BoTY Bike of the year 2021 - time to vote

Bike of The Year

Pick your winner

  • January Jimi911’s 1989 Merlin Titanium

    Votes: 22 13.2%
  • February (steel steeds special) WTB_rider’s 1993 Brodie Catalyst

    Votes: 1 0.6%
  • March Tomianson’s 1990 Yeti FRO

    Votes: 6 3.6%
  • April 44Racing’s 1994 Kona Hei Hei

    Votes: 31 18.6%
  • May (1988 and earlier sponsored by Terra One) Wtb_riders 1986 Salsa Scoboni

    Votes: 9 5.4%
  • June daveyla’s Pace RC200 F1 (ex-Richard Thackray team bike)

    Votes: 26 15.6%
  • July raidan73’s 1989 Brodie climbMax

    Votes: 11 6.6%
  • August (bonded special) Ronezwun’s 1990 Valley Runner Carbon, 100th anniversary edition

    Votes: 4 2.4%
  • September Retrobikeguy’s 1990 Zinn “Project Flowers”

    Votes: 29 17.4%
  • October Jimi911’s 1983 Mountain Goat

    Votes: 11 6.6%
  • November (non 26” wheels special) 24pouces 1986 Hanebrink SE Shocker

    Votes: 5 3.0%
  • December shamobius’ 1992 Off-Road Toad

    Votes: 12 7.2%

  • Total voters
  • Poll closed .


Senior Retro Guru
For me, the majority of flats need to have toe-clips, so I kinda get what you’re saying, though some styles (early rounded/Suntour types, or later downhill/slalom types) would be the exception in my eyes.
Yes, toeclipped flats are accettable, I agree. The point Is Always the same. I would never vote a bike I wouldn't ride, and I wouldn't ride a bike without spuds or, at times, without some other type of foot retention device.


BoTM Triple Crown
BoTM Winner
I rarely ride a bike without SPDs, but they predate that merlin so I went with the 730s.

Truth be told … there may … just may be spuds on it when I ride it … shhh.

Pedal thing is so odd. People look so sideways at me with my modern bikes. I run SPDs on those as well and I’m behind the times I guess. I just don’t feel solid on a bike without them.


Dirt Disciple
I just wanted to say chapeau to all the owners of these bikes. Each one is so cool and special, and I really appreciate being able to learn about them all. The time, effort and money invested is a testament to each person's character and skill. Thank you for sharing, it took me a good long while to make a decision. Not a bad problem to have!


Retrobike Rider
BoTM Triple Crown
BoTM Winner
Gold Trader
PoTM Winner
98+ BoTM Winner
Rocky Mountain Fan
Brodie Fan
Only a few hours to go now everyone. Make up your mind before it's too late!