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    Best vintage bike for a time capsule

    I am sure this is going to get some interesting answers, but if you could have one mint semi custom (not a one off of prototype) vintage mountain bike to put in a time capsule for 20 years which one would it be and why? Don't take into account personal reasons (because it was my first real mountain bike etc). This question is just focused on collectabilty, rarity, and resale value.

    My bet is going to a yeti ultimate or maybe a Mantis Fying V, or WTB Phoenix. If I had to choose one it would be the Yeti Ultimate, but I wanted to see what you all think.

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    Yeti ARC or Bontrager. Seeing either of those in 20years would really make me smile.

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    I wouldn't put any vintage bike into a time capsule today, because the bike is not a reflection of today's bikes and therefore defeats the purpose of capturing the current times.

    Ha. Thought you me there didn't you!

    And if I was opening a time capsule from 20 years ago that would be 1998, so a GT LTS.

    20 years doesn't seem that long ago when I look at the stuff I have hanging up in the garage.

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    Make sure to include plenty of 26' tyres and tubes in vacuum bags.

    No elastomers either or they will be pile of goop before the inaurgural 2118 retro ride.

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    Probably a Bontrager Race/Racelite, fat chance, klein attitude, maybe an unobtainium fillet brazed ritchey. I know I'm really pushing the 20 years here though.
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    Are you actually going to do this or is hypothetical?

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    The problem with a time capsule, is that when you open it up your fork seals are all leaky, all of the Ringle and Kooka parts have cracked, and the gum sidewalls have dry rotted.

    For me the best bikes are the ones that are most fun to ride. Bontrager frames are now selling for $200-300 and to me they ride better than most of the frames that are selling for $1000+. I've got to go with Scoon: Give me a mint Bontrager, Yeti ARC, or RIthcey P-series bike in 20 years and I'll be happy because they'll still ride great (assuming that the ARC's head tube didn't crack). Who cares about their resale value.
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    Anything Merlin.

    To me, the big "industrial step forward" in frame technology as prior to their involvement, no really functional ti frames existed, thoughI suppose you could argue the same and say a Klein or Cannondale too.

    But, any of ones you mentioned are perfectly good too.

    Really depends on what you're trying to capture. Technology? Art? "Pinnacle of the era"?
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    I'd say Stumpjumper or Rockhopper, not expensive, rare or really collectable, but helped usher in the flood of people mountain biking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPL65 View Post
    I'd say Stumpjumper or Rockhopper, not expensive, rare or really collectable, but helped usher in the flood of people mountain biking.

    I would agree.
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    Homegrown (but I'm biased)
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    Anything from Walmart. They deserve to be buried.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pig View Post
    Anything from Walmart. They deserve to be buried.
    Agreed, but directly next to the time capsule as the sacrificial anode.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    Agreed, but directly next to the time capsule as the sacrificial anode.
    But that sounds rather cruel to the ground.

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