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Old 12-07-14, 12:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Henry III View Post
What's the Applegate ride like? I've yet to ride out there yet...or even Mt A for that matter. If it's not too bad maybe I'll bring my son as he can hold his own pretty good. Plus free is my favorite price despite working at CS and I didn't hear anything about the New Year ride. lol. Some employee I am. Hahaha.
Fish usually puts it on. Applegate is a good beginner trail, some people do an out and back and some people do the whole 18 mile loop. Ryan or Alex should know about the first tracks ride iirc it starts around 10 by the dam.


Now for on topic I'm thinking I will do a bit of a mixed build on the 85 ritchey. I have a wheelset that is an xt (m730 i think) front hub and dura ace rear hub laced to some campagnolo rims, I figure I'll get a 6 speed freewheel for it. I do have some 6 speed deore thumbies though I'll be keeping an eye out for something a little bit nicer. For the crank I have a couple spare xy m737 cranks so that is what I'll use. I have a mountain lx front derailleur that will fit for the time being. Rear derailleur will be an xt m739 or lx (I forget the model) for now. This will at least get me riding it until I find a nice deer head or 6 speed suntour group at a price I like.
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Old 12-07-14, 06:45 AM
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1984 Rockhopper, all original components, original owner. Set up as a grocery getter, around town and light touring bike. It does gets its feet dirty in the Boise foothills occasionally.

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Old 12-07-14, 08:01 AM
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Oops, make that an '85 Rockhopper, not '84. Date code G0385, or March of '85.
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Old 12-10-14, 06:11 AM
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Wow. Beauty ^
Parts run down?
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Old 12-10-14, 07:35 AM
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I agree, that's a gorgeous bike.
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Originally Posted by 4funbikes View Post
Wow. Beauty ^
Parts run down?
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I agree, that's a gorgeous bike.
Thank you. I've only had a few rides around the farm and I'm loving it. Built it with parts bin parts and bought new and used parts for a modern retro build.

A list. Sram X9 group
Had the wheels built with Mavic EX721 rims XT hubs
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Sakae Zetto stainless steel bars unknown stem
Raceface Deus crank
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Manitou 5 cartridge fork I got cheap. There no heavier than the rigid fork and have a nice action. That's the main parts and I hand made the rear dropouts and cable guides under the BB that didn't come with the frame.
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Old 12-10-14, 08:32 PM
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Wow...that is nice looking!
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Old 12-11-14, 12:28 AM
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Wowza, that is sweet.
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Old 12-11-14, 03:20 AM
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Fresh off the garage floor production line.
Stunning. And great photography too!
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Old 12-12-14, 06:53 PM
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Now wearing a more period parts group:



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I watch for these in my size. That's really something special.
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That Ritchey turned out amazing.
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Originally Posted by fiatjeepdriver View Post
That Ritchey turned out amazing.
Thanks. It was nice to rebuild an old bike that the parts are relatively cheap and easy to find compared to Italian race bikes. Still want to find some nice bear trap peds for it, but I'll wait for a local pair to show up.
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Old 12-13-14, 04:44 AM
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The Ritchey is amazing, would love to get hold of one of these to go with my Road Logic but next to no chance of finding one in Australia
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Here's a potato pic of my DeKerf right after I polished the 150mm Syncros stem and XT cranks...

DeKerf, with polished Syncros tiller and XT cranks by tashipeacock1, on Flickr

...although that setup lasted all of one urban ride as long stems are freakin' terrible. Now sports a very modern Specialized 90mm with Easton EC70 riser bar.
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Here's a potato pic of my DeKerf right after I polished the 150mm Syncros stem and XT cranks...

DeKerf, with polished Syncros tiller and XT cranks by tashipeacock1, on Flickr

...although that setup lasted all of one urban ride as long stems are freakin' terrible. Now sports a very modern Specialized 90mm with Easton EC70 riser bar.
that looks cool. Long stems with narrow bars are not so bad, anyway - it's the lever effect of wide bars that prompted stems to get shorter as mtb geometry ideas changed over time, apparently.
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IMO narrow bars are also terrible. The old trend of cutting 'em down so they "could fit through trees" just seems laughable now.






But really, compared to modern bikes, old mountain bikes are terrible for technical riding. Give me a long top tube, short stem, wide bars and disc brakes for high-performance riding any day. I run a 60mm stem and 760mm flat bars with lot of sweep on my Tallboy and it kills any bike I've ever had.

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Old 12-14-14, 11:06 AM
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This is a dangerous thread, makes me want to find another old MTB to set up for dirt instead of a commuter. Nice bikes in this thread.
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I dig the Timber Wolf! Fantastic paint. If you ever want to trade those black M700 canti's for silver, I would gladly oblige and pay all shipping. I need a black set for my Mountain Goat project and have been avoiding breaking down and getting some anodized.

Speaking of Ritchey's, here is my latest to do project along those lines:



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Hard to go wrong with a Fat. Did the seller have the original fork? Things are looking a little compressingly depressed with that suspension fork on there now. Great foundation for a project.

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This looks fantastic! Well preserved. I would gladly add it to the collection. 20 years in the garage and going strong!

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I dig the Timber Wolf! Fantastic paint. If you ever want to trade those black M700 canti's for silver, I would gladly oblige and pay all shipping. I need a black set for my Mountain Goat project and have been avoiding breaking down and getting some anodized.

Speaking of Ritchey's, here is my latest to do project along those lines:


Unless you can get the bushings out you will not be able to get them anodized. Only bare aluminum can go through the process. But it seemed like they show up on ebay enough? I was surprised how easy it was to source most of the parts for this bike.
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Originally Posted by tashi View Post
IMO narrow bars are also terrible. The old trend of cutting 'em down so they "could fit through trees" just seems laughable now.

But really, compared to modern bikes, old mountain bikes are terrible for technical riding. Give me a long top tube, short stem, wide bars and disc brakes for high-performance riding any day. I run a 60mm stem and 760mm flat bars with lost of sweep on my Tallboy and this thing kills any bike I've ever had.
I don't know about you Tashi, but I get a lot of little niggles in my wrists, elbows and shoulders when riding bars that are too wide, be they drop bar, riser or straight bars. the trails in my riding area aren't that wild, nor do I ride a SS (yet!), so I don't really need it for the extra leverage.
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