Readers’ Rides: Jakob’s 1990s Marin Sausalito Gravel Bike


Readers’ Rides: Jakob’s 1990s Marin Sausalito Gravel Bike

Bikes from the 80s and 90s can be repurposed for modern use with some smart parts speccing. Take Jakob from Austria‘s 1994 Marin Sausalito. Let’s see this beaut in full detail below!

I bought this Marin Sausalito nearly two years ago for 50 € to have a project during the first lockdown, not exactly sure which year this model was built but based on the components I guess it’s from 1992.

The initial plan was to build it up as a low-cost commuter bike with flat bars, fenders, and racks.

But after I realized that I really like the geometry and the frame also has good tire clearance I decided to try to build an off-road capable drop-bar bike. So the first thing I got was a new stem with a removable faceplate and a 31.8 mm clamp so I could fit drop bars with modern geometry.

Within the next few months, I changed more parts, bought some new components, and wherever possible I used old parts I got from the local craigslist-equivalent or stuff I already had lying around. In its current state only the headset, the front derailleur, and the old 7-speed cassette are left from the original build.

After all that I made a set of bags for the bike so I could bring food, clothes, and a camera on winter rides.

Not sure how this bike compares to a modern gravel bike, the Tange steel frame is nice and responsive but not super-light. But it was fun to build, it’s relatively cheap and most importantly it’s fun to ride. Today it’s one of my favorite bikes for longer day rides on mixed terrain and with a big saddle bag or some small panniers, it’s even good for overnighters and some light touring.

1992 19” Marin Sausalito frame
Shimano Deore XT hub (front)
Shimano Deore FH-M610 hub on Mavic A319 rim (rear)
WTB nano 700x40c tires
Ritchey headset
Velo Orange quill stem with removable faceplate 90 mm
Ritchey Comp Butano bars 46 cm
Sram bar tape
Sram S500 brake levers
Tektro CR 720 Brakes with Kool Stop pads
Microshift BS-M10 bar end shifters (in friction mode)
Shimano XT rear derailleur
Shimano CX 500 front derailleur
Shimano 11-28 cassette 7 speed
Shimano LX cranks
Shimano pedals
Brooks Cambium C17 carved saddle
BBB seatpost
selfmade bags

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