Some useful and interesting comments thus far, appreciate those who have taken the time to post feedback. a few comments in no order at all.
Please be aware this isn't a perment change - if things don't work out we'll simply revert to the way they were.
I'd agree the '98 date split is arbitary, however if someone has a better way of differentaiting I'd be happy to hear it. Think few would disagree the thread on the '2011 Ragley' range has no place in retro mtb chat. However there are of course huge gray areas around the date we've chosen.
A date was chosen because it can be moderated. anything else would be opinion based - good luck on that. We of course won't be moderating this with a fist of iron. Threads will be moved sensibly.
The focus of the site has always leant towards the mid nineties and before - this is borne out in BoTM wins, what I see out on the rides and what I see posted up in retro mtb chat (as well as my own preference).
Guess I felt the pressure for this came from two sides. The pressure to keep 'Retro MTB chat' focussed - that is focussed on the older stuff which I believe a large precentage of our membership are interested in. Also wanted a bike chat forum for those whose definition of retro differed from that of the moderators and myself as well as somewhere modern stuff could be discussed without trawling through threads about 'what my dogs having for his tea'.
Glad others have picked up on the community aspect of it too. Yes, perhaps modern stuff doesn't have a place here in one sense but given many of us do run newer (or even modern stuff) it is good to have an outlet here - I know I don't use other forums. If I wanted a crtique on my lawn I'd get Alan Titschmarsh round.
When we move to a new forum software (as we surely will) there will be opportunities for better organising the site forum page.
Anyhow my thoughts are rambling and a little unordered. However I do think this is a good move as do the other moderators (at least they told me they did
). Let's see how it goes.