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    Default Re: Should I get a 90's rigid MTB?

    Just check Kijiji or Craigslist in Vancouver. If the photo shows decent parts(XTR, XT, DX or even LX, then investigate the frame/tubing/geometry on Retrobike.co.uk. If the price is reasonable, buy it. Be prepared to replace worn parts. Rims and middle chainrings, bottom brackets and headsets. Rims in particular, since wheel rebuilds are expensive.

    Bring a strong light source and look down the seat tube. Lots of rust? Forget it.

    There are many inexpensive used rigid MTBs out there that ride very well. Who knows? You might discover that you enjoy off road riding.

    Ride it like it's 1992!
     

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    Default Re: Should I get a 90's rigid MTB?

    Best bang for the buck here (if you want something at all zippy too) is a mid to late 90s Specialized Stumpjumper M2. You can probably find a complete bike for $300 give or take.

    At least that's how I'd spend my money on something like this.

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    Default Re: Should I get a 90's rigid MTB?

    I think you shouldn't go down this rabbit hole at all. Get a Linus or some other cheap city bike with fenders a built-in lock etc. It's way more practical for a lock up bike.
     

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    Default Re: Should I get a 90's rigid MTB?

    Get a Brodie.. a Sovereign, expresso etc.. 90s mtbs make no sense anymore and that's why you want them.
    I came here for the socks.

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    Default Re: Should I get a 90's rigid MTB?

    Norco Sasquatch from the 90s is our lock-n-leave rig. Picked up a well-maintained, little used one for a song.
    Works well.
     

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    Default Re: Should I get a 90's rigid MTB?

    Get it.

    Late 60s muscle cars drive like ridiculous shit, but that's not why folks still love them. Even Mopar A-bodies.

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    Default Re: Should I get a 90's rigid MTB?

    Best $150 I ever spent on Craigslist

     

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    Default Re: Should I get a 90's rigid MTB?

    Man. A fully rigid 26er is about the cheapest most practical bike there is. He's not talking about joining a cult here. I think the OP should buy a bike with a rigid fork, because suspension forks get wonky over 20-25 years. Those bikes are out there and you can do whatever with them. Parts are cheap and available. Bar bike, fine. Dirt roads? Perfect. Ride on moderate singletrack, fine. Commuter tires and fenders, sure. I raced mine in the local training series this summer. It wasn't that much slower. And a good one like a Stumpjumper or Rocky or Brodie will have a good aggressive position and be lively and fun like no upright city bike will.

    One other thing to check. Run your fingers over the braking surface and make sure it's not worn down concave. Good replacement rims for rim brakes are getting harder to find.
     

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    Default Re: Should I get a 90's rigid MTB?

    Quote Originally Posted by rmplum View Post
    Best $150 I ever spent on Craigslist

    Bingo.
     

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    Default Re: Should I get a 90's rigid MTB?

    That Stumpjumper is a great-riding bike, too. Nice and long, tubes are thin enough to be lively but thick enough to be tough, good parts. How could anyone not want a bike like that?
     

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    Default Re: Should I get a 90's rigid MTB?

    Quote Originally Posted by lumpy View Post
    That Stumpjumper is a great-riding bike, too. Nice and long, tubes are thin enough to be lively but thick enough to be tough, good parts. How could anyone not want a bike like that?
    The stupidest thing I did was get rid of that frame. It rode fantastic, better than the 1990 Fat Chance Wicked that I had as a ride off and on for most of my previous 26er miles. And the condition/patina was perfect for a lock-up downtown rig.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by lumpy View Post
    Man. A fully rigid 26er is about the cheapest most practical bike there is. He's not talking about joining a cult here. I think the OP should buy a bike with a rigid fork, because suspension forks get wonky over 20-25 years. Those bikes are out there and you can do whatever with them. Parts are cheap and available. Bar bike, fine. Dirt roads? Perfect. Ride on moderate singletrack, fine. Commuter tires and fenders, sure. I raced mine in the local training series this summer. It wasn't that much slower. And a good one like a Stumpjumper or Rocky or Brodie will have a good aggressive position and be lively and fun like no upright city bike will.

    One other thing to check. Run your fingers over the braking surface and make sure it's not worn down concave. Good replacement rims for rim brakes are getting harder to find.
    depends

    I work at a used shop on vancouver island and we have a ton of old 26inch wheels. Depends where you are, again, he is in Vancouver which is the mtb mecca.
     

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    Default Re: Should I get a 90's rigid MTB?

    Rode mine old one recently in my parents' home in Taiwan and it was great for around town and short adventures.

    Did not bother to clean up the rust since it will be rusted again by the time I ride it next. The Mavic Crankset and Wheelset, and the Suntour XC Pro drivetrain works perfectly even with no maintenance save for some lubes once a year when I get there. The parts that needs most attention seems to be the rotting inner tubes that need to be changed every other year or so.

    2016-08-21 07.54.43 by sevencyclist, on Flickr
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    Default Re: Should I get a 90's rigid MTB?

    You have all seen the Chris Akrigg video on a chromed steel Mongoose ATB?

    Mongoose's 1985 All-Terrain Bike: Contest and Video - Pinkbike
     

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    Default Re: Should I get a 90's rigid MTB?

    Damn you all

    (Closes this tab and opens Craigs List/bikes in another tab)
     

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    Default Re: Should I get a 90's rigid MTB?

    Quote Originally Posted by sevencyclist View Post
    Rode mine old one recently in my parents' home in Taiwan
    Nice Zip!!!!!!!

    If it ever breaks save the group for another bike!!!


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    Default Re: Should I get a 90's rigid MTB?

    So, what did you get? We expect beautifully-contrasted back-lit vintage mtb imagery from you soon.

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    Default Re: Should I get a 90's rigid MTB?

    Quote Originally Posted by steve garro View Post
    Nice Zip!!!!!!!

    If it ever breaks save the group for another bike!!!


    - Garro.
    I loved mine, it lasted a couple of seasons (not my only moountain bike at the time) and I was 200#. I found a crack in the DS chainstay after a ride; I thought, "I can get one more ride out of this," and I buckled the top and down tube riding a stairstep descent. The other chainstay looked like it had a tiny crack too.

    That's engineering! Like the one-hoss shay.
     

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    Default Re: Should I get a 90's rigid MTB?

    Quote Originally Posted by rmplum View Post
    Best $150 I ever spent on Craigslist

    1990 or 91 Stump Comp. Frame made in Japan. That was a top bike then and i lusted for one of those. Nice score.
    I came here for the socks.

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    Default Re: Should I get a 90's rigid MTB?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nierman View Post
    So, what did you get? We expect beautifully-contrasted back-lit vintage mtb imagery from you soon.
    Despite what Mr. Flowers says, the area is not awash in vintage rigid MTBs, at least not for what I'm willing to pay for one. I have my eye on two Konas, and am waiting to hear back from the sellers. Will probably visit some community co-ops to see if there's anything worthwhile hanging in the rafters.
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