Reynolds 853 is retro (dates back to 1995). Shimano's 98 range is retro (virtually identical to 1996).
Surprised so many people want to shunt bikes off to the quiet end of the forum on the technicality of "98 colours".
I know where my 98 Klein will appear (frame and most parts launched in late 1995). Sue me
I know the feeling, my "RETRO?" 1998 Kona Explosif has 8 speed XT 737, V-brakes, 98 Bombers, Reynolds 853 STEEL frame, polished stem and post, Mavic 217's and lots of period blue x-lite bits is deemed VERY retro to all my friends on carbon, 29" wheeled, full suspension, disc braked bikes, but unfortunately its seen as too 'modern' to be a retro here. I would love to share a detailed build thread, but refuse to include it in with the modern bikes. How old exactly does a mountain bike have to be to be concidered a 'proper' retro?
1998 Kona 853 Explosif, 1999 NOS Kona 853 Explosif, 1999 NOS Lynskey signed Litespeed Obed Ti, 1999 Marin Mount Vision (custom), Cannondale Bad Boy 700c Disc (everyday hack) and a 1993 Marin for the Wife. Latest build in progress is a 1993 Marin Eldridge Grade with original paint.
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