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  • trevron73

    My History is ?
    Rockhopper 87
    Muddy fox bigfoot 2
    Kona aa
    Cannondale beast of the east 97(still riding)
    Cannondale trail SL4

    I love them all and they are all special in one way or another? My Trail SL 4 is dripping with boutique parts and its amazing, The beast gets plenty of runs out with J3 forks (used to have Z1 which i miss?) the Rockhopper was my first up Skiddaw followed by the AA , i went far and high on the Muddy fox and it was hard to ride on trails but easy on road ,if i had to pick one ?hmm Rockhopper or beast? or the modern dripping with parts .Easy the Beast is my best mate ,my drinking buddy and my oldest friend ? what about you ?

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    Claud Butler Ravana
    Giant XTC
    Orange sub 5
    On one Inbred (18″ frame in white)
    Specialized Enduro S-works (2006 model)
    On one Inbred (20″ frame in red)
    On one 456 Summer Season
    On one 456ti (Lynskey version)
    Specialized Enduro 2010 model
    Surly Karate Monkey 29er

    Best bike, without a shadow of doubt 456ti. Still got it and had it since new. Believe the hype about these frames.

    Also still got the Spesh Enduro (2010 model) and that’s for uplift and Alp type holidays. It’s great at what I use it for but wouldn’t want to pedal it too much.

    Also still got the Surly KM. now turned into a cyclocross bike. Love it like that but it’s going as the frame is too large in that set up and I don’t need another mountain bike.

    Loved the Summer Season, that frame made me ride like I’d stolen the bike, a right hoot but terrible for chain suck and as I tend to buy frame and swap bits over, and its not something I’d had or have had since, I can only blame the frame.

    The red Inbred was a parts bin bike made up of spare parts and I had that at the same time I had the 2006 Enduro, the enduro stopped getting ridden and turned into an uplift / holiday bike. And then got upgraded to the 2010 model as the hardtails developed from the red inbred to the Summer Season to the 456ti.

    Started with a
    Dawes tamarak
    Kona dawg
    Rocky mountain etsx 70
    Orange st 4
    Just recently built the st4 and by far the best I’ve had.

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    Started with an emmelle type of thing, then
    Saracen Tufftrax
    Sunn 5000 (cracked)
    Sunn f/s (suspension ovalised in months)
    Sunn revolt (mate still rides)
    Raleigh TI special racing products. (TJ has it now)
    Tomac Revolver
    Commencal supreme (cracked)
    Commencal supreme (cracked)
    Commencal meta 5 (cracked)
    Morewood Shova LT
    Marin Wolfridge (still got the frame)
    Marin Attack Trail.

    Loved all of them, but the Marin Wolfridge has been the best by a country mile.


    Giant Stonebreaker
    Marin Nail Trail 93 (stolen)
    Orange P7 95 (destroyed in a fire)
    Specialized enduro expert (destroyed in the same fire)
    Orange clockwork 2013
    All been good in their own way. Never really got on with the specialized more into hardtails really. Took a while to get on the suspension bandwagon. The P7 was ace and I miss it, but my new clockwork is putting a smile back on my glum mug!


    Bike history is…

    1997 Steel Rockhopper in dark blue was my first proper bike but it got nicked not long after getting it.
    1997 Kona Koa was its replacement. I loved this bike.
    1997 Cannondale SV700 replaced the Koa and was my first bouncy bike.
    1997 Marin Mount Vision ever really liked this but ae spec (Z1’s, full XTR, Big ‘Uns etc)
    2001 Fly BMX; got nicked at uni. I then had no bike for a couple go years.
    1998 Specialized FSR Comp. paint stripped and polished. Did ride this much before the frame and forks were sold to fund snowboarding holiday.
    2001 Kona Stinky. Too small for me but I loved this bike and had the frame for years and built it up in various guises.
    2003 Specialized Big Hit. Ace bike and my first real big bike.
    Plant X Jack Flash. Not sure of the year but got me back into hardtails and BMX tracks.
    1998 Santa Cruz Chameleon in baby blue which replaced the Planet X and got nicer parts.
    2005 Specialzed Demo 9. Awesome and looked ace with a stealth build.
    2005 Norco hardtail (can’t remember which one). Hated it so only had it for a few weeks.
    2006 Orange Sub Zero. Bit small for me but a great frame and good fun.
    2007 Santa Cruz Chameleon. This one actually fitted me and was a great do it all bike.
    2008 Solid Flair built as a DH/ play bike. Great fun, bit different but pedalled really badly!
    2006 Orange Patriot 66. Another bike n the hate category.
    Another break from bikes.
    2005 Specialized SX Trail. Current main bike….love it.
    Original Intense Tazer. Cracked, do only ride it once or twice and is now wall art.
    2012 Cotic BFe in XS built as a DJ/play bike.
    2013 Specialized Allez Sport.

    The last three are my current bikes.

    It’s hard to pick out just one, but the Koa sticks in the mind just for the good times I had on it as a kid ragging about the woods with my mates, the Big Hit was brilliant and probably better than the Demo be ause of the Push tuned shock, the 2007 Chameleon was a bike that I shouldn’t have sold (it should have been the Flair that I had at the same time) but I would say my favourite so far is the SX. It’s a bit old now, a bit battered and a bit heavy and probably too much bike for what it gets used for but I love it. Even though its poo brown, I still think its a good looking bike.


    Bike history far too long to post, but best bikes for me: dave lloyd custom my first proper xc race bike, sinister splinter for loony fun, ellsworth epi for for just being fab at everything, jones space frame for being far more capable and fun then any rigid bike should be. Bikes I hated orange 5 really didn’t live up to the hype, marin mount vision again wss touted as being awsome, won all sorts of magazine awards…foul piece of cack.


    Giant Coldrock
    Orange p7
    Stumpjumper m2
    Litespeed Lookout mountain
    Orange p7
    Pace RC303
    Orange P7
    Chumba HX1

    Have fond memories of the 1st p7(1995). The Litespeed was the blingiest. The FSR was shit, the Pace broke. The second p7 was a hoot, the third too heavy. The Stumpjumper was stiff as and

    Best bike, my current one, helped by good wheels, tubeless tyres and a dropper post.


    Puch Pacemaker – I was 10 years old and it was the most amazing thing I had ever owned! 🙂 That was 30 years ago!

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    Raleigh Avanti
    Raleigh Dyna-Tech Pro (Team Issue)
    Giant ATX 990
    Giant NRS Team
    Giant Reign
    On One 456 Carbon
    Intense 6.6

    All have been great for different reasons. Tha Avanti got me into MTB from road bikes but I bent the forks then it got stolen. The Dyna-Tech was brilliant, light and fast but sold it when I got my 1st motorbike. The ATX got me back into MTB when I worked in Oz. The NRS was used on 2 Alps trips, much to the amusement of my fellow riders on bigger travel bikes. The Reign was my 1st introduction to proper full suss. The 456 was a change back to a hardtail which I enjoyed for a while. It was super quick, climbed like a goat but took it’s toll on my aging body.
    The 6.6 is a bike I’d wanted for ages and finally got one. Bought the frame 2nd hand and rebuilt from scratch. Full respray etc. Offset bushes fitted to tweak the geometry. I’ve almost finished it now, just need to replace the linkages/bolts and buy a dropper post. It’s the best bike ever owned, will take anything I throw at it but still climbs really well….I’ll be keeping this one for a while 🙂

    My ’92 GT Karakoram (still got it). Purely for the fact that it was the bike on which I cut my teeth and fell irrevocably in love with mountain biking.

    In practical terms, my Mk.1 Giant Reign from ’05 – still a very viable 6″ go-anywhere bike today. I foolishly chopped it in for a Reign X in search of more skill compensation after my first trip to Les Gets.

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    06 demo eight, built with wishlist parts as I had just got my first proper job, and was living at parents still, so I had desposable income falling out of my ears. It got nicked in whistler in 08. Still miss it. 😥

    Hmmm, not sure if this starts with a ‘proper’ bike, but it was all my parents could afford – bless ’em

    1993 Townsend Warlord (it had elevated chainstays 🙂 )
    1997 Trek 6000, later completely upgraded, ended up with Bomber Z4s, Hope Mono Minis, bargain bin XT/XTR bits, proper wheels etc.
    2001 Viper frame with many nice bits from above.
    2003 2nd Hand (1998) Sintesi Bazooka frame with evolution of nice bits, Viper becomes a SS
    2004 Giant AC with further evolution of nice bits – stolen 1 month after building
    2004 Giant AC, Viper becomes commuter
    2006 Specialized Langster, Viper becomes ‘pimp’ SS
    2008 Specialized Tarmac
    2009 Bionicon Ironwood
    2010 Genesis iO frame for the SS.
    (then I left the bike trade…)

    Still own the last 4, and they actually get about the same number of outings.

    Best bike? The bike I spent the most on and loved the most through it’s life, probably the 2004 Giant AC, it ended up with Boxxer U-Turns, full X.0, Hope M4s, spangly wheels and finishing kit. It died when a bearing wore out after 5 years, and was completely seized into the frame. It took months to get fixed and sold, in which time I bought the Ironwood.
    The Genesis iO is probably the one I’d keep if I had to choose but one. I’ve had so much fun with this one, rode actually thousands of miles in the USA on this when I wasn’t working.
    Most expensive – Bionicon Ironwood. I have a love-hate relationship with this bike. When it works, and in the right place, it’s brilliant. But it needs constant fettling and I live in the flatlands :-(.

    Starting in 1989, so ignoring bmx and pre mountain bikes
    .. Raleigh mirage
    Saracen tart fux (tuff trax with stickers rearranged)
    Giant cadex
    Specialised rockhopper
    Specialized FSR
    Giant road bike
    Specialized steel road bike
    Specialized allez
    Sunn single speed conversion
    Santa Cruz chameleon
    Rock lobster cross bike
    Surly long haul trucker
    Surly cross check
    Surly karate monkey
    Surly steamroller
    Niner sir9
    Salsa dos Niner
    Surly big dummy
    Surly pugsley
    Salsa vaya
    Kona humu
    Kona honky road bike
    Salsa Fargo
    Salsa Fargo ti
    Salsa spearfish
    Canfield nimble9
    Ritchey road logic
    Surly pugsley again
    Surly krampus

    Favourite? It’s got to be the krampus. The new format is such a game changer. I am riding way faster on it, carrying speed through corners like crazy, it handles corners like a suspiciously muscley prostitute on crack.

    Part of it is that the best bike is often the newest, because its dialled towards your current needs, but the krampus is more than that. It’s effin incredible.

    I’m curious, would like to see sheldons list, shaggies list, and Steve worlands.

    Now that would be interesting….


    Wearing my rose-tinted specs on it has to be my Raleigh Boxer I had when I was about 6-7.

    In reality, the Pitch I have now.

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    1993 Cannondale M700
    1999 Stumpjumper
    2002 Orange Sub 5
    2003 Turner XCE
    2004 S Works Enduro
    2004 Kona Explosif 18″
    2005 Kona Explosif 19″
    2005 Turner 5

    The best full susser was the Enduro (even though I’ve kept the 5 Spot from new and still have it today), but if I had to keep one bike it’d be the 19″ Explosif.

    But I have high hopes for the Curtis XC9 I’m drooling over and waiting for.

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    What will be interesting is Hora’s list…..

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    Tough question.

    My Soul.


    My Patriot LT (2000), with 36s.

    Still ridden weekly.

    b r

    Best bike, without a shadow of doubt 456ti. Still got it and had it since new. Believe the hype about these frames.


    Bought mine in 2008 to replace a steel 456, my only bike if you ignore the steel 456 frame which has been hung on the wall for over 4 years…

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    All of them.


    Genesis Altitude 853 frame.

    Loved it and got me back onto steel bikes.

    Tough one… out of all the bikes I’ve had (a lot), I’d say the one I miss most was my mk1 Chameleon. One of the first on these shores, first set of 5″ Z1s available to the public, Hope brakes etc. An absolutely brilliant bike and I often say that if it hadn’t been nicked about 6 months after I got it, I’d still have it.

    But in terms of the best all round bike I’ve ever had, I’d have to say my old Blur 4X. Another one of those bikes where you have to believe the hype that surrounds them. OK, it ate bearings and shock bushings and wasn’t a particularly modern frame but maybe thats why it was so good – ahead of its time in a way.

    It went to a new home at the end of last year to be replaced by a new Five which on paper was basically the same but a touch longer which was one of the main negatives for me on the Blur (felt a touch too short sometimes). Still dialling it in but I reckon it could easily become better than the Blur… its just about there now 🙂

    Another one worthy of a mention was my old Inbred SS. Bought cheap off here from firestarter, was my introduction into the world of singlespeed and to this day one of the best riding bikes I’ve ever had. Rode just as good, if not better than my current Curtis S1.


    Has to be the Kona Explosif 650b. Had issues with sizing and travel in the past but the Kona is the perfect size with the right angles and boy is it fun!


    Wayyy too many to list.

    This was as good as any of them though,


    Cotic Soul.. Wish I hadn’t sold my last one’

    Orange ST4 runs it close mind you.

    For the older stuff.. My first proper mountain bike: Trek 930 or my Trek Y22..

    I find Trek’s rather boring now!

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    Won’t do a list of failures. My current bikes are the best bikes I’ve owned- I wouldn’t have kept them and sold the others if they weren’t 😉 Best is my Hemlock- it just never fails to inspire, I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad ride on it. Waggiest tailed bike I’ve ever ridden and that’s more important than anything else, by miles.

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    What will be interesting is Hora’s list…..

    Ain’t nobody got bandwidth for that!

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    Way too many to list, my Santa Cruz Blur 4x was amazing fun but too small for me to be practical. Orange 5 has to be up there, but…

    My current bike a 2011 Specialized Enduro has to be the best all-round bike I’ve owned.

    Bestest (and by that I mean most fun and ‘pedalled one cog better’ than others) I had were kinesis maxlight xc pro, yeti asr-sl (100mm xc) and sc bullit (although I suspect the tf-twiddled/setup dhx5 was a big factor in that one!).
    Having fallen for the hype in years past, I have had three fsr/horst link bikes which were good and I suppose quite fast, but not as fun, and I’ve borrowed/ridden a loads of other single pivots or faux-bars which were a real hoot too.

    Turner 5-spot

    The ’03 horst link one that I took around Australia, NZ, the states and Canada – rode it for 8 years..

    Oh and the ’11 – cause it’s so much better than the Horst Link..

    Want to try a Burner now

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    Trek 830
    Trek 930
    Stumpjumper M2
    Cannondale Raven
    Ritchey P20 (still ride it)
    Klein Adept
    Klein Palomino
    Stumpjumper steel ss
    Stumpjumper M2
    Yeti 575
    Bontrager OR ss
    Stumpjumper steel (last steels they made)
    Cannondale Raven with lefty
    Dialled Love/Hate ss
    On One carbon 456 (still ride)
    Yeti ASR5-C (still ride)

    The ASR5-C is the best out of the lot. It will do everything I need, light, stiff, responsive, brilliant handling. The P20 is the one i’ve always said that I’d never sell. The one regret selling is the Bonty, just a really nice bike to ride. Default bike will always be a Stumpjumper, you just can’t go wrong!


    Best bike was my 97 zaskar. M950.. pace. Spins.. rode like a jewel.

    Also my c456. Built with xo. Fox. Reverb etc..

    Some of your bike lists are way shorter than mine and I’m 19!

    Cannondale m2000
    Orange patriot
    Orange aluminium o
    Orange clockwork
    Scott endorphin
    Scott super evolution
    Scott pro evolution
    Gt zaskar 1994
    Another gt zaskar 1994
    Gt zaskar 1997
    Specialized stumpjumper m4
    Specialized fsr
    Specialized stumpjumper steel s works
    Gt avalanche
    Santa cruz heckler
    Kona kula
    Proflex 857
    Carbon on one 456
    Titanium 456
    Another ti 456
    Hoffman bmx
    Gt rave
    Peugeot team road
    Raliegh mirage
    Far chance yo eddy


    Rose tinted glasses has to be a 1997 Kona Explosif. Best bike I own and have ridden is my Cotic Rocket.

    1997 Kona Explosif

    My mate has a rigid 97 explosif and I love it. Offered to buy it off him several times and he won’t (even though he owns a ti hei hei)


    It’s really hard to be objective here.

    I’ve just retired my ’04 Enduro, which took me all over the UK on trails as diverse as Thetford and Ae, during which time it must have covered well over 12,000 miles.

    The Camber I replaced it with is stiffer, much faster and more secure downhill, has better suspension and geometry. However, I still own my Enduro frame, which has pride of place on my living room wall. That’s an honour the Camber won’t have in eight years time.

    In addition there’s a 2009 Marin Wolf Ridge, a 2003 Rockhopper I sold to a mate (my first MTB in fact), a 2008 Rock Springs and a 2011 Orange Pure 7 which really is a lovely piece of engineering. Each of them were built for different things, so I guess it’s a case of whatever and wherever I’m riding.

    My Enduro will always be special though.

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    To many to remember all of them. The best = 2010 Spicy although my whyte t120 is closing in. Worst a heckler just felt wrong as did a chameleon, alptitude, inbred, pitch the list goes on.


    My 2011 enduro , can’t think of anything to replace it ( not that I want to)


    ’86 Ridgeback something.
    ’87 Ridgeback 603 XT
    ’87 Alves custom frame and fork
    ’88 Ridgeback 604 XT
    ’88 Overburys Pioneer
    ’90 Ridgeback 704 XT
    ’92 Kona Explosif
    ’94 Kona AA
    ’95 Kona Cinder Cone
    ’96 Proflex 856
    ’98 Mk1 Heckler
    ’02 Mk2 Heckler
    ’05 Schwinn moab
    ’06 Kona Unit 2-9(bought s/h in ’12)
    ’08 On One Inbred 853
    ’09 Lapierre Zesty 314
    ’11 Heckler mk4
    ’12 Inbred 29
    ’12 Salsa Horsethief
    Be One Karma commuter

    Best was the mk2 Heckler, loved that bike. Then it cracked 🙁
    Haven’t ridden the Horsethief in anger yet, so it could change 🙂

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    To many to remember all of them. The best = 2010 Spicy

    I haven’t had that many, but the 2010 Spicy is the best by miles.

    Had loads of bikes my current fave is the SC Blur lt 07, despite its frequent propensity for wobbbly bearing syndrome ( and subsequent cost!) tho my overall fave was my 98 explosif, sadly ebayd with much regret about 4 yrs ago


    series 1 intense slopestyle. Does everything.

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    1987 Saracen Tufftrax
    1988 Kona Cinder Cone
    1989 Alpinestars Cro-mega DX (sold quickly because it was crap)
    1989 Kona Explosif (black splatter with track twos and suntour)
    1989 Kona Explosif (gold)
    1993 Kona Explosif (green with the tange ultimate ultrastrong fluted downtube)
    1998 Bontrager Privateer (post-trek – rasta)
    2003 Independent Fabrication Steel Deluxe
    2005 Maverick ML7/5

    I loved the Konas, but the IF and the Maverick are much better bikes.
    If I had to narrow it down to one, it would be the Maverick.


    1991 Emmelle Corniche
    1995 GT RTS x2
    1998 Trek 7000
    2000 Cannondale F700
    2004 Cannondale Furio hardtail
    2008 Commencal Meta5
    2009 Commencal Meta5
    2010 Commencal Meta5
    2008 Turner 5 Spot
    2010 On One Summer Seasons
    2008 Lapierre Zesty 714

    By far and away is the 2004 Cannondale Furio which has the black BadBoy graphics of that year. Ridden weekly since I got it as a warranty replacement for the F700. Has had many different guises over the years from lightweight XC machine to burly DH and is always a joy to ride. Currently hankering after a Soul but until this breaks (and it will) I won’t be spending my cash.

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