TOMAS":1382jrmi said:I found the video fairly interesting, not necessarily offensive. My push from modern MTB back into Retro was mainly 5 reasons...
1. my age.
2. when you walk into Swinnerton cycles and the first thing you are confronted by a £7500.00 bike (seriously off-putting to the sport imo and immediately gives the impression it's only for the rich and wealthy).
3. my love of buying and tinkering with bike bits, at a time when everything seems to be getting incredibly expensive.
4. the fact that 'standards' seem to keep changing every 6 months and what was a 2 year old bike suddenly feels outdated and massively de-valued.
5. the sheer amount of fun you can have for very little spend... i.e you can pick up a complete retrobike for the cost of a single modern day MTB tyre!
ultrazenith":304utk9u said:Of course what they don't tell people is that a retro mtb can be faster than an expensive modern one if the retro has fast rolling tyres and tubes (or tubeless), vs a modern with slow rolling entry level tyres like the cheaper models from Maxxis or Schwalbe, and bog standard butyl inner tubes.
My own recent experience is that modern big wheels are 10-15% faster than 26 just from the size difference, but also that using low rolling resistance inner tubes (I use 10 quid latex tubes) or going tubeless can gain you about 5% per wheel, and choosing a fast rolling tyre like some of the Schwalbes can gain you an additional 5% per wheel, depending on how fast/slow rolling the old tyres were. In other words, you can make a 26er MTB, retro or not, as fast as a modern 29er if you spec faster rolling tyres and tubes. If you have a quite limited budget, then you probably still get the best value for money upgrading a 26er to faster rolling tyres and tubes, rather than spending the same (or even more) on a modern 29er.