The Vintage Mountain Bike Thread.

Elbo

Eats Squid
Picked up this old Marin frame today which has been hanging in a shed and never built. Plan is to acquire a few parts and build it up to use for all round riding and trail use. Not sure what colour theme I want to go for yet, but anodised parts go well with a raw frame.
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Scotty T

Likes Bikes and Dirt
Picked up this old Marin frame today which has been hanging in a shed and never built. Plan is to acquire a few parts and build it up to use for all round riding and trail use. Not sure what colour theme I want to go for yet, but anodised parts go well with a raw frame.
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Do the top and down tubes have a sort of triangular profile? My Mongoose has the weird shaped tubes, I wondered if any other bikes of the time had them.
 

Elbo

Eats Squid
Do the top and down tubes have a sort of triangular profile? My Mongoose has the weird shaped tubes, I wondered if any other bikes of the time had them.
Yeah, they are, Marin called the profile 'Ovation', but not sure who made the tubes to start with, but I'm sure they were common to other brands at the time.
 

Daniel Hale

Likes Bikes and Dirt
Spotted these bitchin' vintage boots for sale in my local area. They're not my thing but figured someone one here might enjoy them for a bit of vintage MTB cosplay ;)
they do look sweet, pity too sml
 

Scotty T

Likes Bikes and Dirt
Yeah, they are, Marin called the profile 'Ovation', but not sure who made the tubes to start with, but I'm sure they were common to other brands at the time.
I think mid 90's a number of the Taiwanese made brands (definitely Mongoose) were coming out of the Merida factory. The year after Mongoose returned to round tubes. These don't seem to have a name from Mongoose but the alloy was apparantly ca(2) or complex aluminium array aka marketing bullshit. The goose also has square seat and chain stays. Actually started to get it back to ridng condition over the weekend.
 
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