The story of Clanky or How to ruin a MTB on a budget

Jul 16, 2019
4,037
5,423
America's Friendly Hat
Rating - 100%
1   0   0
Lol already was... Got confused about the mix of parts, are those vees squeezing the front, with cantis out back? Is the headset stock? I don't think there was too long a period where threadless was used with cantis
 
  • Like
Reactions: Verrt
Sep 26, 2012
1,186
1,971
Chicago, IL
Rating - 100%
1   0   0
Someone else on RRB got one a few years ago
 
Sep 26, 2012
1,186
1,971
Chicago, IL
Rating - 100%
1   0   0
Lol already was... Got confused about the mix of parts, are those vees squeezing the front, with cantis out back? Is the headset stock? I don't think there was too long a period where threadless was used with cantis
Had cantis on the back originally. The V's on the front are not stock. I think they replaced cantis, but it's all gone fuzzy now.
I think I was about 14 when the Vs went on and there may or may have not have been a lot of self prescribed medication between then and the lucid fellow who stands before you today.

Headset is original 1 1/8 threadless, fork and stem are not.
 
Jul 16, 2019
4,037
5,423
America's Friendly Hat
Rating - 100%
1   0   0
I'm pretty sure shimano stx (maybe stx rc, depending on the year) was the stock trim for those giants. That's my favorite, not quite as exotic as xtr, a little bit tougher.
 
Sep 26, 2012
1,186
1,971
Chicago, IL
Rating - 100%
1   0   0
I doubt he left this one "factory"
View attachment 141684
This one might be closer
View attachment 141683
I saw that second pic in my search, but I'm 97% sure mine never had twist grip shifters on it, despite what bikepedia says.
I have a distinct memory of pushing the indexed thumb shifter then high tailing it to get away from some older kids on bmxs. That's right, I was the one weird kid with a mountain bike in the era when everyone between age 8 and 19 had a bmx.
 
Sep 26, 2012
1,186
1,971
Chicago, IL
Rating - 100%
1   0   0
Here's some of my favorite stickers, in case I end up removing them. So, I can come back here and reminisce, likea bike nerd photo album.

CTD. Chicago TailDraggers :cool:
20201015_160848.jpg


Just don't
20201015_160929.jpg


This was a great ride
20201015_162406.jpg


Particularly poignant right now...
20201015_160908.jpg


Get a grip. Also timely advice.
20201015_162340.jpg


D&D :nerd:
20201015_160857.jpg


More less nerdy than the last one?
HTML5/CSS3 :dance2:
20201015_160839.jpg


Best place in Chicago to get your haircut. Ask for Devin.
20201015_162317.jpg


Don't leave Iowa without visiting this place!
20201015_162255.jpg
 
  • Like
Reactions: RustyGold
Jul 16, 2019
4,037
5,423
America's Friendly Hat
Rating - 100%
1   0   0
I saw that second pic in my search, but I'm 97% sure mine never had twist grip shifters on it, despite what bikepedia says.
I have a distinct memory of pushing the indexed thumb shifter then high tailing it to get away from some older kids on bmxs. That's right, I was the one weird kid with a mountain bike in the era when everyone between age 8 and 19 had a bmx.
Either of these jog your memory?
7i689i9me.jpg
Shimano-STX-Trigger-Shifters-7-Speed-7s-Window.jpg

The RC was a later version, a little bit higher quality
 
Jul 16, 2019
4,037
5,423
America's Friendly Hat
Rating - 100%
1   0   0
I doubt thumbies (friction shifters) were original to that bike, but if that's what you want, they actually work better than the ratchet stuff, especially twenty something years later. You'll probably want the Deore stuff. It's what I want for RockRat
ad_1602852097683.jpg
 
Last edited:
  • Like
Reactions: Dr. Tankenstein
Jul 16, 2019
4,037
5,423
America's Friendly Hat
Rating - 100%
1   0   0
It would seem that your specific bike doesn't exist in factory form. Can't find a single unmolested version anywhere. Giant's alphabet soup naming format doesn't help either, I think first digit is frame number, the last two digits are trim levels, so an 830 would be similar to an 860, just different parts. Since I can't find stock pics, you'll just have to build it to john's specs.
unnamed.jpg
 
  • Like
Reactions: Verrt
Sep 26, 2012
1,186
1,971
Chicago, IL
Rating - 100%
1   0   0
It would seem that your specific bike doesn't exist in factory form. Can't find a single unmolested version anywhere. Giant's alphabet soup naming format doesn't help either, I think first digit is frame number, the last two digits are trim levels, so an 830 would be similar to an 860, just different parts. Since I can't find stock pics, you'll just have to build it to john's specs.
View attachment 141729
There's also the added element that it was bought in Australia and may have had a different level of parts for that market.
 
  • Like
Reactions: RustyGold
Sep 26, 2012
1,186
1,971
Chicago, IL
Rating - 100%
1   0   0
Since I can't find stock pics, you'll just have to build it to john's specs.
In reality, it won't ever really be too authentic as I can't ride flat bars. I need something with a decent amount of rise in it otherwise my rat rod wrist complains at me.
Arm.jpg

So I'll probably end up with bmx bars again or something else decently moto looking.
 
Jul 16, 2019
4,037
5,423
America's Friendly Hat
Rating - 100%
1   0   0
Yup. Low speed, low side, shoulder was the first thing to hit the pavement. Almost no damage to the bike, cuz I took it all. Motorcycle injuries, recreational pharmacology, retro rat MTBs, this thread is the Venn diagram of Matti and Verrt. Got any punk records or comic books? Ever been to design school?
 
  • Haha
Reactions: Captain Awesome

Captain Awesome

Lord of Irrelevance
Pro Member
Aug 9, 2012
2,030
2,985
Sunny SC coast
Rating - 100%
1   0   0
Yup. Low speed, low side, shoulder was the first thing to hit the pavement. Almost no damage to the bike, cuz I took it all. Motorcycle injuries, recreational pharmacology, retro rat MTBs, this thread is the Venn diagram of Matti and Verrt. Got any punk records or comic books? Ever been to design school?

200.gif
 
The Bike Wall BOXKARS