first up, hey Mr FMG, that is one cool looking bike...particularly the hip-flask holder
What a wonderful and informative thread, have been riding DeKerfs since the late 90s...kicking things off with a bit of a rare one!
The dates refer to my time spent riding them, and are not the "model" years themselves.
1. DK F.S. (1998-2000) Green, Ritchey Logic / AMP (B3) ...after a returning from summer season in Chamonix 1998 on my beloved Stumpjumper Team, some full suspension (& steel) seemed appealling to me, purchased from ReCycle in Croydon...which was kinda like a shop for cool used kinda retro'ish equipment. This was a wicked bike, with a cute stainless steel gusset under the headtube...retired from service once the numerous amp bushings wore out.
2. DK Singlspeed (1999-2009) Brown, Reynolds 725...one of my most loved and ridden bike of all time...took it with me to Norway in 2009 where the frame eventually cracked--after a few months insane useage on the trails above Oslo Rest in Pieces. "DK1"
3. DK Team SL Red, (2006) Reynolds 853...rode my first ever 24hr event on this. Adored it. Especially the fillet brazing around the seat cluster. Purchased s/h via the RetroBike forum. Killed the frame (and nearly myself! cheers Giro Xen) riding into the back of a stationary 4x4 one very dark night! A comment by Mike Ferrentino in Bike Mag summed it up "this Bike kicks ass with big heavy boots on!"
4. DK Softail, blue (2007) Reynolds 853 / ti...purchased NOS via STW forum, never built up by myself, and subsequently sold in response to a WTD. add on here to help fund trip to Norway. The review of this bike by
5. DK Implant, brown (2007-to present) Reynolds 853 purchased s/h from bike mechanic at Afan. An amazing bike, prehaps what I should have taken to Norway rather than destroying my sspd. A standout feature for me are the chainstays which are of epic proportions, and nostalgically remind me of those on my stumpjupmer, and also the early Columbus Max OR tubesets of yore! Just rebuilding this now ready for some deep forestry action. Quite why I did not go ride this in Norway remains a mystery to me!
So basically quite a fan!...funnily enough when the RetroBike website began, I was totallay sure if they counted as "Retro" due to the fat that they are still in production today!...unlike say for e.g. FAT Chance etc.
There was some great coverage in the mags during the mid to late 90s. The already mentioned review in Bike mag, being one of them.
Also there was an interview with Chris DeKerf in MTB Pro, and a test of the Team SL appeared in it's super sweet but shortlived successor MTB World. Steve Worland was riding them for a while, which is probably testament enough.