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Old 12-19-21, 06:58 PM
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And since its Christmas I'm gonna post this again, its been awhile.

1982 Merz, one of maybe a dozen according to Jim that he built before going to Big S.


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Originally Posted by Rideeasy View Post
Thanks for the verification of the year! The kickstand also tends to move to the point where I hit it while pedaling. I guess over tightening would crimp the stays—I hadn’t thought of that so I’ll be watchful.

I found it in the trash and replaced the shifters, cables, brake pads, chain rings and cranks. All other parts are in good shape. I love riding it on the trails—responsive and highly maneuverable.
The kickstand needs to come off before it hurts you and or the bike, they damage the frame no matter what even if only the finish and hurt the value regardless.
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Originally Posted by merziac View Post
And since its Christmas I'm gonna post this again, its been awhile.

1982 Merz, one of maybe a dozen according to Jim that he built before going to Big S.


Oh, that is something! Love the triple-ized Dyna Drive crank!

How does it handle? Head angle looks quite steep, but the fork rake is properly small to match, hopefully.
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Originally Posted by melville View Post
Oh, that is something! Love the triple-ized Dyna Drive crank!

How does it handle? Head angle looks quite steep, but the fork rake is properly small to match, hopefully.
Tx, I don't really know about the handling, it's way small and kinked a bit from a head on but seems just fine. I have ridden it around the block a few times with no problem.

I had never seen an MTB that he made in person or for sale, he posted this one that was here in PDX on his FB so I reached out, he put me in touch and I couldn't get it done fast enough.

Jim was instrumental and largely unheralded at big S early on with the Stumpys, built several of their early championship bikes as he was friends and a buyer of Sinyards starting before Specialized even took off.

The triple Dyna drive was his go to as they were a strong, cheap nice crank to work with. This one has pedal adapters he made as well. I have another Dyna he did on a bike he did after he sold the frame he originally made for himself that has the other adapters.

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Old 12-19-21, 08:53 PM
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Originally Posted by melville View Post
Oh, that is something! Love the triple-ized Dyna Drive crank!

How does it handle? Head angle looks quite steep, but the fork rake is properly small to match, hopefully.
In my long windedness I forgot to add that I am not a MTBer per se, ridden plenty of dirt mc's, drag raced street bikes for 25+ years so plenty of 2 wheel foolishness in my repertoire.

But I do love em for what they are and also have half a dozen Stumpy's including a rough big one and a chrome Ritchey in my size.


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Old 12-24-21, 12:31 PM
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You know, merziac , it's cute you put that bad boy next to the park bench, there. If I owned the thing, frankly that or a step ladder's about the only way I'd be able to hop up onto the thing. (I'm in the ~15"/46cm range, myself.)

Beautiful bike, by the way.
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Old 12-24-21, 02:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Clyde1820 View Post
You know, merziac , it's cute you put that bad boy next to the park bench, there. If I owned the thing, frankly that or a step ladder's about the only way I'd be able to hop up onto the thing. (I'm in the ~15"/46cm range, myself.)

Beautiful bike, by the way.
Tx, I have a 38 in. inseam so my well fitting road bikes are 64-66 for the best riding ones.
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Originally Posted by Clyde1820 View Post
You know, merziac , it's cute you put that bad boy next to the park bench, there. If I owned the thing, frankly that or a step ladder's about the only way I'd be able to hop up onto the thing. (I'm in the ~15"/46cm range, myself.)

Beautiful bike, by the way.
I'm one size up, and if either of us did manage to get on that saddle, I'm pretty sure we wouldn't be able to reach the pedals.
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I'm one size up, and if either of us did manage to get on that saddle, I'm pretty sure we wouldn't be able to reach the pedals.
Yeah. For me? "Nuts!" to that. 'Bout all I have to say on that subject. Ooof.
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Old 12-24-21, 05:26 PM
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Tx, I have a 38 in. inseam so my well fitting road bikes are 64-66 for the best riding ones.
Wow. I'm a bit more than 10in shorter than that (inseam-wise). Puny little suckers, they are. Jeans in 30 inseam? I actually have 'em cut down, believe it or not. Always have.

I'll tell you, though. Dealing with properly-sized unicycles gets simpler, at that size. Kept me from having to explain why we shouldn't bother getting me up onto one of those ten-foot jobs. I'm very thankful for that. Got a lot of pleasure knowing how many fewer bumps and bruises I had to go through, with the unicycle phase.

Enjoy your rides. Beautiful. Beastly tall, but beautiful.
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Old 12-24-21, 05:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Clyde1820 View Post
Wow. I'm a bit more than 10in shorter than that (inseam-wise). Puny little suckers, they are. Jeans in 30 inseam? I actually have 'em cut down, believe it or not. Always have.

I'll tell you, though. Dealing with properly-sized unicycles gets simpler, at that size. Kept me from having to explain why we shouldn't bother getting me up onto one of those ten-foot jobs. I'm very thankful for that. Got a lot of pleasure knowing how many fewer bumps and bruises I had to go through, with the unicycle phase.

Enjoy your rides. Beautiful. Beastly tall, but beautiful.
Tx again.

Actually PBH is 38in., pants are 36-40, and only 6ft. tall so yep pretty long legged.

Wore a lot of high waters when I was young, being skinny nothing fit and we couldn't afford Levi's that did come in my size.

Unicycle? Not on your (or my) life.

Merz rode them, no big surprise.

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1992 Specialized Stumpjumper + misc bikes

1992 Specialized Stumpjumper yellow
1992 Specialized Stumpjumper purple
1985 Specialized Stumpjumper Sport
1993 Trek 930 (ebike conversion)
1988 Fisher Montare XT
1992 Gary Fisher Sphinx (700c)
1987 Raleigh World Tour Elkhorn
1988 Raleigh Technium Carbon/Kevlar "The Vision"
1992 Cannondale M2000
1989 Muddy Fox Courier Comp
1998 Specialized Stumpjumper
1991 Specialized Rockhopper
1988 Specialized Rockhopper
1995 Specialized Hardrock
1991 Specialized Hardrock
1988 Specialized Hardrock
198? Biscayne (deer head) girls bike
199? Diamondback Sorrento
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Originally Posted by Clyde1820 View Post
Nice little collection, there.

I tend to be a no-Safe-Queens type, myself. If it were me wanting to thin that herd, I'd probably keep the following:
  • 1982 or 1984 Stumpjumper (good) -- utterly representative of the line, IMO the "best" vintage, perfect project to get back to original
  • 1985 Trek 870 (mint) -- mind condition; a unique early example, one that I think is highly underrated
  • 1985 or 1986 Schwinn Cimarron (mint) -- mint condition; excellent examples of the era; stellar rides; only going to go up in value

The rest are ones I'd let go either due to condition or being a duplicate of the above. The selling of which should easily fund the minor restorations or upgrades for the remaining three bikes.
I appreciate your opinion. Do you happen to know anything about the frame quality of these bikes?
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1995 Gary Fisher Cronus, now a commuter.


The white cable housing....it was all I had atm...lol

w/ PDW Origami Fenders
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I tend to be a no-Safe-Queens type, myself. If it were me wanting to thin that herd, I'd probably keep the following:
  • 1982 or 1984 Stumpjumper (good) -- utterly representative of the line, IMO the "best" vintage, perfect project to get back to original
  • 1985 Trek 870 (mint) -- mind condition; a unique early example, one that I think is highly underrated
  • 1985 or 1986 Schwinn Cimarron (mint) -- mint condition; excellent examples of the era; stellar rides; only going to go up in value
I appreciate your opinion. Do you happen to know anything about the frame quality of these bikes?
Those three frames are pretty darned solid, based on their history and what they've been used for. Lots of people have had quite-capable rigs built from them, and have used them hard. They're strong, durable and reliable.
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Recently acquired 1994 Norco Nitro:




Like new, just needed new seals in the fork and a tune up. Never seen a Norco in the wild before. Reminds me of my old 95 Kona Kilauea that I never should have sold…








I changed the saddle, stem, bars, and shifters more to my liking, but otherwise left it alone.
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Wow! That looks like it did get some use, but was extremely well cared for.
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I guess technically this isn't vintage, but I just rebuilt this '99 S-Works FSR.
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Originally Posted by VtwinVince View Post
I guess technically this isn't vintage, but I just rebuilt this '99 S-Works FSR.
The OP doesn't really define what qualifies as C&V: This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

Personally, I would say the change to threadless headsets and suspension would mark the advent of modern bicycle design. But that's just me, and no offense intended.
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1996 Marin Eldridge Grade
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still a work in progress
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Here is my GT Backwoods Mountain Bike with twisted spoke Araya wheels and 7000 aluminum frame

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Fantastic thread with great builds. I am looking forwards to putting up some pictures once I have enough posts.
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1996 Marin Eldridge Grade
1st pic how i bought it:


still a work in progress
What rear mudguard is that? Very cool.
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What rear mudguard is that? Very cool.
Cheers, it's part of an old front mudguard i took off this. The lady i bought it off put a 'safety drive hokkaido' sticker on it when she was touring there in the 90s.
I cut the slot for the canti cable and drilled some holes for zip ties to mount it
Very needed because those panaracer fire XC pros hoard mud and then throw it all at you when you get back on a sealed road

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Starting to work on this old beast this week. It is a 1985 Raleigh Bighorn made in Canada and still has my LBS's sticker on it. Suntour shifted , but I have some Montech stuff I might use. I have ridden it as it and its kind of fun!




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