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MISC:   All original Lotus posted by: Tony on 1/12/2001 at 3:49:57 PM
I know where there is an all orginal Lotus mountain bike with bull moose bars, sun tour etc. Is it worth the $30 they want for it?

   yes, if it's in halfway decent condition posted by John E on 1/13/2001 at 2:09:01 PM
If the bike fits you comfortably and if the frame and major components are sound, go for it!

   RE:MISC:   All original Lotus posted by Andy on 7/3/2001 at 8:34:05 AM
YES IT IS! If it is a british eagles made lotus it would of cost £900 new. It doesnt sound all original to me a it should have deore LX not suntour. I have one myself

FOR SALE:   Panasonic MC5500 posted by: Todd on 1/1/2001 at 1:15:56 PM
Hey Guys, cool page!
I have a Panasonic MC5500 that I bought in 1992 but it was made earlier and had
never sold. It's a lugged chro-mo frame with Suntour XCD 6000's, Araya RM20 rims,
and the original Panasonic tires. The dealer told me it had been a "hot" bike in it's
day and I was poor so it's what I came home with. Anyone know anything about Panasonic bikes? Thanks.

   RE:FOR SALE:   Panasonic MC5500 posted by Todd on 1/1/2001 at 2:46:42 PM
The Panasonic above bike isn't for sale, I just missed clicking on the correct subject. Sorry.

   Panasonic = Matsushita = Technics = National posted by John E on 1/1/2001 at 7:03:48 PM
Panasonic is one of several brand names used by a large, diverse, well-regarded Japanese company. I have used their Panaracer road tyres in the past, and have bought plenty of their home electronic equipment (who hasn't?). It should be a decent bike, comparable to a Fuji or Nishiki. I have also heard that some of the Japanese-made Schwinns of the 1970s and 1980s were Panasonics.

   RE:FOR SALE:   Panasonic MC5500 posted by DE on 10/15/2002 at 5:07:59 AM
Panasonic MC 5500 was being sold in 1987. I remeber that model when I purched my first MTB a Nishiki ariel that same year, They both retailed for about $650 back then.

MISC:   another project bike completed posted by: John E on 12/29/2000 at 7:29:05 PM
I just test-drove my latest "garage sale special" project bike, an early 1990s aluminum-framed Ross Rock Machine. I installed KoolStop brake pads (as always!), replaced the cheapo OEM wheelset with 8-speed Deore Parallax / DT / Mavic, the junky pedals with nice old aluminum road quills with clips, and the low-end cranks with Shimano RSX ($50 @ sheldonbrown.com), and geared it with my signature 8-tooth drop + grannie (46-38-24 this time) in front, 2-tooth progression (12-13-15-17-19-21-23-25) in back. Because of clearance problems on the inside face of the front derailleur, I was unable to experiment much with my 38T SunTour cycloid (a Biopace wannabe) chainring. Obviously, given the pedigree, the frame is nothing special, but it is light, stable, stiff, and comfortable. The steering response seems slow, but my tastes are biased by my Bianchi road bike, with its 99cm wheelbase.

   RE:MISC:   another project bike completed posted by Wings on 12/30/2000 at 1:43:31 AM
I also use Kool Stop on my recumbents and a mountain bike. I put a pair of "Eagle Yellow" pads on a mountain bike to try -- and those pads were also really great pads for only $6 a pair at Supergo. I was planning to do a comparison between the two brands. Have you tried Eagle Yellow?

   Boss Ross posted by Oscar on 12/30/2000 at 9:41:21 PM
It sounds like you put together a fine bike. I've never rode aluminum, but I heard it "feels" less springy than steel. If this is the downside to aluminum's light weight, would it even make a difference with wide mountain tires? Just curious, but congratulations.

   brake pads; aluminum posted by John E on 12/31/2000 at 12:39:00 PM
Thanks for your postings, Oscar and Wings. I will have to try a set of Eagle Yellow brake pads. I finally replaced the nice-looking Shimano pads on my Bianchi with KoolStops, which are much more effective with my first-generation Campy brake calipers and Shimano aero brake handles.

I need to do more offroad work to be sure, but on road I feel little difference between my fat aluminum tubed Ross and my skinny CrMo tubed Schwinn mountain bike. For me, a roadie at heart, those heavy, fat, squishy 26 x 1.95" tyres dominate the ride and performance characteristics. In contrast, among my three road bikes, frame-to-frame differences are readily apparent under almost all conditions.

Reading the CPSC website on bicycle safety recalls made me glad my Ross does not have a suspension-style fork ...

   RE:brake pads; aluminum posted by Wings on 12/31/2000 at 8:12:33 PM
What color Kool Stop pads did you use? I am going to put a gray set on my mountain bike - have not used gray before. I use red and salmon Kool stop on my "funny bike." Eagle also has different colors (hardness).
I noticed Sachs/S have V brakes that come equipped with Kool Stop pads! Has anyone tried the Sramm V Brakes?

MISC:   Suspension forks posted by: Wings on 12/20/2000 at 11:35:57 PM
I am looking for a source that would give all the suspension forks that have been made by each manufacturer with the data listed about each fork. Do you know of such a source?

   "The Dancing Fork Blade"? posted by John E on 12/21/2000 at 6:17:39 AM
I wonder whether one of the big mountain bike repair manuals has such a compendium. Otherwise, maybe Frank Berto needs to compile another book ... .

I still happily ride bikes from the venerable era in which the (steel) stays and fork were the only suspension one needed.

   RE: The History of Suspension Forks posted by Oscar on 12/24/2000 at 2:04:55 PM
"Dancing Fork" cracked me up. Modern suspension forks were only beginning to be raced in '91 and '92. I believe that a Rock Shox was fork used to win a NORBA event. Mountain bike mag writers quickly started test riding suspension forks, and the overriding attitude was "once you ride it, you will never go back" to what we now call a rigid fork.

The first forks used elastomers for the cushioning, and the big deal was that the elastomers could be swapped to provide more or less boinging about. Newer forks require as much maintenance as your derailleurs. Oil bath this, air chamber that, and blown seals. It sounds like work, huh?

Wings, I nominate you to write The History of Suspension Forks. Just read all the back issues of the Dirt Rag from 1990 on, and report it back to us. I promise to buy a copy (if autographed).

   RE:RE: The History of Suspension Forks posted by Wings on 12/30/2000 at 1:46:21 AM
I would like to point out that my post came first in hopes that you would have written it by now so I could read it!!!

FOR SALE:   80's high end MTB components... posted by: Geoff on 12/15/2000 at 10:08:28 AM
What components would have been on a high end
1987-88 mountain bike?
Cranks, brakes,hubs, derailleurs, etc..
Also, what kind of seat?

   1988 Schwinn KOM posted by John E on 12/16/2000 at 7:12:43 AM
I can list what's on my 1988 Schwinn KOM-10. I am not sure, but I believe most of the stuff is original.
Brakes: Shimano U-brake (R); SunTour Rollercam (F)
Brake levers: Shimano 4-finger (motorcycle-style)
Stem: Nitto with front brake cable drilling
Saddle: white selle Italia
Pedals: Shimano
Cranks: Sugino 110/74mm BCD
Chainrings: aluminum, originally 48/38/28 with 38T SunTour ovoid (I changed to 48/40/24)
Derailleurs: SunTour XCD9000 series
Shifters: 7-speed index/friction SunTour thumb levers
Hubs: SunTour XC sealed bearing
Spokes: DT stainless, 14G
Rims: black anodized heat treated Ritchey
Freewheel: 7-speed SunTour (orig. 13-32, now 13-26)
I hope this helps.

   RE:1988 Schwinn KOM posted by stratbike@airmail.net on 12/17/2000 at 8:07:23 PM
Thanks John, that is exactly the kind of post I was
looking for.
Anybody else have a high-end MTB from this period?


   RE:FOR SALE:   80's high end MTB components... posted by Jeff on 12/18/2000 at 2:00:47 PM
My late 80's (1987, I think) MountainKlein has a Shimano Deore group on it. Crank, front hub, rear six speed cassette hub, index thumb shifters front canti brake, rear U-brake, levers, pedals, and derailleurs. It also has a Dura Ace headset, Odyssey stem with a little roller cam on it, and Araya rims. Chances are good that it had Bio-Pace chainrings but these were replaced with alloy Sugino round chainrings.My 86' Cannondale SM500 has a full Suntour XC package on it with rollercam brakes, sealed BB, friction thumbshifters, big brake levers, etc... Both of these bikes
have had the saddles replaced but I would guess that an Avocet saddle (Gel?) of some type would have came on bikes from this era.

   handlebar width posted by John E on 12/20/2000 at 10:53:02 AM
One other observation: At 52cm, the near-straight handlebar on my mountain bike is 6cm shorter than the otherwise similar new ones I see in bike shops. Has fashion changed over the past decade, or do people routinely cut their bars down to size? Perhaps because of my "roadie" roots, I would prefer an even narrower hand spread, whether on a trail or in traffic.

   RE:1988 Schwinn KOM posted by Terry Barnes on 2/27/2001 at 11:48:54 AM
I have a high end 1987 UK (probably only end rather than high end at that date ) Raleigh Ozark 18. It still has my modifications from that period so some things are a little weird.

Frame Reynolds 531 All Terrain
Brakes Deore XT U-Brake rear, Deore XT Cantilevers front
Levers Suntour XC Pro 2 finger (replaced 4 finger Deore)
Gearing Front Deore XT, Rear Deore XT with 600 Short Cage
Chainset Deore, 28 Bio, 38 Bio, 46 round
Pedals Suntour XC Pro
Saddle Selle Italia Turbo Pro
Shifters Deore XT Thumbshifters
Block 12-24 6 speed
Wheels Q/R Mavic M7CD (ceramic coating) on Deore XT hubs
Headset Deore XT
B/B Deore XT

I used to use this bike to compete around 87-88-89 in the
UK and it's still my preferred bike. It's actually lighter
than a lot of the suspension bikes around now which I find
quite funny.

MISC:   Snow Riding posted by: Oscar on 12/14/2000 at 3:19:10 PM
My fair city got pounded with 14" on snow on Monday, then another 3 on Wednesday. After my shoveling chore Wednesday nite, I saw the mountian bike hanging in the garage, beckoning me with its 2.10" knobby tires like a gap-toothed smile.

The only place where I could ride was on the walk that I shoveled, and on the tire ruts of the street. (Plows are a luxury here.) I did pretty well, but slow with a 29" gear, and I even had 26" climbing gear to fall back on.

I turned from my street to the next one, on which only one car left its ruts. In the climbing gear and with a right turn, I ran into zero-momentum. I fell over just like the old man on the tricyle on Laugh-in. Soft snow, and no witnesses. I must have tumbled three times just getting back to my street.

All in all, I made a mile of it before turning in. By the time my wife got home from the store, the snow covered my tire tracks. Like I said, no witnesses.

   RE:MISC:   Snow Riding posted by Wings on 12/15/2000 at 9:03:13 PM
We are all witnesses to such antics!!!!
Sounds cool!
I rode in 60 degree sun today. :) However the snow thing would be fun -- for 1 day!

   holiday greetings! posted by John E on 12/16/2000 at 4:54:31 PM
Hapy Holidays, Oscar. I have read about various applications of mountain bikes in the snow, and have even seen pictures of special frames with double-tyred wheels. Thanks for posting.

   RE:holiday greetings! posted by JOEL on 12/21/2000 at 8:43:19 AM
On a MTB trip to North Carolina just before Thanksgiving my friends and I woke up to about 3 inches of fresh snow. As we started riding, the snow started up again and by the time we got back to the car, about 6-7 inches had fallen. It was one of our better bike trips.

FOR SALE:   Redline City Manhattan posted by: mike on 12/12/2000 at 12:39:20 PM
21" Redline City Manhattan Chrome steel frame only...rear spacing for 6 or 7 speed hub..see photo at....$50....

MISC:   Bridgestone MB2 posted by: Mike Quigley on 12/8/2000 at 7:00:07 AM
Holiday Greetings! Can you determine year of manufacture of a MB2 from its serial number?


FOR SALE:   82 or 83 Specialized Stumpjumper Sport posted by: L.Wright on 12/4/2000 at 1:04:22 PM
I have an early 80s Stump Sport-Light blue W/white decals that I would like to sell. I bought the bike new in 82 or 83. I raced the bike all around Oregon in many events including several years of the infamous "Revenge of the Siskyous" and the Fat Tire Bike Week Pearl Pass ride in 84.After being retired from racing she was pressed into service as a touring ride logging a couple trips down the Oregon coast.
The bike is original except for the tires ,seat,grips and rear pads. I would rate its condition as 4 or 5 out of 10. This was one of the first production mtn. bikes to come into Portland Ore.
I really dont have any idea how much it is worth. any ideas?

FOR SALE:   Raleigh Rims posted by: Wings on 11/29/2000 at 9:27:52 PM
Many Araya rims were used in the 80's especially one very popular design. I have noticed that Raleigh Technium Mountain bikes used a real clean looking rim. I can't find any writing on it indicating the manufacturer, however on one rim is a faded label that is the same design as the label used by Araya (sp?) but the name has been bleached out by the weather. Is this rim which I have on two Raleigh Technium bikes (26 in) made by Araya?
Question 2: They look very strong. If you have used them what are your comments on the rim?

   Araya rims posted by John E on 11/30/2000 at 7:16:22 PM
I have never tried their mountain bike rims, but I have used various Araya road rims over the past 30 years and have always found them to be sturdy and reliable. They did misdrill the slanting spoke holes in 1973, such that the valve stem would fit between converging spokes, thereby restricting pump head clearance.

MISC:   Old school mountain bike pictures posted by: Jeff on 11/24/2000 at 8:12:29 PM
I've posted a few pictures of a couple old schoolers in the readers' web pages section of this site. Not the best quality photos but it's a start. Check em' out!

   Old school mountain bike pictures posted by John E on 11/25/2000 at 11:14:26 AM
Nice collection. I particularly like those good ol' SunTour derailleurs. That 26"/24" tyre combination is certainly unique!

   RE:Old school mountain bike pictures posted by Wings on 11/28/2000 at 2:20:28 AM
Is the 24 in, 26in wheel combination stock? Or did you make that modification? Thanks for the pictures!

   RE:RE:Old school mountain bike pictures posted by Jeff on 11/29/2000 at 1:50:47 PM
Yes, The 24 x 26 combo on the Cannondale SM500 came from the factory. I guess it was to imitate Trials motorcycles. So far, nobody at Cannondale has been able to tell me too much about this bike other that the date the frame was manufactured. Visit Rydjor bike shop's website, they have one too!

WANTED:   INFO on Redline City Manhattan posted by: mike on 11/21/2000 at 6:07:36 AM
I picked up this old Redline frame, the headbadge says redline city the model is manhattan, its pretty much a cross/hybrid but the folks at redline don't admit to ever making such a thing, it appears to be an early 80s bike with cantilever bosses for 700 wheels and alum. frame that specs out very similar to a current 56cm redline cyclocross.

FOR SALE:   Marin Palisades Trail posted by: Mark on 11/17/2000 at 5:02:00 PM
Built for Joe Murray, 1984 NORBA champion, all original, $250

MISC:   ROSS Mt. Whitney posted by: Ricky on 11/17/2000 at 12:08:18 PM
I have an opportunity to buy my old '85(or so) Ross Mt. Whiney back from the guy I sold it to many years ago. He never rode it and I told him I wanted first dibs on it when he decided to let it go. It has a chrome frame and I believe it was an 18". It has been converted to SIS and has a nice set of Wheelsmith wheels. I have the original wheels now. My real question is wheather or not this thing is worth anything from a collectors standpoint? I have pictures that I took just before the first sale. I also have a line on a completely original black & gold Hi-tech Ross I could get cheap. Is this model a popular one with collectors? Thanks for your input!

MISC:   Diamond Back posted by: Art on 11/16/2000 at 6:57:03 AM
Picked up a Diamond Back (originally two words) Ridge Runner in a trade recently. My neighborhood bike dealer has been selling Diamondbacks for years and he believes that the Ridge Runner was their first MB. Also that there was some copyright problem with the model Ridge Runner. It is a pretty cool lugged frame with early diacompe and suntour components.

   RE:MISC:   Diamond Back posted by Brian L. on 11/19/2000 at 12:55:14 PM
I will be interested to see if you make $$ off of the Diamond Back, Art. Maybe I got rid of it too easily ...

I think that Schwinn beat Diamondback to the punch with the Ridge Runner model. My brother had one (Schwinn) that I found for him at the thrift store. He rode it over some fairly serious terrain up in Alaska, even though it was basically a beater.