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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 5:30 pm 
Dirt Disciple
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Joined: Sun Sep 01, 2013 5:07 pm
Posts: 23
Location: West Coast
Hi Guys,

I am out of Vancouver BC and love to collect old Steel bikes and DH Bikes. Collecting went from a hobby to a passion and if you ask my wife perhaps now a bit of a problem :p. I will buy pretty much any older high end fork that I can pay $20 or less for (have a few of these kicking around now)

I am looking for a few things at the moment to finish a couple lingering projects. 1. Any diameter less than 31.8 Rasta Seat Post. 2. A front / Rear Pauls Derailleur in red. 3. Mountain Cycle Sliders with a Steerer of 7.5" or more

PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 7:48 am 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:22 am
Posts: 50
Location: London
Hello, Londoner born & bred, riding the concrete mountains and council estate trails since the age of 3. Scotland has also been ridden quite hard, but my main surface is tarmac and concrete since bicycles are one of my main forms of personal transport. London is not a road race, I'm missing pieces of tooth thanks to riding racers, I'd have some sort of brake-related or understeer-related crash about once every 6 weeks which a mountain bike would have taken in its stride. Once on a Trek racer on a long, steep downhill section in the rain I got crosswind-suction from a passing lorry, lost the back end, skittering front wheel oscillation, crossed the dual-carriageway with the tail out into oncoming traffic, dodging oncoming cars, hit the kerb, and pulled off a 360 barrel roll. Landed it on wet pavement with both feet out as an alternative to brakes, and had to have a sit down and shake for a bit. MTB all the way for any city. The grim reaper hovers over "road" bikes.

As for really scary, I was working for a bike accessory company in Shenzhen, and part of the accommodation (50 floors up in a cockroach-infested concrete ziggurat in the center of town) was getting to ride a few of their prototypes, which were quite often brakeless and fixed. That was scary, since a normal road in Shenzhen is a 6-lane motorway populated with illegal drivers who rode donkeys as kids, some of whom have pulled up their cars and are having a road-rage related march hare fist fight showdown, while the traffic improvises around them. If you skip the kerb thinking you can escape, do not be surprised when cars follow you. Fixed is another lunatic idea, you realise this when your pedals turn into egg beaters and you're jamming your right foot in the back of the frame to slow down with the left shin over the crossbar, you realise that a freewheel and some brakes is really worth the extra few hundred grams. Cycling in traffic is a serious business, the hipster fashion-bike movement is doubtless claiming lives and crippling people. "cycle courier?". All the cycle couriers I remember from pre-FTP London rode hardtail mountain bikes with skinny slicks and V brakes, 7 speed on the back and single ring on the front, if they caught you looking at their ride when they were hanging out on a corner somewhere, they'd joke about the fabled guy who did his work on a fixed gear track frame with campag everything, "he's dead now".

Trained as a teenager in mechanical engineering by guys from Westland helicopters. Can do push-fit precision (as in when you've pushed it in, it won't come out) by eye, and know that 1930s lathes where everything is made of big chunks of brass can shave off thinner layers of metal than vernier calipers can measure.

Work as a multi-disciplinary designer.


Current rides:


Day-to-day street beater:

7005 aluminium hardtail no-name frame contract-built for a local bike shop 15 years ago (custom feature = wall thickness of about 3mm?!), not light, very stiff, can be uncomfortable/unforgiving so rewards smooth riding.
Rigida deep profile rims on M525 hubs, 1.25 front 1.75 rear ~90psi slicks. The fat one at the rear is to abolish snakebite and add a tiny bit of squishiness.
Marzocchi bomber dual crown forks
Avid Juicy 3.5 brakes w/ 160mm rotors
Deore LX hollowtech II crank & bottom bracket
STX 9 speed rear cassette
XTR front & rear mechs
XTR chain
STX 9 speed shifters
Tioga "brick" stem, headset & riser bars
Tioga downhill oversize idiot seat
Reelight induction-powered rear light.
Retroreflective tape & retroreflective plastic half-inched off cones during notting hill carnival.
British army triple-magazine pouches retrofitted as saddle bags


Shouldn't be locked up on the street bike (under construction):

Marin Mount Vision Mk1 frame (no disk tabs, welded box section rear swingarm)
Mavic D521 rims on Hope Big'Un hubs w/183mm rotors (thanks to forum member dmtb I've got some rotors)
???? hydraulic disk brake calipers + levers
???? upgraded rear shock (existing one is Viking)
XTR 44T M970 chainring on XTR M952 bottom bracket with XT M751 crank arms
XT M750 9 speed rear cassette w/ SRAM X9 mech and shifter
Campagnolo Record 1997 NOS chain
Token Pyrotech Carbon seatpost
polycarbonate BMX pedals
????? bars, headset & stem
????? seat
????? forks (might find some rigid ones for the street beater and move the bombers over)
????? rear disk conversion system to provide rear disk IS or post caliper mount
????? road tires (have some 1.5 Schwalbe City Jets for initial experimenting)


Any bright ideas on how to fill in the gaps on the ???? parts will be most appreciated.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 3:41 pm 

Joined: Wed Sep 04, 2013 3:24 pm
Posts: 4
Location: Doncaster, UK

Just posting to say high from Doncaster, UK. I'd like to say what a great forum this seems to be.

I've been browsing for quite a while now after getting back into biking after dusting down my 94 Orange Clockwork after a 10 year gap or so. Finally got round to registering as I would like to pick the brains of the more informed mind on the forum regarding a couple of problems I am having which I will be asking for advice in the appropriate section very shortly, in fact when I finish typing this, so find me lurking there.


Hope to get to know you all and make some new friends.


PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 11:27 pm 
Devout Dirtbag

Joined: Tue Jun 04, 2013 11:52 am
Posts: 149
Just realised I never posted in here - how rude...

Started biking with Andy (backontrack) many moons ago and have ahead an on and off love of MTBing ever since.

Started with an Emmelle Cougar (15spd SIS no less) before moving on to a Univega, which was passed around several friends after I had it. Student loan went on an MTRAX Ti4000 which I have to this day (now a singlespeed). Last new bike I bought was a Scott Gzero Pro which I also still have.

Joined here after picking up a Scott Strike frame and should finish building it in the next couple of weeks.

PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 12:59 am 

Joined: Fri Sep 06, 2013 11:43 pm
Posts: 1
Finally signed up

Lurked around here for a good while looking for bits for my bikes nice to see theres similar retro people and the sharing of knowledge here is truly excellent although the classifieds and pics are Way addictive ( sod porn - retro bikes is way more addictive)


I have a fleet of them..........including a few spare parts ive collected to keep em going its a waynes world kinda thing from the 90s , schwinggggggg oh yes she will be mine.... long story how i "turned" got it bad though I have stopped people on pro fllex`s offering cash at the side of road !

far from finished rideable collection
xpx commuter on slicks - rapido
856 factory plus hs33
857 factory
957 *bling naked ali*+ hope discs +bombers
( :facepalm: purist in me is ashamed to say that :mrgreen: )

there will be a carbon pro flex 4500 at some point before i die..bucket lister! I lost a boxed NOS one on by ten quid in 2006! never recovered
currently building an 857 powder coated frankensteiner super commuter for wife.

have tried a few others kona orange spec etc as Brother has had all manner of DH/XC which ive ridden over years but im just built to ride girvins finest,

anyone selling pro flex bits or bikes on here please PM me!

PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 3:28 pm 
Old School Hero
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Joined: Sat Sep 07, 2013 7:24 pm
Posts: 162
Location: Bristol, UK
Hi all.

A friend put me onto this site after I went to him for advice on '90s MTB frames. I was too young and too skint in the mid-nineties to get my hands on the bikes I craved and it turns out that 20 years later I still crave them! Looking to do a small conversion on my first classic MTB and see if I get the bug enough to embark on a full build.

It's always fun to find a new way to hemorrhage cash.

PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 11:08 pm 
Dirt Disciple
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Joined: Sun Sep 08, 2013 8:19 pm
Posts: 35
Location: Naaarfolk Bor!
A newbie with a mid-life crisis here.

I got into mountain biking in the late 80s and as the family business was a Raleigh dealership, started off with Reynolds 501 range - Discovery. Loved it to bits and learned mainatenance through trail and error on it.

In those days, MTBs were hot property and stolen to order, so after this one got swiped from my garage, I went through a Mirage and a Moonrun, until they also went walkabouts at night.

Next bike was a British Eagle K1, with 400LX groupset and a 531 frameset, although the geometry was poor, it wouldn't take any tire thicker than a 1.75inch.

Fast forward to 97, independent and earning, I got a 96 GT Karakoram, which I still have, with more marks on it from storage/transportation than actual riding.

All the exciting surrounding the Tour De France and Olympics last year gave me the road itch, so I got a 2003 Trek 5500 Carbon, which looks very pretty on my garage wall.

I now also have a Dynatech Diablo DX with red trim, which should arrive later this week - will post piccies on the Dynatech thread once all sorted.

PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 10:50 am 

Joined: Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:52 am
Posts: 5
Hi, I'm See from Penang, Malaysia. Found this website from google. Me and my younger brother owned few retro bikes until now, We have a 1995 Trek 9200,1994 GT RTS 3, 1994 KHS Montana Summit and a 95 Raleigh Mti 1000 John Tomac Edition titanium frame, both of us like mountain bikes very much we have more than 16 bikes in our collection. Attached are the pics of our retros. :P

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 3:52 pm 

Joined: Fri Sep 13, 2013 12:30 pm
Posts: 4
8) Hi all.
Found this awesome site while trying to get info on rebuilding a set of rockshox I bought for my Daewoo Genisis that was recently dug out of the shed.
I used to do a fair bit of off roading 80s and 90s, but uni, alcohol and girlfriends knocked that on the head lol.
I got the bike out so I could attach a 2x kid trailed to take my daughters to school, they loved it and I officially have the bike bug back!

Totally loving the Retro site, brings back so many great memory's. I used to have a Proflex 550 in white, probably the only one in northern Ireland.... Until some dirty little toerag took it from the garage while we were in the house! Aaaaaarrrgh :roll:
My best mate had a Kona Lava Dome, black and Pink.....

Any way, looking forward to chatting, uploading pics of some retro bikes.......

I will try and upload pics of my one off Genisis....

PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 7:17 pm 

Joined: Fri Sep 13, 2013 12:30 pm
Posts: 4
I built it from frame up with mixture of XTR, Deore, XT and whatever I could get cheap at the time... Areo deep V anodised rims, and a Girvin Vector 2 fork, jus chanded to a Judy today as the Girvin elastomer is now like rock.. usual story.

loads of unique bits on this bike, and I LOVE IT. little frame rides almostlike a BMX.

I think this was an early demo frame as the welding isnt fantastic, bought around 1995ish.


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