On August 22nd last year, I joined this forum.
Immediately I felt that I wanted to go back to my roots, to the first MTB I bought with my own money, a 1994 Scott Mohaka.
A few days later I started the search, but it would appear the Mohakas had gone extinct. eBay, Craigslist, Marktplaats and various other second-hand sites ... I just didn't find any.
Then a few weeks ago, one popped up in Wales. The seller wouldn't post outside the UK, but luckily GT-Steve was willing to have it sent to him and then send it on.
Thanks again, Steve, I really appreciate it.
Today UPS delivered a nice big box, but my bosses wanted to inspect it first before they would allow me to open it.
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Fast forward 20 minutes, and it was all together.
I had to tension a few spokes in the rear wheel and pump up the tyres a bit, but it didn't seem to require anything else.
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There's nothing really wrong with it. It shifts smoothly and will happily throw my 185lbs over the handlebar with braking power to spare.
The BB is good, the wheel bearings are ok, even the cheap plastic pedals work just fine. Not bad for £35 (and twice as much again in shipping, but that doesn't count).
Now I just need to decide what to do with it. Part of me wants to restore it, but it will be a nightmare to replicate the decals just right, not to mention the flip-flop paint (dark green on a normal day, metallic blue on a sunny one).
Also, it just isn't worth restoring really. It's one of those forgotten models nobody wants. Nobody except me, that is.