Category Archives: Vintage

Specialized Stumpjumper

If you’ve spent any time here you know I’m not a fan of Specialized. I know this puts me in the minorty, but I don’t care. I don’t think their bikes are particularly…… special – Specialized, Giant, Trek, whatever. Plus their actions as a corporate entity don’t serve the industry or the community – just their brand and their bottom line.

Yes I know it’s a business and businesses  have to behave in a certain way in order to stay businesses, but other companies don’t do the things that Specialized does, and look at them – they still exist.

Anyway, I digress. Stay on target!

Specialized Stumpjumper

The Specialized Stumpjumper debuted in 1981 and was hugely important to the fledgling sport of mountain biking as it was the first production mountain bike. Prior to the Stumpjumper, you needed to custom order a frame from Tim Ritchey or Joe Breeze, try to round up the right touring and motorcycle parts, and then put it together. But now, you could walk into a shop, and ride out minutes later on a fully functioning mountain bike.

Continue reading

Review of reviews

I have seriously neglected my duties here at teamcow.ca, so if you’re following along at home, my apologies.

I promise that I will post more, and what I’ll start with is more reviews of vintage companies. I have a list to work from, and it’s a long list.

But, before we get there, let’s check out what I’ve covered already, just in case you may missed something.

Here’s my list so far;

Bontrager

Bridgestone

Cannondale

Fisher

Gaulzetti

Haro

Klein

Kona

Norco

Schwinn

Specialized

Trek

Yeti

Now, there is one here that’s not like the others, and that’s Gaulzetti. They’re certainly not a vintage company, but they make bikes that look like vintage bikes. Well, they used to anyway. It’s been a while, and honestly I don’t know what they do anymore.

Get ready for some new posts – I’ve got nearly two dozen more lined up.

Most Influential Bikes

I recently found this video detailing the The Ten Most Important Mountain Bikes of All Time.  Now, when I say “recently,” I mean “at some point this year,” since it’s been several months since I’ve even logged in here. I had to deal with 1200 comments before I could even start on this post.

It’s an interesting list for sure;

– Joe Breeze Breezer
– Specialized Stumpjumper
– Kona Cinder Cone
– Yeti C-26
– GT Zaskar
– Verlicchi FS Works
– Mountain Cycles San Andreas
– GT LTS
– Intense M1
– Honda RN-01

Some good choices, and some real WTF moments too. Let’s break it down, and then look at my 100% correct list of The Most Important Mountain Bikes of All Time.

Continue reading

Inside the mind of a cyclist

There are tons of people I’m sure that buy one bike, ride it, and are perfectly happy doing so. There are also tons of people – like myself – that follow a formula for bicycle ownership, and it goes a little like this;

S = N + 1

Where S is the number of bikes you should own, and N is the number of bikes you currently own.

What I love about this formula, is coming up with reasons for another N + 1 in your life.

Continue reading