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.

Cranks

I haven’t talked about anything new in the world of bikes for some time, so, let’s talk cranks, because I’ve realized they’ve gone through some interesting changes recently.

1996 Shimano XTR group

The Gold Standard in cranks has almost always been Shimano’s XTR. There might be lighter, or cheaper options than XTR, but historically, XTR has given buyers the best compromise of weight, performance, and price.

And generally, they’ve been the best looking too – but I’m not sure that’s the case anymore.

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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.

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Enter the Raleigh (36 Chambers)

You may be familiar with the term “you can’t polish a turd,” which simply means that something inherently bad can’t be made good, no matter how much time or money you throw at it.

The Mythbusters though, proved this to be untrue. I won’t go into the details, but they were able to take actual poop, and turn it into somthing that shines. Here’s how they did it.

Now it’s my turn to see if I can do the same with a bicycle.

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