Retro MTB Tribe

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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby metalrideroz » Sun Jul 31, 2016 1:17 pm

If I can ungunk the shifters enough to get them working and find a front wheel i'll do a quick rebuild to make the most of what is there and see how it rides. I would like to pull the forks and shock apart to service them but I guess any seals or parts that disintergrate are going to be unobtainable. Has anyone disassembled this era forks and shock?

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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby singlespeedscott » Tue Aug 02, 2016 9:00 am

metalrideroz wrote:Spotted this thing poking out of a pile of garbage.

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What a score :o
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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby ldrcycles » Wed Aug 03, 2016 8:59 pm

"Conquer tough climbs", that's the best laugh i've had this week! I love my 980 but it is hands down the WORST climbing bike i've ever ridden. As soon as the track points downhill though it's another story, marvellous handling.
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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby metalrideroz » Wed Aug 03, 2016 9:04 pm

Gave the bike a wipe down and used some spares to get it riding. Saddle not at proper height yet. The front quick release has to go in a weird position because of the dropout shape.
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Instant 1kg or so saving by swapping the rigid semi-slicks and thorn proof tubes for folding tyres with normal tubes. Unfortunately the matching front wheel was missing. The freehub was stuck solid but I was able to unstick it once removed from the hub.
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I just used some cable scraps to replace the ruined outers. The bars are only 560mm wide. Bar ends also removed.
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The rusted barrel adjuster decided to snap off inside the rear shifter so had to be drilled out.
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The derailleurs seem a bit difficult to tune so will take it for a longer ride once this is done. The bike is quite light, about the same as my steel hardtail. It has plenty of tyre clearance, 2.3s will fit, may be able to squeeze 2.4s in. I like that despite the rear suspension it still looks like a normal bike, even some recent dual suspension bikes are hideous!

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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby metalrideroz » Thu Aug 04, 2016 7:07 pm

Went for a test ride off road. No problems except obviously the bars feel too narrow.
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Clearance with 2.1 tyres.
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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby ldrcycles » Thu Aug 04, 2016 10:07 pm

Old school Repco with bullmoose bars for sale in VIC- http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Vintage-Repc ... SwyDxXgkuk
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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby singlespeedscott » Fri Aug 05, 2016 7:04 pm

metalrideroz wrote:Went for a test ride off road. No problems except obviously the bars feel too narrow.
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Clearance with 2.1 tyres.
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Nice rebuild.

What is the inside of those Judy's like? I would have thought the bumpers and dodgy dampener would have been cactus?
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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby metalrideroz » Fri Aug 05, 2016 8:20 pm

singlespeedscott wrote:What is the inside of those Judy's like? I would have thought the bumpers and dodgy dampener would have been cactus?


Have not opened the forks up. They work ok but feel a bit soft. According to the internet the rear shock is not rebuildable so I just left both ends alone.

The shifting is much improved after aligning the derailleur hanger. CRC currently has 8 speed mtb cassettes for $12 so will grab a cassette, chain and cables with my next order.
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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby metalrideroz » Fri Aug 05, 2016 8:27 pm

edit: double post.

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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby Calvin27 » Thu Sep 08, 2016 11:22 am

Saw this on ebay and thought of this thread, any good?

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll ... 2610384333
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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby silentbutdeadly » Thu Sep 08, 2016 1:35 pm

Is OK...the XTC of its day. The fork might well be more desirable than the frame to the retro crowd.
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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby dodgiebros » Mon Sep 12, 2016 2:28 am

This old heap had been hiding in the old mans shed for several years. I'd abused it long ago. No front brake, odd crank arms, odd wheels, rooted saddle, lost key for lock, perished tyres, rusted QR for seat post that kept sliding down etc etc.... But surprisingly, for a crap Hi-Ten Hallmark - Pine Gap 21sp, it was quite fun to ride and relive the past. :mrgreen:

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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby rich1642 » Sat Oct 22, 2016 10:49 pm

In case anybody is after an elusive STX crankset for their 90's MTB, there is a UK seller selling new old stock MC34 22/32/42 for around $75 posted. They have both 170mm and 175mm crank length.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/131954707985?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&var=431297728425&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

Unluckily for me, I ordered a Sugino XD600 triple for $170 just before I spotted these. I bought 2 anyway for myself and my brother's mid nineties MTB. I guess I can sell the Sugino for a bit of a loss.

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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby brumby33 » Sun Oct 23, 2016 5:44 pm

I was just wondering, for an MTB to be considered Retro, how old does it need to be?

I had my 2003 Diamondback Sorrento Sport listed on ebay over the past week and it didn't sell, I relisted it today but then after reading this forum, have now ended the auction and will keep it.
This bike has an alloy Frame, Acera 24 speed, canti brakes, and is in tip top condition, really hasn't got a lot of kms in the time I bought it new ($800)
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So...would a Post millennium MTB be considered Retro or is it still too early?
What I'm now thinking to do is replace the almost brand new commuting tires (the tyres alone are worth $40 each) for new Knobbies of some kind and maybe replace the suspension fork with a solid fork, and convert this into a bikepacking rig.
I already have a VWR tourer so a lighter bike packer might be worth considering.

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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby mikgit » Sun Oct 23, 2016 7:50 pm

if you go to retro sites (ie retrobike or the mtbr-retro page, then pre-1997 has been decided the cutoff. There is the retro mtb australia page, that decided 2000.
1997 I think coincides with v-brakes and suspension and threadless becoming the standard spec.
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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby brumby33 » Sun Oct 23, 2016 7:59 pm

mikgit wrote:if you go to retro sites (ie retrobike or the mtbr-retro page, then pre-1997 has been decided the cutoff. There is the retro mtb australia page, that decided 2000.
1997 I think coincides with v-brakes and suspension and threadless becoming the standard spec.


Ok thanks mikgit....I suspected that mine may not qualify....oh well....I may still chuck some new knobbies on and go bush....at least my Ortleibs still fit my rear rack.

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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby koshari » Sun Oct 23, 2016 8:00 pm

I reckon Ally wouldn't qualify as retro. Don't mean you still cannot enjoy it though.
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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby ldrcycles » Sun Oct 23, 2016 8:26 pm

I think the most common definition is pre 2000, but i reckon an MTB is retro if it's a good brand and still has rim brakes.
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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby cranky-1 » Mon Oct 24, 2016 2:49 pm

brumby33 wrote:I was just wondering, for an MTB to be considered Retro, how old does it need to be?

I had my 2003 Diamondback Sorrento Sport listed on ebay over the past week and it didn't sell, I relisted it today but then after reading this forum, have now ended the auction and will keep it.
This bike has an alloy Frame, Acera 24 speed, canti brakes, and is in tip top condition, really hasn't got a lot of kms in the time I bought it new ($800)
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So...would a Post millennium MTB be considered Retro or is it still too early?
What I'm now thinking to do is replace the almost brand new commuting tires (the tyres alone are worth $40 each) for new Knobbies of some kind and maybe replace the suspension fork with a solid fork, and convert this into a bikepacking rig.
I already have a VWR tourer so a lighter bike packer might be worth considering.

Cheers

brumby33

That's a dam nice bike there Brumby. If it was me I wouldn't sell it. Only if leaving country or just couldn't take it with you or ride it any more. As for Tyres I run 26x1.75 round town so wouldn't change them. Have another MTB that runs 2.10 but off road.

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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby brumby33 » Mon Oct 24, 2016 10:07 pm

Thanks Cranky-1....yes it's a nice bike and yeah I've decided to keep it...at least for the time being but we are looking at moving into a smaller place next year so I'm starting to offload some of the stuff including the MTB as I already have a VWR to play with.
I put it on ebay, not knowing what to set the price at...I put it down as a $175 starting price and only got 1 watcher and no bids...the auctions timed out with a no-sale and it auto relisted for me....then I thought, damn...this was an $800 bike back in 2003, I'm buggered if I was going to sell it that cheap so I cancelled the auction....and decided to keep it.....it's just too good to sell...as you stated and I agree 100%
I had it fully service last year at a cost of $105 including new chain and rear cluster....don't know why that would've been worn, it hasn't done many kms... the tyres on it are brand new (AT) $40 per tyre
It's a keeper!!
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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby mikgit » Tue Oct 25, 2016 12:02 am

yeah if selling think more $50-100... keep it, it's worth more just sitting around waiting to be used than the effort to sell.
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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby alrsv1 » Thu Nov 17, 2016 12:02 pm

Just finished restoring this 1986 Rockhopper. Was in a bit of a sorry state:

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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby mikgit » Thu Nov 17, 2016 1:26 pm

wow that came up pretty good.
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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby alrsv1 » Thu Nov 17, 2016 1:34 pm

mikgit wrote:wow that came up pretty good.


Thanks. Took a while, as the previous owner had rattle-canned over everything, including the mechs and brakes.
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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby cycles gitane » Tue Jan 03, 2017 3:49 pm

Spotted this recently in a coastal Victorian town.
10 year old boy was riding it.
Not a picture of the drive side but I think it is early 90's.



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