- MTBs you covet but never owned
Always* wanted a 650b Five, despite many many people thinking they are ugly, I love the lines.
*Well, since they added the seat tube brace and profiled the swing arm – 2016 I think.
Impractical for my local riding (no bottle), expensive new and warranty-less cracking fears second hand has meant its not to be.
Still give an admiring glance whenever I see one, my preference is for a brightly coloured frame with all black components.Posted 3 months agonicko74Member
God, that pic of the Raven takes me back. Can’t say I ever really lusted after it, but I wish there were more of them around these days.
I used to have a weird fascination with the K2 Razorback and its pull shock
At the time it seemed to make sense. But check out how narrow those bars are!Posted 3 months agorazorrazooMember
Posted 3 months ago
Speaking of Orange, the 322 with the shock mounted through the downtube.
Surprised Orange arent making DH bikes at the moment, the trends towards longer wheelbases and lower weight should be suiting the.kayla1Member
GT Zasker (from mid nineties)
Been there, done that (recently with a 1996 Zaskar LE). It’s a nice bike but there’s no way I’d choose to ride it over my Switchback!
Hmm… bikes I covet but never owned… Probably a Standard Shorty BMX. Waaay too expensive for me at the time (mid to late 90s) and still waaay too expensive now if you can find one. Oh, and the Orange MsIsle, in raw ally please. When it came out I was into the whole dual slalom thing and I think Missy is awesome.Posted 3 months agometalheartSubscriber
AMP Research Amplifier
If by that you mean the Amp Research B4 (with the funky F4 fork) then +1. I was seriously tempted but heard they were, er, a little fragile…
Back in the late 90’s (when they didn’t have an Uk importer) I tried to order a Lynskey something or other (Pisgah?) from them direct but they would only send it to a bike shop…
When I started out I lusted after a Marin, the ones with the gritty Matt grey frame and dayglo forks…
Indian TrailPine Mountain mebbes?
The only thing I’m covering at the moment is some chunky tyred gravel bike for a planned Camino tour next year…Posted 3 months agoYoKaiserSubscriber
I could write a book on the Retrobikes I fancy, I’ve owned a considerable amount mind you so I don’t feel I’m missing anything.
Modern bike wise it’d be a Jones and a Stooge. They both transcend the need and fall into the want category. I’d probably never fork out for a Jones but I regret not buying a Stooge. I remember the thread on mtbr where Mr Stooge set out his stall. Really won me over but in the end I plumped for a Singular Rooster. Really wish I’d jumped on the the Stooge bandwagon. Liked everything he’s done since too. Too many rigid bikes (that I’m not riding) to buy another but I do keep and eye on developments.Posted 3 months agovondallySubscriber
Schwinn straight eight
Chromag…surface but any really
So many that I bought but sold on almost immediately, Pace/ Cannondale raven/ Nicolai/ santa Cruz blur as someone made a offer and I went yeah ok, choices eh.Posted 3 months agocrazy-legsSubscriber
I came dangerously close to buying one of these when I worked in a bike shop.
(not my picture, found on Google Images)
Thankfully never did but as it was I ended up being given an S-Works FSR XC on a part-sponsorship deal a couple of years later which was much more my style which was very much a coveted bike, never thought I’d be lucky enough to own one!
And in my early days of MTBing, I always wanted one of those Manitou full sus:Posted 3 months ago
Orange P7 nickel finish, any of the Pace square tubed bikes, Scott Endorphin, Mountain Cycles San Andreas, Amp Research B4, one of the last Intense Al frames in candy red but can’t remember the model, any of the original Cannondale V frames, Klien Mantra, Independent Fabrication Tungsten Electrode (not sure on the model but it was a DW-link Ti Full Suss). Pretty certain most of them except the IF and Intense would be awful to ride but would still love them in the garage.Posted 3 months agoswedishmetalMember
Hmm… bikes I covet but never owned… Probably a Standard Shorty BMX.
Ooooh now you are talking!
I had a series of BMX’s trying to replicate a shorty – Dragonfly Double Dynamite, KHE premium lagger, WTP Pony but all I really wanted was a full Chad DeGroot spec Shorty – baby blue with chrome parts – Standard 4 piece bars etc, skinwall Primo V-Monsters, Graveyard rear freecoaster etc etc.
I really should not open my eBay app now.Posted 3 months agonicko74Member
Looking at them now, the geometry of some of these bikes is… eye-opening.
Ellsworth Epiphany for me. Lust(Ed) after one for an age
Whatever happened to Ellsworth? They were everywhere in the bike mags for a while.
I read an article in the last year or so about riding a Klein Mantra now. Apparently it’s absolutely lethal, in terms of the suspension movement and what it does to your riding…Posted 3 months agotwonksSubscriber
I only ever coveted one bike and I owned the frame for a day until I realised when building it up that the seat tube was not round, so swapped it for arguably the much better paint job anyway.
Would still buy one now if I could.Posted 3 months agolisterSubscriber
1995 Kona Hot in bright red.
I went to Whistler with two great mates in the summer of 95 with my Kona Cinder Cone. My parents had given me a credit card for emergencies.
One of the bike shops had a Hot behind the counter on the wall. It was exactly the same amount as the credit card limit…I’d have been in trouble but it was sooooo tempting.
I walked away and still have the Cinder Cone so it’s not all bad. But still…😟Posted 3 months agothisisnotaspoonSubscriber
My dad had one of those (it was a burgundy red) so it was the first bike I rode a lot off road as a hand me down. The stem on his was almost vertical over the steered.
Why did it take 30 years for bikes to get back to short stems and slack angles?
Yea!!!!!!Posted 3 months ago
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