Love at first ride
Extra tiny Titus Motolite – tried one years ago when Chipps had a fantastic pink one in as a test bike. Absolutely loved it and it spoiled my ability to get anything cheaper as nothing could compare. Took me two bloomin’ years to save up enough to buy one … 6 years on it’s still the only full-sus bike I’ve had or ever want to have, can’t see me ever wanting a different bike.
And Elf – HANDS OFF!!!! 🙂Posted 6 years agoTimPMember
(hangs head in shame)
A Kona Shred with 120mm forks. Brutal, weighs a ton, built up with Altus gears and really heavy tyres wheels cranks etc.Posted 6 years ago
I bought my first one as a bike without wheels off a guy very cheaply as it had Hope M4s on which were to go on my 456 and was going to be a bike for the Mrs, but put some wheels on and had a try myself, and it felt much nicer than the 456. It was a bit more nimble despite being heavier, and just felt better.
In the end I sold it and the 456 due to job loss, but have bought a newer Shred (2007) and still love it. Still got rubbish kit on. It did a stint as my commuter last winter which did the paintwork no good and it went single(ish) speed, and recently got upgraded brakes (to non matching deore). Keep thinking about getting a respray to cover up its halfords roots and bad name, but don’t think I will ever put very much nice kit on it, and it might end up commuting again so can’t really justify it.noteethMember
I’d ridden the usual assortment of Marins, Specializeds, Rocky Mountains etc – and in 1997 I bought a Bontrager Privateer, and a medium Race (above) followed soon after that. I’ve since switched to a large & picked up a couple more frames.
Not always the most comfortable bike, but still the most fun & sharpest handling thing I’ve ridden on thread-the-needle woodsy singletrack. Whenever I try & ride something else, I usually end up missing ye olde Bontrager. The one inch headset dates it, for sure – but I’ve still got a few old forks lying around…Posted 6 years ago
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