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    Have you found your unicorn bike?

    Your ideal steed?
    The one bike to rule them all?
    You own personal jesus of a bike.
    The bike that you didnt believe was possible but now you ride it and its Oh for awesome?
    The dark knight of bikes
    The holey grail of riding?

    What is that bike and why is it your messiah?


    I have an its damn glorious! Glorious I say!.


    Mine is a Rocky mountain Slayer. 165mm rear travel. upgraded to 180mm front. Its built up light and pedals like a deamon. Pedals so well i placed 3rd in a local xc race!.. yeha! then it is really comfortable to ride for hours on end without being punishing. I've done 7hr pedal fests and still at the front of the pack not suffering. When I hit the chunk with my mates on their DH bikes i can keep up them on the down until it gets stupid tech, often times i'm faster down than my buddies on rigs!

    On any given day on any ride i can evoke dh beast most and just smash stupid tech mid standard ride like it was a normal trail.


    I can say i've been waiting many years for such a bike.


    Oh yeah. Thats some stoke for you!!


    Now share yours. Stoke me with your mechanical unicorn!

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    I kind of do, I wanted a GT Xizang since 1992, now I have one. If it was the only bike I had then I'd be pretty damn chuffed, but i have other bikes that are better overall.
    I love that I own it, I do enjoy riding it, it's not a case of meeting your hero and being let down, just that times and trails have moved on.

    I guess i have my unicorn/dream bike...but I don't have my perfect bike
    All the gear and no idea.

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    Give it a few months. You'll decide that the reach is 4mm too long or the BB is 5mm too high and start to hate it. The cycle never ends.

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    I just get used to whatever bike I have, all of my bikes have been perfect. Except one.
    I brake for stinkbugs

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    Twilight falls upon old souls darkening our skin & bone.Soon I'll follow Prudence home until then just let me chase this sun

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    I just get used to whatever bike I have, all of my bikes have been perfect. Except one.



    This ^, I've only had one that I couldn't get along with.
    It ain't supposed to be easy.

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    If it's a general ride, my go to is my 2015 Trek Remedy 9.9. I've put some different components on it, but that bike had never let me disappointed in any way, except in a true downhill type ride.
    My other bikes, I feel they have their place and shortcomings.
    I'd say it's a "jack of all" bike, but it's also a master of most.
    Is it the fastest bike in pure speed? No. But it's 95%.
    Is it great in pure DH? No, but I'd say it's 95%. Everything between pure XC RACING, and pure DH, it's my "100%" bike.


    My Scarp, pure race bike. It's a 75% general riding, but 100% pure race bike.

    I have another, which is just my nemesis. I think it hates me, and I'm not a fan of it. 27.5+ wheels (so I WANT to like it) but it just doesn't flow well with me. Especially compared to the Remedy!

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    Yes, I've seen it... pictures of it in the woods or on a trail. Someone I've never met is riding it somewhere I've never been.

    I do have a bike I built that is the bike I lusted back when hardtails and 26 wheels were the thing, a RMB Blizzard. It's still a great bike, but it doesn't fit the bigger rubber.
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CUP-TON View Post
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    I was going to say there's no such thing...but I stand corrected.

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    Found my unicorn bike? Sure.

    4 times.

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    It's never easier - you just go faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    Give it a few months. You'll decide that the reach is 4mm too long or the BB is 5mm too high and start to hate it. The cycle never ends.
    Nope. I'm 6months in and love it.

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    Yes.

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    I got some bad ideas in my head.

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    My bike is a long way off from the end all be all of bikes, but I've yet to ride one I like better, at least over the terrain we ride locally. It also helps that it cost half or 1/3 the price everyone else paid, so maybe I'm just jaded and want to hate on their pricey uber-bikes.

    Though I will say, my buddy has a slayer, and its a damn nice bike, albeit overkill for these parts.

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    Yes and no. I can get used to just about any bike and have been pleased with most of the bikes I've owned. The past couple of years had me seeking a certain bike and I am very happy with it now that I have it. After 1900 miles and 10 months of riding it, I would buy the same bike again but would want the newer version with a few updates to make it work better for my uses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgltrak View Post
    but would want the newer version with a few updates to make it work better for my uses.
    That's the thing, every year a new Unicorn is going to be shinier, taller, faster, stronger, lighter, and smarter. So you may think you found your Unicorn, but in a year or two you'll be looking over it's shoulder for something new. And then you just shoot your old Unicorn and eat it, Ah wait, what are we talking about again?
    Unicorns are delicious.
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    It doesn't exist. I feel like I'd have to step in to make it myself, but I bet it'd eventually evolve into a FS emtb once I prove the design.

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    Yep
    Custom made Ti , 26er
    I have it for 4 years , perfect match.

    My Mid-life crisis bike
    "There is a big difference between kneeling down and bending over" -FZ

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    Yep...2015 Surly Krampus:

    pictured here in it's most favorite environment
    Have you found your unicorn bike?-antr1-16-1.jpgHave you found your unicorn bike?-antr1-16-2.jpgHave you found your unicorn bike?-ac1-183.jpg


    my first unicorn bike ever was this exact bike. Sadly, it went to the mysterious land of stolen bikes months after I got it.
    Have you found your unicorn bike?-2014-10-28-22.49.16.jpg

    the Krampus has been the closest replacement since
    "It's about having pointless fun in the woods...." - Walt
    '15 Surly Krampus
    '87 Mongoose Californian Pro
    LET IT SNOW!!!

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    Jones diamond with truss fork for me. Been on it a long time now. Never get tired of riding it. It takes fat front, 29er, 27.5 if I wanted. It could single speed, igh or geared. It can single ring, double ring or triple. It can rack, fender, bike pack or xc race. It can climb, descend, and ride skinnies. It'll jump and wheelie. I can put it away wet, never adjust shock pressures, never worry about rebound or compression. Less tire pressure in the surly Nate is its cush. A front 29er wheel is its fast. Schwable g-ones are its road bike mode, fenders are its commute in Seattle mode. Loop bars are its riser bar, its drop bar, and its aero bar. It came in any color I wanted as long as it was black.

    Every so often I see something I want to try, but nothing I see would be able to do as much as this bike can, so I go on riding this bike.

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    Yes, 16' Fuel EX 9.9. I have two of them. Feels just right to me with 120mm front & rear. One is 23.1lbs (no dropper), other is 24.2 (with dropper)

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    I'll be honest. I'm surprised more people haven't found their unicorn bikes.

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    One bike? Hmmm. Ride 4 on a regular basis. All great.

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    I usually find my unicorn bike. Then they upgrade it the following year.


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    I've found 3 Orange unicorns.
    The Orange Fleet:

    '16 SC Heckler
    '14 All City MMD
    '12 Kona Unit Rigid

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    I've stolen 3 Orange unicorns from Battery.
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    I have a hardtail i'm completely happy with.

    I built the frame for 650b, but i'm running 26" wheels cuz my favorite fork is 26". It's my ?10th? long travel hardtail, and my ?5th? custom. It's the best bike for almost nothing, but i just love riding it and never feel like it has any shortcomings in aggregate.

    It requires basically no maintenance, employs all the best technologies of the last 15 years, and i can completely rebuild it in 3 hours while drinking. Usually my refurbishing it is masturbation cuz i like touching it. It could go years without my fettering.


    It's not the best bike ever, but as a tool to enjoy this sport...? Yeah. Unicorn. I don't think about it, i just wanna ride it.
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    Have you found your unicorn bike?-pearl_the_unicorn_bike.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold View Post
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    Long slack front end and what I guess is a reduced turn radius....it must be a handful in the turns!


    ...and don't give me that "you just need to weigh the front wheel, relearn to ride new geometry" garbage, Harold. That reasoning only goes so far.
    MERCY! MERCY! MERCY!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MOJO K View Post
    Long slack front end and what I guess is a reduced turn radius....it must be a handful in the turns!


    ...and don't give me that "you just need to weigh the front wheel, relearn to ride new geometry" garbage, Harold. That reasoning only goes so far.
    You can take it all the way to nose pivots is where you take it. It's not harder, just different. Geez. Some people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold View Post
    You can take it all the way to nose pivots is where you take it. It's not harder, just different. Geez. Some people.
    I like the candy (mountain) necklace...are those Oury grips? I was always fond of those.
    MERCY! MERCY! MERCY!

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    I myself have never found a unicorn....what I found was my White Whale.



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    MERCY! MERCY! MERCY!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MOJO K View Post
    I like the candy (mountain) necklace...are those Oury grips? I was always fond of those.
    Only the best

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    Ain't it the truth

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