Here is my leftover MB-1, to be put up for sale at some point in the future. I might hold onto the Vantage Expert wheels and Z Max tires for tooling around on This Old Bridgestone with.
Here are a few shots from one of the local bike shops. The shop features a dozen or so bikes displayed high up on the walls (consisting mostly of Bianchi’s now-defunct line of single-speed mountain bikes; e.g. B.O.S.S, B.A.S.S., C.U.S.S., B.U.S.S., D.I.S.S., G.U.S.S., P.U.S.S., and W.U.S.S) and a “junkyard” in the basement with spare parts and old beaters for sale. Besides the single speeds, though, you’ll find not one but two examples of the Bridgestone MB-Zip (A.K.A. the MB-0) and an XO-1 to boot (if you look closely you’ll see the second Zip behind the XO-1; sorry for the poor picture quality).
Down in the basement you can find an old 1993 MB-1 not-for-sale. There used to be a $1000 price tag on it but the word on the street is they now want to restore it further before selling it.
I spent three years, and went through three different ’93 MB-1’s, to restore this complete bike. If you’ve seen pictures of one of these bikes online before, there’s a good chance you’ve seen some of the very same bikes which eventually became a part of This Old Bridgestone. (Incidentally, I recently replaced the black cable housing with original, transparent Suntour housing.) Click on any of the pictures for a better look-see.
First up, a few pictures showing the iridescence of the Pearl Tusk paint job. It was difficult to capture the full effect with my phone’s camera but it still shimmers like the day it came off the production line.
Next are the wheels. The hardest item(s) to find during the restoration were a set of original gray Ground Control skinwall tires and Ritchey Vantage Comp wheels. If you see me riding this on the local trails, most likely these wheels will be sitting at home and This Old Bridgestone will be sporting a different set of vintage-appropriate wheels and tires.
I went through a few saddles to find an original one with the yellow paint; no rips, scratches, or glued-on patches.
Some more pictures of the wheels including a couple showing off the Ritchey crown bi-plane fork.
Look at all of that Ritchey…
More Ritchey and some Shimano Deore XT.
The plastic covering was still protecting this head badge before I got a hold of it.
Size: 46cm (18 in)
Color: Pearl Tusk
Frame and Fork: Ritchey Logic Prestige tubing, Ritchey Crown Fork
Headset: 1” Shimano DX, black
Seatpost: Ritchey Force Directional (Nitto), 27.2 x 300mm
Shifters: Shimano XT M732 Thumbies, 7sp
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT M735, short cage
Front Derailleur: Shimano XT M735
Cranks: Ritchey Logic, 172.5mm, 46Tx36Tx24T Ritchey rings
Bottom Bracket: Tioga BB-401, 124.5mm spindle
Hubs: Front: 28H Shimano 600 Ultegra, Rear: Shimano XT M732
Cassette: Shimano DX HG70, 7sp, 12-28T
Rims: Ritchey Vantage Comp, 32 hole (R) 28H (F)
Brakes: Dia Compe 987
Brake Levers: Ritchey Logic
Handlebar: Ritchey Force Comp (Nitto), 540mm, 6 deg bend
Stem: Ritchey Force Comp (Nitto), 130mm 10deg
Grips: Ritchey True, black
Tires: Specialized Ground Control, 26” x 1.95” grey
Saddle: Avocet Racing 1, leather
Weight: 24.7 lbs
Thanks for looking!