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 Post subject: 1989 Marin Bear Valley
PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:50 pm 
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Took a punt on this the other day on the 'bay.

Its turned up and is a nice little bike - can anyone advise as to the year?

The frame/fork is very nicely made and in really good condition.

I am going to upgrade a few parts with period XT bits (rear mech, crank arms, thumbies and brake levers) giver her a new set of rubber and cables and a saddle (Avocet R1) and get it out on the trails:

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It is also forming part of my get fit for HONC and ride to work plan - maybe.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:52 pm 
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Very nice ! are you going to do the HONC on it


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:54 pm 
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Nice looking Marin :D
Be interesting to pedal the cranks like that :lol:


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Nice looking Marin :D
Be interesting to pedal the cranks like that :lol:


Yes - they are actually self aligning like that having a round non drive side taper :lol:


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Looks like the one beavis just got. We dated it as an 89 due to the full Mountain LX groupo.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 1:52 pm 
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Yes, 89 I think - Same frame and forks as mine, just a different paint job :D

WD :D


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 5:16 pm 
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I think it's an '89 too. I nearly bought one but bought a Specialized Rockhopper Comp instead.


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Thanks for the info chaps '89 it is! That suits me as I've got a few XTII bits :D

Here's the start - new saddle - '89 Avocet Racing. Some numb nuts had chopped a few inches off the seat post :roll: luckily I had a nice 26.4 Strong in the bits box :D

Makes a big difference already I think:

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Also found this little US flag which is a nice touch :D

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Finished this today - nice and original 8)

Some pics and for the record and it's off to a new owner :)

If I were keeping it then it would need some new thumbies but the ones it has work OK.

Thinking I might regret letting this one go!


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That................ is beautiful 8)


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