Bridgestone MB3 Bike 1998 or Older

MB3

Bridgestone MB3

User Reviews (37)

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Frank   Weekend Warrior [Apr 03, 2015]
Strength:

Has consistently demonstrated dexterity and strength beyond my wildest dreams!

Weakness:

None thus far.

I am the original owner and have absolute praise for this bike. I was in graduate school when I bought this MB-3, so I could not afford their MB-2 model. I rode this daily in the 90s, rode to work in the 00s, and sold my car in St. Louis to return to same about 5-years ago. This bike is a beast! Today, 03-Apr-15, I just got a full tune-up and will take off with my neighbor tomorrow on a 25-mile ride....he's a triathlon nut, I'm just a cyclist....this bike might just let me hold my own against this guy. I am actually looking forward to this. I had narrower tires installed on the original rims, so this should be a whole new experience for me.

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5
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5
Mike Naylor   Weekend Warrior [Sep 21, 2012]
Strength:

Durable (!), nimble, attractive

Weakness:

The youngsters at bike shops look at me like I have two heads when I tell them I ride a Bridgestone that is older then they are.

I bought my purple MB3 new in 1991. Its been my #1 ride since then, and for 9 months a year I've ridden it to absolute death from New York to Florida to Michigan to Texas and many, many points in between. I'm still riding almost daily on nearly all the original parts (brakes, shifters, cranks, etc). It's insane how well this bike has held up over many, many thousands of miles of single track. I would be hard pressed to find anything ever purchased in my life that was a better investment.

Just last week I was riding on a friend's brand new mountain bike sporting tires that each cost more than my bike cost me. I would not have traded him had he offered. I have zero desire for a new mountain bike.

I'm no bike expert, but something about the frame geometry of this bike gives me a sense of control I've never felt on any other mountain bike. Something about the head tube angle, where the front tire strikes the ground relative to the pedal position, and other less tangible things let me creep up hills that crush my friends on their suspension bikes. I am not a gifted rider, but I can confidently cross streams and logs that I have no business even attempting at my age.

If you can get your hands on one in good shape, I highly recommend taking one for a spin. It's a very special bike.

Similar Products Used: lots...
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5
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5
yokohama1970   Cross Country Rider [Jul 08, 2009]
Strength:

Solid Frame, easy to maintain Rock Shox & solid Shimano Deore LX components

Weakness:

None

I own two Bridgestone MB-3's. The 1994 is an MTB. The 1992 is a Single Speed Urban Ride.

My 1994 Bridestone MB-3 is an Excellent Single Track Bike, & hill climber. Simple to maintain. I would never venture away from Cro-Moly or Hardtail frames. So glad eBay has old school MTB's.

Similar Products Used: 1992 Bridgestone MB-3 Single Speed Urban Bike w/ Ritchey Logic Rigid Fork.
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5
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5
Dave Q.   Weekend Warrior [Feb 07, 2009]
Strength:

This is actually an MB-2. Beautiful condition, came with original brakes, (Ritchey) levers and stem / handlebar. Surprisingly light steel frame (Prestige / cro-mo mix).

Weakness:

Wish I'd been the first owner

This is actually an MB-2. I love this bike. One of the few advantages of a poor economy is that I was able to find this bike at a super-reasonable price!
It handles extremely well, very light and nimble. The XT rear derailuer has a short cage, which is rare, in addition to the smaller cog range in the rear. The shifters work really well and the brakes are sure stoppers! This is going to be my daily commuter (in Arizona).

Similar Products Used: Specialized Stumpjumper, Mongoose IBOC Zero-G
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5
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5
saxpride52   Weekend Warrior [Sep 18, 2008]
Strength:

Really nimble, original owner and it still runs so smoothly, mechanically sound.

Weakness:

still running on a lot of original parts as i forgot about the bike for many years, so some gears don't work well. but its 15 years old...

As I grew up with the bike, i didn't realize it was such a treat until maybe a year or two ago. I personally didn't even realize it was a Bridgestone (what? tire manufacturer makes bikes??) until I needed a bike and I pulled it from the attic (after it having been there for a decade or so). Compared to all my friend's wal-mart specials, this bike is like liquid loving. What really blows me away is the confidence I have in maneuvering. I just read up there are differences in Bridgestones (read shorter chassis) which makes it turn with ease and confidence. the bike rides very smoothly too. some gears aren't working right, and i'm not a bike enthusiast right now so i'm not sure why, but other than that this bike is solid. btw here is a link to the original brochure.
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/bridgestone/1992/1992.pdf
If you come across one of these and are looking for an older, more sport oriented bike then definitely look into this bike!

Similar Products Used: specialized bikes
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4
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4
herbe chun   Downhiller [Sep 07, 2007]
Strength:

exceptional ride and unique riding position

Weakness:

ZERO

Bridgestone does not make bikes anymore, but Bridgestone's MB bikes lives on...

Similar Products Used: Never bought another bike since the Bridgestone MB-3
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5
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5
herbe chun   Downhiller [Sep 07, 2007]
Strength:

exceptional ride and unique riding position

Weakness:

ZERO

Bridgestone does not make bikes anymore, but Bridgestone's MB bikes lives on...

Similar Products Used: Never bought another bike since the Bridgestone MB-3
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5
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5
steve c   Cross Country Rider [Oct 26, 2003]
Strength:

incredible frameset. ritchey logic tubing is great, steel is great anyway.

Weakness:

has a long top tube for me. but other than that, nothing!!

great bike for the money at the time and still today. show me where you can get a steel lugged complete bike for $700 new!! and using a nice tubeset to boot!! simple design, strong frame, decent parts, short money to upgrade the front end, couldn't have done any better!! love the bike dont think i'll ever part with it. unless of course the right amount was thrown my way!!!

Similar Products Used: none. my first mtb. although now i just got a used Ted Wojcik full suspension frame for a project build.
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5
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5
bubba   Cross Country Rider [Jun 29, 2007]
Strength:

duration and dependability of frame after 69,000.... original Front deraillier [suntour],& shifters 7 speed friction/index only can use friction now with 8 speed casette.

Weakness:

none . had this bike new since 1991 after about 60,000 miles began to notice the radically detereoration of the frames livelyness

after 69,000 miles of use since 1991 this rider of 155# and with occasionaly another 25# of gear loaded for xc road touring has finally whipped this frame into submission..Thought I was going to retire it at 100,000 but I'm not having any fun climbing with it anymore it just soaks up anything I put to it. Must retire this frame now it'been a good ride off & on the roads.......

I'm looking for a Good GT Backroads frame with the ridgid chrome moly fork...17-18"..for it has eyelets for racks for touring

Similar Products Used: CyclePro Skyline
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4
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5
scott   Cross Country Rider [Apr 19, 2007]
Strength:

lugged steel, geometry and ground control.

Weakness:

they don't make it anymore. On this model, the steel is not as good as earlier years when they used Ritchey Logic.

I have more fun on this bike than any other. I had an mb-1 back in the day and got rid of it for a bike with a suspension fork. (youthful mistake) I found this at a yardsale for 50 bucks in 2001 and bought it. I was riding a full suspension stumpjumper at the time. Now, that stump is gone. I have since added another mb-3 to commute on and found a 93 mb-1 that i have set up as a singlespeed. I rode the Kokopelli on this bike last year, really enjoyed the ride over the long haul.

Similar Products Used: bridgestone mb-1
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4
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5
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