Being 6ft 3 finding retro rides to fit is a real challenge.. bikes I like come up for sale and I have to let them go.. why.. because they're too darn small. A bike came up recently that was (as usual) too small but this time I had to make exception! The reason being is that this bike is the exact model, size and spec of my first 'proper' MTB.
The season - Sping
The year - 1990
The location - Schmoos Cycles Swansea
The bike soon to be mine - Muddy Fox Courier Mega
Yes I was lucky enough to get a decent ride and compared to my previous bike (Peugeot Alpine(a)) it was light-years ahead! It had a kind of racing feel to it with the wishbone stays and long stem. I loved that bike, I rode it for miles and hours. Summer 1990 was a landmark summer in my life and my Muddy Fox helped to make it even more special. I spent the long days of the summer holiday on epic adventures with my mates'; cycling from Worcester (where I grew up) to Malvern where the trails were badass . Joining the MF in the gang was a Saracen Traverse, a Diamondback Ascent and a GT Timberline.. we'd leave home at 10am and return home 12 hours later full of happiness and adrenalin........... boy we ripped up those hills!!
So here is me aged 12/13 looking like a right wally just after I got home with my newly acquired Courier Mega; paid for with a combo of paper-round dosh and parent dosh. Looking back, the 'extras' were a little OTT but I was so proud of my MF that everything had to be MF (including those tragic shades!).
Yesterday I picked up this [phone pics only
Loved the rear wishbone stays..
It's completely spec (except for the shifter/lever units) and condition is good. There is some fade to the bright yellow and a few scratches here and there and the stickers are very good.. it's way too good to re-spray so I'm definitely keeping the original paint. Mixture of 400 and 500LX components are in good shape and will be cleaned and reused. There's a lot of play in the BB so I'll be replacing that with a sealed unit. I've got some NOS Exage shifter/levers that will be going on and some new Onza grips to replace the originals that are too fat and worn. I'm going to replace the few other bits: the plastic MKS pedals, the tyres (original Muddy Fox tyres will be kept), the chain and the cables.
I've spent the day stripping, cleaning and degreasing the MF; this was very time consuming and unfortunately I ran out of light. I've Gunked and T-Cut the frame, forks, stem and bars and already it looks awesome. There's a lot of work to be done and unfortunately the MF isn't high on the priorities list right now but please check out for updates
Thanks for looking