- When does a bike become retro?
When its shit compared to a £500 specialized but you remember it being good.
When you buy one, thinking exactly this, and it happens to be waaaaaay better than you remember.
Retro = Just old
Classic = Old but actually very good
This is why old Konas have such a following.
🙂Posted 6 years agoamediasSubscriber
I’ve always thought we mis-used the term ‘retro’ a bit, we normally use it to describe ‘old’ or ‘old-skool’ (for the kids 😉 ) but it’s actual meaning is something that imitates a design/concept from the past, or relating to the past, not necessarily being from the past, if that makes sense?
…but I digress, to answer your original query, there is a bit of a grey area amongst the retrobikers, some say pre-90’s, some say pre-2000, but there seems to be an uncomfortable middle ground of about ’97 that gets agreed upon depending who you ask.
For a lot of people its more about a shift in focus of the designs rather than a specific year cut off.Posted 6 years agoPJM1974Member
I ride a 2004 Specialized with modern forks, wide bars and a short stem, so it doesn’t really feel “retro” to me.
Maybe the tag “retro” could be used to describe a bike which encompasses lots of perfectly adequate “standards” which have since been superseeded in the quest for ever more impressive marketing gnar?
Or maybe the “retro” tag could apply to any bike built before the term “colourway” was adopted by marketing newspeakers?Posted 6 years ago
I ride a 2004 Specialized with modern forks
The “modern” forks on my Dyna-Tech are a 2003 model. I don’t think some people on here really get “retro” – 5 years is a bit silly, given my main bike is almost that old, and there’s really not much wrong with it. Fragile disposable carbon too.Posted 6 years agocoastkidMember
Anything no longer made, that makes you feel nostalgic and smile when you see one or ride it 😀
I would class TJs Ti Raleigh as retro, along with Super Vs and other stuff that era, on nostalgia feelings,
The MK 1 Purple Surly Pugsleys have already been classed as fat retro by the fat brigrade on MTBR despite only 6 years old 🙂Posted 6 years agomessiahMember
Retro is more of a mindset than an actual age. If your trying to keep the bike as it was when it was new, or to upgrade with age relevant parts then your definetely retro…
It’s a fun rabbit hole to stick your head into; but I ultimately found riding round the handling issues and breaking old bike parts less rewarding than ragging modern bikes. Each to there own, I love looking at retrobikes and I still find many are more atractive than modern machines… but then I remember what they are like to ride *shudders*.
I’ve still got a 1994/5 Kona Explosif that I just can’t kill.Posted 6 years agochestrockwellMember
On retrobike we split it in to 1997 and before / after 1998. Been lots of discussions on there and there’s no specific reason for those dates except that there needs to be a split. Some think retro is before V’s, others when most frames were still made of steel. Saracen were suss correcting frames around 1993 so that’s no gauge and you could also get bikes with disc mounts around then (Mountain Cycles?) so that’s out too.Posted 6 years agojp-t853Member
I have a 2005 Cove Handjob & a 1989 MS Racing which has been converted to singlespeed.
I would agree agree with the ’97 cut off generally as before this time bike design had remained quite static. At this point componentry made a step change and suspension became far more commonplace.Posted 6 years agoburnieMember
I have a 2003 SC Chameleon and I would definitely not consider that to be retro. Although the fact that it needs an adapter to run disc brakes does show its age a little. I would say 10-15 years, but then my bike would be about to fall into that category so I will have to say 15ish.Posted 6 years agojimwMember
I guess my 10 year old Kitsuma ticks some boxes but not others- it is disk only, can take up to 120mm fork doesn’t have a straight top tube but it can’t take big tyres – 2.1 is OK but not much bigger and the design is eleven years old. Not retro as far as Retrobike is concerned, and not in the way it rides.Posted 6 years ago
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