Stumbled on here from STW
I'm not a true Retro person as I'd rather my bikes worked than were kept as was back in the dark ages
Very few of my own parts from that era survived due to my usage of them.
To that end my Retro 1995 Kona Explosif has XTR V-brakes on it... I must do some pics as it's very lovely in a battered and bruised kind of way
1999 Specialised Rockhopper
- blue and cream - the first with 7spd and without the U-Brake - sadly I sold this to buy...
1991 Trek 8900
Black splatter paint Bonded aluminium frame - my crime was to fit a Flexstem and Brahma Bars!!!. Bent the dropout, this bike was stolenâ€¦ sadlyâ€¦ NOT! Insurance bought...
1992 Rocky Mountain Blizzard
- The all white Columbus O.R. tubed one with green graphics and black Tange Struts rigid forks (I still have the Syncros Stem in use on my Kona Explosif). The bottom bracket was/became very ovalised on this frame and after a while the bottom bracket would not stay in. Warranty #1. On the replacement frame one of the brake bosses was so squint that the brake arm hit the frame, and almost from day one I again had problems with the bottom bracket. Eventually I got Warranty#2, although I had to pay an upcharge to the "better" 93 frame as no more 92's were available.
93 Rocky Mountain Blizzard
- True Temper Black and White with Black Ritchey Logic Forks - Frame cracked at the brazed junction of the seatstays to seattube - Warranty#3, the frame was rebrazed and repainted but I sold it due to loss of confidence (new owner was aware of story).
1995 - Trek Pro Issue 9900
Nude Carbon Fibre OCLV Frame. Within a month I snapped off a brake boss, it was clear to me that the brake boss was not properly bonded to the frame. Warranty #1. After 6 months with the second frame the bottom bracket insert became unbonded. Warranty#2, Trek gave me money back saying "Perhaps this is not the bike for you". Shame, as to this day it is still the best hardtail frame I have ever ridden.
1995 (Late) - Kona Explosif with prototype 1996 Paint
- complete bike with Project 2 forks. This bike got an amazing hammering and despite putting a huge dent in the top tube two weeks after buying it I was unable to any damage to this frame until 1996 when the dropout snapped. I still use this frame
as my singlespeed after getting Charlie at Alves cycles to fit track ends. I was unwilling to get it painted beacause it's unusual and I am tight
so the dropouts have been painted with Hammerite - real hardcore
1997 Intense Uzzi SL
- Broke the seatmast after 3 months. Broke the seatstays in 2001. Replaced the shock a few times but this bike is still able to go although it was retired from active duty in 2004
1999 Trek 8900 Aluminium
- one of the first hardtail frames I could get with a disk mount - Hayes Chainstay mount admitedly. The geometry is the same as my much loved OCLV frame but the Aluminium means the ride is not as good. Trek where made aware of the OCLV story and were happy to sell me this frame (which I haven't managed to break despite my best efforts).
I'm enjoying the site - who knows - I may even get the bug...