Why do people turn their noses up at Ridgebacks? When they first appeared in the mid '80s there were very few MTBs about. My brother in law blew his student grant on one similar to this in '85, but in grey.
I'd never seen or heard of 'mountain bikes' before and was blown away by it. Then I bought a Freewheel catalogue and the rest is history
When I bought that 704 XT it was right at the top of the range, only bettered by the Merlin titanium one, and the two previous Ridgebacks I had were of equal quality- XT throughout. Perhaps they are more remembered for their later models when they seemed to cater for the cheaper end of the market.
I'm so glad that this bike is going to get restored and used, as it probably would have stayed in the shed for another 20 years!
I was going to sell the other Prestige Ridgeback frame I have, a '89 604, but l'm now tempted to do it up
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