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1987 Steve Potts Custom Drop Bar Mountain Bike

This is a 1987 Steve Potts Custom mountain bike with unique paint and all the desirable parts I could hope for.

The bike’s first owner was the wife of Trevor Lindsey, the owner of St. Henri Cycles that was a bike shop in Malibu, California, supplying premium mountain bikes. I had been chatting on and off for several years with the second owner, who had bought the bike in 1991/1992. I’d been searching for a drop-bar Steve Potts mountain bike for many, many years that was in my size having ridden one 15-20 years ago, and instantly fell in love with the positioning the gooseneck stem provides. Amazingly, the first owner put very few miles on the bike, and the second owner simply stored it in a dry environment without ultraviolet light for 30 years. I was very fortunate to acquire this bike that fits me perfectly.

The frame, fork, and gooseneck (LD!) stem were painted by Steve Potts himself and he did a beautiful job. The color is still very rich and vibrant with no fading. Interestingly, in Steve’s earlier days, he painted for several other builders, painting in the region of 4,000 bikes!

The bike features a host of Wilderness Trail Bikes components; the WTB thumb shifter mounts, drilled (Swiss cheese!) WTB Roller cam brakes front and rear, Fixed Angle Seat Post (FASP), front and rear WTB Grease Guard hubs, a modified Zefal Solibloc pump that is concealed within the seatpost, WTB Toe (Pedal) Flips for quick and easy toe clip entry, WTB/Specialized RM-2 flared drop handlebar, WTB Inline Cable Adjuster, WTB Cable Hangar, and original WTB Water Bottles in both a larger 28 oz size and a smaller 21 oz size.

The rest of the bike consists of 6-speed Shimano Deore M730 front and rear derailleurs and thumb shifters, Specialized Flag crankset, Specialized GX26 rims, Suntour XC Compe pedals, Specialized Headset, and a Specialized Prolong saddle. The only parts replaced due to age are the rim tape and tubes as they perished over the years!

The only plan for the bike I have is to replace the brake pads with the original WTB and perhaps the bar tape as it is losing it's effectiveness. And I need to verify if the saddle is period correct.

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