The Most Iconic Retro MTB component of all time?

April 30th, 2013

XT ThumbshifterWhat is the most iconic retro mountain bike component of all time? We here at retrobike plan to try and find out or at least gain some sort of consensus from the forum. Simply make your nomination on the iconic retro mtb component thread here and see if the retrobike massive agree with your reasoning.

Will it be the XT thumbshifter? Cooks cranks? Grafton cantis? XT v-brake? 200lx plastic coated cranks?

We’ll leave it with you….


  1. PACERC250T wrote,

    It’s got to be Magura HS33 rim brakes in neon yellow! Why do you think I have a set on my 2 builds… (I even have a set of red Tomacs coming for my new build…)

    Comment on 5 May 2013 @ 09:55

  2. Henry V wrote,

    I would say the most iconic reteo component would have to be the Paul’s anodised rear mech in green, red, yellow and blue. It highlights the ninties obsession with all things anodised!

    Comment on 6 May 2013 @ 18:53

  3. Trebz wrote,

    It has to be the Shimano Deore XT Thumbshifter.

    Surely, I mean come on……….

    Comment on 7 May 2013 @ 12:52

  4. Richard wrote,

    I’d like to say either the original Cooks dogbone cranks or the Grafton canti’s as personal favourites of mine – but they were too expensive for most to own and therefore not mainstream enough. For it to be truly iconic, it would need to be in reach of the majority and preferred by most. In this regard the XT Thumbies really are up there as a top candidate – but would add either the Selle Italia Flite Titanium or the SI Turbomatic Titanium as two other potential choices as probably the two best saddles ever made and far better than any Fizik tat that’s mass produced today!

    Comment on 7 May 2013 @ 17:02

  5. andrea wrote,

    XT thumbshifter

    Comment on 10 May 2013 @ 14:31

  6. Eric Channing wrote,

    This should be a top 10 list.

    At the top would be the XT thumbshifter.

    I would add the Ringle Skewer on the list for the first to noticeably elevate the status of the often overlooked component.

    Comment on 13 May 2013 @ 17:25

  7. Tim Nielsen wrote,

    Here are a few of my own additions to the list:

    1. Answer ATAC stem/Hyperlite bar combo
    2. Original Onza pedals
    3. Panaracer Smoke/Dart combo
    4. Dean Ti layback seatpost
    5. Anything made by Ringle or SRP

    Comment on 13 May 2013 @ 18:19

  8. Rob wrote,

    How about these:
    1) Ringle Ti skewers
    2) ControlTech stems
    3) Selle Flite
    4) Cook Bros Cranks
    5) Chris KIng headset

    Comment on 23 May 2013 @ 00:27

  9. Donald wrote,

    Flite??? Retro??? I still use them, okay the three (titanium railed versions) I have are over 20 years old and have been recovered oftem but my bum likes sitting on them!!

    XT thumbies are THE iconic retro bit of kit

    Comment on 2 June 2013 @ 14:38

  10. Malvern Rider wrote,

    Another vote for the XT thumbie.

    Also Dave’s Chain device

    Purple anodised CNC’d cantis

    Purple anodised anything for that matter.

    Fluorescing green or orange forks w/matching stem!

    Comment on 4 June 2013 @ 11:52

  11. Billy Savage wrote,

    Joe Breeze’s “Hite-Rite”!

    Comment on 5 June 2013 @ 05:16

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