Favourite bike of 'all time'?

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Re: Favourite bike of 'all time'?

Post by Mbnut » Mon Dec 16, 2019 1:24 am

It's a great question this...

I thought it'd be easy to answer but it isn't, the more I think the more bikes come to mind and as you say, the bike starts to drift into the background and the memories fill the foreground.

Ok, so I'm not going back to the day... that way lies a few shockers but great memories.

Number one, my current hardtail... Sonder Carbon Transmitter, built with attention to detail, with specific ride qualities in mind I nailed it. It is just sooooo good and by heck it's pretty.... I literally love it.

Can I have another.... Transition Bandit 29 in bright green 2012 model. Again built up by me and a revelation in covering ground quickly. So much fun , best described as having a Tigger personality. It is currently sat at the front of the garage as I ponder bringing it back to life. It went to the back as that early 29 geometry and the fact it is a bit small for me meant it had a nasty habit of trying to kill me once I started racing en###0.

Last one I promise.... my bike packing and general go anywhere bike. Kinisis FF29 with Niner carbons. Just love that I can pull it out and ride it till I want to stop, which I often find I don't want to so I find myself riding along at 1am without a care in the world. I never get bored with the sound the fork makes.

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Re: Favourite bike of 'all time'?

Post by Leerowe76 » Mon Dec 16, 2019 4:49 am

I'd have to say my first proper mtb paid for by myself 1995 Gary Fisher Aquilla in green, Rock Shox Judy's, X-Lite bar ends and V-brakes :lol: thought it was the dogs nuts at the time, 600 quid if i remember right :-bd The Treks i own now aint to bad tho :wink:
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Re: Favourite bike of 'all time'?

Post by Gregsie » Mon Dec 16, 2019 10:10 am

RIP wrote:
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'Montage.. cantis...biopace.. 18 thumbshifteds....'

'much better kit later..'. Nah! My 1985 Dawes Cougar was exactly the same kit (probably the only stuff available!) and I loved it and still do, but then I am a pervert :smile: .

My lad still has it, complete with original biopace and shifters - more than can be said for any 'modern' machine :-bd .
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Re: Favourite bike of 'all time'?

Post by Fat tyre kicker » Mon Dec 16, 2019 10:33 am

Raleigh Chopper...then an Arena and then the bike that changed it all...Raleigh Mustang atb,
Bought through a friends catalogue in about 1986 ? ( only had my size in the pink colour :grin: ) Sprayed in forest green with flouro cable outers, did thousands of miles without a hiccup and
The odd upgrade, sold it to ( stupidly) to make way for a Honda Xl125. A few years later when
Single again I bought a brand new Saracen protrax se in metallic gold, it mainly became a coat
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Re: Favourite bike of 'all time'?

Post by RIP » Mon Dec 16, 2019 12:20 pm

Mbnut wrote:
Mon Dec 16, 2019 1:24 am
Hi Nige chap, long time no hear. How's it going? You coming on the Winter Event? If so, I need to re-think my night before at the Star. I'm sure when you came last time I ended up staying in the bar all night exchanging bollocks (CONVERSATIONAL bollocks, man, conversational!) and not using my bed at all, which wasn't very good value. :lol:
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Re: Favourite bike of 'all time'?

Post by Scud » Mon Dec 16, 2019 1:06 pm

For me my favourite is my old Singular Peregrine, the frame is a bit battered now, but living in Norfolk, "proper" mountain bikes don't come out to often, and a gravel bike (although its 12 years old now, and has 2" tyre clearance before they became a thing) is ideal for 95% of my riding, linking up bridleways and other paths with sections of road.

It is singlespeed, with stickers on top tube covering up battle scars, but something about the skinny quality steel and the old Brooks B17 saddle, means it is like riding an armchair and despite some more expensive exotic bikes in garage, it is the one I just naturally go to every time I get those rare few hours to be able to get out for a ride from home...

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Re: Favourite bike of 'all time'?

Post by slarge » Mon Dec 16, 2019 9:42 pm

jameso wrote:
Sat Dec 14, 2019 9:44 am
^ pics needed.... That's all I'd swap mine for, an older Master Olympic.
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Re: Favourite bike of 'all time'?

Post by metalheart » Mon Dec 16, 2019 10:29 pm

It would have to be my (‘95?) Kona Explosif, Columbus biaxial steel tubed frame I bought cheap secondhand off the manager of Alpine Bikes.

It hadn’t been ridden hard (or well looked after). It was pretty scruffy and was missing the rear brake cable hanger. Os I got a vee brake cable stop welded on and respirated BRG. It has various guises but the best was with B1 bombers and a XTR/XT 9 speed mix, control tech and cut down world force doonhall bars... I definitely rode my best on that bike... but it got nicked.... :cry:

that said, my SodaMAX is a thing of beauty and is a better bike in so many ways (just the rider that’s poor show).
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Re: Favourite bike of 'all time'?

Post by jameso » Fri Dec 20, 2019 7:24 pm

You have to zoom in to see the detail - it's beautiful!!
It is .. similar colour to mine which is AD10, but the Olympic era were the best looking Masters :-bd

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Re: Favourite bike of 'all time'?

Post by benconnolli » Sat Dec 21, 2019 12:10 pm

My understated grey Orange Clockwork ‘92. Original and best bike. Had it 3x8 with thumb shifters for taking me anywhere and everywhere while at uni, including many trips over the Pennines and Ikley Moore on the slicks it came to me with. This was a simpler time before upgrading for upgrades sake. Recently converted it to single speed and it just feels like an extension of myself when riding it.

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Re: Favourite bike of 'all time'?

Post by Kumquat » Sun Dec 22, 2019 10:24 pm

Raleigh ti MTB
Purple with rigid hand painted yellow ugli forks
Xt/LX bits, Mavic 217 rims.
This bike was my preferred mode of transport for 6 years
It was given a new lease of life with a Matt bead blasted finish and some marzocchi forks, hope mini front brake and a magura hs22 rear.
Unfortunately somebody stole it from me.
Right after a service and new tyres as well!
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Re: Favourite bike of 'all time'?

Post by K1100T » Sat Jan 11, 2020 3:11 pm

My Raleigh Super Tuff Burner, which I bought second hand as a student in Aberdeen. Shattered the rear mag wheel trying to bunny hop onto a kerb at slow speed. Went everywhere on this bike, including cycling 6 miles hoe from a beer festival at 02:00, knees round my chin... :lol:

As you can see, it fell out of favour and gently returned to nature propped up round the side of our first house.

I was quite tempted by last years re-release, right up until I saw the asking price.
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