Along with Klein, Ritchey, and Yeti, Bontrager is a strong candidate for the Vintage MTB Mount Rushmore. His claim to fame was innovation and science. He worked in steel (and a few Ti bikes) and was famous for the saying “Strong, light, cheap; pick two.”
I doubt he was the first to say that, but who am I to argue? This is what happens over time. There are a lot of younger people that think Jeremy Clarkson was the first person to quip that “it’s not speed that kills, it’s the sudden stop.”
If you believe that, let me be the first to congratulate you on winning the lottery! You’ll just need to send me a small fee in order to collect your winnings.
It’s always been a dream of mine to build a bike entirely out the CNC machined, anodized parts that you can buy on eBay. It’s ridiculous I know, but I really want to know how good these parts are. They’re often the cheapest options for new parts, so it’s very hard to resist.
Of course, you risk not being cool if you run these parts. The other guys on your ride are probably not going to be impressed by the Selcof stem on your bike, like they would a Thomson. They might even make fun of you!
I ride by myself though, so I really don’t care about this.
My most recent restoration project requires a seatpost. Of course, restoration is not the right term for what I’m doing. Restoration is what you do to a 30 year old Ritchey or Yeti. I have a ’03 Trek 4500.
Nobody restores a 10 year old Trek. Flipping is what I’m doing here.
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;
I need to preface this by saying I’m not super serious about what I’m going to say here. I’m talking about a niche bike, that’s growing in popularity, and that’s good. The worst thing that could happen is for there to be only two kinds of bikes to buy.
All of these crazy new styles have existed in the minds of mechanics with imagination for years. Thankfully, when they found a way to put them on the roads and trails – even when most people around them thought they were crazy – other people took notice.
But still, some of these new styles are worthy of a little derision.
I give you the Cannondale Slate;