Retro MTB Tribe

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Postby Matt Zac » Thu Sep 11, 2008 11:34 am

Reading this brings back fond memories of my 'suntourer' mountain bike- very similar to the bikes posted by Happy Humber and Fletch. I recall the components being good quality - 18 speed with massive brake levers and biopace chainrings - but slightly dated even at 1992. Whoever thought of mounting the rear brakes under the rear stay clearly had no concept of sediment build up :roll:

It was my first Mountain bike and saw me through most of my high school years, before being sold to finance a new diamond back 'wildwood' which was nowhere near as good. If anyone knows of such a bike, particularly one with GT cowhorn bars, give me a hoy!
No, honey, I've had that one for ages...
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Postby jp80 » Sat Sep 27, 2008 4:57 pm

Yeah!!! vintage mtb is the radness. I'm on my way back to aus in the next few months. while in states i picked up some very nice bits. first build was a 1993 bridgestone MB-2 with Tom Ritchey twin plate crown fork, nice lugs and ritchey prestige tubeset. i put ritchey cranks, old white industries/ritchey wheelset on, xt thumbies and M732 derailleurs. yellow turbo and pink ourys on scott at-2 finished it.
BUT as nice as it was (you can see it on flickr if you search for "bridgestone" and "MB-2" and "turbo") i felt like i was smashing it to pieces on the appalachian (read: steepy and techy) trails i was hitting. bridgestones (and i guess any other high end lugged mtbs) tend to be succeptible to ovalised head tubes because of the thinner guage HTs.

so i built a '91 ritchey up, TIG/fillet brazed, maybe an ultra, as a single speed and man, its the most fun i've ever had on a bike. i havent got many pics of it, but i'll find one soon.

I also picked up a 93 marin pine mountain with XT for the wife (with the wicked matte black with flouro orange rear triagle and stem) as well as a '91 MB-2. She prefers the marin and its now running as a single speed too. you can see pics of her Marin on flickr if you search "marin" and "mtb" and "knoxville". we even found a NOS pair of shimano shoes to go with her bike :)

My mate Pete in melb has a Yo Eddy that he built up with M900 and synchros bits, its unbelievable. i'm sure he'd be keen ofr a meet up.

Anyone riding rigid at Stromlo?
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Postby mitzikatzi » Wed Oct 01, 2008 5:27 pm

I was going to post a picture but it won't let me :(

My Shogun Praire Breaker Expert cost me $1200 in August 1993 (makes it a 94 model?). Used as a "shopping" bike hence the rack and bag.

A thread (I can't post links yet) on mtbr has a lot of pre 94 mountain bike pictures.
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Postby kukamunga » Wed Nov 05, 2008 9:34 pm

Keeping this thread alive.... Picked up a nice 1990 AlpineStar CrMo MTB frame the other day, some features ahead of it's time, and it's purple and orange! 8) Pics to come!
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My 1991 Shogun Prairie Breaker Team Issue

Postby Christo » Sun Nov 23, 2008 10:04 pm

I still have my 1991 Shogun Prairie Breaker Team Issue which is about to undergo its third transformation. Bought it originally as a used frame-set and added the bits from my trailbreaker to complete it. Then I reconfigured it as a commuter bike which I commuted to work on. Then it just sat around not being used until recently when my bulging waist-line necessitated me using it as a work commuter and hopefully some XC riding as well. Will post pic when I have enough posts.
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Postby kukamunga » Sun Nov 23, 2008 10:23 pm

kukamunga wrote:Keeping this thread alive.... Picked up a nice 1990 AlpineStar CrMo MTB frame the other day, some features ahead of it's time, and it's purple and orange! 8) Pics to come!

Um...er.... pictures on eBay :roll:
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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby casual_cyclist » Tue May 26, 2009 2:20 pm

1988/89 Repco 'High Sierra' MTB. Full Exage 'Mountain'. I have cleaned it up since these pix, but then took it on a dirt ride and have not cleaned again. I am using it for my daily commute (9km each way) and am finding it very comfy to ride. Those big tyres soak up all the bumps :D

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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby kukamunga » Tue May 26, 2009 7:41 pm

Ahh... the original BioPace with the really oval rings.... ! :roll:
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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby cycles gitane » Tue May 26, 2009 10:01 pm

Here is a picture of my Gary Fisher CR-7. circa 1988/89.
Alloy main frame with cro-moly rear triangle, bolted at top of seat tube and inserted into BB.
Suntour XC comp components. Suntour pedals not shown. All original.
Needs tyres :)

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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby kukamunga » Tue May 26, 2009 10:22 pm

cycles gitane wrote:Here is a picture of my Gary Fisher CR-7. circa 1987

And the other retro, original XTR equipped Gary Fisher, hmmm.....???? :roll:

Oh.... here are some pics of the incomplete early 90's "alpinestars" (with 1 1/4" headset!) I have since passed on .....
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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby jp80 » Wed May 27, 2009 10:02 am

Here is my Rtichey before ripping three of the five spider arms apart last week. Back to forged for me :)

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and me riding it at stromlo a few weekends ago. awaiting new freewheel to stop me hauling a 58" gear up the climb again
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1999 Ritchey Mount Cross - 7800 - Fillet brazed
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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby cycles gitane » Wed May 27, 2009 9:04 pm

kukamunga wrote:
cycles gitane wrote:Here is a picture of my Gary Fisher CR-7. circa 1987

And the other retro, original XTR equipped Gary Fisher, hmmm.....???? :roll:


This one???

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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby kukamunga » Wed May 27, 2009 9:13 pm

Very nice! Does it have a 1 1/8" steerer, or a 1 1/4" steerer like the 'alpinestar' I had (the quill will be 28.8 mm I think if it is)
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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby cycles gitane » Wed May 27, 2009 9:39 pm

kukamunga wrote:Very nice! Does it have a 1 1/8" steerer, or a 1 1/4" steerer like the 'alpinestar' I had (the quill will be 28.8 mm I think if it is)


Kuka,
It is hard enough to get into the shed in the daytime with full light, so night time is next to impossible. :(

I will check soon. The stem is way too long for me. I have been riding this bike recently and it is hard on the arms.

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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby Gness » Fri May 29, 2009 1:30 am

I've got one of these sitting in the garage, it's an old Apollo Kosciusko. Does anyone know anything about these bikes? If it's nothing special I'm just going to chuck it on ebay as it's just taking up room atm...

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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby il padrone » Tue Jun 02, 2009 9:31 pm

Apollo Kosciuscko was a decent quality mid-range bike in its day. Very stable ride but pretty slow in tight technical terrain by comparison to today's MTBs. This would make a great bike to convert to an expedition 26" touring MTB. It would ride very nicely with front and rear racks and panniers due to its long wheelbase, has a long chainstay for good heel clearance and plenty of room to fit mudguards.
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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby Fletch » Fri Jun 05, 2009 4:08 pm

The bike i bought after the Apollo I posted earlier was a Fisher CR-7 89 model from the 2nd shipment at VicMTB a red one with full XT 7sp .

had a few upgrades by the time i sold it in 95, manitou 3's, synchros post & stem answer taperlights, gripshift. Sold it via the trading post for $750, would gladly pay that to get it back.

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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby timax » Sat Jul 11, 2009 10:19 am

I also have a Shogun Team issue. !986 I think....red white and black with all XT components. Its going through its 3rd build now. Building it up as a 1x7 city flyer. Mavic rims , control tech brakes , hyperlite bar, chris king and bullseye hubs. Starting to look good.
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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby Minority » Tue Jul 21, 2009 5:28 pm

Something a little bit different:

It's Swiss
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It's lugged steel
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It's a Mondia Everest!
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Shimano STX, Mavic rims, Reynolds 501 Magnum tubing.
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Postby Resg » Tue Jul 21, 2009 9:42 pm

ukalipt wrote:i feel retro MTB are going to be the next thing, and these will all be modded
to single speeds, for weight and also the cleaner lines etc.


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I agree, and there are so many being thrown out regularly. This was one of three i could stuff into the bike rack, and one of at least a dozen i have seen in a two kilometre radius over a period o a few months. I have an Radius and a malvern Star from a slightly later period waiting for some attention. not fantastic quality stuff, but all easily converted to single speed.

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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby jp80 » Tue Aug 25, 2009 9:56 pm

my two ritcheys

first is the one i posted a while back, but with some pimpage
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and second is the duck's nuts, the bee's knees, the cat's pyjamas, and (to my mind) better than the dogs bolx
Ritchey 1989 Timbercomp. Fully fillet brazed by Tom Ritchey. If anyone has a fillet brazed TR stem, LET ME KNOW.

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And i am satisfied.
2007 Bob Jackson Special Tourer - Rohloff
1999 Ritchey Mount Cross - 7800 - Fillet brazed
1991 Ritchey Ultra - ss commuter - TIG
1989 Ritchey Timbercomp - SS/M737 8sp - Fillet brazed
1972 LeJeune Championne Du Monde - French NR
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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby kukamunga » Wed Aug 26, 2009 8:45 am

Very nice indeed!!!
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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby xx68 » Sat Aug 29, 2009 5:05 pm

Pwhoar ! Very Very nice :D
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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby BLU_FZ! » Sun Oct 04, 2009 8:54 am

This is mine. !991 Muddyfox Courier Comp imported to Oz from the UK.The only deviation away from factory is the fitting of bars and Rock Shox Mag 21`s
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Re: Retro MTB Tribe

Postby brauluver » Sun Oct 04, 2009 9:00 pm

I'm off tomorrow hopefully to have a looksee at an 88 Specialized Comp rockhopper.
Word is it needs some attention, but it'll be kick ar$e project if it's half decent.
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