I suspect most people on this retro site will say retro
I got rid of my 2011 Boardman HT pro this year and kept my retro rides.
Boardman was a great bike when it was working
but man, bikes these days are just not built properly like the old ones...
Always felt fragile, big hoooooge metalwork that i just knew was super thin in parts, i always expected it to snap or let me down, it was like owning an Alfa.
Always had hassle with the Elixer R brakes, setting them up was a pita, always wondered if i maybe had air in the lines somehow?
BB30 = lets not even go there, around 5 replacements in a years worth of use, back to square taper for me
Me and the missus were out for a 50 miler around the NE coast last sunday, stopped off at a seaside chippy for some fuel on the way back and some youngish lad cruised past on a jump bike on his way to the bmx/skate park bit accross the road, he turned round, stopped, and just sat there grinning, at first i thought he was grinning at me, i was beguining to think i was going to have to level this fecker into the ground
"awghh man, you dont see many of them bad boys any more, SWEEEEET BIKE MATE!!"
Turns out he had an early Big Hit a few years back and i was always wanting an Elite Max Backbone but could never find one, he was jizzing all over it
had a decent chat with the lad, he still had a set of 98 BAM zocchi forks in his garage from his youth.
This happens a fair amount of times tbh, people love seeing the old stuff.
Never got anything like that on the modern ride.