Throwback Thursday: 8 Old School Rides from Pinkbike Staff

Jan 21, 2021
by Daniel Sapp  

While scrolling through Instagram recently I came across a clip Brian Park had posted from his freeride glory days, a huge huck that ended with a crash and him missing a shoe.

Thinking back, most of us have come a long way from those days. I recall that my standard riding attire 15-20ish years ago was typically a pair of blue jeans, skate shoes, and an XC helmet. What did I ride? Urban, maybe some trails. Loading docks, the occasional picnic shelter roof drop. Hucks, all on a 24" wheeled Big Hit with a 2002 Monster T (the last good year of that fork), and a MRP chainguide along with Hayes brakes that didn't work. That bike was sold to a friend, I got it back at one point I think, then it went to someone else and on through the community. The Azonic Love seat stayed on it throughout transactions and the BB height grew and grew because a longer stroke shock meant one thing, bigger drops.

With that in mind, I asked a selection of Pinkbike's editorial staff for images and recollections of what they were riding back in the day. It's time for a journey in the time machine, back to the early 2000s. Enjoy the ride.




Mike Levy - Technical Editor


According to Levy, his original Trek Remedy weighed about 25lbs and he pedaled it everywhere, including this mini road gap that led into a decent sized double he cased every time he tried to clear it. Most rides involved a huge CamelBak loaded with terrible food, a Bud Light Lime, and too much pedaling. Simpler times.



bigquotesThis is me on my last Orange in Utah, a 224 that I eventually got down to 36lb after spending all the money. I loved the Oranges because of their full-length seat tubes; I used a wide-range cassette and would pedal it everywhere and anywhere. This photo is from Flying Monkey, near the original Red Bull Rampge site. My buddy Wayne and I would drive my old Mitsubishi Delica van there from BC in around thirty hours, then we'd spend two weeks camping in the desert and hucking ourselves off of everything. There were a lot of Pop-tarts eaten, a lot of blood loss, and not a single shower. We did this trip every winter for twelve years. Mike Levy

The bike, and the van.


Levy's freeride days are long gone but he did throw down some moves. The old Grafton road gap from one of the original NWD videos was one of his finest.




Mike Kazimer - Managing Technical Editor


bigquotesBy 2003 I'd left the spandex behind and fully embraced the freeride movement. I decided a Rocky Mountain RM7 would be an ideal do-it-all bike for jumping stairs, riding steep rock rolls, and going on long XC rides. That last part was a stretch, but I got it done, eventually adding a Titec Knock Scoper seatpost to get enough leg extension. As you can see, my style was impeccable, complete with a nice gaper gap between my pads and shorts, a backpack on for dirt jumping, and mid-air form that'll make anyone jealous. That frame eventually cracked at the shock mount (probably from too many hucks to flat), and I ended up getting an RMX frame as a replacement just before moving from Colorado to Washington to continue my freeride adventures. Mike Kazimer




Daniel Sapp - Technical Editor


The best crew.
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bigquotesBack in the day I was on a Specialized Big Hit with a Monster T, 24" wheels, and a modified MRP chainguide. Before or after that bike, I had an Endless Bike Co. steel hardtail (pictured above), also with a 24" rear wheel, because, freeride. Stunts in North Carolina were sketchy at best, built out of wood that rotted frequently, often falling apart under your wheels. My crew that I rode with then also did some racing together. We're all still friends and we all still ride (minus Steven...waiting for the comeback) to this day. I graduated to a Transition Blindside eventually, that bike was cool.Daniel Sapp




Brian Park - Head of Editorial


bigquotesMy 2006 Specialized Enduro Pro had 150mm of travel and was a size small, ideal for jibbing. It was outfitted with all of the standard bits including the freeride special, a new rear wheel and ProTaper bars. I'd spent several of my formative years riding a Banshee Scream and pretending I was a freerider (the guys won't let me live down my very brief appearance on DropIn TV), but the Enduro was my first actual good bike. I sold it in 2008 when I went to university in Vancouver and couldn't afford to ride mountain bikes anymore. I had a DMR Sidekick for a while after that, then a bunch of BMXes, before getting my priorities straight and buying a mountain bike again in ~2009.Brian Park




Sarah Moore - North American Content Manager


bigquotesMe in 2005: Fingerless gloves, a helmet with no visor, spandex, short socks, pink water bottle, a Livestrong bracelet, and my first double suspension mountain bike, a 2003 Devinci Dragonfly. Our race team was sponsored by St-Hubert BBQ and so we had two huge chicken logos on the shoulders of our jerseys. Everyone called us “les poulets” (the chickens).

My parents bought me the Devinci Dragonfly off a teammate’s girlfriend partway through the 2005 season when it became obvious that my used Devinci Cactus hardtail wasn't going to make it through my first full Quebec Cup race season. I knew nothing about setting up suspension, only upgraded parts on my bike out of pure necessity (hello, broken derailleur), had never heard of Pinkbike, and only washed my bike so that my coach wouldn't be disappointed in me and so that the mechanics at my local shop in Sainte-Adele, Quebec would fix it, a necessity after almost every single race.
Sarah Moore




Alicia Leggett - News Writer


bigquotesI was pretty young back in those days, but now I wear a helmet when I ride.Alicia Leggett




Jason Lucas - Video Production Manager


bigquotesOne of my first bikes was a Dobermann Pinscher which allowed me to do x-ups and tire taps on pallets. Later on, I earned enough money to buy a white seat instead of repeatedly painting black ones white. Skate shoes, baggy jeans, and bike brand t-shirts were my standard riding attire.Jason Lucas




Aidan Oliver - Social Media Coordinator


bigquotesMy first true DH bike was a 2007 Orange 224. It was a hand me down from my older brother who spent more time crashing it than riding it. It had a dent in the headtube and little paint left to show for it. It sounded like a skeleton in a filing cabinet rolling down the hill but I absolutely loved it. It was kitted in Hope parts and vented rotors. It stood the test of time, surviving many seasons of racing along with a Mega Avalanche before I sold it to pay for school.Aidan Oliver





231 Comments

  • 340 1
 Levy's road gap is super impressive!
  • 21 0
 Respect put on name!
  • 10 0
 Doing it with flat bars no less. Baller
  • 12 0
 And no knee pads!
  • 6 0
 Tom of respect. Going big on 26. Big trips too.
  • 57 0
 @camcoz69: And my poor knees are wrecked today ah
  • 5 1
 @mikelevy: Did something similar during a ski-cross, massive kicker and 55ft long landing zone. My skies disintegrated on impact. Survived but the race was over.
  • 3 0
 hell yeah it is! levy killing it
  • 3 0
 Levy can ride
  • 1 0
 @camcoz69: You keep your knee pads outta here!! LOL
  • 3 0
 Mike Levy acknowledged my comment. I can now die in peace.
  • 218 0
 You saw it here first... Levy sends harder than Kaz
  • 270 1
 18 years ago, maybe. Now....not so much.
  • 47 1
 @mikekazimer: It's okay, your gaper-gap is bigger than his drop, so who really wins? (Hint: It's Kaz)
  • 475 2
 @mikekazimer: I can't wait until the border opens so I can step on your balls.
  • 239 2
 @mikelevy, I'll meet you at the top of Dirt Merchant on opening day and we'll see how you do.
  • 287 1
 @mikekazimer: You mean my warm-up trail? Sure dawg
  • 35 2
 @mikelevy: Can't you guys just meet up and the Peace Arch and get er done?
  • 120 2
 @mikelevy, mine too, so it'll be a nice and level playing field. This is going to be fun.
  • 32 3
 @mikelevy: make sure you’re rockin the Donut
  • 2 0
 I have to vote levy on this one@mikekazimer:
  • 87 0
 @mikekazimer @mikelevy Revive Mike Vs. Mike content please!
  • 60 0
 @AK40-K3v1n: I am actually down for a presentor showdown from pinkbike, who is the Mikest mike
  • 6 0
 @mikekazimer: @mikelevy fella --- PLEASEmake this happen!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that would be a good mike vs mike
  • 26 0
 Let's put them against each other in PB Academy
  • 5 0
 @mikelevy: not sure if you have Harry Hill on your side of the Atlantic. If you do: There's only one way to settle this.... FiGHT!
  • 3 1
 @tall-martin: or a Rap Battle... tup
  • 8 0
 2 Mike's enter....but only one will survive
  • 3 0
 @AK40-K3v1n: hint: it’s mike
  • 167 0
 @Gamertebo: we've been calling out a Mike vs Mike showdown for EWS Whistler, with the prize being whoever wins can veto attending a trade show of their choice in perpetuity.

I like "Who is the Mikest Mike?" as a tagline though. Real nice.
  • 5 0
 Showdown!!!! Ok, here are the rules. The gun goes off, and you start. First guy to the bottom WINS.
  • 5 0
 @brianpark: "I like 'Who is the Mikest Mike?' as a tagline though. Real nice."

We're also accepting "Who is the Magic Mike?"
  • 2 0
 @mikekazimer: Still have RM Vertex Team SC (with mostly original components: Spinergy wheels and RaceFace/SRAM/Easton). The livery/design was ahead of its time.
  • 3 0
 @abhorred: GG someone get this man a medal lol
  • 2 1
 Yeah, this would be better if they rode some old school bikes from back in the day. Something from pre 2005; maybe have to borrow from one of their biggest fans. I for one am tired of seeing them on $10,000 dream bikes all day long.
  • 7 1
 "I can't wait until the border opens so I can step on your balls."

@mikelevy: 2021 comment of the year, folks.
  • 4 0
 @brianpark: As a Mike, I will take offense to that. You'd need to hold some sort of World Mike Open, preferably in Whistler. Let your imagination run wild for events. I'll be there.
  • 5 0
 time for a bike off - please film it

Mad Mike: Beyond Chunderloam
  • 4 0
 @brianpark: Mirror, mirror on the wall, Who is the Mikest one of all...?
  • 2 0
 @brianpark: not perpetuity, 4 years. Make The Mikest Mike an olympic cycle.
  • 40 0
 another potential title for this coming edit:

No Downcountry for Old Men
  • 2 0
 @brianpark: 'Two Mikes enter, one Mike leaves' - Thunderdome; Pinkbike style.
  • 1 0
 @deepcovedave: I want to see them race on their old bikes like the timed section last year. God I love throwback bikes. Get me help.
  • 3 0
 @mikekazimer: @mikelevy I think this should be a series on Pinkbike " MikeVS Mike" pick an era of bikes and have a race. Start with early 2000s on dirt merchant, maybe a 90s hardtail on Ruperts, stuff like this would make many people smile.
  • 3 0
 @kungfupanda: World Mike Open lolol Who is the most Mike of all!!!??
  • 1 1
 @mikelevy: the stepping on balls is comment gold
  • 8 0
 @tincancharlie: #commentgold
  • 2 0
 That second clip of Brian is impressive too. His first bail clip reminded me a little of bender, in all the wrong ways. No offence. I love these nostalgia posts.
  • 3 0
 @kcy4130: the pencil air to needlessly abandoning ship? Sounds about right.
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: I wanna see more of that RM7.
  • 1 0
 @tincancharlie: nor for younger Men
  • 137 0
 Aren't those the new Orange bikes?
  • 37 0
 LOL
  • 10 0
 There's no improving on perfection. A new company moto? Let me ©️™️ that.
  • 7 0
 @mikelevy: You really do need to test one of the current @orangebikes models - I'd suggest either the new Stage Evo or the Stage 6 (with the longest chainstays in the universe at 469mm).
  • 1 0
 I like the Nissan Delica more than the 224. Sorry to Orange Bikes
  • 1 0
 Hahaha, this one made me laugh. Thabks
  • 1 0
 @chakaping: No promotion fees attached, so unlikely.
  • 62 0
 @58 years old, i'm starting to sound like a skeleton in a filing cabinet going down hill. my bike is pretty quiet though...
  • 39 0
 Amazing ! Never knew Levy sent it so hard back in the day.
  • 34 0
 If this is a throw back, why is there a picture of a new Orange in there?? Oh, wait...
  • 2 0
 Chuckle
  • 1 1
 I was about to make the same joke Smile
  • 27 3
 Why did we stop the freeride, enduro is boring. Now all "freeride" is are tabletops and stupid flat 180 corners. I want to see 20-30 ft ft drops on the trails, cool ass high skinnies and things so wild only Digger could dream em up.
  • 62 7
 I never want to see a skinny again tbh
  • 3 0
 Just watched Moment on Red Bull by chance last night. Awesome.
  • 2 0
 @shotouthoods: good job Smile
  • 2 1
 @mikelevy: I am in need of 30 foot skinny drop

i'm going into withdrawal from not riding them
  • 2 0
 Next Rampage Winning Crew will drag 500: 2"x"2"x3' split logs from B.C. down to Utah. Digger to supervise. Double-Flip-to-Skinny-to-front-flip-out?
  • 3 0
 @kungfupanda: Can’t do it. Pinkbike comment section will have a meltdown if ‘unnatural’ wood features are added to Rampage (8 thousand sand bags are ok though).
  • 2 0
 If you build it they will come
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: whatever you do don’t look in the mirror bro.

Sent with love.
  • 1 0
 @kungfupanda: obviously
  • 20 0
 Should be renamed to Orangebike
  • 22 4
 Orange must be the only brand whose modern bikes have gotten uglier than the old stuff. Still pretty sick though.
  • 16 0
 Love to see bikes from the past! In my basement right now I've got my 1983 Kuwahara Mt. Shasta, 1991 Ritchey Ultra, 1996 Gary Fisher Joshua Y that I shot on for Kranked 1, 1997 RM9 prototype (Kranked 3), 2000 RM7, 2002 Specialized Big Hit (did Rampage on this one), and many other frames from throughout the decades...plus my Monster T's that I lent to Bender to drop the Jah drop the first time!!
  • 7 1
 We should probably have Levy come and do a Random Shit in Tippie's Basement Tour video with you, hey?
  • 3 0
 You had to...lend them to Bender?!?!?

Please write that up as a story, I would be all over that! I was a teenager during the dual initial explosions of freeride mtb and skiing late 90’s early 2000’s, and I think I’ll have some nostalgia about those years forever!
  • 3 0
 @brianpark: hell yes, this needs to happen
  • 2 0
 @artistformlyknowasdan: Def must happen, and illustrated by Taj.
  • 1 0
 @onterribleftw: totally with you here! Would love the hear more about that @bretttippie
  • 12 0
 That gap @mikelevy looks like you were out for a leisurely XC ride with your flat bar bike and...oops...seems I’ve hit a jump!
  • 14 1
 Damn. I didn't know Levy had it in him. Step your game back up kid.
  • 19 0
 The game has changed! And I'm a lot older lol
  • 9 0
 I used to have a Santa Cruz super 8. Cracked 3 rear ends on it. It was loud and heavy af. Couldn’t get enough of it.
  • 16 0
 Same! I had the second-gen Super 8 with a White Bros fork, Hayes brakes, Doublewide rims, and of course a Pro-Taper cut down to 25" wide.
  • 13 0
 @mikelevy: We need a "History of the Super 8" to follow up the monster T's of russia story. #hucklife
  • 15 0
 @TheBrosCloset: We do these 'Now That Was a Bike' articles that would be perfect. I'll put the Super 8 on the list www.pinkbike.com/news/tags/now-that-was-a-bike
  • 4 0
 @mikelevy: Please do more Now That Was a Bike articles - I was hoping this feature would make a reappearance!
  • 4 0
 @mikelevy: if you need an early HSP bike in Squamish, I have this Wink www.pinkbike.com/buysell/2967692
  • 4 0
 @wallheater: Uhhhh actually we should talk. I've got another idea for this...
  • 3 0
 @mikelevy: I’m surprised there’s not been an article on the M1 or anything from early model foes Yet for this series.
  • 1 0
 @brianpark: OK, I've just messaged you Smile
  • 2 0
 @wallheater: That is GORGEOUS
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: I used to borrow my buddies for whistler trips, complete with 3" gazzaloddi's, pretty sure it was 60lbs.
  • 2 0
 @justusk: What a tank. Just go through the trees, not around them!
  • 1 0
 @brianpark: Resto-Mod, perhaps???

Please please please do a resto-mod series. I would love to see what you guys would / could do with classic bikes... it would be akin to seeing a ‘67 Mustang with an LS swapped engine and modern suspension, wide tires, and a nice exhaust ripping around a track, schooling the more modern rides.
  • 1 0
 @rrolly: thanks! I'd keep it but it's tiny, so I should be sensible and put the money into a 2021 Norco Shore that I have on order.
  • 4 0
 @MB3: that's the idea. I'm going to give each tech editor a sketchy old bike and a small budget to make it awesome, and then we'll judge each of them from before and after. The one who goes from shittiest to goldest wins. Ideally we'll give the bikes away to some kids programs or something afterwards.
  • 2 0
 @brianpark: I’d love to see a feature like that. In fact, I bet I wouldn’t be the only middle(ish)-age guy / gal who would.

Giving the bikes away afterwards sounds very generous, but it would be a rare kid that would truly appreciate a bike with true MTB heritage and history given new life. I think part of the appeal of a restomod is the amazing blend of heady nostalgia with some modern performance mixed in. A reader giveaway, raffle, or auction, with proceeds going to a good cause (perhaps something to benefit a kids cycling club or organization?) might be an alternative option... it gets the bike into the hands of someone who followed the bike’s journey to its current state and won’t treat it like some regular secondhand bike, and maybe gets some money to a good cause that helps the next generation of hardcore cycling fanatics.
  • 1 0
 @brianpark: Shitbike chronicles in Bike Mag was on of the single best article series I ever read. Minnar flipped it into a pond after a WC!
  • 9 0
 I am disappointed to see no picture of @jamessmurthwaite vintage MBS Razor Mountainboard
  • 8 0
 Anyone else secretly sing "X gon' give it to ya" when they see an X-UP?
Nah me either
  • 5 0
 @mikelevy We need a road trip film down memory lane! You and Wanye driving back down to your old stomping grounds and ride some of that old stuff! How good would that be?! I could easily watch an hour of that on YT!
@brianpark you need to make it happen!
  • 3 1
 Tbh I don't think my body wants anything to do with that kind of riding anymore Wink
  • 2 0
 @mikelevy: just stiff arming all the commenters with your super inspirational ‘Im old caper’

Stick fat Mike!! Don’t let anyone make you send it like a ‘real man’
  • 3 0
 @mikelevy: you are of course talking about the 30 hour car ride.
  • 2 0
 @SimbaandHiggins: Ha, I can't do that anymore, either!
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: You call it a bug, we call that a feature.
  • 9 1
 Mountain biking used to be so much cooler!
  • 7 0
 yup.... better when it was fringe.
  • 11 0
 How do you do, fellow kids?
  • 4 0
 For all the fanbois, here's @seb-stott in 2011. Seb "this bike isn't long or slack enough" Stott, who is 6ft 1, riding a 24-7 DJ bike with 300mm reach down some gnarly stuff in Skye.

m.pinkbike.com/photo/20030892

Also, @aidanoliver , where's my photo credit? Wink
  • 1 0
 To be fair, i used to go arse over head on that bike roughly every thirty seconds so I maintain that longer and slacker is better.
  • 5 0
 I had a Balfa BB7 (actually 4 of them) that I would pedal up mountain highway and do a lap of Ladies Only... And I would time myself from my house and back in Lynn Valley. f*cking kook.
  • 6 0
 used to pedal up my Demo9 to Circus then a lap of GMG then a proper Bobsled. Around 50lbs.
  • 6 0
 My Forbidden Druid is sick as hell, but it pales in comparison to my 2008 Specialized Big Hit.
  • 5 0
 Didn't Radek have an RM9, or a Santa Cruz with Monsters that he used to ride around C.O.P.?
  • 13 0
 Yeah we need to do a whole series on Radek’s bikes probably.
  • 5 0
 @brianpark: that wouldn't offend me...they were the original bikes of Pinkbike.
  • 3 0
 @megaold: I think he had a Santa among others. In some of those old, original PB vids pretty much everyone and their dog was either on a Bullit or a Stinky haha.
  • 7 1
 so happy that the flat bars on dh bikes trend is over.
  • 17 0
 Now for drop bars on dh bikes...
  • 3 0
 @Kamiizoo: for bombing fire roads in the aero position
  • 1 0
 @diegosk: it worked for John Tomac...
  • 6 0
 Levy’s van????
  • 13 0
 Yup, a Delica that I owned for 11 years and didn't look after well enough. Hoping to buy another one soon.
  • 5 0
 Seriously. Pedal-able DH bike and a Delica. Basically unstoppable.
  • 2 0
 @mikelevy: if you want a proper one, go here: www.ccautos.ca

These guys are top notch, also when it comes to repairs - not payed for this recommendation btw. :-)
  • 3 0
 @mikelevy: Delicas are awesome. Price gone way up tho.....
  • 2 1
 @mikelevy: old Jap vans are cool but hard find in good condition Frown
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: right hand drive TDI 4x4 with a westfalia interior!
  • 4 0
 @suspended-flesh: The price f*cking kills me. They should be $5-7k, not $10-13k. Buuuut I want one real bad so...
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: Do you ever check out Bring A Trailer?

bringatrailer.com/mitsubishi/delica
  • 1 0
 @suspended-flesh: Carsandbids.com is also a great place to look. Although I dont know it they are in CA yet.
  • 2 0
 No wonder it took them 30 hrs to drive to Virgin!
  • 3 0
 @suspended-flesh: I love that website but my productivity does not. So many dreams on there!
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: be glad you're not enamored with the VW syncro ~ $30k for a tin top & westy versions $40K and $OMFG numbers...
  • 1 0
 @tipsword: I just don't understand those things and don't think I ever will. Seeing photos of them on fire all the time doesn't help, either.
  • 1 0
 @tipsword: yeah or fj-40’s or early broncos. I’ve had 2 fj40’s, paid $2,500 for the straighter one and it would now go for like 30-40k now! Same with the ‘67 bronco I bought for 2k in the mid-nineties.
  • 1 0
 @emptybe-er: Yup! A good friend of mine paid nearly $20K for a rust bucket they're having the replace all the flooring and firewall flat metal.
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: So, that fire thing is all about people not doing their regular maintenance. Fuel lines are super easy to do and there are full kits to deal with this that have the proper clamps (not autozone specials) & if you take care of those per schedule you'll not have a very expensive rolling torch Smile OR... do like I did and pitch the damn wasserleaker and put a proper motor in (Subie or VW1.8T / TDI)
  • 1 0
 @tipsword: wow. And uncut, stock rigs used to go for more, now it seems like the other way around.
  • 1 0
 @emptybe-er: Yes, it's an interesting thing. I've been very involved with the VW type 2 and type 3 for about 25 yrs now. The "ideal" is an 87' through 91" three knob syncro westy or weekender with an EJ25 subie swap. The emerging upgrade is transplanting the subaru 5MT / 6MT gearboxes to complete the full subaru drivetrain
  • 2 0
 @suspended-flesh: They are nuts in the US. The prices aren't as bad in Canada for some reason.

For what they cost in the US I'd skip a van and get a 100 series and kit it out with a nice rooftop tent etc.
  • 2 0
 never had a big hit ride always wanted one.... settled for a Heckler with 36, Nomad with a 36 and trail bikes like my 2000 GT XCR 1000s [broke 3 in 6 months], Superlight and my old original Reaper with the classic Bomber.
  • 3 0
 Old bikes are awesome. I love my bottlerocket. Just wants to send. You guys should do a field test with some old bikes, just for fun.
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy rocking quirky setups, flat bars on everything for shits and giggles, wide range cassette on a 224, sending road gaps on a bike that's too light and driving silly cars. So you're saying not much has changed in the last 20 years Wink #justmikelevythings
  • 3 0
 Pretty much always been doing it wrong and probably always will Smile
  • 1 0
 Nice to see a photo of the chattel road gap, remember the first time I hit it was in a train on my old 6" travel Sp pitch pro. had a loose idea what was coming but didn't quite realise the size of it till I walked back up the trail to have a look at what i had just done.... good memory's of silly things in the alps!
  • 1 0
 Nice rides all of them. I still ride my Cannondale Killer V 500...love it. Hard tail, and I did install a JT1 Rox Shox on it, got rid of the cantilevers and went V brakes as well....oh and trigger shifters as well. 1995-1996 bike. Now that's old school!!! hahahaha....
  • 5 0
 "mini" road gap
  • 2 0
 Well, it was only a single dirt lane under it, not an actual road.
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: still a big drop nonetheless, could you do it on the grim donut?
  • 3 0
 This is a call for.... BRING BACK 26er Enduro bikes for short people like me.
  • 1 0
 I would not be against this... if only for the fact that it might help create enough demand for 26 inch tires and wheels so that I can keep restoring older bikes for fun (and with something nicer than crappy cheap commuter and kids gear).
  • 1 0
 Although sketch, two bikes I wish I kept for keep sakes was my '00 schwinn rocket 88, that had the DW link before DW made it his own after they went under, and my Iron horse MK III.
  • 1 0
 That Rocket 88 would be amazing to have today! It was super exotic back then, at least to me.
  • 1 0
 @brianpark @mikelevy I have always been afraid to ask, "Do free riders free-ball it?" You know, like, go commando a lot? It fits with the persona. No lycra, right? Let it breath air.
  • 4 0
 I haven't ridden a mountain bike without wearing lycra in 25 years, freeriding or not Smile I hate sitting on a ball.
  • 2 0
 I love that 'back in the day ' is 2003 - 2006. To me it is 1995 - Gary Fischer AL1 with no suspension, then Kleins ... how time flies (better than i do now on a bike Smile
  • 1 0
 I really wanted a Klein way back in the days when Tinker Juarez still rode for them. Came across a rear suspension version in the classifieds some time back that really tempted me, but then I remembered that the solid rear triangle suspension they were based around were supposed to be pretty bad... many reviewers used the word, “unsafe” many times to describe them...
  • 3 0
 @MB3: I wanted a trout-coloured Mantra so god damn bad.
  • 1 0
 @brianpark: you and me both... what is it with old school Kleins that evoked such universal drool inducing lust? I remember watching episodes of “Seinfeld” and fantasizing about breaking in and stealing the one he had hanging at the back of his apartment. Wink
  • 1 0
 @danielsapp I see the flying Frenchmen in that pic! And Devault? Like you I hope Trottier gets back to 2 wheels (sans gas motor). Whenever Canadia opens back up, give Uncle Buchan a shout for a place to crash at Whistler.
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 For sure! OG legends...hopefully that’s sooner than later!
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 Having purchased my first mountain bike in 1989 (Miyata Terra Runner), I consider myself an old school guy. This content is just plain fun. +1 for street cred too.
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 Got a 2000 schwinn 4 banger in the basement that I beat the hell out of for 14 years. Thought it was the cats weow till I got a "new" bike. So much changed in 14 years but not as much as what has changed in the last 4. Crazy
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 Hell yeah, this is rad. Good to see all the old bikes, takes me right back. Almost makes me want to go trail riding with a monster and dbl wides again so I can laugh at how puny I’ve become. Almost.
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 An Endless hardtail? That takes me back. I rode one for a month to help contribute to a Dropmachine.com review. That thing was a blast to ride in the city.
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 @mikelevy The road gap jumping over the Ford truck. Is that a 2003-2004 Giant DH Team?
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 Yup. So damn solid once they sorted out keeping bearings in the linkage.
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 @mikelevy: NICE! I owned the last year, 2005 DH Team with the curved top tube, 150mm rear hub spacing and 100mm BB. Rode that bike forever. Still think it's one of the nicest looking bikes ever designed. There blue paint looked amazing too.
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 @rpb10276: 2nd that, cornering was great with big chunks of metal hung down next to the bb. those bikes were prime.
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 Ok, Levy just blew my mind with that Road Gap! I thought he has been all Lycra since forever.
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 I was wearing lycra then as well, just underneath where it usually belongs.
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 @mikelevy: Like a Superman suit??....
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 @danielsapp
Is that first shot of you from the old Hick Hucksters park? If so, that's a blast from the past man! Good times there back in the day.
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 @danielsapp is that where that shot is from? I was in Hickory from 2000-2002. I rode there a lot as well. I bet we know more than a few of the same people.
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 Yeah it is! That place was amazing. And the new trails there are really good too, just a bit more legit.
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 Do I spy Fly Ruben pedals on @brianpark bike?
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 Bloody good spotting there. I bought an orange pair and loved them so much I went back a week later to buy their last pair, not caring they were pink. The shop just game all the spare bearings and pins they got with the rep. Used up now. Still running, but a bit rattly.
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 Yep nailed it. I loved those pedals. Also I wish I still had a stash of those Animal Edwin grips. Always cut the flanges, and then have them slowly rotate into the shifter.
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 @brianpark: I've still got a brown set on my commuter bike and my BMX has a fresh set of black ones, favorite pedal ever made!

@iamamodel I had the oranges too! Sadly they were on my old BMX when it was stolen. Had the orange brakes and bar ends to match it.
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 @brianpark: they still make the animal edwin, i've got a set on my DJ right now.
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 How old are you guys? It seems like it was ages ago so you have to be around 50 Wink ... And you still are able to send!
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 Levy turns 55 this year.
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 @brianpark: please stahp. the fact that all but one of the bikes in this are younger than my first DH bike, and all of them are younger than my first XC bike, hurts real bad.
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 "old school rides " ? LOL. now there's a relative term if i've ever heard one.
My Schwinn Cimarron is what i would call old school .
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 Why everyone in those pictures looks older than in the present?????... They must had a Devil's agreement or some kind of sorcery?????
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 that all looks terrifying. those bikes are so little and the jumps are so big
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 oh that's nice content, actually was reading today forum thread regarding old school bikes! Levy some impressive gaps!
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 My bike is now retro? When did that happen??
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 I had an Orange Patriot with a DC Shiver back in the late 2000's. A noisy ride but good times.
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 Still have my Trek Liquid. Manitou Minute fork with IT and the TALAS rear Fox shock. I need to get it back on the trail.
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 Hey, Mike. You got like 3 feet of air that time.
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 North Carolina woodwork looks deadly
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 Many a tetanus shot came as a result of sketchy woodwork.
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 @mikelevy Holy cow, I had no idea! Can you recall the distance of the road gap and/or the drop? I am baffled.
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 Roughly 150ft x 150ft or so haha. But it's a bit fuzzy. Neither are all that big tbh, but I think whoever took the photos made it look good.
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 @mikelevy: And I just discovered the gap in Friday Fails Wink
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 Was life this blurry in 2003-2009, or was photo technology lacking? I honestly can't remember.
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 Perhaps they were taken with old school digital cameras? I remember my first digital camera had a horrible resolution (just over a single megapixel), used AA batteries to power it, and floppy discs for memory storage.
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 Ok, now I'm curious, what is Levy's, Park's, and Kaz's ages. I haven't even a good guess.
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 I'm 11 years old upstairs in a 70-year-old's body, which averages out to me being 40.
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 Love all this! Keep stuff like this coming Pinkbike!
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 More of this.
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 Freeride never dies! Hope y’all still have a DH sled in the quiver!
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 ...and my shoe fell off. I was VERY hurt...
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 Where is the Mini and AstroVan??????????
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 YOOOOO I still ride an 01 Intense tracer. Still rides great.
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 Kaz’s face is always hilarious. True concentration!
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 Mike kaz thought you would have pulled the picture of the old transition
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 i have a question where is the video of Levy hitting those gaps
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 @nicob1235: All video was shot on a potato back then, and not everyone could afford a potato.
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 @hirvi: so no video?? Frown (
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 Fun fact, orange bike still the same years after !
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 Spotted the Châtel road gap on the very last photo ;-)
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 Sarah traded XC mega risers for XC 780s. Avant garde
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 No Brodies?! ;-)
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 I had a sand coloured 2002(?) 8-Ball but couldn’t find any photos.
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 @brianpark: south of the border here we all wanted a Brodie or Balfa...I had a norco which was killer at the time.
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 Golden Generation! Wink
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 Thats a pretty rad van
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 The oranges all just look like a foes that was welded by a 10 year old
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 Old School?
yeah roight
all from post 2000, where's the 90's bikes
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 I've got some of them as well, but the photos aren't nearly as interesting or online.

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