Vintage MTB Gold from the Malverns Classic Retro Show & Shine

Aug 29, 2023
by Nick Bentley  


The Retro Show and Shine at the Malvern Classic is a highlight for many people visiting the festival. The stories behind these bikes are amazing, and the owners' passion for their bikes is truly remarkable.

Everyone likes a Yeti with purple anodising
Purple ano and Yeti blue still look great today.

This Raleigh has lived a life
This Raleigh has lived a life.

Old disc brakes do not look to fun to ride nowadays
Vintage Hope disc brakes.

Slingshots scare the hell out of me

Normally I d say this pivot was strange but it s a Slingshot and a lot of things are strange about this bike
Slingshot used a fiberglass plate at the junction of the top tube and seat tube combined with a steel cable and a spring for the downtube to increase the level of compliance.

Old school chain devices just look scary
A classic MRP chainguide.

I feel like this says enough
I feel like this says enough.

I can t resist a Klein paint job
I can't resist a Klein paint job.

Got to love a Yeti DH bike
A Yeti DH6, HED wheels, and the classic grey XTR cranks.

There were plenty of Martin Ashton s Cannondale trials bikes this year
There were plenty of Martyn Ashton's Cannondale trials bikes this year

The Retro Show and Shine always draws a crowd
The Retro Show and Shine always draws a crowd.

This Fat Chance is so good. The name Buck Shaver is in memory of Fat Chance employee Pat Egan who passed away and was known for finding a good deal and his likeness even graces the head tube of the bike
This Fat Chance is so good. The name Buck Shaver is in memory of Fat Chance employee Pat Egan who passed away and was known for finding a good deal, and his likeness even graces the head tube of the bike.

It was tough for the judges to whittle the bikes down to just 10
It was tough for the judges to whittle the bikes down to just 10.

Yesterday s experimental is today s terrifying
Yesterday's experimental is today's terrifying

I m a fan of this Malvern s inspired wrap and this really would be the most perfect pub bike
I'm a fan of the Malvern's-inspired wrap on this 1996 GT Outpost, and this really would be the most perfect pub bike

Paint jobs used to just be better
Narrow bars, bar ends, cantilever brakes, hydraulic rim brakes - the mountain bike world was changing quickly in the 1990s.

The guys from Retro Bike were on hand to fill in the gaps people had in information
The guys from Retro Bike were on hand to fill in the information gaps.

The M1 is worth 2 photos for sure
An Intense M1 from the day of big chainrings and even bigger seats.

Funk forks sound fun
Funk forks sound fun.

I don t think I ve ever seen so many hydraulic rim brakes in one place before
I don't think I've ever seen so many hydraulic rim brakes in one place before.

Cantilever brakes do look elegant
A very clean Kona Kula and Kona Explosif.

The Kona Hei Hei has changed through the years
And a titanium Hei Hei.

This GT Avalanche paint is amazing
This GT Avalanche paint is amazing

This Zinn is so elegantly beautiful not sure that s been said on pinkbike before
This Zinn is so elegantly beautiful.

My kind of team
My kind of team.

We could have had a Martin Ashton only show but this justice does look cool

Headset cable routing isn t the first time stems and cables have become intertwined
Headset cable routing isn't the first time stems and cables have become intertwined

More Cannondale trials loveliness
More Cannondale trials loveliness

Now that s a classy light
Now that's a classy light.

The Corratec Race Bow bike to the left not only has a unique paint job but also a pretty unique split top tube with two individual bars that continue along the top tube and down the seat stays
This Corratec Race Bow was hard to miss.

Please forgive me Doddy you did tell me all about this Schwinn but I didn t write it down. People of the comments section please do correct my ignorance here

It is made of mystery materials though

There is something special about a Pace
There is something special about a Pace and its distinctive square tubing.

The GT STS shows that what is old becomes new with carbon and aluminium construction. Something we see now on modern DH bikes
The thermoplastic GT STS, complete with Spinergy wheels.

The fork is pretty unique too
And a Look linkage fork to finish things off.

The rear end of this bike is just as interesting as the front we really did get some wild bikes in the 90s
The original RockShox Super Deluxe coil shock.

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Third Place Dean's Tushingham B52

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Tell us a little bit about your bike.


Well, Tushingham was basically started in the 1980s, early 1980s, and then in '88, Tushingham became Orange mountain bikes. So this was basically one of the last ones that came out of the factory. It's a 1988 Tushingham B52. I had one as a teenager, and I was still using that as my commuter bike when I first moved down to London. Then I came back up north, and I left it in my parent's shed and then it went missing.

So I searched and searched the internet for years trying to find the Tushingham and one came up in Halifax that was in a real dire state. So it had been repainted in Marin Grey as the rider wanted it to look like a Marin, and so I bought it home, and did a complete nut and bolt restoration. It's all about nostalgia. It meant everything to me back when I was a kid, I could escape from the house, I went miles exploring. I had such fond memories of it. So when this one came, I had to rebuy it.

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Second Place Paul's Kona Explosif

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Tell us a little bit about your bike.


The bike I've owned for 18 years. It's original paint. Mostly original when I bought it other than a couple of things like the tires and the seat post. I sourced it from a guy in London, he used it as a commuter. The paintwork is in surpisingly good condition considering what he used it for. But it was always a dream bike of mine.

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First Place Andrew's Giant ATX

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Tell us a little bit about your bike.


I've got here a Giant it's a 1994 September Tomac replica bike. That was the year Tomac transitioned from Raleigh to Giant, he won the NORBA series on that and a number of other races as well.

I think for me it was that iconic image or poster that I had out of one of the magazines up on the wall, where there is this guy in this aerosuit with this American Eagle helmet. Just an absolute vision and the style; you could tell it was Tomac coming down the hill. Just complete inspiration in terms of how I see a mountain bike in my head.

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110 Comments
  • 146 1
 That Raleigh has a shroud covering the lower linkage. Must be something similar to Loic's demo.
  • 10 5
 This is criminally under upvoted
  • 11 0
 I think the Bi-Metal GT Xizang didn't get the coverage it deserved, 2 pics and nothing to show how special they really were!
  • 5 0
 @heavyp: I spoke to the owner. easily the rarest bike at the show
  • 2 0
 @scantregard: Yep Jamie is a legend and the fact they were all meant to get thrown away but some made it out of the skip is amazing
  • 1 0
 @heavyp: How do you know it's a Bi-Metal without being able to see the rear triangle? "91" full Ti and Bi metals had the same graphics.
  • 1 0
 @Henchman21: I know Jamie the owner he got it a while back and sent it straight off for new paint and a polish its so amazing
  • 35 0
 That pink Fat Chance Buck Shaver is amazing.
  • 5 1
 And Chris Chance is building frames again-so you could get youself the 2 color fade Fat Chance of your young dreams, but with modern tubing and geometry. I'd go for a Slim Chance disc, Aqua Fade-not an MTB, but hella sexy.
  • 1 0
 Really liked those bikes. Have a Yo and a ti far squirreled away.
  • 32 1
 Love this! These bikes are like 60s era muscle cars. Modern bikes, like modern cars to muscle cars, outperform them in every conceivable way - except in the style dept.
  • 5 7
 Except you could drive a 60s car and not die...
  • 20 0
 @fartymarty: Ralph Nader has entered the chat
  • 1 0
 @jackalope: eh?

@jackalope - bikes of today will be classic in a good way in 10-20 years.
  • 27 0
 Why do modern paint jobs suck so much. they're all boring or some wierd monochrome pastel. Bring back neon fades! I want to buy a pink and yellow bike.
  • 2 0
 The variety and general boldness of colors jumped out at me, as did color matched forks. Orange and red lowers can go pound sand, we need matchy matchy.
  • 22 1
 I think of all the crashes I had on these 26 inch ultra high head tube angle death machines and I don't miss them at all. I do not miss being a circus gorilla.
  • 5 0
 it's amazing how long it took to sort geometry out. even mid 2000s v10 has a cross country head angle and wheelbase.
  • 6 1
 Oh please. People have been ripping bikes forever. It just took more skill back then.
  • 1 0
 @emptybe-er: I listened to Hans Rey's opinion on this- I don't think of him as a low skill rider:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kdzyg0GmVJY
  • 1 1
 @Mtmw: I learned sui’s in ‘97 on a specialized A-1 comp, their first full suspension bike. I absolutely sent my Amp b3. All you really needed was a shorter stem and some riser bars.
  • 5 1
 @Mtmw: Or you could go watch someone ride a rigid 20” bmx with steep angles, still being ridden quite well. There is nothing wrong with smaller wheels and head angles steeper than 64. Newer bikes are just easier to ride if you ride like a sack of potatoes.
  • 14 0
 I recently overhauled and nominally updated my original Voodoo D-Jab that I built up as a teenager. Joe Murray's designs were so far ahead of their time. In an era of Ritchey P-21s that felt like fat tire road bikes, Joe was making longer reach, lower slung, more progressive geometry bikes. My first "real bike" was a custom Kona Kula. Lost it to a head on collision with a car. Joe had left Kona to start Voodoo, and coincidentally I had started working for an LBS that carried them, so I was able to build up my dream bike.

Years ago I rode it across Spain and all the way down the Oregon coast. I couldn't bring myself to get rid of it, but I felt bad that it was partially dismantled collecting dust in my garage. So, I gussied it all up, and now it's a display piece in my home office that still goes out on an old school undulating XC trail ride when I'm out with my kids.

m.pinkbike.com/photo/23548105
  • 2 0
 I remember that Djab well. After my Kona Hot got stolen (from my living room on July 4th) I had a pile of insurance claim money to spend at the LBS where I wrenched. Went with the Bizango instead of the ti bike so I could spend more on blingy parts, and always second guessed that choice. Still have a Bizango and it’s still orange but it’s third gen!
  • 16 0
 GT STS - life expectancy 2 rides.
  • 5 0
 There’s a frame for sale on the buy/sell right now, you can huck it to flat yourself and find out
  • 3 0
 @fewnofrwgijn: I worked at a dealer in Co when those things were new. We sold only like 4. They all broke repeatedly. Eventually, customers had to switch to LTS just no way to keep those things whole.
  • 1 3
 And companies are trying to bring thermoplastic stuff back to MTB!!!
  • 1 0
 @fewnofrwgijn: I'll chip in $10
  • 1 0
 yup! I saw 2 frames both loose their headtubes on 1 day at a race... they look cool when they're intact!
  • 1 0
 @Cyberhatter: and then the LTS would fail… mine tend to blow the linkage. It would look like a crushed beer can where the shock mounted up top.
  • 2 0
 @scantregard: Was riding next to an AMP employee pre-riding Big Bear "downhill" and watched the headtube separate from the frame in real time. Something about Laguna Beach bike development and that happening, hahaha.
  • 13 0
 Yeti Turquoise with all 3D Violet parts is still the hotness-but wouldn't take it further than a coffee shop cruise. Klein paint tho.......
  • 3 0
 I have a 2001 Klein Attitude, the paint is indeed beautiful. I ogle it every time I walk by.
  • 6 0
 The purple Yeti is owned by Miles Bartlett, I used it as a poster for our Belgian Vintage MTB Fest on the 15 august (more pics soon, some are on my personal instagram account instagram.com/zoobab3). Poster here vintagemtb.wdfiles.com/local--files/start/flyer-2023-1000x.png and www.vintagemtb.org
  • 2 0
 Very fun, love the Gulf pumps in the background
  • 6 0
 I remember seeing a slingshot bike being reviewed in Dirtrag mag, I think after the turn of the century, it was a serious review and they did not pronounce it unrideable.
I'll say this upfront, I am old and this will be an old person type statement ...
One thing I always enjoy about retro-bike features or any discussion of old versus new bikes - All the comments about how old bikes were basically unrideable death-traps without some feature of modern bikes. The part I think is really funny now is that I have been hearing this same thing over and over for 30 years.
In 1990 "how did anybody ride with "Bullmoose" combined bar and headset - so heavy such bad geometry... How did anybody ride without a front suspension fork? How did anyone ride down hills before disc brakes, how did people ride with old school geometry?
Not that all these developments didn't make massive improvements but people had an absolute blast riding mountain bikes since they were invented. I started in the mid 80s and I thought my bike was amazing and I could ride anything, never once thought it was technology holding me back.
If I had to choose one thing that has made mountain biking so much better in the last 40 years - I'd say it was trails - there are trails everywhere and many of them are amazing, flow trails, downhill traills, long XC loops and even stuff like we rode in the 80s either footpaths or singletrack that was basically game trails where it was a challenge just to keep pedalling
So if there is one thing that is different in mountain biking that makes it so much better than it was in the past its Trails!
  • 4 0
 VERY cool! I've dreamt of doing one of these style side shows at our MOAB Outerbike event this fall, but not enough time to get out the word this year. (one month out)...
The Handmade Show might be a better option?.. but darn if there's not tons O classics right here in town, or surrounding South West CO/ Eastern UT zone. The Pros Closet brought a few vintage bikes one year but I want MORE! Smile ❤️✌️
  • 1 0
 Good idea, sevvy~ I could shine up my '84 SJ if I can find some time off. Hanka is trying to get me to ride the centurion this year. Anybody still attempting that juggernaut?
  • 4 0
 Looks like the 1st-prize Giant is a licensed Ventana Marble Peak, like the Rocky Element of that era. I had one of those Kleins once, difference is orders of magnitude, like going from street gack to fine Colombian. Permanently spoiled am I...
  • 2 0
 It certainly didn't look like any GT's I remember and yeah... a lot like a Rocky Element (pretty ahead of its time compared to a lot of suspension designs at the time).

Are you saying that Ventana licensed the design to both GT and Rocky? I'm not familiar with that brand, but given what was happening in Vancouver at the time, this would surprise me a bit.
  • 1 0
 @bhuckley:

Ventana licensed it to a few brands. Rocky was one (I had an Element Race from that era). IIRC, maybe Ellsworth and Turner also. They were often found with Ventana rear triangles.

EDIT: BTW, Ventana is still around: ventanausa.com/bikes
  • 3 0
 I think those Giants were made by Chris Herting (3D racing).
  • 1 0
 Tomac's bikes were not made by Giant.
  • 6 0
 It’s Martyn Ashton, with a y. Even says on all of the top tubes. Also good to see the Ashton Cannondale confusing people Wink
  • 6 0
 The mid 90s skinny-tubed Konas are soo nice. Always wanted one.
  • 2 0
 Externally ribbed Tange Ultimate down tubes.
  • 2 0
 Totally agree. Bought a girlfriend a Fire Mountain, wanted to repossess.

But what's up with the Manitou forks? Based on the graphics, shouldn't all of those had Marzocchi Z2 or Z3 bombers by then?
  • 2 0
 Love my 1991 Miyata Elevations 1000... Don't know how I managed to ride that thing on trails back in the day. It was almost a different sport back then, I don't think I would survive a ride on it on my local trails intermediate trails today.
  • 4 0
 So many core memories unlocked in one post.. From the SDG seats, the DCD chain devices, the dreaded MRP and Kujo DH tires. Oh, how we lived.
  • 3 1
 Damn that titanium hei hei king kahuna is sick. I bought a Covid-era Kona Kahuna. It’s an aluminum, non-boost hardtail. Was a total ripoff and i absolutely love it to this day. And that Shimano Deore! It’s the bomb- it’s just as good as my high end drivetrain. I don’t know who needs to hear that- DEORE.IS.THE.BOMB. Anyway I plan on my Kahuna being in this retro bikes article 20 years from now. The bike that no one wanted
  • 3 0
 The Kona Hei-Hei is a King Kahuna- the gussets are the tell. The Hei-Hei was the non-ovalized - and no gussets model. The King Kahuna was my favorite bike- I loved the way it rode.
  • 2 0
 Cool! Thanks for the clarification. I was puzzled when I saw both model names on the frame.
  • 1 0
 Never seen a Zinn in person or even in a picture except on the cover of Zinn and the art of mountain bike maintenance, my copy of that book is almost as old as some of these bikes and I still read it at bedtime as comfort reading
  • 2 0
 That M1....drool. My bedroom wall was covered in magazine cut outs of M1s through the years as a kid. There's something about DH bikes that need a helicopter to reach the bottom bracket that just does it for me!
  • 3 0
 My gosh. It doesn't get any better. Actually it gets better every year. Amazing how many classics from the 90s and even 80s are still rolling. Brilliant article.
  • 4 0
 Appreciate the Schwinn pics for the sole purpose of the Dirt Rag shout out. No captions needed.
  • 1 0
 Ol Coot? Is that you?
  • 1 0
 It's the little things that bring me back. Like those cable donuts on the Team Fat Chance, Sachs grip shift, yellow Maguras, everything red or blue Cannondale, early Manitou forks, Yellow Judys and Indys... Oh the posters on the walls!
  • 1 0
 Damn, this warms my heart - so many memories, from luxury unobtainium drooled over in childhood, to things that have been a very real part of my MTB journey over these last few decades.

Honourable mentions:
Raleigh DHO (how I wanted one, with the flame decals!). GT STS. Pace - frames and forks. Tioga sofa seats. Any vintage Kona (that Kula brown with those decals and threaded headset are VERY familiar...). Original Dorado and classic Boxxer - still got my '02 BB cherry reds, but the stanchion has cracked so will never see a trail again, waah.

And I've never seen so many GripShifts in one place!
  • 1 0
 Anyone here rode an aluminum fork? I have plenty of MTB experience with steel and carbon rigid forks, and I know that for many a relatively compliant rigid fork is dreadful enough, but those Klein aluminum forks must be terrible.
  • 4 0
 Who else remembers the ol mtbr.com vrc forum?
  • 1 0
 And I hope Rumpfy is still out there collecting…
  • 4 1
 I have a GT thermoplastic STS frame with the original shock if anyone is looking for one.
  • 5 0
 That Pace!
  • 3 1
 That green to blue Klien! The blue and purple Yeti Arc! THAT PACE! -growns with aching desire.
  • 3 0
 No one came with a balfa bb7?
  • 3 0
 Too new.
  • 4 0
 @nateb: Former Balfa and Kona rider Chris Donahue just posted a pic hanging out with Balfa founder Fred Monast in Montreal, and reported that Fred's got something in the works to bring the name back. You know who else has also gone public as very nostalgic about the Balfa BB7? Loic Bruni.
  • 4 0
 Oh how miss my Pace...
  • 3 0
 Oh, that Team Fat Chance.
  • 1 0
 Is the 2nd Place Kona Explosif wearing a painted Tange Switchblade? Odd considering that fork touted its ability to have the blades adjusted.
  • 1 0
 It was also 'uber compliant' and kinda scary.
  • 3 0
 It's a Kona Track two fork, similar design to the switchblade and Pace Rc30 with fork legs bolted to a box crown. I think they were recalled as being too dangerous to ride.
  • 3 0
 The Pace still looks incredible - ageless
  • 1 0
 Lot of awesome bikes but I still don't see anything that would dethrone my old AMP B5.

www.pinkbike.com/photo/7872409
  • 2 0
 Ah the memories . . . I still have the scars on my knee from those @#$%^&* top tube sided mounted cable guides.
  • 3 0
 This is very cool.
  • 1 0
 Some beauties but no sign of a nice looking Rocky Mountain XS Speed, shame.
  • 1 0
 Heartbroken there's nothing red and yellow from Rocky either.
  • 3 0
 Or a Suzi Q.
  • 1 1
 What an odd event that exists, I love to see this. History is neat. My first mtb was a Giant iguana, probably back in 1996 I'm guessing.
  • 1 0
 I dont know why but I have always wanted that Raleigh DH bike and Martyn Aston's Red Cannondale with the headshock
  • 1 0
 If you are going to show us that experimental GT at least show us the i-drive!
  • 1 1
 I assume the owner of that Martin Hawes Giant is actually Martin Hawes, because I don't think anyone ever bought when when offered the choice between that or an Ashton 'Dale
  • 1 0
 was halfway expecting to see a Schwinn Homegrown with a bass boat paint to win best of show!
  • 2 0
 bring back more color options for tires you cowards Smile
  • 2 0
 Anyone turn with an Overbury's?
  • 2 0
 I may be the only other person on here old enough to remember Bristol's finest. Wanted one of them so very badly.
  • 2 0
 The Intense M1 looks like it's 6 inches long!
  • 1 0
 Thats a weird mixture of classic bikes with a few clown shoe bikes thrown in the mix!
  • 1 0
 You know you're old when most bikes feel like modern ones at the retro bike show.
  • 1 0
 I like that old Super Deluxe, but you can see it wasn't the Ultimate shock yet.
  • 1 0
 Someday I'll go to that show. I counted 5 bikes in the photos I rode back in the day. So many good memories!
  • 1 0
 90s purple ano...such great style!
  • 2 0
 Nice
  • 2 2
 ALL THE FEELS I have a well-functioning Fox TALAS like in the 4th photo for sale if someone wants a fork for a project.
  • 4 0
 A well functioning fox talas?
Did that ever exist?
  • 2 0
 @hubertje-ryu: everything is relative friend
  • 1 0
 I'll never see a Pace without remembering Craig Hardie.
  • 1 0
 Not a Parkpre or ProFlex insight
  • 1 0
 bring back deep dish DH rims!!
  • 1 1
 I double-dare someone to do a huck to flat on that Slingshot.
  • 1 0
 Those Slingshots were very popular with the XC racers in Michigan during the 1990's
  • 2 0
 Sort of what you're asking for:

vimeo.com/manage/videos/644163678
  • 2 0
 Amazingly, and also strangely, Slingshot still has a website and appears to be selling bikes.
  • 3 1
 It won’t do any better or worse than any hardtail of the era.

I worked at a shop that sold these in the 1990s and got to ride a Slingshot a few times and it rode…….surprisingly normally.

Kinda neat, later Slingshots are designed to take apart more easily-make for good travel bikes.
  • 2 0
 @wyorider: As long as you don’t mind the bb squirming all over as it’s just hanging from a single tube.. But it probably rode around the parking lot ok.
  • 1 0
 I'm old







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