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Old 07-26-20, 10:31 PM
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Found this 91 Trek 820 to refresh for my nephew it was COVID market inflated but it was also in my neighborhood which is nice as getting out of West Seattle ain't so easy these days. I figure by the time I get some fresh consumables (Tires, chain, cassette, grips cables) on this bike he'll have a nice commuter/errand runner for about $200 which isn't bad in the current market

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Old 07-27-20, 02:04 AM
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This is one of my latest builds: a 1998 Saracen Kili Comp. I gave it an upgrade to a more recent LX groupset (9 speed).

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Old 07-27-20, 07:20 AM
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Originally Posted by katsup View Post
Picked up this 970 in the morning, overpaid considering the cheap wheels and missing the bottom half of the rear shifter; but it's in my size and a bike I've been looking for. I've already put on a spare set of wheels and plan to make it 9sp once parts become reasonably priced again (may be awhile). Need to look for a stem as well.
Good score; I'm always on the lookout for a 970/990. For cheap.
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Old 07-27-20, 07:49 AM
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Here's mine. I have a set of Soma Clarence Bars on it now but I hope to get back to drop bars once I figure out why the drops started to make my hands hurt.
https://Untitled by Andy Beichler, on Flickr
Nice setup! I thought about going dropbar to convert to gravel but the overall condition of the bike was too nice so I decided to keep it more/less stock. My next find will probably get stripped and converted.
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Old 07-27-20, 10:47 AM
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Nice setup! I thought about going dropbar to convert to gravel but the overall condition of the bike was too nice so I decided to keep it more/less stock. My next find will probably get stripped and converted.
Mine came with the drops so I did not have a choice to leave it stock. I like what I have seen of the stock set ups.
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Old 07-27-20, 04:43 PM
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Classic case of Craigslist ad that said blue bike and white bike for sale. No pics
I took the white one for $35

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Old 07-27-20, 05:50 PM
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Wow. Love the forks. I never heard of this brand.

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This is one of my latest builds: a 1998 Saracen Kili Comp. I gave it an upgrade to a more recent LX groupset (9 speed).

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[QUOTE=sdn40;21610201]Classic case of Craigslist ad that said blue bike and white bike for sale. No pics
I took the white one for $35

Score! Made in Santa Cruz. Early model? Whereíd you find it?

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Old 07-27-20, 08:17 PM
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Classic case of Craigslist ad that said blue bike and white bike for sale. No pics
I took the white one for $35

Score! Made in Santa Cruz. Early model? Where’d you find it?
Sorry, I'm not a mountain bike guy. It was a messed up local Craigslist ad that I answered on a whim because it was 10 minutes away
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Old 07-27-20, 09:07 PM
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[QUOTE=sdn40;21610564]
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Sorry, I'm not a mountain bike guy. It was a messed up local Craigslist ad that I answered on a whim because it was 10 minutes away
Well, Iím pretty sure thatís a small batch frame from Santa Cruz, Ca. The Race Lite was a common model, but I think the OR was before that. Cool stuff. I have a buddy who worked there in the 90ís, so heís got some inside info. Again, what town did you buy it in? Just curious.
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Old 07-27-20, 09:19 PM
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[QUOTE=JacobLee;21610664]
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Well, Iím pretty sure thatís a small batch frame from Santa Cruz, Ca. The Race Lite was a common model, but I think the OR was before that. Cool stuff. I have a buddy who worked there in the 90ís, so heís got some inside info. Again, what town did you buy it in? Just curious.
Green Bay, Wisconsin
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Green Bay, Wisconsin
It migrated. That was some pretty exotic stuff in the 90ís. Looks like somebody threw some crappy wheels on it to sell. Youíd never see a plastic spoke protector on a Bontrager!
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Old 07-27-20, 09:45 PM
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It migrated. That was some pretty exotic stuff in the 90ís. Looks like somebody threw some crappy wheels on it to sell. Youíd never see a plastic spoke protector on a Bontrager!
No doubt the wheels are not original. I've done a bit of research and there isn't a whole lot out there, but what little there is does speak highly of the bikes by Bontrager
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Old 07-27-20, 09:49 PM
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No doubt the wheels are not original. I've done a bit of research and there isn't a whole lot out there, but what little there is does speak highly of the bikes by Bontrager
Yeah, thereís a reason Trek bought his identity. Hey, maybe thatís why it was in Wisconsin?
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Old 07-27-20, 10:04 PM
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Wow. Love the forks. I never heard of this brand.
I believe it's a UK brand. Danny Hart, who just won last year's DH worlds, rides for them.
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Old 07-28-20, 03:31 AM
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Wow. Love the forks. I never heard of this brand.
Thanks. It's a British brand that was popular (inside the UK) from mid eighties till end nineties. It still exists but now their bikes look crappy. They had very nice steel builds in the nineties. One of my all time favourits is their 1993 Kili XTR.

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Old 07-28-20, 07:16 AM
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Oh i too have a Merlin, all ally bicycle recently aquired and restored (at considerable cost) its my standard ride. I will find pics sometime soon.
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Old 07-28-20, 07:29 AM
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Got this on Ebay for 275. It's in great shape!
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I posted pics of this RockHopper in the MTB/upright thread about a month ago, but Iíve switched back to the Scott AT-4 Pro bars it had before.

Iíve had these bars since 1993 when I got them on a Gary Fisher Montare. The aero parts had already been chopped off, but they are still great as a sort of aggressive trekking bar.

So, really the only thing new on this bike is the handlebars, but it does change the ride quite a bit. The forward bend is a great climbing grip and a little further forward than I could achieve with a long stem and touring bar.

Since it has a U-brake itís late 80s but Iím not certain what year. The Suntour headset and U-brake are the only components that might be (and probably are) original to the bike.

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'84 Schwinn High Sierra

Recently converted this awesome High Sierra frameset into my new favorite singlespeed trail beast! NOS IRC Mythos XCs just fell into my lap the other day! Powder coated the cantis, MTE-100 seatpost, brake lever clamps, and Shimano DX pedals. SR 21.1 BMX stem, Araya 1.75 wheels, Super Maxy cranks. 39/18 gearing.
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Great... now I want one. Thanks Guys 👍

Originally Posted by WimVDD View Post
Thanks. It's a British brand that was popular (inside the UK) from mid eighties till end nineties. It still exists but now their bikes look crappy. They had very nice steel builds in the nineties. One of my all time favourits is their 1993 Kili XTR.
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I posted pics of this RockHopper in the MTB/upright thread about a month ago, but Iíve switched back to the Scott AT-4 Pro bars it had before.

Iíve had these bars since 1993 when I got them on a Gary Fisher Montare. The aero parts had already been chopped off, but they are still great as a sort of aggressive trekking bar.

So, really the only thing new on this bike is the handlebars, but it does change the ride quite a bit. The forward bend is a great climbing grip and a little further forward than I could achieve with a long stem and touring bar.

Since it has a U-brake itís late 80s but Iím not certain what year. The Suntour headset and U-brake are the only components that might be (and probably are) original to the bike.

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Specialized only had U-brakes '87 and '88. HTH.
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Originally Posted by ofajen View Post
I posted pics of this RockHopper in the MTB/upright thread about a month ago, but Iíve switched back to the Scott AT-4 Pro bars it had before.

Iíve had these bars since 1993 when I got them on a Gary Fisher Montare. The aero parts had already been chopped off, but they are still great as a sort of aggressive trekking bar.

So, really the only thing new on this bike is the handlebars, but it does change the ride quite a bit. The forward bend is a great climbing grip and a little further forward than I could achieve with a long stem and touring bar.

Since it has a U-brake itís late 80s but Iím not certain what year. The Suntour headset and U-brake are the only components that might be (and probably are) original to the bike.

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And no Rockhopper until 88, I think.
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And no Rockhopper until 88, I think.
You are correct about the 88, Those graphics started in 88 and 88 was the last year of the U brake.
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Is that’a U brake...that’s not’a my brake...
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