Where do old full sus bikes go?
You know, the old “seatmast” Spesh FSRs, Trek Y-Frames, Orange Sub 5s, Cannondale Jekylls, SC Superlights and Bullits etc? The bikes I lusted after as a poor student in the late 90s/ early 00s?
Almost never see them ridden – they are unlikely to be SSed, commuterised or freecycled and the numbers falling into retrobiker hands must be minimal. Presumably very few actually end up broken, so what other possibilities are there?
Scrapped or gathering dust in a shed somewhere?Posted 7 years agobigdavevwMember
I guess they get handed down and handed down until someone gets it who knows nothing about bikes, they think “ah this old heap,s not worth anything” and they chuck it in a skip. Not even knowing what it is/was and no idea of how much it would be worth.Posted 7 years ago
Think of how many nice bikes have been lost like this. I read a story of a Hetchins that was abandoned in a train station, had a rough rattle can paint job and crappy components.
God bless retrobike!! 😉listerMember
My 2001 Stinky is still in regular use, in fact it’s my only bike!
Still running the same forks, shock, most parts except the cassette, chain and rear mech.
The recession hit me about 2002, haven’t been able to afford a decent replacement in the last 8 years…doesn’t bother me that much, something lighter and better on the ups would be nice but for south Wales trail centres and playing around the woods it does the job just fine.Posted 7 years agoWoodySubscriber
The Proflex’s crop up fairly regularly on Ebay and it’ll have Girvin forks by the sounds of it.
I’m holding on to my now quite rare and extremely ugly Trek DH Pro from 1998 in the hope that one day Trek will need it for a museum and pay me silly money for it. I keep meaning to build it up as it is indestructible.Posted 7 years agofenneszMember
All mine have cracked (Orange X2, Orange UFO & an old-style SC Heckler), except one that got bent in a crash (another old-style SC Heckler). All replaced under warranty or insurance. So I’ve only ever bought one properly – my Orange X2 (in 1998?). My ’03 Heckler is going strong still.Posted 7 years agoMilitant_bikerMember
Friend of mine got a Sintesi Bazooka in ’98 (Lime green and blue – same design as this one)
He used it as a DH bike for a few years, ran it into the ground as an XC bike to get fit. (6″ travel both ends – stupid amounts of travel in 2001)
It got stolen, recovered 6 months later, he gave it to me, I used it as an XC machine.
It died when the last remaining gear hanger snapped in two – I tried every distributor in the world trying to get a hanger; getting a custom one made was stupid money as it was pretty complex. The frame now lives in his bike shed as a memento.Posted 7 years ago
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