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MISC:†††Raleigh lizard MTB posted by: Jonathan on 1/19/2002 at 8:27:13 AM
If this is an "old" school MTB site, then somebody here might have a line on a Raleigh "lizard" 26" MTB.
The tubing is Raleigh ATT23. I presume it is steel. The bike has Shimano SIS and really cool Lee Chi brakes.
The crank is French...Peugeot? The wheels are Beretta steel 26x1.75 (559-22). The bike is obviously hand welded and it looks beefed.
The BB looks like a bmx GT. After a mild off-road thrashing, it stikes me as being a well balanced and smooth ride for a fixed frame
suspension. The "off center" decals are not decals, but are painted. The lizards look pretty cool. Any notes on this bike? I tried hunting the net, but came up pretty lame; which piqued my interest in it being a little unusual.
The weld on the outside of the dropouts and forkends are impressively over-built.

   French crank posted by John E on 1/29/2002 at 9:31:14 PM
Peugeot-branded cranks were made by Stronglight. The other major players were TA and Nervar. TA cranks were popular on early mountain bikes because their CycloTouriste series could accommodate incredibly wide ranges of ratios.

   RE:French crank posted by Jonathan on 1/30/2002 at 12:55:09 AM
Well, the BB is larger than a standard type. The chainwheels are 48--?--26 and are steel. The cranks are alloy and are not built to look pretty, unless you like the no nonsense, utilitarian look.
Very little flex in the cranks and the chainstays hardly sway in a climb. It really is a jeep. Tough bike, I've had it out for 2 weeks of evening poundings on the dirt. It is not as heavy a bike as it looks.
The ATT23 tubing is not familiar to me. This is an early '80's MTB, by my estimate. The hand welding around the dropouts and forkends is impressive. Large beads around the tubes into the already oversized BB are another
example of a robust frame construction. The FS bikes can't come close to taking the lateral jamming that this frame eats up.

WANTED:†††kool lemon paint and decals posted by: jay mann on 1/15/2002 at 10:22:56 PM
I need Kool lemon paint and decals for a 1972 schwinn
ladies derailer supersport.I got mountain bike from
a yard sale.

MISC:†††AMP Research posted by: Oscar on 1/3/2002 at 11:49:26 PM
Does anyone have any experience with Amp Rearch forks. They use a pivot and spring action for suspension instead of a telescoping movement in conventional forks. They have been making bike forks since at least 1991 on this same design, but you don't see a lot of them.

   RE:MISC:†††AMP Research posted by Joel on 1/4/2002 at 10:54:06 PM
I used to see a lot of them on the trail years ago but none lately. As I recall, they rode fine. They have a lot of moving parts exposed (assuming the design hasn't changed).

   RE:MISC: AMP Research posted by Rick on 3/21/2002 at 9:53:40 PM
I have an AMP fork sitting in my basement right now. They work great but require quite a bit of maintenance. They are by far the lightest suspension fork you can get.

   RE:MISC:†††AMP Research posted by goryJORY on 5/24/2002 at 9:14:30 PM
I am not quite sure of the information you are looking to find, but I found [url=http://www.amp-research.com/F3F4_Manual.pdf]this site[/url] a couple of days ago with full installation, setup and maintenance instructions! Hope this helps you out.

   Maintenance...WHAT?!?? posted by Shayne on 6/23/2002 at 3:55:23 PM
Actually I own two and they are extremly maintenance free...about the only fork that requires less is a Headshok. Amp Forks are the stiffest aftermarket fork you can buy and the lightest next to a PACE fork...travel is limited however.

   RE:Maintenance...WHAT?!?? posted by Mark on 6/23/2002 at 9:20:07 PM
I have an AMP on my bicycle, which I got used a couple of years ago. I don't really know how old the fork is or anything. Recently someone told me that AMP forks are known for "catastrophic failure", or basically falling apart while the bike is being ridden. Now I'm all paranoid about my bike. Has anyone else heard anything lke this?

FOR SALE:†††NOS ARAYA BLUE ANODIZED RIMS posted by: Kevin K on 1/1/2002 at 10:23:40 PM
Hi. Please see for sale section for more details. Thanks, Kevin

WANTED:†††SE Landing Gear forks w/canti mounts posted by: Jim on 12/31/2001 at 3:24:38 AM
In search of a set of 26" SE Landing Gear forks with canti mounts. 1" threded
Thanks, Jim

FOR SALE:†††Schwinn Enduro posted by: MC on 12/24/2001 at 4:20:49 PM
I am looking for any information on an older Schwinn mountain bike. It is a 22" (youth) Schwinn Enduro. It has a 5 speed drivetrain with a Skylark rear derailleur, chrome bull moose bar and dia-compe brake levers with cantis. It is gunmetal gray in color with an oval gold-colored headbadge.

Thank you

   RE:FOR SALE:†††Schwinn Enduro posted by Wings on 2/17/2002 at 7:01:05 AM
I have seen lots of Enduros in the past and I remember the gold colored headbadge. I still see them every now and then. Schwinn did several styles of bikes in the 22 inch size. What specific questions do you have?

   RE:FOR SALE:†††Schwinn Enduro posted by Larry on 8/20/2006 at 11:47:43 PM
I am looking for tires. Ant ideas?

MISC:†††Univega Alpina Ultimo posted by: Paul S on 12/14/2001 at 6:57:56 PM
My LBS has a 87-88 Univega Alpina Ultimo for sale that I'm thinking of purchasing and since I am not familiar with Univega's I was wondering if anyone on the list has any experiences or opinions on this bike. From my once over I can provide the following info.

TIG welded Taiwan frame of TANGE triple butted tubes w/ reinforced cromo fork. Finished in Black Chrome.

Complete Deore XT Gruppo (U Brake) w/ Araya R 20 anodized Rims

Complete set of braze ons for front and rear racks .
Double eyelets on the drop outs and 2 water bottle mounts.

A cool feature is a mount on the right chainstay for the storage of extra spokes/nipples.

Happy Holidays Everyone..

Paul S

   Univega Alpina Ultimo posted by John E on 12/29/2001 at 12:56:34 AM
It sounds decent enough, assuming you can get it for $100 or so. I am not a fan of older TIG-welded frames, and, although I have one, I am also not a fan of under-the-chainstay U-brakes, but neither feature is a fatal strike against this bike.

   RE:MISC:†††Univega Alpina Ultimo posted by Josef on 12/30/2001 at 1:25:42 PM
I had a 1988 Alpina Uno with the U-Brake.It was a good bike.I liked that spare spoke braze-on.You just need to take care of that black chrome finish because the clear coat tends to chip.Have fun.

   RE:RE:MISC:†††Univega Alpina Ultimo posted by Jonathan on 1/19/2002 at 9:09:40 AM
Hey, I have an '89 Alpina Uno which was my only MTB for 5 years. The 17 inch frame is a bit small for me, but at the staggering price of $10, I was willing to deal with that minor detail.
Mostly I used it to traverse the dirt roads to my favorite Sierra trout spots. The handlebars are wide and curved up slightly which makes for easy riding at slow speed in dirt and sand. The frame is built solid as it got a lot of shaking and rattling on the washboard roads we used to blast through in our 4X's before the ban. The brakes always pushed hard on the rims which is a top feature of the bike.
The shifters are alloy, NOT the dumb plastic ones that the "modern" bikes all seem to have as newer and better. Ha! The first branch you sideswipe is gauranteed to snap that little plastic thing right off the handlebar.
Seriously. I thought the bike would come aprt at the joints, but it is looking good as new. I got a Specialized HardRock that handles way better and has a 19" seat tube. The Alpina Uno doesn't climb very well for some reason the front wants to come up and over if I get too crazy. But for just running all day long on "howdy do" roads, it's great.

   RE:RE:RE:MISC:†††Univega Alpina Ultimo posted by Jonathan on 1/19/2002 at 9:15:01 AM
One interseting thing about the Alpina Uno, it has Biopace chainrings which are really nice for grunting around at slow speed. At regular cadences, I think they feel funny.

CLUBS:†††Need to know history posted by: William Cseh on 11/27/2001 at 2:41:37 PM
My neihbors sons bike was run over in the drive way it was a Haro Specialized FatBoy serial# ACY9KOII08.It was a gift I would like to know if they still make them and the cost of a new one.Thank You.

   Need to know history posted by John E on 12/8/2001 at 11:12:17 PM
Please list components and frame tubing stickers, and someone may be able to identify something comparable among current models. It sounds like a Taiwanese frame from Giant.

MISC:†††Oversize brake cables posted by: Wayne on 11/19/2001 at 1:20:45 AM
I am restoring an 84 vintage Ritchey Team Comp (unicrown fork, bullmoose bars, columbus frame, Serial #20). The Magura brake levers supplied by Ritchey use an oversized brake cable that I cannot find at any shops. Does anyone know a source? My early 80's stumpjumper has a similar cable with Tommaselli (sp?) levers.

FOR SALE:†††WANTED: 80s GRIPS !!! Help !!! posted by: JOEL on 11/14/2001 at 8:53:59 PM
Hey Mountain Bikers ! I found this great set of grips a few years ago in the scrap bin at the bike shop. They're about worn out now and I would like to buy another new/used set. I have been told they were made by Tange in the 80s. They are kind of oval shaped (cross section), and pretty thick. I posted a picture on the Schwinn forum yesterday or can email one.

   RE:FOR SALE:†††WANTED: 80s GRIPS !!! Help !!! posted by Joel on 12/5/2001 at 10:22:28 PM
Someone must have a set. Here are the pictures:



MISC:Farmer John and his Cousin posted by: Lennart on 11/13/2001 at 11:22:00 PM
I have been using Tiogas Farmer John and Farmer John´s Cousin tires on my Trek MTB. I bought the tires in 1991 and they are cracking all over the place now. I guess I have to admit that I ride my bike only 5 times a year or so...
Does anyone know of a source where I can possibly find some NOS Farmer tires???

MISC:†††Advice on a pre'85 Stumpjumper posted by: Russell on 11/13/2001 at 9:07:05 PM
I have a Specialised Stumpjumper Sport XT, It is Black with white writing. It was made in Japan, which I know dates it to pre'85. But I want to be more specific on its heritage and value (if anything). It has the original bullmoose bars, shifters, mechs (with a moose head design), cranks (Tourney XT), headset (specialised). Pretty much original apart from cassette, chain, front wheel and seatpost I think. Original cantilevers and levers aswell. Fork is pre-unicrown. It rides really well, and actually feels great off road still. I'm in the UK, but the bike was bought in Canada so must have been imported over here. Were Specialised supplying bikes to the UK at that time or do I own the first Stumpjumper in the UK? Advice would be much appreciated.

MISC:   Gary Fisher RS1 posted by: Jeff on 11/12/2001 at 7:47:38 PM
Does anyone out there have any info about a circa '91 or '92 Fisher RS1? Its a full suspension setup with a Lawwill front fork and an elastomer rear -- it has mechanical discs front and rear. I just got one from a friends garage and I'm trying to figure out what's original. Thanks!

WANTED:†††1" susp. fork - mag, lawwill, amp, or others posted by: matthew hurley on 11/11/2001 at 6:31:46 AM
really need that old 1" fork you have laying around or hidden in closet. if you can dare to part with it please email me with what you have. thanks.


   RE:WANTED:†††1 posted by Michael on 11/23/2001 at 1:00:36 AM
Hey I have a 1995 Rock SHox Jusy DH that has a 1" Steerer but it only has about 140mm of Steerer as it was ordered for one of my bikes, installed and never used...it's virtually brand new and I even have a new XTR headset that I can sell with it...please contact me if you are interested.



   RE:WANTED:†††1 posted by Greg on 2/23/2002 at 9:43:22 PM
Don't know if you got what you needed yet but I have a Manitou SX with adjustable pre load and adjustable oil damped rebound. 255 mm steerer left. 1 inch steerer. Have brand new headset to go with it. 80.00 dollars for both if interested. Thank you

MISC:†††Peugeot Information posted by: brenda on 11/2/2001 at 3:46:57 AM
I was sent to your site (can't wait to browse more) by a fellow bike forum member. My elderly father has a Peugeot (hiking buddy gave to him years ago, was no longer able to bike) and we are seeking information about it, pretty much uninformed about bike history. This is an Orient Express, don't know the year or how to find out, does appear to be a mountain bike if the tires are the clue, large and have the numbers 28 x 2/25. There is a sticker below the seat that says [#4130 CRMO-Steel SANIKA]
Any information will be much appreciated.

   RE:MISC:†††Peugeot Information posted by Jonathan on 11/3/2001 at 3:32:06 AM
The gearing is a good diagnostic trait for MTB's. If it has
3 chainrings (on the crank spindle) and 5 or more gear sprockets (cogs) on the rear axle spindle, then it is a mountain bike if it has 26X2.25 tires. The 4130 is a high quality steel alloy with chromium and molebdenum elements added to it.
This alloy is 5 times stronger than regular steel used in bikes. Peugeot made some MTB's, but not many are around me. The shifters will be useful to date it. The Shimano deore lx was on high qaulity bikes from the '80's and even '90's. With a name like "Orient Express", I'd suggest it's a touring MTB. Check to see if it has tabs for panniers (bags) and
fenders. Also, if it has brazed on fittings for 2 water bottles it is a touring MTB; especially if it has a long wheelbase
(42+ inches from axle-to-axle). Try the MTB.Review site for "bikes by manufacturer". One thing is certain, it's a higher quality bike if it has 4130 main and rear triangles and forks. Check it out.

   RE:RE:MISC:†††Peugeot Information posted by brenda on 11/8/2001 at 1:47:36 AM
Thanks Jonathan'' The bike does have 3 chainrings, but the tires clearly say 28 x 2.25, as opposed to 26. That has been questioned, so I looked again, 28 for sure. The shifters really baffle me. For lack of better description, they appear to be small metal levers to push or pull, located on each side of handlebars. I am only familiar with my Schwinn Sierra, which has twist bars indicating the numbers. I see no numbers on the Peugeot, just the metal levers. It does have 2 fittings for water bottles, no fenders, but a carrier rack on rear (could have been installed later) as well as the long wheelbase and main and rear triangles you mentioned. I am about to check the MTB Review'' Thanks again''

   RE:RE:RE:MISC:†††Peugeot Information posted by Jonathan on 11/8/2001 at 6:20:42 AM
Twenty-eight inch wheels on a MTB? Interesting to see that on any bike. I have 28x1.5's on my commute bike which is a '60 Bottechia touring bike. That bike you have must be great for level 3 touring (long haul with lots of stuff, self-contained). Are you going to use it?
I'll see what I can find out from bike buffs around here. Look for a follow post on this thread. It might be a limited edition bike that was a market experiment. Was it bought in U.S.?
Check the bottom bracket (lower intersection of the 2 triangles) for a serial number. It will be stamped on the big cylinder that houses the crank spindle. It might be on the underside.

   Peugeot Information posted by John E on 11/8/2001 at 6:03:41 PM
Son #2 has a Taiwan-made Peugeot U.S.Express, with 18-speed Shimano thumb-lever shift and 24" wheels. It sounds like a juvenile version of your bike, although you have superior frame tubing. I agree that the 28" tyres are an oddity for a mountain bike in the U.S., but I think the size is still used in Europe and Asia. (The old British road-braked 3-speed roadsters, such as the one Sean Connery rides in "Finding Forrester," use 28" tyres.)

   count the freewheel cogs posted by John E on 11/8/2001 at 6:05:52 PM
The number of freewheel cogs on the rear axle can also help date a bike. VERY rough conversion table: 5: pre-1975; 6: late 1970s/early 1980s; 7: late 1980s; 8 or 9: 1990s.

   RE:count the freewheel cogs posted by Jonathan on 11/12/2001 at 6:23:41 AM
Great little algorithm for dating...sooo analog! I tested that on my bikes and it was 100% reliable for dating, except I have changed to 5 speed
clusters (NOS $8 sunraces) and friction-shift derailers on the road bikes. I like the indexed/friction hybrid for MTB's. THe shock tends to shift the friction-shifters when you least want it to.
What bike maker dosen't have Taiwan branded manufacturers? How come they are so good at making bikes? My brother beats the heck out of his Giant "rincon se" and still has no problems. I mean, THAT's a MTB and for under $400, too (on sale).