Welcorme to my latest project, a 1993 MARIN Eldridge Grade 17.5 inch frame. I normally restore retro Konas these days, but as a Marin Pine Mountain was my first serious mountain bike way back in 1993 I have had the urge to add one to my collection. It cost me around £800 back in the day and I remember it being a great bike to ride. It was used everyday to commute to work, train on in the evenings and then race on at weekends. It was well loved and used until one night on the way home from work, I was hit in the side by an old lady in a Skoda and ended up in hospital with a head, neck and leg injuy. The Pine Mountain was duly a write off. In those days, nobody wore a helmet luckily as I raced, I had to have one and thus wore it all the time. Luckily that day, according to the doctors, my smashed Specialized Sub Six Pro saved me from a very serious head injury. After I recovered, I bought another Marin to replace it, but after 4 different high end models, I gave up and bought a titanium Litespeed as the later Marins just didnt have that magic ride that the 1993 model had. So recently I have searched for a 93 Pine, but setled for a model lower, the Eldridge. The frames were identical, the main difference was the group set being DX, compared to XT on the Pine.
1998 Kona 853 Explosif, 1999 NOS Kona 853 Explosif, 1999 NOS Lynskey signed Litespeed Obed Ti, 1999 Marin Mount Vision (custom), Cannondale Bad Boy 700c Disc (everyday hack) and a 1993 Marin for the Wife. Latest build in progress is a 1993 Marin Eldridge Grade with original paint.
"Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever."