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    Retrogrouch

    Retrogrouch
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    1. One who is skeptical of technological developments until their usefulness and reliability have been proven.
    2. One who insists on minimalist equipment that may be user-serviced.
    3. Sagacious but irritable expert.
    4. Single speed mountain biker.

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    retro and singlespeed are mutually exclusive terms unless the builder chooses to unite them.
    we have full suspension, full carbon and hydraulic disc'd single speed bikes.

    nice try troll
    If steel is real then aluminium is supercallafragiliniun!

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    Carbon is a basic building block of all life on Earth. Carbon frames are really a kind of synthetic wood, aren’t they? AFAIC, carbon is pretty-much the ultimate retro-material!

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    I think that, while a SS drivetrain is absolutely more "retro" than a geared one, there are some very modern SS whips out there, making use of space-age materials and cutting-edge mtb technology. We're at the point now where there are SS-specific variations being manufactured for even the most recent mtb components.

    I agree that there is a certain "retro" appeal to some SS mtbs, and some ppl do look to maximize these retro vibes. Others rock carbon fiber frames and forks with hydraulic disc brakes. I get your assertion, raganwald, but I think it's overly simplified.

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    Quote Originally Posted by surreal View Post
    I get your assertion, raganwald, but I think it's overly simplified.
    I was actually kidding. I ride a full-carbon frame. In a previous incarnation, it had front suspension with remote lockout, a dropper post, and AM wheels for riding stunts. Another singlespeeder questioned whether I had “embraced simplicity.” I asked him why he assumed that singlespeed equalled simplicity? It also equalled not breaking rear mechs on rock strikes, which was good enough for me. For fun, I also questioned his clipless pedals. Flat pedals are the ultimate in simplicity ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by raganwald View Post
    I was actually kidding. I ride a full-carbon frame. In a previous incarnation, it had front suspension with remote lockout, a dropper post, and AM wheels for riding stunts. Another singlespeeder questioned whether I had “embraced simplicity.” I asked him why he assumed that singlespeed equalled simplicity? It also equalled not breaking rear mechs on rock strikes, which was good enough for me. For fun, I also questioned his clipless pedals. Flat pedals are the ultimate in simplicity ;-)
    Understood. please see this thread asafp:

    http://forums.mtbr.com/singlespeed/w...ed-792544.html


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    I like being a retrogrouch.

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    I am a Retrogrouch!

    I have disc brakes, a suspension fork, and carbon bars, though I don't know if I'll ever get away from a steel frame.

    According to the OP's 1st definition, I would say disc brakes, suspension forks, and carbon (even frames) have proven their usefullness and reliability. Therefore...

    I am still a Retrogrouch!

    That said, there was a time when I steered clear of disc brakes, and I was afraid to use carbon parts. Since then, these "technologies" have proven themselves. I still hate Terralogic forks, and any of the Specialized Brain crap though.

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    I train on steel rigid no carbon, Race on my A9C lots o carbon.

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    What do you call those fixed gear riders?

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    Idiots.

    And I ride a fixed gear around town.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vlad View Post
    Idiots.

    And I ride a fixed gear around town.
    Priceless -

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vlad View Post
    Idiots.

    And I ride a fixed gear around town.
    So nice had to be quoted twice.

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