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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 1:32 pm 
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later today I'll pick up a specialized that is advertised as an stumpjumper epic team.
to me it looks like an 1990/1991 model but I can't find it in the catalogues.
could it be another model with stickers added later or maybe a team version that wasn't available in the catalogues?
anyways it looks like a sweet bike that needs very little attention.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:06 pm 
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I noticed this on MP aswell. I think it has had some ultimate decals added. On the pictures I cannot see any lugs. My guess it’s a Stumpjumper Team.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:33 pm 
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I t looks like you're right about it being a team stumpjumper and I'm pretty sure it's a 1989 model.
the frame has all the 1989 charasteristics and the xt group is a mix of m730/m732+.
The woman who sold it said she bought it second hand in 1990 or 1991 and it was a year old at the time.
As a bonus she still had the cantilever brakes and a ,good condition, speciallized cannibal tyre.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:59 am 
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I dont think, this is even a stumpjumper. Hardrock or something. Or did the stumpjumpers come with lugs for fenders front and rear?


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 4:42 pm 
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They sure did come with eyelets for fenders/racks,I used my 89 stumpjumper comp to compare.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:49 pm 
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Looks like a good find, i've recently picked up a similar bike that I can't find in the catalogues either! :idea:


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2019 9:44 am 
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Is yours a specialized as wel?


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2019 12:43 pm 
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Yes it is, I have several old Stumpjumpers already and bought this on a punt it was an old Team frame that had been modified over the years... however on closer inspection I’m not 100% It does look like an early Stumpjumper frame with mostly Deore XT parts including rear U-Brake, LX headset, Bullseye Hubs and Middleburn Chainrings. Frame number on bottom bracket begins with 89... but I thought Specialized stopped doing rear U-Brakes in ‘88...

ImageStumpjumperTeam by Matt Trimsport, on Flickr


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:17 pm 
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1988 was indeed the last year specialized used u-brakes, according to the catalogues.
both framenumbers on the 89 stumpjumpers I own do not start with a year indication, might the 89 on yours be a coincedence?
are there any recognizable frame features that could help out? I noticed that the rear dropouts look different from any specialized bikes from the catalogues.
are you sure it's definitley a specialized frame?


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:53 pm 
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I've had some time over the last few evenings to do a quick checkup on the bike and a little bit of work, just enough to make it rideable.
first thing I did was installing a proper stem and order a turbo saddle (very nice price at planetx)
the rear hub had me worried because it had lots of play but after cleaning and regreasing it came out acceptable. It still runs better than a new cheap shimano hub.
furthermore the rear wheel needs a bit of trueing and the middle chainring, cassette, jockey wheels and chain are worn out as to be expected from a bike this age.
the seatpost and handlebar could do with replacement but are still ok, the rest of the bike is as good or better than I had hoped. especially the derailleurs and shifters are in ace condition and the frame will come out real shiny after a polish.


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