Tried to keep my thoughts to myself but can"t. You all need to take another (I assume you all have been there at least once before) trip over to Alan Bonds website: http://clunkers.net/
Take a close look at these bikes. There are two distinct but overlapping styles. The bikes with the single big front chainring and one single gear choice were not created for cross country riding. They were created for shuttling up the mountain in the back of a pickup truck and or pushed up the hill by an expectant pure downhill rider (sound familiar). As silly and obvious as it is, Repack was a downhill race not cross country (CK, where are you when we need you?). There was another style of bike being created at about the same time that was being used for cross country riding (AB site would call these the hybirds).
If I had my own bomber style Klunker, I would enter it here for BOTM.
I believe Scooterdude http://clunkers.net/scott41dx/scooterdx.html
has recreated this classic downhill ride and is currently using it for this purpose better than anyone else I have ever read about at this time. I highly reccomend you read the beta he has posted out there about his adventures in this venture......
If you are stating that downhill specific bikes weren't created during the early era of mountainbiking, I reccomend you research your passions roots.....
nobody is arguing that the early mtbs werent designed for downhill - we all know Repack was a dh race. Your points are spot on - one big chainring and lower saddle - big wide bars!! Bikes that have to be put on a truck to get to the top - THAT is a DH bike. I dont doubt that the early bikes had 2 distinct types of bike - but they didnt carry on like that once MTB started appealing to the mass market and the bikes became the geared monsters we see today!!
RTS/Offroad/XC full suss with high saddle flat bars/barends/long stem and triple front that can be ridden to the top of the hill are not DH specific bikes
I would happily see a Klunker on here with a massive front chainring and single gear!!!
There doesnt even need to be a chain on some DH bikes!!!!
great links too!!
I'm not trying to have a go at anyone - those RTS are good looking bikes and I love all bikes of any shape or size (except 1 brand which shall remain nameless so I dont get hate mail......cough GT cough) and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I am purely voicing mine
PS Rob - the pace gets my vote!!
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