- What is your favorite bike of all time and one reason why????
Its gotta be an Orange Patriot for me……doesnt matter what bike ive bought either before or since (ive owned 4 at the last count) I still seem to keep coming back to owning one…..thought id have learnt sooner.Posted 8 years ago
They are so versatile…jump spots/mini dh/all day rides, just a change of componentry/rear shock and you can use them for pretty much anything. No matter how long I havent ridden for, feels natural to be on it againjackthedogMember
Obviously by rights I should say my current bike, as it's the most up to date, by far the 'best' and I bought it because it fits the bill for me perfectly.
However that's boring. So I will answer in a more interesting way.
I have two favourite bikes.
One is an old mid 90's Klein Attitude in Red, with Girvin Vectors and green Wildgrippers, as it's a setup I saw used in a race back when I was a young lad and my jaw dropped at how gorgeous it looked.
The other is a Yeti Lawwill Six with Boxxers and Ringle anodised kit, Cook Bros cranks and yellow half carbon HED rims, as it was the bike that used to make me drool when flicking through the magazines.
I remember turning up to a NEMBA weekend in about 95 – I'd be about 14 and I entered both DH and XC races on my £250 cantilever braked rigid – and it was the first time I realised that normal people owned such exotica. Before then I had assumed only those sponsored californian types rode that kind of machinery, and suddenly I found myself on the start line in my local woods surrounded by the stuff I fantasised about.
Now I'm older and earning a wage, it's all affordable and within reach, and somehow the magic is gone. Which is why no modern bike really excites me. Back then, in my young schoolboy eyes they were akin to the Lamborghini Diablo, the Jaguar XJ220 or the Ferarri F40 – Utterly unobtainble and endlessly exotic.
Now I can order any bike I choose and spec it just how I like, the magic has gone from the machines themselves. Devalued by their availability and obtainability.
I sometimes wonder if those few who can afford their dream cars feel the same – I'm sure nothing ever lives up to the desire you had for it when you couldn't have it.
The bikes I've mentioned above would ride like dogs – badly dated, surpassed by much better machinery like my current fairly unremarkable trailbike which will easily outperform the both of them in their respective disciplines.
But as long as I keep my bank card away from the Retrobike classifieds and ensure they remain nothing more than a dream, they'll continue to be my favourite bikes.Posted 8 years agobereavementmonkeySubscriber
Cannondale SV Active because it was the first full susser mass produced that worked properly. No massive loss of power on the down stroke, no wobbling around of the back end on corners and didnt just suck ALL the energy out of you when you stood up.
Thread Over!Posted 8 years agoElbowsMember
I'd say my Pace F5, bought second hand when 6 months old. It's seen off my 98 Heckler, S-works epic and I ride it (singlespeed) far more often than my current 'main' bike, an Intense 5,5.
I live in Germany and although the Intense gets lots of points for rarity, nothing beats square tubes from Yorkshire.Posted 8 years agogonetothehillsSubscriber
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it's just 'right'.
No idea why – it just is. Maybe it's because it reminds me of what proper bikes felt like when I started mountain biking in the early '90s – my old Tange Stumpjumper, 4130 Giant Explorer, steel Rockhopper – top times. Just an uncomplicated but engrossingly fun way of transporting oneself around in muddy, hilly circles.Posted 8 years agomamadirtMember
Intense Tazer – perfect do it all bike for the smaller rider 😛 . . . d/h capable with 140mm up front and 4" at the back, x/c with 100mm up front . . . I'm hoping that dropping the rear travel to 3.5" ith 4" up front will make for a slack-ass supershort-travel fun bike.Posted 8 years agolarryMember
Spesh Rockhopper 2001… I bought it from the money I saved from giving up smoking and its what got me hooked on riding again. Over the years it got upgraded loads and I lost 5 stone. I used to ride roughly 250 miles a week on it and it never failed to put a smile on my face. I also rode Lands end to John o groats on it but shortly after I fitted some 120mm forks to it and snapped the headtube! I nearly cried, like losing a friend. What a sad man I am.Posted 8 years ago
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