Least Appealing Bike Of All Time?

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3/9/2011 9:40 AM
Edited Date/Time: 3/9/2011 9:50 AM

So we've established a pretty good list of the all time best looking bikes... but what about the bikes who didn't get so lucky in the genetic lottery? Any otherwise alright bikes ruined by paint jobs? Any tube sets that just made you question the purpose of hydroforming? The opposite of clean lines on a bike?

And remember, this is all in good natured fun discussion here.

I'd like to nominate:
The KHS BItch for having one of the worst names ever and for proving that a hardtail without a seat tube was indeed "unique"

The Chumba Evo... because for as good as the Zulu looked, this trail bike was not as easy on the eyes with all of its downtube ground clearance.

The JWOW and Situation approved Jersey Shore paint job on this year of the Specialized SX:


3/9/2011 9:56 AM

This one is pretty high up on my list. The K9-DH001S:


3/9/2011 10:03 AM

Oh man, you could probably devote an entire sub-section to bad ideas that came out of the paint department at specialized. The whole random DIY sticker kit was a bit... odd. It looks like a 4th grader's Guitar Hero controller. Points for being brave, but this one got away from them.


3/9/2011 10:04 AM

Brooklyn Machine Works... Race Link. The opposite end of the gearbox spectrum from Zerode (which is a dope looking bike).

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3/9/2011 10:05 AM
Edited Date/Time: 3/9/2011 10:05 AM

^X2 on the K9

My list...



3/9/2011 10:22 AM

trust k shiz to bring up the hate thread.


3/9/2011 10:23 AM

This guy right here. I remember demo’ing it at slick rock back in the day. Wow.


3/9/2011 10:25 AM

HT Dcx Downhill
and FR version


3/9/2011 10:38 AM

Look at the head angle on the HT Dcx! #whatweretheythinking?


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3/9/2011 10:41 AM


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3/9/2011 11:06 AM

This isn't a picture of mine but I used to have a KHS Dominatrax and it tops the list of worst bike i have ever owned. Horrible paint color and quality, no name brand rear shock ( couldn't even set it to the 9'' setting ) and horrible welds and frame materials. There was sooo much pedal bob, I can't beleive i rode this POS.


3/9/2011 11:15 AM

Which maybe just goes to show how much improvement KHS has made with budget dh completes... the DH200 (2000?) is/was streets ahead in the words of Pearce Hawthorn.


3/9/2011 11:39 AM

im personally a fan of the sx,


3/9/2011 11:58 AM


3/9/2011 1:50 PM

if that big hit were a child id smother it


3/9/2011 2:29 PM

Yep, this Astrix has to take the cake:


3/9/2011 2:30 PM

Although those HT bikes are right up there too...


3/9/2011 2:35 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/9/2011 4:16 PM

any ellsworth really...they all look like shit.


3/9/2011 3:17 PM

few come to my mind


3/9/2011 5:03 PM


3/9/2011 5:31 PM

mgolland45 wrote:

im personally a fan of the sx,

lol, I was about to put the softride.
I love the sx


3/9/2011 6:44 PM

i personally love the softride, because every once and a while you see some guy who hasnt riden, or looked at his bike since the 90's,and you get to see someone go over the bars and have the bike stay planted.


3/9/2011 6:47 PM

talk about disgustingly funny

3/9/2011 8:34 PM

The 14" All - Mountain equipped GSR


3/9/2011 9:01 PM
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3/10/2011 5:39 AM

tarka wrote:

Brooklyn Machine Works... Race Link. The opposite end of the gearbox spectrum from Zerode (which is a dope looking bike).

This is a TMX. The bikes got prettier as time went on. Though I'm biased, the blue bike is mine.



Also, I don't think the Trek Y bikes were so bad. Rode terrible, but had a nice look.

In the spirit of the thread:


3/10/2011 2:30 PM

the HT is not to far from a delta system. haha


3/10/2011 5:59 PM

My SX was really cool when I believed it was totally Evel Knievel. Thanks for bursting my bubble!


3/10/2011 9:04 PM

Tarka didn't even post a proper ugly Brooklyn...


3/11/2011 1:28 AM
Edited Date/Time: 3/11/2011 1:31 AM

This is a british make, and the guy who designed it claimed to be a suspension genius!!