I'm guessing that most of the members on here are about the same age, the retro bikes lusted after are the ones few were lucky enough to have the money for back then, but now with more disposable income available and ebay, people are buying the bikes they always wanted.
For me bike from this era were/are far more exciting, what with corperate buy outs over the years, all but a few of the small innovators have gone.
Maybe it's me, but i don't think you have as good a choice these days. Marin, Specialized, Trek and Kona seem to have it sown up.
If you look at MBA from the early ninties the choice was far greater.
Perhaps it's just rose tinted glasses
Sorry John, forgot, Retrobikes the best
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