Retrobike tech from the 80s: suspension and dropper posts (?!) technology 80s

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Today I thought I’d have a look at two pieces of MTB technology we take for granted today, and what they looked like when they first emerged in the 80s. Thanks to lockdown I had some time and space on my hands one day in the office, and since my business premises are currently little more than an expensive bike lockup, I thought I’d get some tinkering done. Any suggestions for future builds / restorations, hit me up in the comments or oliver.chesher@yahoo.co. uk ..

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18 comments

laaa 11/03/2022 - 7:30 Chiều

Wow that's so cool you still have the mountain bikes from your childhood. My parents threw away all my old bikes, or anything from my childhood. I guess you still have all your old playstation games, etc.

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Dar Kuma 11/03/2022 - 7:30 Chiều

RETROBIKES…droool…

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Leon Verrall 11/03/2022 - 7:30 Chiều

Just stumbled accross your channel. Can't send a message on YT. I have a Specialized Hardrock from 1997. Own bike, not really done many miles and never off the road where it's supposed to. Pretty sure everything is original. It's just… nearly 25 :). I don't use it. If I need a bike I can get something more appropriate. If you're interested, would you accept a donation?

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Tec Designs 11/03/2022 - 7:30 Chiều

Old Shovel has a early dropper spring seatpost on his ritchey. Looks very similar

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That Guy 11/03/2022 - 7:30 Chiều

Waiting feverishly for the next release of the adventures of the shadowy cartel of millionaires, Sir.

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vintage mtb workshop 11/03/2022 - 7:30 Chiều

….nineteen eighties….love it!

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Cody Herriot 11/03/2022 - 7:30 Chiều

Gas pipe Peugeot…. good one. 🙂

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Ditch Head 11/03/2022 - 7:30 Chiều

What do you think of 1990s cannondale bikes?

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mike bellamy 11/03/2022 - 7:30 Chiều

"Super dangerous sex beast"

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snoopsnout 11/03/2022 - 7:30 Chiều

I remember the MTB magazine I used to read religiously in the 90s being very sniffy about the flexstem and calling them for "pootlers" which put me off as I (bizarrely) considered myself a more serious rider on my hardrock ultra, but now I wish I had bought one. Especially as decent suspension forks were way beyond my budget. This one looks v nice indeed.

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oneeyewide1 11/03/2022 - 7:30 Chiều

1980ssszzzzzzzz

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The Lone Rider 11/03/2022 - 7:30 Chiều

OMG the HITERITE… I have one of those in the plastic bag it came in. Never got around to putting it on a bike for some reason.
That IS a blast from the past. Very awesome to see it working!

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ross bolwell 11/03/2022 - 7:30 Chiều

Red elastomer is the hardest rubber, green is the softest

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Glenn Pettersson 11/03/2022 - 7:30 Chiều

It should be an Olympic event, 90's MTB HARDCORE!

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Matt Smith 11/03/2022 - 7:30 Chiều

It's great seeing this old technology. It would be great if your clandestine millionaire supporters club had some other old suspension products you could show off to the YouTube masses.

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Ian Radcliffe 11/03/2022 - 7:30 Chiều

Ahh, those pesky Pharaohs with their plastic packaging. We never got to see that sticker on the bike?

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Nathan Smith 11/03/2022 - 7:30 Chiều

Love your clips Red. Best from a mostly Covid free Australia!

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Giles Chandler 11/03/2022 - 7:30 Chiều

Absolutely fantastic content, my pride and joy in the 80’s was a Raleigh equipe. Remember lusting after biopace chainrings too! Keep up the great work

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