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Old 07-25-19, 06:12 PM
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i realize, but i'd still like to see pictures once they're able
Me too.
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Old 07-26-19, 04:52 AM
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I had some time to go through it and used my spare set of push pull XT M095 since I prefer the push pull action. The other less obvious change was using a long cage rear derailleur vs the stock short cage.



Agreed, 1st gen push/pull was so compact and precise compared to today's. I only like push/push because of nostalgia TBH. I do wish I had a pair of M095, I have a set of clamps that allows them to be split from the brake levers.

Interesting, I go out of my way to swap long cages for short cage.
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Old 07-26-19, 04:57 AM
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Still have this beauty, and been loyal to me for this past 20 years.


Love the color...

Always good to see the Original Owned vs the craigslist score. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 07-30-19, 04:50 PM
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I'd like to find out the brand

I'm new here, btw, I got this vintage 1970'ish road bike, all brand tags were removed by who knows who, but I've had the bike for some 7 years, the guy who sold it to me said he guessed it was a chinese brand, but I wonder if by looking at the serial number on the frame would help. It is maroon, frame is steel, heavy and if I have the chance, I'd attach a photo of it.
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Old 07-30-19, 05:01 PM
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Originally Posted by jimmy78 View Post
I'm new here, btw, I got this vintage 1970'ish road bike, all brand tags were removed by who knows who, but I've had the bike for some 7 years, the guy who sold it to me said he guessed it was a chinese brand, but I wonder if by looking at the serial number on the frame would help. It is maroon, frame is steel, heavy and if I have the chance, I'd attach a photo of it.
Road or mountain? We're talking vintage mountain here.
Welcome though!
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Old 08-01-19, 03:27 PM
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Lol, I didn't notice here was a MTB vintage forum..Though, it's a road bike, I've been researching on clues from it's vintage approximate built year, and found out it's from 1975 ahead...Only like to figure who made it tough..
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Old 08-04-19, 04:30 PM
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Finished reassembling my 1990 Rockhopper Comp this morning. Mostly original except for the cantis which for some reason are dead, crankset because the pedal on the drive side was frozen to the crank, and the saddle. The Futureshock still works pretty good too:

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Old 08-05-19, 08:01 AM
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Pulled this off the neighbor's trash pile and built it up for my nephew to take to college this fall. ~'95 Diamondback Ascent EX. CroMo frame, Tange fork, misc Shimano Deore (mostly) components. V-Brakes are Tektro, though. All from my parts bin. I think I might have $75 into this bike, and most of that is in paint and supplies.

Here's where we started:


And ready for school...

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Old 08-05-19, 08:07 AM
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Originally Posted by shelgame View Post
Pulled this off the neighbor's trash pile and built it up for my nephew to take to college this fall. ~'95 Diamondback Ascent EX. CroMo frame, Tange fork, misc Shimano Deore (mostly) components. V-Brakes are Tektro, though. All from my parts bin. I think I might have $75 into this bike, and most of that is in paint and supplies.

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Old 08-08-19, 07:26 AM
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25 years together

Built this Breezer in 93/94. It has gone through three worn out wheelsets, two cracked cranksets, one cracked stem, one bent seatpost, one set of broken bar ends, two sets of worn 747 pedals, and countless saddles, tires, grips, and chains.


This is a great riding bike and I've had it for my entire adult life, I really really love this thing.

Originally built with:
Bontrager threadless fork
King headset
American Classic hubs, Ritchey vantage Pro rims, Z Max tires (red rear)
Sachs 7sp freewheel 12-28
XT BBUn71
Topline cranks
XTR chainrings
Ringle Zooka stem
Ritchey ForceLite handlebars
Fast Feather seatpost
Selle San Marco Bontrager saddle
Ritchey WCS canti (f)
Dia Compe 987 canti (r)
XT f derailleur
XT shortcage r derailleur with SRP Ti breakaway bolt
XT thumbshifters
Suntour XC Pro brake levers
Yeti grips
Velocity barends
XT pedals with PowerGrips

Sadly the bike is in another location, but here are a few old pics:

With a rare Ringle Zooka stem (cracked)


No lawyer tabs


Naked fork:



Front end and triple clamp:


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Old 08-08-19, 07:55 AM
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Nice Breezer, @DorkDisk. Any closeups of that Bonty fork? I believe these were made by Tange (essentially Switchblade copies).
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Old 08-08-19, 10:00 AM
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Originally Posted by TenGrainBread View Post
Nice Breezer, @DorkDisk. Any closeups of that Bonty fork? I believe these were made by Tange (essentially Switchblade copies).
Thanks, I've uploaded some pics.

From what I understand, Keith Bontrager has the patent on the triple clamp, the exact clamp was used for the Rockshox RS-1. The Tange fork was a collaboration. This is the Comp fork, for "Composite," as it used Al (fork tips, crown, boss mounts) and steel (steerer, legs, bosses).

I called up KB and talked to him about a longer steerer tube to run as a threadless setup. He sent me a 14" monster. Turned out I had to lathe it down for a threadless. I dont think there ever was a 1" Bontrager Comp threadless fork stock. I hope I am wrong as I am looking for another. It's the only part on my nice bikes that takes an imperial hex wrench (1/4" or 3/8" IIRC)

Found this:

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Old 08-09-19, 11:54 AM
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Almost finished with this Panasonic MC-7500 single speed conversion. I just need to shorten cables and housing.

The Tange MTB frame rides great, and the Simworks bars with the Nitto riser stem create make for a nice cruiser position.

Thanks for for all the inspiration!
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Old 08-12-19, 08:05 PM
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My '88 Rockhopper

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Old 08-13-19, 11:32 AM
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My '88 Rockhopper
Pretty, pretty bike. How do you feel about that U brake? I have an '88 Comp frame, and am iffy about whether to build it up or pass it along.
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Pretty, pretty bike. How do you feel about that U brake? I have an '88 Comp frame, and am iffy about whether to build it up or pass it along.
Mine has never given me trouble, but then I haven't ridden this bike all that much over the years. When I DO ride it, it's on dry pavement or dry gravel. I'm more of a fair-weather road bike guy.

IMO, there's nothing wrong with U-bakes except their location on the frame. If you ride a lot in wet, muddy conditions the U-brake gets pretty grimy down there!
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Thanks @Igotdibs, that's useful. It might be better to go more touring build than mtb with this one. Especially as I have an off-road bike. Speaking of which...
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I love everything about this bike; or I will when I get those ridiculously long cranks off and some decent pedals on. I like the Kenda Small Block 8's too; grippy but not overly aggressive.
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My '88 Rockhopper

That STP sticker is awesome.
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I love everything about this bike; or I will when I get those ridiculously long cranks off and some decent pedals on. I like the Kenda Small Block 8's too; grippy but not overly aggressive.
@Korina what length are they and what length do you need?
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@Korina what length are they and what length do you need?
They're 175s, and I'm going to put on this 152 youth set from Suntour; the husbeast just has to sand off the paint. If I like it, and at 5' 4" why wouldn't I, I'll put it on my Trek Singletrack too. Not sure yet what to do about my hybrid, as it doesn't have mtb gearing.
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Originally Posted by Korina View Post
Pretty, pretty bike. How do you feel about that U brake? I have an '88 Comp frame, and am iffy about whether to build it up or pass it along.
I have an 87 HardRock with u-brakes. This is the only bike I have had with them and I find them to be no problem to work on. Perhaps a tad bit more inconvenient but I can flip the bike upside down in my work stand to get at the brakes. Mine is set up as a commuter with fenders so it sees bad weather and I have not found the u brakes require more maintenance.
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They're 175s, and I'm going to put on this 152 youth set from Suntour; the husbeast just has to sand off the paint. If I like it, and at 5' 4" why wouldn't I, I'll put it on my Trek Singletrack too. Not sure yet what to do about my hybrid, as it doesn't have mtb gearing.
ah, okay. the shortest i have is a 165mm, but then it's not even an mtb crankset, either.

what might the future be for your 175mm stx?
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ah, okay. the shortest i have is a 165mm, but then it's not even an mtb crankset, either.

what might the future be for your 175mm stx?
I love mtb gearing, as Humboldt Bay is a thin strip of flat surrounded by crazy steep hills. Not sure about the stx; the big ring has a broken tooth, so probably it'll go to the bike library.
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Originally Posted by amillhench View Post



Almost finished with this Panasonic MC-7500 single speed conversion. I just need to shorten cables and housing.

The Tange MTB frame rides great, and the Simworks bars with the Nitto riser stem create make for a nice cruiser position.

Thanks for for all the inspiration!
What grips are these?
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