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Old 02-12-16, 12:28 PM
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Every single one of my bikes has rigid front fork and rear triangle. Even my XC mountain bikes. I found that when I was racing back in the early 90's, the addition of a Softride stem on my Specialized M2 Team with rigid front fork was enough to pick up some speed on the downhills while still being able to climb fast and make up a cushion. A great balance. Not fond of suspension forks at all. Not worth the extra weight or "bobbing" effect or play even when locked out. I can see if you are one of those crazy downhillers taking rough lines. Those guys have a lot of courage and amaze the heck out of me. I just watched the movie Unreal..and it was just that Those guys have beautiful bike handling skills..a must watch.. The body is what you have to train to take the shock and learn the motion to absorb through the knee and body positioning. Plus picking a clean line. It forces you to think more.

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Old 02-12-16, 12:36 PM
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My first MTB was a rigid Bridgestone MB4 ... best bike of all time (I am not biased at all.) Loved it but ... now as a fat old man, I simply cannot manage the rocks and roots with a rigid. They slow me down and beat me up, and because I lack the patience and technical skill to adapt .... easier to ride F/S like the fat lazy old man I am.

I appreciate the aesthetics, and I understand that a good rider can do amazing things on a rigid ... but I am not a good rider and I am completely unaesthetic. I think companies might pay me Not to ride their bikes (working on a proposal now.)
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Old 02-12-16, 12:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Maelochs View Post
My first MTB was a rigid Bridgestone MB4 ... best bike of all time (I am not biased at all.) Loved it but ... now as a fat old man, I simply cannot manage the rocks and roots with a rigid. They slow me down and beat me up, and because I lack the patience and technical skill to adapt .... easier to ride F/S like the fat lazy old man I am.

I appreciate the aesthetics, and I understand that a good rider can do amazing things on a rigid ... but I am not a good rider and I am completely unaesthetic. I think companies might pay me Not to ride their bikes (working on a proposal now.)

Just made me laugh that did

ps: i keep hearing good things about those Bridgestone MTB's and not sure why, maybe i should use google lol
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Old 02-17-16, 09:00 AM
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Here's my Bridgestone "M3PO" 92 MB3. Goes everywhere.
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Old 02-19-16, 03:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Teamdarb View Post
Here's my Bridgestone "M3PO" 92 MB3. Goes everywhere.
Holy moly look at those tires. How big and what kind and, um, holy moly. Or, is it just the perspective, and the fact that it's a smaller frame? Like when you hold one of those 8-oz soda pop cans and look like a giant. But those tires look like they came off a Stutz Bearcat.

I've still got my old 1989 Ritchey Outback. (From those crazy hazy biopace days.) Needs new rubber, which is why I ask. Posted a thread on the topic, as a matter of fact. U-brake's gonna limit me, as I've learned.

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Old 02-19-16, 09:45 PM
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Think it's the angle and small frame. 26x2 Specialized HardRock R. Tough buggers.
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Old 04-23-16, 03:32 PM
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Finished the Sakae Litage frame show'n back in this thread. I had to hand make the dropouts and cable guides under the BB but was side tracked with another job in between so took a while to finish.

Built with Sram X9 custom built wheels and Onza brakes. I found a barely used Manitou fork cheap, after a clean and re grease has a nice action for a old fork.









I have loads of detailed photos if anyone wants to see something in particular.
Really nice build, i have a frame like this, can u tell me please what headset did you use? It`s that a 1 1/8 fork? Thanx
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Old 04-23-16, 05:46 PM
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Old 04-24-16, 11:13 PM
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So yes, I ride rigid and SS.
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Old 04-25-16, 11:16 AM
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Old 05-17-16, 07:32 PM
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I still ride my mid-90's Dean Colonel, ti frame, with the cool Breezer drop-outs. I upgraded everything to a 3x9 full XT about 10 years ago.
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Old 05-24-16, 08:35 PM
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I finally bought a new bike, 2015 Bianchi Kuma 27.5. After riding suspension on the trails, I decided the 1997 Fuji MX200 was an asphalt, hard sand beach and greenway bike going forward. On a greenway & trails, any bumps or tree roots go right thru my wrists, elbows & shoulders to my abdominals. An hour on the trails and I feel like a heavyweight boxer has pounded me for 12 rounds with body shots and my joints can't take that abuse either. So suspension fork it is for me going forward. Last time I rode, I tried to keep up with a 29er suspension hard tail. I went down a hill, hit the tree roots, front end was bouncing and couldn't steer and when the decline turned, I didn't. Was fortunate that the brakes when they did contact the ground slowed me enough. Initially I cleared out a new trail for a few feet, then went over the handlebars and killed a bush. No injuries, but knew it was time to upgrade bikes. Disc brakes are the way to go as well. I love the older bike, nothing wrong with it, just good for what it was intended to be, an affordable Sports Authority bike.
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Old 05-29-16, 08:04 PM
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I have an '84 Univega Alpina Uno.
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Old 11-13-17, 09:23 PM
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Had to revive an old thread...(found it in google on a random search and realized it wasn't that old).

Vintage rigid mtb's is where the soul is, baby. I wanted to share my whip and keep this thing goin'.



1988 Schwinn Sierra
Upgraded bars to Race Face 760mm aluminum
Race Face Deus crank with MRP chain guide (1x6)
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Old 11-18-17, 12:24 PM
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1986 Sierra. This was my entry over on C&V's clunker challenge. Since then, I've swapped out the wheels to a lighter set with Paselas. I've put about 150 road miles on it the past two weeks, along with a short singletrack adventure.

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I’m stuck in 1995. Before that, I was stuck in 1975. I’m always about 20 years behind the latest craze. Just built this old 930 from the frame up. With index shifting and TruTemper, it’s like the state of the art for me.


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Nice and nice!
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Originally Posted by Maelochs View Post
.... easier to ride F/S like the fat lazy old man I am.

I.)

YESSS ! I know this is an older quote, but it is so applicable ---- the more out of shape I am, the better suspension works for me ! I basically can just sit on top and provide the motor -- its great !

Actually, theres a bit more to it than that, but the full squish bikes keep me having fun
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I ride a cheap Nasbar Single speed 29er. Got it on sale for $272 shipped. Upgraded to 1x10 for $150. Threw on new tires and it's a pretty good ride. 27lbs though. I don't mind the weight, I'm slow.
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Old 12-06-17, 04:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Kanegon View Post
Iím stuck in 1995. Before that, I was stuck in 1975. Iím always about 20 years behind the latest craze. Just built this old 930 from the frame up. With index shifting and TruTemper, itís like the state of the art for me.
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Nice! What mudguards are these?
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Nice! What mudguards are these?
They're APEX fenders and not made anymore. I extended the rear fender by bolting it to the rack. They keep rain, debris and urban bio-hazard off my face and back.

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