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    80s MTB geometry modern equivalent?

    I recently loaned my CX bike to a friend and had my roadie on the trainer, so I started commuting on an old 80s Peugeot rigid MTB frankenbike I put together a few years ago. It's been pretty effing magical. Triple, 26" wheels, 1.75" tires, and trekking bars. I actually made it to work a few minutes faster because I could blow through chipseal and potholes at full-speed. And while the sizing is off by a cm here or there, , it reminds me of just how solid the geometry was back then for an all-around, do-everything bike (even of they weren't fantastic for actual mountain biking).

    Of course, the thing is a beast—probably 35 pounds with a rack on. That got me thinking. Is there a production bike today with a geometry similar to the MTBs of the 80s and some lighter tubing? Loaded tourers like the LHT seem a little too long in the chainstay (and not any lighter). Maybe a 27.5" hardtail with a rigid fork?

    If Specialized ever re-releases the 80s Stumpjumper in ti with hydros, I'm so in...

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    What do you consider 80's geometry?
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    Don't know if I can really help you, but my steel Karate Monkey has proved to be an excellent commuter bike, road bike, and trail bike, very versatile, but definitely not the lightest, 2x10 XT geared it weighs about 28lbs. I have one of those Ritchey copy SJ that I used to use to commute, until I got my first 29er, then I just couldn't stand it anymore and got the Monkey. If you're looking thought, you'll need to look for a NOS or used as they just updated the geo to be slacker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mopartodd View Post
    What do you consider 80's geometry?
    Something like this gorgeous piece of slack-angled do-everythingness:


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    Buy some Rat Trap Pass tires for your current 26" bike, and it will be even faster.
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