Reads this; checks calendar- phew! For a second there I thought it was 2008 still. Something tells me you have not bothered to go look through all the previous BoTM polls, before making your definitive statement, otherwise you might have refrained. There's a great diversity in the entrants and winners. If anything, the argument use to be that the more common bikes would beat the "upper shelf" bikes too frequently, making it too much of a joke. That was wrong, and you're wrong.
Please don't take it personally
You can leave that shade of arrogance aside; it doesn't impress me much. I'm afraid you haven't understood what my point was. I have admitted to the fact that I could be not 100% correct, as I am pretty new to this forum and that the impression of a high praise towards certain kind of bicycles is influenced by what I've read so far.
I didn't do any BotM statistics and I won't. I'd rather work on a bike or actually ride one. Oh, and that upper shelf is stacked with a lot of other makes, models and colorways than the few I was referring to and that get everybody's love (for a good reason). I'm in no way offended, I took all this with a smile, but I think that maybe you should look into accepting someone else's opinion and if you believe it is misguided, you could show him in a more friendly manner that the less recent past proves otherwise.
I stick to my belief that classic painted Kleins and Yetis are awesome bikes, that the community on RetroBike is more fond of them than a lot of other bikes and therefore it is more likely that they win, compared to other bikes that may be entered. How is this a "wrong" statement, for chrissakes???
The above being said, I choose to like, say, a '98 dirty Privateer more than a '92 perfect Attitude (in Dolomite, of course), or maybe Joy Division a wee bit more than the Beatles. I'm biting my fingernails off and hope that the Fashion Police doesn't show up my door before my next ride!
Cheers to RetroBike and ALL the great bikes and people over here!
1990 GT Karakoram 20" Purple Haze (urban project); 1993 GT Karakoram 20" Ferrari Red (classy beater); 1993 GT Karakoram 14.5" Black Light (almost original); 1994 Breezer Jet Stream 18" (unlikely story); 1995 Winora full suspension (a fine riding mistery); 1997 Kona A'Ha (anniversary edition); 1997 GT Arrowhead 18" (poisoned gift); 1998 Stevens 6.1.2 (true warrior); 1998 GT Moto cruiser (just google it!); 1999 Santa Cruz Chameleon (the heartbreaker revived); 1999 GT Lobo 1000 (retired with works Super T); 2000 GT Lobo (turns original); 2001 Klein Attitude Comp 19" (ultralight project); 2001 Cannondale Jekyll 1000 SL (better that a lot of "fresh" bikes); 2003 Intense Tazer (close to factory team spec); 2003 Intense M1 (old dream on hold); 2007 Crupi Pro XXL (pumptrack teacher)