mine is a realistic DiamondBack Apex or Axis of 90/91/92 vintage.
Like the Axis pictured above, if I could find one for reasonable money nearby I'd be a happy bunny.
Nowt wrong with being realistic, doesnt have to be High End to be a 'Unicorn' My choice is based on the fact that BITD it was my first 'Proper' MTB and even in them days £500 was a huge amount to spend on a bike. I've always kept a look out and despite DB's being fairly common in this guise i havent seen many. Hence when this came along i jumped at the chance of owning one again.
I too am a Happy Bunny
Nope - nowt wrong with that either. I've got 2 Axissssesss (91 and 92) and 3 Apexesssess (91 and 2 from 95), but the sweetest and most meaningful to me, was being able to get a 91 Apex - as a replacement for my original 91 Apex - my first proper mountain bike I bought, but lost it's fight against crime in 95.
That I might have "better" bikes now, or maybe in the future is a footnote, really - if I had to choose / save one, only, it would probably be a close call between my 91 Apex and 95 Apex, but I reckon the 91 would win out.
edit: I've always had a bit of a thing about the Raleigh Dune Dancer - something about the colour, the name, and a review I read in MBUK BITD. It's not any particular focus for me, but one of those, possibly a late 80s Montage, and a khaki green Stumpjumper from the mid 90s are itches I haven't yet scratched.
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