Garda Bike Festival: Past bikes, present bikes, future bikes?

The great thing about bike shows is there’s usually a bit of misty eyed nostalgia tucked away on one of the show stands to invoke the “Remember when it was simple” anecdotes and jumpers for goalposts stories.

At Riva, Specialized supplied the bike to do it, a¬†McRoy-era FSR…

It used to be the future
It used to be the future
Need reach?
Need reach?
I remember them
SS7 and XC Pro? I remember them
Old skool stoppers
Old skool stoppers
8 Speed? It'll never catch on...
8 Speed? It’ll never catch on…
Triple. Still popular in Germany.
Triple. Still popular in Germany.
Insert Major Tom joke here
Insert Major Tom joke here
It's a fully, ja?
It’s a fully, ja?

GT embraced the now, with a Dan Atherton team enduro bike…

Dan's Sanction
Dan’s Sanction
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34t single ring up front
Tiny and ten speed
Tiny ten speed
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XTR levers
Saint calipers
Saint calipers
Piggyback
Piggyback
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If it’s good enough for your name it’s good enough to race on

Meanwhile Felt showed a niche but scary future, with an XX1 equipped electric fat bike that’ll be on sale in 2015…

Fat? Check, Electric? Check,
Fat? Check. Electric? Check.
Bosh
Motor and battery included
X0 Trail stoppers
X0 Trail stoppers and a Reverb dropper
XX1 drivetrain.
XX1 drivetrain.

Evidently it’ll do 45kph.

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