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I'm wondering if anyone can help positively ID my Stumpjumper by the frame number?

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It's a silver lugged frame that has what looks like a silver painted (over chrome) bi-plane fork. Everything but the tires looks original. I was told by the seller that it's an 83, but I'm looking for some expert verification.

If this was a car it would be described as a trailer queen. It doesn't look like it's ever been used.
 

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JefedelosJefes said:
I'll try to put some up tomorrow. The early stumpjumpers/components I see online are all slightly different. Makes it hard to know what year this one really is. Hope someone can tell from the frame #.
 

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Give a list of some of the components, rims, bars, brakes etc. They went to the unicrown fork in 1985. I love the old SJ's, I've owned an '83 and an '84.
 

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I'm going to say it's a 1983 based on the Araya rims. In 1984 they went to the Saturn rims.
My '83 SJ came with the Bullmoose bars as opposed to the slingshot set up you have. I guess that's because Specialized would substitute parts for what was available at the time. My '84 SJ had the Bullmoose bars too, only they were tig welded so the welds were nice and smooth. In 1985 they went to the slingshot stem and bars. I always loved that anthracite grey color. That and dark blue were the only two colors to choose from. Both of mine were grey. I love that frame and fork style too. You have a beautiful bike there! I would wax it and keep it museum quality. Put street tires on it and use it for pleasure riding. It's too nice to get dirty!
Please post more photos if you can.
 

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I'm much more impressed with the pictures of other bikes people post now that I've tried to take some myself. Sorry, but I'm not interested in selling the bike. I'm actually shocked that I was able to buy it. The seller had about 8-10 stumpjumpers in various condition and years, and I never thought he would sell this one. After we made the deal he told me it he only sold it because it was too big for him. I inquired about his other bikes the next day and he won't sell any of them. Asked him more about the bike itself and he said he had bought it about 10 years ago out of storage from a guy who has no clue what he had.

What kind of road tires would you suggest? Any reason to replace the cables with new? They are about the only thing that shows any age on the bike.
 

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If it's an Avocet Touring seat, it's original. Can't blame you for not wanting to sell, but I had to ask. The last thing I need is another bike. But that would be the one to have!
Personally, it's a work of art, and should be treated so. I would keep it spotless and enjoy it for local, casual, nice day riding. It would never see the dirt. That's how I treat my '85 SJ.
I would recommend the Specialized Hemishphere tires. They give a nice smooth ride and have flat protection built in. It can't hurt to replace the cables, and it's cheap. The brake cables are bigger than the standard brake cables, so if you replace them, make sure you get the right ones. I would clean every inch of it and use car wax on it too. You have a real peice of mountain bike history, don't treat it likes it's just another bike to ride. 25 years from now, the 2011 Stumpjumper will just be an old, out dated bike, that '83 is a classic right now! You never see them for sale, and when you do, they're all banged up. There's always an old Sport version on Ebay, but never the original Stumpjumper. The only other thing I would do would be replace the bar and stem you have for a Bullmoose bar. That is to me what really represents the vintage Stumpjumpers. It would be correct for your bike too. Specialized would use what was available for parts at the time and make changes when they had to, and that caused certain variations each year. Both my '83 and '84 had the Bullmoose bars. They show up on Ebay from time to time. Just make sure you get one that has the cable hangar on it.
I love your bike, and I hope you do too. If you have any questions about it, just ask.
 
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