1989 MBK Aventure - Revival thread

27motorhead

Retro Guru
Coming along nicely. Have BIG soft spot late 80s fluro MBK's as my first MTB was a 1989 Hi-Tech Ranger with Mountain LX.

Agree, if you can get some fluro green cables the same colour the shapes on the seat/top tube they'll contrast nicely against the frame colours
 

Iwasgoodonce

Old School Grand Master
The frame has some interesting features for one that old. The gusset (ooh) where the tube meets the head tube for example. If my Dawes had that, it might have not bent! I wonder if it was a feature on all the sizes or just the larger ones?

You have to love those colours.
 

t-bon3

Dirt Disciple
The frame has some interesting features for one that old. The gusset (ooh) where the tube meets the head tube for example. If my Dawes had that, it might have not bent! I wonder if it was a feature on all the sizes or just the larger ones?

You have to love those colours.
The frame construction does seem unique, it's kind of half way between a classic lugged frame and a more modern welded frame. From a bit of searching it does seem that all the frame sizes have the gusset between the head tube and the down tube.

The frame was marketed as a touring bike and has lots of mounting points.
2 sets of eyelets on both the front and rear dropouts
Mounting holes on the seat stays for a pannier
Water bottle mounts on the down tube and seat tube
Mounting holes on the forks for front panniers
 

t-bon3

Dirt Disciple
Bottom bracket arrived so have been able to get the bike assembled and ready to ride.

Looks like the derailleur hangar is not aligned very well so will have to make some adjustments there.

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t-bon3

Dirt Disciple
So I got to try it out today as the weather improved.

Turns out it's basically unrideable as is. The original 6 speed uniglide cassette and the new chain are not getting on at all, chain is constantly skipping in the smallest 3 gears. The cassette is more worn out that it appeared at first glance.

Luckily I have another Shimano hub with a 7 speed hyperglide freehub and cassette in the garage so I need to see if I can just switch out the freehub body onto this rear wheel.
 
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