Resurrecting an ancient thread here but I reckon we've plenty of new experiences and indeed members... ( me included )
Best bike I have ever ridden? My Marin Rift Zone. I've had two and they were both brilliant. It's even better now that it has a Bomber on the front and it just seems to suit me: excellent steering, suspension that works without needing new bearings every year and reasonably light. It's my favourite any way. So afar
Worst? Hmm, bearing in mind I used to work at Halfords back in the day and made a point of test riding everything that came in, I dunno if I should include some of the monstrous heaps of turdery that we sold.
But I am going to.
Raleigh Activator 1. I know it's had a pounding by everyone and their dog, but there's a reason for that: it made a rigid Apollo look sophisticated. Steering so slack, coupled to really heavy steel wheels meant that you could barely steer or even stop the bastard. Once you got it going that is. That front wheel felt like you were being tugged along by a rogue gyroscope.
I built, serviced and repaired so many of these unholy creatures of the night that I fear I may never get over them. Oh and one of them tried to kill one of our punters when he stuck a QR wheel on one - the fork was so flexy the qr popped open depositing the poor sod on Chester road as the bare fork ends dug into the concrete ejecting him like a russian fighter pilot over Bosnia.
Blood, bone, lawsuit...( Raleigh had neglected to put a warning on the bike about QR wheels being unsuitable for the spaghetti that passed as a fork)
Normally I rather like Raleighs.
BITD: 89 Specialized Hardrock Comp, 91 Dynatech Sentinel, 93 Kona Fire Mountain, 97 Marin Rift Zone.
Now: 97 Marin Rift Zone. 2003 Marin Alpine Trail
On the go:88 Cinder Cone. 89 Fire Mountain
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