For me there is little merit in the catalogue-correct (save for museum pieces), nor in the time/effort/money spent... I prefer a fluid mix of the evocative 'period-correct' and the infinite challenge of being 'free' to build an old frame up as a 'retro' one - so much more scope for disaster/success (as we all know) and far, far less likely to scoop a popularist poll such as this!
My four BoTYs are:
4. Mike's C-26
3. Pete's Manitou
2. Phillipe's Grove
1. Hairstream's Ultimate
PS. Looking forward to an equally interesting 'Also Ran' poll - watch this space....
STATUS: PENDING - 1995 Fat Chance Buck Shaver : 1997 Ballistic '917' : 1997 Ibis Alibi : 1988 Overbury's Pioneer : 1995 Specialised M2 : 1991 Nishiki Alien SP : 1997 ProFlex 857 : 1992 Mantis ProFloater : 1991 Kona Explosive : 1989 MS Racing CR1 : 1990 Marin Team Titanium : 1991 SCOTT Super Evo Pro : 1984 Bob Jackson ATB : 1993 Orange Vit T2 :