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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:35 am 
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Just don't go there!!!!!


I fear we are too late.


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personally I think it should be 2000, nice round number...(only because there a re few bikes i wouldn't mind from 98,99 and I still want em to be retro...)

but I do think, from my experience that by the end of 97, even where I lived in remotes-ville, that is when DH bikes went all sick and rad. If you wanted to take DH or XC vaguely seriously then you really needed a separate bike for each... that was the beginning of the end...


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every year, sometime in autumn, they add one year to the 'ago'.
that way they don't have to move one years bikes worth of bikes n stuff out of one section and into another and change the forums titles.

unfortunately people litter the Retro 98+ section with truely modern bikes no matter what this site is called ..;)


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i've said it before (& i don't expect a seperate section for it) but there is a massive difference between 'retro' & post '98, almost as much as a 1997 bike to a 1989 bike.

to me, if we were to go down this route i feel there should be a vintage section for the original mtb/atb's - the double u-braked farm gate looking things that kicked off the madness!! pre 1990 perhaps? the retro section for the bikes we know & love up to the 97/98 cut-off then a pre-modern (or post-retro) section covering us through the development of FS, the evolution of suspension forks & commonly seen cable discs evolving to commonly seen hydraulics up to maybe '04?. then, a modern section for all the generic moon-buggy wheeled, hydroformed aluminium, red, white or black painted homogeneous turds that float about in a pool of vagueness (with the odd nice bike chucked in like a shiny crouton!)


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I would be up for a pre'89 split - makes a lot of sense - I think it should include Klunkers style bikes of all ages too though.


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I would deffo deff be up for a modern bike section, i tend not to look in the 98+ section because of the truly modern bikes in there.


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I would be up for a pre'89 split - makes a lot of sense - I think it should include Klunkers style bikes of all ages too though.

But surely John's main motivation was to break the forum up into manageable chunks. Although pre-89 makes sense from an historic point of view, I don't think there are enough pre-89 bikes on here for them to need their own forum.


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Charlieboy28 wrote:
I would deffo deff be up for a modern bike section, i tend not to look in the 98+ section because of the truly modern bikes in there.



Where would the cut off be though? My 2009 Orange 5 looks quite similar to my old 2006 which was not that much different to the 2004. What's classed as modern? You could quite easily end up with a very narrow 98 to ? section with even less traffic then the current 98+ section which is pretty quite anyway.

I think it's fine as it is tbh and don't see the need to give John and the mods more work.


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how about shifting the dates a little... say pre 90 vintage, 90-2001 classic, post 2000 modern, after 2010 new!


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Charlieboy28 wrote:
I would deffo deff be up for a modern bike section, i tend not to look in the 98+ section because of the truly modern bikes in there.



Where would the cut off be though? My 2009 Orange 5 looks quite similar to my old 2006 which was not that much different to the 2004. What's classed as modern? You could quite easily end up with a very narrow 98 to ? section with even less traffic then the current 98+ section which is pretty quite anyway.

I think it's fine as it is tbh and don't see the need to give John and the mods more work.


that was sort of my point - the forum doesn't need altering but if it was looked at from a tech development point of view, there are a couple of options for sub-forums possibly. In the 98+ section we could have a 'look at the shiny shiny' section and in the retro we could potentially have a pre '90 sub section for those whose interests sparked before mine (my big period of lust for bikes I couldnt afford came between summer 95 & 99 - the high school years!)


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