Back in 1987 for my birthday i recieved a brand new Diamond Back Ascent, This was my first Mtn Bike. It was really cool to have a real Bike. It was a Red bike with 1st gen Light Action SIS Shifting. fast forward to 2015. I found this a 1986 Diamond Back Ascent. in Chrome! These are hard to find. The Chrome in good condition is even harder to find.
Pictured here with a era correct Vetta Rack and Continental Town and Country tires.
I plan on Doing a full rebuild and clean up with the original components. and adding some mtb tread tires.
More Pics to come….
finally someone has posted scans for the 1986 & 1987 Centurion bicycle catalogs!
they are here:
Trek Investment cast lugs ad, Back in 1986 Trek was a small company and was not as large as they have become, They had really nice bikes back then, This was a ad for the lugs or connection points on the bike frames. the lug pictured is the seat lug, which attached the Top Tube, Seat Tube, and Seat Stays, they also had these lugs for the bottom bracket and the steer tubes.
So you may or may not be aware of a new trend in bicycling. its called Fat Bikes. and they are basically mountain bikes that have a lot larger tires. Fat bikes have been around for years, they were custom bikes that were used for snow racing. Then a bicycle company called Surly, started mass producing these bikes the bike was called a Pugsley It looked almost comical because of the huge tires. later on Surly came out with a bike with even larger tires appropriately called the “Moonlander”. and now today many companies are making fat bikes, companies such as Trek and Specialized are offering FatBikes along with Pacific Cycles owner Mongoose, and the revived Motobecane. the Mongoose has the entry level market with the Mongoose Beast ($199) and the Dolomite ($250). And Motobecane and Gravity has created a nice sub $1000 market. with Borealis, Salsa, Origin 8, Specialized, and Trek among numerous others getting in the $1000 and up bikes. Surly is still making their “Pugsley” and “Moonlander” along with other models like “Ice Cream Truck”
I have gone after the sub $1000 range of FatBikes and have picked up the Motobecane “Boris” this is the X7 model in Burnt Orange. I picked it up from Bikes Direct, they ship the bike straight to you,
Some Assembly required,
yup this is not a bike that you pick up from your Local Bike Shop. the setup work has to be done, at this point you have two choices
1. take the bike to the Local Bike Shop and pay them to setup the bike for you.
2. is Do it yourself! if you have the tools and the knowledge
I’m going with option 2.
Packaging: The bike was pretty well packed and there was no damage to the bike in transit. the picture above was just after i cut the front tire away and was able to pull the frame out of the box.
The paint job is really nice i like the color of the frame its a darker orange metallic. (don’t worry most of these Boris models came in other colors the X7 also came in Matte Black, Ocean Blue, and Lilac.) the posted specs for the bike and the actual bike were the same (to many times things change and you don’t quite get what you thought you were getting. ) welds are clean and complete. there is minimum badging on it. it has a Motobecane headbadge and sticker on the seat tube, along with Motobecane spelled out on the downtube, overall i think nicely understated.
I will post more pictures when i get the bike built and tuned up and give a first impression on the initial ride.
Im out.. Go West!
For my time with the local Bike Co-op i earned this classic 1986 Trek 560, this bike is in good shape, it is all original except for the tires and the possibly the Bar tape. the 560 was one of the top end Road Bikes for Trek in the mid 80’s in this case in 1986 there were two bikes that were above the 560 but i feel that the 560 is a more important bike that the 760 and 770, since the 560 was the only one of the three that had the Brand new Shimano 600EX SIS gruppo. this was a big deal since this was the first gruppo that had the new Shimano Index System or SIS. which has changed the cycling industry since its introduction. Almost all bikes now that have multiple gears use an indexed shifting system.
This 560 is in pretty good shape, its mostly all original, Down to the original Seat, water bottle cage and handlebars. As for what im gonna do with it, well it will stay mostly complete, although i was thinking about doing some upgrades so i can enjoy it more, which basically means updating the Pedals and Saddle . Nothing to crazy just some mild updates on it.
Rear Deraileur: Shimano 600EX SIS
Front Deraileur: Shimano 600 ex 6200 Series
Shifters: Shimano 600EX SIS 6 Speed
Cranks: Shimano 600EX Biopace (will probably update to non Biopace Chainrings)
Pedals: Shimano 600EX Toe Clipped Pedal.
Brakes: Shimano 600EX
Brake Levers: Shimano 600EX (probably will change out to 105 SLR levers til the proper 600EX Aero hoods can be acquired)
Wheels : Stock Matrix Wheels with Bontrager Tires.
Seat: Stock San Marco Aero Suede Black leather.
Stem: “Custom” Stem 100mm
Well ive taken the Crossroads out for a couple rides now and it seems to be solid, I feel that its good to go for enjoying, I took it to the park this evening with the family and it did great no issues at all. I really am enjoying the wide 700c wheels with the snow tires. this combination of a relativley narrow tire and deep tread seems to be a good compromise with the type of riding i had planned for it, even better its a classic Specialized bike that most people would think its a old piece of junk.
Anticipation is evil, I had thoughts that I would build this up slowly, but no I wanted to get this bike going really bad. I ended up using the wheels from my Trek 1000 that had a cracked frame and some nice shimano 600 ultegra (tri color) and built the bike up
So at this time the specs are as follows
Cranks: Campagnolo C Record (90s vintage)
Derailuers: Shimano 600 Ultegra tri-color 8speed
Brakes: Shimano 600 Ultegra tri-color dual pivot side pull
Seat: Sella Italia San Marco
Seat Post: Ringle
Stem: thread less to quill adapter with bontrager thread less stem.
Bars: Ritchey bio-max
Brifters: Shimano Sora 8 speed
Wheels Vuelta Typhoons
Upgrades to come