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BoTY 2009 - THE BIG VOTE
January 2009 - ameybrook's Yeti C-26 25%  25%  [ 76 ]
February 2009 - Hairstream's Yeti Ultimate 4%  4%  [ 13 ]
March 2009 - Dr S' Pace RC-100 11%  11%  [ 32 ]
April 2009 - Gary Turner's GT STS 4%  4%  [ 13 ]
May 2009 - Archangel's 1991 Specialized Stumpjumper Epic Ultimate 5%  5%  [ 15 ]
June 2009 - Sinnett177's 1993 Team Raleigh Dyna-Tech 9%  9%  [ 26 ]
July 2009 - Pete McC's Yeti Ultimate 5%  5%  [ 15 ]
August 2009 - Pete McC's Doug Bradbury Manitou Full Suspension 8%  8%  [ 24 ]
September 2009 no.1 - Defiant's Serotta TiMax 15%  15%  [ 44 ]
September 2009 no.2 - Ragnar1984's Miyata Century 5%  5%  [ 15 ]
October 2009 - Oneschnark's Grove Innovation Titanium 3%  3%  [ 10 ]
November 2009 - 24pouces' 1988 Cannondale SM600 1%  1%  [ 3 ]
December 2009 - bushpig's Mantis X Frame 4%  4%  [ 13 ]
Total votes : 299
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 12:40 am 
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wow,like picking the best player from the brazilian national footy team!
yeti seem popular.all the best to all entrants!!! lovely bikes. 8)


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Time involved to research the bike and put the frame assembly together and then get the website up deserves the nod. Congrats Mike and kudos again to all you monthly winners. What lies ahead in 2010...we can only wonder.


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what a line up.

all worthy for sure. 8)

1. c26
2. manitou
3. mantis
4. epic


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Grove for me - Box fresh! Original, and the bike I'd most like to own. on this list and probably away from this list too.


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Anthony wrote:
To be blunt, some of the builds look a bit gay to me.



Anthony wrote:
... and there's just something about that Miyata that makes it look totally right.



Is the irony here intentional? The gold accented Miyata would surely be Liberace's bike of choice.


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John wrote:
Anthony wrote:
To be blunt, some of the builds look a bit gay to me.

Anthony wrote:
... and there's just something about that Miyata that makes it look totally right.

Is the irony here intentional? The gold accented Miyata would surely be Liberace's bike of choice.

There's no irony. The Miyata isn't my type of bike and may not satisfy my definition of a mountain bike, but it is well designed and I believe it is presented here precisely as the designer intended. Some of the builds in my view present the bikes as slightly camped-up versions which give an overall impression that seems quite different from what the designer would have had in mind, and may even get in the way of the intended function.

To me, a mountain bike should look as though it's meant to be on a mountain. Once you have a build that looks as though it isn't intended to leave the owner's garden, or as if he wouldn't want to risk getting mud and shit on it, it ceases to be a mountain bike. That isn't to decry the excellent work that people have done, but everybody has their own view and that is mine.

And although I'm no expert in Liberace, I doubt whether he would like the Miyata the best. True it is ornate and I see why you say that, but I think it has substance. To the best of my limited knowledge, Liberace was all about ostentation and the key to ostentation is a lack of substance.


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that and there's no candlabra on it :wink:


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Anthony wrote:
And although I'm no expert in Liberace...


I'm sure you do yourself a disservice Anthony! it certainly seems like your bicycle gay-dar is fully operational.

orange71 wrote:
that and there's no candlabra on it :wink:


Good point well made Ed.


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Hmm...

One one hand, there's the paradox of choosing one 'Ultimate' over another.

On the other hand, there are some great build stories with some great histories and personalities involved.

Difficult decisions. Then Anthony chipped in. Can't cast a camp vote...

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 12:57 pm 
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John wrote:
Anthony wrote:
And although I'm no expert in Liberace...

I'm sure you do yourself a disservice Anthony! it certainly seems like your bicycle gay-dar is fully operational.

I was using the word gay in the adjectival sense that my children use it, which is a different thing altogether and has little or nothing to do with Liberace as far as I'm aware.

To be honest I was surprised, but I found that they used the word for a spectrum of meanings around 'silly' or 'ridiculous'. I had assumed they would be more liberal-minded than me.


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