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Who prefers rocking old school DH bikes?

The tech today is phenominal, but, the bike is only half the equation. I still rock my 2001 Super 8 and love the looks and compliments I get. It is a boost in ego too when you consistently pass the guys on newer bikes.

I have often thought about going the old school route and restoring older DH bikes with new components instead of buying a new rig. I know its not practical, but the cool factor (for me) is off the charts. Plus, that is the era I grew up in and nothing gets me going like an old Lobo DH or Lawwill Straight 8.

My outdated rig still rockin


 

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i rode an older style v10 up until this year when i got a wilson (not a brand new one)
but i didnt liek anythign bout the v10 it was clunky heavy and no matter how i played with the suspension tuning i never felt like the rebound was fast enough
i felt liek i was beign held back on that biek since ive got my wilson my riding has improved alot more rapidly then i expected
 

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IMO I think the bikes of old ride just as good...My 2002 Big Hit and 2004 Azonic Recoil.....were just as smooth as the 2012 bikes.....shocks/forks have gotten better though

if you rode a different suspension design then the single pivot ...I think you would be amazed
 

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I personally think newer is better (as long as it's a solid proven design). I get the antique classic look and if that's why you do it then great. However, if you're putting new components on it, especially fork/shock combo then wouldn't you be able to upgrade to a newer used bike that is lighter with a better geometry for the same cost? As long as you're happy and having fun though power to ya because in the end that's why most of us do this.
 

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I personally think newer is better (as long as it's a solid proven design). I get the antique classic look and if that's why you do it then great. However, if you're putting new components on it, especially fork/shock combo then wouldn't you be able to upgrade to a newer used bike that is lighter with a better geometry for the same cost? As long as you're happy and having fun though power to ya because in the end that's why most of us do this.
I totally agree with you. One of the weakest points of my S8 is its braking. You learn to cope with the brake jack and quirks, but they always catch you off guard when your focus is 20 feet down the trail. Today's DH bikes have nearly eliminated brake jack, allowing you to ride into technical features faster and brake later. You don't have to think as much about how the bike is going to react and you can just go. Plus, considering prices for DH bikes now to back then, you get a lot more bang for your buck today. With what I spent building mine in 2001, I could have a new GT carbon DH or Yeti 303 with change to spare.
 

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I have a large Super 8 frame sitting here in immaculate shape (redesigned swingarm) in need of a rider to bring it back to life. You'd have to be able to source the unique width rear hub it requires (I'll include the quirky brake adapter it requires). This is the pimpin-est of all Super 8s as I had a custom shock shuttle made to accommodate a longer stroke Romic shock and Ti spring (800lb I think) achieving 9" of travel. The frame is perfect and the shock only had 1 season of use. Free to the first person who can pick it up or pay the shipping (approx $60?).
 

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I used to love the look of the old Mountain Cycle San Andreas

does anyone even ride it anymore? or just restore it for display? I think collectors who have their hands on these wouldn't dare bring them to a trail haha

i'd love to see a pic of that Azonic recoil - another old school mtb brand i still have a soft spot for
 

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I have a large Super 8 frame sitting here in immaculate shape (redesigned swingarm) in need of a rider to bring it back to life. You'd have to be able to source the unique width rear hub it requires (I'll include the quirky brake adapter it requires). This is the pimpin-est of all Super 8s as I had a custom shock shuttle made to accommodate a longer stroke Romic shock and Ti spring (800lb I think) achieving 9" of travel. The frame is perfect and the shock only had 1 season of use. Free to the first person who can pick it up or pay the shipping (approx $60?).
https://i618.photobucket.com/albums/tt269/Lelandjt/PA170044.jpg
CRC has Super8 hubs: Hadley Santa Cruz rear hub eventhought on the page it is said to be for V10, BUT the specs are for sure for Super8.

v10 mk1 rear hub: 15x140mm
Super8 mk2 rear hub: 14x160mm
 

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CRC has Super8 hubs: Hadley Santa Cruz rear hub eventhought on the page it is said to be for V10, BUT the specs are for sure for Super8.

v10 mk1 rear hub: 15x140mm
Super8 mk2 rear hub: 14x160mm
Dammit! I was hoping to find an old Hadley for my Tomac :D
If anyone's sitting on an old Razor Rock Racing 20mm TA rear hub w/ axle for the 204 Mag, ping me! That Edco Big Rock is dodgy at best!
 
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