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    Immaculate 1987 Ned Overend signature Paramountain

    I began mountain biking on Mt Tam in 1986 when I was 16. My buddy and I were regulars on the Thursday night and Sunday morning rides that met in downtown Mill Valley. I started out with a Schwinn Sierra and upgraded components as I could afford them. Pretty soon I was just a wheelset and a frameset away from having two bikes. I eventually rebuilt the Sierra for my campus bike when I went away to college. Of course, buying each component individually is the least economical way to build a bike, but it is the most rewarding. My mom used to give me a hard time for spending every penny I made on bikes, but I have no regrets.

    At some point in 1987 I walked into Mike's Bikes in San Rafael, CA and saw this Paramountain frameset on the wall. Initially, I was concerned it would be too small for me, but the more experienced guys I rode with assured me that it would be fine with the right stem and seat post. As it turns out the frame is relatively long and fit me quite well. I'm 5'10". I always loved having lots of stand over clearance which was relatively new to MTB frame design. By far my favorite design feature is the cable free top tube. It is super clean looking and nice on your leg when you're resting. If you tap the top tube with your finger nail, it rings a lovely note. Another particularly nice design feature on the frame is the pump peg behind the seat post. The cable bosses are all shaped like balls. A lot of attention was paid to detail on this hand made frame.

    From the beginning (and to my mother's delight) this bike lived in my bedroom. I rode it for 4 years until 1991 when I moved abroad for school. I took a break from cycling until 1999 when I built a new MTB. The Paramountain has always lived indoors and never in a garage. I think I can safely say it has never had so much as a spider web on it.

    Everything you see on the bike is original except the tires and rim tape. I rode 2.1" Specialized Hardpacks which were designed by WTB. I could never afford WTB components, but always wished I could. Their office was literally two blocks from my parents' house when I was in High School and I was always in there asking for stickers. I still ride their tires and have 2.4" Moto Raptors on the Paramountain now. There is plenty of clearance and they seem like the best modern tire considering the bike's history. It's also nice to have a fat cushy tire on a rigid bike. At the time, I wanted all black components but this was the best I could do. If I were to change anything at this point, I might replace the black seatpost, stem, and bar with natural aluminum for a truly classic look.

    At the time Deore XT was the top of the line Shimano component group, followed by Deore. I think there were two levels below, but I don't remember what they were.

    So without further ado, here is the build list and Picasa link:

    Frame and Fork: Lugged Tange Prestige tubing
    Stem: Salsa
    Bar: Generic
    Shifters: 7spd Deore XT SIS
    Brake levers: Deore XT "2 finger" with dust boots
    Grips: Generic hexagonal foam
    Headset: Shimano Ultegra 600
    Brakes: Richie Cunningham designed Suntour XC Roller Cams
    Brake pads: Coolstop
    Front Derailleur: Deore
    Rear Derailleur: Deore XT short cage
    Derailleur Pulleys: Bullseye
    Cranks: Deore
    Chain Rings: 50, 38, 26
    Pedals: Currently SPD, but I need to put the original Suntour XC pedals back on
    Toe clips: Gary Fisher double strap
    Seat: Selle Italia Turbo
    Seat Post: Sun Ringle
    Hite Rite: Race Rite, short travel
    Wheels: Serial numbered Wheelmith rims laced on Deore hubs (built by Wheelsmith)
    Cassette: 12-28t Shimano Ultegra 600

    I had difficulty capturing the true color of the frame even with my digital SLR. It is the nicest deep red I can think of and it is not in the least bit faded, pink or orange in color as some of the photos might imply.

    https://picasaweb.google.com/ZachAnd...03832546867746

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    Wow, in the last pic, you look just like Ned

    Seriously though, very nice....

    did you just take the whole bike apart?




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    Cool bike---and super clean! But fix those droopy bars!
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
    And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD5h3y0a9AU

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    hahaha. I loved him on Happy Days!

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    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike
    hahaha. I loved him on Happy Days!
    The credit belongs with his brother Chuck though
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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve
    Wow, in the last pic, you look just like Ned

    Seriously though, very nice....

    did you just take the whole bike apart?




    Steve
    I did a minor restoration as my last project before having our first child. Repacked all the bearings and replaced the cables and housing. Cleaned everything up like new. And of course took some nice pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yo-Nate-y
    Cool bike---and super clean! But fix those droopy bars!
    That is actually most comfortable for me.

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    That is clean!

    Just one question. How do you have a bike room with white walls and no tire marks on the walls?
    Need: McMahon brake for roller cam mounts, Mountain Goat fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by muddybuddy
    That is clean!

    Just one question. How do you have a bike room with white walls and no tire marks on the walls?
    We just bought the place and painted before we moved in. Plus, the bikes that get the most use are hanging on the left and there are tire marks on that wall, plus a nice chip in the paint from a pedal.

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    Did you ever get Richie's autograph when you went over to WTB to get stickers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed
    Did you ever get Richie's autograph when you went over to WTB to get stickers?
    I never really was that into autographs, but I guess it would be cool now.

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