- On the other hand, The best bike you ever owned?
Hah! Trigger’s broom indeed.
Wouldnt it have been kinder to put the ol’girl down rather than replace both her hip joints?Posted 5 years ago
1999 853 gun metal gray Kona explosif absolutely brilliant bike. I’ve still got it I would never sell it.Posted 5 years ago
Ha! If/when she goes she’ll be going on the living room wall!Posted 5 years ago
Plenty miles in old Trusty yet, I know!
As mentioned in other thread- Alpine 160 with Marz 55Tis and CCDB.Posted 5 years ago
[/url]Orange ST4 by matt_outandabout, on Flickr[/img]Posted 5 years ago
A fabulous thing.
Just enough cush on the seated, smaller stuff. Not so much that it was like a marshmallow to get the power down on.
Felt like it had a secret auto-switch to open up more travel at the back, just when you needed it.
By ‘eck it were fast downhill on your average trail / rocky landrover track / red route / forest leckin’ about singletrack.
I miss it.
My Norco Sight, such a capable bike and has me grinning from ear to ear. Never had a bad ride on it, it just wants to be opened up and ridden hard and fast (ooo errr missus). Recently upgraded the wheels and it feels a completely new bike.Posted 5 years ago
MY GOD MAN…… are you trying to make STW implode?Posted 5 years ago
My Niner.Posted 5 years ago
1998 Specialized Rockhopper..
currently sat in bits upstairs awaiting a powdercoat (undecided on the colour though!) as its looking a bit worse for wear after 16 years.. 😀
Best.Posted 5 years ago
I love all my bikes, wouldn’t keep them if I didn’t. But this one’s the keeper, had it for most of my riding life
[url=https://flic.kr/p/nQisSu]IMG_2742[/url] by Northwindlowlander, on Flickr
Very different from how it started out- more travels, more slacks, more carbons, less paint. Er, technically not the same bike at all because of all the replacement parts, I think maybe there’s 100 grams or so of the first build left, and that includes the frame. Basically, some of the pivot hardware 😆Posted 5 years ago
Stumpy FSR circa ’07 or my Orange P7 circa ’04. Loved both bikes and miss them both. Also love my Charge Cooker but need to get away on decent trails to give it a proper run in.Posted 5 years ago
2003 Marin Wildcat Trail hardtail. Bought at university, ignited my love of mountain biking. Its had 3 sets of forks, been singlespeed, survived a million crashes. Not built up as its at my parents but will be again. I remember reading a guy on bikemagic had a custom Ti frame built to the exact geometry of the same frame. I would be very tempted to do something similar if it ever breaks.
I’m also developing some serious love for my old but new too me charge duster frame. SS and rigid and way more fun than it has any right to be.Posted 5 years ago
good god man! did you let your wife colourway your bike too!!!
PS you appear to have let her fit a chainstay protector….to an SS.
…and put the rotors on backwards, which is more of a concern.Posted 5 years ago
Im a serial bike buyer, but my fave trail bike was a Commencal Super 4. And I would love another. There must be some unsold ones hanging about in an Andorran warehouse…..Posted 5 years ago
Curtis SuperX a 21st birthday present from my parents. It looks a bit tatty round the edges and needs a respray but nothing else I have ridden compares to it flies out of corners.Posted 5 years ago
[url=https://flic.kr/p/oUrSzQ]Sunshine[/url] by Mike Smith 79, on FlickrPosted 5 years ago
the current one, light enough, strong enough, tough enough, great design just does everything I ask of it. Before that all my bikes felt too much of a compromise with longer forks than recommended or built burly or too light etc.
My.Santa Cruz Chameleon. Until I broke it. Great fun to ride.Posted 5 years ago
Probably this, more smiles per mile than any other bike I’ve owned.
(Currently with me on a 5 month trip round Australia)
Posted 5 years ago
I really miss the Sanderson Life which was nicked a few years ago, and which really got me into the whole thing. I agree with Northwind in that if I don’t love a bike I don’t keep it. That said, I’ve loved the numerous Cotics I’ve owned, but haven’t got one now. So, the best bike I’ve ever owned must be my Kinesis Sync.Posted 5 years ago
Mine has to be without doubt my Commencal Meta AM29. Despite the fact I’ve thought about selling it more than once. It’s immensely capable, fast, agile and brilliant at battering through stuff I couldn’t ride on 90% of bikes. I’m not the greatest rider ever and as a skills compensator it’s exceptional.Posted 5 years ago
I have 2 – A Trek Remedy and Ragley Blue Pig. Both are brilliant to ride and so very fast!. Sold the Blue Pig to fund a Banshee Paradox 29er which i am now selling to fund a new Blue Pig. It was an experiment I felt I had to try and am happy to go back. I still have the trek, at first I didn’t think I would like it as it was a from a big manufacturer and I was always into Santa Cruzes or Oranges but I am glad to be proved very wrong!Posted 5 years ago
Through rose tinted glasses it would be my Trek Y22.. Just because I loved the way it looked. In reality it was probably my Orange ST4, went uphill very well and came down hill quicker than a dose of the tex ritters! Was immensely quick through flat singletrack aswell.
I did however learn and push it more than I have ever done before on the Orange 5 I had.. Bit of a slog going uphill but really nice to fling down the other side.
I have had 3 Cotic Souls though and the current frame is in it’s 3rd stint under my ownership. So I guess the Soul must be up there aswell. Just feels right for the riding I do and love the way it looks and handles.
Ideally I’d have an ST4 and the Soul.. But I can’t justify both.
So to sum up…. I have no idea which one I like(d) the most… Sorry!Posted 5 years ago
I have very fond memories of most of my old bikes but my current 2012 NP Mega is my all time favourite as I custom built it down to each individual bolt.
Excuse the cable holocaust.Posted 5 years ago
I’ve still got my mid 90s Kona Explosif, which must say something about it. I’ve made it into a single speed and it remains a lot of fun. Other than that it has to be my Dialled Alpine. If ever I am going somewhere I haven’t ridden before it is the bike of choice, as it is so confidence inspiring.Posted 5 years ago
it’s this for me, my Yeti Bigtop… it’s fast, light and is more capable than i think a hardtail should be. it’s the only 29er i’ve ridden, the only thing i’d change is possibly a fork upgrade, but i love this bike, make no mistake, it’ll be mine for a very, very long time…
Posted 5 years ago
I’ve loved all my previous bikes, but my current Spitty is by far my favourite. It’s just so right and I can ride everything I want on it. The only bike I regret selling was my Stiffee as it was the best bike I’ve had bar the Spitty.Posted 5 years ago
My current Five is probably on paper and in reality the best bike I’ve ever owned. Its got a load of nice stuff on it and its as good as the hype suggested it would be but it feels a bit like its ‘just a bike’. Doesn’t stop me having fun on it etc and its a giggle to ride.
So that means its down to my mk1 Chameleon really. Bought when my GT Zaskar was nicked when I was about 18 from Stif who did a completely custom build on it complete with the first set of 5″ Z1 BAMs in the country. It was so different to anything else out there at the time and it rode absolutely brilliantly. Hope C2 up front, XT V out back, XT/LX gears, Bonty finishing kit and D521 CD rims. Was an ace all rounder and I was devasted when that was nicked too less than a year later.
Oddly I built up pretty much the same bike again a few years back and it was crap. Guess I’ve got used to better suspension, better gears, brakes and bloody massive bars.Posted 5 years ago
Close call between the Kona Explosif 650b and the Stooge in SS guise.Posted 5 years ago
They are very different but both incredibly fun. This time of year I think the Stooge gets it. Simple build, rigid & ss, means I can ride silently and trouble free and put it away until the next ride.
Similarly my ASR5 is the best bike I’ve had, and all round I love it.
However, my Enigma Ego 26 is such a well, “enigma” in the way it can swoop through summer singletrack, race XC courses and somehow also handle off big rocks in a 100mm XC guide that despite an emotional attachment, its the one bike I’d keep.Posted 5 years ago
mk2 inbred. Did everything, geared hardtail, rigid commuter, trailer wagon and best of all – rigid singlespeed. Rode it until it was battered and rusty then gave it to a mate.Posted 5 years ago
Planet-X Jack Flash, bought from £28. When built properly with rigid or light ish forks, 1x drive chain and reasonable wheels is was the most fun bike I have ever owned, like a bog BMX. Sadly, I decided to spoil it by adding biker forks and heavier wheels in the hope of building a mini-DH bike. Then I hated it and sold it.
That or my Orbea roadie. Faster than I ever will be and fits me like a glove.Posted 5 years ago
Still this, still going
My first full sus, Rocky Mountain Instinct is a close second. That bike was so fast… and it could go all day.. (or maybe that was down to me being rather fitter back then)Posted 5 years ago
For me, the best bike I had would be a toss up between my MK1 Soul with 100mm float’s or my Cannondale Prophet with a set of 140mm Pikes.Posted 5 years ago
My mk1 Chameleon. 14.5″, v-brake, singlespeed, plush 80mm Marzocchi oil forks on the front.
The phrase “hooligan hardtail” never made sense to me until I rode that bike. It just begged to be hopped and launched off every single curb, wall, bump, hillock and speedbump in site.Posted 5 years ago
My 2003 Turner 5 spot – I rode that thing for 8 years all across UK, Europe, Oz, NZ, US & Canada. It took everything in its stride. Built with Marzocchi Z1s, XT, Chris King and Magura Louise brakes I hardly changed anything in those 8 years – just consumables.
My 2011 5 spot is a real improvement, I love it but I still haven’t got the same affection for it as the old one.Posted 5 years ago
I would say my old Santa Cruz Blur 4X.
That thing was great fun. I think I had that bike for 5 years 🙂
Tempted to get a little Blur TR to razz around on for the winter.Posted 5 years ago
1993 Marin Palisades Trail.
Lovely bike, fitted perfectly and handled well, light and tough.
I’d have one today with wider bars & discs.Posted 5 years ago
My Giant Propel race bike. I can honestly say that it makes more than the most of my modest skills.
Off road, the list is short, but I prefer my Genesis IO to the Kona Unit it replaced.Posted 5 years ago
My tallboy, i liked my previous one but this one is fantastic.Posted 5 years ago
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