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    Whatīs your all time favourite bike?

    From every bike i ever rode, incl. road bikes.. itīs my Ibis Mojo hardtail. Itīs one that goes a step above.
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    To date, 1986 Cunningham Expedition.

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    Best climber for me. '93 Attitude
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    hud56, was that gossamer paint or some sort of gun metal color?

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    Heh T. , Factory paint and had it's own name which escapes me , sort of a fade because viewing from behind the bike it was almost Black but from front , the Gun Metal , very cool . Bought as a frame only from Willow Glen Bikes in San Jose,Ca. in '94 for $300. I had great rides on it in the beginning of my MTB experience so it will always be my fave. Still , it pales in comparison to the many beautiful bikes I see on this forum , You'res. in particular of course.

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    Ritchey P21 hey 1st and 2nd World Championships on a techy course skill & craftsmenship

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    Mechanically, the Ibis gives me some headaches like the seat tube id is not what itīs supposed to be so seatpost slips. Paint is powder and lacks luster, wet paint is so much nicer.. BUT when it comes to riding , itīs spot on: smooth, shock absorbing, quick and fast. I donīt know how Ibis came up w/ a bike thatīs so agile and so stable at the same time.
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    best that I've ever owned/ridden? My Zaskar re-issue, not very retro...well probably the definition of retro really, but not in the context of the forum.
    Fav bike ever...tomac Raleigh signature... or xizang...or nuke proof ti/carbon...
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    colker...clicked the hyperlink at the bottom of your post thinking it would show your bike...not an Ibis, but looks like a fun ride, lol.



    As far as my all time favorite bike...I tried, I really did....just can't choose.



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    Another all-time favorite I feel guilty about not riding more.

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    We're talking vintage bikes I assume.

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    Whatīs your all time favourite bike?

    Quote Originally Posted by Procter View Post
    We're talking vintage bikes I assume.

    Klein Attitude
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    I'm always pleasantly amazed at the number of people that really loved their attitude. I had one for a spell and should have ridden it a few more times. Regerts!

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    I put 15+k miles on a Schwinn Homegrown Factory XT. Despite rarely using the brakes, due to knowing the local routes so well, the Mavic 217 ceramic rims blew up from wearing through the braking surface. Marzocchi Atom Bomb held up surprisingly well, still working after 10+ years. The desire for disc brakes, for reliable braking in bad conditions, led me to upgrade. Was in tighter living space then, so sold it. Went to someone who was apparently starting out in mtb, who now builds his own custom frames, after apprenticeship under Carl Schlemowitz of Vicious Cycles.

    One of my last rides on it (in 2010, the bike being 11 years old): https://goo.gl/photos/1TzfXUu9t5hJ6bkX8

    It was replaced by a bike that was no where near as refined, which I stopped riding after maybe 1500 miles. Haven't really found a "keeper" like it again. I will say that bikes from around '99 haven't been tremendously improved upon in the past 17 years, at least not like the improvement that bikes saw in the 90s.

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    Favorite bike I never got to own would be a GT Xizang. If they'd re-release that frame once again and I could slap a Judy yellow SID and some green 29er Wildgrippers on it I'd be in heaven.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zgxtreme View Post
    Favorite bike I never got to own would be a GT Xizang. If they'd re-release that frame once again and I could slap a Judy yellow SID and some green 29er Wildgrippers on it I'd be in heaven.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zooey View Post
    I put 15+k miles on a Schwinn Homegrown Factory XT. Despite rarely using the brakes, due to knowing the local routes so well, the Mavic 217 ceramic rims blew up from wearing through the braking surface. Marzocchi Atom Bomb held up surprisingly well, still working after 10+ years. The desire for disc brakes, for reliable braking in bad conditions, led me to upgrade. Was in tighter living space then, so sold it. Went to someone who was apparently starting out in mtb, who now builds his own custom frames, after apprenticeship under Carl Schlemowitz of Vicious Cycles.

    One of my last rides on it (in 2010, the bike being 11 years old): https://goo.gl/photos/1TzfXUu9t5hJ6bkX8

    It was replaced by a bike that was no where near as refined, which I stopped riding after maybe 1500 miles. Haven't really found a "keeper" like it again. I will say that bikes from around '99 haven't been tremendously improved upon in the past 17 years, at least not like the improvement that bikes saw in the 90s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve View Post
    colker...clicked the hyperlink at the bottom of your post thinking it would show your bike...not an Ibis, but looks like a fun ride, lol.



    As far as my all time favorite bike...I tried, I really did....just can't choose.



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    Quote Originally Posted by mik_git View Post
    Yeah I've tried tracking a new one down but no luck. Guess I should've said re-re-release lol. It's my unicorn bike having grown up racing as a teenager during the Team GT days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zgxtreme View Post
    Yeah I've tried tracking a new one down but no luck. Guess I should've said re-re-release lol. It's my unicorn bike having grown up racing as a teenager during the Team GT days.
    yeah I was going to buy one when they came out, but GT australia couldn't be bothered trying to sell me one...I wanted the 26 version. You can usually find one or 2 on ebay, 99% of them ended up in asia and a seller in Tawain has been selling them flat out the last few years. When I couldn't get a new one I jsut bought an old one so GT lost out there.
    The Pros closet has a good condition 2nd hand 29er for sale at the moment.
    All the gear and no idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mik_git View Post
    yeah I was going to buy one when they came out, but GT australia couldn't be bothered trying to sell me one...I wanted the 26 version. You can usually find one or 2 on ebay, 99% of them ended up in asia and a seller in Tawain has been selling them flat out the last few years. When I couldn't get a new one I jsut bought an old one so GT lost out there.
    The Pros closet has a good condition 2nd hand 29er for sale at the moment.
    I'd considered them as well when I saw they had a large frame however I couldn't shake the idea of it being a copycat frame and let it pass by.

    Oh well maybe GT will venture back down that road one day. Not holding my breath but can hope.

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    Salsa Ala Carte, Ibis SS, Retrotec or my Bontrager RL.

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    All time would be this one. Not vintage though.
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    WTB Phoenix.
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    I'm partial to my current Moots 29er ybb. Old soft tail technology, with thru axels and a tapered head tube for stiffness.

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    My old Merlin XLM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy View Post
    WTB Phoenix.
    I've been putting the most miles on my dirt drop J Bean a la carte, BUT my first 2 Phoenix rides have started to change my mind, very responsive, excellent tracking, perfectly stiff with out the Kein harshness, add the give of the Type II and dirt drops and its tough to beat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mik_git View Post
    Fav bike ever...tomac Raleigh signature... or xizang...or nuke proof ti/carbon...
    I was just about to say that!

    I am torn between the Raleigh Tomac Signature and Cunningham Racer - so I'll say both.
    Purely from a ride perspective, no other bike is quite as good as either of these two.

    The Nuke Proof Carbon/Ti is beautiful and rides nicely but I have't enough miles on it to put it in the same league.
    Wanted: more of the same ... but different

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    My favorites:
    - Best riding vintage bike: '96ish Bontrager Race
    - Best riding bike: '13 Ritchey P-650b (fillet brazed by Tom)
    - Best looking bike: '83 Ritchey Competition (and it rides well too)

    Runners up: '90 RItchey P-23 Team, '96 Grove Innovations Team
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    My go to bike is an '01 Homegrown Factory set up as a lightweight SS. It's my favorite bike I've ever ridden.
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    Favorite one to ride on trail: 2013 Ibis Mojo HD

    Favorite one for pavement training: Bianchi

    Favorite one waiting to ride: Ibis Mojo Ti
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    Get out of the gutter and onto the mountain top.

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    My all time favorite is always my newest purchase...otherwise, why buy it?
    And it's never a road bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by laffeaux View Post
    My favorites:
    - Best riding vintage bike: '96ish Bontrager Race
    - Best riding bike: '13 Ritchey P-650b (fillet brazed by Tom)
    - Best looking bike: '83 Ritchey Competition (and it rides well too)

    Runners up: '90 RItchey P-23 Team, '96 Grove Innovations Team
    That's cheating.

    It is hard to pick one, especially with criteria like "best riding" or "I have a real soft spot for..." determining what makes it a favourite.

    Grumps

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    Best vintage - 1991 Ted Wojcik
    Best modern - 2013 Jamis Dragon Pro 650b

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    I've only ridden a handful of vintage MTB's but the 1983 Takara Highlander was my favorite. The cool factor was off the charts and it was a blast to ride, in a different sort of way. Unfortunately, my mechanical ineptitude resulted in a trashed frame so it's no longer with me.

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    Although the Takara was my favorite, my 1984 Trek 830 rides much better. According to Trek's literature at the time, they simply designed their mountain bikes as 26" wheel touring bikes.

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    Bontrager. Keith Bontrager is my Oprah.

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    Good ol' #2. Had amazing adventures on this bike.


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    My more modern FS bikes ride better, but I have lots of memories of great rides on my '95 Kona Explosif from 1995 to 2002. The most unique part of this frame was that it was one of the few mountain bike frames built with Italian steel...Columbus Max OR that was bi-ovalized at the head tube and at the bottom bracket.

    I decided to rebuilt it last year with vintage parts that I had kept around (Avid SD-Ultimate levers with SD-7 calipers, original Shimano XT PD-M730 flat pedals), some acquired parts such as the Marzocchi Z-2 Atom Bomb that I had wanted when this bike was in active use, and some modern parts that I had laying around (740mm handlebar, 70mm stem, 2 x 10 Deore drivetrain)

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    My '98 Curtlo. I had some great adventures on it. It's agile, smooth, and looks dope. It's still my daily rider, but I look forward to a bike with modern geometry and brakes. I'm seriously considering a Chromag Surface.
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    My ROS9 gives me that dialed feel of the frame actually being well tuned, stiffness wise, for a specific style of riding.

    I wonder about the Chromag Surface, based on the fact that it's made by Dekerf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spectre View Post
    My more modern FS bikes ride better, but I have lots of memories of great rides on my '95 Kona Explosif from 1995 to 2002. The most unique part of this frame was that it was one of the few mountain bike frames built with Italian steel...Columbus Max OR that was bi-ovalized at the head tube and at the bottom bracket.

    I decided to rebuilt it last year with vintage parts that I had kept around (Avid SD-Ultimate levers with SD-7 calipers, original Shimano XT PD-M730 flat pedals), some acquired parts such as the Marzocchi Z-2 Atom Bomb that I had wanted when this bike was in active use, and some modern parts that I had laying around (740mm handlebar, 70mm stem, 2 x 10 Deore drivetrain)

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    Klein Adroit Race. Still kicking myself, for ever offing that one...
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    Unfair question! That's like asking who is your favorite kid.

    If I must pick:

    Best vintage - 2003 Yeti ASR-SL (now retired and serving as a man cave wall hanging)
    Best modern - 2014 Pivot Mach 429 Carbon

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    I am always happy with whatever bike I can ride. I remember my first decent road bike - a Colnago Sport and a Nishiki International before that, and my first decent mountain bike, a Fiori San Remo w/ Deore. And all the bikes since. So many delightful bikes. So many delightful rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bushpig View Post
    I am always happy with whatever bike I can ride. I remember my first decent road bike - a Colnago Sport and a Nishiki International before that, and my first decent mountain bike, a Fiori San Remo w/ Deore. And all the bikes since. So many delightful bikes. So many delightful rides.
    Meaning you donīt have a favourite bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bushpig View Post
    I am always happy with whatever bike I can ride. I remember my first decent road bike - a Colnago Sport and a Nishiki International before that, and my first decent mountain bike, a Fiori San Remo w/ Deore. And all the bikes since. So many delightful bikes. So many delightful rides.
    I used to dream about the Nishiki International while riding my Schwinn Varsity. Things have come a long ways since then.
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    Whichever one I am riding at the time. That's my favorite. My favorite, maker? That's easy

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    Fave, as best I can remember

    All time Fave #1 White Super Comp, mainly cause it's long enough ago that I remember w great melancholy having ditched the little ring ,needing only middle & big rings when riding.
    It was also my UH-DH&CC rider back when single discipline bikes weren't even a consideration(other than trials)

    A very Close 2nd- My Beam machine, which is my current 5x a week rider, am grateful for the simplicity and forgiving-plush ride that allows me to stay trails mobile(and has since 1991).
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    Quote Originally Posted by ssulljm View Post
    A very Close 2nd- My Beam machine, which is my current 5x a week rider, am grateful for the simplicity and forgiving-plush ride that allows me to stay trails mobile(and has since 1991).
    That's awesome. Do the dogs get to go with you on a lot of rides?

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    Every ride,they are my wingmen.
    Nice rural trails corridors that are leash free puppy friendly around Pacifica.
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    Every ride,they are my wingmen.
    Nice rural trails corridors that are leash free puppy friendly around Pacifica.
    WTB: Bomber Z2 1 1/8 steerer, in good to excellent shape OR bomber rebuild kit.

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    My GT Pro Performer that I got for Christmas in 1983...wish I still had it, it was stolen

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    I can't do it.
    Seek: Koski Trailmaster. Breezer Series 2 or 3. Cunningham Racer.

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    I love anything Specialized...But I have ALWAYS been fond of Klein, Yeti ARC, and pretty well anything sporting anodized parts and original manitous! ha ha. Hard to pick one.

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