1990’s Vintage Bontrager Race Lite X-Large

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1990’s Vintage Bontrager Race Lite X-Large Mountain Bike that will fit 6’0″-6’3″. This bike rides great and handles like Boss with the gear range to go fast and climb those hills. You will have a big smile after each ride. Only 25.93 lbs with pedals!

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Industry Description:

Bontrager isn’t one to exaggerate. His frames featured all sorts of features that defied tradition. Bontrager eschewed classic brazing in favor of garish TIG-welds, he employed gussets on the toptube, downtube, and chainstays, there was an unusual, anti-chainsuck plate on the drive-side chainstay, his seatstays were odd, two-piece affairs and the front triangle looked too small, thanks to the sloping top tube. Today, all those unique touches seem perfectly normal, many of them have, in fact, become mainstream. Indeed, to the modern eye, a Bontrager Race Lite is a thing of sheer beauty. At the time, however, those Bontrager frames looked like something constructed by a mad scientist who had unlimited access to a high-school metal shop. But here’s the thing-the Race Lites were also lighter and worlds stronger than just about everything out there. Most importantly, they boasted a trail manners that made other bikes feel like ropey nags. Bontrager did comparisons of brazed joints and TIG welded joints and learned about what happens in the thermal history of the process. He found that adding gussets to TIG-welded frames enabled him to redistribute loads and build a much stronger bike. But that was really just the tip of the iceberg. The Race Lite frame was loaded with myriad small details that only the keenest-eyed rider would notice. He cut his rear dropouts from 4130 steel plate instead of using softer, forged pieces. He heat-treated his seat and chainstays to improve their strength and impact resistance. His bottom brackets were made from high-grade chrome-moly steel, which was lighter and stronger than the high-tensile steel that most frame makers used in those “less critical” frame members. Words: Liam Friay
Bike Spec for 1990’s Vintage Bontrager Race Lite X-Large:

Frame: Fully Heat Treated True Temper 4130 Chro-Moly
Fork: Rock Shox Judy XC 1″ w/ speed springs
Wheelset: Shimano XT Hubs, Bontrager Mustang Rims
Tires: SCCR 26×1.9
Crankset: Shimano XT 42/32/22 175mm FC-M739
Pedals: Origin Platform
Shifter: Shimano XT STI, ST-M739 3×8
Front: Shimano XT, FD-M739
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT, RD-M739
Cog: Sunrace, 8-speed: 12-34
Brakeset: Shimano XT V-Brakes BR-M739
Seat Post: Bontrager Alloyt 27.0mm
Handlebars: Easton Monkey Lite XC Carbon 64cm (I do have the original Bontrager Race Lite)
Stem: Bontrager Race w/ A-headset adaptor Quill to 1″1/8 70mm (I do have the original Bontrager Race Lite 1″ quill stem)
Tape: New Specialized Grips
Cables and Housing: Jagwire/Shimano/Sram

Bicycle Frame Geometry for 1990’s Vintage Bontrager Race Lite X-Large:

A) Seat Tube: 19″ Center to Center
B) Effective Seat Tube: 19 Inch
C) Effective Top Tube: 23.4 Inch
D) Top Tube: 23.4″
E) Wheel Base: 42″
F) Standover Height to Top Tube: 80cm/ 31.5 inches
G) Head Tube: 10.7cm
H) Reach: N/A
I) Stack: N/A

Note: Measurements can be .5 +/-

Listed on: November 11, 2023
Listed in: Bikes
Category: MTB
Brand: Bontrager
Size: XL
Item Location: Loveland, CO
Shipping available? Yes
Local pickup available? Yes
Returns accepted? No
Location: Loveland, CO


rob November 11, 2023 12:55pm PST Reply

Wow! Love it

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