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 Post subject: Alpinestars Al-Mega XT
PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2020 4:25 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Fri May 15, 2020 1:43 am
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Like so many others here, I’m using the lockdown to resurrect and ride some of my old bikes.

Here’s my ‘92 Alpinestars Al-Mega XT, a relic from the era of elevated chainstay bikes. Many of these frames suffered weld failures, but this one is intact. Was originally black with neon decals, but I powder coated it blue back in the day. Still has the XT hubs and front derailleur, but the rear derailleur, cassette, and shift/brake levers were upgraded to M900 XTR.

Some nice period components include a Syncros stem, Chris King headset, Flite Ti saddle, Ringle and Kore QR’s, and Avid Tri-align brakes. The original Alpinestars seatpost is mounted, but i have a Syncros Ti seatpost that is not currently on the bike.

The fork is a Rockshox Mag21, which surprisingly is holding air just fine after years of non-operation.

Took it for a ride this week and my first impression was that I forgot how wide the chainstays were compared to my regular FS frame. It also climbs like a beast, and the M900 shifters are really nice.

Thanks for looking.


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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2020 1:04 pm 
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Joined: Mon May 18, 2020 6:51 pm
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Hey everyone, stumbled across this whilst looking for some info on a bike that was abandoned in my garage by a family member. Was amazed to see an active forum!

Will get some pictures up of the bike in question this evening (think its a 90's Specialized Rockhopper Comp FS...)

Planning on getting it rideable and then give it a bit of a new least of life.

Some of the resto threads on here are inspirational!

Haven't been riding much since I was a teenager but enjoyed a bit of XC back in the day on my Carrera Fury (that got nicked) and then a giant XC (that also got nicked)


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 Post subject: Re:
PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 3:19 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Sat May 23, 2020 11:59 am
Posts: 28
Hi, name is Dan I have always tried to have a bike and used to use my current bike as a work hack. Into MTB and Id like to get myself a retro bike like I used to have and admire when I was young but could do with fixing up the work hack and moving it on first. Would love to just roam the streets on a classic to show that old is gold when all the new posh bikes ride past.

Currently have an older Carrera Kracken that needs new cables and setting up but its pretty good apart from that.

(Sorry may have but this in the wrong thread might be better suited to the 98 on one, I don't actually remember how old the bike is.)


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 Post subject: Re:
PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 7:57 pm 
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Joined: Sun Jun 27, 2010 9:37 am
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Er hi again I guess. Was a member 6 or 7 years ago but kinda lost my way so am slinking back with my tail between my legs...


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 Post subject: Re:
PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 7:57 pm 
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Er hi again I guess. Was a member 6 or 7 years ago but kinda lost my way so am slinking back with my tail between my legs...


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 Post subject: Re:
PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2020 10:04 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Sun May 24, 2020 9:45 pm
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Location: Sidmouth, Devon
Hi all,
I’ve been spending the last couple of weeks building up a gravel bike from an old bike in my parents’ garden... While trying to find some info about the bike I came across this site- it’s a Claud Butler Spirit from 91 (if my memory serves me right) with largely original parts.
In reality the frame is a little big for me, so when I can source a more suitable frame for my build, I might set about restoring this one!


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 Post subject: Re:
PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2020 3:46 pm 
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Joined: Sat May 23, 2020 11:23 pm
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I joined the forum after falling down a serious internet rabbit hole that somehow ended here.

A browse of the for sale section led me to bite and register.

Currently I'm only used to modern bikes starting with a Claud Butler Cape Wrath and now onto my second Trek Remedy full.

I'm looking for a mechanical project to appease idle thumbs and to get a taste of retro bike performance. I'm thinking I'll acquire an appreciation for just how far things have come.

An older bike will no doubt make some rides a lot more entertaining too!

I'm intending to start off with a rolling project of the rigid fork, cantilever brake variety. Purists look away, my main plan is to fit a 1x to a Cannondale Killer V for some modern/retro fun.

Enjoying ogling all the content on here.


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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2020 7:57 am 
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Joined: Thu Nov 01, 2012 5:30 pm
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Hi everyone. Noob here so pls go easy.... I’ve been a member of the forum for quite a long time but always been a reader rather than a poster. That now has changed as I’ve recently decided to build my first retro mtb.

My name is christian, and my love for retro mtb came from lusting after the many amazing bikes in stiff bikes in Leeds in the 90’s.... I could never afford one of those bikes so I had to make do with just looking at them. That’s now changed and I’m currently building my fist Titanium mtb. I will put up a thread for the build so if you would like to follow this please have a read, and I would really welcome any advice from people if they can.

Thanks for having me.


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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2020 10:30 am 
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Joined: Mon May 11, 2020 6:44 pm
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Oops! Never actually did a post here!

Hi! I'm Teggers. Currently in east mids but hopefully moving back to Devon when our house sells. I'm into cars, bikes (with and without engines!) snowboarding and surfing. But most of all my 2 little demons - one 5 and the other 10. I'm furloughed at the moment and found the forum through randomly looking for parts as I rediscovered my 92 Kona Explosif at the back of my garage and decided a nice project whilst I have all this free (ish - anyone who has young children will know they demand most of your time!) time I'll bring it back to greatness.

My general daily bike is an 09 Felt that does a decent job. I bought the Kona in 1993 as new-old-stock. It was my first mountainbike - I was a BMXer prior and I really wish I still had my Raleigh Skyway! I worked in a production line in a factory during my school summer holidays being paid £2.50 an hour to be able to afford the Kona. It had RockShox mag 21 suspension with the optional long travel kit giving it a massive 2 1/2 inches of travel! I managed to break these while racing in the Southern Area Mountain bike Series with a high speed tree impact around '95-96 and couldnt afford to replace them so it's been on rigid ever since.

Having a slight carbon fetish I'm redoing the bike with quite a few carbon parts and with the time to be able to do this this it's following strict colour theme as well of black and silver. Because so many parts need replacing I'm not going to stick strictly to 1992-3 parts and make it original and I'm doing a kind of resto mod style to it. This is quite popular with with some classic car enthusiasts as it gives you the best of both worlds. Old school styling but with modern, more efficient parts. Once I have everything ready I will put up a build thread and photograph from as it sits when I started through putting everything together to how it ends up. To be honest I'm rather looking forward to it and it may well take pride of place as my daily bike and the Felt may well be relegated to reserve bike.


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 Post subject: Re:
PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2020 12:03 pm 
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Joined: Sat May 30, 2020 11:50 pm
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Hi Everyone

I am Peter. Decided to go for lurking to joining. Just getting back into cycling regularly, thanks to lockdown and a wish not to use public transport in London.

Was a cycle courier for about 15 years, and how a few decent bikes in that time, including a Rockhopper, Stumpjumper Comp, Fat Chance Yo Eddy (team iirc), and some custom built frames. Also had some road bikes, including a Klein Quantum and a Giant Cadex. My regular ride at the moment is a Giant Revive semi-recumbent. Very comfortable but a bit on the heavy side, so looking to get one of the custom frames built up and back on the road...


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