Retro Rigid Steel Hardtails - Anyone still riding them

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Retro Rigid Steel Hardtails - Anyone still riding them

Postby jmacbrid86 » Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:19 am

I just wanted to know if anyone is still riding their early 1990's Rigid Steel MTB on the trails.

If so what are the must have modifications?

I have a Tange Mongoose, which has been a SS for awhile wondering if it could do some light trail work once in a blue moon.

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Re: Retro Rigid Steel Hardtails - Anyone still riding them

Postby HappyHumber » Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:37 am

You mighta missed this thread : viewtopic.php?f=5&t=5963
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Re: Retro Rigid Steel Hardtails - Anyone still riding them

Postby Bentnose » Mon Mar 14, 2016 10:32 am

I'm still riding and racing a 26" 9spd hardtail steel, only from 2011 though, I will eventually replace with another steel hardtail, though probably a 29er.
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Re: Retro Rigid Steel Hardtails - Anyone still riding them

Postby xx68 » Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:42 pm

Still got my tange framed Univega from 1987 - first bike my girlfriend bought me !
Don't ride it as much anymore , upgraded to a carbon framed Giant in 1992 , still have that one too .

Have stopped riding my suspended mth as a fatty is the most fun so far in my biking history .

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Re: Retro Rigid Steel Hardtails - Anyone still riding them

Postby roosta » Tue Mar 15, 2016 9:15 pm

I ride 2 mid 90's steelies regularly: Full rigid shogun trailbreaker and Giant Yukon SE hardtail.

The trails I ride are glorified fire trails, so nothing even close to extreme.

As for must-have upgrades - comfy saddles and grips, and decent tyres.
In saying that, i have also replaced the entire driveline on both bikes. But that was only due to the wear and tear you'd expect on 20yr old bikes.
I may convert the Yukon to a 1x7, but again - this isn't a necessity.

Apart from making sure everything works as it was originally intended, I haven't felt like they needed any particular modifications. Others may feel differently.
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Re: Retro Rigid Steel Hardtails - Anyone still riding them

Postby jmacbrid86 » Fri Mar 18, 2016 8:35 pm

Great!

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Re: Retro Rigid Steel Hardtails - Anyone still riding them

Postby trailgumby » Fri Mar 18, 2016 8:46 pm

Met a guy at Glenrock racing a full rigid steel 29er single speed two weeks ago. How he managed to ride that circuit without at least front suspension eludes me :lol:

I think it did take it's toll eventually. He smacked a tree pretty hard with his bars during an off-track excursion and bent/broke his brake lever. That was hour 5 of 7 on the solo race on a very climby and relatively technical course. I don't think he was too disappointed to be finishing early.

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Re: Retro Rigid Steel Hardtails - Anyone still riding them

Postby Recycler » Sun Mar 20, 2016 11:47 am

My 80s Giant Innova is amongst my favourite bikes, its good on or off road.

It has 700 x 32C wheels, a early 29er may I say.

I use my arms and knees for suspension. :?

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