Retrobike Forum Index

It is currently Tue Sep 29, 2020 9:52 am

* Login   * Register * Search  * FAQ



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 21 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: 80s Ridgeback
PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 2:35 pm 
Retro Guru

Joined: Thu May 27, 2010 1:20 pm
Posts: 936
Location: Kent/London
Bi-plane forks, fastback seatstays. Needs a clean and tidy but a proper 'rare' retro bike! :)

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/rare-Vintage- ... Sw2ENW69nt


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2020 12:20 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Sun Aug 09, 2020 11:28 am
Posts: 16
Attachment:
IMG_1807.JPG
IMG_1807.JPG [ 2.86 MiB | Viewed 11734 times ]
hi
I am now the proud owner of one of the first Ridgebacks in the UK. I know Ridgeback started in '83 and entered UK in '84. Mine has Bi-plane forks, light green paint and black anodised rims and components.
Whats interesting about mine is that it comes with an SR slingshot stem, having looked at catologs on here I can't find one with a slingshot, as all the components are original including the tyres I can't see why the stem wouldn't be original, its certainly period specific.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re:
PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2020 10:12 pm 
Gold Trader
Gold Trader
User avatar

Joined: Fri Aug 20, 2010 11:28 am
Posts: 8058
Location: Solaris Station
Hi

Welcome to the site, great first post :D 8) 8)

Looks like the stem might be specific to the bike as most I have seen have silver top clamps, in the early days specifications were somewhat fluid :wink:

Great score, ride and enjoy

Mark :D


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2020 7:54 am 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Fri Sep 07, 2012 9:55 pm
Posts: 51
[quote="zaskarking"][attachment=0]IMG_1807.JPG[/attachment]hi
I am now the proud owner of one of the first Ridgebacks in the UK. I know Ridgeback started in '83 and entered UK in '84. Mine has Bi-plane forks, light green paint and black anodised rims and components.
Whats interesting about mine is that it comes with an SR slingshot stem, having looked at catologs on here I can't find one with a slingshot, as all the components are original including the tyres I can't see why the stem wouldn't be original, its certainly period specific.[/quote]

That looks amazing. I would LOVE to see more pics of it please :)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: early 80s Ridgeback
PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:18 am 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Sun Aug 09, 2020 11:28 am
Posts: 16
Hi Guys
Does anyone know what year ? I know ‘84 was their first entry to Europe and judging by the spec I don’t see why this couldn’t be an ‘84 it does have bi-plane forks.
I’ve added more photos, like I said previously seems to be all original components even tyres!
Pretty much time warp condition!


Attachments:
6D8FEC9F-E3E3-4ACC-9365-E69568212348.jpeg
6D8FEC9F-E3E3-4ACC-9365-E69568212348.jpeg [ 126.7 KiB | Viewed 11630 times ]
D8469B8A-4C06-4B36-B321-C61178F4C24E.jpeg
D8469B8A-4C06-4B36-B321-C61178F4C24E.jpeg [ 129.19 KiB | Viewed 11630 times ]
Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re:
PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:40 am 
Gold Trader
Gold Trader
User avatar

Joined: Fri Aug 20, 2010 11:28 am
Posts: 8058
Location: Solaris Station
Hi

Might be a good idea to start a new thread in the readers bikes section might get more replies


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re:
PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:50 am 
Old School Hero

Joined: Tue Jan 06, 2009 9:44 pm
Posts: 193
Location: bristol
I may be able to help you ! A drive side photo showing the front and rear mechs would be a great help , however it looks as if you have a Ridgeback 501 . There was an earlier
version with a conventional lugged frame construction also known as the Ridgeback 501 , but yours appears to be the TIG welded later model

I have some catalogue scans that both mention your SR stem , but black anodised . So it was certainly standard equipment at one stage . The bike was supplied with a mix of high end ( for the time ) and lower end Shimano components .

From the XT range you should have BL-M700 brake levers , BR-MC70 brakes and HB-MN72 hubs , while from the AL-11 series you have SL-MT50 shifters , RD-AL11 rear mech
and FD-AL11 front mech . If you examine these components you will find a two letter date code stamped next to the part number . This will give the date the parts were
manufactured , and the earliest date that your bike could have been made

The paint colour is unusual , however the catalogue indicates that for an extra £5 you can have any colour of your choice

To complete the spec I would expect to find Ascenti Hardalloy eyeletted rims , Nutrak tyres and a Madison saddle

Hope this helps


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re:
PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2020 11:18 am 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Sun Aug 09, 2020 11:28 am
Posts: 16
Dam yr good! I’m right in it !
Back soon.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2020 12:35 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Sun Aug 09, 2020 11:28 am
Posts: 16
hi Focomat
Interesting time searching my Ridgeback, some points match with what you asked for others not, so starting with brake levers there is no stamped information at all apart from Red-S which after a quick search on here seems they were Madisons own brand. They certainly feel good and sure do look retro mind!
The Cantilever brakes have Shimano stamped on the centre pull and Red S on the callipers.
As for the hubs they are stamped -'Sunshine-made in Japan' and are black anodised or powder coated and are laced with black spokes in wide box section Rigida AL 25/32 Made in France rims shoed with Nutrak 26x2.1 rubber as you suggested.
The thumb shifters just say Shimano EM.
You are correct the front mech is FD-AL11, REAR RD-AL11
It does indeed have a Madison saddle.
Stem is SR MTB 100, bars SR200, Crankset SR, BB SR, seat clamp Mallard, Pedals SR SP 513, chain D.I.D, rear cassette Shimano 600
Frame is stamped under BB but nothing that looks like a date DO301 and 09169
The only things that look like does possible is the drive side pedal arm has 170( the length0 and then 83 in the mould circle, non drive side has 84 in the circle.
The mushroom grips have O.G.K 82-2A Japan.
I hope this helps any more info needed just ask.


Attachments:
E48567B1-A945-4662-AB31-401CC7CE3B40.jpeg
E48567B1-A945-4662-AB31-401CC7CE3B40.jpeg [ 35.92 KiB | Viewed 11597 times ]
6E91873B-27CD-4968-BE4C-54D7C9B481C9.jpeg
6E91873B-27CD-4968-BE4C-54D7C9B481C9.jpeg [ 47.36 KiB | Viewed 11597 times ]
E4962938-5BDC-4207-AA22-16442F3ADB93.jpeg
E4962938-5BDC-4207-AA22-16442F3ADB93.jpeg [ 44.45 KiB | Viewed 11597 times ]
Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re:
PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2020 2:39 pm 
retrobike rider
retrobike rider
User avatar

Joined: Tue Sep 30, 2008 6:25 pm
Posts: 1068
Location: Near Wendover Bucks
For those not familiar with the history of Ridgeback, it was a brand of the cycle importers Madison.Their all terrain bicycles were initially sold through Madison's freewheel catalogue and through Madison's Beta Bikes shop in West Hampstead. The person behind Madison and Ridgeback was Errol Drew who saw some mountain bikes in the United States and decided to introduce them to the UK.

Though the early frames were imported from the far-east, it is highly probable that the bikes were built up in the UK from using parts imported by Madison. The first ever Ridgeback bike was included in their 1983 Freewheel Catalogue and Madison claim that they "introduced the mountain mountain bike to the European scene" Interestingly, the 1983 and 84 the Freewheel catalogues do not refer to these bicycles as 'mountain bikes' but as 'all terrain bikes' of 'off-road bikes'.

On page 94 0f the 1984 Freewheel catalogue, they claim that "The Ridgeback was the first off-road production cycle to appear on the European scene". This is contentious. Some would say that it was the 1981 Raleigh Bomber or one of the numerous attempts earlier attempts form companies like Vintec or Phillips to mass produce 'tracker' style bicycles. What the Ridgeback did do was up the stakes on build quality and durability. Though their where earlier high quality off-road bikes that were produced in small numbers like those from Jack Taylor, Robert's and Cleland.

Based on information from the 1984 and 1985 Freewheel catalogue the early Ridgebacks frames were either of welded or of lugged brazed construction. Your bike frame appears to be welded, which means that it is a Ridgeback XT, or Ridgeback S. Both of these bikes listed the 1985 catalogue are only available in a dark 'slate-grey' and their components differ from yours.

Based on your bike having a lighter 'grey-enamel' frame it must be either an 1984 Ridgeback XT, Ridgeback S, or 1983 Ridgeback XT model (In 1983 it was simply referred to as the Ridgeback)
Your bike is not a 1984 Ridgeback S as the component spec is wrong.

As the 1983 Ridgeback, and the 1984 Ridgeback XT have very similar (maybe identical) specs,
it may be impossible to date it precisely. Though I will research this further.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 21 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3  Next

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: 16vGTI, ibbz and 22 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

About Us

Follow Retrobike

Other cool stuff

All content © 2005-2015 Retrobike unless otherwise stated.
Cookies Policy.
bikedeals - the best bike deals in one place
FatCOGS - Fat Chance Owner's Group

Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group