My old jack

Spiderweb

Not So Special One
Location
North Yorkshire
 
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Ian H

I am an ancient randonneur, & I stop often for tea
Location
East Devon
They only ever built to order: road bikes, tourers, trikes, tandems. I suppose it can't be surprising that they made at least one MTB. Must have been towards the end of their active years.
 
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Goofyrider

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They only ever built to order: road bikes, tourers, trikes, tandems. I suppose it can't be surprising that they made at least one MTB. Must have been towards the end of their active years.
Yes it was ordered i had reciept a few years ago after parents passed away it was about £575 i remember!!
 
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Goofyrider

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Extremely relaxed geometry on that. It seems like a very big angle of slope on the seat tube and fork, making the overall length huge. Built for comfort rather than speed. What was it like to ride off-road?
From what i remember it was great but i was only 13 years old when i got it and mountain bikes were pretty new still in 1988!! Think i rode it for a year and been in garage ever since.
 

SkipdiverJohn

Veteran
Location
London
That has got some seriously slack angles
Slack, yes, but not out of the ordinary for a bike of it's era. For comparison, here's a Raleigh Sabre dating from 1994, with a welded 18-23 Hi-tensile frame. The angles are 70 head/70 seat, which appears to be the standard geometry for most, if not all the welded 18-23 Raleigh MTB's from the 80's and 90's.

RALEIGH SABRE MTB.jpg


The Jack Taylor does have unusually long chainstays though, much like a Dawes Ranger which has a similarly long wheelbase.
I find the 70/70 geometry Raleigh frames to be a very good ride on both gravel and potholed tarmac. Nothing lively about them, but the design takes the sting out of poor roads, much like a slack 3-speed roadster frame does..
 
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Rod_Saetan

Senior Member
That is lovely! Never seen another either and I've been keeping my eye out ;-)

Should it become surplus to requirements and you need a new loving home for it feel free to get in touch.
 
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