1990 Peugeot Black Rock Mountain Bike - Black

peugeot black rock mountain bike - black - side view
Shady bike in front of shady tree

I've always liked Peugeot bicycles. From the ubiquitous UO8 and Carbolite 103 road bikes, to the high-end PX10 race bikes, and even the early-1980s Express series mountain bikes, Peugeot's French style is unique. (So are many of their French bolt sizes and stem quill diameters, but I'm sure I'll gripe about that in a future how-to article.)

This 1990 Peugeot Black Rock Mountain bike, on the other hand, is something a little different.


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First, I hate to split hairs (who the hell am I kidding...I love it!), but this bike's name is the "Black Rock Mountain". So should I have called it the "Black Rock Mountain mountain bike" above? That sounds like one too many mountains. Is this thing a bicycle, or the Alps?

peugeot black rock mountain bike - black - front angle view
Gangster lean

Next, there's a very foreboding decal on the seat tube that reads "WARNING THIS BIKE IS EQUIPPED WITH TIRES NOT IN EXCESS OF 4.0CM WIDE. REPLACING THE TIRES WILL BE A RISK TO YOUR SAFETY AND VOIDS ALL WARRANTIES." What?!? 4.0 centimeters is roughly 1.5748 inches, which limits this so-called "mountain" bike to some severely non-mountain-at-all tire sizes.

According to the 1990 Peugeot brochure at Bike Boom Peugeot, the Black Rock Mountain originally came with some very un-mountainy gumwall tires, probably a 26x1.5" hybrid-esque tire. The Black Rock definitely looks good in gumwalls, but it would probably look better in a set of aggressive 26-inch knobbies. Right now (or when I shot the photos last summer, anyway) it was sporting a pair of Kenda Kross 26x1.95" tires; I hope nobody died!

peugeot black rock mountain bike - black - tire warning decal
Skinny tires are safer, apparently

The "don't put real tires on the Black Rock Mountain or you will perish" warning decal is a major roadblock, because the bike has a totally heavy-metal black-and-red (well, orange...the red paint has faded) color scheme. It would be a perfect backstage runabout for a Slayer roadie. But skinny little gumwall hybrid tires aren't metal at all. This bike needs some gnarly treads!

Of course, if you're working as a roadie for Slayer, putting the wrong size tires on your 20-year-old Peugeot is probably the least of your worries. If it were me, I'd just say "to hell with it" (get it? Slayer? Hell? I'm fulla jokes) and throw on a set of aggressive Kendas before Kerry King kicked my ass.

peugeot black rock mountain bike - black - front end
Black magic

Apart from its weird tire-size issue, this Peugeot Black Rock Mountain is in pretty good shape. It needs cleaning (if you care about that sort of thing), the chain is rusty, the torn Georgena Terry saddle could use upgrading, and new derailleur cables and brake cables wouldn't be a bad idea.

But I'd just leave all that stuff alone, raise the seatpost a little, put a water bottle in the cage, and go for a ride through the woods. Peugeot's warranty expired decades ago anyway. And probably the worst that would happen if one of those too-wide-for-the-Black-Rock-Mountain Kenda Kross tires blew out is that I'd have to walk home. It wouldn't be the first time.

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peugeot black rock mountain bike - black - head tube
A French lion from Taiwan
peugeot black rock mountain bike - black - brake lever
Shimano SLR big plastic brake lever
peugeot black rock mountain bike - black - front brake and tire
Your warranty is officially voided
peugeot black rock mountain bike - black - front hub
JoyTech low-flange hub
peugeot black rock mountain bike - black - fork graphics
I think these are "bloody lion scratch" graphics
peugeot black rock mountain bike - black - front brake and tire
That brake pad needs adjustment
peugeot black rock mountain bike - black - fork decal
Chromoly steerer tube, not-chromoly fork legs
peugeot black rock mountain bike - black - top tube decal
Nap time in the Peugeot graphic design office
peugeot black rock mountain bike - black - down tube decal
That's better
peugeot black rock mountain bike - black - seat tube lug
Chromoly frame with seat tube reinforcement lug
peugeot black rock mountain bike - black - front derailleur
Shimano 200GS front derailleur
peugeot black rock mountain bike - black - crank
Shimano Biopace crank
peugeot black rock mountain bike - black - seatpost clamp and cable hanger
Cable hanger!
peugeot black rock mountain bike - black - rear derailleur
Shimano 200GS rear derailleur
peugeot black rock mountain bike - black - chain, freewheel, derailleur
Nothing a little motor oil can't fix
peugeot black rock mountain bike - black - seat
"Bicycles for women" on the Slayer-mobile?
peugeot black rock mountain bike - black - cockpit
We don't need no stinkin' touch-up paint