Easton Reflex E9 Vintage Mountain Bike XTR Large for sale
This bike was semi-custom top of the line model back in the day. The Easton E9 Reflex was made in Easton’s Salt Lake City plant in the 1990s. It was touted as handmade in the USA, which wasn’t far from the truth. Easton aimed at the top of the market with this model, sporting Shimano XT components (even pedals are XT) and the ahead-of-its-time Specialized Ground Control tire. Easton E9 aluminum alloy tubing, which Easton said was the same material used in spacecraft, was mated to cast aluminum lugs. 1990 article in Salt Lake City’s Deseret News gushed, “Comparing Reflex to regular mountain bike is sort of like trying to compare Mercedes-Benz automobile and Hyundai.... To discriminating cyclists, Reflex is fast becoming the Mercedes of the bicycle industry, [Easton president Mike] Hillis said. And so far, there are enough of those discriminating customers out there to make Reflex bikes some of the hottest and most hard-to-find bikes on the market.”Seat tube center-to-center length is 20” and top tube is 23”. The rear tire is an original Specialized Ground Control folding knobby tire, while the front tire’s been recently replaced with folding semi-slick Ritchey. The bike is in overall very good condition, much better than expected for its age. seldom seen top shelf example from the early days of the mountain biking explosion. Local pickup in northern Virginia possible.
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