Hello to everyone on the forum from a Newbie
I didn't want to resurrect a couple of older posts regarding Mt Shasta bikes, so I thought I would introduce myself, and my Mt Shasta! Yes, I am still using the bike, with a couple of upgrades, and she rides as well as the day she was bought new by me. Here are the details:
Mt Shasta Backwoods '92 Pro MTB, bought new in erm 1992. I believe these bikes were manufactured by/for GT, I think in Taiwan, and the Backwoods was the top model as far as I am aware. I bought it because in 1992 it really stood out as quality, certainly against bikes like Raleigh Activators! Of course things have moved on a lot since then.
Cost £450, quick release front and rear wheels and saddle, GT handlebars and saddle, Chromoly front suspension forks, 21 speed Shimano Altus A-10 indexed gears, Shimano brakes, Araya CV-7 wheels shod with huge Maxxis 26 x 2.25" knobblies, and a gorgeous clear lacquered polished chrome finish. I still have the original 'owners manual.'
First is a recent photograph of her with all her original fittings, and yes, I know the saddle is set at the wrong height, I just popped it back on the bike for the photo and didn't realise it looked too low
Stuff I've recently fitted/replaced: Bioflex gel saddle and suspension seat post (because I'm getting old haha,) a temporary adjustable angle stem as the original stem was too long for me and I'm trying to find the optimal position, Minaura Swing Grip for additional off-road lights as the GT handlebars are only 430mm wide, Continental Travel Contact semi-slicks as the Maxxis tyres were like riding through treacle.
The frame, complete drivetrain, front forks and even the brake blocks are original, and I still have all the removed parts incase I ever want to put them back on, including the knobblies! Only problems I have are a couple of very small surface rust spots, which I intend to repair this Summer using traditional 'rust on steel' methods but finished with a layer of mirror finish foil to maintain the appearance. I can't afford nor justify £300+ for a frame re-chroming! The frame otherwise is in almost mint condition, one of the things I did when I first bought the bike was Waxoyl inside the frame, hence I have no internal rust and when I removed the seat post for the first time after 7 years storage, it slid out as easy as new. Nothing else needs attention, it's like new.
Would be nice to hear from anyone who remembers these, or maybe owned one or even still has one! Any other comments would be welcome. Enjoy