|1985 Raleigh Elkhorn at MOMBAT|
No. My first mountain bike was not an Elkhorn. My first mountain bike was a Motiv Ground Pounder.
Oh, the shame of it...
|Practically the only vintage |
Motiv anything on the web
|The only extant picture of me riding my Motiv.|
Cactus Cup, Scottsdale, AZ, March 1992
Bob Seals Retrotec... Number 64, to be precise. Not exactly a custom bike, built just for me... but a brand new, exotic, handmade steel mountain bike like no other that might as well have been built just for me.
Moab, UT, 1993
Koski DuraTrack fork and Salsa ProMoto stem, too, as well as the black-anno IRD seatpost, silver IRD Widget brakes, and black IRD rear-brake booster. I like the old ratcheting black Shimano Deerhead top-mount shifters, the Dia-Compe SS-5 brake levers and the Oury grips. I think the gun-metal-blue and silver XTR M900 rear derailleur is the best looking bike part Shimano ever produced, and that the polished silver XT hubs and the 110mm 5-bolt XT cranks run a close second and third (in that order). I'm convinced the hand-laced wheels built on gray Mavic 217 hoops match the frame color almost perfectly. I still think they're simple-n-cool, so I have old-school Onza clipless pedals on most of my bikes, including this one. And finally, I think the black 1-inch Chris King 2Nut headset and the stainless King bottle cages add a nice touch of class.
It started with a Motiv. Sure. The Motiv set the hook in me, no question about it. But the Retrotec will always be the bike that taught me how to ride well and moreover, how to become a better rider. And for that I'll always sorta consider it First-Bike. The Motiv's long gone, and that's okay. But it's my hope that the Retro will always be with me.