• This topic has 112 replies, 71 voices, and was last updated 1 hour ago by redmex.
Viewing 40 posts - 41 through 80 (of 113 total)
  • Bikes that just look “Right”
  • walleater
    Member

    Considering how terrible full suspension bikes were in 1993, I’d give the Mantis Pro Floater a nod:

    Premier Icon longmover
    Subscriber

    Anyway… I’ve always loved Curtis frames. Despite not having yet owned one. One day. This is proper bike porn..

    I do love a Curtis, I keep promising myself to rebuild my SuperX but life keeps getting in the way.

    endomick
    Member

    Ads678, cable rub on crown is a no no, let alone rubbing on stanchions, sort it out.🙂

    kerley
    Member

    A Klein for me but not that one above with horrible coloured tyres

    .

    Premier Icon weeksy
    Subscriber

    Did any apart from Binners actually read the thread title? What a load of horrific nostalgia all in one thread

    null

    Premier Icon nickc
    Subscriber

    I know some folk on here will call it hearsay, but those Kleins never did it for me.

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
    Subscriber

    those Kleins never did it for me.

    A riding buddy had one, it looked ‘odd’ from so many angles, had a rear wheel that kept coming out the dropouts and was truly uncomfortable to ride compared to my Clockwork.

    Premier Icon ads678
    Subscriber

    Ads678, cable rub on crown is a no no, let alone rubbing on stanchions, sort it out.🙂

    Rearranged cables last week actually, so no more rub on the crown. That’s muck on the stanchion, no rubbing there!

    I should change the cranks for black ones really as well…..

    kerley
    Member

    Did any apart from Binners actually read the thread title?

    I don’t know, did you actually read the OPs comments? Bikes that look right, from any period with some examples from the 90’s sort of steered it in this direction.

    You seem to have missed that too with that monstrosity you posted 🙂

    Premier Icon nickc
    Subscriber

    had a rear wheel that kept coming out the dropouts

    Oh god, my mate’s did that as well…I’d forgotten all about that “feature” his had Pace forks on it, that dependent on the time of the month were I think either 80mm or 60mm or 50mmm travel (often in the same ride)

    Premier Icon spooky_b329
    Subscriber

    Alex
    Subscriber
    My mate Steve had a blue steel Kona Exposif from about 2005 I think. I can’t find a good picture of one, but it was the nicest looking hardtail I’d ever seen. I think it still might be.

    I have one of those, I remember a PSA on here as Halfords were selling them for about £400 (frame only RRP was £450 I think) with a budget build kit from the Kona Blast or similar. The shop didn’t understand what was going on as they were getting calls from people from the other side of the country trying to get it shipped to their local store! Mine doesn’t have a perfectly straight rear triangle, I reckon they were all ‘slight’ seconds.

    First and last photos of it, its been geared, singlespeed and hub geared over the years 🙂 However, my wife has had a gold Cindercone and a cream Caldera and I reckon they are prettier!

    I also had a ’97 Lava Dome in vomit green that was lovely which got nicked outside work (by a school ‘friend’ I suspect)

    Premier Icon epicyclo
    Subscriber

    Very few bikes look right to my retro eyes, especially mtbs.

    On-one are flogging this beauty at the moment though…

    Premier Icon nickc
    Subscriber

    urgh…road bike. Utilitarian, but never good looking

    Premier Icon beamers
    Subscriber

    Munrobikers Evil.

    Taniwha Zerode.

    SC Bronson mk3.

    Cotic Rocketmax.

    I like a purposeful FSer.

    damascus
    Member

    I still have my carbon fibre kestral bike from the early 90s!

    I don’t think I’ll ever sell it. I keep meaning to put it in a frame and put it on the wall but the Mrs isn’t so keen!

    Mines in snow camo with bomber forks! 👌

    It had a special bolt on front mech that stopped working. Prior to the Internet my local bike shop couldn’t get me one so I set it up 1×9 in about 1998 by default in the middle cog. Who would have known that would be the future! 🤣

    Anyway, its heavily influenced my bikes ever since and I’m always drawn to bikes with high chainstay that stay out of the way of a bouncing chain.

    I guess that’s why I like the look of these so much

    I also had one of these which at the time I thought looked great and in my head it was until I just googled it and now I think it looks pretty terrible!

    Premier Icon Kuco
    Subscriber


    For me a 1996 Kona Cinder cone. IIRC the last time the Cinder Cone was made in steel before going to a hideous ally version. Use to come out tops in most reviews at the time.
    I had a 1989 version when they came out and regret never getting this version. I remember my local Freewheel at the time had a frame in for £249 in my size and the day I decided I’ll buy it it was gone.

    Premier Icon MartynS
    Subscriber

    @binners

    @MartynS – I remember going out doing a night ride round Hope and Edale when you just bought that 5Spot. Please tell me that wasn’t 20 years ago! 😳

    Im afraid it might have been…….

    Premier Icon davosaurusrex
    Subscriber

    Pretty sure the 5 Spot came out in 2005 (I had one, replaced my 98 XCE) so we’re old, just not THAT old!

    Premier Icon Stigheed
    Subscriber

    Ok Weeksy, I sort of take your point about nostalgia, but a bike looks right regardless of its age. Of the current crop I do like the Production Privee range – full suss or hardtail. I also think that the Kingdom vendetta looks the business.
    It is harder to get full suss bikes to look “right” as function trumps form. Not sure your Nukeproof is a timeless design but I imagine it is a beast on the trails.

    ransos
    Member

    Not one picture of a Breezer. Shocking. Here’s mine.

    null

    Premier Icon Stigheed
    Subscriber

    What about the latest Cannondale Scalpel, featured on this here publication 2 days ago?

    What about the latest Cannondale Scalpel, featured on this here publication 2 days ago?

    The dropped downtube – to get the second water bottle in for the marathon racers – ruins it for me. If it ran straight from BB to HT then I would agree with you.

    In my opinion only:

    MODERN HARDTAILS:

    Straight line top tube and seat stays give a bike that aggressive 4X/jump bike look but in an all day bike. bars level with or above saddle – so dropper down in photos.
    examples – production privee, bfe 275, zero29
    null

    RETRO and XC HARDTAILS:
    seat and head tube angles to be visually the same. Carbon and Alu bikes need to be careful when fat tubes are paired with a skinny fork, as this looks out of proportion. Rigid forks should be colour matched to the frame or black. bars lower than the seat (if using a dropper, always photograph in the up position).
    examples Kona unit, mark 1 solaris, niner rdo singlespeed
    null

    FULL SUSPENSION
    As someone else says, very function driven. Bikes made to be ridden fast – so when I see older ones where the frame may be pretty, but its been paired with 1.9 inch tyres, rim brakes, 60mm travel forks and so on, it just looks out of place.

    Having a clean look makes them look nice to my eyes. This usually means a solid rear triangle – even if the suspension itself is complex.

    examples – all the uppy downy slidey yetis, the previous gen santa cruzes, orange stage 5 and 6.
    null

    Premier Icon crazy-legs
    Subscriber

    The 90’s hardtails are always a good shout, Kona had it spot on with their slim tubes, straight lines and long/low stance. Long and low by the way does not mean what it means now where the forks stick out at some stupid angle from the front and the bike has an extra 10cm added to the top tube compensated for by having a 10mm stem. No. Long = seatpost length and reach. Low = front end stance.

    In full sus terms, Specialized in early 2000’s always looked purposeful with their FSR XC.

    Needed a low/flat bar though to look properly racey.

    Premier Icon benpinnick
    Subscriber

    I offer up the 1992 ( I think) Orange P7 in nickel finish with orange decals or

    The 1994 Kona Lava Dome in metallic green with bronze P2 forks.

    Both great bikes but I reckon trumped by the last of the tange Prestige Kona Explosifs which I think was also 1994.

    Premier Icon jameso
    Subscriber

    Kona had it spot on with their slim tubes, straight lines and long/low stance.

    That’s it, some bikes just have a poise that’s all in the proportions and lines. Brodie’s clean looks are timeless and where Kona and Rocky Mountain frame shapes started. These from 1990 are about as good as it ever was,

    Brodie
    brodie

    Premier Icon Stigheed
    Subscriber

    The 1994 Kona Explosif, was that the one in white? That did look great, I had 1991 purple Lava Dome repeated in the same colour scheme. The ride never quite lived up to its looks.

    Premier Icon Stigheed
    Subscriber

    What about litville full suspension frames, quite neat considering the linkage. They need more inspiring paint jobs though

    Premier Icon Normal Man
    Subscriber

    Great to see a number of 90s Kona HTs mentioned. Yes, I am now biased but they do look awesome.

    I’ve just finished a tidy up on a 1997 Fire Mountain which was given to me by a friend.

    finbar
    Member

    I came on this thread expecting to be disappointed, but in the main, I’m pleasantly surprised. No mountain bike with modern geo (say, post-2012) has a place – I know they ride better, but they look broken. And most mountain bikes from 2000 onwards are generally pretty minging too – those Cannondale F-series excepted.

    Jeezuz christ on a bike some hideous abominations in this thread…….

    HT

    Surge

    DH

    Kelly

    M16

    Gambler

    Enduro/Trail

    druid

    maddona

    Premier Icon lunge
    Subscriber

    That Production Privee is lovely as is the Curtis.
    That ti DB is close but you’ve got to get rid of the bottle cages and the colours accessories.
    This to be a pretty much spot on for a road bike.

    poah
    Member

    Jeezuz christ on a bike some hideous abominations in this thread…….

    and then posts this ??????????????

    A beauty isn’t it!

    I think my 2008 Carrera Banshee X still looks the business.Could some kind soul get a picture of it up please?You will not be disappointed.

    Premier Icon bearnecessities
    Subscriber

    Wibble.

    Premier Icon ajt123
    Subscriber

    Good to see some 21st century whips on here.

    I think in the noughties Specialized had a great patch.

    null

    Premier Icon ajt123
    Subscriber

    This was a lovely one when it came out…

    null

    Premier Icon crazy-legs
    Subscriber

    Road bikes that llook right:
    This one from NAHBS

    Aero Road Di2

    Nice clean lines, looks properly racey and fast standing still.

    Premier Icon ajt123
    Subscriber

    Whyte T120. Lovely. null

Viewing 40 posts - 41 through 80 (of 113 total)

You must be logged in to reply to this topic.