Purple was cool, BITD, for about 7 months, then, as Jez says, we all went overboard for purple-everything and killed it stone dead.
By varying colours, the anodised fad was extended and exploited by 'lesser' brands like Tektro and Fred Salmon(!) for another two or three years. The next aesthetic anodised peak being the rasta combo, much, much later - with the only exponent of tasteful contemporary anodising being, of course, Chris King.
Now, in today's retrospective landscape purple is very, very cool - partly because it is the
most evocative retro-MTB colour, the colour that goes further than any other in getting people to recall their days in the saddle - 'ooh, I used to be a mountainbiker...' - and partly because it's actually quite hard to find these days.
How can this be so, when we pretty much sprayed it on everything?? Maybe purple got all used up by Prince or Warp on their record sleeves..??
I have to declare my personal interest here - the Buck Shaver is an unashamed homage to purple...
'B' LIST: 1995 Fat Chance Buck Shaver : 1997 Ballistic '917' : 1997 Ibis Alibi : 1997 ProFlex 857 : 1991 Kona Explosive : 1989 MS Racing CR1 : 1991 SCOTT Super Evo Pro : 1993 Orange Vit T2 : Brodie Kinetic : S Bike : Dave Yates Diabolo :
'A' LIST - 1992 Mountain Cycles San Andreas : 1994 Bontrager Race Lite : 1990 Marin Team Titanium : 1990 Brave Warrior : 1993 Kona Hot : 1994 Merlin Mountain : 1991 Cannonade M700 : 1988? Ritchey Ascent : 1984 Andy Powell ATB : 1990 Mantis XCR CE : 1990 Yeti Ultimate : 1989? Yeti FRO : 1994 Specialized FSR : Ibis Alibi : 1992 Alpinestars CroMega DX :