Personally i think white industried 3 bolt hubs are well worth stocking up on , also rockshox pre 2000 before they got bought out, i have been picking up disc brakes and hubs at silly prices a year or so ago now people are asking silly prices.
I have just had a stupid offer from someone on MTBR for a set of 1998 discs and white industries boxxer hubs i am hording for a GT LOBO build when i have finished building the bikes i am already working on i could make a huge profit from the offer the guy made, but im not sure i want to part with them as i have need for them as either spares or the new build.
I am also looking to stock pile shocks for full sussers that have weird configurations ie. most GT , shwinn , also shocks for maverik bikes.
i think anything that has suspension is a good bet as things brake, wear out and are not off the shelf components that are interchangable like bushings , bearings , aftermarket linkage plates , etc.
there are still loads of boutique manufacturers who are making cool inovative products that work well and look cool, to name but a few goldtech , roox, northshore billet , atomlabs , dangerboy, nokon.
I know most of these are a bit more industrial than pre 90's products but I remember when suspension hit the market i was like who is going to use that and what is the need!
for instance look at
Race face diabolus stems, CNC lovelyness which are still light yet bombproof components
sram 0.X components, there carbon lovelyness.
It is only through owning an early full suspension bike but riding since the early 90,s that i have straddled both worlds and kept up with technology and still look for things that go bling on a bike.
It dose seem that todays new crop of dirt jumping, big hitting young riders dont want to stand out and only want their bikes in black , white or something inbetween, i was reading a post on the southern down hill forum where one of the pros got his bike slated because he had the gaul to get it painted fluro green!
what is the world comming to!
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If its late 1990's GT and suspended im interested in getting hold of it.
- GT LTS 1000 DS Acid orange - retro spec
- GT LTS 1000 DS Silver - non retro spec
- Chas Roberts - new project
- Dynatech - new project - slowly getting there