Friday, October 22, 2010

1983 Mountain Goat Escape Goat

The early Mountain Goats used oval tubing and beautifully finished fillet brazed joints. All of the tubing manipulation and finish work drove the cost of the frames up. The Escape Goat was an effort to bring theses costs down. The frames featured standard round tubing and unfiled fillets. Parts were often less expensive as well with items such as the fork being an off-the-shelf part as opposed to the custom Mountain Goat forks found on the top models. For more pictures, see 1983 Escape Goat page.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Dirt Rag vintage forum now up

Dirt Rag has now started a vintage forum. Stop in and check it out, or better yet post something up!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

1988 Ritchey, mostly NOS parts

This was originally a Commando but the previous owner didn't like the camo paint and stripped it down. It was pretty ratty rattle can red when we got it so we decided to sent it out for a make-over. We were taking a new Mountain Goat frame to the local powder coater to get a shiny coat of dark green metallic so we just got this one done in the same color. Parts are mostly New Old Stock Shimano Deore XT M 730 parts including 6 speed index shifting, rear U brake, Bio Pace rings and first generation cassette hub. Bars are a set of Ritchey MountainBikes bullmoose bars.

More details @ 1988 Ritchey

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Pinarello Antelao in Dirt Rag

The Pinarello Antelao from the MOMBAT collection is featured in Dirt Rag #152. This bike was built using a New Old Stock frame and all NOS or lightly used Campagnolo components. Very pretty bike but it is obvious the Italians didn't have a firm grasp on the American Mountain Bike market! Check out the scan below, or better yet, go to your local shop or book seller and pick up a copy. This issue also features the literature contest winner which always makes for a good read.