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.


Frame Cro-moly with 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"

Serial # 2582


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:

Image courtesy of Secondspin:

 Tinkers team bike:

Tinkers team bike:


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:

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