- Bikes that you instantly loved.
Kona A’ha. I vividly remember walking into the second-hand shop in Bristol (the name of which I’ve forgotten – at the top of the steps near the BRI) and seeing the thing standing in a ray of sunlight with dust motes floating in it, literalling glowing. It wasn’t even a case of deciding that I had to have it, I knew I had to. I panic-sold everything I could lay my hands on to raise the £270 or whateveritwas, and bought it within a week. Of course, it was a pretty ghastly thing to ride, and a silly bike all round, so it got sold when I ran out of money 12 months later. I regretted that enormously, and as soon as I felt flush again I statrted looking out for one on ebay. When I found one I paid over the odds for it, and got scammed out of about £200 on shipping costs, but it was worth it.
🙂Posted 8 years agoGaryLakeMember
My Orange Five, was demoing at CwmCarn and used the uplift but to ride the XC back down from the freeride park. Rode the freeride park the first time and already decided it was going to be mine. Spent the rest of the day agonising over colour and trying not to crash from over exuberance. Ironically, once mine was delivered I did in fact crash it, quite badly, on the first ride, at cwmcarn, all down to over exuberance… typical!
Before that, I had one of the higher end Schwinn Gold label Moab’s before it all went to sh*t for them. That was realy fast and leggy from the off!Posted 8 years agoacjimMember
oh forgot to mention my 1999 kona munimula. My route back into biking after a 7 year period in the wilderness.
The last bike I’d ridden was a ’91 Orange Clockwork with narrow bars, manitou 2s and basically setup to be as light and noodly as possible. The kona was a total revelation and felt like it would jump over buildings in comparison.Posted 8 years agostevehSubscriber
My new marin quad 140 attack trail for me, the geometry is about as close to my sunday as I can get on an xc bike and it feels fantastic.
My dialled PA is kind of another, I fell for it madly in it’s second incarnation with some 36’s on the front, wasn’t that into until then.Posted 8 years agojulianwilsonMember
fatmuthahubbard’s PA which he rode twice and then sold as he ‘didn’t get on with it.’ that was fun on a stick!
-kinesis maxlight xc pro (i notice someone else hated it on the other thread)
-456 summer season
-my scott genius but only when i put pikes at 140mm on it; much more fun as a play bike than a marathon/race one
the best funnest bike ever was a foes xct5 from a bike demo day about 3 years ago. I have honestly never equalled (err, on a bike that is) the fun i had ragging that round a bone-dry newnham park. Wish i could afford one.
oh CFH, I am reviving (ie bearings/shock) an 01/02 vintage NRS team (with the daft sponsors list on the top tube and everything) i bought the other day. I was going to go 100mm up front. Any tips?Posted 8 years agoDezBSubscriber
Cove Handjob -instantly realised what steel was all about when done rightPosted 8 years ago
Yeti 575 -just had to have one
Rivette (can’t remember the model) – great geometry, georgeous detailing and super light
Cannondale Taurine -doesn’t carbon climb well!
Scott Ransom -like a big comfy sofa
RM Instinct -first full sus, fab bike
Iron Horse MKIII -just made me want to plough through stuff. Good climber tooRudeBoyMember
Whenever I’ve bought a whole new bike, I’ve test ridden a few, and bought the one I liked the most. My Cannondale F600 CAAD4 felt so much better than the Trek, Kona, Spesh etc that I’d also tried. But the most surprising bike I’ve ever had is my Rock Lobster 853. Built up with mid-range bits, but after just one or two rides, I knew I’d fallen in love. The ‘Dale is a faster and more efficient cross-country machine, but the Lobster is more fun on bobbly bits. I’m also a little more confident jumping it off stuff, as if I do bend it, it can be fixed. The ‘Dale is like a fast sports car, but the RL is more of a cruiser. Both are great.Posted 8 years agoLionheartMember
Merlin xlm – fast, direct, feels like cheating.. On-One Inbred SS – it is is just so… sometimes makes me wonder why I have any others or if I should get an Indy Fab version as my only bike, but part of the fun is I just don’t worry about it. My Cotic Soul – oh so good, just ‘between’ them at the mo. Borrowed a Blur 4x so good I thought everyone should have one.Posted 8 years agochakapingSubscriber
My 1997 Team Marin: Lighter, faster and more comfortable than anything I’d ever ridden before. It felt like a quantum leap from my ’92 Kili Flyer, and the awesome stopping power of M600 V-brakes was a revelation.
My 2007 Anthem: Another revelation, a killer combination of speed, stiffness, great suspension, more speed, fun, light weight and a bit more speed.
My other bikes have generally taken a bit of tweaking or adapting of my riding style to get right.Posted 8 years ago
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