i've found a couple of new bikes i really like for 2011.
first, the Norco Club;
it's a basic, steel road bike with double chain rings up front, and a very basic, serviceable part mix from all the names you'd expect on a $900 bike; Shimano Sora and Tiagra, Tektro, Formula, FSA, and Norco branded hard parts (bar, stem, seatpost).
it looks great; the graphics look like it was made in 1975 - well, if Norco was cool in 1975, and they were not - but i'm not sure who this will appeal to. a similarly priced aluminum bike would probably weigh 2 pounds less. so maybe it's for other retro leaning cyclists, like myself, that can't be bothered to find old frames and period correct parts on eBay.
i'd much rather have this Club, then the average cookie-cutter road bike.
it's a lot like a complete Surly Pacer, but with cheaper parts on it. which makes it a pretty cool bike.
Devinci Dixon XP;
this has all the features the kids want on their trail bikes this year; tapered headtube, 6 inches of travel, and cool split pivot suspension - the rear suspension pivot and the rear axle are one in the same. it looks like a lot of fun, and probably climbs well for it's weight.
i have to confess though, i like it most for it's looks. mountain bikes - all bikes - always look good in white.
(and now the good stuff)
Rocky Mountain Vertex t.o. 30th Anniversary Edition;
fantastic red to yellow maple leaf fade, fork painted to match - just simply beautiful. almost too nice to ride.
Rocky Mountain Blizzard 30th Anniversary Edition;
it's the negative of my 25th Anniversary Edition Blizzard (see below), and like the Vertex has the never improved upon (in my opinion) graphics style used from 1990 to 1998. clearly Rocky agrees with me, because they wouldn't have used that style for these bikes would they?
not a new bike, but good for comparison purposes;
coming soon; the Rocky's I've Owned post.