I will post one of my future projects on this thread. Old school rigid frames are getting harder to come by. It would be nice to see a restoration of something with caliper brakes, bull moose handlebars, thumbies and a reverse water bottle cage.
I hope to start the restoration of my wife's Rigid MTB (most likely this winter) It's a early-mid '90s 26"Phoenix Boulder, with all Shimano running gear and dual pull caliper brakes. It was a top of the line $800 bike when new but soon after they started building them with suspension. When she tried to sell it to a bike shop in '96 she was told it was worthless, so it's hung in the garage rafters since. But now that our son has gotten his training wheels off he wants us to ride with him, so I've pulled it out, replaced the tires, handle grips and soaked the deraillers in WD40 to get it rideable again. I don't know if it will ever see dirt again (not because the bike 20yrs old, but because my wife and I are also 20yrs older and don't heal as well as we used to)
Allright! Thanks for kicking us off with that. My first "real" MTB was a late 90's rigid frame. It was a gold colored huffy but I remember most bikes being rigid and looking the same during that time period. Most people saw suspension bikes in the early 2000's. Before that they weren't available to most people. Now everyone has a suspension bike. Crazy right?
Those diamond framed mountain bikes of the late 80s and early 90s were great climbers. The bikes with the sloping top tubes always felt a bit awkward to me while climbing; whether steel or aluminum. Maybe it is because i learned to mountain bike on a diamond framed bike. If I has started out mountain biking on a cruiser based klunker, I may have felt different.
I have a couple, a Schwinn Frontier and a really cool Huffy Caribou, both early 90's, the Schwinn I made into a big bmx single speed and the Huffy I'm getting ready to do the same thing to. It's just aggrevating having to adjust deralleirs all the time. Gonna make the Huff an easy to pedal trail rider.
Here's my MTB. Kona fork. Paul components brakes (sweet!) and a 1x9 setup that I love. It had an old RockShox Judy fork on it but it was pooched so I went rigid, I love it, this bike is 23lbs. Light for the price.