Stuck in the inevitable traffic when leaving work this evening I saw quite a varied selection of commuter bikes shooting past including several Charge Plugs (which I think look rather nice) and started thinking what might constitute a modern classic.
Just off the top of my head (and having never ridden them) I thought of a few that might fall into this category:
Turner 5 Spot (HL version)….tenuous?
I realise it’s an entirely arbitrary classification and a pretty pointless discussion, but regardless, I’m interested to hear which bikes you’d have on your list.Posted 8 years agodjgloverMember
NO NO NO NO NO
This is just a list of modern mountain bikes? No one is justifying what makes them a classic.
You may as well list eurobox hatchbacks as classic cars.
Orange 224 -Ridden by a legend, never used the most up to date design but still had a great following. Was a great bike because it just got the geometry so right, but it was not forgiving if you were having an off day.Posted 8 years agomike_checkMember
DMR Trailstar was the first frame I remember with sliding dropouts and chaintugs to use singlespeed or geared, and has evolved to suit modern longer travel forks, tough as shit and ride ace!
Azonic DS-1 was one of the first hardtail frames I remember labelled as, and pretty much kicking off, the whole ‘hardcore hardtail’ frame thing. At one point it was pretty much the only frame to have for people who liked chucking their bike around over jumps, street, trials and singletrack!
I wanted an Azonic but by the time I could afford a new bike I ended up with a Trailstar!Posted 8 years agotailsMember
this thread all gone a bit wrong surely chameleons, trailstar, pace square, spooky, intense M1 and zasker, are already classic as there old enough to be, have been around the block and then some.
I would nominate Ironhorse Sunday such a big following, rarely any detractors, awesome downhill frame catapulted to the top by a very talented rider in sam hill.
Also blackmarket mob frame was at the beginning of all this mtb park riding (whether this was good or bad don’t matter) pushed dirt jumping forward. All the north american dirt jumpers rave about them. also made in USA by SandM which many still feel is better than Taiwan.
my 2p worth anyway.Posted 8 years agomyfatherwasawolfMember
Indy Fab is a modern classic. It’s a simple but elegant hardtail that harks back to the classic Yo Eddy, which at the time was out of my reach. Pure class.
Take Spooky Metalhead off the list – some of the worst built frames I ever saw – and I had two! Swapped for a Pitboss which might have been one of the earliest ‘burly’ cross country hardtails around – and potentially a classic (although still dogged by sloppy welding amd stickers that fell off in a week…)Posted 8 years agoPeterPoddyMember
OK, now it’s just a list of expensive bikes….
Boutique does not necessarily mean classic.
Take a look at the car world and check the cars that become classics – VW Beetle, Mk1 Escort and Cortina, Citroen 2CV, The Mini, the Landrover, Fiat 500….
These are the ones that many people love and cherish, cars that stood for something, or broke new ground (Which in some cases has never been bettered) but not because of how much they cost or how fast they are…..
So, I’ve got 3 suggestions, in no particular order.
Kona Explosif – Still in production after what, 18-19 years? Set the standard for hardtails in so many ways, hugely influential, a joy to ride. People scrabble over getting their hands on a decent used one…
The original Specialized Enduro – A bike that just worked very, very well. They still fetch a good price, there’s still not been a massive leap foreward since then. Still a brilliant bike.
And the Landrover of MTBs, the On-One Inbred – A bit ugly and utilerian, does anything for anyone at a pinch, hard to kill, cheap, endlessly repairable.
🙂Posted 8 years agoduntmatterMember
I like your logic, PP.
I reckon the Stiffee could be a modern classic. An early ‘hardcore hardtail’ copied by many, equalled by few; can be built up in various ways; essentially unchanged since introduction; holds value well; still shifts out of the shops new; inspiring to ride; distinctive looks..
Also has minor quirks that fans get by with, like paint made from the dust on moth wings.Posted 8 years agonukeproofMember
Yep, I’m with those that said the Spesh Enduro and the Inbred (although the ‘classic’ white ones), P7, Stiffee and Cotic Soul. Also the Trek 69er (the original orange one with the matching coloured forks). I also reckon the Hummer and the ti456 (still youngish but will eventually be a modern classic imho). Also Orange 5 and SC Superlight.Posted 8 years agomangoridebikeSubscriber
Dialled PA –
Relatively cheap ,tough as old boots, rides great and almost universally loved by those who have ridden them. I think the number which have been broken can be counted on the fingers of one hand, which considering the riding that is done on them and the number out there is pretty impressive.Posted 8 years ago
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