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    Anyone besides myself love their 26er so much that they keep rebuilding it instead of moving on to a new one. I rebuilt my 2003 Giant Warp DS3 last spring / summer and love it more than the day I bought it. 26ers over 10 years old-image.jpg26ers over 10 years old-image.jpg26ers over 10 years old-image.jpg

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    Do you actually ride that bike? Looks pristine.

    To answer your question, yes, sort of. I have several bikes that I like enough to fix when something breaks unless it's too expensive. The older the bike, the less I'm willing to put into maintaining it before it gets disassembled and the parts go into the bin to fix one of the newer ones. They're all 26ers, so most of the parts are interchangeable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noapathy View Post
    Do you actually ride that bike? Looks pristine.
    That's what I was going to ask. I have a 26" hardtail I bought in 2007, and it's still in good working shape but looks like it's been around the block a few times. I'm not sinking any money into it other than stuff to keep it running.

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    Indeed! I love my 26ers! I have all three size bikes, that is 26,650b, 29er.

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    the bikes are a 2012 giant XTC and a 2008 Sette Edge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noapathy View Post
    Do you actually ride that bike? Looks pristine.

    To answer your question, yes, sort of. I have several bikes that I like enough to fix when something breaks unless it's too expensive. The older the bike, the less I'm willing to put into maintaining it before it gets disassembled and the parts go into the bin to fix one of the newer ones. They're all 26ers, so most of the parts are interchangeable.

    Yes, I ride that bike every chance I get. Everything but the actual frame has been replaced at least once. I love riding it and have had no trouble keeping up with anyone I ride with. I can afford a new fs but why when I just keep smiling every time I thrash some single track.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus View Post
    That's what I was going to ask. I have a 26" hardtail I bought in 2007, and it's still in good working shape but looks like it's been around the block a few times. I'm not sinking any money into it other than stuff to keep it running.

    S0ckeyeus, I rebuilt that bike for right around $700. I got the rear shock on price point for $150, the front fork Amazon for $200, wheel set, mechanical disk, crankset from Nashbar for just under $300 total ( wheel set $100, crankset $50, disk set $85, bottom bracket $25). Handlebars from Cambria bike $42 (they price match). I find what I want and the search the internet until I find it as cheap as I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeithD42 View Post
    Yes, I ride that bike every chance I get. Everything but the actual frame has been replaced at least once. I love riding it and have had no trouble keeping up with anyone I ride with. I can afford a new fs but why when I just keep smiling every time I thrash some single track.
    Nothing wrong with riding what you enjoy, but bikes have improved significantly since 2003. Since money isn't the issue, go on a test ride - not in the shop parking lot, but at a demo event where you can ride it on an actual trail. Can't find a demo? Find a shop that does rentals. Talk to them about where and how you ride. Test a couple in the parking lot and pick your favorite. Take it out for a half/whole day. I have a feeling you'll be pleasantly surprised at what you find. If afterwards you still decide to keep the Warp, you're not really out much and you'll be better informed. (plus it's a blast to ride a bike and not worry about cleaning it up later)

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeithD42 View Post
    Anyone besides myself love their 26er so much that they keep rebuilding it instead of moving on to a new one. I rebuilt my 2003 Giant Warp DS3 last spring / summer and love it more than the day I bought it. Click image for larger version. 

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    Great looking bike! Yes, I know exactly how you feel! A lot of bikes and cars ( and people) have come and gone, but my FSR and my MGB have been with me so long, and so much fun that they have become permanent parts of who I am.

    I also rebuilt my bike all new but the frame over the last two years. Love my 2014 Manitou fork and new Hollowtech II cranksets!

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    Quote Originally Posted by noapathy View Post
    Nothing wrong with riding what you enjoy, but bikes have improved significantly since 2003.
    The single most important part, the fork, is fresh from the oven, with one of the best dampers on the market and 32mm stanchions. We both have head angles about 67, and 26" wheels are still stiffer than most 29ers. And coil springs still have the feel and progression that most air shocks strive to replicate. British bottom brackets don't creak, and can still use external bearings. And I've been using Magura hydraulics since 1999.

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    Just bought this, does that count? 2006 Kikapu
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    Took the Headshock out yesterday.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 4runerguy View Post
    Just bought this, does that count? 2005 Kikapu
    pretty clean rig for sure.

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    My son still rides my 1996 Stumpjumper M2FS Comp - this photo was from Easter Sunday morning.

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    2006 Specialized HardRock Sport. Just bought it a set of I9 Trail 24s on Saturday. Every part has been replaced at least once, so the frame is the only original part. Like the bike so much, I bought another original off eBay just like it for a backup frame.

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    I just got back on my Gary Fisher Paragon that was new in 1998! I upgraded most of the components back then and i'm starting to upgrade things again little by little. Things have definitely come a long way since I last rode consistantly.. I do get a laugh at my friends with their newer "fancy" bikes, and my 20 yr old beast is half their weight lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by ACLakey View Post
    Took the Headshock out yesterday.

    How did you do that if you don't mind me asking? Did you need an adapter piece?

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    Not quite ten-years old but nearly! This 2007 Commencal is my favourite bike, I never get tired of it. The only original parts are the frame and seatpost clamp. I'll be gutted when the frame breaks. 26ers over 10 years old-img-20140831-00087.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4runerguy View Post
    Just bought this, does that count? 2005 Kikapu

    Absolutely it counts and is a very nice bike.

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    Noapathy, I did test ride a few bikes last fall, specifically a Giant Trance but it did not ride as smooth or have the travel my Warp has. My warp has 5 inches front and rear and with the dual Manitou shocks (front & rear) it is so plush. It would take a real nice bike to get me to swap. I gave away a GT LTS 2 for this bike and don't regret it at all.

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    Keep it and ride it. Nothing wrong with it. The trails have not changed that much since then and the bike worked fine then. Sure suspension is a bit better now and the new geo helps, but if you got skills it's no issue. If you race, then get new, if it's just for fun that thing will do just fine. But at least try to get it dirty, that thing is too clean.

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    2003? Haro VGF-1

    Great XC weekend warrior on the trails.

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    2003 Heckler,my one and only everyday ride
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    The silver SX is from 2004 and the green Enduro is from 2005. Both still get ridden.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mudguard25 View Post
    The silver SX is from 2004 and the green Enduro is from 2005. Both still get ridden.
    nice line up.

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    Good job!

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    Third repaint, replaced a seat stay and still going strong. Even found a new set of Panaracer 1.95 trailblaster ust tires on ebay last week.
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    My 2000 Litespeed 26-er still going strong...

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    Had her since 2001 and the only one I ride more or less every weekend. All original parts slowly but surely replaced over the years to where I think it's just perfect as is.

    Was tempted to upgrade to a new custom 27.5 ti frame (i.e. Kent Eriksen bikes are so tempting) just for the sake of modernizing/keeping with the times but this bike just has too much sentimental value. Plus, I'd imagine the ride quality and characteristics would be more or less the same.

    So instead, I had a disc brake tab brazed on and the old v-brake bosses removed from a ti frame builder in Oregon to breath new life into the bike for 1/3rd the cost of a new custom ti frame.

    Plan on keeping her forever...God willing. See ya on the trails!
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    Here's my 2002 Ellsworth Joker. In 2014 I replaced the fork and wheels, this year I am updating the drive train to a 1x10, just waiting on the bash guard to replace that 44t chain ring I don't ever use.26ers over 10 years old-joker.jpg

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    2005 Cannondale Prophet, frame and cranks original.

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    My 07 stumpy. Ya I know 9 years. But it was made 10 years go lol


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    Quote Originally Posted by EsHan13 View Post
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    Had her since 2001 and the only one I ride more or less every weekend. All original parts slowly but surely replaced over the years to where I think it's just perfect as is.

    Was tempted to upgrade to a new custom 27.5 ti frame (i.e. Kent Eriksen bikes are so tempting) just for the sake of modernizing/keeping with the times but this bike just has too much sentimental value. Plus, I'd imagine the ride quality and characteristics would be more or less the same.

    So instead, I had a disc brake tab brazed on and the old v-brake bosses removed from a ti frame builder in Oregon to breath new life into the bike for 1/3rd the cost of a new custom ti frame.

    Plan on keeping her forever...God willing. See ya on the trails!
    Very nice. I'm running a similar frame, albeit one year older than yours however. Carbon rigid fork though. And, still squeezing rims brakes (Magrua HS33's).

    I've entertained the idea of sourcing someone to braze on a disc mount in the rear, but I've changed my mind. I guess I'm just too afraid it would come out looking like a Frankenstein hack job. Not to mention I'd then have three perfectly wonderful hand-built wheel sets rendered obsolete.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mudquest View Post
    Very nice. I'm running a similar frame, albeit one year older than yours however. Carbon rigid fork though. And, still squeezing rims brakes (Magrua HS33's).

    I've entertained the idea of sourcing someone to braze on a disc mount in the rear, but I've changed my mind. I guess I'm just too afraid it would come out looking like a Frankenstein hack job. Not to mention I'd then have three perfectly wonderful hand-built wheel sets rendered obsolete.
    Thank you...yeah...I cherish this bike as it's my first and only serious mountain bike. I had the exact same reservations as you when debating whether to have the frame modified. I take it you saw some of the amateur ti braze on jobs which are just horrendous to put it lightly...totally know what you mean.

    So about 1 month prior to pulling the trigger on having her modified, I searched and inquired with about every independent ti frame builder I can find to see who was willing and able to do it. Some of them were too flaky and gave a sense that they were unreliable based on their communication or lack thereof. Other builders just outright refused to do it.

    Luckily, I found a perfect match with a ti builder in Oregon ("Ti Cycles" is their name and I shipped my frame to them as I'm in CA) whose price was reasonable, had good communications (i.e. requested and received photos of their recent work beforehand) and most important of all, did stellar work.

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    I just go to the museum to look at them.

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    I hope you didn't pay for that one. Don't quit your day job, seriously!

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    26ers over 10 years old-img_0179.jpg 2006 Cannondale Rush is my primary ride.

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    Yup, mine are just about at the 10 year mark. A 2007 Yeti 575 bought in '06 and a 2007 custom Voodoo Wanga. I don't plan on buying a bike any time soon. I "sink money" into them as needed within my personal reason.

    Yes, technology has changed a lot from a decade ago, but they are both still better bikes than I am a rider and I don't push them anywhere close to their capacity. I have been on my friends newer, nicer and more expensive bikes and quite frankly there is no nirvana elevated experience from the newer technology for me. I wasn't riding harder, or more comfortable. Nothing was "better".

    But that is just me. i ride just cause I enjoy riding and how I like to ride. I don't go "fast" or "hard" as that's not what I enjoy from biking. I don't need to pass someone on an uphill climb or leave them in the dirt on a straight away.

    I will admit tho, that the new gearing does really change the whole climbing aspect. but I don't need to necessarily buy a new bike for that.
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    TWENTY FIVE POINT ZERO !!!

    25.0 pounds 1999 Specialized FSR !!!
    And the only carbon on it are the seat post, the stem spacers, and the bash guard! And it still has the FD and steel coil shock! With an air shock and carbon crank, it would be under 24 pounds. A carbon seat and 1x9 would get it to 23 pounds.

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    2016 Ergon SMC4 seat
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    Magura Marta SL brakes, M770 cassette
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    Orbea OCii bar, Cannondale C3 stem, Ergon GP1-L grips, SRAM X0 9spd shifters, Magura Marta SL brakes with carbon levers
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    Stan's ZTR 355 rims, Mavic CrossLand Hubs
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    Quote Originally Posted by KeithD42 View Post
    Anyone besides myself love their 26er so much that they keep rebuilding it instead of moving on to a new one.
    I just replaced practically everything on my 1997 Bontrager Race Lite frame. It's one of the last ones made by hand in Santa Cruz after Trek bought the brand. The frame is a size small, about 3.75 lbs. I inherited it free with the understanding that I would never sell it, so it's worth keeping up.



    All these parts are new (except the fork, which was professionally rebuilt), and everything except the cog extenders were at least 50% off because it's "old" tech:

    - 2000 Marzocchi Bomber Z1-CR 100mm fork
    - SRAM X0 2x10 drivetrain with 28/42 crank, X0 rear derailleur, 1099-R chain
    - SRAM X0 2x10 Grip shifts
    - 1070 11-36t cassette w/ eThirteen 42t extender and 16t Wolf tooth cog
    - Avid BB7 front disc brake
    - Avid SL adjustable-leverage magnesium levers
    - Easton EA70-XCT front wheel (tubeless)
    - Custom rear wheel with Hope Pro2 Evo 40tooth hub and Mavic XC717 rim (tubeless)
    - Panaracer Fire XC Pro Tubeless 26 x 2.1
    - On-One Fleegle 15 deg sweep flat bar (715mm)
    - Bontrager Race Lite 90mm stem

    Total spent: ~ $ 1,100
    Weight: 26 lbs (down from 28)

    The old fork was a Marzocchi Bomber Z2 80mm, and the extra 20mm travel and disc brake on the Z1-CR really changes the character of the bike. It still climbs like a goat, but it's so much more confident downhill. If I'd known ahead of time, I would've gotten a wider rear rim, since now I am tempted to bomb downhill. Of course, some would say that I ruined the character of the bike by making it slower, but I kept the old fork for all-out marathon days.

    The shifting isn't any better than the Shimano XTR/XT 3x9 it replaced, but now I don't need to worry about cross-shifting. I personally think the new SRAM Grip Shift is the bomb, so I'm happy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MudSnow View Post
    [B]TWENTY FIVE POINT ZERO !!!
    25.0 pounds 1999 Specialized FSR !!!
    Have you got a picture of you riding it? That's almost a TT/Tri setup which must make it interesting for technical trails.
    What did the bike weigh new? And what length rear shock is in it currently?

    I spent a bit of time on an 00 Big Hit, which was no featherweight from memory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mudguard25 View Post
    What did the bike weigh new? And what length rear shock is in it currently?
    The frame is 5.6 pounds, much lighter than Big Hit. 6.75" shock. Typical weight is 28-29 pounds. The blue one is 30.1 pounds with a steel coil fork and 31mm rims.


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    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.
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    All the gear and no idea.

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    My 02 Marin Juniper Trail! The wife is riding an 06 Marin Bolinas Ridge

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    My three bikes :

    2002 Litespeed Lookout
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    2001 Peyto Wild Bill S.O.C. SS. My only bike. 16 this Spring. Still rips.
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    My 2006 Santa Cruz Heckler

    I am the second owner as this was the only way I could afford a decent full sus bike. I am terrified it's going to snap on me. Somebody please reassure me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfiche View Post
    I am the second owner as this was the only way I could afford a decent full sus bike. I am terrified it's going to snap on me. Somebody please reassure me.

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    Is that a Santa Cruz Superlight? Don't worry, those are not fragile, even though they are pretty light. Mind you, I wouldn't use it as a DH rig or take one off 6' drops, but they do great for aggressive XC and trail use.

    It's a really nice bike, with a single-pivot swing arm that because of the pivot point somehow works much better than all the lame single-pivot designs you see on Walmart bikes. They climb great with little pedal bob. Best of all, the simplicity of the swingarm design makes maintenance easy and failures less common. Be glad you don't have to keep track of 10, 12, or more separate bearing/bushing points that could fail or introduce friction.

    In the worst case, if you do manage to break something, replacement parts are easy to come by (the Superlight was a popular model).

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    Looks to be in pretty good shape, as long as it's all tuned up you should be good to go ;-)

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    My 1998 Gary Fisher Paragon with some upgraded goodies:
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    Rear wheel - Syncros Big Box rim, Shimano Parallax hub, SRAM PG990 Red 9 Speed Cassette, Continental Mountain King II tire 2.2

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    banjor, it's an 06 Heckler. From what I understand they are pretty beefy. I have been doing 2-3 ft drops and rock gardens with it.

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    cnordt24,

    That is an awesome fork. any close-ups?

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    Got this 06' Blur LT from my son-in-law. I'm a long time roadie, Ex racer and still ride with my local club and do about 300-400 road miles a month.

    I can tell you that all that riding experience means absolutely nothing on trails......I really suck!


    But, the bike is fun

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    This is a nice thread the longest I have kept a bike is about seven years averaging about 4000 miles a year. I never had a frame break on me. I do carefully inspect the frame for wear. So what do most people do? ride the frame till it breaks or set a limit on mileage? I still love 26ers and have a supply of Giant XTC frames I bought from China via a broker. I have all three wheel sized mountain bikes here is my NOS 2012 XTC with Shimano XT dual control ,yes I am weird I just retired my 2006 Giant hardtail.

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    10 years? Childs Play! lets go 20..... or maybe 46???

    Just took my 96 stumpy partly down for a good cleaning after a 46 mile ride in a rain storm, and my Grandpa's old 1970 Schwinn Racer is ready to go again when I get the new tires/tubes mounted.

    Oh, and I wouldn't say I keep the old bikes cause I "Love" them, its just so much cheaper to keep the old ones going. And If someone wants to borrow one, I don't care much if they brake the frame....I can replace it for nearly nothing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by abramj View Post
    10 years? Childs Play! lets go 20.....


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    Here's my 2003 Jekyll. Still going strong and it's bulletproof!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluegixxer600 View Post
    Here's my 2003 Jekyll. Still going strong and it's bulletproof!
    It probably isn't ;0)

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    Sweet Cannon, Muddy, I'm thinking about going with a 1x8 on the stumpy, with a megarange 8 speed and take it back to a rigid front for a campus bike that can hit the trails if needed. Sure would be lighter... And by the way, how long did it take you to find the coolest car in the world to put a bike rack on. I like your style..
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    Old bikes rock on!

    Post race, my first gravel grinder with a bit of mud tossed in. 7 hours 13 minutes, 46 miles. Not bad for a 96 and an 00. I turn 50 this year and plan on doing some big things. Gonna try a century next on my 91 Miyata 914.

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    Biggest problem of the day was my team mate was sick the whole ride. The bikes only had two issues. The rear cable on the 96 got gummed up and was hard/slow to shift on the rear. The 00 small ring was not cleaned prior to the race, and it got chain suck real bad and couldn't use it on the hills. Not an issue as my team mate had to walk them all due to his illness. The old biked did better than I thought. I plan on taking them again next year on the Death March Ride.
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    Here's my 2000 Cannondale SuperV700SX which I bought in March of that year. Last year I had to replace the original swingarm because it cracked.


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    Thanks man, I'll have to take some tomorrow morning when I go riding again. Most of the stickers are worn off but it's still in pretty good shape.

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    As a collector of old mountain bikes I suppose this is a little bit like cheating, but yes, here are two that see regular ride time (one era correct, and one with modern bits). I have several others ranging as far back as 1979 that make it into the rotation on sunnier days.

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    1994 Steve Potts Steelhead:

    Seek: Koski Trailmaster. Breezer Series 2 or 3. Cunningham Racer.

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    Some of the old bikes handle quite good. My primary trainer/commuter is a Univega Alpina 700 (made in china) with all random parts. I bought the frame on an internet closeout for $49 at least 10 years ago and built it up to pull my kids around in a trailer. The bike's purpose has evolved, worn out a lot of parts, but works great and I actually like how it handles, I just got a descending strava kom on it yesterday! By training/commuting mostly on the B bike, my carbon 29er race bike gets a lot more off time and stays all tuned up. Long ago I had a '91 Kona Explosif, which is when the frames were still really heavy (I weighed that 21" Explosif when I took it apart, bare frame was 6.75#), but I remember it handling really nicely, I'd love to find a mid 90s Kona in my size (ti would be ideal). The parts from the Explosif are now on a Raleigh Tomac, the ti one from the 90s, I don't really like how it handles, - maybe the Judy SL is the wrong height for it. My 12 year old kid rides (and sometimes races) a Stumpjumper Pro m2, that's a great bike too. Before he outgrew it (I'm saving it for my daughter) he was riding an Ibis Alibi, -another great bike. I'd be happy with either the stumpy or the ibis in my size.

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    Just started biking this year and picked this up a few weeks ago. It's an 06 or 07 Schwinn Panther. Single speed cruiser built on MTB geometry. I just changed the handlebars and put on a front v-brake.

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    2005 Prophet. Got it over Christmas and built it up during the winter. Love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfiche View Post
    cnordt24,

    That is an awesome fork. any close-ups?
    I actually just moved it to my 1996 Gary Fisher Joshua Y build, it's a little banged up but still holding strong! Started moving parts over last night from my Paragon, everything has been easy to move over except the rear brakes. I needed to dust off some old Shimano V-brakes, glad I still have a box of old parts lol

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    2000 Trek 6000

    Bought brand new in 2000, the frame is the only thing original left. Ridden daily. 26ers over 10 years old-fb_img_1462320433233.jpg

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    Nice bikes folks!

    I've two years left before I can post my bike in this thread. No intention of getting rid of her! So I'll be back in 2017!
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    This bike should be in the 26ers over 20 years old category

    Early 1990's Zaskar

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    Still runs but headset bearings are stiff and need replacing.

    Too old to trust now but also too loved to throw out

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    Here's my 2000 Mootaineer. Most recent upgrades: 1x11 XT, works -1 degree headset, Race Face SIXC bar. Still gets ridden somewhat regularly.





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    2002 Cannondale Scalpel 1000

    My 2002 Cannondale Scalpel 1000. Completely stock except for pedals and front brake rotor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zirkel 1 View Post
    Here's my 2000 Mootaineer.
    Love the linkage, I've never seen one like that, have you got a close up?

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    It's basically a linkage driven single pivot, relying on titaniums ability to flex where needed. I believe they called it their 'matched arc' technology. Would have been considered 'all mountain' back in the day, before there was such a term.[IMG]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...8e73fcd127.jpg[/m
    Still a blast to ride, suspect I'll always have it in my stable.



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    The lower shock mount can be moved to make it more progressive or linear. The rear disc mount was added several years after I got it. Had the option for disc only when I got it, though naively thought V-brakes were so good, why would I ever need disc brakes.


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    1994 Specialized Rockhopper Comp FS. The frame and seat quick release are the only things that's original and it's been very slightly modified. I am looking to get new decals in the original colors and repaint the frame the original color. It's going to be my pavement queen. I also have a 1997 Max Backbone FSR but no pics.

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    Just posted on the Passion thread...old Ionic frame with upgrades a plenty...


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    I'll have to get some pics of my old Brodie Enduro (it's stashed in a friends garage at the moment). I've totally outgrown the frame but it still rocks. Not going to totally rebuild or put anything new into it just replace parts when necessary and keep it maintained and we have someone who wants to ride with us but doesn't have a bike of their own.

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    26ers over 10 years old-trek-5.jpg26ers over 10 years old-trek-7.jpg26ers over 10 years old-trek-2.jpgNot exactly a heavy duty mountain bike in its day but it was so pristine I couldn't pass it up for $25. Trek Mountain Track 800, vintage unknown at the moment but thought to be early '90s. Its unrestored and was seldom used. Bought it a week ago off CL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zirkel 1 View Post
    Here's my 2000 Mootaineer. Most recent upgrades: 1x11 XT, works -1 degree headset, Race Face SIXC bar. Still gets ridden somewhat regularly.





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    Awesome. So clean.

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    Still kicking. Cleaned up my 2005 Iron Horse 7 Point 3 over the weekend, need to get a front brake adapter, but should be ready for a few Trestle or Keystone days this summer. I don't ride park enough to justify a better DH bike, but it keeps the DH days off my Yeti. Might splurge on the new Flow rims and have them laced to the old hubs. These old rims are pretty beat.


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    1997 Rock Hopper

    My 1997 Rock Hopper daily rider work and around town.
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    I bought a new Giant NRS3 back in 2005. Loved the frame so two years later I upgraded to the carbon version by buying a 2 year old NRS Air. Still riding it now. Replaced many cassettes, chains, chain rings over the years but the Shimano M960 XTR's are still going strong. I don't know how I'd live without the brake lever gear shifting. My 13 year old son is still riding the NRS3 and loving it.

    But this week I bought another 2005 NRS3 for my 16 year old son. The funny thing is it doesn't look like its ever been ridden. 11 years old but it looks brand new !!! 26 still rules in our house !!

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    92 Cannondale

    Here's my cherry '92 Beast of the East. I got the frame for a steal this past winter and built it up with a mix of vintage XT and modern components and a 1x10 drivetrain. It's a blast for jetting around town.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4runerguy View Post
    Just bought this, does that count? 2006 Kikapu

    I'm also ridding a 2006 Kona Kikapu deluxe.

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    1997 Specialized Ground Control FSR Max Backbone mostly stock.
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    2005 Trek 6500. Everything has been upgraded. Super fun bike. Got the weight down to 24 lbs. Since this picture was taken it now rides on bontrager XR4 expert tires and converted to 2x9 with a race face bash


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    Quote Originally Posted by coalt45 View Post
    I'm also ridding a 2006 Kona Kikapu deluxe.
    Just saw this post. Have any pics to share?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FLYINW View Post
    1997 Specialized Ground Control FSR Max Backbone mostly stock.
    Nice! You may enjoy this thread: 1998 FSR Elite "Max Backbone" -Rebuild- - Pinkbike Forum

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeaBass_ View Post
    Here's my cherry '92 Beast of the East. I got the frame for a steal this past winter and built it up with a mix of vintage XT and modern components and a 1x10 drivetrain. It's a blast for jetting around town.
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    Hey everyone. I havent been here in quiet some time. HAd a motorcycle accident and lost my left leg back in 2012 and sold my bikes since I wasnt able to ride anymore. Got my prosthesis a couple years ago and decided I was going to try riding a bicycle again. Ive slowly been getting back into it over the past 9 months or so and after buying and selling a few bikes I finally got a good fit for me. Heres my 2005 KHS Solo One Softail. I just got it from a guy who rebuilt it and powdercoated the frame silver metallic. I love it. I had no idea these existed and since I currently am unable to stand on the pedals, the elastomer "shock" in the rear really helps absorb the impact to my butt when I go over bumps. He told me He replaced basically everything but the frame and forks but I dont think thats true after researching it. It has almost all the same brand parts that came on it including the "power tools" hubs. I hope yall like it!





    I installed pedal extensions because of my prosthetic leg. My heel kept striking the crank arm and jamming me up which is bad when I can only lean to the right to stop or fall off.

    Its a single speed which I LOVE! This thing is basically a big BMX bike. I really dont want to deal with adjusting derailleurs and all of that. I like things simple.

    These Kenda Big Block Eights are great but they have a massive profile and way more sidewall than Ill need anytime soon. I will only be riding on the street and VERY light and pretty flat trails so I might trade these for something with a shorter sidewall.


    Its good to be back! Although Im no longer fueled by PBR lol.

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    New to me 2002 Kona Stinky Primo, set some new PR's on some local downhill trails just today. Fun bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FueledByPBR View Post
    Its good to be back! Although Im no longer fueled by PBR lol.
    Nice work, I've got two legs and don't think I'm fit enough to singlespeed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FueledByPBR View Post
    Hey everyone. I havent been here in quiet some time. HAd a motorcycle accident and lost my left leg back in 2012 and sold my bikes since I wasnt able to ride anymore. Got my prosthesis a couple years ago and decided I was going to try riding a bicycle again. Ive slowly been getting back into it over the past 9 months or so and after buying and selling a few bikes I finally got a good fit for me. Heres my 2005 KHS Solo One Softail. I just got it from a guy who rebuilt it and powdercoated the frame silver metallic. I love it. I had no idea these existed and since I currently am unable to stand on the pedals, the elastomer "shock" in the rear really helps absorb the impact to my butt when I go over bumps. He told me He replaced basically everything but the frame and forks but I dont think thats true after researching it. It has almost all the same brand parts that came on it including the "power tools" hubs. I hope yall like it!





    I installed pedal extensions because of my prosthetic leg. My heel kept striking the crank arm and jamming me up which is bad when I can only lean to the right to stop or fall off.

    Its a single speed which I LOVE! This thing is basically a big BMX bike. I really dont want to deal with adjusting derailleurs and all of that. I like things simple.

    These Kenda Big Block Eights are great but they have a massive profile and way more sidewall than Ill need anytime soon. I will only be riding on the street and VERY light and pretty flat trails so I might trade these for something with a shorter sidewall.


    Its good to be back! Although Im no longer fueled by PBR lol.
    Congratulation on getting back in the saddle. It takes incredible will power to do what you did.
    A garage full of steel frames means happiness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MudSnow View Post
    I read through your thread and I'm already collecting parts to do a similar build.

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    1999 Marin East Peak:

    Regular ride after a couple of years off. New wheels, brakes, 1x11, fat tires...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mudguard View Post
    Nice work, I've got two legs and don't think I'm fit enough to singlespeed!

    Lol thanks buddy. Im not doing any crazy mountain biking or anything right now though Just trying to get used to the basics again so Ive just been riding on pavement. But MAN do I miss single track! I live in Williamsburg Virginia and we have some great MTB trails around here. MY right leg is a BEAST now from having basically standing and hopping around on it fro almost 2 years so it helps but Im only putting out about 20% max out of my left leg of what my right leg can do. Maybe one day Ill be able to afford a MotoKnee or a Bartlett Tendon Knee specifically made for this type of thing.
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    Congratulation on getting back in the saddle. It takes incredible will power to do what you did.
    Thank you! It wasnt anything I really had to push myself to do again. Ive just missed so many things I used to love doing like riding my motorcycle, boogie boarding and hoking with my dog and since I really cant do any of those things any more, once I found out it was possible to ride a bicycle again I was all in. I had to try. When I saw a video of this kid showing how to ride a BMX bike with the same knee I have I drove straight to Target and hopped on the first bike I could grab with air in the tires. A pink 26" Baribe mountain bike. I got it on my 2nd attempt and for the next week I was going to different department stores riding their bikes just to make sure it wasnt a fluke. Im very happy with my bike now and I dont dee myself getting rid of this one. I kinda miss my Giant STP-0 DJer but it was too much bike and I didnt like the super short seatpost tube since I cant really hover over the seat right now. This KHS is perfect for me...maybe Ill change a couple things...lol.

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    2003? Diamondback Vectra Sport.
    Still being used in anger.

    Slightly modified...

    Single speed conversion running 34/20 with an oval front ring.
    Flow EX front with a 2.4 Ardent and WTB Speeddisc rear with 2.25 Ardent, Rock Shox SiD Race forks.
    For XC racing, a pair of Roval Control SL wheels with Specialized Renegade's gets bolted up.

    10kg ready to race.




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    My 2006 Gary Fisher Advance is still up and operational. Since I'm of the mentality of "upgrade as it breaks/wears out," the only real upgrades I've done are a new Vuelta Corsa wheelset, a Bontrager aluminum seatpost (whichever one is the step up from OEM), and a WTB Laser V saddle. All of those parts wore out or broke from use.

    I did replace the heavy-ass stem and handlebars with a WTB handlebar and Ritchey stem, both of which were purchased from a takeoff bin at the LBS.

    I really, really wanted to convert it to a 1x9, but several problems arose: The stock chainrings are riveted to the cranks; the brake levers and shifters are integrated into one unit; and the frame isn't actually set up for discs despite the fork having disc tabs. So, I'd need to drop right around $400 to modernize the bike into a 1x9, which is actually more than the bike was worth when I bought it...and I can't really justify that. So here I sit, with my stone-age 26er with rim brakes.
    I ride a 26'er with tubes and rim brakes.
    Yeah, I'm basically living in the stone age.

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    I picked up a new 2006 Kona Coiler Deluxe in 2007 as a last year's sale model, rode it all over the PNW for 5 years and then parted ways with it during a cross country move. Last summer I saw a post on Craigslist selling a partial one for 100 bucks, the original owner had bought it new and kept it rolling over the years but upgraded his frame and was ready to move on. Snapped it up, rebuilt over the winter (everything new except frame, fork, headset, stem and post) for just under $1k and am loving it! First time at Highland over the weekend was killer, and now I have a 6x6 AM rig to compliment my hardtail. Which is also a 26, btw.

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    Nice bike! I did the same with my bike I bought new in 2003 (the first bike in this thread). It is finally the bike I envisioned when I bought it. Scratch that, it is better than I ever envisioned it and it rides better than ever.

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    Same here, it was a revelation at Highland last week: I walked away asking myself why I never rode the Coiler on the Shore while we were out there, dialed in like it is now it would have been the perfecf rig for those trails!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bucksaw87 View Post
    I really, really wanted to convert it to a 1x9, but several problems arose: The stock chainrings are riveted to the cranks; the brake levers and shifters are integrated into one unit; and the frame isn't actually set up for discs despite the fork having disc tabs. So, I'd need to drop right around $400 to modernize the bike into a 1x9
    For $100 on ebay, you could have a Deore Hollowtech crankset AND hydraulic front brake.

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    I think it's great people still restore and ride older bikes.
    It's like restoring an old car or motorcycle.
    Call me crazy but I have a lot of fun riding my older 26" bike takes a little more skill to pull off what I do on my newer bikes but that makes it that much more fun.
    It's all about enjoying the ride and having fun anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MudSnow View Post
    For $100 on ebay, you could have a Deore Hollowtech crankset AND hydraulic front brake.
    Wait, really? Last time I priced that out, it was closer to that $400 threshold.

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    You must have priced it at your LBS.

    You can find a good crankset Shimano M552 or M590 for around $50-60 and a Shimano front brake M486 or M445 for $25. Plus about $18 for a bottom bracket and $15 for a rotor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bucksaw87 View Post
    Wait, really? Last time I priced that out, it was closer to that $400 threshold.
    Well, 100 seems low but doable in an auction setting with low bidding, 400 seems high. You could also just upgrade the front to disc and leave the rear as a rim brake to save a little. I think you should take some time to shop around, Chain Reaction has some good prices for mid season clearout. You could for instance get a 10 speed crankset, I think that would work fine since the spacing for the front hasn't changed, AFAIK, and obviously moot if you go 1x9. I have noticed though that 9 speed trigger/pod shifters have been hard to find and at high prices IMO. You can do the install yourself pretty easily I think.

    I should also say 10spd shifter pods have been easier to find and at good pricepoints.
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MudSnow View Post
    You must have priced it at your LBS.

    You can find a good crankset Shimano M552 or M590 for around $50-60 and a Shimano front brake M486 or M445 for $25. Plus about $18 for a bottom bracket and $15 for a rotor.
    It's been a few years...must've been 2012 or 2013 last time I checked. But, the chainrings on my bike are riveted to the cranks, and the BB is some weird proprietary thing, so I counted on replacing that as well. Plus, the brake levers and shifters are integrated, so I counted on replacing both of those as separate units. Not to mention cables, disc rotors, pads, etc.

    In my head, it added up rather quickly.
    I ride a 26'er with tubes and rim brakes.
    Yeah, I'm basically living in the stone age.

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    You don't need to replace any cables or shifters. The stuff on the left will be replaced with just a hydraulic brake, and the stuff on the right stays as it is.

    If you use the 32t ring that comes with the M552 or M590, you're done for under $120. With a Race Face narrow wide ring, the total would be around $180. Less if you use a Taiwanese no-name. Assuming you can put a rotor on the front wheel you have.

    If you can't put a rotor on your front wheel now, then just get a Promax front brake lever and keep using the front brake you have.
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    Got a small collection of Schwinns going.

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    From right to left: 1997 Moab 1 (cro-mo), I've had this bike since it was new, currently thinking about setting it up as a gravel road bike; 1998 Homegrown LXT, bought this a couple years ago as a frame on eBay, with the help of a friend we built it up as a really nice cross-country bike; 1995 Homegrown full suspension, for this one about a month ago, swapped the Judy it had into the Moab and bought an old SID; 1999 Homegrown 4-Banger All Mountain, just got this last week, didn't really need another bike, har-har, but couldn't pass up owning one of these.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mokancraig View Post
    Got a small collection of Schwinns going.

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    From right to left: 1997 Moab 1 (cro-mo), I've had this bike since it was new, currently thinking about setting it up as a gravel road bike; 1998 Homegrown LXT, bought this a couple years ago as a frame on eBay, with the help of a friend we built it up as a really nice cross-country bike; 1995 Homegrown full suspension, for this one about a month ago, swapped the Judy it had into the Moab and bought an old SID; 1999 Homegrown 4-Banger All Mountain, just got this last week, didn't really need another bike, har-har, but couldn't pass up owning one of these.

    Nice collection you have there! Congrats!

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    I recently picked up mountain biking again after a 5 year hiatus. My most recent bike is a 1999 GT Avalanche.

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    These have been in storage for a few years as I wasn't riding. Started again and they're both back in action. Surprisingly little work needed to be done to get them back in the game. Tyres and lube, basically.

    2002 Raceline Expert - my favourite
    Lots of bits replaced - seatpost, seat, brakes, stem.
    Also, massive titanium barends, so there! :P

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    Technically my other bike also passed 10 years old now. It's not as nice though.

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    Absolutely! I like my 1996 Stumpy more than my 08 Stumpjumper FSR or 2016 Camber 29. First rebuild was 2008 with full XT and a new (08) Sid Race fork and today after work it'll be finished off with its new rebuild with a 1x10 XT BB, crank, cassette, chain, clutched rear mech with a 32t Raceface narrow wide ring, Zee 10spd shifter, new XT v brakes and levers, Easton bar and 70mm stem, specialized henge comp saddle, plastic specialized platform pedals, HED C2 wheelset and fresh seals in the old Sid but in a week or two I'll be buying a Recon Silver TK 100mm with lockout and v brake posts



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    Quote Originally Posted by dubya3 View Post
    Absolutely! I like my 1996 Stumpy more than my 08 Stumpjumper FSR or 2016 Camber 29. First rebuild was 2008 with full XT and a new (08) Sid Race fork and today after work it'll be finished off with its new rebuild with a 1x10 XT BB, crank, cassette, chain, clutched rear mech with a 32t Raceface narrow wide ring, Zee 10spd shifter, new XT v brakes and levers, Easton bar and 70mm stem, specialized henge comp saddle, plastic specialized platform pedals, HED C2 wheelset and fresh seals in the old Sid but in a week or two I'll be buying a Recon Silver TK 100mm with lockout and v brake posts.
    Two things stand out here. Why plastic pedals, and why a Recon TK which is worse than the SID?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pig View Post
    Two things stand out here. Why plastic pedals, and why a Recon TK which is worse than the SID?
    Plastic pedals because it's strictly a spare (3rd) bike that will see a bit of light xc and alot of pulling the kids around with the bike trailer. The pedals are takeoffs from my new Camber. No need to spend $50+ on a set of alloy platforms on a spare bike and I don't like clipless.

    As for the Sid vs Recon, the Sid is 9 yrs old and is way too plush for my liking, has no lockout and bobs terribly bad and also could use a rebuild/service. At $200 for the Recon I'm getting a fork with lockout, 20mm more travel and with almost all rock shox and Fox forks going to disc only, and many tapered, my choices are slim on a quality brand new fork with v brake posts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dubya3 View Post
    Plastic pedals because it's strictly a spare (3rd) bike that will see a bit of light xc and alot of pulling the kids around with the bike trailer. The pedals are takeoffs from my new Camber. No need to spend $50+ on a set of alloy platforms on a spare bike and I don't like clipless.

    As for the Sid vs Recon, the Sid is 9 yrs old and is way too plush for my liking, has no lockout and bobs terribly bad and also could use a rebuild/service. At $200 for the Recon I'm getting a fork with lockout, 20mm more travel and with almost all rock shox and Fox forks going to disc only, and many tapered, my choices are slim on a quality brand new fork with v brake posts.
    Where I live it is often wet and any kind of plastic pedals tend to get very slippy in the wet.

    Getting decent forks with V-bosses these days is a problem. It's just that the TK forks are not brilliant, well the damper is poor. If both forks are 32mm aluminium stanchions maybe you could swap the damper over?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pig View Post
    Where I live it is often wet and any kind of plastic pedals tend to get very slippy in the wet.

    Getting decent forks with V-bosses these days is a problem. It's just that the TK forks are not brilliant, well the damper is poor. If both forks are 32mm aluminium stanchions maybe you could swap the damper over?
    I'm in Minnesota so it's usually pretty dry except for spring time. I have the Recon 29 on my Camber and I don't mind it, although I do plan on upgrading to a Fox 34 eventually.

    The Stumpy honestly won't see enough trail riding to justify a higher end fork. If the Sid had a lockout I'd be perfectly happy to keep running it but I think even the Recon Silver will be an upgrade with the lockout, 20mm more travel and 32mm compared to noodly 28mm stanchions and at $200 there's really no reason not to try it.

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    I finished the drive and brakes up at least. Still waiting on the shorter stem, wider bars and need to swing into the LBS to get a Henge saddle then all that remains is the fork dilemma.

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    The entry Rockshox are actually quite stiff, one of the advantages of being heavy I guess, but you are getting what you pay for. The stanchions are chromed steel, which is fine to be honest but the chrome does chip quite easily if rocks ping of it. Adjustments are very limited and crude and the TK damper just sucks. What you can do is fit a damper from any other RS fork with steel 32mm legs. Not cheap but.

    I've never used one but some of the guys on here swear by Manitou forks. Maybe some of those are available with v-bosses?

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    Shame the Marzocchi MX Comp, or similar isn't still around.

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    2007 Yeti 575 (bought in 06). 1x9, SRAM x9 RD and shifter, Raceface crank, stem, carbon handlebars and single chainring, Thompson Elite seat post, Yeti WTB Rocket saddle, Hope seat clamp, Juicy 5 brakes, ODI Yeti Lockons, Magura Laurin FCR 130, Fox RP23, Paul Components chain keeper, Easton XC One wheelset, Maxxis Minion tires, Shimano 540 pedals.

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    2006 diamondback response, just got it today as a budget bomber. Eventually it will receive a single speed kit, alloy pedals and maybe a gloss black powdercoat. After all that I should have less than 2 bills In it.


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    Yesterday a guy posted an ad on CL for this '99 FSR XC Pro and some low end Schwinn hardtail and he was asking $125 for the pair. I asked him what he would let the Stumpjumper go for and he said $75! Thankfully I saw the ad minutes after he posted it. An hour later it was in my truck, he said he had already got another four messages asking about it.

    Got it home, did a quick wash on it, adjusted the brakes, the derrailluers were already tuned well, dug out my shock pump and Sid adapter I haven't touched in 15 years, set the suspension, ungummed the shifters, lubed the chain, threw away the comfort gel saddle that was on it and put on my Selle San Marco Concor and took it on a trail nearby for an hour ride. The thing works perfect, even the shock and fork. Full XTR/XT, Sid XC, weighs 25lbs w/o pedals.

    The paint and decals are in good condition, the fork decals are scratched up but I doubt I can find replacements. But I've ordered new tires and all the consumables. Going to buy some new bars and seatpost since those are scratched up. When that stuff comes in I'm going to do a total rebuild and get it looking as new as I can.




    This '94 Axis TR has been my only MTB for the last decade. She's still going strong. But I had forgotten how nice rear suspension is haha


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kutch92 View Post
    2006 diamondback response, just got it today as a budget bomber. Eventually it will receive a single speed kit, alloy pedals and maybe a gloss black powdercoat. After all that I should have less than 2 bills In it.
    The old Diamondback's do seem to single speed well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MASC1104 View Post
    2007 Yeti 575 (bought in 06). 1x9, SRAM x9 RD and shifter, Raceface crank, stem, carbon handlebars and single chainring, Thompson Elite seat post, Yeti WTB Rocket saddle, Hope seat clamp, Juicy 5 brakes, ODI Yeti Lockons, Magura Laurin FCR 130, Fox RP23, Paul Components chain keeper, Easton XC One wheelset, Maxxis Minion tires, Shimano 540 pedals.

    I laugh when I am told my bike is "obsolete"
    That thing it awesome!! Well done ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by AbnInf View Post
    Yesterday a guy posted an ad on CL for this '99 FSR XC Pro and some low end Schwinn hardtail and he was asking $125 for the pair. I asked him what he would let the Stumpjumper go for and he said $75! Thankfully I saw the ad minutes after he posted it. An hour later it was in my truck, he said he had already got another four messages asking about it.

    Got it home, did a quick wash on it, adjusted the brakes, the derrailluers were already tuned well, dug out my shock pump and Sid adapter I haven't touched in 15 years, set the suspension, ungummed the shifters, lubed the chain, threw away the comfort gel saddle that was on it and put on my Selle San Marco Concor and took it on a trail nearby for an hour ride. The thing works perfect, even the shock and fork. Full XTR/XT, Sid XC, weighs 25lbs w/o pedals.

    The paint and decals are in good condition, the fork decals are scratched up but I doubt I can find replacements. But I've ordered new tires and all the consumables. Going to buy some new bars and seatpost since those are scratched up. When that stuff comes in I'm going to do a total rebuild and get it looking as new as I can.




    This '94 Axis TR has been my only MTB for the last decade. She's still going strong. But I had forgotten how nice rear suspension is haha

    Nice find!! I jumped on a Gary Fisher Joshua Y frame a few weeks back, but it was frame only. Luckily I had enough spare parts laying around to finish off the bike, but now i find myself upgrading each component little by little.. So much for just spending $150 lol.

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    My 2005 Devinci Hucker. Nothing but the front derailleur and the seat collar is stock.

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    Hi all! Although I'm shopping for a new mtb right now, my 2000 Trek 4500 is not going anywhere!



    I think the only original components are the v-brakes (planning on upgrading soon) and the wheels.

    Right now I need to rebuild the Mars Elite fork or get a new one, which has proven more difficult than I thought now that most bikes are 27.5 or 29ers (availability of 26" forks is very scarse). I appreciate new advances on bikes, but I really hate when a bike shop tells me that my Trek is too old and that I *need* to replace it. Glad to see a group of riders that appreciate their "more mature" bikes

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    Quote Originally Posted by OptimusV6 View Post
    I appreciate new advances on bikes, but I really hate when a bike shop tells me that my Trek is too old and that I *need* to replace it. Glad to see a group of riders that appreciate their "more mature" bikes
    I notice a lot of people recommend to not "waste" money on an old 26. They don't know what they're talking about so don't listen to them. When you ride from point A to B, 90% of what determines how fast you will travel is the engine, your lungs and legs. In the road world I would say it's 95% since suspension generally isn't an issue. All that matters is if you like your bike or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OptimusV6 View Post
    Hi all! Although I'm shopping for a new mtb right now, my 2000 Trek 4500 is not going anywhere!



    I think the only original components are the v-brakes (planning on upgrading soon) and the wheels.

    Right now I need to rebuild the Mars Elite fork or get a new one, which has proven more difficult than I thought now that most bikes are 27.5 or 29ers (availability of 26" forks is very scarse). I appreciate new advances on bikes, but I really hate when a bike shop tells me that my Trek is too old and that I *need* to replace it. Glad to see a group of riders that appreciate their "more mature" bikes
    I think the biggest killer is tapered steerer tubes. Although you should still be able to order something through a SRAM/RockShox dealer. And there are still tons of rigid options out there.

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    This is my old Trek from sometime back in the 90's. I bought it used about 10 years ago as my first mountain bike. I've just upgraded the brakes and levers. I still ride it a couple times a week on the same trails I ride my 29er. I just ride slower and on a little different line lol. Its still a lot of fun and performs great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OptimusV6 View Post
    Hi all! Although I'm shopping for a new mtb right now, my 2000 Trek 4500 is not going anywhere!



    I think the only original components are the v-brakes (planning on upgrading soon) and the wheels.

    Right now I need to rebuild the Mars Elite fork or get a new one, which has proven more difficult than I thought now that most bikes are 27.5 or 29ers (availability of 26" forks is very scarse). I appreciate new advances on bikes, but I really hate when a bike shop tells me that my Trek is too old and that I *need* to replace it. Glad to see a group of riders that appreciate their "more mature" bikes
    Nice beach pic! If I were you, I don't think I'd bother with a new fork, unless you really want remote lockout (in which case your options are limited). I personally love the Marzocchi Bomber shocks for older MTBs. I have a couple of Z2s with 80mm travel and one Z1 with 100mm. Heavy, coil spring, no lockout, and totally amazingly worth all the compromises. These were some of the best handling shocks ever. Plush at the top yet bottomless.

    Any coil-spring Bomber from '97 on will be near indestructible and easy to service/rebuild, but only the 2003+ have new bushings readily available (although the older ones are larger and rarely wear out). The lower model numbers typically had more features, with Z2/Z1 being top of the line. Some had travel adjust and/or lockout. You can get a used one in very good condition for around $200 on eBay, with brand new old stock models occasionally showing up around $650.

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    just realized I get to post my 05 stumpy in this thread!

    Wow that's different! I haven't seen many shiny stumpjumpers before.

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    2005 Jamis Dragon

    I'd wanted a Dragon for many, many years and picked up one off of eBay last summer, even though I have a "modern" 29er full suspension. I won this one for $212 shipped, less than some of the frame only Dragons I had bid on in the past.

    The guy said he had used it as a commuter and had owned it for nine years. It is not all original, most of the parts had been swapped out for XT except for the rear derailleur, which is still XTR. Oddly, it only had a rear brake, an old BB7, whatever the prior name was; and a cheap brake lever. It had worn out slicks and a Forte seat on a too small seat post. I'm guessing the original purchaser rode it for a year, bought an XT level Specialized (the handlebars are Specialized) and swapped out the XT components for the XTR.

    I bought new tires, a BB7, avid brake levers and used a spare post/saddle I had. I bought some auto touch-up paint; all-in-all, the paint was in pretty good condition. I didn't even need to do a tune up as it shifts beautifully except, I somehow missed that it is the original rapid rise rear derailleur, hence why it wasn't swapped. I had planned to swap out the fork for a 100mm Fox I have but I found that I really like the 80mm Skareb (I'm only 135 lbs). Will probably change the rear d at some point; it works really well but at some point, I'll blow a shift both on it and when I get on my newer bike.

    Love the bike! I find it funny/annoying that people talk that you have to have a "modern" bike for it to be fun or that they are "more fun". I really enjoy riding my modern bike and my "unmodern" Dragon. They are different in many ways but one is not more fun than the other (don't tell my wife that I said that since I spent so much less on the Dragon).

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    I find it funny/annoying that people talk that you have to have a "modern" bike for it to be fun or that they are "more fun". I really enjoy riding my modern bike and my "unmodern" Dragon. They are different in many ways but one is not more fun than the other (don't tell my wife that I said that since I spent so much less on the Dragon.
    Agreed. It is humorous. When reading posts as soon as I come across one rambling about outdated/obsolete geometries" components, etc, i just move on to the next post. Yes, technology advances. Yes, everything is slacker, longer travel, etc. but i dont need that slack of a headtube and seat tube with 160mm+ of front travel, etc to enjoy my bikes.

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    When ypu rebuilt this did you buy the fork new. I have been looking online for a manitou mattoc with a straight steer tube and just didn't think they existed anymore. Atleast not new..

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    Quote Originally Posted by banjor View Post
    Nice beach pic! If I were you, I don't think I'd bother with a new fork, unless you really want remote lockout (in which case your options are limited). I personally love the Marzocchi Bomber shocks for older MTBs. I have a couple of Z2s with 80mm travel and one Z1 with 100mm. Heavy, coil spring, no lockout, and totally amazingly worth all the compromises. These were some of the best handling shocks ever. Plush at the top yet bottomless.

    Any coil-spring Bomber from '97 on will be near indestructible and easy to service/rebuild, but only the 2003+ have new bushings readily available (although the older ones are larger and rarely wear out). The lower model numbers typically had more features, with Z2/Z1 being top of the line. Some had travel adjust and/or lockout. You can get a used one in very good condition for around $200 on eBay, with brand new old stock models occasionally showing up around $650.
    Thanks for the comment, I still like the bike very much and enjoy riding it! At $200, that fork is not bad, but based on the type of riding I plan to do with this bike after I get a new one, I will try to rebuild the Mars Elite or just go with a rigid fork.

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    In response to the thread title- Aren't most of us here over 10 years old?

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    Quote Originally Posted by banjor View Post
    Nice beach pic! If I were you, I don't think I'd bother with a new fork, unless you really want remote lockout (in which case your options are limited). I personally love the Marzocchi Bomber shocks for older MTBs. I have a couple of Z2s with 80mm travel and one Z1 with 100mm. Heavy, coil spring, no lockout, and totally amazingly worth all the compromises. These were some of the best handling shocks ever. Plush at the top yet bottomless.

    Any coil-spring Bomber from '97 on will be near indestructible and easy to service/rebuild, but only the 2003+ have new bushings readily available (although the older ones are larger and rarely wear out). The lower model numbers typically had more features, with Z2/Z1 being top of the line. Some had travel adjust and/or lockout. You can get a used one in very good condition for around $200 on eBay, with brand new old stock models occasionally showing up around $650.
    Agreed with all points. I enjoyed my blue Z3 Light for many flawless years. Rebuilt it twice. I swapped it out for a high-maintenance Carbon SID World Cup to save weight for XC racing on a Litespeed. Yes, I race a 16 year old hard-tail bike - and beat half the pack doing it.

    The Z3's been sitting under the pool table for the better part of the last decade though - so if anyone is interested, just send me a message.

    Steering tube is around 7 1/4 inches long. Fork is ready to roll. No issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 891slow View Post
    My 2001 Trek 8500
    Very nice!!

    Most of the upgrades on my Trek 4500 came from a friend's 2000 (I think that was the year) Trek 8000 (Shimano LX & XT components, Icon Onyx, etc). Pretty sweet bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OptimusV6 View Post
    Very nice!!

    Most of the upgrades on my Trek 4500 came from a friend's 2000 (I think that was the year) Trek 8000 (Shimano LX & XT components, Icon Onyx, etc). Pretty sweet bikes.
    Thanks, I've got a set of pro tapers on the way for it and I'm in the middle of converting it to disc brake. it has all the original deore components (thats probably not a good thing cuz they're so old) but it rides great so i can't really complain.

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    This is my 5.5 evp. The frame stamp says it's an 08 bit I'm not sure because it has the rear triangle of an 04. Either way it's 8 to 12 years old. I picked it up used about 4 months ago and am slowly making upgrades to keep it in top shape. I just put a new x9 derailleur on, new xt 9spd cassette, new chain, refinished the carbon bars(the clearcoat was yellow and chipping), Race Face chester pedals and I put some killer tires on(apparently too much tire Im finding out). I guess I will have to correct that soon. I plan to convert it to 1x9 in the next week or two when I place my next order to replace the tires again. Just a few things after that and It will basically be a new bike. I will most likely dofull teardown and rebuild while replacing all the bearings and such in the suspension.

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    [QUOTE=Pedals On;12724383]When ypu rebuilt this did you buy the fork new. I have been looking online for a manitou mattoc with a straight steer tube and just didn't think they existed anymore. Atleast not new..

    Yes, I bought the Manitou Match Comp 130 mm. it was the last thing I upgrade, from my 2004 Marzocci Bomer. There are more straight steerer forks out there than you think. I search a lot of on line stores and found the Manitou for $200 brand new. I believe I got that from Amazon.

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    Wow that's different! I haven't seen many shiny stumpjumpers before.

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    I have a late 90s Stumpjumper M2, by far my favorite bike. I can't believe how light, responsive and nimble the bike is. I've ridden and bought some newer bikes in the 1,000 + or - $400. The 90s stumpjumper seems superior to today's $1k bikes except for the brakes.

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    i too am into the old stuff: Raleigh MT300 first mt bike I ever owned[still have it]
    GT is newest a 2004 Ruckus 2.0, bought as a frame off ebay, used M770 group for it

    there's more: a 1992 Kona Lava Dome waiting on paint or powder
    1992 Giant Cadex CFM-1 waiting on a set of M900 shifters
    1987 Specialized Hardrock w/chainstay u-brake [got as a frame] built up for my dad with left over parts after upgrading the Raleigh
    and now a 1996 Specialized M2 I am starting to build up
    oh, and an old 1993 Cannondale R800 road bike too
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    My newest brother-in-law gave me this mid '90s Klein Pulse Comp in really good condition. The fork was too new, so I sold it and found an old Marzocchi Z2 that needed some love. Changed the oil, replaced the seals, and cleaned it all up and it works better than I remember any fork from the '90s working. I'm currently debating just how vintage I want to keep it, because a few key upgrades would make this bike a rocket on the right trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedals On View Post
    When ypu rebuilt this did you buy the fork new. I have been looking online for a manitou mattoc with a straight steer tube and just didn't think they existed anymore. Atleast not new..

    Yes, I bought the Manitou Match Comp 130 mm. it was the last thing I upgrade, from my 2004 Marzocci Bomer. There are more straight steerer forks out there than you think. I search a lot of on line stores and found the Manitou for $200 brand new. I believe I got that from Amazon.
    Cool, I think I may pick up a Minute expert in the next few months. Now I just have to find one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountainbiker24 View Post
    My newest brother-in-law gave me this mid '90s Klein Pulse Comp in really good condition. The fork was too new, so I sold it and found an old Marzocchi Z2 that needed some love. Changed the oil, replaced the seals, and cleaned it all up and it works better than I remember any fork from the '90s working. I'm currently debating just how vintage I want to keep it, because a few key upgrades would make this bike a rocket on the right trails.

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    I had the same debate with my 96 Gary Fisher Joshua, I wanted to keep the vintage feel but some of the newer parts out there are just too sweet to ignore. I may have a few legit light weight parts you may be interested in..
    1)Syncros pro-series straight handlebar
    2)Kore Elite seat post
    3)Kore Elite stem
    Let me know if anything peaks your interest ;-)

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    I had to join just so I could join in this thread. I have a 2006 Cannondale F300 that I still ride, and I do keep upgrading it. It started this past winter, when I found a broken tooth on my cassette. It lead me into replacing the housing/cables, replacing the shifters with new SRAM X4 shifters (one of the old ones broke when I was changing the cables/housings), a new SRAM 8 speed cassette, and a new SRAM 8 speed chain. This past month I got a new fork, a Rockshox 30 Silver TK, because my Manitou that came with the bike was leaking and I was having trouble finding the parts to fix it. I got a new Forte Terramax wheel set and converted the bike to hydraulic disc brakes with Shimano SLX M675 brakes and XT Ice-Tech rotors. In the upcoming winter I plan on doing the complete drivetrain, either 10 speed Deore or 10 or 11 speed SLX, and might switch to a double crankset (any advice is more than welcome!). I know most people will think I am putting (and have put) a lot of money into a bike that may be "obsolete", but something about seeing that American flag along with the words "Handmade in USA" keeps me in love with the bike, along with the way it rides, plus it is still in great shape. I ride a 2016 29er at work, and I still like my C'dale better. Here she is all finished and shined up (ignore the extremely long front hydro hose, haven't gotten to it yet!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by KeithD42 View Post
    Anyone besides myself love their 26er so much that they keep rebuilding it instead of moving on to a new one. I rebuilt my 2003 Giant Warp DS3 last spring / summer and love it more than the day I bought it.
    A Warp DS 3 was my first FS bike, and my first real mountain bike. Had great times on it. Maybe I was a bit hard on it, as one frame broke in half, and another one cracked by the shock mount. Giant made good on their warranty, and when they ran out of Warp frames, I ended up with an AC frame instead. That bike was indestructible, and I rode it for probably close to a decade before having to part with it.

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    I did not replace the fork right away, I actually did that over the last winter. I found the Manitou Comp Match 130mm fork on Amazon for right about $200 new. It is a straight steerer and I have been very happy with it. It was hard to find a good fork with a straight steerer, but they are out there. They also sell this for in a 100mm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeithD42 View Post
    I did not replace the fork right away, I actually did that over the last winter. I found the Manitou Comp Match 130mm fork on Amazon for right about $200 new. It is a straight steerer and I have been very happy with it. It was hard to find a good fork with a straight steerer, but they are out there. They also sell this for in a 100mm.
    Im looking for a 140mm to 150mm straight steer right now. I currently have a 145 Nixon platinum that I'm using but I would love to have something a little newer.

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    I am still riding my '04 Santa Cruz Blur classic (not sure how to add a picture)

    I just rebuilt a lot of it, switching to a 1/10 set up, new wider bars and shorter stem.

    Love it and have no problem keeping up with some great riders on their 29ers and 27.5s. I will upgrade to a 27.5 in the next year or two, but still love my old 26er!

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    Quote Originally Posted by canuck34 View Post
    I am still riding my '04 Santa Cruz Blur classic (not sure how to add a picture)

    I just rebuilt a lot of it, switching to a 1/10 set up, new wider bars and shorter stem.

    Love it and have no problem keeping up with some great riders on their 29ers and 27.5s. I will upgrade to a 27.5 in the next year or two, but still love my old 26er!
    I think we may have mirrored our 26 builds lol.. Just changed my 96 Gary Fisher Joshua from a 3x9 to 1x10, switched to a shorter stem, and switched to wider riser bars. What stem/bars did you go with? I was on a longer 100mm stem so I switched to an 80mm Syncros 1.5FL, and I was on a 20 yr old Syncros pro series straight bar and switched that with an Easton monkey lite xc riser bar. A bit of an adjustment, but so far so good and i even lost a few grams in the process.

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    i went from a 100mm thompson stem to an 80mm raceface evolve. I got rid of my old Giant bar to a 720mm Mountain Equipment Coop carbon bar (amazing value!).

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    Here's my beloved 2004 Norco Torrent 'Frankenbike'. It's heavy and makes no sense but I love it.

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    Got the Fish updated and 10x1 conversion completed, been out on it twice so far and it's super smooth and responsive
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    Quote Originally Posted by spaztwelve View Post
    It's heavy and makes no sense but I love it.
    I overheard my wife say that about me once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pig View Post
    I overheard my wife say that about me once.
    Only once? I get that all the time!

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    Just picked up a 2001 Yeti AS-R frame.. can't wait to get that thing hooked up! YETI!!!!!

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    26ers over 10 years old

    I think all of my bikes qualify. The funny thing is I just started biking this spring, but could probably work for any bike shop as a mechanic. I love building and learning to build new things.





    Norco a line, 170mm bomber888 w200mm stroke , 8" rear travel (option of 9)
    Saint hollow tech cranks/ new Saint shifter/derailleur
    Ht pedals
    New zee rear brake, new shimano crap front brake (who cares it's still better than all things hayes)
    E13 chainguard
    Raceface bars
    Continental rain/trail King 2.5"






    Gt idrive1.0
    Tmars dropper post
    New 10spd Deore components, clipless pedals
    Sr 11-42 cassette w x10sl chain
    'New' 100mm sid fork (really wish I had gone 120 tho)
    Slx shifters
    Truvativ cranks
    Santa Cruz carbon 760mm bars, 60mm Fourier stem
    Some Chinese 100g seat
    Sun rims 26mm
    2.2/2.35 tires bonty/dhf


    Specialized big hit expert
    200mm shiver, 8/8.5 travel
    New Cannondale 750mm bars
    New Saint pedals, slx shifter/derail,
    juicy7 brakes
    X10s chain, Truvativ hussefelt cranks
    New seat, carbon post
    Doubletrack rims
    24x3.0" duro in back
    26x2.5" kenda nexcavator in front


    Mongoose black diamond
    180mm 66rcv marzocchi w fox rear
    777 gravity bar
    MRP cranks, new seat, x10sl chain,l
    New slx shifters/brakes
    Kenda nevegal/nexcavator 2.5"
    Bonty Scandium rims 26mm


    My old trek hardtail good for dirt jumps


    Lol even deeper in the garage

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    2006 Giant Upland

    Currently, this is my only one but it works great! I am slowly starting to replace components on it. Just put on some Shimano Saint Flats!
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    One thing I miss on my 1997 Rock Hopper is Disc brake mounts on the rear
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    My next door neighbor is still riding his 2000(?) Gary Fisher hardtail. Original RS Judy fork still on there, still waiting on its first service...!
    I like bikes

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    Quote Originally Posted by yzedf View Post
    My next door neighbor is still riding his 2000(?) Gary Fisher hardtail. Original RS Judy fork still on there, still waiting on its first service...!
    Those Gary Fisher's can go a while, I'm still riding my 98' Paragon hard tail and 96' Joshua Y FS and both are going strong.. The Joshua has a White Bros pro air fork that was new back in 99 (I think lol) and I just need to pump in a little air every few months and it's good to go.

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    Still have this aging 2002 Heckler as my main ride and it is still fun.

    I've grandpa's axe'd it and upgraded bits n' pieces where needed or possible. I kind of like knowing that this bike has been just about everywhere I've rode at one time or another.

    Tempted to upgrade, but well, it would probably be for a 5010 or Bronson anyhow.



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    how about 30 years old......1986 schwinn sierra I picked up for free didnt have to do much to it to make it ride ready
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timothy G. Parrish View Post
    2006 Specialized HardRock Sport. Just bought it a set of I9 Trail 24s on Saturday. Every part has been replaced at least once, so the frame is the only original part. Like the bike so much, I bought another original off eBay just like it for a backup frame.

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    I have same one plus 2 other old bikes. Love them may get a talon but dont need one.

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    Some really nice bikes in this thread. It's so cool seeing riders still taking care of their older bikes! I really dig the older Specialized (from the 1990's) where the frames were way overbuilt.

    My 2004 Stumpjumper Expert. Lot's of upgrades over the years:

    Chris King hubs with Mavic 719 rims
    XTR shifters
    XTR Brakes
    Easton carbon seatpost and bar (just swapped the bar out though for a wider alloy)
    Just recently, like within the last month took off the front shifter/derailleur and threw on a 30T narrow wide I had sitting around. I never used the large and small chainrings anyway.
    Replaced the cranks and bottom bracket

    I lucked out on getting this bike from SuperGo (now Performance). It was the end of the year, they were wiped out of all their stock. I test rode another bike but didn't buy it. Accidentally left my drivers license. When I went back to get it, the sales person told me they found this bike still in the box, they never built it as it was XL frame and never had a request for one. From what I recall, it was also the first year of disk brakes on the SJ (this model anyway).
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    My mid-90's Trek. I've had it for 10 years and it was worn out when I got it. Added Avid Single Digit 7's, Avid Speed Dial levers, Shimano trigger shifters, Vuelta crankset and BB, quill stem adapter, 70mm stem and wider alloy bars. Still ride it at least twice a week trying to alternate days with my 29er.
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    So I finally got some pics of my 2001 Yeti ASR, rebuilt with some modern parts to keep her light, nimble, and climbing like a mountain goat!

    Components:
    Raceface Next carbon handlebar
    Syncros FL1.5 stem
    Fox RLT F80 fork
    ODI Yeti locking grips
    XTR cantilever brakes
    Kore alloy seatpost
    Bontrager Affinity RXL carbon rail saddle
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    Blackspire 32T N/W ring
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    Mavic crossmax SL TI pedals
    XTR 10 speed shifter
    SRAM XO rear derailleur
    SRAM PG1070 cassette
    Mavic M231 rims w/ XTR hubs
    Michelin Wild Grip'r 2 2.2 front tire
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    I really prefer the older bikes. Picking this one up tomorrow.

    2005 Gary Fisher Cake 3 $150

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    Nice Yeti cnordt.

    Seems like a good price on that Fisher, but once it's in your possession please take off the commuter tires and put something with tread on it. Hopefully the shocks have been serviced too.

    Happy Rollin' on the weekend!
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbhammercycle View Post
    Nice Yeti cnordt.

    Seems like a good price on that Fisher, but once it's in your possession please take off the commuter tires and put something with tread on it. Hopefully the shocks have been serviced too.

    Happy Rollin' on the weekend!
    Absolutely on the tires! Got some on the way. It's getting checked out at the lbs Monday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbhammercycle View Post
    Nice Yeti cnordt.

    Seems like a good price on that Fisher, but once it's in your possession please take off the commuter tires and put something with tread on it. Hopefully the shocks have been serviced too.

    Happy Rollin' on the weekend!
    Thanks! I've wanted a Yeti since I started riding back in the early 90's but could never afford the price tag.. I almost don't want to ride it so I don't brake anything haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnydavisjr View Post
    I really prefer the older bikes. Picking this one up tomorrow.

    2005 Gary Fisher Cake 3 $150

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    Well I picked up the Fisher and seems to be in decent condition. Needs a shifter cable and rear brake service.

    Unfortunately I didn't realize I was a little heavy for the bike. Got home and took it for test ride and it bottoms out as soon I step on the pedals. Oh well. I'll have it serviced and sell it.

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    Doesn't it have air suspension? Just put some more air in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MudSnow View Post
    Doesn't it have air suspension? Just put some more air in it.
    True, but the weight limit is supposedly 225 and I'm 300. Now if it won't hurt too much, I may pump it up to max and see how that works.

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