- Future Classics
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?Posted 4 years agonjee20Subscriber
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!Posted 4 years agonanoSubscriber
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’Posted 4 years ago
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).Posted 4 years agobillytinkleMember
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.Posted 4 years agostumpy01Member
DaveyBoyWonder – Member
Whatever was in the list when this question was asked last time. Which was basically every bike anyone who posted in the thread owned.
stumpy01 – Member
I’ve never owned a Pitch and don’t think my FSR or my Inbred will be future classic…… 😛Posted 4 years agoCaptainFlashheartMember
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 bikeinvestment.
*Please note the lack of apostrophes. 🙂Posted 4 years agojamesoSubscriber
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.Posted 4 years ago
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.joolsburgerMember
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?Posted 4 years agocookeaaSubscriber
do people really think a 20 year old frame cuts the mustard now?
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.Posted 4 years agoNorthCountryBoyMember
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…………….Posted 4 years ago2unfit2rideSubscriber
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 😉Posted 4 years ago
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 🙁YoKaiserSubscriber
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.Posted 4 years ago
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