- whos got a retro mtb ?
No pics, but I have a ’95 Marin that’s been through a number of guises; my first MTB (rigid), then it got some suspension forks (which, frankly, ruined it), then it was a singlespeed, a slick-tyred commuter, fugly pub/dog-walking bike, and is now a 1×9 with fattish (2.3) tyres.
Used it for the HONC this year, which was the first ‘mountain bike’ ride I’d done on it for years. It was a hoot 🙂Posted 5 years agomessiahMember
I built up an awesome Dave Lloyd CATS WISKAS a few years ago… I soon started breaking bits and decided that one of us was too old for proper mountain biking 😆
I love looking at old bikes but I would not let me ride them (except my 1995 Kona Explosif but that’s because I’m trying to break it 😈 … again… 😈 ).
Posted 5 years agoslowjoMember
I have/had an M Trax ‘titanium tubing’ MTB, probably something like 1990. It had the coolest pair of forks on the planet, ultra light and very directional.
I took the bike into my LBS and asked them to do some work on the wheels. When I called about picking it up they were a bit hesitant and tried to put me off. I was only getting one chance to go anywhere near the shop for a week or so, so I popped in to pick it up. It seems that someone had come in, admired the fork and the prat in the shop took it off there and then, and sold it! I was extremely unhappy and demanded its return, told them they should contact the guy and get it back. It seems that he was a USAF person and had just rotated back home so I was left with a bike and no fork. They put a cheap RST suss fork on and had the cheek to try and charge me for it. Needless to say, I declined to pay and told them to take me to court. Strangely enough they didn’t!
Anyway, I kinda went off the bike then and decided to build it back up for my Dad to have, as he didn’t have a bike.
I was round theirs the other day and there it was, a little dusty but otherwise practically unridden since I gave it to him. As he is in his 80s now, and largely of restricted mobility. I can’t see him riding it again. I have got designs on it once more, maybe try and source a replacement fork etc. I have the stem (about 160mm, flexy, noodliness of it) but the bars died on me when I was still riding it.
Maybe I’ll have words with him when I go over next, or just wait until he decides it is taking up too much room.
Ironically, the fact that I was messed about by the LBS means it is still in one piece. Had I kept it, I’d probably have scrapped it by now.Posted 5 years agomatttromansMember
Haven’t got any pics with me, but have just finished building a 95 Lava Dome up. I picked the frame up fairly cheaply off of Retrobike, along with some triple butted P2’s. The rest is a mix of bits from the spares box, mostly XT, 1×9, along with some old Hope hubs on mavic 719’s. Just bought some conti Travel Contacts for it. Use it for commuting mainly, but going to fit a rack and mud-guards for a bit of light touring. Absolutely love it, great fun to ride and nice and light.Posted 5 years agorogerthecatMember
Me, too many of them:
92 Kona Cindercone with Noleen Link forks (working and ridden on the Pootle)
02 Corratec Team Bow (under construction frame being polished very very slowly!)
?? Orbea – nearly complete superlight SS hack about bike
?? Rock Lobster – awaiting the frame to be delivered and may be for MrsCat
?? Marin Bobcat Trail – picking up Sunday F*** knows why I bought it!
Posted 5 years agocolournoiseSubscriber
1997 Lee Cooper.
Only the frame is left from that era. The brakes (LX with DX levers) are a couple of years younger, and everything else is more recent garage parts bin or internet sale stuff.
Currently running SS and 1.6 City Jets for road and ‘canal path’ duties.
Don’t get out on it much, but did a windy 65km at the weekend.
Still got my same-era Quadra 21s but am too scared to put them back on it.
slainte ➡ robPosted 5 years agomamadirtMember
Loving the Breezer and the old Konas – that Cinder Cone is lovely Rich! I’ve usually a retro resto project of some sort on the go – currently between projects and on the lookout for the next one. They’re always tiny and super hard to find which makes no sense as I don’t hang onto them for too long so size is immaterial really. Maybe I’ll go for something larger next and get papadirt to do the test-riding 😕
Just sold this lovely little Hahanna . . .
Gonna be a hard act to follow.Posted 5 years agoswamp_boyMember
1992 Raleigh Dyna Tech, I have pics, but no way to post them, mainly red with monochrome camo type pattern on the 3 main tubes. Owned it from new I still have the card saying it was assembled by Rex Johnson in the special products division. Only original bits now are the frame, cranks and front mech, still 3×7 but has front suspension and discs both ends rear mount put on by Argos in Bristol, fine job looks like it was made that way but don’t tell anyone on Retrobike.Posted 5 years ago
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