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    Default Iconic/Historic Production bikes

    I've been thinking about production bikes that have helped shape cycling, and I'm curious as to what others think. Here's my list.

    Raleigh Superbe
    CCM Targa. If you were a Canadian kid in the 70s, this was your bike.
    Bianchi Specialissima
    Colnago Super
    Cannondale RT-500. Was this the first production fat tube aluminum bike?
    Vitus 979
    Litespeed Titanium
    Colnago C40
    Surly Steamroller. Is there another production bike designed for fixie/SS commuting?
    Trek Madone

    What did Dave Stoller ride in Breaking Away?

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    Default Re: Iconic/Historic Production bikes

    I'm not sure that many on your list shaped cycling. Iconic, yes, but influence the course of the industry, no. I would put the Stumpjumper in that category.

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    not sure if I would classify it as a production bike but how about a Specialized Allez (a la American Flyers)?

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    the Look KG 86 might fit your criteria

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    The Club/Team Fujis from the mid 80's turned more people on to racing and serious riding than any other brand/models I can think of... But maybe that was a New England thing?

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    The various Schwinn Krate/Stingrays. Way before my time, but I still wanted one.
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    Raleigh team, pro, international

    Pugeuot px10, uo8 et al

    Schwinn paramount

    Motobecane grand champion (think that was the top end bike)

    Cannondale's disposable crit bike

    Giant TCR family of frames (solid bikes and limited sizes set a paradigm. Perhaps not a good one...)

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    I think there's got to be an early Giant (OCR? TCR?) carbon bike on the list due to how commonplace they made carbon fiber... it's my perception that they ushered in an era when the black stuff was cheap and ubiquitous. We've heard it said from folks in the sphere of influence of this forum that aluminum had such a short life in the pro peloton due to the ability to cheaply stamp out mass-produced carbon frames... or was that in Bicycling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by summilux View Post
    What did Dave Stoller ride in Breaking Away?
    Red Masi Gran Criterium.
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    FNG

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    Madone?

    why??
    "make the break"

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    The first Trek OCLV (5200/5500).

    C40 was my first love, but the OCLV put carbon on the production map.

    -Eric

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    Default Re: Iconic/Historic Production bikes

    Quote Originally Posted by WFSTEKL View Post
    I would put the Stumpjumper in that category.
    +1

    I think Stumpjumper could make that list a few times- early production stumpjumpers, the Metal matrix jobs that had so may issues that Ned killed on in the early 90 and the Stumpjumper FSR. All bikes that were game changers in one way or another.

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    Missed the time cut.

    Cannondale CAAD 4.

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    Default Re: Iconic/Historic Production bikes

    For touring, there's the Miyata LT1000. Then the Ironman Centurion bikes was pretty iconic (especially the one with the Miami Vice paint). A

    lso, the MountainBike from Tom Ritchey, Charles Kelley, and Gary Fisher:
    Mountainbikes -- The Company
    Beer, it's part of a good breakfast.

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    Schwinn Excelsior

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    B-stone RB-1 (Merely Iconic)

    Side Question; What is the "winningest" pro bike of all time? My off-the-cuff guess might be the PX-10?

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    Winningest is probably Pegoretti (or some other bespoke bike smith) if we are to believe what we are told about builders making frames painted in sponsors' colors for stars...

    Re: production bikes, how about lemond? Anything there?

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    Lemond's 1989 Bottecchia TT bike w/ Scott bars.

    Obree's Old Faithful.

    Two lessons in aerodynamics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eippo1 View Post

    lso, the MountainBike from Tom Ritchey, Charles Kelley, and Gary Fisher:
    Mountainbikes -- The Company
    <<<<<< THIS - the stumpjumpers were just rip-off of this bike, MS even bought a few to copy, but MTB legend has it that this plas was leaked & they sold them ones with wonky geometry.

    But...........there were MTB's before that - The Mert Lawwill Pro Cruiser, the Schwinn King Sting, the Cook's Brother's racers, the Cunningham Indians, Fat City Cycles, Mountain Goat, Brodie - to name a few.

    How about the OM Flyer? the Yo Eddy!? the Wickeds? the Red Bush Cycle Co? Victor Vicente of America? the Shorties? the old steel Moots?

    - Garro.
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    Default Re: Iconic/Historic Production bikes

    Sorry teach, forgot to read the assignment.

    Production: where I grew up the iconic race bike was the Austro Daimler Ultima. Reynolds 531, blood red paint, long-point lugs.

    Game changer: TVT carbon under various labels. I think it was Andy Hampsten that said the only thing scarier than descending on it was climbing without it.

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