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PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2013 1:13 am 
Old School Hero

Joined: Sun Apr 28, 2013 8:56 pm
Posts: 209
Location: Flipping between Wigan and Lincoln
My current ride isn't suitable for this particular subforum (it's a 2000 Rockhopper FSR that I've built up from a bare frame with modern parts).

However:

The name is Paul, I'm a 40-year old Wiganer who moved out to Lincolnshire a couple of years back (though I now spend a lot of time back in Wigan due to my job).

My cycling history is a little mixed to say the least, started out with a road bike when I was 11 - that got wrecked in a disagreement with a MK1 Ford Escort - a friend took it off my hands for parts in exchange for a Raleigh Burner (later traded the whole bike for a Puch BMX with Tange forks, SR stem and diamondback bars that I built up with a nice blue ano pair of Araya wheels).

Spent a few years looning around on that before I got my first MTB - a Falcon IIRC, early 90's model that I can't remember a lot of detail about except it was made of Reynolds 500 tubing and had a fairly poor groupset on there (Altus C-10 or similar), I was working in a bike shop as a mechanic/wheelbuilder back then so had access to parts cheap/free (mainly stuff I pulled off customer bikes when they upgraded) so the bike eventually ended up with mostly Deore gear on there (with a 7-speed freewheel as I never did get access to a cassette!).

Later on I got a real job and the Falcon was sold (I still miss her), was bikeless for a few years before getting a rather heavy BSO given to me, this was upgraded to 21-speed but I never really used it much as it wasn't as much fun as the old bike...

I dug the thing out of the shed a couple of months ago to see if it would be feasible to repair it or use it as a donor bike for the FSR frame I picked up for £30 - answer was "not really" as anything that wasn't rusty was worn out!

I've spent the past 2 months gathering the bits for my FSR and she's almost rideable now (just waiting on a replacement cassette to arrive as the one on there is worn).

There is nowt I can't fix on a bike with the right tools and I'm a mine of (mostly obsolete for modern bikes) information on ways to get around not having quite the right tool for many jobs (though I do own the correct tools for chains, BB's and freehubs!).

Favourite place I've ever ridden is a hill in Somerset called Crook Peak :)


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PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 6:24 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Fri May 17, 2013 5:16 pm
Posts: 10
Hi, I used the gallery in this site to look for ideas for a retro bike of my own, it's an X-Lite Ti Pro and now I've built it I want to put some pictures on! i think the frame and forks are 1994 but some of the components are a bit more modern will it still qualify as a retro bike?
Cheers


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PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2013 10:04 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Tue May 07, 2013 9:39 am
Posts: 14
Location: Mostly horizontal
Hi,

I joined the site a few weeks back, after searching for some inforrmation on my 94 Kilauea, which I've owned since 97.

Absolutely gob smacked by the quality of the rebuilds/restorations and the dedication this obviously requires.

I'm currently in the process of tidying up the Kona after a long stint of neglect but the main priority is to use it, albeit in a more gentler fashion these days.


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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2013 10:17 am 
Newbie

Joined: Wed May 22, 2013 10:05 am
Posts: 6
Just stopping by to introduce myself. I've ridden mid-range new-ish MTB's most of my life but have recently re-discovered an old bike in my Dad's garage which I'd forgotten was a suprisingly awesome little ride. The beast in question is a Daewoo Genius :D Ok, I accept it's not most peoples idea of a classic but to say it's the best part of 20 years old, has been treated like crap and all the components are as they were from the factory it's still a great ride, really manouverable and easy to get the power down. Everyone I've met who has had a go on this bike seems to really like the way it handles, sort of a cross between a BMX and MTB, I guess probably because it's so short.

Anyway, I've aqcuired the bike gratis and stripped it down to the frame - although in working order, the rest didn't look to be worth saving. I also have a Boardman MTB which I intend to use as a donor (minus the shocks which I hate) although I've yet to check whether the various sizes will match up. If not I'll sell the Boredman and use the funds to build this.

I'll post some before and after pics when I'm done.


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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 1:41 pm 
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Joined: Thu May 23, 2013 12:39 pm
Posts: 1
Hi found this site after looking to find a retro kona. Used to ride a gold cindacone many years ago and loved it after many years off a bike and then a few years riding road bikes decided I needed something for the winter months. After looking at new mtb they just didn't feel right and wanted that classic geometry that just feels right. After much time looking I came across a sex one on an auction site and went for it, a bold move after riding hard tails all my life. This bike had stood for ten years unloved and unridden so didn't really know what to expect. I collected it and was pleasantly surprised original all working although with flat tyres and rear shock. I got it home got the pump out and off for a ride I went, I couldn't believe it everything held together and it felt good although a little dated. So I stripped cleaned and greased all parts and then set of to coed y brenin for a real test which the bike stood upto although showing its age but not as bad as myself. The bike felt great but like I say felt a little dated so not wanting to loose that classic feel I set about some upgrades I love riding this bike and maybe have taken away from the retro for some but I love riding it and even at times beating the new and and much more expensive kit on the market. So now I've bored you to death with my essay I have a ? Does anyone know if the rear linkage shock bearings are available from anywhere as I'm doing a lot more miles now and would like a set just incase they need replacing many thanks in advance and great forum


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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 3:39 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Fri May 17, 2013 5:16 pm
Posts: 10
Looks very good, nothing wrong with a little modern upgrade


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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 12:11 am 
Newbie

Joined: Sat May 25, 2013 12:08 am
Posts: 4
Location: Florida
Good evening! New guy here from Florida. I registered here because it is the only place I could find where there was a, somewhat, recent discussion about Muddy Fox mountain bikes.


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PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 8:57 pm 
Newbie

Joined: Thu May 30, 2013 8:36 pm
Posts: 6
Another new guy here from Seattle Wa. Always been into vintage road bike, just getting the MTN bug and picked up a Kona Koa, of which this site is the only I have found much info on. It's a 96, and I'm working on upgrading it to modern components. Running some 9sp deore/lx now.

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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 1:46 pm 
Newbie

Joined: Fri May 31, 2013 10:51 am
Posts: 1
Hey,
I have some 'vintage' bits knocking around and discovered this site while trying to value some of it. I started MTBing as a teen in the mid 80s, (1980s, not my mid-80s!) so I'm a bit of an old duffer now, but still ride a fair bit. Main problem with my riding is a definite ambition-talent imbalance....


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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 2:26 pm 
Old School Hero

Joined: Fri May 31, 2013 1:34 pm
Posts: 162
Hi.

I found this site after embarking on a rebuild of my trusty old 1997/98 GT Zaskar (97 frame, 98 components and forks)

I have couple of question that im sure you guys can help me out on.

Thanks


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