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    What was your first "imaginary" MTB?

    I imagined I had a Tomac Raleigh. I saw Tomac at Iron Horse in 1991 and fell in love with it. Especially with the drop bars. When I worked at Yellow Jersey we sold one so I did get to build one and ride it up the street, then I never saw it again.
    Authorities speculate that speed may have been a factor. They are also holding gravity and inertia for questioning.

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    I've imagined I was someone's seat, does that count?
    Everyone is entitled to my opinion.

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    Great thread idea! This is what my 18 speed Apollo used to be

    I've never even seen one in the flesh, but my LBS had a pair of Manitou 2's that I used to lust over when I was a kid!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caffeine Powered View Post
    ... When I worked at Yellow Jersey...

    Yellow Jersey

    Is that the one that ended up at Budget? I remember seeing it/them at both shops. It'd be strange if two of those bikes ended up in Madison.
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    First "imaginary" bike would have been a Mantis ProFloater circa 1991
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    holy shite, caffeine! that rig brings back memories! i wanted his rig the year before...yeti's C-26 with the drops and the tension disc. The one he rode for the 1st mtb worlds in durango! damn, those were the days ... tomac and furtado on yetis!

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    That Mantis Pro Floater was pretty advanced for '91. Single Pivot designs now aren't much different.

    Mine was a '95 Foes Weasel that my bro-in-law rode. He still rides it but my real stuff now is better.
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    I had 2 imaginary bikes: The specialized Epic which was a titanium lugged carbon tubed frame similar to the Raleigh and a Team Grellow Fat Chance Yo-Eddy with Specialized Ground Control Extreme 2.5 tires.

    Both those bikes were seminal in my early days of mountain biking and while I had a ritchey at the time it was antiquated with the short lived under the chainstay U-brake and black painted rims (WTF?). Whenever I was out riding my bike I imagined I was Ned on the Epic or Chris Chance on the Yo-Eddy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knockbox View Post

    I've never even seen one in the flesh, but my LBS had a pair of Manitou 2's that I used to lust over when I was a kid!
    Greg Herbold had one with Mag 21's for the DH at Iron Horse in '91.
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    I was always a Manitou man (boy) until I knew better! Not that I could afford either back then on paper round money! Man, all this nostalgia is giving me an urge to build something retro!

    I remember this custom Marin that 'Earthquake' Jake Watson used to ride with custom Rock Shox rear end.
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    I love that grellow bike. Makes me want to paint my bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knockbox View Post
    I remember this custom Marin the 'Earthquake' Jake Watson used to ride with custom Rock Shox rear end.
    That's the format Hairball was rolling. If I remember right his was a Miyata.
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    Yeah, as far as I remember HB always rode Miyata back then... I don't think the Rock Shox rear made it work any better though!!!

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    I remember constantly wishing I had a Rhygin Ra. Might not have been the first bike I imagined owning but it seems to be the most vivid when I recall.
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    I imagined fat tired snow/sand bikes (before there were any).

    I also imagined fat tired 700c bikes (now called 29ers - before there were any).

    Glad to see the fat snow/sand bikes - however I can live without 29ers and wish that was one idea I had that should have never come into fruitation or caught on.
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    I routinely imagine myself riding my local trails on a carbon scalpel. Its not old like most of yalls but still I do imagine it.
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    being a late starter (only been interested in MTB for the last 2 years), I ended up buying the bike I dreamed about

    never thought I'd spend so much on a pushie , but geez is it fun
    always mad and usually drunk......

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    This seems more like a "dream bike" thread or "what famous racer bike would you own" thread.

    None of that ever happened to me, I never "imagined" a bike, not like that anyway - if I did, it was always a boutique custom "one-off" build thing that was more in my imagination.

    For me, I walked into a bike shop one day in San Luis Obispo "Broad Street Bikes" (as a wedding present 2003 or 04) ex-wife said buy/custom order whatever you want, write your own check. I wrote a check out to the tune of about 3,500.00 w/ a fully equipped XTR GT Psyclone (one of the pretty yellow ones)...and I been in love with that frame ever since (almost 20 years now).

    It was on the showroom floor originally built up with a mid level parts, like LX/XT mix, original Cro-Mo fork - I had them completely strip it, and then add first generation XTR, Cooks Bros cranks, Control Tech seatpost/stem, Advocet Ti saddle, and all the other little race goodies.
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