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    What do you think is the worst bike by aesthetics?

    For me, Its this one. No offense to any of its owners, but the frame looks like its bent..and that wheelbase looks a bit awkward. May feel just fine on the trails though, i don't know...
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    I saw one of these on Ebay a month ago when I was looking for a road bike for my wife. "Tortola Roundtail". In some ways, I think the looks could grow on me. I didn't bid though bc the last thing wifey wants is everyone asking her about her bike.
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    I really like as many straight, round tubes as is practical on a bicycle. All the crazy bends and curvy shapes make a bicycle look like an alien spacecraft or an insect to me.

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    A few of mine have curvy tubes that seem to rub people uo the wrong way, but they aren't horrific.

    The true answer here (aside from oddball one offs) is anything with 'Ellsworth' written on the side.

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    This a topic that intrigues me.

    The bikes I ride were not picked primarily for visual aesthetics.

    The result is that most of them are plain and simple double diamond bicycles.

    I have one carbon FS mtb bike which has some of the shapes in the OP's example.

    Also I'm building up a bike which is non-traditional. I'm not sure if I am going to like the way that one looks. But I'm also not sure if I will like riding it. And I am pretty sure if I like the ride, I will like the shape.

    The material from which the bike frame is made out of determines possibilities.

    Steel being the original material has defined the basic shape. Because of that the ubiquitous thin tubed double diamond shape is universally accepted.

    New materials, techniques, and designs are new alternatives. This is a good thing.

    I enjoyed looking at the roundtail bike presented above. I actually saw that bike on eBay once in the past, and took a long look at it. I think it's brilliant. I'm not interested in riding it though.

    I think the variety of designs on the market are beautiful. Still, I find myself riding traditional steel bikes.

    Another alternative design that fascinates me are the Slingshot bikes.

    Here's a detail of the bike i am riding this afternoon. The small details are things that intrigue me as well

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    my bike.. a 2018 Trance Advance 2... I don't mind the curvy bit as I will take it and better stand over clearance vs straight top tube and smashed balls pretty much any day.

    giant's colorways / paint / graphics have improved greatly in the last few years.. the paint / graphics on the OP's bike pic are not from the best age for giant in this regard (imho)

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    this is my older and somewhat "so hideous it is awesome" 2012 Anthem X 29er
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    it is kinda of a ugly bike ..but it is fun to ride


    blah blah... I kinda don't care what a bike looks like if it serves it's purpose well and is fun. I do think my 2018 trance is pretty badass looking however..

    I kinda hate murdered out bikes (or anything else really) all shades of black trucks / cars / bikes I do not like the looks of at all...
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    How about the 2019 Stumpjumper? I Ďm sure it rips but wow is it weird. Same for the Orbea Rallon.




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    Quote Originally Posted by JScoot View Post
    I saw one of these on Ebay a month ago when I was looking for a road bike for my wife. "Tortola Roundtail". In some ways, I think the looks could grow on me. I didn't bid though bc the last thing wifey wants is everyone asking her about her bike.
    You didn't want guys telling her "nice roundtail you got there"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by atarione View Post
    my bike.. a 2018 Trance Advance 2... I don't mind the curvy bit as I will take it and better stand over clearance vs straight top tube and smashed balls pretty much any day.

    giant's colorways / paint / graphics have improved greatly in the last few years.. the paint / graphics on the OP's bike pic are not from the best age for giant in this regard (imho)

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    this is my older and somewhat "so hideous it is awesome" 2012 Anthem X 29er
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    it is kinda of a ugly bike ..but it is fun to ride


    blah blah... I kinda don't care what a bike looks like if it serves it's purpose well and is fun. I do think my 2018 trance is pretty badass looking however..

    I kinda hate murdered out bikes (or anything else really) all shades of black trucks / cars / bikes I do not like the looks of at all...
    Dont get me wrong i love the way giant bikes look with the curvy tubes. I ve always wanted an older reign, glory, or faith because i like the look of that frame shape. But its more about that trance's gemoetry: the wheelbase: that HA , and the seat tube, makes wonder if its a fun rideable bike. Maybe it is though. I get it that they are trying to increase reach, but it may be hell to pedal wihth that STA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Howard View Post
    A few of mine have curvy tubes that seem to rub people uo the wrong way, but they aren't horrific.

    The true answer here (aside from oddball one offs) is anything with 'Ellsworth' written on the side.
    haha, or the 05 olive kona stinky.
    Why is ellsworth not getting rid of that old suspension design ?

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    It depends on the size/color/setup for me.

    Iíve seen some Ibis Mojos that were just awful, and some that were fine. Seems the smaller frame sizes are ugly.

    A short-travel pivot looks fine, the longer-legged ones from a few years back literally look like theyíre melting.

    For some reason every Lenz bike Iíve ever seen looks like it needs about 5 more inches of top tube.

    Just so Iím not discriminating on FS only:

    Iím not a fan of any bike where the toptube and seat stays are basically one long arc from headtube to rear axle. The Niner Air9 and one of the Specialized Carbon HTs come to mind. It makes the seatpost waaaaayyy too long.

    Thereís something else that always makes me cringe when I see it, I just canít bring it to mind right now...


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    Just about everything painted by Salsa or Rocky Mtn

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    Any mountain bike with a motor on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    Any mountain bike with a motor on it.
    You win.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    Any mountain bike with a motor on it.
    There's no such thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scottzg View Post
    There's no such thing.
    2 wheels + motor = motorcycle




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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    I really like as many straight, round tubes as is practical on a bicycle. All the crazy bends and curvy shapes make a bicycle look like an alien spacecraft or an insect to me.
    my thoughts too

    I had a Trek Rumblefish, absolute killer to ride (imo) but damn the curvey bottom tube made me hate her
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    Quote Originally Posted by David R View Post
    No question...

    The first time I saw that someplace else, a long discussion about e-bikes followed until someone pointed out that it's not an e-bike. It's just so ugly that everyone assumed so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David R View Post
    No question...
    Yea i thought it was an ebike at first sight. Apparently it climbs well tho, but hell its...

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    Quote Originally Posted by David R View Post
    No question...


    That fugly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    You didn't want guys telling her "nice roundtail you got there"?
    That's right.
    Joe Public - "I like those curves, what is that?"
    Wife - "It's a round tail".
    Me - "I shoulda got that %*#@ Trek FX".

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    with the exception of that round tail one.. assuming i like the way it felt on the trail I'd ride any of the bikes posted so far..

    that redalp bikes is fair dinkum kool as heck

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    Ehem, steel bikes are the prettiest.

    Those Chinese carbon frames are not that hot, and thick alloy tubing isn't my thing either.
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    I added the blades for dramatic effect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atarione View Post

    giant's colorways / paint / graphics have improved greatly in the last few years.. the paint / graphics on the OP's bike pic are not from the best age for giant in this regard (imho)
    2015 wasn't the greatest year for giants design team, this is the colourway of my old Giant Talon 2015 (4):
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    Quote Originally Posted by admiral01 View Post
    and that wheelbase looks a bit awkward.
    wheelbase looks awkward? looks like you'd hit your bottom tube before you bottomed out!
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    Quote Originally Posted by scottzg View Post
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    That looks really good tbh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PinchFlatsAllDay View Post
    wheelbase looks awkward? looks like you'd hit your bottom tube before you bottomed out!
    Back when nobody trusted 29er geometry and we were all on trusty 26

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    Ehem, steel bikes are the prettiest.

    Those Chinese carbon frames are not that hot, and thick alloy tubing isn't my thing either.
    Agree 100%. I like steel bikes with their skinnier straight tubes. All in all, I think a steel track bike is the prettiest; thin tubes and nothing at all on the handlebars, as minimalistic as possible. I have a fixed gear but it has brakes, so cables and hoods but still pretty clean (mine doesn't even have decals).

    First time I saw that bike a couple of years ago that David R. posted I thought wow, that is really ugly, would I ride that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by David R View Post
    No question...

    I throw up in my mouth every single time I see that bike.
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    I did not realise they use that frame for a range of bikes from enduro to DH... URGGGG. My Giant trance is beautiful
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    And just think, one can up the fugly on many of the above bikes by adding a Lauf.

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    Sure, it's retro, but damn, the old Pro-Flex bikes were a bit wonky. However, at the time I'm sure we thought they were cool AF...


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    Very interesting concepts, but needs some industrial design. The frame and fork kinda complement each other:

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueCheesehead View Post
    And just think, one can up the fugly on many of the above bikes by adding a Lauf.
    Or a Trust. with Spengle wheels...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 93EXCivic View Post
    That's definitely weird but also cool in a praying mantis kind of way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold View Post
    That's open to interpretation since it's art in its simplest explanation. Art you can ride is kinda cool, but for me that a coffee shop bike that would never see a trail.

    Anyway, as mentioned previously any "bike" with a motor is pretty ugly for me, not appealing until I start to say getting old sucks and rant about it like a teenager.

    There are also the random Craisglist frankenbikes that are worthy of cake as well. There are also a number of BSOs on the 'bay, folding fat bikes for example, that are just head shaking wastes of metal.
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacon Fat View Post
    Just about everything painted by Salsa or Rocky Mtn
    I think these are some great paint jobs:

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    I'll admit Salsa has had some odd paintjobs, but I've always liked the Rocky schemes. Especially those with the iconic maple leaf as part of the art.
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbhammercycle View Post
    That's open to interpretation since it's art in its simplest explanation. Art you can ride is kinda cool, but for me that a coffee shop bike that would never see a trail.
    oh, it's fugly. but it's also beautiful in its own way. Especially if you dig into some of the details like the extra brake levers that squeeze the whoopee cushion or the horn

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    I used to think these concept cars at car shows ugly but now that they have been widely produced, I am used to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold View Post
    Looks like Jones figured out how to end pedal strikes.

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    Any 29er. Good bike for a fire road though
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    I know a lot of people are going to disagree with me butÖ

    I've always thought those "V" bikes and Cannondale Ravens were ugly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueCheesehead View Post
    And just think, one can up the fugly on many of the above bikes by adding a Lauf.
    It may be ugly, but you definitely cannot put a lauf on one of those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crankout View Post
    Sure, it's retro, but damn, the old Pro-Flex bikes were a bit wonky. However, at the time I'm sure we thought they were cool AF...


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    Never seen one of these before. What's with the faux bb shells everywhere?

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    My apologies to all of my Milk Money loving single speed brethren for this post, but Lenz makes the ugliest frames imaginable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    I know a lot of people are going to disagree with me butÖ

    I've always thought those "V" bikes and Cannondale Ravens were ugly.

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    I loved the simplicity of the Raven and old Specialized FSR S-works DH, monocoque/composite designs that didn't have any extra reinforcing tubes/etc (like the super V did).
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    Quote Originally Posted by tfinator View Post
    Never seen one of these before. What's with the faux bb shells everywhere?

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    The short BB's lock the 2 halves of the twin Top Tubes and Down Tubes together, allows the twin tubes and single tubes to collectively keep the whole structure rigid.

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    This is another way of doing a similar structure.

    Motorcycles use this method in steel truss/ladder type frames.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tfinator View Post
    Never seen one of these before. What's with the faux bb shells everywhere?

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    Pro-Flex had a bunch of odd frame runs back in the day...early 90's I want to say.
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    I don't understand the appeal here. I see folks riding these around town all the time, I guess they didn't get the memo on the wheel size debate.

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    ^^^ Those are great for boats or other scenarios where space is a concern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crankout View Post
    Pro-Flex had a bunch of odd frame runs back in the day...early 90's I want to say.
    It's looks like something a kid in my highschool metal shop would make

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    Quote Originally Posted by Train Wreck View Post
    I don't understand the appeal here. I see folks riding these around town all the time, I guess they didn't get the memo on the wheel size debate.

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    Lol I see these all over as well.

    I guess for hood cruising and doing errands, is not that bad.

    Fugly? Yep.
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    Anything with tires under 2" wide

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    I am going to come in and just say that the massive graphics on frames can completely distort the potential for a clean looking bike. I miss the days of a small name on the DT. The excessive and large plastering of brand names all over bike kinda ruins them. I mean I don't want brand free but something in the middle is nice. Color on same color graphics and locations where bikes don't look like billboards beats any weird frame details for me. Heck many of the bikes at NAHBS are so attractive because the details lead not the graphics package.
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    Totally agree with that, Pivot and Ibis were two of the worst culprits IMO (though both have improved in recent times).

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockcrusher View Post
    I am going to come in and just say that the massive graphics on frames can completely distort the potential for a clean looking bike. I miss the days of a small name on the DT. The excessive and large plastering of brand names all over bike kinda ruins them. I mean I don't want brand free but something in the middle is nice. Color on same color graphics and locations where bikes don't look like billboards beats any weird frame details for me. Heck many of the bikes at NAHBS are so attractive because the details lead not the graphics package.
    You mean, Cannondale? They make sure their name is ALL over the bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    You mean, Cannondale? They make sure their name is ALL over the bike.
    or Canyon roadies, l love the value for money, but the name plastered all over them puts me off
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    Giant's pivot bearings look like a Wal Mart bike. I think they're the worst looking bicycle made by a large manufacturer on the market. Yes, it's just an opinion. try not to get too triggered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schulze View Post
    Giant's pivot bearings look like a Wal Mart bike. I think they're the worst looking bicycle made by a large manufacturer on the market. Yes, it's just an opinion. try not to get too triggered.
    Also their graphics are pretty much always terrible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Schulze View Post
    Giant's pivot bearings look like a Wal Mart bike. I think they're the worst looking bicycle made by a large manufacturer on the market. Yes, it's just an opinion. try not to get too triggered.
    Iíve noticed that and have thought the same thing for years. Here we go...🤯
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    Quote Originally Posted by EABiker View Post
    Well isn't that something...
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    The kid looks old enough to be embarrassed.

    And that thing is going to be really nasty after he crashes it a few times jumping off ramps in the woods. Actually, I'd like to see that!
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    I love talking bike aesthetics:

    Intense has the worst visual schemes ever
    What do you think is the worst bike by aesthetics?-screen-shot-2019-05-15-11.39.53-am.jpg

    Eminent wins the award for worst proportions (see how there is more negative space in the rear triangle than front):
    What do you think is the worst bike by aesthetics?-screen-shot-2019-05-15-11.41.50-am.jpg

    Key takeaways for me:
    - Every company basically doing massive tubing, crazy angles, extra pivots, more, more, more complexity! Why are so few bike designers striving for simplicity? because it's much easier to add then to take away- especially from a marketing perspective.
    - making bikes not look like bikes: for example look at GT I-drive from a long time ago. Is it possible that the new stump jumper will age in a similar fashion? Then look at any ti or steel HT from the 2000's. Aside from color/graphics, and now geo, they have a timeless appeal.
    - "model year" types of things: 'seasonal' or on-trend colors and graphics that look great today but in a few years look really dated
    - huge logo on the downtube... whyyyyyyy

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    gfourth, to be fair the Intense photo you posted is of a ďLimited EditionĒ frame. All of Intense limited edition frames get a crazy paint scheme. Their regular lineup is not nearly as bad, itís bad but not nearly as bad. And it amazes me because back in the early days Intense were known to have the best looking paint schemes out there. Red with yellow accents was their racing colors and for many years only red could be had. Just like Ferrari was red for years as their signature color. But Intense just like Ferrari to make more sales caved to the masses and started producing other colors and then to follow the trend they also went with crazy paint schemes like the rest of the market.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gfourth View Post
    I love talking bike aesthetics:

    Intense has the worst visual schemes ever
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    Agreed. Their schemes clash too much and it's not just the one shown above. They are great bikes, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gfourth View Post
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    Intense has the worst visual schemes ever
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    OMG.. I love that bike... it is pretty wild looking but who cares it isn't a house in a development you can't paint any but 3 colors or get the HOA on you..

    bold and a bit obnoxious I truly love it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    gfourth, to be fair the Intense photo you posted is of a ďLimited EditionĒ frame. All of Intense limited edition frames get a crazy paint scheme. Their regular lineup is not nearly as bad, itís bad but not nearly as bad. And it amazes me because back in the early days Intense were known to have the best looking paint schemes out there. Red with yellow accents was their racing colors and for many years only red could be had. Just like Ferrari was red for years as their signature color. But Intense just like Ferrari to make more sales caved to the masses and started producing other colors and then to follow the trend they also went with crazy paint schemes like the rest of the market.
    Actually, I don't think that is one of their limited edition frames. So can't use that excuse.

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    Apparently at first I misunderstood the gist of this thread.

    Here's a contribution, the ahead of its time Mountain Cycle.

    Anybody here ever ride one? How was it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    Any mountain bike with a motor on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Burns View Post
    Apparently at first I misunderstood the gist of this thread.

    Here's a contribution, the ahead of its time Mountain Cycle.

    Anybody here ever ride one? How was it?

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    I took a short ride on one. And I donít understand why this made the thread, I guess explained in your post.

    In its day it was cutting edge and caught the eye of every person on the crowded mountain. Iím talking about when I was attending the Norba Nationals at Big Bear, Ca. Must have been 1992 or 93 when this bike hit the scene. I was drooling on one that a racer was cruising around in the Pitts. He to my surprise handed it over to me and insisted I take it for a spin. I did get some time on some single track but not enough for a revue if itís ride quality.
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    ^the quoted reviews on the ad say '92 so you're spot on.
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    Generally, I've found most bikes look better in person than pics on the web.

    As far as ugly frames...Knolly, Guerrilla Gravity (Aluminum & Carbon) Pivot (Although their newer designs are much better looking), Lenz, Ellsworth and Niner top the list for me. Devinci are a little odd, but not too bad. With that said, I'd ride nearly any of these bikes.

    Intense frames typically look good, but those paint schemes are hideous. I'm not sure WTF they are thinking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gfourth View Post
    I love talking bike aesthetics:

    Intense has the worst visual schemes ever
    Nothing wrong with their tubes, except the alignment sometimes, but let's not forget the names either:

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    What do you think is the worst bike by aesthetics?-zblack-chrome-chopper-bicycle.jpg

    What do you think is the worst bike by aesthetics?-f9b69d2760c0791a803a28e260570737-custom-motorcycles-custom-bikes.jpg

    I find it a sad sight to see bicycles that end up living their lives in a showcase, and serve no purpose (concept promo is a legit purpose), other than to oogle at. This is aesthetics taken too far, which I judge to be the worst. I can't really fault designs that are function over form, though I prefer a nice balance between the two. If that were a motor being hidden under the rib cage, and each rib stored energy that could be swapped, I'd be seriously impressed. Just there for looks? Meh... doesn't take much to make it functional, like having a headlight in the eye sockets.

    I dunno, but I'd probably vote some bike that was gold or diamond encrusted as worst bike by aesthetics, purely out of principle:

    What do you think is the worst bike by aesthetics?-max_1_430000.jpg

    I understand these are my own tastes, and recognize there are other tastes out there. No disrespect. You guys should own your own beliefs, and ignore me.

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    The Trance X 29 in OP is in a different class of fail. Giant was not trying to do something revolutionary like Polygon or Tantrum. They weren't going for a look-at-me paintjob. They were trying to make a nice, conservative bike everyone could like and somehow ended up with a frame that looks like a widescreen image squished onto an old TV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    Nothing wrong with their tubes, except the alignment sometimes, but let's not forget the names either:

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    I love the names. Hereís a tidbit of trivia for ya. Intense has been around since 1993. Every model name has been taken from military weaponry. Thatís a lot of model names and all taken from military weaponry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    I love the names. Hereís a tidbit of trivia for ya. Intense has been around since the early 1993. Every model name has been taken from military weaponry. Thatís a lot of model names and all taken from military weaponry.
    Interesting fact, I had to fact check you but it seems you are correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Train Wreck View Post
    Interesting fact, I had to fact check you but it seems you are correct.
    Have I ever been wrong?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    Any mountain bike with a motor on it.
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    Ehem, steel bikes are the prettiest.

    Those Chinese carbon frames are not that hot, and thick alloy tubing isn't my thing either.
    and yes...the pretty, strong simplicity of rounded steel, and beautiful welds
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldHouseMan View Post
    Generally, I've found most bikes look better in person than pics on the web.
    I find that the Evil's look amazing on the web but in person I can't get over how ugly they are. I think there are amazing details and lines on them when you focus in on specific parts of the bike. But as a whole they just all don't add up to a cohesive package.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Train Wreck View Post
    Interesting fact, I had to fact check you but it seems you are correct.
    I checked the Spider (triggered AP mine module), Recluse (Spike Recluse 9mm round AR), 5.5 (BL "medium gun", artillery/howitzer style)...

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    Anything with an interrupted seat tube looks like a walmart bike. The early 2000's spec bikes were some of the ugliest! Cannondale v's are certainly up there too.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Schulze View Post
    Giant's pivot bearings look like a Wal Mart bike. I think they're the worst looking bicycle made by a large manufacturer on the market. Yes, it's just an opinion. try not to get too triggered.
    lol look at the old konas, fits ur description even more accurately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gfourth View Post
    I love talking bike aesthetics:

    Intense has the worst visual schemes ever
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    Eminent wins the award for worst proportions (see how there is more negative space in the rear triangle than front):
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    Key takeaways for me:
    - Every company basically doing massive tubing, crazy angles, extra pivots, more, more, more complexity! Why are so few bike designers striving for simplicity? because it's much easier to add then to take away- especially from a marketing perspective.
    - making bikes not look like bikes: for example look at GT I-drive from a long time ago. Is it possible that the new stump jumper will age in a similar fashion? Then look at any ti or steel HT from the 2000's. Aside from color/graphics, and now geo, they have a timeless appeal.
    - "model year" types of things: 'seasonal' or on-trend colors and graphics that look great today but in a few years look really dated
    - huge logo on the downtube... whyyyyyyy
    that intense is pretty flashy I agree. The graphics is very unique but couldve done better with the colour combo. The second bike looks like a weird mondraker

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    I love the names. Hereís a tidbit of trivia for ya. Intense has been around since 1993. Every model name has been taken from military weaponry. Thatís a lot of model names and all taken from military weaponry.
    well the all start with m...something or carbine, tracer, sniper so....

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhillipJ View Post
    The Trance X 29 in OP is in a different class of fail. Giant was not trying to do something revolutionary like Polygon or Tantrum. They weren't going for a look-at-me paintjob. They were trying to make a nice, conservative bike everyone could like and somehow ended up with a frame that looks like a widescreen image squished onto an old TV.
    yea that was not simply failure in aesthetics, but yea It was the design that made me hate it more haha.

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    at first I thought u photoshopped it to be a commuter, but then I saw the magazine.....

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