damp wool wrote:
imo, it's not the actual features of modern bikes which are worthy of annoyance but the marketing, which makes people think that they have to have the latest thing to ride along a gravel path, making cycling a status symbol for those who can afford the latest gear. I'm as much of a bike snob as the next mtber but i probably had the most fun on a bike costing less than £200 before i knew what a supposedly crap bike it was.
This was prevalent in the mid-'90s too, and likely before. People clamored for Race Face, Kooka, Ti bikes, goofy Spinergy wheels, Judy SL's vs Judy XC's...
Anyways, I love modern bikes too, but I'll go with... grips that are too fat. I like soft squishy grips like Oury's, but the lock-on version is HUGE! Same with a few other brands of lock-on grips. You don't need to double the handlebar's diameter.
Close second: freeride or dh bikes with 26" front wheels and 24" rear wheels. Looks ridiculous and questionable benefit!
: 1985 Norco Bigfoot
, 1999 Specialized Stumpjumper Comp
, 2008 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp
: 1997 Trek 6000
, 2002 Cannondale Gemini (2006 warranty frame)
, 2007 Specialized Demo 7 II
, 2005 Giant Reign 2
Not just modern, not just retro... both