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Old 06-08-17, 07:46 PM
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1993 Bridgestone MB 1 find

This bike popped up on CL and I couldn't resist. It's almost cherry. The parts are all original; the rear tire has been swapped out but the front tire is original and has little wear. The parts also have little to no wear; the paint look fresh. The only drag is I tend to prefer my used bikes to have some patina; that way I don't feel badly about riding them hard, : )

It's yummy. I love the Tom Ritchey designed fork and the lugs; and it's my size (49 cm).

I'm not going to do much to this bike other than to overhaul it and replace the tires and any consumables that need replacing.

By an odd coincidence, this is my 3d 1993 Bridgestone as I also have an '93 RB-1 and a '93 XO-2 (which came stock with drop bars). This was sort of a grail bike for me. It weighs--according to the catalog--25 pounds which isn't bad for a steel mtb with fat tires.
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It's yummy. The only drag is I tend to prefer my used bikes to have more wear; that way I don't feel badly about riding them hard, : )...
Gee that's tough. But sometimes y'know, you just have to take the good with the good.
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Gee that's tough. But sometimes y'know, you just have to take the good with the good.
I can tell you're feeling my pain,
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I love the old B'stone catalogs; this is the page for the 1993 MB 1:
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Nice find!
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Love that biplane fork! Congratulations. I had a red '93 MB-2 with the same (or similar) fork.

How tall are you? I am curious how the 49cm fits.
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Nice find. The MB1 and XO are on my short list.

What kind of tire is on the front? Ground Control?
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Biplane fork and Ritchey Logic cranks!!!

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BTW- if you need a Ground Control for "display porpoises" I've got one you can have.
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I overhauled and rebuilt the bike between last evening and this morning. Honestly it was in better shape than I thought. It was like working on a NOS time machine. None of the grease was contaminated. The cables, chain, and ball bearings were in excellent shape. I went ahead and regreased all the ball bearings as well as all the contact points. I love working on a quality Japanese machine like this. There is so much that is right about the bike. The ball bearing cups on the BB for example hold 11 per side rather than the more common 9.

I swapped out the tires for schwalbe marathon supreme 26 x 2.0 tires and I swapped out the pedals for bmx style pedals. The bike weighs an honest 25 pounds even with the "pie" spoke protector and the 2 wheel reflectors.

I suspect this bike was not put together by a bike shop. The PO worked for bridgestone tire and bought it out of loyalty to the company. I think he may have bought it direct. There is also no bike shop sticker on the bike. There was no grease anywhere and nothing was tightened down, not the pedals, not the stem, not the locknut on the freehub, not the brake levers, etc. Everything was just finger tight.

The bike rides great. I don't know what my plans are for it other than to ride it a lot. I may yet do a drop bar conversion on this bike as it would make a really first class gravel grinder. Or I may just keep it as is and ride it to work and to tool around the local paths.
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Originally Posted by specialmonkey View Post
Love that biplane fork! Congratulations. I had a red '93 MB-2 with the same (or similar) fork.

How tall are you? I am curious how the 49cm fits.
Five ten and a 1/2; you can see from the last set of pics how the saddle is set up. The bike fits great. It's a 19.29 inch frame and I ride a 56-57 cm road frame (in a vintage bike). I could ride the next MB 1 size up as well which is a 52 but I don't think I'd like the top tube length as much. The top tube on the 49 cm is just about perfect for me at 23 inches or 585 mm.

The top tube, I think, is more important than the seat tube in setting up a bike properly.

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BTW- if you need a Ground Control for "display porpoises" I've got one you can have.
Thanks! I plan on riding this bike though.
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Nice find. The MB1 and XO are on my short list.

What kind of tire is on the front? Ground Control?
Yes ground control but I swapped it out for schwalbe marathon supreme touring 26 x 2.0 tire. They well be perfect for the MUPs and for gravel riding. The MB 1 had been on my short list for a while and I was lucky to find this. And i moved fast to nab it,
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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
Five ten and a 1/2; you can see from the last set of pics how the saddle is set up. The bike fits great. It's a 19.29 inch frame and I ride a 56-57 cm road frame (in a vintage bike). I could ride the next MB 1 size up as well which is a 52 but I don't think I'd like the top tube length as much. The top tube on the 49 cm is just about perfect for me at 23 inches or 585 mm.

The top tube, I think, is more important than the seat tube in setting up a bike properly.

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Thanks,

That is really helpful. I'm between 5'9" - 5'10" with a 31" - 32" inseam and have a 49cm (or 52cm) MB-3 on the way. Sounds like it will work for me (or be a little big). The seller said standover is little over 30". Does that match yours?

http://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...-3-sizing.html (has geometry chart)

Based on the chart, the MB-1 and MB-3 have the same geometry, 76.4cm and 79cm are the standover heights for 49cm and 52cm. Mine must also be a 49er.




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Thanks,

That is really helpful. I'm between 5'9" - 5'10" with a 31" - 32" inseam and have a 49cm (or 52cm) MB-3 on the way. Sounds like it will work for me (or be a little big). The seller said standover is little over 30". Does that match yours?

http://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...-3-sizing.html (has geometry chart)

Based on the chart, the MB-1 and MB-3 have the same geometry, 76.4cm and 79cm are the standover heights for 49cm and 52cm. Mine must also be a 49er.

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Your bike is a beaut. You don't know if the bike you are buying is a 49 or a 52? SO height is just not that big a deal since you should have plenty of room on either one. Top tube length matters and I think either one would work. The 49 for me is good if I want to do a drop bar conversion; the 52 would likely be too long. But I could ride either.
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Damn you got lucky.
Yeah I did. I've found pristine machines before but nothing as high a quality as this.
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That's a beaut! Not so in love with those bull horns though. Bad memories for sure!
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Definitely a nice find. I have a '91 Stumpy Pro I built up from a frame, really rides nice. Those were some golden years for mtbs, imo.
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I've got the '94 frame in dark green color that has been used for adventure touring & commuting for the past, can't recall exactly, number of years. The main thing is when I bought the frame it came with the '93 fork in the "pearl tusk" color. It's nice and light and springy but didn't hold up well on the trail when I was back using it for mountain biking. At any rate after I bent the darn thing I couldn't bring myself to just throw it in the trash. I'm in the process of repurposing it as a light stand.

The hold up is finding a way to touch up that color. I've been all over trying to find a match. Does anyone have any sure-fired suggestions? Advising me to go to hobby stores and auto parts places won't do since I've tried that already.
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I've got the '94 frame in dark green color that has been used for adventure touring & commuting for the past, can't recall exactly, number of years. The main thing is when I bought the frame it came with the '93 fork in the "pearl tusk" color. It's nice and light and springy but didn't hold up well on the trail when I was back using it for mountain biking. At any rate after I bent the darn thing I couldn't bring myself to just throw it in the trash. I'm in the process of repurposing it as a light stand.

The hold up is finding a way to touch up that color. I've been all over trying to find a match. Does anyone have any sure-fired suggestions? Advising me to go to hobby stores and auto parts places won't do since I've tried that already.
I'm curious, why or how did that fork fail on you?

No idea how to match that color if a hobby shop and auto parts place don't have what you need. Does it matter at this point since you are repurposing the fork?

With a bike I'm using and I can't find a match, I just use some white rustoleum. I did that my 1982 Trek 720. No way I could match that shade of brown and didn't even try. It's a working bike so the mismatched color doesn't bother me. YMMV.
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That's a beaut! Not so in love with those bull horns though. Bad memories for sure!
I'm curious, why bad memories of bull horns? I find them useful.
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The hold up is finding a way to touch up that color. I've been all over trying to find a match. Does anyone have any sure-fired suggestions? Advising me to go to hobby stores and auto parts places won't do since I've tried that already.
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I'm curious, why bad memories of bull horns? I find them useful.
I actually was one of the riders that snagged small trees and vines when I was riding through the woods and trails. I also had a spectacular spin out over the handlebars on a bridge when I caught then in a chain link fence. The end hooked tight for a sudden stop and I continued along the fence.

I have a set of GT Scott attack bars that I loved using when I was only riding my MTB on the road. It really gave me leverage with sprinting up the hills!

Memories of crashes stay with me long.
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I thought I'd do an update and a ride report. I've been using the bike to tool around town and commute to work with. The bike is light for a mtb and I feel like a kid riding around town on it.

Today I took it out for a longer ride--a 20 miler with some climbing and gravel sections. I was impressed. The straight bars/bar end combo worked much better than I remembered. The gearing is pretty much spot on (46/36/24, 12-28) and the schwalbe supreme touring tires are the bomb. I could easily see this being the one bike I ride pretty much everywhere.
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