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Any “Retro guys” ride Mountain Bikes?(12 posts)

Any “Retro guys” ride Mountain Bikes?JR007
Oct 15, 2002 7:31 AM
Does anyone out there in Retro Land own or ride mountain bikes? I have one, front suspension, but I've just never really taken to it. I ride it with my son a bit, but much prefer my road bikes. I'm thinking of selling it and getting a cyclocross / single-speed for the dirt. Just wondering what other people feel on the subject. I imagine I'm in a minority, since MTB bikes are the majority these days.
I dowooglin
Oct 15, 2002 8:56 AM
I've got a 2000 Sugar 2 that I never ride because I prefer my 1990 Stumpjumper converted to SS. For true retro I've also got a 1986 Jamis Dakota, also an SS.

I probably spend more time, though not more miles, on the Stumpjumper than I do on my road bike.
Have one, it just takes up space!wspokes
Oct 15, 2002 11:03 AM
I presently have one which is a 1992 Mongoose Pro SX, it just sits and takes up space. I ride my Retro-equipped Bianchi 700c Project bike and my Surly more off road than anything.

The old cruiser IS a prototype MTB ...Humma Hah
Oct 15, 2002 1:53 PM
Although I road-ride it now, as bashing about in the rocks and mud is not the best way to preserve it for another 31 years, my old cruiser got ruggedized back in the early 70's, when Fisher and Breeze and the rest of the Mt. Tamers were downhilling Excelsiors and had not yet dreamed up the term "Mountain Bike".

I own a cheap rigid MTB, which I usually keep up at our cabin in the WVA mountains. It's my beater for when the cruiser is laid up for repairs, and I've presently got it loaned out to a cute French intern who works here. I don't ride it much.

I'm working on a 74 Paramount which may end up rigged with cyclocross tires, if they'll squeeze in to the frame. All the better to deal with the crappy roads here-abouts.
I doEager Beagle
Oct 16, 2002 7:51 AM
I ride it mainly with friends who have them, so that we are more evenly paced.

However, I ride my CX about 90% of the time on the same terrain.

Sometimes though it's nice to do a recovery ride cruise on those big spongy tyres, uprightish position, and nice suspension - especially if the weather's really bad and you are on a nice trail.

I think they have a place, but if I had to save space, I guess the MTB would have to go first.
Only ones no longer in businessCalvin
Oct 18, 2002 4:43 AM
I love this thing, we've had some great times together. It is a bit on the heavy side. Actually, it is a lot on the heavy side. The only it is an issue when I have to heft it up to onto a bike rack.
Sure, got two of 'em, plus a homebuilt SS cyclocrossercory
Oct 18, 2002 2:34 PM
My main mountain ride is a Cannondale w/front suspension. I also have an old rigid Bridgestone that's a commute bike in summer and a beater/mud bike in winter, and a Trek touring bike I've converted to singlespeed with cyclocross tires. I'm lucky to live less than a mile from the Toiyabe National Forest, which abuts the Tahoe NF, so I can ride for miles without driving for miles first. As somebody else said, I probably put about equal time, though not equal miles, on the offroad bikes and the road bikes.
If I had to give up all but one, I'd keep the Atlantis roadie. Until I got that, though, my keeper would have been the Cannondale. It's comfortable and, with slicks, isn't much slower than my road bikes on pavement.
Retro Guys and mountain bikesJR007
Oct 21, 2002 11:44 AM
Thanks for all the answers. I sold my mountain bike on the weekend, now I can't decide what to put the $$ toward. I've got about $600 to spend. I've already got a custom lugged steel road bike w/Ultegra STI, an old 84 Apollo steel roadie that I'm thinking of making into a singlespeed...but what next? I'm thinking Cyclocross, something I can take off road a bit, or an older rigid MTB I can put moustache bars on...hmmm. Decisions, decisions.
Retro bikes and pavement ...Humma Hah
Oct 22, 2002 5:00 PM
... I like your plan.

Looking back at the history of cycling, back before 1900 there were almost no paved roads. People rode lightweight frames that looked very much like modern road frames, fixed gear, 18 lbs was not unheard of. They essentially cyclocrossed them for century distances.

I'm told the TDF was run at least partly on dirt roads up into the 1950's.

A sturdy steel roadbike frame with 32mm tires or larger, or a cyclocrosser, can handle modest trails and two-track quite nicely. Maybe you don't want to downhill it into patches of baby-head rocks, or land 4-ft drop-offs, but with reasonable care, there's no reason not to take such a bike into the dirt.
yup, Ibis Mojo with cantis nmgtx
Oct 18, 2002 7:13 PM
Retro Mountain bikes are fun tooM_Currie
Oct 30, 2002 7:52 PM
I still have the 85 Ross Mt. Rainier I bought new in 86. As a true mountain bike it's a bit behind the state of the art, but as a dirt-road, campground, etc. cruiser it's unbeatable. It's long and low and heavy, more like a fat-tired touring bike than a MTB, and very nicely made. With a rack and panniers, it's like a little pedal pickup truck, very versatile.

I also have a Bianchi Grizzly from about 86, with the misbegotten combination of chainstay brakes and horizontal dropouts, which makes brake adjusting interesting.
Retro MTB, of course!DMoore
Nov 3, 2002 9:40 PM
Santana Moda, from about 1990. Columbus MAX frame, fillet brazed, with through-the-top-tube routing for rear brake cable. Full Campy off-road components. It started off Euclid, but years ago I upgraded several components, including brakes and shifters, to Record OR. The darned thing even came with a Campy Electa saddle, the inflatable version that weighs about 2 1/2 tons or so. No suspension, front or rear, just big fat tires.