I went modern 2yrs ago and was completely shocked at how much bikes had progressed, having done 1000's of miles on my old 98 spesh ground control (and loving every minute of it) but fed up of maintaining it. I bought a Boardman HT Pro which was the top of the range for a £1000, it was light, fast, agile, handled really well with brakes that worked but the best thing was it was pretty much maintainance free as in ride it, then throw it in the garage then every now and again give it a bath. I covered 3400 miles on that boardman and all it ever needed was tyres, brake pads, and bottom brackets. I changed bikes 4 weeks ago and went for another Boardman but this time the full suss (bad back) Team FS, £1000 bike, running air shocks front and rear, hydro discs, 10spd, tapered headset. Since getting the new bike i'm riding further and faster than ever because i dont get the backache or wrist ache that used to plague me at about 40 miles, infact i did my best off road ride the week after i got the full suss 69 miles and decided there and then to sell the HT Pro, I advertised it on Gumtree and within 24hrs it sold for £400. Me personnally i prefer modern and can honestly say that the 1st boardman was value for money especially after selling it on for a fair price, and i'm hoping the new one will be the same
Dont get me wrong though as i still love the nostalgia of retro and some of the builds on here are amazing but when it comes to riding i'll go modern all the time
Tapered headsets are not good but what was down to 'modern' and what was down to simple bad seat height or handle bar height?
So many new frames wear out at their pivot points just as quickly as old. Shocks go wrong just as quick too.
Ok. it was only 7 months in a modern bike shop, but it was enough to put me off wasting money on buying new for a very long time - the bikes that I saw come through had been ruined very quickly by poor maintenance or over expectation - 'I was just riding along when...' It was carnage! Too much reliance on equipment over rider skills. The commuter carries on the same bike year after year, the trail centre rider comes in for new parts or bike every few months (so it seemed at the time). I've had enough of the bullshit. I've raced riders on my Zaskar that is older than they are and beat them fair and square when they should have left me crying - too much emphasis is on the bike and not the rider anymore.