Klunker question: were vintage front springers ever used??

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Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 2, 2016
Duluth, GA
Hello Vintage MTB CABE'rs !
I'm kinda getting the desire to build an old skool Klunker to have some fun with!
I've looked thru some of the Klunker posts here and really love what I see!
BUT what I don't see much (or at all) is anybody using Vintage front springers......
Was this because they were SO heavy?? Was it because they were too brittle ??
or ..... maybe too many moving parts that could rattle and fall off under more rigid trail riding conditions ??
I have an Extra ShockMaster springer and was thinking about trying it out on a Klunker Build.......
Is this a bad idea ?? Just wanted some expert advice from some of you experienced Klunker riders/builders.....
It seems like, out of all the Vintage Springer designs ..... the ShockMaster from CWC might have the best design for an old MTB style........... or maybe the Murray-Made Dual Spring-Springer ??
Thanks for giving me your 2 cents worth! CCR Dave

Cooper S.

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 28, 2016
New Lenox Illinois
Bit late, but I just remembered that the many of the riders in the morrow dirt club used springers, particularly Russ Mahon. I’m not sure where I read it but that’s besides the point


Wore out three sets of tires already!
Oct 22, 2014
Personally, I'd never use one, because they suck for pedaling uphill.
They suck for pretty much anything except for coasting while seated. Standing and pedaling is a joke too.

Whizzers springs are a pretty big improvement for firmness on Schwinn forks, but they rebound hard. I always wonder what will let go first? I can just picture watching the spring flying through the air in the seconds before I get a taste of dirt! Rebound control to maintain tire contact with the ground is key with bicycle suspension. And springers have zero.


Wore out three sets of tires already!
May 26, 2011
Altadena, CA
I was in Marin and the Point Reyes area in Northern California over Easter and came across the Marin Museum of Bicycling; Mountain Bike Hall of Fame... it was closed unfortunately, but I'm sure has a few good Clunkers on display. I like the giant mountain bike in the parking lot, and the ones along the roof line...





Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 21, 2013
downtown Bulverde, Texas
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I live for the CABE
Jan 6, 2010
NorCal, United States
“I don't think the klunker boys were so much riding fire roads as racing downhill - most any bike will ride fire roads and single-track”

Of course they rode fire roads and tracks on klunkers. Hence the evolution from bomber to klunker to early MTB for better climbing prowess. In fact, riding trails and fire roads on vintage iron is still a thing around here.




Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 11, 2014
Alameda, CA
Great thread. I grew up right by De Anza College and was just a few years younger than the Morrow Dirt Club gang. We road whatever we had on the fire roads, horse trails and paths up above Cupertino and Saratoga.I went form a Huffy 3 speed stingray to my brothers hand me down 64 Varsity and then bought a 1973 Italvega at Cupertino Bike Shop that I still have. I remember friends riding stingrays they put together from parts found in orchard junk piles or behind dumpsters. Some guys had Raleigh 3 speeds, Schwinn Typhoons, Tornadoes etc. What everyone wanted was a chopper fork so we found forks and cut off the blades, then bolted them onto the ends of the other forks and put a 24" rim. the best ones lasted a week or so before failing. It was always great bombing down Regnart Road, Prospect and riding across the hay field that is now part of the Fremont Older Open Space Preserve. This makes me want to take my 58 Schwinn American and drive down there for a ride, or maybe my teens Pierce and see how the carbon fiber crowd that ride those trails now react. ;)


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