The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 69 - The Good, Bad, and Strange Bikes We've Owned

Jun 24, 2021
by Mike Levy  
Pinkbike Podcast
Art by Taj Mihelich


While episode 69 should obviously have been all about UFOs, we decided to talk about something nearly as weird: Our questionable bike ownership history over the last twenty-five-ish years of mountain biking. The list is long and includes a few practical examples, like Kazimer's classic Spooky Junebug and my old Super 8, but things take a turn towards malfunction and strangeness with a Rocky Mountain RM7 and a heavily modified Cannondale Prophet 4X. Warranty? Not so much... We also get to the Iron Horse Sunday, Transition Gran Mal, Norco's original VPS, and the wild-looking Giant ATX DH. Sarah Moore joins us to rate each bike according to our three choices: 'Trade it for an Xbox' if the bike is really scary, 'Hang on the wall to admire' if it's a piece of history, or 'Take it for lap' if deemed safe and interesting.

We underestimated how long it'd take to get through all of the bikes we've owned, with this episode only getting halfway down the list. Should we do a second episode with the rest of them? Post your own bike ownership history in the comments below, including the ones you regret the most.





THE PINKBIKE PODCAST // EPISODE 69 - The Good, Bad, and Strange Bikes We've Owned
June 24th, 2021

It's disappointing that none of us owned a Slighshot...



Featuring a rotating cast of the editorial team and other guests, the Pinkbike podcast is a weekly update on all the latest stories from around the world of mountain biking, as well as some frank discussion about tech, racing, and everything in between.




Previous Pinkbike Podcasts
Episode 1 - Why Are Bikes So Expensive?
Episode 2 - Where the Hell is the Grim Donut?
Episode 3 - Pond Beaver Tech
Episode 4 - Why is Every Bike a Trail Bike?
Episode 5 - Can You Trust Bike Reviews?
Episode 6 - Over Biked Or Under Biked?
Episode 7 - Wild Project Bikes
Episode 8 - Do We Need an Even Larger Wheel Size?
Episode 9 - Why Are We Doing a Cross-Country Field Test?
Episode 10 - Getting Nerdy About Bike Setup
Episode 11 - Are We Going Racing This Year?
Episode 12 - What's the Future of Bike Shops?
Episode 13 - Are Bikes Too Regular Now?
Episode 14 - What Bikes Would Pinkbike Editors Buy?
Episode 15 - What's Holding Mountain Biking Back?
Episode 16 - Who's Your Mountain Biking Hero?
Episode 17 - XC Field Test Insider
Episode 18 - Electronics on your Mountain Bike: Good or Bad?
Episode 19 - The Hardtail Episode
Episode 20 - MTB Conspiracy Theories
Episode 21 - Stuff We Were Wrong About
Episode 22 - Does Your Riding Style Match Your Personality?
Episode 23 - Grim Donut 2 is Live!
Episode 24 - Why Even Buy a DH Bike?
Episode 25 - Fall Field Test Preview
Episode 26 - The Three Most Important Mountain Bikes
Episode 27 - The World Champs Special
Episode 28 - All About Women's Bikes
Episode 29 - Freeride or Die
Episode 30 - Would You Rather?
Episode 31 - Wet Weather Riding Tips & Tricks
Episode 32 - What Needs to Change in the Bike Industry?
Episode 33 - Behind the Scenes at Pinkbike Academy
Episode 34 - Grilling Levy About Field Test Trail Bikes (and His Bonspiel)
Episode 35 - Story Time - Stranger Than Fiction
Episode 36 - Grilling Kazimer about Field Test Enduro Bikes
Episode 37 - The 2020 Privateer Season with Ben Cathro
Episode 38 - Editors Defend Their 2020 Best-Of Picks
Episode 39 - Predicting the Future of Mountain Biking
Episode 40 - The Pinkbike Awards!
Episode 41 - Racing Rumours and Team Changes
Episode 42 - Mountain Biking's Guilty Pleasures
Episode 43 - Dangerholm's Wildest Custom Mountain Bikes
Episode 44 - Mountain Bike Suspension Decoded
Episode 45 - What Makes a Good Riding Buddy
Episode 46 - The RockShox Zeb vs Fox 38 Deep Dive
Episode 47 - High Pivot Bikes: The Good, The Bad, and The Why?
Episode 48 - Rides That Went Horribly Wrong... & Why That Made Them So Good
Episode 49 - What's the Best DH Bike?
Episode 50 - Are Bikes Actually Getting Less Expensive? (Value Bike Field Test Preview)
Episode 51 - Should MTB Media Post Spy Shots?
Episode 52 - Our Most Embarrassing MTB Moments
Episode 53 - Should Climbers Still Have the Right of Way?
Episode 54 - Best and Worst MTB Product Marketing
Episode 55 - Big Dumb Rides & Staying Motivated
Episode 56 - What Were the Most Important Inventions in Mountain Biking?
Episode 57 - What Were the Best (and Worst) Trends in Mountain Biking?
Episode 58 - Debunking Mountain Biking's Biggest Myths
Episode 59 - Value Bike Field Trip Surprises & Spoilers
Episode 60 - What Kind of Mountain Biker Do You Want to Be?
Episode 61 - Athlete Pay, Lycra, Equality and More from the State of the Sport Survey
Episode 62 - Editor Preferences and Why They Matter
Episode 63 - Our Best (And Worst) Bike Buying Advice
Episode 64 - Who's On Your MTB Mount Rushmore?
Episode 65 - The Hardtail Episode
Episode 66 - The Best and Worst of Repairing Bikes
Episode 67 - The Story of Mountain Biking's Most Interesting Man: Richard Cunningham
Episode 68 - Who Are Mountain Biking's Unsung Heroes?


102 Comments

  • 8 0
 I’ve had lots of weird and wonderful builds over the years. However the one that really takes the cake was from around 2008; a Haro Sonix (it had a concentrically swinging chainstay around the BB) frame which I built up as a fully suspended singlespeed.

Later it had a paul comp Melvin tensioner so I could run a tripe chainring up front. Yep. It was a 3 speed dually. Totally ridiculous and hilariously impractical to ride
  • 3 0
 That was my first real mountain bike. Great fun til the front triangle cracked 6 months in. Got it warrantied, then got my first lesson in stripping and rebuilding a frame. 2 rides after finishing that, I’m riding along thinking, “man this bike is extra bouncy right now…”. Huge crack in the rear triangle. Got my second lesson in rebuilding a bike, lol.
  • 3 0
 Lol my friend ran a similar setup on an old Voodoo frame - he called it a "tringlespeed". It had 3 chainrings and 3 rear cogs. The tooth counts in front/back were sized so that each chainline used the same chain length.... 3 speeds, no tensioner. He had to get off the bike to shift though.

I'm not actually sure he even liked the bike... I think he just loved how much everyone else hated it. Pretty sure he rode the Whole Enchilada on it.
  • 1 0
 @bkm303: oh man. What a legend, that would’ve taken serious calculations to achieve!

I remember those ‘double double’ singlespeed setups where you’d have 2 slightly different chainrings and a dual cog. Guys had to carry a small length of chain with them to readjust their gear ration trailside…

I really went in hard for SS back then, but even I thought this kinda setup was madness
  • 10 0
 Comment gold on the pinkbike podcast? I can now die in peace! #lifegoals
  • 7 0
 Yeah @SleepingAwake, up there with you! *High 5*
@pinkbike... Can we get a gold tag like the mod and plus ones you do?!
  • 5 0
 @bigtim: time to update our CV ! This is the ticket to work anywhere in the bike industry!
  • 1 0
 Right there with you, couldn’t believe my ears!
  • 3 0
 I owned Trek's first FS bike, the Trek 9000. 3.5 inches of rear travel and 2.5 inches of (Showa) fork travel. The fork was pretty decent for back then. The first "shock" I had, didn't have a damper in it. It was just an elastomer stack. That one had an issue, so the 2nd "shock" had a tiny rebound screw, it was better and had more control, but... But the frame was bonded, lugged, aluminum and the US quarter sized dab of epoxy didn't hold at the BB junction and the frame separated, literally just riding along. About a half hour after riding a downhill at about 40mph. Had 2 other people I raced with, same thing happened, but they were offroad and sustained injuries. Had my frame warranteed and sold it and bought a Specialized M2, rigid, later bought a Marzocchi Z2 Bomber coil and added the "long travel kit" 65mm to a staggering 72mm!!! Still have the frame, fork, bar and stem hanging in my garage. 32,000 original miles, zero issues..
  • 1 0
 That Trek is recognized as one of the worst bikes ever,I guess your experience helped getting that reputation!
  • 1 0
 That bike looked amazing back then with its long swing arm!
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: It really did!! I had the orange and black one. With that damped spring it wasn't really that horrible. You could work around it. It was quiet, no chain slap. Stiffer than I thought it would be. But the shorter travel fork made it odd feeling some times, because you'd blow through the front and the back would keep dropping. The carbon Y bike that followed, was pretty horrible too. If you pedalled hard seated, it would compress the shock. That was weird feeling.
  • 3 0
 Question, have you guys ever run tubular mountain bike tires and if so how do they compare to tubeless? For cyclocross tubulars are they way to go and I would never go back to racing on tubeless, so why hasn't this carried over to XC?
  • 2 0
 I haven't, but I suspect the reason they haven't caught on us price and usability... A set of Dugasts ain't cheap, and gluing a tire onto a rim can be pretty intimidating. I've done it a few times and no thanks Smile The ride quality/reliability isn't enough to trump those issues.
  • 3 0
 I can say, without one single doubt, Fisher Joshua XO is the biggest POS I ever bought. I did not accept FS as a viable format for the decade after owning that bike...for one year.
  • 4 0
 The aluminum URT! We all make mistakes...
  • 1 0
 i had a joshua as well. at the top of my questionable bike list for sure.

had a couple unique builds over the years; top 3 would be:

trimble carbon (flexy boom tube xc thing)
brooklyn tmx (tank bike thing that i vainly tried to build light-ish)
lahar (carbon gearbox dh bike thing)
  • 1 0
 @xy9ine: Your bikes are always interesting! Still have that Trimble?
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: yep; wall hanger. ended up cracking many years ago, unsurprisingly (my fs bike was stolen & i emergency bodged it together to race both the cheakamus challenge & the bear mt dh, which was probably asking too much of the noodly old thing).
  • 7 0
 Nice
  • 5 1
 Nice
  • 5 0
 Umm... where is RC Part 2? How many more weeks are you going to make us wait?!?!
  • 16 2
 I'm gonna stretch this out Grim Donut style Wink
  • 1 0
 Speaking of RC... I bought an XL steel Nishiki Alien brand new back in the day. I wanted to like it, but the standover was atrocious and it had this weird noodley feel while riding. Rode it a few times then swapped all the parts over to a Yokota frame and sold that bike with all my heavily worn parts to a Sasquatch sized human being.
  • 2 0
 Squirrelly would-be BMXers take note: any bike with wheels larger than 22.5 inches diameter is allowed in the Cruiser group and the only other restriction I can think of is handlebars less than or equal to 762 mm (check your national rule book). If you were inspired by the awesome bike handling on display at Crankworks or want to take out of the garage that blingy dirt jumper you built to get 14 likes on Vital, check out your local track!
  • 2 0
 My worst bike ever was my first full sus back in 98. A Gary fisher level Betty. As If the URT suspension wasn’t bad enough the rockshox Judy XLC (triple clamp 4” travel fork) with the constantly imploding damper cartridge was the icing on the cake. I was so glad when that frame broke!
  • 2 0
 it's truly hard to think of a worse bike than the Giant MCM1 team I owned, and broke in spectacular fashion. why was it bad? well, first, it was $5000 in the mid-late 90's so like $129,000 today, and it performed about as well as a decent hardtail in it's day. It was the most godawful, Gucci POS ever built. also! when it broke, the carbon was Unidirectional and put splinters into my thigh over an inch deep.


the dream of the 90's was a f*cking nightmare, guys!
  • 2 0
 @mikelevy have you heard about the mysterious cattle mutilations in Eastern Oregon. Definitely aliens.
www.npr.org/2019/10/08/767283820/not-one-drop-of-blood-cattle-mysteriously-mutilated-in-oregon
This is NPR not some out there conspiracy theorists.
Also, who doesn’t have pictures of themselves as a kid doing the thing they love more than anything else, and who would be your unpaid intern. Maybe you should run some tests on Kaz and see if he is an alien.
  • 2 0
 Oryx DD66 ( AKA Desert Dueler). A steel overbuilt freeride hardtail that had a 130mm Dropoff with QR... I broke those QR axel more than 5 times, I was weighting max 100 lb. Let's not forget the Hayes MX brakes... but hey got to learn how to wheely, manuel, pedal kick, properly bunny hop ( with a close to 40 lbs bike you had to...) and almost 360 on it ( mostly 180 hehe).
  • 2 0
 I’ve been involved in MTB since the mid 90s, so these nostalgic bike podcasts including the RC interview are super enjoyable.
Strangest bike was a Cannondale Raven that I owned for longer than I should have. Bright green plus lefty meant it was a conversation starter. Actually a pretty competent xc trail bike for its time. Also had an RM6 with a super T around the same time for freeride duties. That RM6 had the cool factor covered, but its rear end was genuinely a steaming pile, and I bottomed that Super T out incessantly.
  • 2 0
 Basic question for you all: I get you aren’t racers but you ride a lot, what are you diets like? Are you sticking to a strict diet or are you eating like an 18 year old? Is it a protein and veg every night kind of plan or? Thank you
  • 1 0
 Depends on the time of the year and if I'm eating my feelings or not. I spend maybe half the year being a bit of a food nazi, tracking calories, carbs, weight etc, and doing sometimes doing specific things on the bike. I'm veggie and eat really well during that time (with treats, of course!) but mostly the same relatively healthy 5 to 10 meals on repeat. It doesn't look strict, but I'm a creature of habit and consistency is key. The other half of the year is spent eating whatever the hell I want but riding enough that it "doesn't matter." And I fully admit that that schedule isn't a schedule; I don't take racing seriously or even race that often, but I love being fit so I just take it more seriously when I'm into it Smile
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: Thanks for the reply! That’s what I was after Smile I eat with the ‘ride enough that it doesn’t matter’ mentality but I know I shouldn’t…
  • 3 0
 Forced a trials frame in to an all rounder, culminating in a 100km road ride one day that basically killed me.

m.pinkbike.com/photo/950956
  • 2 0
 Wow, that’s a special one. I tried something similar with a dirt jumper and a super long seat post back in the day. Not ideal.
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: I tried it with a Hammerschmidt on a Transition Bank DJ frame a few years later too!
  • 2 0
 I'll never complain about seat angles again
  • 1 0
 What about having industry experts on to talk about stuff like suspension design and tuning, geometry, race setup, etc.? People like Chris Porter, Fabien Barrel. Maybe even skills coaches like Simon Lawton or the guy that runs Zep.
  • 6 0
 Episode 69 nice
  • 1 0
 Billy Madison:

[YT=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bz-9WeHDPV4]

www.youtube.com/watch?v=bz-9WeHDPV4
  • 1 0
 I had a Corsair Maelstrom. High pivot with an idler before I even knew anything about bikes. It is funny to think that is what so many bikes are now these days. I got it in a trade for a truck I bought for 700 bucks. I didnt even know what size it was but thinking about it now it feels like it would be a size extra small haha. OG white brothers USD forks and a insanely squeaky idler. HTA must have been 68 degrees. It got me stoked on mountainbiking again.
  • 2 0
 When you review a bike are you allowed to talk about reviews from other sites? I think it would be awesome to compare what you saw compared to them, potentially just doing it in the podcast?
  • 1 0
 Mine was the Scott Neva with XT and a Judy DH. A sort of URT with a pivot in the top tube to activate the shock. Free bike from the company so that was good! Rode for a while and then stripped it and put all the parts on a polished GT LTS - big upgrade. The haro sonic was actually interesting because it was basically an FSR but with the Horst link located near the bottom bracket.
  • 1 0
 Transition Preston fr. short travel Pedaled like shit. Went downhill faster than common sense would allow. Then I rode a evil doj for years. All over Bellingham and glacier. Whistler a few times. New bikes are so good in comparison. Engineering is cool.
  • 1 0
 owned 2 Slingshots, at one point in the late 90s-00s my cousin Mark (a marketing exec in Michigan) bought the company and tried to give it a go…the yellow one was sweet…it did what it was supposed too and i rode a ton of steep sandy hills in southwestern MI on it. Damn it!
  • 1 0
 I had a Cannondale F1000 hardtail complete with Headshok in a gorgeous yellow/orange. Then one day, I had to replace one of the crank-arms. That was when I found out that the ENTIRE crankset / and rings were all a single unit and the whole shebang would have to get tossed.

From then on, I've avoided Crack and Fail bikes like the plague.
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy thanks for answering my question! Really helpful. I've been looking forward to the aliens podcast for ages - if you haven't heard it check out the end of the world with josh clark podcast, the episodes on aliens/fermi paradox/the great filter are super interesting, I think you'd get a kick from it!
  • 1 0
 Favorite weird bike I’ve previously owned was my 2004 Banshee Morphine. Was set up singlespeed with Purple Hayes, 2.6” Arrow Racing tires, and the original Z150. Was only shuttling those years and the bike did all the things with minimal maintenance.
  • 1 0
 There were some wild Morphine setups out there!
  • 1 0
 Re: Slopestyle
As someone that came into biking from snowboarding (and am 38 years old...) I feel snow sports went through that 10 years ago. People got bored with the super-spinny-toomanytocount tricks and the riders that stood the test of time were those that could do a massive, but super slow and smooth backside 180 or a method.
  • 1 0
 Exactly what I was thinking.
  • 1 0
 I had a Peugeot BMX that I took to a bmx track once as a 10 year old, but got scared. Then I rode it 100 miles across Wales to Harlech (with a no doubt very bored godfather on his touring bike as company!). Man I did a lot of skids on that bike!
  • 1 0
 I also had a proflex with Girvin Vectors, I loved that thing! I desperately wanted to be Jez Avery!
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer @mikelevy Neural Networks (you can read the Wikipedia) are a way to produce an AI that is loosely based on how your brain processes information (there are activation functions, networks sharing information through deep layers, etc). Most of the places where Neural Networks have worked really well lately tend to be on Object Recognition (like FaceID on your iPhone) and Speech Recognition. Lots of consumer interest in these areas.

As the person developing it pointed out, and he is probably using Deep Learning, is that you need a lot of data. The models tend to be very complicated (lots of parameters) and to make them perform better than the heuristics developed by human (engineers/product managers usually) developers with years of experience tuning bikes, or simpler linear models, takes a fair amount of work. Maybe he was fishing for data Smile

The opportunity here, with an AI, would be that (regardless of which Machine Learning model you used) might be that you have a suspension setting that can change dynamically based on the terrain you are riding. My impression is that shocks have lots of built-in bandwidth to handle different types of terrain; rocky, sandy, flat, etc. So it wouldn't be obvious that you needed a wildly different setup all the during a single ride; maybe if you are a pro, I don't know...

Most of the folks that work on bikes tend to Mechanical Engineers and are naturally skeptical of models that they cannot explain, so I wouldn't expect there to be much of an open mind towards models with lots of parameters and um-predictible dynamics.
  • 1 0
 Talking about new vs old bikes and how they handled I had an interesting time running an 08 specialized pitch vs 05ish giant dh team (the one with the constantly loose moto link).

The pitch had a fox van 36 with the rc2 and a marz tst r shock. They blew the giants old boxxer team with a 5th element shock.

The pitch rode everything better except big hits,3-5' drops is where the giant would start to have it.

Interesting times for sure ...
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy @mikekazimer F*ck, did bike shops pay better a couple years before I started, or did y'all just have better priorities? $7200 bike loan?! When you were 18?

I remember making $9800, pre-tax, one year working at a cafe and a bike shop while I was in college. Given, that shop was sort of sketch at the time... and I may not have reported all my tips at the cafe...
  • 1 0
 I love hearing about the old bikes!
here is my short list:
1st MTB: 1986(?) Stump Jumper complete with foam grips, a Hite-Rite, a huge pump mounted under the top tube and frickin U-Brakes mounted under the chain stays. (This was in the mid-90's btw, and I think I was 10 or so)
Then I spent years on BMX bikes riding street because my local trails were (and still are) terrible.
First bike back to MTB in 2011: 2005 Specialized Hardrock Comp Disc. It had sweet flames on it. Once fell off the bike rack on the freeway and somehow survived with only a tacoed rim, a busted saddle and a bent handle bar.
First f/s in 2016: 2014 Motobecane Phantom Trail DS. tough as nails, also heavy as shit and not good at anything in particular. Spent way too much time and money looking for old higher end parts to put on it (this bike model hadn't changed since 2007 btw) Set it up to run 100mm of good enough front and back.
Current Bike: Bought used in 2019 (thank god!) 2018 Diamonback Release 3. This fine machine is the Suzuki Samurai of mountain bikes! Sure there are fancier bikes and most of them work a lot better but this off road machine surprises doubters on a regular basis.....
Future Bike: Hopefully one day I'll be on a Mojo HD5. Jeff Kendal Weed described it as the perfect bike for aging BMX'rs, sounds like a match to me!
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: never mind bikes but I have a request for the next podcast - products that should be made - one is a "WHISTLE DELETE" for dh videos - OMG - my wife can tell from rooms away when I'm watching DH and it's soooo damn annoying. Come on Levy you have tech skills can you do it??? @mikekazimer would agree too I'm sure.
  • 1 0
 Coolest and worst bike I've ever owned was my first full suspension bike - 2001 GT idrive team. I was so stoked on it, but after owning it for only a few months the frame shattered along with my dreams.
  • 1 0
 I would really enjoy hearing more about the bikes you all had. I started riding in 09 on an xc hardtail, so I missed a lot of the very kooky stuff. I enjoy hearing about the older stuff that I missed out on.
  • 1 0
 Levy and Kaz trashing Weirwolves, me looking at my 90’s stumpy currently with Weirwolves…
They did suck. On my second ride with them I hit a tree as they wouldn’t stop, or turn.
  • 3 0
 Seems like an episode where talking about nice bikes is more appropriate
  • 4 0
 Nice episode.
  • 1 0
 Question : What size chainrings do you run? Does it change with the bike and terrain? Do you pack a second or third chainring if you're going on a trip to a new place? Thanks
  • 3 0
 I use a 32t chainring, prefer a 10-50t cassette, and wouldn't bring a different chainring with me anywhere.
  • 1 0
 @Shred-BC, I’m with Levy on this one. That combo works everywhere for me.
  • 1 0
 what the two lovers said.....32-10/50 is the all around. if you gain a ton of fitness and want to jump to 34t. cool.
  • 2 0
 Interesting, I run a 34t with a 10-50 for everything. It takes more effort going uphill but the high speed range is real nice. Is there anywhere it would be too steep to run a 34t? (I live in Victoria and frequent the Dump so I'm familiar with steep and techy)
  • 2 0
 @Shred-BC: depends on your fitness and strength. you could always go 32/52 and basically cover both ends of the spectrum.

but yes, there are definitely climbs too steep for 34/50. hell, there are climbs too steep for 28/52. lol.
  • 2 0
 People talking on the internet about gearing is so pointless.... Oh wait I'm joining this pointlessness.... sigh.... Anyways, everyone is different, some riders find it more efficient to spin at high cadence, some riders are torque monsters and find it more efficient to use a lower cadence in a higher gear. What works you doesn't work for everyone. Fitness and strength play a part, but don't seem correlated: even watching xc world cups there are large differences in cadence from one rider to another. Anyone who makes dogmatic statements about one cadence being optimal for everyone is an idiot. Pick a preferred cadence and be a dick about it, I guess.
  • 1 0
 2000 Kona Stinky was the worst bike I ever owned. For no real reason that makes sense I still hold a bias against Kona to this day.
  • 1 0
 If shock compression settings can be changed using neural networks, will @mikelevy be a fan of firming up his bike’s rear end to climb? No little blue switch…
  • 1 0
 Nah, still cheating Smile
  • 1 0
 Question:
How far back in time do you think you'd have to go in order to win a World Cup? Assuming you get to take you modern 2021 bike with you.
  • 2 0
 Was Brian creeping in the background laughing during this podcast? I swear I could here him laughing....
  • 1 0
 I had a Trek Y33 a long time ago. Holy shit that bike was pretty awful. As soon as you would stand up to climb the rear wheel would immediately break traction and slip.
  • 1 0
 Yah…..since about 2000 they’ve all been pretty bad and strange….mediocre at best….oh well.
  • 1 0
 My Keewee Cromo 8 was a beast. I still have the frame hanging oin my shed - maybe one day it will be rebuilt.
  • 1 0
 Wow, I remember those! That'd be amazing on a workshop wall!
  • 2 0
 modern XC bike vs vintage DH bike hotlap!
  • 1 0
 Also, Klein Attitude Comp with a manitou fork. Amazing. I loved that bike till it got stolen.
  • 1 0
 @brianpark. An episode with pinkbike people talking about their history and how they came to pinkbike would be cool.
  • 1 0
 Can we please see in th next field test the Forbidden Dreadnought vs the Norco Range?
  • 1 0
 I honestly want the Alien podcast, I am sure RC has some bizarre adventures to share.
  • 1 0
 Thanks for this trip to the past where lots of weird and often broken bikes lived. I could relate to that so much.
  • 1 0
 Shout out to Norco for Ride Aligned. Every manufacturer should provide such detailed setup guides.
  • 2 0
 I liked this one, would love a part 2 - but with pictures please Smile
  • 1 0
 One of those box monocoque 01 Norco Atomik... in size small. I'm 6'3.
  • 1 0
 In horribly chipped norco army green.24/26 mullet, single speed, with ape hanger bars, and the massive 00's flamed downhill seat....voila... you have my bar hopper bike.
  • 2 0
 69 nice
  • 1 0
 Defo backing higher and further as the best trick going
  • 1 0
 The Summer of 69! Wooohooo!
  • 1 0
 Do a second part pleaseSmile
  • 1 0
 I came here for the photos of the doodle bike!
  • 1 0
 i'm gonna tag @mikekazimer too as I suspect stuff annoys him..... :-)
  • 2 1
 two words: Klein Mantra
  • 1 0
 Have you seen this version of the Mantra? bluelug.com/bike-catalog/8232

For some reason I love it.
  • 1 0
 I have a '98 that I rode and loved until '05, but I think I'm the only one.
  • 3 0
 @mikekazimer: Good lord, they made the most terrifying bike ever built even more terrifying! That said, my mantra was a beauty with the baby blue monocoque frame. I loved it, endos and all. That's one I wish I still had just to hang on the wall.
  • 1 0
 @firelantern: Mine still is hanging along with a Palamino.
  • 1 0
 What's an xbox?
  • 1 0
 Mas amigos!

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