OK Decision time
Bearing with me - I have 3 road bikes with Campag Record of various generations, my wife has one with Chorus and my track bike is mostly Record, that I have Campag rims on 2 of my MTBs, and that I ran Record OR cantis BITD. So I LIKE Campag.
But the question covers MTB groupsets and looking with perspective on the bikes that had them BITD - it was never any of the ones I liked. Garish Kleins mostly.
The chainsets were fugly. BB axle was insane length. Hubs just looked plain wrong on an MTB. Front mechs were a disgrace.That leaves seatposts, rear mech, headsets and brakes - and even the cantis were a mess until Record OR/ICarus which were a copy of Graftons anyway.. Rear mech was just too expensive to dare use and wouldn't index with anyone elses shifters anyway.
So with regard to both form and function and sense of image protrayed - out of the window for me. UNCOOL.
However this IS Retrobike and I can see its niche appeal to forum members. Within the context of Retrobike it's probably cool. However I don't consider Retrobiking to be particularly cool in the wider sense of the word. So therefore because a group of what is predominantly early-middle-aged bike geeks think it's cool - it is therefore still UNCOOL.
Still hanging onto my NOS Record OR cantilevers in the vain hope a pair of brake levers comes along though (
Completed: 94 Stumpjumper w. M733; ; 92 Dave Yates 731 ; 97 Parkpre Pro-Elite ; Pace RC200 F6 ; Pace RC300; 82 Gios Super Record ; 97-8 De Rosa Giro D´Italia; ; Banani SPX Track bike ; 89 Alan/Mavic Cross Bike ; 05 Focus Cross Team ; 90 Look MI-80 all-Mavic ; 12 Focus Izalco Team/custom build ; 11 Focus Thunder Custom build
Projects : , Brouwer all-Mavic
Stripped : Pace RC303
Gone : GT Karakoram
Stayed in the family: Kuota Kharma, 04 Stumpjumper FSR
Ceased to be : Dynatech MT3, killed by corroded seatstays.