Made in Japan
Frame & Fork: Fillet Brazed, Tange Prestige MTB
Groupset & Brakeset: Shimano Deore XT
Wheelset: Rear: Wolber AT 18 rim with Shimano Deore LX hub; Front: Sun Rims ZJ 18 rim with Shimano Deore hub and Continental Race King 2.0 tires
The Mongoose IBOC was the World Champion John Tomac's bike and when I was in high school, it was the bike to have. Here was one for sale right around the corner from my house with a full XT groupset. I couldn't believe my luck. There were a couple issues, however. The previous owner told me that he had the front crankset replaced because it was worn. I can't believe he replaced an XT crankset with this cheap and ugly thing! As well, someone before him had replaced the front wheel with a single-wall, no-name rim and hub. Luckily I was able to find a nice replacements for both.
What a frame! The Prestige steel with the smooth fillet brazing and the amazing paint job is simply a thing of beauty! Even though there were some worn places on the paint, I just couldn't paint over this amazing gray and blue/black splatter paint-job. It restored very nicely and I'm sure happy with that choice. The Ritchey brake pads were cool so I kept them on there. I found an old brochure for the bike online and was able to find a saddle that closely resembled the original. It's pretty challenging to find MTB tires with the retro gumwalls but the Continental Race Kings look so good on there I don't care. The replacement crankset polished up nicely and match the groupset so well. Overall, I am so happy with how this bike turned out!
Made in Italy
Frame & Fork: Tange Double Butted MTB
Groupset & Brakeset: Shimano Deore DX
Wheelset: Nisi Alloy rims with Shimano Deore DX hubs and Kenda Small Block Eight 26x1.95 tires
A Pinarello Mountain Bike? Pavan was the house brand of Antonio Pavan's Pinarello shop in Mississauga, ON. Pavan had the frames hand-made in Treviso, Italy at the Pinarello factory and final assembly was done at the Pavan Pinarello shop in Mississauga. They were sold with the Pavan decals on the mainframe and the Pinarello decal on the head tube. When I bought this, it had been repainted with a very poor rattle-can paint-job (after a shoddy job of masking off the headbadge) and was desperate to be restored back to a beautiful condition that was befitting of the Pinarello name.
Stripping the red, rattle-can paint off this bike was challenging. It had been painted directly over the original paint so it was on pretty thick. The original colour was white with fluorescent yellow, green and pink speckles. Very 90s! I wanted to make the paint job classy and I wanted the Pinarello name to be prominent. I turned the Pavan into the model name on the toptube. I made the Pinarello decals myself using Photoshop and cut them out with my Cricut. The headbadge and tubing decals came from VeloCals. Notice that the fade from blue down to red matches the colouring on the head badge. The Deore DX groupset, one of my favourites, polished up beautifully. The shifting is solid and precise and the brakes work well. The build includes new cables and housing, new Kool Stop brake pads, new tires and tubes, a new chain and a new Selle Italia Turbo saddle.
Made in Taiwan
Frame & Fork: DB Chromoly MTB Series
Groupset & Brakeset: Shimano Altus A20
Wheelset: Levanter Alloy rims with Shimano Exage hubs and Avenir Vigor 1.95 tires
This one looked so sad hanging on the wall and the ad said it hadn't been ridden in years. It was covered in a thick layer of dust. I had to clean it up and give it a home where it would be ridden again!
This Diamondback had groovy purple with black splash paint that was still in remarkably good condition and restored beautifully. The parts also cleaned up well and they work well, too. For some reason, someone had replaced the front derailleur with a 2-speed one so it wouldn't shift properly. I couldn't find an Altus A20 to replace it but I did find an A10 in really good shape. The bike shifts perfectly now. I don't usually keep reflectors on a bike but this one had all the original ones still there, including the ones on the wheels, so I had to keep them. It will be a great bike for cruising the Greenway and the Rail Trail.