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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 5:47 pm 
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An RTS is not a headache and rides beautifully, comfort of suspension without horrendous losses. A proflex on the other hand. . .


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 6:07 pm 
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I love FS and if it´s retro... much better, my retro FS bikes:

Trek 9000... puffff :? much pedal bob, but I like how it looks
GT LTS-SPIN :D very very good
GT STS-1000DS :D idem
Klein Palomino Race... oooooh that´s not retro but rides very well :wink:

...and have a Marin Team FRS and a GT STS-DH wating for...

My Conclusion, they worth it

Saudos/Cheers


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 6:44 pm 
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To answer the original question : Given that a retro will be probably a tenth or less of the original cost of an original bike what is there to lose.

I've never had a full susser, never ridden a GT RTS but I just know I want one.
They look totally cool (as do a lot of early bikes).

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With the radical evolution of rear suspension designs and shock technology, it hardly seems worth the effort to keep those old bikes running


It's the same with classic cars, you drive them because they DON'T drive like a new one.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:30 pm 
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I would love a marin b17 again, or a lts, but I kind of see the point of the original thread. Unless you can get away with a new shock in an old frame, then it makes little sense unless you can afford it or really love a model. So the pro flex shocks for example, hard to come by now, risse will make you a new one for £300. Is that worth it? Not in my opinion. But would never begrudge anyone doing it themselves.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 10:14 pm 
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There are definitely some early fs bikes worth restoring and keeping. Iconic ones that show how the evolution occurred... Some good some bad but iconic.

The early manitous come to mind. The ibis bowTi. Some of the gt's and fsr. The amps. There's a lot. Defo worth it.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 10:21 pm 
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I always remember the Merlin titanium that used the flex of the chainstays rather than a pivot!


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 11:50 pm 
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But then giant box frames, and most urt's etc really aren't worth it


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 2:21 am 
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a few for sure -

I think someone mentioned the ibis bow-ti ... from what I hear they are a unique and fun ride (have one on the list to buy soon !!)
Manitou FS's are pretty cool if you get a non cracked one
Yeti ARC's from back in the day - who wouldn't want one of these
Early Mountain Cycles ride nice for what they were back in the day
I love the old Karpiels (second one back in the pic with multiple bikes)... put a funn launch pad gen one on and it rides like a couch
Trek Y-50 is kind of neat and is a nice light ride from back in the day - rode these a bunch and have no complaints

Did a test this year - a 2013 Trek Session 9.9 vs a 2001 Santa Cruz Super 8 at the Whistler DH Park. The santa cruz rode nice and in my opinion the rake was better setup for whistler FR... the trek was much much faster... long story short, they are worth it if you find the right setup for you and you have it properly maintained


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 2:46 am 
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So long as you keep in mind that BITD full sussers were intended for very different terrain to that which people chuck their bikes at today then you won't be disappointed...


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 8:01 am 
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We_are_Stevo wrote:
So long as you keep in mind that BITD full sussers were intended for very different terrain to that which people chuck their bikes at today then you won't be disappointed...


What different terrain? Extra terrestrial?


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