matti! Killer!
    Oh yeah! I went from a heavy Diamondback, first MTB, to this. When I first got on the pedals it seemed like it just jumped into action, I was amazed and still really enjoy the ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldMike View Post
    Looks like a Speedometer/Odometer (sensor)......
    Indeed, the thing is massive, hope it lasts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dger51 View Post
    Great to hear, knew there had to be more people with those hubs. They've never given me any issue, and I just think they're cool. I am looking to upgrade the drive train. Thinking about going with 11 gear cassette, and not sure weather to go 1 or 2 chain rings up front. Most likely new shifters too .
    If you are doing a lot of flat or road riding, more rings up front are your friend. Harder to get top end without the big ring!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gnatsOnTeeth View Post
    Are those Velocity cages? Complementing the light, beautiful, functional rig, and the peace sign crossover is excellent! Steel frames are springy and durable, and quite expensive now. I like the Specialized bikes with a practical streak, like the 2020 Rockhopper which is good for trails and has eyelets for a rack.
    I had to look, yes they are Velocity cages. I've always hoped that the frame lasts a long time without rusting inside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattiThundrrr View Post
    If you are doing a lot of flat or road riding, more rings up front are your friend. Harder to get top end without the big ring!
    Thanks for that input. It's kind of the way I was leaning.

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    I think we need to setup a kick-starter for a frame builder or something..

    Steel (or AL) 26'er with more modern geometry to swap our OLD usable parts to. Was looking at an On-One 456 but they don't seem to make / sell those frames anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by funks View Post
    I think we need to setup a kick-starter for a frame builder or something..

    Steel (or AL) 26'er with more modern geometry to swap our OLD usable parts to. Was looking at an On-One 456 but they don't seem to make / sell those frames anymore.
    Yeah for a while I was looking at the cotic bfe 26 but its gone now too. You could setup a crowdfunding type deal to get a group of frames made in Taiwan, but that sort of thing requires at-least one person who knows who to talk to over there. Not to mention a strong pitch to actually get people to fork up the dough. A lot of people say they are down but people are tight with their cash when the time comes.
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    It's been fun to look at all these old bikes! I'm glad there are others still loving on these vintage rides! Here's my Pumpkin. Basically all stock parts. She's a 1999 Trek Singletrack 820.
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    I've removed the fenders, and replaced the seat. The reflectors have fallen off, or got removed as well. But everything else is original parts!

    I'm not really in the market to actively buy parts right now but still thinking about what I will replace. At this moment in time everything still functions great for my suburban MUP rides. Haven't gotten back into single track yet, need to rebuild my endurance after a few years off from riding.

    A few years ago I was tossing around the idea of getting a new FS. Some of my singletrack rides were a little harsh and maybe even a bit rattly going over rough patches. I also am thinking about getting new pedals. These old metal ones have banged up my shins more than I'd like! But for the most part I go with the mentality of, if it aint broke don't fix it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBkitty View Post
    It's been fun to look at all these old bikes! I'm glad there are others still loving on these vintage rides! Here's my Pumpkin. Basically all stock parts. She's a 1999 Trek Singletrack 820.
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    I've removed the fenders, and replaced the seat. The reflectors have fallen off, or got removed as well. But everything else is original parts!

    I'm not really in the market to actively buy parts right now but still thinking about what I will replace. At this moment in time everything still functions great for my suburban MUP rides. Haven't gotten back into single track yet, need to rebuild my endurance after a few years off from riding.

    A few years ago I was tossing around the idea of getting a new FS. Some of my singletrack rides were a little harsh and maybe even a bit rattly going over rough patches. I also am thinking about getting new pedals. These old metal ones have banged up my shins more than I'd like! But for the most part I go with the mentality of, if it aint broke don't fix it!
    Thatís me as well! Though I like to modernize and ďhot rodĒ my bike. Looks great! Keep on keeping it up.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dger51 View Post
    That's the one. Seems to work well. Hope that huge senor lasts awhile when I hit the trails.
    Huge indeed thats what threw me off not seeing the straps and quickly surfing mtbr.

    As long as it works well.

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    This is my 2002 Kona Unit... I put on some Maxxis Holy Roller tires and it's great for cruising around the bikes paths with the kids (and the wife).
    Maybe if I get a better fork on it, I can get after some single track too.
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    Hey Susspect (or anyone else),

    Is there an easy way for a non-gear-enthusiast to confirm if their fork can be replaced?
    Just a Kitty cruisin' in the Rockies with her Pumpkin (TREK 820)

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    My custom 2009 Ventana El Ciclon with long low and slack geo and a single 38T ring before they were a thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBkitty View Post
    Hey Susspect (or anyone else),

    Is there an easy way for a non-gear-enthusiast to confirm if their fork can be replaced?
    Depends what it is, if the steerer is 1,1/8th you're looking at second hand, custom Manitou or looking for New Old Stock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vader View Post
    My custom 2009 Ventana El Ciclon with long low and slack geo and a single 38T ring before they were a thing.
    What we're the numbers? 1x has been around a long time. Just nice to not have to faff with a draggy chain guide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vader View Post
    My custom 2009 Ventana El Ciclon with long low and slack geo and a single 38T ring before they were a thing.
    Nice bike. Looks long and slack, but that BB doesn't look very low.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mudguard View Post
    Depends what it is, if the steerer is 1,1/8th you're looking at second hand, custom Manitou or looking for New Old Stock.
    i think Rockshox still makes the Silver TK I think. I just put a new one on my 03 Stumpjumper but haven't really been able to test it except on pavement. Some new Suntours still available too, I believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBkitty View Post
    Hey Susspect (or anyone else),

    Is there an easy way for a non-gear-enthusiast to confirm if their fork can be replaced?
    Most bikes more than 10 years old will need a fork 1 1/8 and here are some possibilities:

    https://www.google.com/search?client...UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

    https://www.ebay.com/sch/177815/i.ht...w=fork+1+1%2F8

    https://www.jensonusa.com/bike-forks?SteerTube=1+1%2F8"

    Search and you will find.

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    Manitou Markhor is a solid fork for 26" wheels and straight steerers.

    It's basically the old Manitou Black with an air-spring. Which is a longer travel version of the recent Manitou R7. We see those coming in for first service at like 12 years old. New rubber and oil and they're good again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dougal View Post
    Manitou Markhor is a solid fork for 26" wheels and straight steerers.

    It's basically the old Manitou Black with an air-spring. Which is a longer travel version of the recent Manitou R7. We see those coming in for first service at like 12 years old. New rubber and oil and they're good again.
    Isnt the Markhor disc only though?

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    Currently restoring this to get it back on the dirt

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    2011 Moots Zirkel, still my only MTBike except for the 83' Stump jumper Sport
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    couldn't pass up this photo op today
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    Almost 25 years old.

    1996 Zaskar. I built it from a frame set. Mag 21LT. XTR shifters, brakes, and front derailleur. XT cranks, rear derailleur, and 36H hubs. Mavic SUP rims. I think itís still a cool bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 63expert View Post
    1996 Zaskar. I built it from a frame set. Mag 21LT. XTR shifters, brakes, and front derailleur. XT cranks, rear derailleur, and 36H hubs. Mavic SUP rims. I think itís still a cool bike.
    Nice bike!!

    I have owned several Zaskars and they have all been great fun to ride and very capable. My last one was set up as a 970 xtr 1x9 drivetrain and really blended old school and new school. It also had the old school mag 21 fork and was still a nice match for the smoother single track trails found in the Midwest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ladljon View Post
    2010 Moots Zirkel, still my only MTBike except for the 83' Stumpjumper Sport
    Your bike looks great. Definitely one of my favorite bikes. It is amazing how smooth 80mm of titanium suspension feels.

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    Looks great, is that a first yr titanium rear triangle? Mine handles way better with more offset fork and 1 degree angle headset
    Tread killer....

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    It was actually one of the first year demo models, but the rear triangle was aluminum.

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    Marin Mount Vision 1998 - Built to be Used

    When this finally breaks I'll want another single pivot. Designed by Jon Whyte. Low maintenance, inexpensive to keep running, fun. Sometimes I miss the climb lockout from the Fox Air it originally had - it can bob, so keep a higher cadence on climbs.

    Do you like Nordic or Alpine skiing? Like Nordic, this can jump when it has to, but it's not for the chair lift. Suffer the climb and enjoy the descent, XC roundabout.

    This came with rim brake mount but also ISO disc mount, which helps this time traveler stay on track. 2x9 is the way to fly if you need to ride to the trailhead, and still want to climb 30% grades.
    It's messy, scuffed and chipped, my rat rod.
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