At the moment I reckon these look great:
But I'll never own one.
OK, not exactly complying with the thread as I do own one now, but it took 18 years!
Back in 1994/5 I was getting into mountain biking and reading magazines. Full sus had been around for a couple of years but a lot of them were ungainly boat anchors. Saw the Mongoose Amplifier in a mag and read about Brian Lopes and Leigh Donovan's winning escapades on a similar bike and decided I wanted one. I never did as the frames were so expensive at the time.
Track to last summer and I happened to see an Amplifier 2 frame for sale on fleabay and won it cheaply. It was built up using some bits I had hanging around, a mixture of old and new so not historically accurate but built how I wanted. Pleased to own that frame after all those years.
A kid at school had a multi coloured luminous Cinelli hard tail in 1991. I always thought he'd nicked it as it was expensive at the time...
I love the look of the Ibis Mojo now and if I had space in the shed (or permission, or more money) I'd buy one tomorrow.
Nishiki Alien (with allen key to keep the estay tight!)
and of course an RC200
I rode them all (friends had them) apart from the mountain goat.
Ooh, that picture that Ben posted of the Manitou full-susser:
MTB Pro ran a test on a Mountain Goat variant of that with the same "forks as rear suspension" which I lusted after for years.
Mentally built it up many times, kept changing the spec as new bits came out of forks developed but they were always hung on that frame. SO wanted it.
Raleigh Chopper - my Dad got me a poor imitation instead where both the wheels were the same size!
Raleigh Winner racer - my Dad's mate rescued me an abandoned Raleigh Sprint with a wonky frame from a bush instead.
Muddy Fox Courier early/mid 90s
Marin Muirwoods in flouro yellow - my Dad finally came up trumps with a brand new Marin Palisades Trail, which was a better spec, but the grey and flouro yellow didn't look as good as the Muirwoods so I went with the blue.
Mid/late 90s Marin hardtails with subtle metallic finishes and anodised parts, a bit like that Manitou - at the time they were like the Apple of mtb styling.
Late 90s Marin Mt Vision Pro like Lazyboy - In order to justify spending a whopping £1000 on a Rift Zone I felt I had to start racing!
Late 90s Raleigh Team in the blue and yellow colours and those celeste green Michelin tyres like Barry Clarke - I've still got a team jersey he signed from just before the team briefly became Diamondback. As an aside the Chris King hubbed Bontrager gold rimmed wheelset was so desired then.
Early 00s Specialized FSR team issue in yellow with red forks - the rumour was you couldn't buy the team issue because in lightening it they didn't expect it to last more than a race season.
Early 00s Cannondale World Cup race replica hardtail in blue and white with Fatty Ultra fork and the original Crossmax with silver decals - I was vying for the Sport podium and one of my main rivals at Southern XC and Nationals had this beautiful bike and looked way more pro than me.
Currently considering carbon race dually 29er options which I may or may not be able to bring myself to buy.
Oh, the RTS - I'd forgotten that; definitely wanted one of those.
I came close to buying one of these in 1993 instead of the Kilauea I did buy:
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Another vote for the Yo Eddy. The most aesthetically pleasing lines on a bike ever.
In thinking of having a custom hard tail made with modern geometry that pays homage to the tubes and lines of the Yo Eddy
I've been trying to pick up a tidy Yo Eddy for nearly a decade- it has to be in Aqua Fade though.
You need to contact IndyFab re a custom job - they started out with a couple of the original frame builders from Fat Chance IIRC.
Pace RC 200
Pace DPD - although I cant recall if it ever made production
There's a woman I used to pass on the school run who had an almost mint, like showroom, RTS2, has a basket on the front. I'm pretty sure she has no idea of it's significance.
rode an Explosif, so wanted to love it, but it was lifeless, such a disapointment.
potentially, there's so many, but...
whiskeytown racer, tho' they're being built again
Bontrager ti lite
in 1997 I wanted GT Zaskar - got the frame in 2001
in 2001 Santa Cruz Heckler - got the frame last year
Any BMX. Got a racer instead. Turned the handlebars up on end to look a bit more cool but it wasn't the same.
Funnily enough in the last month I've picked up this
Which has sated my 90's roadbike dreams
Mountain bike wise it was a Cannondale SV and a Merlin, I've had more than one chance to get both but haven't quite got round to them yet. I do have a couple of FATs including a Yo and a Klein and a Ritchey and an original Ibis as well as a load of others so don't feel too bad for me
@boxbuster - that 853 Raleigh DH bike is on my list too. Apparently flexy as a flexy thing, but the hand-painted flames job and steel tubes looked great.
Speaking of flexy things, this was another big want
Very early on it would have been one of these
More recently - the IndyFab Tngsten Electrode
Seems I had a thing for DH bikes with shonky loking single swingarms...
And of course, an Intense M1 - especially in the Dirt/Kawasaki team green
A Ritchey soft tail, with full XT and Judy SL's.
A GT LTS.
An Orange P7 which I have now got.
A Mountaun Cycle San Andeas.
A Brian Rourke road bike.
Fat Chance Yo Eddy in aqua fade... I still check
eBay & Retrobike regularly. 19" if anyone has
Zaskar either LE or normal
Yeti DH8, I have a DH9 to sort at some point but it's dull compared to the DH8 with the pull shock.
One of those stunningly beautiful steel Colnago's with the funky tubes as pictured above.
Mercian roadbike in a dark red with Campag Chorus that I could have had for a pittance as a trade-in but turned down as I had too many bikes (six) at the time.
Just two itches to scratch now... Ritchey Commando and a Mountain Goat Deluxe. Always massive gates when they come up for sale though. Never owned an Off Road Toad either, so add one of those to the list.
Btw, there's an aquafade Yo Eddy about three feet to my left. And no, it ain't for sale.
Fat Chance Team Comp, read a test against a Pace and it sounded a more fun bike. Many years later, and with a different viewpoint, I ended up with an F4 Pace-every bit as good as the review said it was. Never got the Fat Chance, but had an F7 in red, and an F8 in silver which is now sat in the workshop with a small split in the upper headtube, one day i'll get it to the nice man with the tig welder, possibly.
Klein Adroit with the mission control bar/stem and press fit BB.
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