- What makes a retro/classic bike?
can it be retro if you’ve owned it from new ?
if you go and buy a new pashley guvnor it’s retro, if you buy one secondhand it’s still retro.Posted 7 years ago
Definition: The term retro refers to clothing, style, and design which is outdated. Generally to be considered retro, something must be between 20 and 25 years old. The actual item does not necessarily need to be old, but can be a new item that references styles of the past.PeterPoddyMember
Retro is a new bike that looks old – like the pashley. Old is just old.
1. Retroactive: retro pay.
2. Involving, relating to, or reminiscent of things past; retrospective
n. pl. ret·ros
So no. Not JUST looking old at all. Engage brain before opening gob please. 😛Posted 7 years ago
i think it also matters as to whether the bike has heritage, an old trek or specialised would be difficult to call classic, but a Klein, Bontrager, Yeti, although made in reasonable numbers would be in my eyes.
Although for Yeti, i would suggest FRO’s and ARC;s count, i know some might disagree but i can’t see the Lawill bikes being classic.Posted 7 years agoaaMember
surely a really old stumpjumper is one of the original classic mtb’s.
fwiw, i own an old bontrager (a trek one, not santa cruz built), it was contemporary at the time of purchase.
it’s not a classic i don’t think, it is retro, and i do love it (although i have toyed with selling it in the past and i dont ride it much now).Posted 7 years ago
if you’re a boring pedant who gets het up by people calling all vacuum cleaners “Hoovers ” then retro is evidently misused by mtbers so feel free to rage at the sheer unreasonableness of it 😉
if you’re a bit better adjusted you know that despite being technically incorrect, mtbers use “Retro” to mean old bikes as per retrobike though maybe it’s caveatted by saying it’s usually only used for bikes that were either particularly good, interesting or different at the time. Maybe “classic”. eg not CFH’s activator posted above.Posted 7 years agoPeterPoddyMember
Involving, relating to, or reminiscent of things past; retrospective
Old is not retro – looking old, reminiscent of old, is? No?
It is ‘INVOLVING things of the past’ though, isn’t it? Are you hard of understanding? You seem to have handily ignored the key word ‘involving’.Posted 7 years ago
Please read words and understand first before trying to look clever. 😉saladdodgerMember
well it is nice to get all gooey eyed over good bikes from the past as I did over my 95 S/works steel bike ( which was a fantastic bike in its day)with 1″ steerer and canti brakes I rebuilt it 2 years ago after it being hung up for 10 years it looked fantastic.
But to ride well lets be fair on the road it seemed to accelerate lie a scalded cat ( it made my Soul feel slow)
Alas that was the good point off road it steered like a barge the brakes were well set up and I would of been better off putting a stick in the spokes to slow down, it shook the crap out of me with rigid forks and in a word it was a horrable experiance
Bottom line is I rode home and sold it
Sorry Retro / classic [/u] is just plane backward speak and better left in the past we have moved onPosted 7 years ago
aa, cfh i’ll give you the first gen stump jumper as it is a classic and did set a standard.
as for the Bontrager, i am thinking Santacruz rather than wisconsin. I do own one from both sites. I say the Bontrager because it set a benchmark for thinking about design, the use of gussets, ring reinforcing head tubes etc.
On a similar theme most fishers wouldn’t count but the CR7 would. because it brought something with it.
Thinking about it a bit more, Classic sets a benchmark, and retro is good old.Posted 7 years agoaaMember
i have some agreement with you saladdodger.
light, responsive, went up hill like a rocket, superquick on singletrack.
went downhill like a shopping cart loaded with merangue at the bottom and cans of lager at the top. for some reason i put amp f3’s on it….i have never crashed so much in my life.
all things balanced tho, it is awesome. 😆Posted 7 years ago
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