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Mountain bikes have come a long way...
« on: August 21, 2012, 02:08:29 PM »
... since Specialized's first Stumpjumper (early '80s I believe)

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Re: Mountain bikes have come a long way...
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2012, 03:05:23 PM »
This was my first mountain bike (well one model up actually), back in 1990. It was still going until it got nicked when my friend was borrowing it in 2005.

I rode Kilvey and Clyne on that. No lycra, baggies and a piss pot helmet.

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Re: Mountain bikes have come a long way...
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2012, 04:19:10 PM »
Mark, which model did you have?

My first ever MTB ride was on my brother's 92ish Diamond Back. Whichever one was about 450.........the Ascent possibly?
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Re: Mountain bikes have come a long way...
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2012, 04:27:58 PM »
This was the first MTB I had, 94 Marin Muirwoods.



(This is someone elses and is decidedly non standard! The originals had full Alivio 21 speed, integrated gear and brake pods not thumbshifters. And I don't remember the decals looking like that.)

437 of steel loveliness, it weighed 27lb apparently and, like yours Mark, was used everywhere, although I had to be having a good day (dry weather, new tyres, lots of confidence...) to take it down the Alpine trail on Kilvey.
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Re: Mountain bikes have come a long way...
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2012, 12:05:48 PM »
Mark, which model did you have?

My first ever MTB ride was on my brother's 92ish Diamond Back. Whichever one was about 450.........the Ascent possibly?

I had the Ascent, 400 from Wheelies in 1990.
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Re: Mountain bikes have come a long way...
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2012, 12:08:17 PM »
I had to be having a good day (dry weather, new tyres, lots of confidence...) to take it down the Alpine trail on Kilvey.

You could have fried an egg on my forearms at the bottom of the trail.
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Re: Mountain bikes have come a long way...
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2012, 10:15:52 PM »


my first proper mtb ;D Jon might remember me racing it ;)

back in the days when 600quid got you clipless pedals as standard too
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Re: Mountain bikes have come a long way...
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2012, 07:33:07 PM »
I had one of these when I was a nipper;

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I raced downhill on this, including Rheola, Mountain Ash and Cwmcarn. All on 90mm of travel and rim brakes. What a bike.
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Re: Mountain bikes have come a long way...
« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2012, 08:34:50 PM »
This was my dream bike when first riding properly ....
 Bob Haro was my hero ! .... had this poster on my bedroom .... next to the girl scratching her arse playing tennis :)

 in the end i built one up .....
Haro Freestyle frame / 'Z' rims / PK 'Ripper' forks / coaster brake / mushroom grips / layback seatpost and of course white wall tyres :) ...

Which i had a picture of it !
« Last Edit: August 24, 2012, 08:42:26 PM by Angus »
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Mountain bikes have come a long way...
« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2012, 10:08:28 AM »
This was my dream bike when first riding properly ....
 Bob Haro was my hero ! .... had this poster on my bedroom .... next to the girl scratching her arse playing tennis :)

 in the end i built one up .....
Haro Freestyle frame / 'Z' rims / PK 'Ripper' forks / coaster brake / mushroom grips / layback seatpost and of course white wall tyres :) ...

Which i had a picture of it !

That girl scratching her arse...I met her daughter years ago, and saw her arse too...no lie, remind me to tell you all about it (no coitus involved btw).
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Re: Mountain bikes have come a long way...
« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2012, 09:38:10 AM »
Reading this thread again takes me back. My first MTB was a Raleigh Mustang, much like this:



After this, I saved and saved, only to get a 2nd hand Marin Eldridge Grade, which was about 3 sizes too big for e, but it looked cool (or so I thought):



A few years on from this, I got e a Kona Lavadome from Stif Cycles. I upgraded this using my student loan to a set of Z1 Bams, and a hope sport front disk brake. Kinda mismatched considering I had the cheapest Cane Creek brake thing on the back. I remember waiting for my mate to buy a curry one night on St Helens Road. I decided to try to bunny hop a small chain fence thing lining the pavement and ended up spitting out gravel for the rest of the night (much to the guffaws of the Saturday night club goers coz this was not far from the old Quids Inn):



I then got married which ended my fun, only to get divorced and now after a Spesh and  KTM, here I am On-One :)

None of the pictures are my actual bikes.
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Re: Mountain bikes have come a long way...
« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2012, 02:42:26 PM »
(no coitus involved btw).

Why would a large south American rodent (beloved of Folly Farm type kids farms) be involved?  ;)

OT Pete how did the half marathon go? What time did you do and you still taking sponsorship?
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Re: Mountain bikes have come a long way...
« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2012, 04:40:19 PM »
(no coitus involved btw).

Why would a large south American rodent (beloved of Folly Farm type kids farms) be involved?  ;)

OT Pete how did the half marathon go? What time did you do and you still taking sponsorship?

Dude, I`m confused...
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Re: Mountain bikes have come a long way...
« Reply #13 on: October 16, 2012, 06:54:58 PM »
(no coitus involved btw).

Why would a large south American rodent (beloved of Folly Farm type kids farms) be involved?  ;)

OT Pete how did the half marathon go? What time did you do and you still taking sponsorship?

Dude, I`m confused...
Jon, are you thinking of Peter "Long Socks" ?  ??? He did one if those running things the other day.

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Re: Mountain bikes have come a long way...
« Reply #14 on: October 16, 2012, 07:35:17 PM »
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Dude, I`m confused...
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