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    Your favorite old and new school innovations/items

    What is everyones favorite old- and new-school innovations/items?

    Here are mine:

    Old:
    Shimano clipless pedals..been using them since 1993
    Suspension forks (but the new ones are so much better!)
    V-brakes
    Threadless headsets

    New:
    Wide handlebars (with no bar ends!)
    1x10 (or SS for that matter!) drivetrains
    Sram shifters/derailleurs
    Lock-on grips
    29ers
    Tubeless
    Disc brakes (mechanical and hydro)
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    Disc Brakes

    Dropper Seatposts (remote)

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    spokes are pretty groovy

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    Quote Originally Posted by TiGeo View Post
    What is everyones favorite old- and new-school innovations/items?

    Here are mine:

    Old:
    Shimano clipless pedals..been using them since 1993
    Suspension forks (but the new ones are so much better!)
    V-brakes
    Threadless headsets
    That's funny, I started MTBing around 83-84 so I was going to include everything on your old list on my NEW list, except for V-brakes.

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    I'd consider "new" anything within the last 5 years, so all of my favorites are older than that.

    suspension, disc brakes, lock on grips, tubeless, big tires, etc.

    I guess one "new" thing I am a big fan of is the addition of disc brakes to road bikes. but I am still waiting for a full hydro system. when one comes out, it's going on my commuter.

    for the mtb, most recent stuff has been pretty incremental over the years. I've not felt the need for a remote adjustable seatpost so I have no opinion there.

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    I too started mtb in the 80's so things like trigger shifters and threadless headsets and suspension are the first that come to mind. Then the addition of two piece cranksets and disk brakes as well as tubeless for the more recent.

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    I was trying to think of some old school favorite innovations but came to the conclusion that most all of them have just been gradually refined over the years into what they are now. As NateHawk said- "pretty incremental". Some dinosaur technologies I foolishly hang on to- V-brakes are one, and some will always hold their own (ridged) but most everything has generally evolved to make the whole experience better.

    The good: lighter, stronger, more ergonomic, better suspension.

    The bad: less interchangeability, more expensive, more complex and not as easily serviced without specialized tools or parts.

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    Old;
    Ceramic rims
    front shock
    v-brakes
    kevlar bead tire
    SPDs
    Gortex
    velcro
    QRs

    New:
    Disc brakes
    Shock tech in general
    Carbon Fiber
    CNC in general
    I don't rattle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 006_007 View Post
    Disc Brakes

    Dropper Seatposts (remote)
    This ^ and suspension

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    Tubeless
    Dropper Posts (remote)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Berkeley Mike View Post
    Old;
    Ceramic rims
    front shock
    v-brakes
    kevlar bead tire
    SPDs
    Gortex
    velcro
    QRs

    New:
    Disc brakes
    Shock tech in general
    Carbon Fiber
    CNC in general
    Loved those old Mavic ceramic rims!
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    CO2 cartridges still blow my mind. Disc brakes. Suspension.

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    New - Hydro Lockouts, Talas Forks, Thru Axles, Ceramic Bearings, Platform Suspension, Direct Mount FD for 29ers

    Old - Sweet Wings, Thomson Posts and Stems, Skyway Wheels, Original Spinergy Wheels, XTR Triggers

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    New items I've used within the last decade or so that I'm really happy about:

    Camelback
    Sunglasses with interchangeable lens
    Shimano multi release cleat
    Wider bars
    suspension forks

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    Old:
    Pneumatic tires
    Aluminum rims

    New:
    Nothing is truly new
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    Old, disc brakes

    New, Di2

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    old, suspension fork,, LBS with the tree out back filled with tires (used but still good tread left)

    new.. geometry, pivots and internet to find good deals on tires

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    There are several must have items on any future builds.
    1) TIME ATAC XS Titan titanium / Carbon pedals
    2) ODI Lock on grips
    3) Dropper post
    4) Easton Carbon bars
    5) Hope disc brakes
    6) Chris King hubs
    7) Thompson stem
    8) SRAM XO trigger shifters
    9) WTB titanium rail gel seat
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    I try to be receptive to new technology, but I am always suspicious. I have been proven right more often than wrong. "Old bad" is disc brakes (overheat), suspension forks (leak), and superlight frames (break).

    Thankfully, some of the "new good" is disc brakes (proper heat management), suspension forks (reliable), and pretty light frames (long life expectancy). None of which I covet.

    The "old good" is better tires (lighter, faster, stickier).

    My "new good" is frame geometry - specifically 29er frame geometry (better descending, better cornering).

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    "old"--the camelbak and the following packs with pockets and slots and such.

    "new"--disc brakes, the SRAM powerlink.

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    Maybe I should have clarified "old" and "new"...I am thinking old-school is anything from the '90s..pre-disc brake, pre-9 speed, pre new suspension designs. Basically from the golden age of anodized purple (3D-Violet)...when mountain biking really became popular.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TiGeo View Post
    Maybe I should have clarified "old" and "new"...I am thinking old-school is anything from the '90s..pre-disc brake, pre-9 speed, pre new suspension designs. Basically from the golden age of anodized purple (3D-Violet)...when mountain biking really became popular.


    Which you will find plenty of in this thread.
    Old neon bike photos please..........
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE, View Post
    Which you will find plenty of in this thread.
    Old neon bike photos please..........
    ha! cool thread, DJ...i used to say that i would never ride one of those neon monstrosities...but now i ride the cyan blue/neon yellow 25th anniversary edition of the marin pine mountain, which i will not post another photo of at this time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TiGeo View Post
    Maybe I should have clarified "old" and "new"...I am thinking old-school is anything from the '90s..pre-disc brake, pre-9 speed, pre new suspension designs. Basically from the golden age of anodized purple (3D-Violet)...when mountain biking really became popular.
    I saw disc brakes in the '70s. Most "new" suspension designs were tried before 1920.
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