Besides which, IMHO, if it was built by Jim Merz, it's stuck together better
than 98% of what's out there.
> I sent for the pictures of the bike and it is pretty neat looking. Painted
> black, Mertz decals, 531, cool prototype stem (bull moose but split to allow
> adjustment. The crank looks to be Stronglight with TA rings (if there is
> such a thing). The first Stumps (1982) were Tig welded and this one is
> lugged. I think it is a prototype for the 1983 lugged models.
> I have 5 first year (1982) and a 1983 Stump with pictures and specs @
> http://www.firstflightbikes.com/rigid.htm if anyone is interested.
> Jeff Archer
> First Flight Bicycles
> 216 S. Center St.
> Statesville, NC 28677
> 704.878.9683 phone
> 704.878.9689 FAX
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "nath" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: <email@example.com>
> Sent: Monday, January 28, 2002 3:15 PM
> Subject: Re: [CR]Is this a classic or not?
> > I'd say the Stumpjumper prototype is classic. It's steel, it's lugged,
> > it's got a TA Cyclotourist (I wonder if that was the crank Specialized
> > originally installed on the prototype. . . .). And since it's early-80s,
> > fits the time frame, which an MB-1 doesn't.
> > Wish the seller had posted pictures rather than asking potential bidders
> > write for them. (I wonder how many e-mails he'll receive before the
> > auction's close?)
> > It'll be fun to see what everyone thinks about this one!
> > nath dresser
> > spring green, wi (where winter has returned. . . .)