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poll: modern day "classics"(6 posts)

poll: modern day "classics"tarwheel
Oct 14, 2003 4:49 AM
Another poll: What would you consider the modern day "classic" bicycles -- that is, cycles that will withstand the test of time. Contemporary bikes that people will still want to own and ride 10 years from now. Extra credit for frames that will hold up structurally as well (eg, I wonder how many of the super-light aluminum and steel frames will still be rideable in 10 years?). My top-5 nominations:

1. Trek 5200, 5500 carbon series. Winners of 5 TDFs, relatively inexpensive, very light, smooth riding. Sort of the '57 Chevy of contemporary bikes.
2. Colnago C-40. Probably ridden in more top-level pro victories than any other current cycle. Still current despite being around for a while. I would call it the modern day 'Vette, but I can't because it's Italian.
3. Litespeed Classic/Tuscany. The bikes that popularized titanium. See them on just about any club ride. Expensive but not beyond the reach of most serious cyclists.
4. LeMond Zurich. The last of the steel frames by major US bike producers. Designed by 3-time TDF winner. Known for its smooth ride, reasonable cost and moderate weight. Classic styling that won't go out of date.
5. Cannondale CAD frames. I'm not an aluminum fan, but these frames seem to have a big following for good reasons. Inexpensive, light and durable. Popular among racers. People seem to hang on to them. I know lots of guys that still ride Cannys they've had for years.
6. Merckx MX Leader (bonus pick). Sure it's a heavy, steel lugged frame, but these frames never seem to go out of style. Merckx tried to discontinue all of their steel models, but the bike shops wanted them back. Now available again in Classic Molteni orange at Merckx dealers. Try to buy one of these even used on eBay. They get snapped up right away.
re: poll: modern day "classics"Franchise
Oct 14, 2003 5:27 AM
Just to add a few:

Pinarello Prince;
DeRosa Merak.

Other than that, I completely agree with your list of modern day classics.
Forgot oneFranchise
Oct 14, 2003 5:35 AM

I forgot one:

Colnago Master Extra Light.
I considered the Colnago MXLtarwheel
Oct 14, 2003 5:58 AM
But included the C-40 instead. I agree, though, that the Master Light will still be sought after in years to come. I looked for one on eBay for a while, and they get snapped up like popcorn.
Masi 3V, early Merlins, Torelli Corsa Stradadzrider
Oct 14, 2003 6:17 AM
Don't know if they're classics to anybody else, but they are production bikes I've always admired.
re: poll: modern day "classics"gtx
Oct 14, 2003 9:44 AM
I'd say just about any quality hand built ALL Ti or ALL steel frame without an integrated HS. In other words, no carbon stays, etc. Anyway, these are the only frames I'd consider buying used 10 years from now.