gerard143 wrote: no its because the world got cheap and corporate greed rules the U.S. and the world now. The old gt's had so much detail and everything was customized to the brand even if another company made the part. the grips said gt, the seat said gt, the frame had gt stamped in it, the chainwheel said gt, the flywheel said gt, and on and on. the detail and craftsmanship was there. companies today cant afford to do $hit like that because shareholders want to milk every last cent of profit possible and $hit like that sacrifices.
I do a quick manufacturer website search now and the new bikes are plain jane. a boring looking frame with components bolted on. they are plain jane god damn boring. and the colors suck too. http://www.harobikes.com/bmx/bikes/ every bike on that page is so plain and boring looking its pathetic. the only thing I've seen trick is gt's 2014 carbon fiber frame. http://www.bmxnews.com/2013/03/first-look-2014-gt-speed-series-carbon/ now that is badass
First off, that carbon frame is RACING frame, not a freestyle frame, although I dont doubt dirt riding would be sweet on it. ... However, what you need to understand is it's function over form now. You still want pink Trick Stars and "different" LOOKING stuff ... I agree that back in the day there was a big difference in looks between different brands, etc and the diversity of the LOOKS was really cool and made having bikes fun in that respect. But the different looks meant NOTHING in terms of performance. Me, I was a GT Pro Performer guy back in the day. Back then I liked the geometry of those frames TEN TIMES better than the Haro Freestyler with the double top tubes (I couldnt do jack shit on that bike) and the Hutch Trickstar was too short of a frame for me. ...
HOWEVER ... What you are failing to see is that what has changed nowadays is the geometry. It's WAY more functional! I'm not worried about vanity and how cool and different my bike looks if it means I can ride better!
I took a 15 year absence from riding and when I first got back into it a couple years ago I thought the same thing: Man the bikes kinda look all the same, all straight tubes, yadda yadda ... I was resistent at first and wanted to rebuild an old retro GT Performer like my old late 80's bikes ... Then I remembered how I broke shit all the time ... Gotta admit, pegs, cranks and rims broke left and right back then, at least for me. Now they are fucking diesel strong. Have you noticed the thickness of today's wheel axles? for instance? THICK. Rims - Double walled! ... See where I'm going?
I dont give a crap that my bike isnt covered in logos and GT branded on every part or that my bottom tube isnt bent at a unique weird angle .. sorry but that doesnt make you ride better!! ... You want to stand out? Bust out and shred and turn heads instead of making your bike look like a rainbow! lol
If you want your bike to look different and you think it looks too plain you can always do some fancy paintjobs on some of the parts, etc and add your own twist to it.
I put down my guard on that old school thought and finally embraced the new bikes because the new bikes can take a WAY worse beating than the old bikes and the geometry has improved greatly. I'm blown away by how well I can still ride a bike at 42 yo on a *new* bike .... I'm skying jumps again ... and STOKED!!!!
Why do you need fancy angled tubing and GT logos an EVERY part? That doesnt make you ride better, it just makes you look like a jaded rider worried more about how old school and unique your bike looks and not how it WORKS ... and lasts.
Then again, "to each his own". Cheers and ride hard! ;-)