This Alpinestars bike shows how far we have come in 15 short years. This was considered a downhill back in 1995 sporting the optional "long travel" downhill version of the Rock Shox Judy with a whopping 75mm of travel. These days, 75mm would be considered a short travel cross country racing bike. The average downhill bike these days has somewhere aroudn 3 to 4 times the travel of this one. Fairly clean bike featuring the last production year of the original XTR components. I still think the original XTR is the best looking component group ever built for mountain bikes. The polished and clear anodized aluminum parts just have a nice "glow" to them that is lost with all the gray and black parts of today. I suppose at some point in time silver will make a comeback?
Full specs at http://www.mombat.org/1995_Alpinestars.htm
Yes, we are the Museum of MOUNTAIN BIKE Art & Technology but we really do like all bikes. Here are a couple of road bikes that are in the collection. We were moving some bikes around and wiped these down to get some better pictures. If anyone is interested, we do have these available for sale as well. Details are @ http://www.firstflightbikes.com/ShopNew/Vintage/Vintage_Bikes_FS.htm
First up is a 1988 Bernardi with the Shimano Sante components. Cool funny bike with dual disc wheels. More pictures and details @ http://www.firstflightbikes.com/1988_Bernardi.htm
Next is a nice Torpado Super Racing with a bunch of pantographed parts on it. Mored details and picures @ http://www.firstflightbikes.com/1983_Torpado.htm
Last is an older Raleigh Pro that we have owned for awhile. The previous owner was told it had once belonged to John Howard but I have no way of confirming that. More pictures and details @ http://www.firstflightbikes.com/1971_Raleigh_Pro.htm
This is one of the coolest catalogs that we have. It is the 1980 catalog from the Cove Bike Shop and includes just about every part that was available for mountain bikes circa 1980. Take a few minutes and check out the 39 pages, including some geometry pages, at http://mombat.org/Koski.htm