What better topic to discuss on Throwback Thursday – #TBT if you’re not a social media uber-guru like myself – than the return of retrobike styling cues to modern bikes.
Old bike parts are becoming new seemingly on a daily basis. Bars, tires, and brakes are all going forward to the past.
I can’t say they make modern bikes work better, but they definitely make some of them look better.
Rocky Mountain has always had a strong following in Germany. There are some on the Internet that have suggested in fact that sales of their bikes in Germany kept Rocky going in some lean years. There were quite a few special models sold only in Europe, which I believe were probably the result of the strong sales.
Also, there is a massive following for retro Rocky bikes, and really, anything Canadian, in Germany. The website mtb-news.de has some truly incredible retro Rockys and Brodies, and no question there’s a huge concentration of perfect Syncros parts for the early 90’s over there.
Because I know this, it’s interesting to hit eBay Germany from time to time to see what’s there.
Well, it is for me anyway.
Let’s take a quick look at some of these special Germany-only models.
RMB Vertex Ltd.
Here’s a European model Vertex Ltd from about 1998. In North America there was a Vertex T.O. with a red on white maple leaf fade. Europe got this very nice dark blue on white. I have no idea what the parts spec was for this bike, but I’m sure those Syncros cranks are not stock, as they were out of production by ’98. The forks look newer than ’98 as they have disc tabs. It’s a very well put together bike.
This is the stickiest question in all of Vintagedom; How much is my insert vintage thing here worth?
And nobody likes it.
Most forums will have a separate thread for these questions to keep them out of the regular, useful, conversations.
But you can’t blame people for asking. The last thing anyone wants is to sell a part and then see it for sale again right away for 50% more.
I like to think that my knowledge of market value is above average, if for no other reason that I spent a lot of time looking at Kijiji. I see all of the bikes for sale here, and it’s pretty easy to see which ones are selling right away, and which aren’t.
So to that end, there’s this;
Just in case you’re feeling some deja vu here, yes I have posted this before. I have a bad habit of changing blog platforms on a whim, so I have posts all over hell’s half-internet, on four different sites.
I’ve decided that this is going to be the home of TeamCow for the foreseeable future, so I’d like to get everything together. This is one of the many posts that I thought was quite good, or at very least, one that I spent a lot of time on.
I posted this nearly a year ago, so it’s still mostly relevant.