I agree with much that has been writen. I don't have rose tinted spectacles for much of the boutique components that float a lot of boats on here. I've seen far to much of it break, or fiddled with a lot of it and know what a nightmare it is to set up. I worked for many years in a shop where I got to play with lots of fancy stuff. I ran 7spd XT until I was sure that 8spd XT was better and then I switched to that - reliability was everything when you only had one bike and funds were short
My bikes are for riding which is why good modern V-brakes and an 8spd XT groupset is a minimum even on my retro rides. I didn't run XTR drivetrains back in the day because I could not justify the expense - and I'm still happy with that decision and thinking now; although I will bend the rules and run XTR V-brakes because brakes are life and death
The items that float my boat are the ones that I used or nearly used/bought. High price NOS is a waste for me as I plan to use the stuff so the premium I just paid is gone when I open the packet... may as well buy new stuff as it's better.
I doubt I'd buy a rehash of anything when there are so many classics still available reasonably cheaply. New Mathers, IF's and Sycip's tempt me but when modern Trek 8900's and Orange P7's etc ride so well it's kind of hard to justify going for a mega custom bike unless you really are after something different - and much as we flower it up it's no different to boy racers and their be-spoilered dick swinging. The only people who will notice your custom frame and purple anodised do-dar-wotsit are just as sad as you are
Riding my Lloyd or my Kona is about going back to simply riding. I love the singlespeed of the Kona because it's like being a beginner again even on trails I know really well - your often in the wrong gear, but in the right gear because it's all you've got. The Lloyd is just an old skool race bike... head down arse up get on with the business of riding fast up hills and bouncing about back down. To set a modern hardtail up like that is a bit of a waste of all the suspension and disk brake technology. I suppose I could build a modern bike up like that but it would cost much more and the Lloyd is something I wanted back in the day... so two bikes in one
I also know that weight weeniesm is not for me because I used to break stuff too frequently anyway - although not so much now I have more than one bike.
Even I'm bored of this now
He's not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy.
95 Kona Explosif Singlespeed/Fixie - 100% Thrashed since new and it's still very well loved (and it looks it).
Dave Lloyd C.A.T.S W.I.S.K.A.S - Built, ridden, loved, and sold.