>Does anyone else here have experience with old MTB's
>at least 10 years old? Let me know
My sister bought her Ritchey in 1985. I was 17 at the time and a true-
blue roadie. The Ritchey had the relaxed geometry you talk about, motor-
cycle levers, Suntour thumbies, bullhorn bars and a chainstay mounted
Rollercam brake. It was a revelation. I had never had as much fun on a
bike as I did on her Ritchey. Of course, with the horizontal top-tube,
it was nowhere near the right size for her, as she is about 5'3 and would
be much better served by one of today's framesets, but it was a perfect
bike for me with the seat way up. She still uses it for commuting, but
I've kept all the original bits (she upgraded to SIS) in case she ever
decides to return it to its full glory. The other funny thing is the
price. She paid about $1300 for it back then, when her VW GTI cost $13,000.
Last I checked, the GTI is about $23000, and my last Stumpjumper FS was
$1200. Some things do get better.