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Very clean. I always thought those reverse-acting Suntour XC front derailleurs were a great idea. I remember approaching a steep climb and it was "both shifters full-forward, captain!" Now you need some XC or XC-II pedals.
 

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grawbass said:
Nice looking bike. I love the suede seat.
rennaissancecyles, a belgian online shop had those for sale.. in blue. a bernard hinault signature blue suede turbo. cycling products can be so cool.
 

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The level of detail you guys can pull out of a single crappy little photo never ceases to amaze me. Glad you guys dig the bike. It's not rare or high buck but I learned everything I know about MTB'ing aboard an '87 MB2 (which I still have although it's a bare steel frame right now). It's like going home again, but not all the way home since this one is modified. I actually found and purchased an original (but well used) MB2 from a local used bike store a couple of months ago It didn't ride that well and made me remember why I changed so many of the original parts the first time around. Its problems mainly stemmed from age and fit related issues, but it made me fell better about just building a bike I liked to ride rather than a full resto or period correct piece. Though the bike I've built does have it's share of fun bits of MTB history on it like the polished Bullseye hubs, hard ano Araya RM-20's, Avid Tri-Align ft. brake, top-end Suntour XC9000 drivetrain and yes the suede seat. The seat is an NOS Selle Italia Mundialita that is what the bike originally came with. I haven't gotten to the trails yet, but it feels damn good riding around the neighborhood; can't beat the feel of a properly working set of Suntour thumbies.
 

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"can't beat the feel of a properly working set of Suntour thumbies."

Yep, that Power-Ratchet mechanism made them the best friction shifters. Nice firepit, too, by the way:)
 

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filegiant said:
Very clean. I always thought those reverse-acting Suntour XC front derailleurs were a great idea. I remember approaching a steep climb and it was "both shifters full-forward, captain!" Now you need some XC or XC-II pedals.
I have one of those reverse-acting Suntour FDs on an old road bike. I always thought it was a good idea too and I've always wanted one for one of my MTBs. What models of MTB Suntour FDs were reverse?
 

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colker1 said:
rennaissancecyles, a belgian online shop had those for sale.. in blue. a bernard hinault signature blue suede turbo. cycling products can be so cool.
Please don't step on my blue suede seat. :D
 

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b_rogowski said:
The level of detail you guys can pull out of a single crappy little photo never ceases to amaze me. Glad you guys dig the bike. It's not rare or high buck but I learned everything I know about MTB'ing aboard an '87 MB2 (which I still have although it's a bare steel frame right now). It's like going home again, but not all the way home since this one is modified. I actually found and purchased an original (but well used) MB2 from a local used bike store a couple of months ago It didn't ride that well and made me remember why I changed so many of the original parts the first time around. Its problems mainly stemmed from age and fit related issues, but it made me fell better about just building a bike I liked to ride rather than a full resto or period correct piece. Though the bike I've built does have it's share of fun bits of MTB history on it like the polished Bullseye hubs, hard ano Araya RM-20's, Avid Tri-Align ft. brake, top-end Suntour XC9000 drivetrain and yes the suede seat. The seat is an NOS Selle Italia Mundialita that is what the bike originally came with. I haven't gotten to the trails yet, but it feels damn good riding around the neighborhood; can't beat the feel of a properly working set of Suntour thumbies.
It never ceases to amaze me either. The seat was easy for me to spot but I would have never noticed the other stuff.

I'm still running an RM-20 on one of my bikes. Nice rims but a real pain to get some tires on and off of.
 

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grawbass said:
I have one of those reverse-acting Suntour FDs on an old road bike. I always thought it was a good idea too and I've always wanted one for one of my MTBs. What models of MTB Suntour FDs were reverse?
The one on my '86 Nishiki Cascade was an XC Sport. I'd have to cruise the catalogs, but I wouldn't be surprised if there were a few more. I've still got two at home in the 28.6mm band size.
 

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filegiant said:
The one on my '86 Nishiki Cascade was an XC Sport. I'd have to cruise the catalogs, but I wouldn't be surprised if there were a few more. I've still got two at home in the 28.6mm band size.
The XC (not sport, one notch above) fd was the same way. Great gruppo, one of my favorite of all time.
 

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jesus_runs said:
Nice work i should have you work on my bike....:p
It's easy to make it look pretty when everything is NOS, new or used but polished to within an inch of it's life! Everything but the frame and fork that is. Once I powdercoat the other frame and recreate the decals I'll swap all of the parts over to that one. I just couldn't wait any longer to ride it, so I picked this frame up off eBay recently.
 
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colker1 said:
rennaissancecyles, a belgian online shop had those for sale.. in blue. a bernard hinault signature blue suede turbo. cycling products can be so cool.
actually that is an american guy who lived and had his shop in the Netherlands but moved back to the US this year. so shipping is now much more affordable for us here...

Carsten
 
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