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Old 12-10-18, 07:24 PM
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Another chrome ATB from the 80s!

So i picked up a little consolation prize today after a bike I built up ended up having a major flaw in the frame: Mongoose All Terrain! @curbtender alerted me and it was 5 minutes from work. just down the street actually- and guy was moving out. he probably would have taken less than the $50, but i did not feel like haggling on a deal. Cool shifters, decent shape--- some rust but shoudl buff out. sadly the avocet touring seat is broken as its a nice seat. and the mountech RD, no surprise, is fubared. looks pretty. I do have another fubared one so maybe together they can make one functional... but its probably gonna get a shimano XT and forget it.



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this has me thinking, do we have a gratuitous "post your all chrome bikes" thread? I think this bike is gonna get fully citified with fenders and slicks - I think I can make all-terrain ironic.

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So i picked up a little consolation prize today after a bike I built up ended up having a major flaw in the frame: Mongoose All Terrain! @curbtender alerted me and it was 5 minutes from work. just down the street actually- and guy was moving out. he probably would have taken less than the $50, but i did not feel like haggling on a deal. Cool shifters, decent shape--- some rust but shoudl buff out. sadly the avocet touring seat is broken as its a nice seat. and the mountech RD, no surprise, is fubared. looks pretty. I do have another fubared one so maybe together they can make one functional... but its probably gonna get a shimano XT and forget it.
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Great find. Love the chrome.
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Chrome bikes DOMINATE!!!

I love the look of these early ATBs. They've got all the touring braze ons like the rack and front low-rider, all the most badass components, cool touches and flairs like the biplane fork.

The only thing that sucks about them is the weight.

Get rid of the Mountech. Heck, stay away from any of the Suntour "Tech" rear derailleurs. However, the Mountech front is one of the very best.

You know what would slay on that bike? A Suntour XC/ XC Sport/ Cyclone/ LaPree triple pulley rear derailleur!!!


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Old 12-10-18, 08:58 PM
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yeah the rims are dope!

these bikes can do anything- its sort of crazy you can still catch a deal grab one for $50 - with all the goodness as the golden boy notes!

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Old 12-10-18, 09:08 PM
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These early ATB’s were just burly touring bikes! Certainly good for taking the roads that others feared!
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Nice score and looks pretty good before you even get started. That Copper trim on the pedals is a nice touch too. Early MTB's are cheap fun. Just got a couple myself. Don
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Yep! Very nice bike! I'm loving the early ATB's!!
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Nice find. I'm finishing cleanup on an old Diamond Back for my wife. They are fun cruisers on and off road.
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I'd appreciate the serial number for my database. TIA.
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Sweet find! If you need a replacement for the Avocet, I think I have a Touring one in my bin.
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Blast from the past! But for the saddle and rubber, I wouldn't change a thing. I would source another Mountech. Do the routine full service and hit the trails. Components and rims really make this one fun. Cheers
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I had that same bicycle! same size and everything. Back in the 80s

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Call me jealous. I had the red version of that bike and loved it. I always wanted one of the chrome ones. Unfortunately, mine was stolen.

Don't lose those brake springs.
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@T-Mar

S# M4-H2506

yeah its pretty cool. quite a bit of rust on the fork which is unfortunate, but it should clean up ok, if not to showroom condition
the rest looks like just cleaning and greasing- and a different RD and we are off to the races.
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S# M4-H2506

yeah its pretty cool. quite a bit of rust on the fork which is unfortunate, but it should clean up ok, if not to showroom condition
the rest looks like just cleaning and greasing- and a different RD and we are off to the races.
I just did the wheels on the DB with same issue. About 5 pads of 0000 wool and a few hours of elbow grease, paced myself over a few days....outer spokes, cross over areas, near hubs and inside tight areas. Then took out into the sun and saw all the areas I missed on the sides of spokes! Anyway, the spokes look better than most of my other wheels now.

@T-Mar here is another, Diamondback TrailStreak F3111232
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S# M4-H2506

yeah its pretty cool. quite a bit of rust on the fork which is unfortunate, but it should clean up ok, if not to showroom condition
the rest looks like just cleaning and greasing- and a different RD and we are off to the races.
Thxs, almost certainly August 1984.
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I just did the wheels on the DB with same issue. About 5 pads of 0000 wool and a few hours of elbow grease, paced myself over a few days....outer spokes, cross over areas, near hubs and inside tight areas. Then took out into the sun and saw all the areas I missed on the sides of spokes! Anyway, the spokes look better than most of my other wheels now.

@T-Mar here is another, Diamondback TrailStreak F3111232
Thxs, manufactured by Fairly of Taiwan in November 1983, so a 1984 model.
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Originally Posted by The Golden Boy View Post
Chrome bikes DOMINATE!!!

I love the look of these early ATBs. They've got all the touring braze ons like the rack and front low-rider, all the most badass components, cool touches and flairs like the biplane fork.

The only thing that sucks about them is the weight.

Get rid of the Mountech. Heck, stay away from any of the Suntour "Tech" rear derailleurs. However, the Mountech front is one of the very best.

You know what would slay on that bike? A Suntour XC/ XC Sport/ Cyclone/ LaPree triple pulley rear derailleur!!!


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yes that would do nicely thank you. I have an ARX that may have to do for now, but if one of those shows up i'd be all over it.

I got these huge bontrager cruiser tires I am gonna see if they can clear- hopefully tomorrow. since I already have the 83 stumpjumper sport with knobbies this one is gonna go another way.
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@T-Mar More info, when I broke it down I noticed the bi plane type fork has Akisu stamped on it. I know they made a lot of BMX forks, apparently for these as well.
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June is "show us your silver / chrome bike" month. Watch for a thread to be opened or exhumed around then and be sure to post.

These "Eighties-Bs" rock. Such a unique style. We just got an '85 Nishiki Colorado "mixte" (step-through with mid-stays), nice simple thumbies like you have, similar style stem, those first-gen cantilevers. And a wheelbase longer than a Fiat 500. Wonderful "way-back machines", they are.

Bummer (eek, bad pun) about the saddle.
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Yep! Very nice bike! I'm loving the early ATB's!!
get one if you don't. I love em because they are tall (I am 6'2") and super slack and long... hop on and you sort of feel like a king out in a jaunt about ones lands- I waive and nod to the peasants in their metal boxes and other lords on their steeds... but none as tall and proud as mine!
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get one if you don't. I love em because they are tall (I am 6'2") and super slack and long... hop on and you sort of feel like a king out in a jaunt about ones lands- I waive and nod to the peasants in their metal boxes and other lords on their steeds... but none as tall and proud as mine!
Does yours have the scepter holder braze-ons?....
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What an awesome find! Those wheels are what Mongoose called "Pro Class" and at the time were top of the line. I actually didn't know they made them for MTB as I thought they were a BMX only thing. Also if those pedals are Suntour they are pretty valuable in the BMX collectors scene and well worth more then you paid for the entire bike.

..There's also a story about the super long head tube.
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