Seems some folks misread John's original criteria for this month's BoTM. I highlighted a couple of key words since everyone is focused on softbeam and URT as key criteria, when in reality they were only mentioned as examples, not an all inclusive list. I'd say all entries are valid so far, no?
I'm more than happy with all entries so far, yes some dead ends are bigger than others but I don't see why people make it such a big deal when all they have to do is vote for the bike they like and think best fits the definition.
There are still plenty of bikes that could be submitted.
Maybe a few more examples will help people:
Trek 9000 - mentioned previously but undamped rubber for suspension didn't go far.
Pro-Flex - Elastomers and Grivin forks
Trek Y bike - URT done all wrong
Klein Mantra - URT done better but looks all wrong and early ones prone to breaking due to design faults
Mountain machine - 24"/20" wheel combo
Off road tandems - I think it would be easy to argue these are a dead end especially if you've tried tight single track...
I'm forgotten the name of that metal tubing which was produced and then quickly removed from the market but anything made from that would do.
Just because they are rubbish in design doesn't mean they aren't fun to ride. But if the ride makes you laugh and say "What were they thinking when they designed this?" then there is a
Parts wise there are endless parts produced to fix a problem which never exisited or made things worse.
170mm off road stem - I have one but can't say I'll ever use it
HED aero wheels for off road - look cool but
White porcs and white tyres in general