QUOTE (iluvretrobmx2 @ Dec 6 2012, 08:29 PM)
What that's what they partially got WRONG... Some collectors RIDE THEIR BIKES and don't hang them on the wall. All of my vintage bmx bikes - I ride and try to do tricks on. But I don't do skateparks on them and throw the bike in a spill. I just do simple old school flatland tricks I never conquered. I'd like to do rolling flatland but I'm not talented at balancing.
My only retro Haro, - the 2006 Teal one, is a POSER bike that can't bunnyhop and was made to Mirra 540 geometry. Well, modern bmx bike geometry SUCKS as I can bunnyhop well on many of my oldschool bikes but my modern bmx bikes are terrible at bunnyhops.
I suggest for your next Haro Retro Project another frame and fork set, this time with complete front and rear brake 990 mounts. Maybe a 25th anniversary edition of the Teal 1988[?] Haro Master. Make them to original old school geometry and lightweight, as the Frame and Fork on my 2006 Retro is an overbuilt tank. And sell 1500 of them for about $450 a F &F set. BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE LIKE TO RIDE THEIR BIKES. Make them in China if you want to sell them cheap.
Is that what you are after - a 1988 Sport? There's plenty of them out there and you can probably pick up a frameset for $450 or less. Then maybe you can bunnyhop to your hearts content.
Bike brands can't just keep doing retro bikes and keep selling a ton of them. There is a threshold of how many you can sell to us collectors. Eventually, we're just going to have a basement full of retro bikes and not old school bikes. There are a lot of brands now selling some type of retro bike out there, and only us "40 somethings" are buying them. The kids of today don't want anything to do with them. So there is a limited market for the retros. And unfortunately, there are a lot of us 40 somethings that aren't in the shape we were back in the day and might ride the bike down the block, but aren't actually doing tricks on them. I am happy to say I am NOT one of them. I ride an 87 Sport for my rider and I also have an 87 Dyno Pro Compe that I built to the exact replica I had back in the day. Both get ridden on ground and ramps.
You have to understand the huge commitment of time, tooling, effort, enginerring it takes to make a retro, then market it and sell them. If these bikes don't sell fast at a good profit for the company, then it becomes a waste of resources that they could have used on other bikes or products that would sell well.
SE has had retros for a few years now and they've had them on closeout almost every year. (No offense meant to SE) So again, there is a REALLY limited market out there. No company wants to gamble on us old schoolers and then have a bunch of retros laying in the warehouse that they can't sell.
Seems like no matter what kind of retro or replica is made these days, there's always someone complaining about the geometry/brake set up/head tube size,BB version etc etc. They can't win. We collectors are all over the map about what we prefer and like in a bike. To each his own. If you don't like what the company is doing, don't buy it. But there is no need to go onto a blog and start whining about how they don't know what they're doing.