Picked up this 2013 Jamis Dragon 650B a month or so ago after demo'ing one at the Southeast Bike Expo in Conyers Georgia on the 1996 Olympic cross country course. Swapped out the SLX drivetrain, WTB saddle and Elixr 5 brakes for some bits more near and dear to my heart and haven't looked back. A modern twist on my WTB Phoenix (which is still an awesome bike.) The fact that it is 853 steel appeals to me. The fact that Jamis jumped in with both feet on 650B appeals to me. And thank god, Jamis still produces some of the most tastefully decal'ed and otherwise adorned bikes in the industry. The White Brothers Loop TCR fork is also a lot of fun. Two thumbs up.
I still have the 2012 Redline Monocog and the 2008 Turner 5Spot which also see a lot of work. Of the 13 bikes I own, six are built and three of those are modern. I've decided to not fire sale any of my vintage bikes, and while I still find the current trends in the industry toward carbon import 29's dripping with black painted components and flashy graphics to be ugly as dirt, with some creativity you can fashion a modern bike into something appealing to a vintage minded fella like me.
The experience with the Loop fork has made me decide to send my Vanilla RLC from the Turner to Suspension Experts and have them rebuild it with 15QR lowers. Hate to say it, but the 9mm QR is dead.
Tiptoe around the edges of modern and stay away from the overpriced and overhyped crap from the Big Three and there's plenty to have fun with on the market today.
That is my secret.
Drowning in Retro!