Some nice bikes, Jerkys PACE is way up there for me.
Got to say though some bikes on here just shouldn't be on here. I can understand what a lot of people are saying that early DH was competed on hard tails and even totally rigid, but c'mon what should be classed as a Retro Down Hill bike is this
SINGLE CHAINRING with CHAIN GUIDE
DUAL CROWN FORKS or LONG TRAVEL SINGLE's
If a bike can be used for XC, even with minor modifications, it's just not Down Hill. These bikes are designed for throwing yourself down a mountain, they are heavy buggers with long travel forks. Downhill bikes are for riding DOWN dedicated downhill trails and race courses. Take some of these bikes out of the DOWN and they are b*stards, try going uphill on one of them. We need to set some kind of 'what is a DH bike'
As the sport of MTBing started to have more specialised disciplines DH bikes became very distinctive. If we have no specific guidelines then it would be like entering Jerkys Pace in a XC BOTM Special
hehe, you really wouldnt get very far up an incline on the pace
I agree with you though, I am all too happy to see early down hill bikes represented, however the bikes that can be taken as straight out XC machines are to my mind pushing it a little. The RTS's in particular stand out to me. Without even a nod to customising for the purpose of going down hill fast, they are out and out XC machines. OK they may have a DH race pedeigree, but surely not with XC SPD's fitted.
The LTS DH's/Lobos & Yetis are fine (although common as muck
Yes there is still the continual consideration of what is retro, but there is also the consideration of what is specifically designed with the intent fo smashing down a mountain side.
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16" RC100/ 21" RC100/ RC100 Trials prototype/ RC200 F5/ RC200 F8/ RC250 Trials/ RC300 Gunmetal/ RC300 Silver/ RC500 F1 DH