DD’s are definitely a marmite component. For me they encompass early/mid 90’s MTB of crazy designs, loads of industry trial/error and stuff that simply didn’t/doesn’t make sense design wise at all. I was a massive Tomac fan and to me they were the ultimate must have component, but I couldn’t afford one back in the day...roll on 25+ years and I own a couple of DD’s. When you see one in the flesh the design is so creative and out the box thinking it’s quite mind blowing, but in all honesty I cant believe any have survived this long as they’re quite fragile (especially the DD Pro) and in hindsight I definitely wouldn’t of wanted to have ridden one in anger especially as a privateer racer back then.
People build retro bikes for many different reasons...for me it’s purely for reminiscing, mainly building race bikes I could only dream of owning, but simply couldn’t afford back in the day. I enjoy the hunt for the original rare parts, building fully functioning period correct bikes and once finished I appreciate them almost like works of art that instantly take me back in time to where I found a sport/passion that completely took over/changed my life, a sport that took me all over the world seeing places I would of never have seen, put me in a lot of hospitals, racing at every level, being lucky to have had numerous factory sponsors, to testing prototype parts, designing bikes/component to and owning & managing a factory race team helping others to achieve their dreams/fulfil their potential. I personally have no interest in riding my retro bikes in anger as I like the efficiency and functionality of my modern bikes. I totally get that people like riding their retro bikes, it’s like I like driving my classic car and other people just don’t get it...it’s either your thing or it’s not
I have a 16” 1993 GT Tech Shop anodised black Zaskar and a 2000 Intense M1 that are next in line for some love, but these will just be frame restorations for the time being as I have other projects including a house build (subject to planning being authorised) and full restoration of my classic car, however I will be slowly sourcing & squirrelling parts away for their eventual builds.
A really great selection of fantastic builds this month - people have been busy! As usual though, only one can win. Which one will you chose? Dogsbolx94‘s 1994 Roberts Dogs Bolx WimVDD's 1991 Look Mi90 "Quadrex" nporternz's 1990 Marin Team Titanium thekidmalone's 1992 Cycles Berthoud...