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  • Just wondering really which models the STW collective think will become future classic MTB’s?

    Been giving it some thought recently and things like On-One Inbred, Singular Swift, Yeti 575 spring to mind for me but interested to hear what others think will be sought after in the future?

    Premier Icon jameso
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    Old Konas, still.

    khani
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    HL Five spot..
    Cos I’ve got one and it’s still ace! 😀

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    Cotic Soul.

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    Mondraker Summum, Lapierre Zesty/Spicy.

    Hmmmm forgot about the Soul

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    Mondraker Summum, Lapierre Zesty/Spicy

    Really? Neither are exactly common now, particularly the Mondraker!

    I don’t think any current MTB will have the same retro appeal as (for example) Klein’s of yesteryear. I can’t see any current bikes selling for 5x retail in a few years, least of all On Ones!

    _tom_
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    The Charge Blender should be due to the sheer fun factor, but probably won’t because people think the seat angle is too slack to be “in” right now. Someone once told me it’s pretty much an updated Trailstar and I think that description is spot on.

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    I get why original Zesty/Spicy will have some appeal as a classic.. Using the motorbike ‘formula’ it’s bikes like the original Fireblade and R1 that are seen as modern classics.

    MTB’s that changed the game in that way deserve to be seen as classics.. perhaps more so than (what are in comparison) fairly generic hardtails

    Edit – would love a Klein tho’

    bbb
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    SB66c for what Graves did with it in 2013.

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    Really? Neither are exactly common now, particularly the Mondraker!

    Zesty particularly has been very popular over the past three or four years, but I wasn’t thinking about popularity.

    It looks great, rides beautifully and has a loyal following of very happy owners (whose frames didn’t snap).

    The Summum is pretty popular for a DH bike – and despite having pretty slack geometry it still pedals like a trail bike and handles sublimely. It’s also achingly beautiful (IMO) and exceptionally light (yet still solid).

    slackalice
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    Heckler? Superlight? Tazmon? One of the same and pretty much dialled single pivot from the late 90’s.

    How about the first Specialized Enduro from 02/03 ish? Quite sought after from what I’ve noticed.

    stumpy01
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    Specialized Pitch

    Whatever was in the list when this question was asked last time. Which was basically every bike anyone who posted in the thread owned.

    I thought old Kona’s were popular classics because that’s what quite a lot of people started out on and have fond memeories of them? The fact that their frames seem to have lasted well makes them viable.

    I would have thought an Orange 5 would fit the bill as a future classic.

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    How come nobody has posted Orange 5 yet?

    Is it a “past classic” already?

    Edit: Ding!

    Lester
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    ibis mojo naked carbon

    (and yes i have one)

    bikes ive had that might be future classics
    k2 proflex 5500 (OzM)
    Muddy Fox Interactive
    Cannondale Raven Mk2
    Whyte PRST1
    Kestrel Edge
    Belt driven reef
    BMW Q6 (folding full suspension)

    MTB Rob
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    Cotic Soda….

    stumpy01
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    Whatever was in the list when this question was asked last time. Which was basically every bike anyone who posted in the thread owned.

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    Specialized Pitch

    I’ve never owned a Pitch and don’t think my FSR or my Inbred will be future classic…… 😛

    wrecker
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    Ti456. Bendy top tube one.
    I’ll have one of those one day.

    Raleigh Mustang

    cynic-al
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    What defines a classic mtb though?

    Old or unusual/original.

    I can hardly think of any recent/current bikes that are unusual/original in the way that say a Proflex, Mountain Cycles etc were.

    JCL
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    Stumpy FSR Evo 29″.

    What defines a classic mtb though?

    Old or unusual/original.

    Old AND unusual or original or beloved for some reason.

    So, as mentioned above, old Konas, as with Marins, Muddy Foxes and Saracens* were all beloved as so many of us cut our teeth on them. Literally, in some cases!

    More modern stuff? I reckon the 2008 SX Trail might get a look in as a cult classic! I’m rather hoping that the Enduro of the same era becomes a classic so I can cash in my battered old beast of a bike investment.

    *Please note the lack of apostrophes. 🙂

    iolo
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    2006 Sworks Enduro

    cynic-al
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    CFH – then pretty much any bike anyone got into mtbing on can be a classic – for me it would be 80s Specializeds and Muddy Foxes.

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    I thought old Kona’s were popular classics because that’s what quite a lot of people started out on and have fond memeories of them?

    Partly that, mainly that they were a simple, great riding and good looking design in an emerging market that in hindsight got it spot on very early on, not first but close to, and the distinctive graphics helped. They were a step above the rest back then.

    There’s not much around now that has the same level of distinction. An SB66 or a Pitch is a nice bike, a couple of many ‘best in category’ contenders but I can’t see it being revered as a defining moment in MTB in the same way as an ’88 Explosif, or a Brodie. There were some nice evolutions of that type of bike, 10 years after that the Chameleon was quite a classic but one of many in a wider market, then after that? Not so sure.
    There’s a lot of nice retro bike projects around though, most are more personal classics more than anything else. Still, there’s Austin Healeys and Escort Cosworths and both have fans, both are classics.

    Rocket, The bike that never was!

    Old Kliens look right because of the paint jobs and fat tubes, old Kona’s do too as they have “modern” sloping top tubes and have a nice feel to them. I’m not sure out of the post 2000 set what will appreciate and become classics but I’d say Souls, Bfe’s and that kind of steel sloping TT never get old, M4 and Works Specializeds always look decent. Suspension bikes date pretty quickly and I can’t think of any more than 10 years old I’d want to have or that just pop out as being absolute classics, the only old full susser I think has something about it is the Mantra but it rides terribly. Don’t lots of old bikes get built up as dry day pub bikes on steroids or do people really think a 20 year old frame cuts the mustard now?

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    do people really think a 20 year old frame cuts the mustard now?

    Most definitely.

    The thing is that a “classic” 90s kona could be seen as the parent of most of the current crop of affordable, skinny Taiwanese steel trail weapons. They weren’t notable for being all that exotic or blingy but almost the opposite affordable bikes with a better ride than their competitors. I would actually struggle to name a future “classic” today but I certainly wouldn’t see aspirational bling machines as contenders.

    winch
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    Evil Sovereign, if it isn’t already.

    munkyboy
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    Sc superlight, iron horse Sunday, 2002 enduro, 2006 enduro, intense slope style, intense ss2?

    Really wish I would have not sold my 2006 s-works endura?
    But my current ti456 may end up being a classic??

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    In true STW fashion…

    Specialized Pitch (owner of one)
    DMR Trailstar (ex owner of one)

    Ones I’ve not owned-
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    Cotic Soul
    Pipedream Sirious

    Also voting for my bikes crew!

    Soul & 06 S’Works Enduro ftw 😆

    robhughes
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    Pace Rc305 because i have a mint one i the loft and there must only be one more out there because they all snapped… 😉

    eyerideit
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    Basically every bike I own, Mojo, Klein, Pace, Kona and Sanderson.

    8)

    I am so very lucky, shame I don’t get time to ride them.

    😕

    Hard to predict what makes a future classic. Perhaps a bike that was considered better than what else was around at the time, even if cost a whole lot more. There is always that point, where the object (bike car etc) hits hits absolute rock bottom in its value. Then as time passes it acquires “classic” status, usually due to nostalgic middle aged men who find they can now afford that thing they wanted so much a youth. Look at the prices for MK 2 ford escort or even e type jags, or the humble old mini. At one time all these could be found in scrap yards.

    For me classic bikes, the bikes that scored 10 out of 10, good to ride then and still good now if well looked after.

    Horst link Turner 5 spot or Ti 456 both of which can be picked up for about £700 / £800 now. Next on the list would be Ibis mojo SL now the big wheel HD models are out these will be getting sold a lot cheaper than a few years ago. Grab a classic now!

    ibis mojo for a grand anyone…………….

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/IBIS-MOJO-CARBON-/130997016475?pt=UK_Bikes_GL&hash=item1e8007d79b#ht_2742wt_1243

    andypaul99
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    Give it another 10 yrs and i think these will be worth a fortune

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    Horst link Turner 5 spot or Ti 456 both of which can be picked up for about £700 / £800 now

    What about the Burner? I have one of those 😉
    I also have a prototype Ti Pipedream hanging on the wall, but I don’t think that will ever be a classic, but I’m beginning to regret selling the MF interactive now though as that is a sure bet 🙁

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    Cotic Soul, raved about bike and flagship/signature frame for a manufacturer with a strong fanbase.

    Singular Swift, raved about bike and flagship/signature frame for a manufacturer with a strong fanbase.

    Pugsley, kickstarted fat biking.

    Nicolai’s, Evil Sovereign, Dialled PA, Jones should all be in there too. I think the key is that the brand has a strong following and that they are maybe not low key manufacturers but not from the high street, mountain bikers bikes.

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