Your Favorite Mountain Bike to Ride, Mine is the Unassuming Trek 930

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  1. #1 Posted Nov 24, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    I first purchased this 930 sometime prior to the millennium. At the time I was primarily ridding a carbon fiber full suspension GT STS. I ended up crashing the GT into a tree, and cracking the carbon fiber frame.

    Not Mine, But pretty close!
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    I purchased the Trek as a backup to a Hard-Tail Klein I also owned at the time, but the Klein always felt just a tad to small for me, It was a medium size frame that measured 18", and with the type of riding I was doing, it had a tenancy to toss me over the handle bars. The newer Trek was slightly larger, and was a 19" frame.

    Shortly after purchasing it, I moved all my best components off both the GT, and the Klein over to this Trek, (I liked it that much). The Klein was sold soon after the 930's purchase, (This Trek 930, is what first sold me on ride quality's of a nicer steel frame). The frame gave just enough to make for a comfortable ride, yet felt precise out on the trail. The Steel framed 930 was a completely different experience from both the stiffer framed Klein (That sent every bump in the trail up through the bike), and the GT that rode really smooth but always felt a little sloppy out on rougher terrain. I found that this steel framed Trek was exactly what I was looking for. It was a nice "unexpected" compromise between the two extremes, and one I thoroughly enjoyed.

    I rode this Trek for many years, and have rebuilt its components a few times. I think the only original part left is the frame. I have more miles on this bike than any other I have ever owned.

    To this day. it might be my favorite mountain bike for the type of riding I did the most. Although its not the most expensive frame I have owned, Its ride pretty much beats all the others I have had.

    I have always loved riding this bike, it fits me like a glove, and I almost feel like it was made for someone of my exact size. (Over the years, a few of it's nicer components have been moved over to other mountain bikes I have owned). It currently has a Vintage XT drive-train, and still rides as nice as ever. The crank I once had on this bike, is currently on my Specialized FSR that is also posted here on this forum. The Specialized was my next bike after this Trek 930.

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    Note: The Klein, is one bike I wish I did not sell. Although I preferred the 930 over the Klein for the type of riding I was doing. I still consider the Klein a special bike, and it's one I'd like to replace back into my inventory someday (Just with one of a larger size).

    I would love to find one of these someday. (nicer than the one I owned, but If I'm ever able to replace it, the Adroit is the one I'm after).

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  2. #2 Posted Nov 24, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Love riding my 1990 Klein.

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  3. #3 Posted Nov 24, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Hard to beat a CrMo frame of the right size with quality components! I've only had one bike with a suspension and it's only on the front and I have to admit I keep it locked out most of the time.


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  4. #4 Posted Nov 24, 2017

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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  5. #5 Posted Nov 26, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Thanks to those Cali Klunker boys & their old bikes. They started a fad that I will be in love with to the day I die.

    The anwser for me depends on the trail. Heres a few of my old and new favorites-

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  6. #6 Posted Nov 26, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Nice Bikes!

    What are some of your most liked trails in the area. Back in the day I used to hit deer grove several times a week as it was close to where I lived, and on weekends I would make the short trip down to Palos. Those two places were my favorite locally. I don't get off road as much as I used too, but still enjoy it. Its just easier now to grab a vintage road bike and take a quick spin through the neighborhood in the evenings, and I never really enjoyed riding mountain bikes on the street as they are not as efficient.

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  7. #7 Posted Nov 26, 2017

    I live for the CABE

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    Here is my fav...Klein Attitude Race...ebay supplied the frame and I built the rest from the parts bin...this bike made me enjoy (almost) climbing...bike is nothing real special, expensive, rare or unique...just plain ol fun to ride and put in the miles... IMG_0768.JPG
     
  8. #8 Posted Nov 27, 2017

    I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!

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    I sold my 2006 Specialized earlier this year, and that was an awesome ride. I bought and sold a 1985 Huffy Scout that was a blast too. My latest mountain bike is being turned into a hybrid. I don't really do enough off-road riding anymore to justify a full mountain bike anymore.
     
  9. #9 Posted Dec 17, 2017

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    My 1996 Gary Fisher Aquila
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  10. #10 Posted Dec 17, 2017

    I live for the CABE

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    Really enjoying my Salsa El Mariachi right now. Put about 1400mi on it this year. I have a few MTB’s but this and my fatbike are my fav.

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  11. #11 Posted Apr 11, 2018

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Mine is a VERY unassuming 1980 Cruiser 5.... I LOVE riding this bike, especially on the dirt trails near my house that lead to the Angeles National Forest and JPL/NASA... the rear Atom drum brake coupled with the front caliper really make the ascent a pleasure... the wheels don't lock up but braking is firm, and I find 5 speeds is all I really need.

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  12. #12 Posted Apr 11, 2018

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    image.jpeg image.jpeg My weight weenie bike..... Klein Pulse 2.....super light and buttery smooth welds! Internal cable routing.
     
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  13. #13 Posted Apr 11, 2018

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    image.jpeg image.jpeg Mine is a Specialized !! Love that bike !
     
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  14. #14 Posted Apr 11, 2018

    Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline

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    This is the closest thing I have to a mountain bike! V/r Shawn

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    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    ♫ The hills are alive...with the sound of.... Huff-man! ♫♫
     
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    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Not mine and I've never ridden one, but WOW. Amp Research. image.jpeg
     
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  17. #17 Posted Apr 26, 2018 at 5:13 AM
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    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    Mine is a 616 Built in Michigan !

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