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PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 7:11 pm 
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I would say my 89 Rockhopper is proper Retro, my 99 Lavadome is definitely not..


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 7:40 pm 
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retro stared to tail of with the widespread use of thinwall, fat tube aluminum.... 96 proflex (ive got one) isnt retro, even covered in nice components, but a 98 de-kerf is retro.. :)

skinny steel to me is the epitomy of retro :) conjouring up up images of (for me) a time when i could ride forever, young dumb and fit! :D


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 9:26 pm 
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so should we have a cut off point for ye old retro (bygone name) maybe phase 1 and phase 2 would be your modern rigs up two 2000.but then again what about ibis mountain goats making a come back.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 9:57 pm 
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"motorbikes without engines"

:)

Thats EXACTLY what I say when I describe most modern bikes...


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 10:04 pm 
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ameybrook wrote:
The "golden age" ended with downhilling. There's no better explanation.


eh? mountain biking STARTED with downhilling :) :lol: nar, just joking.. I hear what ya saying ;)


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2006 12:35 pm 
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ameybrook wrote:
The "golden age" ended with downhilling. There's no better explanation.



thats exactly what I think, not that down hilling is a bad thing I must add.

Strange as how I wish I kept my 1st MTB, Puch Ranger....about 1983, used to do my paperround on it . 10 gears, cantilver brakes (which were cutting edge at that time!!) , then the local 'spoilt kid' got bought a Raleigh Maverick!! So my hard earned paper round money/pocket money for chores around home were saved to buy me my £300 Muddy fox courier in 84/85!! A mate bought a Specialized Hard Rock, which were a good bike then (not the bottom of range then).


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I think the Golden age ended when some marketing guy , who realized that the market was saturated decided to invent new disciplines , such as Marathon , Freeride and Enduro .


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It ended when an undisclosed individual on this very forum asked me if the Bontrager Composite-fork i was selling were made of carbon fiber.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2006 9:52 pm 
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I have a composite frame which is not carbon fiber , and numerous tennis racquet too . :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2006 11:51 pm 
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Location: No brakes? Way to commit soldier.
v brakes... if your frame has v-brake compatible cable stops, i.e not designed for cantilever cable routing, then it ain't retro. Sorry.


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