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Here's a fun one. What was the first mountain bike you owned? Second bike?

March 29, 2020, 6:58 a.m.
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Posted by: velocipedestrian

Diamondback Ascent EX, cantis, rigid, ...

I had the same bike but mine was in pearl with purple speckles.  I still have it but need work to get rolling again.  Bought it after spending a summer working a fishing cannery in AK.  2nd bike was a Marin Bear Country(I think?).

March 29, 2020, 7:16 a.m.
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It would have been some sort of Norco rigid MTB back in 1988 or so. It was red and we were calling them ATBs I think at the time. It was fairly shit as I recall and made a better urban commuter than a trail bike due to fragile components.  Photo above is my 3rd MTB and the first decent one I owned....setup for bikepacking in like 1990 when bikepacking wasn't a thing. ;-)

March 29, 2020, 7:30 a.m.
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Posted by: Brocklanders

When I was 14/15- Bright Orange Norco bigfoot.

18 yrs saved up all summer Raw chromo Off road toad. Still wish I had that one....

Wanted to give some rep for a great thread.

March 29, 2020, 9:29 a.m.
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83 Stumpjumper Sport. They cost about $800 then. So many bikes since then.

March 29, 2020, 11:57 a.m.
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Posted by: FLATCH

Posted by: Brocklanders

When I was 14/15- Bright Orange Norco bigfoot.

18 yrs saved up all summer Raw chromo Off road toad. Still wish I had that one....

Wanted to give some rep for a great thread.

Something fun to talk about. My social life is solo gravel rides and the family at home. Things could be worse but talking to the wife about the shitty dia-compe levers on my bikes back then that made your hands hurt like a bitch falls on deaf ears. How about the toe clip baskets? Took forever to flip em over and get going.....

March 29, 2020, 12:01 p.m.
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Posted by: andy-eunson

83 Stumpjumper Sport. They cost about $800 then. So many bikes since then.

Just like these days, as much as a good used car.

Friend in 1991 bought a Ritchey comp. Think he paid 1500 for it. 

Not much has changed

March 29, 2020, 12:51 p.m.
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Joined: March 28, 2012

1996 Kona Kilauea bought from Russ Hay's bike shop in Victoria, BC. 2 of my roommates worked in bikes shops during university, one at Russ Hay's and the other at Ryders Cycles.

The bike came with a rigid fork, but I bought my buddies Pro-flex Girvin fork off him as he was probably getting one of those new Marzocchi Bombers. With its elastomer suspension and probably 2 inches of travel, I thought it was the shit back then.


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March 29, 2020, 1:20 p.m.
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Joined: June 17, 2016

My first mountain bike was a used early 90s Raleigh, can't remember the exact model but from a google image search I'm pretty sure it was a Lizard like the one below.

March 29, 2020, 1:33 p.m.
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First bike - 1997 GT Karakoram. Spent all summer mowing lawns and all winter shoveling roofs and driveways to buy it. This isn't mine, but it's the same bike / year. Had this bike until I snagged the rear mech and ripped the dropout off. Not the hanger, but the back half of the dropout lol.

Second bike - All the parts from the GT swapped on to a 1998 / 1999 Norco Torrent. Back when it was Ritchey steel and a real sweet ride. I loved that bike. Was stolen from the bike room in an apt in Calgary. Couldn't find a pic of that years torrent.

GT

March 29, 2020, 2:02 p.m.
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Joined: Jan. 5, 2010

2003 Kona Stuff Jr.

March 29, 2020, 3:48 p.m.
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Posted by: Brocklanders

Posted by: FLATCH

Posted by: Brocklanders

When I was 14/15- Bright Orange Norco bigfoot.

18 yrs saved up all summer Raw chromo Off road toad. Still wish I had that one....

Wanted to give some rep for a great thread.

Something fun to talk about. My social life is solo gravel rides and the family at home. Things could be worse but talking to the wife about the shitty dia-compe levers on my bikes back then that made your hands hurt like a bitch falls on deaf ears. How about the toe clip baskets? Took forever to flip em over and get going.....

Yes, I remember toe clips. WTF were we thinking.

March 29, 2020, 3:52 p.m.
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Joined: Nov. 6, 2006

Posted by: Cheez1ts

2003 Kona Stuff Jr.

I remember that bike. Was that the gate or donor?

March 29, 2020, 4:44 p.m.
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My first "real" MTB was a Mongoose Rockadile I bought with paper route money in the early 90s. All chromoly frame and a terrible RST for of some sort that was more of a novelty item than a functional one.  I was about 13 and Tomac was my idol. So much stoke and good times on that thing.

March 29, 2020, 6:57 p.m.
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Joined: Jan. 7, 2007

Posted by: FLATCH

Posted by: Cheez1ts

2003 Kona Stuff Jr.

I remember that bike. Was that the gate or donor?

Snakes and Ladders.

March 29, 2020, 8:21 p.m.
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Joined: Oct. 15, 2003

Blue Kona Lava Dome 1995 I think.  STX group with rigid fork. Chaz sold it to me in the original Cove.  Upgraded later to those yellow Quadra 21r.

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