- MTBs you covet but never owned
just idle thoughts about this but my immediate list would be:
Marin Attack Trail 2007 – (the burnt orange one – ahead of its time with lovely reinforced gussets at the HT junction. Aggro trail bike before they had been invented/devised in a product meeting. Nowadays, the BB ground clearance would be visible from space)
Lapierre DH720 circa 2007 (the chrome one. Just gorgeous – I remember Danny Hart on one of these when he rode for them. The last of the nice looking Lapierre bikes before they got beaten into submission with an ugly stick)
Intense 951. For me the best looking DH bike ever. Obviously by today’s standards its like a BMX but I remember coveting the blue/black one. Like buying a Ferrari in blue.
Santa Cruz V10 – the obvious choice. The 2010 syndicate edition in particular when the hydroforming was at its peak before the redesignPosted 3 months agobruneepSubscriber
Pace HT, never rode one just wanted one.
Posted 3 months agoconcrete24Member
I always coveted the 1999 era Specialized FSR Comp (bought a Proflex instead ’cause it was cheaper – weighed a tonne too). It just looked so totally different to anything else at the time – not sure what it rode like though! I did end up with a Stumpjumper FSR Pro in 2004, a good bike (that I still have in pieces)!
Always wanted a Cotic Soda too – but that’s just because it was shiny and lighter than the Soul – the original FSR changed the way I thought about bikes and what you could do with them I think…Posted 3 months agothisisnotaspoonSubscriber
Someone at uni had one of those scotts with the elevated stay, looked awesome at the time.
For me, the 4rg gen Spesh Enduro, the one that came with Fox 36’s circa 2007.
And an Intense M3, although i just googled it and it looks unrideably short these days!
Had one of those, actually not as bad as i anticipated. Paid £100 in cash converters, sold the frame for a proffit a few months later, kept the mavic wheels, hope brakes and marzocchi z4’s for several years of cheep mtbing through uniPosted 3 months agosharkattackMember
Before we go all anodised purple with cantilever brakes I’m going to go bang up to date. My current, relatively achievable (without the use of a time machine), dream bike.
I’d buy one but it would be the most expensive dust collector I’d ever had. I’d only use it for a 3 weeks a year max as I love the Alps but I hate doing UK uplift days.Posted 3 months agolawman91Subscriber
Wanted a Rocky Mountain Slayer the year my dad bought his Element circa 2005/2006, the Slayer (top tube shock version) was very similar just longer travel, also lusted after a Blur 4X around the same time. Couldn’t afford a Cotic Soul when I built my Kinesis Maxlight, and same again when I replaced the Maxlight with a BFe so glad I know finally have one! I would have an Element if they made them a bit longer and ditched the PF bb!Posted 3 months agojoebristolSubscriber
Maybe I didn’t have much ambition, but I always wanted one of those white Marin B-17’s with the red RST Hi5 triple clamp forks from the late 90’s / early 2000’s!Posted 3 months agoP-JayMember
Loads, the 2005/6/7 era Spesh Demo 8 and 9, you couldn’t buy them from Spesh in the UK, but they were in Roam and Seasons and that double seat-stay thing they had looked amazing.
2007/8 Spesh SX Trail they made a white one with orange and yellow bits which I thought looked amazing, I had a 2006 Enduro at the time which was basically the same thing, but shorter travel and a bit Plain Jane in comparison.
2014 Evil Uprising, I wanted one so badly, it looked amazing and was partly designed by the guy who designed my Cove Shocker 66 degree head angle – wow! I was *this* close to buying one, I was less than week away from strolling into the shop and paying for it when my Wife told me we were expecting. Worked out for the best I suppose, they weren’t all that great, they broke a lot, Evil support wasn’t quite at Sick! levels but not much better and if they broke after 2 years Evil would shrug their sholder and say “sorry, we don’t support that frame anymore”. My Daughter is pretty cool too I suppose.
Intense SOCOM, they had a raw frame with purple graphics on the wall of our LBS for months and it looked amazing, would have been a good bike for me too, I was always a nervy DH rider so I chose bigger more ‘capable’ bikes, but in hindsight the lighter SOCOM might have been a bit easier to ride.
I’m not really lusting over anything at the moment, I’d have an E-Bike (the YT one probably) but I’m worried I’d never want to ride anything else and they really expensive.Posted 3 months agodoomanicSubscriber
I had a 856 with a Noleen shock and Pace RC35 forks. The forks are now on the ‘95 GT Zaskar LE that’s still in my Garage.
I always wanted a Klein in Sunburst, a San Andreas and an Intense M2. Oh, and one of those Cannondale DH bikes with the double chain that Missy rode.Posted 3 months agoStigheedSubscriber
a 1994 Marin Nail Trail – dripping in early 90’s anodized purple
Early 90s Orange P7 in nickel finish
1994 Kona Lava Dome in green with Marzocchi XC-51 forks (probably rode terribly)
Basically my nostalgia stems from when I was at university and had no money, leaving me the only option of vicariously enjoying other peoples bikes as they rode by……. I did go through a retro-phase and built up 2 x Lava Domes and a Klein Pulse. I stopped when I realised that they handled like a chicken on speed.Posted 3 months agoemac65Member
The lovely boxy framed Orange Sub5 – nearly bought one, but there was a 2 week wait on it & the spesh Enduro that had just came out was ready to go…… Still regret that decision !Posted 3 months ago
Spesh Epic – Again,nearly bought one, but got a slightly better deal on Giant’s newly released Trance & it’s Maestro suspension. Regret that too ! !
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