what is the best bike you ever owned and why? pics please if possible!
Chopper was sold soon after the restoration Manwells – fun while it lasted but hey, you gotta move on 😉 . YGM with a couple of links.Posted 10 years ago
1999? Giant 890 ATF hardtail with Rockshox Indy forks.Posted 10 years ago
2004 Kona Coiler, just a total blast to ride, coincided with a change in riding style/aims from XC whippet to all-round play riding. Just sold the frame (against advice from other ex-Coiler owners) as I have 2 new bikes that do a similar job. Hope I dont come to regret it.
In Morocco last spring (in 38lb alpine build, the guides just loved hoisting it on top of a 4×4 every morning… 😀 )
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this (GF hi-fi deluxe 2008)
beats this (Frame build CD prophet 09)Posted 10 years ago
(as it is now) by a long way.
kona coilers just rock 🙂
But my DMR switchback is just epically (spell check says its a word so I'm happy) good, rode it for the first time in 6 months on Saturday, pointed straight down some zig zagged sphincter clenching steps and lived to tell the tale 🙂
EDIT: now with high roller semi slick rear and high roller front, both 235 SPC, front kevlar, rear steel.Posted 10 years ago
1996 Kona Cinder Cone, think it was the last year they were Cro-Mo frames, was so so sweet on singletrack.
I always fancied a De Kerf, but never had the cash for one.Posted 10 years ago
Leart how to be rad on one of these
the bike is long gone but the rad is still there [some sort of emoticon]Posted 10 years ago
the thing that started it all,Posted 10 years ago
thanks for the link mamadirt.Posted 10 years ago
best bike that i still ride alot…11 year old 6" travel super v with modern-ish spec, somewhere between a prophet and a heckler…Posted 10 years ago
most fun? surly pugsley easy… goes where other bikes dont…
its between these two for now, kind of wish I had kept the enduro, but then I wouldn't have the alpine. I WANT THEM BOTH!!!!Posted 10 years ago
mama – have you sold your new model Tazer? I like those.
As for me, my old Trek 970 from about 1990 was great because it's what started me off with mountain bikes (I'd been a BMX kid until then) and had loads of fun at Uni in Newcastle on it – races with mates, weekends away and lots of riding out to Chopwell woods.Posted 10 years ago
2009 Genesis Altitude 20, I enjoy riding it.Posted 10 years ago
1986 – My old Wilson BMX. Reynolds 501. Landing Gear. Pro Class rims.
My dad bought me the frame, then i worked my ass off (paper round, Saturday jobs)to buy the best parts i could afford to build it up. Taught me a love of riding, and quite a bit about life.
Went all over the North racing it. Happy days indeed 🙂Posted 10 years ago
Munqe-chick, what sort of riding is there in Morocco? Think that's where we're going on our "family holiday" and apparently there are guided mtb rides nearby. Likely to be any good or a bit tame since they're just guided tours rather than "proper" mtb holiday stuff (afaik)?Posted 10 years ago
One of these two. Very capable – unlike the doughnut that rides them.
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Diamondback Viper, would sell my mother to have it back.Posted 10 years ago
For me its now an easy question – my Ventana
It was the bike that stopped me being a serial bikeswapper – the first one i kept for longer than 12 months without getting bored of it.
Unbelievably I've had it for 3 years now and it still has the ability to amaze me and make up for my complete lack of natural talent.Posted 10 years ago
I wonder if Hora will ever find some bike that is worth keeping for more then a week. Here's hoping eh? 😀Posted 10 years ago
Best bike I've owned is the current one – a 2008 Orange Five. Was the basic S, with upgrades, this seemed better value than spending out on a higher model. Upgrades were:
TALAS RLC 100-140mm which had the TALAS upgraded under warantee to an 09 unit
Hope Pro2 Hubs
Since then I've switched an old faithful XTR rear mech from a previous bike & replaced the external bearing crankset for some Middleburns.
Seems to me that as well as the versatility, they're tougher than most similar bikes.Posted 10 years ago
This one, built up over a year on a tight budget, noname frame from LBS where I grew up a present from the then wife, XT hubs from a bike shop in China, carbon bars from another in France, RC31s paid for with student loan, other bits as cash became available.Posted 10 years ago
It got nicked four years ago and while the one that replaced it might technically be better…
That El Ciclon looks as nice as ever JustaPosted 10 years ago
Cheers chucky – rides even better but then you know that 🙂Posted 10 years ago
Take your pick.
Enduro, Heckler & Alpine all great fun but having fond memories of the Switchback right now.Posted 10 years ago
Back in the day I had a roadie frame with a Raleigh chopper wheels front and back, it was 3 speed fitted with flat bars and I used to ride it in Garwen Forest better known as 9foot.com
I have since owned several bikes but somehow, maybe because the summers were longer, the grass was greener…Posted 10 years ago
I can't choose.
There's my first proper bike – a 2003 Rockhopper that I kitted out with Hope Minis and sold to a mate who still has it. I get all nostalgic whenever I see it.
My 2004 Enduro, which I've covered thousands of happy miles on. I still have it, but it's in need of forks, wheels and cranks and lives in the garage.
My 2008 Rock Springs, massively entertaining and a very confidence inspiring. Compared to the Enduro it climbs like it's made of lead, is too short in the top tube for all day riding but is guaranteed to put a smile on my face. Since buying it last year I've only used the Enduro twice.Posted 10 years ago
This baby… coz it is unridden yet and the excitement is killing me!Posted 10 years ago
when I was 12 i had so much innocent fun on my cheap falcon bmx, just riding about town with my mates and messing about, trying to do all the stuff we saw in the mags. It was just meeting up after school, and pissing about on bikes and getting into scrapes and adventures.
I had bikes before that, and bikes after, it was the Falcon that mattered. Probably an age thing! It was a piece of shit!Posted 10 years ago
Still going strongPosted 10 years ago
Oops… sorry… try again…Posted 10 years ago
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