Top 10 Weirdest Mountain Bikes Ever

Top 10 Weirdest Mountain Bikes Ever


– [Neil] Mountain bike technology has
progressed so much over the last 25 years. Bikes have become lighter, faster and
stronger, but not all of those bikes have been design classics. And, actually,
not all of them are good looking, come to think of it. – [Marc] Yeah, that’s true. Some of you
have said “Weird” others have said “Ugly.” I’d leave it up to you guys to decide.
So, let’s take a look at our top 10 weirdest mountain bikes. ♪ [music] ♪ – Well V-shape, it certainly is.
Cannondale were really pioneers in developing full suspension bikes in
the early 90s, but it definitely is a bit funny looking. – Yeah, big tubes, striking
angles, and that headshot design, finished off with curly
bar ends. What a look. – Pretty 90s. – The Whyte had a radical design that
certainly made it stand out from the crowd, and I don’t mean radical in a good
way. However, they were loved by a small bunch of people for their excellent
cross-country characteristics. That was by anyone who was brave
enough be seen on one in public. – Yeah, it’s that really unusual-looking
plus four fork on the front uses an air-shock, and they were designed
not to dive under heavy brakings. The head angle actually stays the same.
Apparently, they’re really hard to set up, and also, I dread to think what
the maintenance would be like. – The made in New York, Brooklyn,
in fact. You’d never guess that. The company is now actually part-owned
by Ferrell Williams, so Brooklyn is definitely a cool brand. They definitely
don’t follow the rule books when designing bikes. – Yeah, definitely remembered for massive
amounts of suspension, largely overbuilt. – No, they weighed in at about 65
pounds, some of these big old things. Ugly, I don’t think so,
but definitely unusual. – Well, it’s not exactly a crazy concept,
having the frame tubes with those sort of bends in is definitely unusual. – The angles of a seat stays and that
large suspension linkage definitely makes it stand out from all those other
brands that uses four bar linkage. Whether or not that’s a design feature, or
just something to make it look different, who knows. This is a definite case of function
over form, so we should cut the Carpet a little bit of slack. This bike
was designed to let Josh Bender ride things that were definitely
not considered before. – You can’t take away from him
what he achieved on this bike was definitely pushing the boundaries of
the sport, but actually, it was purely designed to do massive drops
and probably had little use for anything else. – Yeah, it was hugely overbuilt,
really heavy, 12 inches of travel, you wouldn’t want to try and paddle or
corner this thing. ♪ [music] ♪ – I would file this under “What
the hell were they thinking?” Just as the Gerban Flex stem was supposed
to provide damping free hands with a small flex in the stem. This is what they aim to
do with the top tube and seat post if you like, providing a little bit of flex and
therefore a softer ride on your bottom. – There’s a long beam mounted at
the top tube to give the saddle a bit of damping. I guess somewhat okay if you’re
sat down pedaling, if you don’t mind your effective saddle moving all the time, but
totally useless when you’re stood up. Not the easiest bike to mount to your
car roof rack, the slingshot actually uses a steel cable, instead
of a regular down tube. – Yeah, the idea was to use a
spring and cable system to return the energy lost during a pedal stroke. – Not exactly a flash in the pan, the
Slingshots. They’ve been making these bikes for 29 years. – Neil, one thing I’d like to ask
you, would you like to take it on your local trails? – I would be slightly intrigued
but a little bit scared, I think. – Yeah, I think I’d
agree with you there. Let me start by saying that their
modern version is actually a very nice-looking bike, but the
evolution, perhaps not so much. – Yeah, the first demos have two sets
of seat stays. To me, they’re really sort of weighty and unwieldy. You
didn’t need all that framework on there. – One thing worth mentioning,
though, two seat stays or not, that bike has won two world
championship gold medals. – Can’t argue with that. Designed by suspension guru Chris
Porter, not a person scared of pushing the envelope and putting his money where his
mouth is, this takes the relatively new idea of Ford technology, basically a long
reach on the bike, to a whole new level. – Yeah, based around a very slack head
angle upfront and a long cockpit for the rider to move around in plus a massive
wheelbase. So obviously super stable when it comes to high speeds. – Yeah, available in three different
sizes, long, longer and longest, this is not a normal mountain bike. – Using a URT suspension design,
the Klein Mantra is not only one of the ugliest bikes we’ve ever seen, but
also one of the worst performing ones. – URT is quite a floor design,
because the bottom bracket is actually part of the rear suspension. So the
only time you really benefit from the suspension is when you’re sat down. – So that’s it for our top 10 weirdest
bikes. If you feel that we have missed some, please don’t forget
leave them in the comments below. We’d like to see them. – Sure we have so send us your freak
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