FS: Bontrager Race, 1996, Full bike


Dirt Disciple
Bought in July 1996 and it is almost as I purchased it.
A Bontrager Race, medium sized frame, and fits me as a 5’9” person.
I specc’d it with Pace RC35 forks not the then troublesome Rockshox forks, who at the time kept blowing suspension cartridges.
I asked Keith Bontrager if Pace forks would upset the dynamics and he said no, they were good kit and he’s use them himself if the US/UK import weren’t so prohibitive.

It has XT throughout with Bontrager stem and handlebars.
Tioga Surefoot VII pedals and clips.
The forks are Pace RC35 MXC’s complete with Pace Greasegun and Pace grease.
*the elastomers are breaking down so need a new set*

The non-original parts are:-
Rims – gone through a few!
Original rear V Brake became rattly so fitted a newer one. I will include the original V brake for your choice.
Black Hope qr seat clamp fitted, again original seat clamp will be included.
I must have changed the rear cassette but simply cannot remember.
The front qr is not XT, sadly I've misplaced the original XT skewer.

The local bike shop has just fitted a new headset and checked/grease bottom bracket.
On re-fitting the pace forks I realise they need new elastomers, available from the Pace shop.

I have fitted Lizard Skin frame protectors to stop cables rubbing the paintwork.
The Bonty anti-chainsuck plate has prevented chainsuck and a MBUK plasticchainstay guard protects the chainstay from chainslap..
There are no major scratches on the frame.
It never got wet as I used a ridgid Bontrager Privateer ( now sold ) which was the ‘wet bike’.

Frame: Bontrager Race OR Medium size ( fits me at 5’9” ) purchased July 1996.
Handlebars: Bontrager Race Lite 5o Easton EA 70, 570mm straight across ends
Bontrager foam grips
XT V Brake Levers and Papid Fire 8 speed gear levers.
Bontrager Race 4130 HT Stem
BontragerRace Lite Easton seatpost + Sella San Marco Saddle.
Hope Black quick release ( original Bontrager seat clamp included )

Original XT throughout.
Crank FC M737 175mm,
Chainset 22/32/42 teeth.
XT V brakes, original front and newer replacement on rear.
Original rear V brake included.

Front wheel:
XT M738 XT Parallax 110 hub
BCX ( Weinmann ) Bontrager Red Dot rim, silver
Tioga Psycho II light walled tyre

Rear Wheel:
XT M737 hub
8 speed cassette ( no movement )
Mavic X 717 rim, black.
Tioga Psycho tyre, black walled.

Pace RC35 MXC front suspension forks ( originally ordered with bike )
Pace Grease Gun + Pace grease
*the forks need new elastomers*

I have a bike box from my bike shop and will courier it using 'Send it now'
and am asking £650 for the whole bike as described.


  • Bontrager Race.jpg
    Bontrager Race.jpg
    125.7 KB · Views: 908
  • main triangle.jpg
    main triangle.jpg
    115.7 KB · Views: 908
  • old new seat vs.jpg
    old new seat vs.jpg
    116 KB · Views: 907
  • front forks no wheel.jpg
    front forks no wheel.jpg
    112.6 KB · Views: 907
  • front forks.jpg
    front forks.jpg
    114.5 KB · Views: 907
  • rear triangle.jpg
    rear triangle.jpg
    125.2 KB · Views: 908


Dirt Disciple
Hiya, I took the pic's in strong sunshine so it's a bit whited out.
It is in really good condition, pretty much as it was bought. I simply no longer ride it so it would be good to pass it on to someone who will. Not sure where you're located but you are welcome to come and take a good look yourself, if you're anywhere within reach of Devon.
It is difficult to value as there don't seem to be many ( any ) full Bonty bikes around, so 'sensible' yes!
Give me a shout when back from hols and we can take it from there, unless anyone else has grabbed it first!
thanks for your interest.