Old School Hero
Here is my 1990 Grove Innovations Hard Core. I saw this frame listed onebay a few years ago and fell in love with it. Have to admit at that time I had not heard of Bill Grove or Grove Innovations, but another example of a MTB Trailblazer who did it his way.
The paint and decals screamed Miami Vice to me and combining that with the side of the Tandem downtube that was used on these frames got me hooked.
The bike was restored by Martin K at Second Spin Cycles and he had John Slawata paint it, then used NOS decals. Grove had their own crank (hot rods) andhandlebar (hammer head) options and this bike has both. It's steel, heavy and stiff. Being in my early 50's its hard for me to remember what it was like to ride these bikes in the rough terrain back in the day, especially compared to modern full suspension bikes of today.
Finally able to get outside and do some riding so I took it out last weekend for a 16 mile ride on paved bike path, grass fields, frozen mud trails and even some snow. Made its way through it all very well, but man the riders arms take a beating. Maybe I'm just getting old. Took some pictures on the ride and included a few from last year in varying seat/seat post options too.