Archives: 2009   May

Suntour XC-Comp rear derailleur

In the late 80’ies there where two big brands competing to be no 1 in the MTB group business: Shimano and Suntour.
In 1990 Shimano was performance wise slightly ahead of Suntour while Suntour components where slightly lighter and less smooth at shifting.

Always one step behind Shimano (depending on how you view the situation), most Suntour [...]

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Posted in Suntour XC-Comp on May 31st, 2009, 10:06 pm by Retro mountain biker  2 comments   

Dia-Compe Advantage 5-SL super light brake levers

These Dia-Compe brake levers are maybe not the most high end, but they are still kind a cool.
I do not know how well they work but I have heard people complaining about them, because they are a bit smaller than typical Shimano parts of the same time. IIRC they where originally BMX parts?

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Posted in Brake levers on May 25th, 2009, 12:28 am by Retro mountain biker  1 comment   

Shimano XTR 1 1/4 “evolution” size headset

I was thinking of posting some Ringle stuff to the blog to add some nice classic purple (or violet, or 3D-violet or Lavender, depending on where you are from) anodized parts.
But I can not be arsed to dig down the really (I really mean, really) big box on my wardrobe for the “big stash” of [...]

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Posted in Shimano, Shimano XTR on May 21st, 2009, 11:04 pm by Retro mountain biker     

Shimano Deore XT FD-M735 front derailleur

There have been attempts at replacing the traditional front derailleur with different types of mechanical devices, still such front derailleurs such as this Shimano Deore XT FD-M735 front derailleur still managed to establish itself as the industry standard type.
Why then?
Such derailleurs are reasonable light and they are dependable, even when the riding condition is nasty [...]

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Posted in Shimano Deore XT on May 12th, 2009, 11:05 am by Retro mountain biker  1 comment   

Shimano XTR RD-M910 rear derailleur

Not everything has to be NOS or new, how else are you going to ride a bike from a certain time period with a certain component group without worrying about scratches?

RD-M910 is the model name of the top end Shimano rear derailleur of the early 90’ies, the XTR rear derailleur. However this is not the [...]

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Posted in Shimano, Shimano XTR on May 11th, 2009, 10:02 am by Retro mountain biker     

Shimano Deore DX FD-M650 front derailleur

A front derailleur is actually quite a crude mechanism when you think about it. From the low end to the top end, or in this case, almost top end: Shimano Deore DX FD-M650 front derailleur, they all have worked almost the same.
The action is not unlike picturing your finger moving your chain side to side, [...]

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Posted in Shimano Deore DX on May 10th, 2009, 4:59 pm by Retro mountain biker     

Shimano Deore XT RD-M735 rear derailleur

The Deore XT component group is a great solid group for any vintage mountainbike. The iconic mark of quality in the group have to be the competition crushing Shimano Deore XT RD-M735 long cage rear derailleur.

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Posted in Shimano Deore XT on May 9th, 2009, 2:08 pm by Retro mountain biker     

ODI Attack mushroom grips

ODI Attack grips would probably be fairly unknown if it had not been designed by famous bicycle racer John Tomac.
Actually, how much design input that came from mentioned racer versus ODI themselves might be a topic for discussion.
I think it is relatively easy to figure out that any grip endorsed by the most famous MTB-racer [...]

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Posted in Grips on May 8th, 2009, 11:52 pm by Retro mountain biker     

Shimano Deore XT SLR U-brake BR-M733

The U-brake –like the pictured Shimano Deore XT SLR U-brake  BR-M733- was probably most famous as the rear brake of choice for most GT MTB frames during the 80’ies and early 90’ies. While there where some aftermarket brakes that fit on u-brake post mounts the natural choice of the best U-brake was still the top [...]

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Posted in Shimano Deore XT on May 8th, 2009, 11:12 pm by Retro mountain biker  1 comment   

Shimano M900 XTR brake / shift levers

Many MTB enthusiasts remember the first generation Shimano M900 XTR groupset fondly, mentioning such words as ‘classy’ and ‘elegant’ whenever someone mentions it.
The original XTR groupset shaved off a full pound from the previous top end, the Deore XT group but it also offered quite a bit more than less weight, at the same time [...]

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Posted in Shimano, Shimano XTR on May 7th, 2009, 9:34 pm by Retro mountain biker     

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