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    Default Should I get a 90's rigid MTB?

    I've been on the hunt for a beater/bar bike for a while now; something I can ride around town and lock up without too much worry. I've been considering an old hard tail from the 90s so I can run big rubber, but was never big into the MTB scene, so I'm not really sure where to start. I know they made some really nice steel frames from OX Plat. and some Reynolds tubesets, but don't have the encyclopedic knowledge of manufacturers and models from that time period.

    If this was a rabbit hole I wanted to go down, are there any specific framesets that I should be looking for?
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    Default Re: Should I get a 90's rigid MTB?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hmai18 View Post
    I've been on the hunt for a beater/bar bike for a while now; something I can ride around town and lock up without too much worry. I've been considering an old hard tail from the 90s so I can run big rubber, but was never big into the MTB scene, so I'm not really sure where to start. I know they made some really nice steel frames from OX Plat. and some Reynolds tubesets, but don't have the encyclopedic knowledge of manufacturers and models from that time period.

    If this was a rabbit hole I wanted to go down, are there any specific framesets that I should be looking for?
    I just bought & sold this one in 10min flat


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

    Nothing specific to offer, but I think this sounds like a pretty good idea. If I still had my Ritchey P-23 I'd use it as a commuter/urban assault machine.

    I'd probably bastardize it with some V-brakes though-those logic cantilevers were really awful.
     

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    If you're looking for a bar/beater bike, I wouldn't get anything too snazzy. Just a 50$ POS that you can tune up and make serviceable. Should you get a classic MTB to ride trails on? Yes, but that's another rabbit hole entirely.
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    Default Re: Should I get a 90's rigid MTB?

    I am heading out for a weeks vacation tomorrow.

    I am taking my '90's hard tail MTB with me. I will not, however, be leaving my deKerf tied up outside a bar anywhere.
     

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

    Quote Originally Posted by edoz View Post
    If you're looking for a bar/beater bike, I wouldn't get anything too snazzy. Just a 50$ POS that you can tune up and make serviceable. Should you get a classic MTB to ride trails on? Yes, but that's another rabbit hole entirely.
    Indeed.
    And I add, if you want a little of decent performance, you need to get some top notch. Old & cheap Mtbs are so bloody slow and clumsy to ride, good ones are still fun tho!
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    Default Re: Should I get a 90's rigid MTB?

    In my opinion, the whole idea of a beater bar bike is to get something that won't attract attention. You start talking OX, 953 steel, it defeats the purpose.

    Just get an old Rockhopper or even Hard Rock. Either can be bought for less than $100 and will work perfectly fine.
     

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    Old mountain bikes are stupid.



    And awesome.
     

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    I'll always keep a 90's hardtail around if there's space. I've had a Zaskar on the wall for a while...haven't built it up or ridden it, but just seeing it on the wall and knowing what those bikes did and what they were made of is inspiring. Someday it'll get built up. Someday it'll get switched out for another 90's hardtail. There's more cool old relics than you'd think, plenty are buried under crappy rattlecan paint jobs. Some ride great, some are amazingly horrible...$60 for the one below....it was horrible.


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    My Slingshot spent many a night outside the bar/dorm/diner/library................Bout, it was double locked and most folks had no clue what it was. I fear more for my single speeds........a 1x1 and Mas
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    Now that's a hand job.

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

    You're in Vancouver, BC - it must be full to bursting with nice old rigid mountain bikes. Just get an old Kona. They all ride pretty nice. What kills the ride is a big dead heavy fork. Walk away from those.
     

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

    Definitely do it, some of the best fun for the dollar to be had an two wheels. Hard to go overboard on an old MTB, parts are just too plentiful and cheap as long as you stay away from modernization and exotica. Below are my wife's and my ~'90's MTBs that happily put up with everything our old bodies can dish out. I've got ~$400 in my Inglis (XT/XTR 9 spd) and ~$160 in her Leader (SRAM 9spd and just had to fork out $40 for new-to-me trigger shifters).
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    Default Re: Should I get a 90's rigid MTB?

    Is that a Girvin fork?
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Tollefson View Post
    Is that a Girvin fork?
    Yep, on both. Well a Noleen on my wife's. For the not-too-technical XC and singletrack riding we do they're perfect: stiff, responsive, serviceable and cheap. Plus they look cool IMO.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by lumpy View Post
    You're in Vancouver, BC - it must be full to bursting with nice old rigid mountain bikes.
    I haven't done a serious search yet, but from what I've seen so far, it's a lot more department store "MTBs" than anything else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steve garro View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by edoz View Post
    If you're looking for a bar/beater bike, I wouldn't get anything too snazzy. Just a 50$ POS that you can tune up and make serviceable. Should you get a classic MTB to ride trails on? Yes, but that's another rabbit hole entirely.
    What he said but anyway.. a good place to start woulde be a fat chance wicked which is an iconic hand made in the USA late 80s/early 90s bike and can be had for not so much money. Geometry is more 80s than 90s and it's designed as a rigid bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colker View Post
    What he said but anyway.. a good place to start woulde be a fat chance wicked which is an iconic hand made in the USA late 80s/early 90s bike and can be had for not so much money. Geometry is more 80s than 90s and it's designed as a rigid bike.
    total waste of money in his case

    he is from vancouver, and it will be bursting with old rocky mountain and brodie frames that will ride as well or better than the chance. We keep an 87 lava dome with 2.2 slicks and an old fat tubed giant at my parents house for bar duties. the old kona's ride well and are super cheap, but if you want something really nice I'd look for a vancouver built rocky with 7sp xt or something.
     

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    OP is looking for a bar/beater bike to ride around town and lock outside. I don't think we need to recommend any particular brand. What the op needs to find is the cheapest rigid bike he can find that is not too rusty, do not have proprietary parts or old elastomere tech (think Girvin stems) and do not requires too much work to put it back on the road. OP might just want to put a set of slicks/filetread/bmx tires to avoid the rolling resistance of knobbly tires and a permanent frame lock at the rear so he only needs to wrap one lock around the frame front wheel when he stops :



    I'd recommend using whatever transmission it came with in the first place then once the chain and cassette needs replacement to swap the rear wheel for a geared hub and coaster brake for the ultimate low maintenance experience. I'd definitely steer away from any top of the line thin walled tubing as they would be more prone to denting than thicker and heavier tubes.

    A basket is nice to have for the occasionnal shopping duties but I'd recommend a removable one that you can carry with you. A bike with a basket that is locked too long outside will inevitably serve as a public trash bin, especially if it is locked near a take-away.
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