1989 Denti


1989 Denti

For a lot of years Campagnolo were synonymous with high end road cycling. Early MTB bikes and BMX often had Campagnolo parts, but they were mostly road parts. There was also a BMX line, but that were mostly the same as the road parts but with shorter crank arm and fancy anodization. The road parts were great and worked well. Although it was few bikes that had the parts, but the ones who had were mostly great ones.  

Fast forward to late 1988 – the Euclid was released for the 1989 model year. The group set had many of the typical great Campagnolo features – the bearings are just great; the build quality is stunning and it is a very stylish group. On the other hand – it is way overbuilt, too complicated and so heavy that it really is something different. The seat post even had a quick release for changing the seat angle. The Euclid group had 3 different braking levers, and the long one – “elephant nose” is in many ways a more modern version of the classic Magura Shortys. I really like it, is typical Italian post 2nd World War – avantgarde and functional. 

 The group set is aesthetically a mix between the classic Campagnolo look, Shimano Deore XT 730 and the before mentioned Maguras, although with the WTB threatment of mounting thumbies directly to the brake levers. Some like it, very many don’t. Euclid was the first of many groups – Centaur followed later in 1989, then Olympus in 1991, Icarus and Record OR in 1992. In 1994 the Campagnolo MTB adventure was over. The groups were too expensive and never really became really popular. Maybe Icarus was a telling name – the one that flew too close to the sun and the wings made out of wax melted. 

Just like the Euclid group – this Denti is beautiful but way overengineered. Whether it’s a Denti or not is hard to tell, as there seems to be some decals that is removed from the frame. Hard to tell if it’s rebadged or not.  

Serial: # VL180633
Frame: Cro-moly, Fillet Brazed
Fork: Cro-moly straight bladed, Fillet Brazed 
Rims: Nisi
Hubs: Campagnolo Euclid
Spokes: Stainless steel 
Tires: Tioga Hound Dawg
Pedals: Campagnolo Euclid
Crank: Campagnolo Euclid
Chain: Sedis
Freewheel: Suntour 6 speed
Bottom Bracket: Campagnolo Euclid
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Euclid 
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Euclid
Shifters: Campagnolo Euclid
Handlebars: 3TTT, bulged
Stem: 3TTT, hinged
Headset: Campagnolo Euclid
Brake set: Campagnolo Euclid 
Brake levers: Campagnolo Euclid 
Saddle: Concor Superleggera
Seat post: Campagnolo Euclid
Colors: White with multi color splatter
Size: 20

1989 Mantis Valkyrie #VK1916


1989 Mantis Valkyrie

I don't have the blue Valkyrie anymore since Erik Five (the other third of Vintage MTB Scandinavia) bought it. I sold it because of this new one that I bought in Canada for almost a year ago now. It looked quite beat up, didn't have an original fork and it was pretty hopeless as is. A pretty perfect candidate to send to Toxik Design Lab.

The seller also had a Type II fork for it, and I figured that was a quite good alternative to the original fork.

I always loved the 1989 Mountain Goat Deluxe over at Mombat. I remembered it from some time ago, and I couldn't find it back at Mombat, even through the new website og through Wayback Machine. I asked Harald Strasser of Toxik to make something that reminded me of that one, although I didn't remember exactly how it looked. The main part for me was the black sections here and the crazy neon fade / tie-dye in between. I figured the black sections could go quite well with the crazy tubing on the Valkyrie since it could tone down some sections and still make room for the crazy neons.

This project took quite a bit of time, and I was happy that it did. Since these projects develops over time it's ok to have time to think about the final result. In this case it meant that I got the Mountain Goat from Mombat some months after - something I never dreamt of happening. I didn't intend that to happen, and if I knew I would never have painted them in the same paint job - but now I'm quite happy to have two of these.

I got some pictures from Harald from time to time as the project went on. Every time I was very happy with the progress - in the first I was more than happy to see that the frameset was transformed from the beat up blue one to a nice primed frameset, and as time went by I saw more and more of the finished product. Blew my mind every time.

So - now it is here and it's ready for my part of it. I have a good idea of how it will be and it seems that I have all the parts needed. Since this frame and fork is for cantilevers I think a good, clean and easy build up with all XT 730/732 will be proper.

1988 Mountain Goat “Escape Goat”


The Escape Goat was Mountain Goats affordable frameset, tig welded but made with the same geometry as the Deluxe and the Whiskeytown Racer. Although it’s hard to say that a kind of bike with this paint job is a budget bike. Stunning paint job that is still as fresh as new today, quite marvelous to be 30 years old. 


I’m looking to do a clean and classic build here and go for a bullmoose for a twist.  


Will be built with Mountainbikes bullmoose, Magura brake levers, Shimano 730 groupset and WTB hubs, Araya RM20 rims.  


A few bits and bolts and it shall be pretty ok, 


Mantis Sherpa 1983

Richard Cunningham is one of the pioneers in the mountain bike industry. He used to build parts for cars and motorcycles, and for some reason he got involved in making bicycles. His first bike was basically a road bike with 26 inch wheels for more comfort, like the old European racing bikes from the 1950s. The roads were so bad that the bikes had to have way more comfort than we are used to these days, so Cunningham had that in mind when making his first bikes. After some tweaking of the geometry he ended up with shorter chainstays and sharper turning than the other makers from Marin County from that time.


Mantis Bycycle Corporation was founded in 1981. This particular one is from 1983 when there was 3 models - the Sherpa (fillet brazed), Overland (tig welded) and the XCR (fillet brazed, racing geometry). This was the last year Richard Cunningham produced 3 quite traditional models, from the 1984 model line up the XCR was changed to a aluminium bike with a steel rear bolted on. 

The stem looks like a praying mantis, and is said to be the reason behind the name of the company. Wire through the stem is neat and quite innovative. 

The stem looks like a praying mantis, and is said to be the reason behind the name of the company. Wire through the stem is neat and quite innovative. 

Campagnolo drop outs

Campagnolo drop outs

Campagnolo integrated seat post binder. 

Campagnolo integrated seat post binder. 

Pretty used, this bike have been through a lot I would think.  

Pretty used, this bike have been through a lot I would think.  

This model is quite typical set up. Shimano Deer head groupset with Magura levers, Shimano 600 Starfish headset, Phil Wood hubs and Araya rims. Mantis stem and handlebars is neat, but it’s a shame that the original fork is long gone - but the chrome unicrown is quite ok. 


The handling is what makes this bike smile the most. To me this is a real looker, but more important is it that it really handles well. Here in Norway most terrain is quite technical and a bike that handles this well and have a nimble handling is what we want. This bike follows the trail perfectly and the wide bars and high front gives it a quite comtemporary feel and - I feel I say this too often - it feels way newer than it really is. 

Mountain Goat 1982 #8225

The 1982 Mountain Goat

This bike is from the 2nd year of Jeff Lindsays MTB production. He made some great road bikes in the 70s and so early as 1981 he made the transition to the MTBs. The Mountain Goat was a bit different than the Ritcheys and the Breezers. One piece handlebars, drum brakes and .035 Phil Wood oval chrome moly main tubing. And rad paint jobs.

This particular Goat was made in 82 but built in 83. Serial #2582 makes this the 25th bike in the 2nd production year. The bike was built with Shimano Deer Head components, Araya rims and Cook Bros Racing hubs. The Brooks seat and Biplane fork still tells that this is an older bike.

In 1982 there was one model – the Mountain Goat. It came in two different equipment levels – the «Deluxe» package or the «Inflation Fighter». This has the Deluxe package.

Serial # 2582
Frame Cro-moly w/ oval shaped top tube and down tube, Fillet Brazed
Fork Mountain Goat Biplane crown
Rims Araya 26 x1.75 alloy
Hubs Cook Bros. Racing
Spokes DT Stainless steel laced 4 cross
Tires Specialized Ground Control
Pedals Suntour XC II
Crank Shimano FC-6206 170 mm arms
Chain Sedis
Rear Cogs Shimano 600 6 speed freewheel
Bottom Bracket Cook Bros.
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore XT FD-M700
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deer head XT RD-M700
Shifters Shimano Deer head XT
Handlebars Mountain Goat one-piece
Grips Oakley 3
Stem Mountain Goat one-piece
Headset        Specialized steel
Brake set Shimano Deore XT MC-70
Brake levers Shimano Deore XT 4 finger BL-M700
Saddle Brooks B-15
Seat Post Suntour XC
Colors Camouflage
Size         20"

Norwegian DBS Off Road Ex 1991 or so. #0053

This is a project I did last year. It is sold now to a friend in Norway due space issues and something had to go. Thought I´d share it since its something most people never have seen.

Norwegian DBS Off Road Ex 1991 or so. Maybe 1992. Serial is #0053.

So was delivered with full XT. Black parts except for the cranks that were silver stock. But I put on some black M730. Also changed grips, tires, cables etc. Picked it all a part and started from scratch after a full paint clean and polish.

DBS = Den Beste Sykkelen = The best bike. Started in 1892 as Øglænd and changed to DBS in 1932. They made aprox 10 million bikes in Norway before they where bought in the 90´s.

Bonus DBS commercial.


And bonus video from later on in the 90´s. Base jumping from the famous Norwegian Prekestolen.

Ibis #46

Ibis #46



Ibis bikes was founded by Scott Nicol in 1981 in his garage. He is actually still behind Ibis after he re-gained control in 2005. Now the bikes are made in Asia, out of carbon fibre and are still nice. In a way. This is as far from that as possible: Hand made, welded by Nicol or one of the other employees in the small operation he had going on, equipped with a lot of custom parts and the new and shiny Shimano 700 Deer Head drivetrain and Suntour shifters. 

Normally I like to write something about the company, but in this case Ibis cycles wrote a lot of cool articles about the early days in 2011, when the company turned 30 years. The article about the name, the early days and the one about Fat City is great reading. Ideally - read them all here.

In many ways this is a typical early 80s bike, but the stub stem, riveted Hi-E hubs and the Cunningham/Ibis Rollercam brakes are pretty cool and something that not every bike was equipped with. Hi-E started making these hubs way before there was purpose built mtbs. They were easy to modify since the mid section could be removed and replaced with a wider hub shell. To make them strong enough the shells were riveted. The stem is likely made by Wes Williams (Ibis employee #1) and have the brake cable through the stem, a style that Yeti/FTW later popularized. The cable noodle is a cable elbow with adjuster from a motorcycle, the grips is Magura motorcycle grips with the flanges removed, hubs are customized road hubs, and the pedals, quick releases and headset are from Campagnolo. Besides from that, the rest of the bike is equipped with purpose built mtb parts.

The paint is pretty rough, but hey - it’s original and showing the battle scars. Logos are hand painted. Love it.

The brakes are quite unique on this bike. Earlier klunkers had coaster brakes and the new standard for mtb was cantilever brakes, previously used on touring bikes. The preferred option were the Mafac tandem brakes, as they were a bit wider and thus giving more stoppage power than the more narrow, standard brakes. There was a second style of brakes - the roller cams. Originally made by Charlie Cunningham in the late 70s and exclusive to his super high end bikes until Scott Nicol worked further on them, as seen here. The original Cunningham brakes had larger brake bosses, and the brakes on this bake have normal sized brake bosses.

The story is that Scott Nicol used to photograph everything that had “by master” written on them, and had a good collection of stuff with that name. This bike has “by master” written on the top tube and “speedmaster” on the nds chain stay. This is supposedly the reason why the WTB roller cams later were called “speedmaster”.

The ride is as expected on a bike like this - very relaxed and backwards leaning. The seat tube angle is quite something (about 67/68 degrees) and really doesn’t makes you want to stand on the bike, unless its going downhill. The very short stem does make it quite nervous as well, and the bike is probably a bit too small for me. I guess putting a longer seat post and stem on it will make the geometry strange. Older mtbs doesn't work all that well for someone that is larger or smaller than the original owner.

The Build: 
Frame: Ibis with Campagnolo drop outs
Fork: Ibis with Campagnolo drop outs
Rims: Saturne X-22
Hubs: Hi-E, riveted for extra strength 
Tires: Specialized Ground Control 
Pedals: Campagnolo 
Crank: Specialized
Chain: Shimano
Rear Cogs: Suntour 
Bottom Bracket: Press fit, sealed cartridge
Front Derailleur: Shimano XT Deer Head
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT Deer Head
Shifters: Suntour 
Handlebars: Shimmed - alloy
Grips: Magura
Stem: Ibis 
Headset: Campagnolo 
Brake set: Ibis/Cunningham “Swiss Cheese” rollercams with finned Mathauser pads
Brake levers: Shimano XT Deer Head
Saddle: Brooks B-17
Seat Post: SR Laprade 
Paint: Red

1983 Mountain Goat "Escape Goat"

I guess this will be fun - 1983 Mountain Goat “Escape Goat”. Mafac cantilevers and Shimano 600 headset already in place.

The early Mountain Goats usually had the one piece stem/handlebar combination, but some had a bull moose set up. Since I have a lot of Shimano Deer Head equipped bikes I will try this one with a Suntour setup with Cyclone derailleurs. I’m planning to use Phil Wood hubs with Araya 7x rims. I think i have a spare set op Tomaselli brake levers. A rather classic rider then.

Lets’s see - never had a project without a lot of changes during the build time.

1983 “Escape Goat”

1983 “Escape Goat”

1992 Klein Attitude

Gary Klein started making road bikes in the early 80s and mountain bikes in the mid 80s. His bikes are known for oversized aluminium tubes and bad ass paintjobs. This bike has the iconic green, white, magenta or “Team” paint job. It was bought in 1992 in Norway and was ordered new with the Magura brakes. Of course the collectors doesn’t like the drilled holes so that the Magura housing can be used in the internal cable routing, but this is a user bike and since it was ordered this way I think it´s cool. 


Rider: Tinker Juarez

 The first Klein mountain bike was the Mountain Klein and they had models such as Pinnacle, Top Gun and Rascal, but the Attitude(1990) and Adroit(1991) is usually what the collectors tend to want. The Adroit being the most expensive. They have iconic paint jobs such as Rainforest, Night Storm, Mardi Gras and my favourite Graffiti. They only made 10 graffiti for the team riders in 1993 on 1992 frames. 

Image courtesy of Secondspin: http://www.secondspincycles.com/2016/04/1993-klein-attitude-in-graffiti.html

Image courtesy of Secondspin: http://www.secondspincycles.com/2016/04/1993-klein-attitude-in-graffiti.html

Tinkers team bike: https://www.pinkbike.com/news/now-that-was-a-bike-1993-klein-adroit.html

Tinkers team bike: https://www.pinkbike.com/news/now-that-was-a-bike-1993-klein-adroit.html


The Build: 

-Frame: 1992 Klein Attitude

-Fork: Attitude fork

-Stem/bar: Klein Mission Control

-Brakes: Magura

-Seatpost: Kooka

-Drivetrain/crank: XT

-Wheels: Black XT hubs, disk rear both on Araya Rims. 

Clark Kent F16 #039


Clark Kent F16 1990/91 #039


Clark Kent bikes is named after the two founders Pat Clark and Dean Kent. They made both mountain bikes and road bikes, in both steel and titanium, and where located in Denver. They are probably most known for their Unishock fork that they made in 1989 that they licensed to Scott. They also made the pineapple hubs that especially were made for snowflake lacing. The idea was that the wheel would be stronger. Another famous bike of theirs is the dual wheel f/r “Fat” bike with elevated chainstay that can be seen in this article from pinkbike: https://www.pinkbike.com/news/now-that-was-a-bike-1993-mbs-clark-kent-fat-bike-2016.html

They had som really funky “let´s try it all” designs like the wiggly tubing and the Z-link as well. 

They made frames, forks, stems, brakes, hubs, cranks and more, but they seldom seem to pop up on the market. I have a front Pinapple hub and a “normal” prototype rear hub and the crank. I did however change the crank on this build since the CNC Clark Kent crank didn´t fit the build that well. But I of course kept the crank. 

 The company was dissolved in 1995/96 due to financial troubles. 


The build: 

-Clark Kent titanium frame welded by master-welder Ivo Vinklarek

-Fork: Tange Prestige 

-Stem: Salsa

-Drivetrain: XT

-Headset: XT

-Seatpos: XT

-Pedals: XT

-Crank: CQP patent pending

-Brakes: Marinovative descelerator titanium 

-Grips: Odi 

-Tyres: Tioga

-Hubs: Clark Kent pinapple front hub snowflake laced and “normal” Clark Kent rear hub

-Rims: specialized xl 21 

Bike - Das Mountain bike magazine August 1995

Bike - Das Mountain bike magazine August 1995