is my beloved 1993 Bridgestone MB-3. 52cm frame. It's been my "do-all"
bike for many years since aquiring it new in '93. This was my first
real mountain bike, yet one of the first mods I made was purchasing
an extra wheelset and 12-23 cassette, mounted some Tom Slick street
tires, and it did double-duty as my road bike for a number of years.
It has been through several metamorphoses in its life. Drop-bar,
slick tire road bike, commuter, to full on single-track charger
and several variations in between.
retains most of the excellent stock Deore DX components, especially
those sweet 7sp thumbshifters,DiaCompe 986 brakes as well as Tom
Ritchey bits and pieces. Even the Avocet saddle is original. The
original DX rear derailleur was destroyed during a trail ride one
day and was replaced by a XT model. The crankset has an adapter
(made by Ringle maybe?) allowing the mounting of a 20 tooth chainring.
It will climb nearly straight up with that! It also occasionally
sports a Rock Shok Jett front fork, (1" threaded...try finding one
of those now) pivoting on a Campagnolo Veloce headset. I recently
scored a NOS Shimano Deore DX headset on eBay and teamed it up with
the original Logic rigid fork.
in all its been a very satisfying bike to own. Agile and relatively
light for a lugged steel MTB. Extremely well built as most Bridgestones
were. I don't ride it as much these days as other bikes and projects
have supplanted it some but it remains my favorite of the bunch.