The Hunt Cycling is a full service bike-shop, independent journal and collective consisting of three cycling enthusiasts based in Halle Saale. We try to explore, document and share our experiences in the field of cycling and beyond. Besides drinking shandy, lots of riding and intellectual discusses about bike parts and stuff, we enjoy riding with friends and running our showroom and bike-shop located in the center of Halle.
The intention of this Bridgestone Trail MB-4 custom build was to set up a comfortable companion for tarmac and sandy paths for a lady. A short wheelbase, roadbike-like geometry, wide tires and trekking handlebar makes it an agile and controllable bike. This matches the original intention from Bridgestone as you can see in the catalogue scans from 1988 below. Sheldon says: “In the ’80s this design was considered “radical” but it proved itself on the trail, and was copied by everybody a few years later. This Bridgestone design still is the standard for rigid frame MTBs.” The well-balanced mix of used and new parts were essential regarding the budget. But which modern parts would fit better than a combination of Shimano Deore DX / Araya wheelset with Shimano Deore LX crank and Shimano Deore XT group? We would also like to set up a second copy for us, but unfortunately they are rare to find. Thus we are still sad that Bridgestone frames are not produced anymore and pray for their comeback. In the meantime, we are pleased that Grant Petersen can realize his ideas and ideals at Rivendell.