What is a vintage mountain bike


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BICYCLE HEAVEN

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 25, 2014
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124
Pittsburgh, United States
#1
I have the bike Museum in Pittsburgh and i have been buying up mountain bikes trying to build up that style bikes for display.I have a bunch late 70s and 80s and some early 90s mountain bikes and others,,What do you think is concerted a vintage mountain bike,,what would you like to see/???,,,,i have many bikes and i find its not the very very rare or has to by the high end bikes to put a smile on someones face,,,they like to see the bike they had when they were younger,,??????,,,,,
 

KingSized HD

Finally riding a big boys bike
Feb 23, 2013
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551
Herndon, CA, United States
#2
The list at mombat bicycles website is a great starting place: http://mombatbicycles.com/MOMBAT/bike_list.html

I’m partial to steel, no suspension bikes; early Ritcheys, first year Specialized Stumpjumpers, first year Schwinn Cimarrons (huh, maybe I’m partial to biplane forks) and gotta have a repack klunker or two to represent the birthplace of MTB. I’m leaving out some great names but others will bring them up.
 
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SKPC

Finally riding a big boys bike
Feb 2, 2018
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1,702
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Utah - United States
#3
Last years' latest and greatest are already vintage. The manufacturers are so caught up in making obsolete anything that works well, that you are always behind the curve with these bikes. You have a "vintage" bike the year after you buy it. 26, 29er, 27.5er, 27 plus, 29 plus, 26 fat...(the next best "improvement" will be ""26-plus") QR axles, Maxle, Boost, super-boost, slack seat and head angles, steep seat and head angles, short chainstays, long ones, long offset forks, short ones, threaded BB's, press-fit BB's, 1" headsets, 1.125" headsets, 1.5" headsets, tapered headsets, triple rings, single rings, double rings, 7-spd, 8-spd, 9-spd, 12-spd, single-speed, fat, semi-fat, Plus, shoulder-width bars, 800mm bars, no remote levers, all remote levers, droppers, no dropper, toe-clips, clipless, platforms, combo clipless/platform, too little, too much, it never ends. All of it conceived so you cannot swap new parts on to your old frame that you love so much. Today you are forced to buy all new or you are just not "with it". I am one who resists this madness. Icannot tell the difference between a Fox 32mm fork or a 36mm fork, nor can I tell that a maxle or Boost rear axle makes any difference in stiffness. I call BS on all of it.....
In terms of real classics, I think they were the 1st gen MTB's from the 1st makers from the 80's and 90's...Ritchey, Specialized, Ibis, Klein, Litespeed, Moots, and others I may have missed. 26"/hardtail/3x....quick release 135mm rear axles and threaded BB's with 1st-gen Shimano XTR. My 2cents here being an MTB rider. .
 
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MarkKBike

Finally riding a big boys bike
Apr 17, 2017
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1,021
Chicago Suburbs
#5
I think one of the best periods to be involved in mountain biking was the 90's. There were lots of companies producing high quality components., and I used to drool though the catalogs and look for upgrades I could afford. The 90's bikes may not be considered vintage yet, but many of the higher end components are still valulable, and when in nice condition seem to be in relatively high demand and can bring in decent prices.

In my area, its not very common to find any bikes for sale that are decked out with upgraded components.

Many of these manufactures have now been put out of business by the larger company's "Like Trek".

I like them all, but think the 90's bikes, and the higher end components of that era, are the most interesting. Back then there were more smaller sized US based companies making neat stuff that I can even remember to list.

I now consider most of the 80's /90's mountain bikes vintage, even if others do not. Enough time has past, that the younger generation who is looking to purchase there first mountain bike, probably sees all this stuff as junk.
 
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