The History Man wrote:
amended for accuracy
The admin crew have explained why it's 1997 before. And ultimately, it's their call.
Forgive a newbie (with an August 1997 V braked FS bike) but could you briefly outline the of 97 cut-off criteria as defined for the site? I'm not criticising but am merely curious as my bike falls on the cusp of 'retro' but seems to have the characteristics your pear to be arguing about.
It was an arbitrary date selected by the site owners as when the "feel" of mountain biking changed.
So on that basis the 'specification' argument is invalid?
Presumably if you join the site and agree to abide by its rules etc the 'feel' factor of post 1997 come with the deal. On my part I'm pleased to have a retro bike regardless of the spec.
On the attractiveness of the site to younger browsers, my son (18) thinks it is for middle aged men like me with too much time on their hands! (His sentiments not mine)