Wold Ranger wrote:
In a single word, WEIGHT (Plus old bikes have: Soul, Character, pretty looks and you need skills to ride them well) or the lack of weight with retro. Even the Trek 69r weighes 25 pounds plus and it's a single speed!! The whole concept of a MOUNTAIN bike is it can be ridden up a very steep hill off road. If it's heavy this is no fun, particularly for light weights like me. I am an x fell runner and CX racer, so carrying a bike is also a desire, (why ride up a hill when you can run up it easier and faster beats me, so I will shoulder my bike and run up steep or rocky inclines and at sub 20 pounds that's easy) try carrying an awkwardly shaped 30 pound plus bike up a cliff wall![/b]
I can understand the weight argument - can't believe whats accepted as a reasonable weight these days for everyday trail bikes (seems that 28-30lb is considered reasonable...).
Having said that, there are some brilliant light weight bikes available these days if thats what you want (and you have the dosh), that rival the old bikes for weight and kill them for reliability, braking and performance IMHO. Can't touch the old bikes for style though.
1997 Giant ATX 980
2007 On-One Inbred