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Old 11-01-08, 07:18 PM   #1
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Holy Retro, Batman!!

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A very weird slack vs. steep comparison...but on the wrong bikes:
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Here's a doozie...sorta "confused" like:

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I always liked the look of the old LTS double boingers- unfortunately the pivots loosened up on those frames relatively quickly( as did most 4-bar linkage frames from that era).
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Oh, yeah. I remember most of that stuff. I had the Manipoo 2, used to think it looked so cool, travel was, like, 1 1/2" ? Hanebrink inverted. Doug probably knows some stuff about that one. If I had to choose one to keep it would probably be the Klein, still a great hardtail. Grafton cranks on it?
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All that purple is burnin' my eyes, er, eye.
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For me it was a never ending battle in my mind..."Gorilla Billet or Paul's? Paul all the way!!"

Then there was the Kooka-oogling.
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If I had to choose one to keep it would probably be the Klein, still a great hardtail.
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Control Tech was right up here in the Seattle area, they sponsored a lot of racing here, particularly the Marymoor Velodrome cyclocross series at the beginnings.

And Gary Klein's operation was about thirty miles south of me. Knew a few guys that worked there. His wife came to our glass studio to commission some stained glass for their house. When I called Ms. Klein to schedule a site visit, Gary answered the phone and pretty much squelched the idea. Wife must've been burnin' through the cash or something. In '97 I found myself on the start line next to Gary Klein at a Norba National XC race up at Snoqualmie Pass. I actually ran into Gary Klein on the trail last March here in Capital Forest, he was leading a group of about 6-8 MTB'ers, he was somewhat portly, hair dyed red, riding a Klein frame (of course) with a Maverick inverted fork, the rest of the party was mostly on Specialized bikes (!).
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Awesome thread. Keep it coming
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i want that first gt posted...that bike is amazing
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Grafton cranks on it?
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Right, OK. Thanks, my memory is fading. IIRC, Cook Bros. also had the same general shape as the crank arms on their QR lever.
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All my retro (I'm going to arbitrarily say pre-1995 is retro) rides have been stolen or sold. I still have some retro parts, these on a 1996 Mongoose that originally came with grip shift...
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