That's not the point. the GT was a mass produced generic bike. Dime a dozen. The Cunningham is a unique, historic groundbreaking bike. You still don't get it.
Sure the GT was mass produced and from another era, but its YOU that doesn't get this, pull your head out of your butt... your broken GT was far more "fit for purpose" than the Cunningham if you cracked the GT you'd have folded the frame on that Cunningham ! (point one)
Just because its (relatively speaking) old or one of the 1st doesn't make it fantastic, just look the Good Old AMC Pacer, this broke new ground for spacious compact cars ... does everyone who owns a modern compact car have to worship at its alter.. of course not, its an evolutionary avenue that was well underway, in the case of MTB development it would have happened with or without one visionary guy like Mr Cunnnigham
It’s a butt ugly R&D piece thats been thrown together, (just look a road bike from the same era) and regarding those welds, just go to any WW2 tank museum and you'll see better welds on a Russian T34 that was put together in a hurry by unskilled workers, toiling away around the clock in terrible conditions, (admitidly they we're welding steel plate not aluminium).
this belongs in a museum, and as others have pointed out there's already plenty of museums with good examples indicates to me that everyone on here is getting a little too precious about something thats only special because its got a #1 on it.
As for 50% of us being mis guided, its just depends on your point of view,
if I turned up for an I.T class with a Commodore 64 rather than the latest offering from Dell but claimed it was brilliant just because it's only redeaming feature was the fact it was old and was a part of the evolutionary chain I think we'd end up with the same debate.
I hope this goes to a museum and stays there for us all to see our humble start, and as for the Pacer well lets just remember it in it's finest hour being mocked in Waynes World
If Wayne and Garth modified the interior light of the AMC Pacer to dispense strawberry cable and added flames to the outside do you think the Cunningham would benefit for having a sexy pair of Rock Shox’s and some radical Troy Lee decals fitting.
Now this I suspect, really would upset everyone…. Even those who allegedly don’t get it like myself !
Now I'm sure someone will feel the need to reply but guys less of the profanity
, you don't need such earthy language to underline your point(s) no matter how insenced you feel !