I'am surprised that the Ibis BowTi isn't getting more votes.
From a technology point of view, it's by far the most impressive bike of the bunch:
*five inches of rear suspension travel without any pivots
*using the frame members as springs whilst keeping its' five grades of
titanium alloy within its elastic limit to avoid metal fatigue
*probably the best performing of the "Sweet Spot" designs
*weighs 26lbs etc...
It seems to me from the comments made that some people simply vote for what they recognise and understand, without taking the trouble to do a little, mind expanding, homework.
Anyway, do I vote whilst wearing my technologist’s hat? Historical significance hat? Design and innovation hat? "Cleland Hat? Or simply my, "I'd like to ride it hat? Decisions, Decisions.....
There are more bikes in the BOTM that people aren't really familiar with, but still do quite good.
Total agreement the Ibis has an outstanding chassic. Clever designed (on paper, do not know whether it really works in real live) and without doubt the result of excellent welding skills can be enjoyed. Once had the oppertunity to take a close look at a Boulder Intreprid Ti, another superduper Ti FS. Still one of the most impressive experiences in my live (No, I do not have a dull live
So what kills the Ibis' chances in this BOTM? The 2008 kit maybe? A for Robin probably functional and great working build, but with lack of soul for some vintage afficiados - I suppose