Heading into 2024 everyone is getting all amped up about their new bike builds ahead. But something about this time of year had us thinking about our long-lost loves too. The hoopties of our past, and all the fun that got us here. Everyone has that one bike that they don't have anymore, that they still daydream about from time to time. The bike you crashed and destroyed, that you flipped before you were ready, or worst of all, the one that was stolen. Even your muscle memory knows exactly what it would be like to ride it again if you could. Most of us over here at PNW were pretty quick to answer the question, "is there one that got away?"
Here are just a few of the team's most loved and most missed rides from over the years. We hope you enjoy the nostalgia, and maybe we even have you scheming to build up an old or silly bike this summer, just for funsies.
1997 SANTA CRUZ HECKLER
I had converted it to a slalom bike! Such a beater, but I did so much on this thing.
-Aaron Kerson, CEO & Co-Founder
MY FIRST "DAD BIKE"
I used to tote around Miles in a trailer. Sadly, someone stole it a few years ago :(
My childhood friend owned a Kawasaki BX200 BMX bike that I was absolutely obsessed with! I used to ride it every time I went to his house and I wanted one so bad. Reminds me...now that I have a job I need to find one to buy haha.
-Chris Siembab, Sales Manager
2007-ish JAMIS KOMODO
I bought the frame while I was working at Jamis, and my buddy helped me get a baby blue SR Duro DJ fork that came off of a Jamis Kromo. Profile 3-piece cranks were from my old BMX bike, an e.13 chain guide since there were no such things as clutch derailleurs in 2009, and white Geax tires, to really tie the look together.
-Todd Ford, Director of Product
GRANDPA'S OL' BRIDGESTONE
Currently, it is stripped down to the frame only, laying in my rafters – So only semi got away. It's my grandpa’s ol bike he gave to me... Damn, she was a looker…I need to rebuild an old 26er with a basket...
2017 Santa Cruz Chameleon
2012 CERVELO S2
On the summit of Mt. Diablo, I miss this bike.
-Jared Santa Cruz, Fulfillment Specialist
Big Mama was my first touring bike (we weren't saying "bikepacking" yet) This sweet ride would get me out of the city on the weekends when I lived in NYC. I still have just the frame... there's only so much you can cart across the country when you move.
SANTA CRUZ BLUR XC 1 - 2005
Good ole 26" XC! This was my very first full suspension bike. It was a hand me down to get me into riding and man did it teach me.. I took this bike on so many trails and places that it should have never gone. Although, she kept me safe and always had a blast! I added an external PNW Pine dropper post and lever. That bike taught me so much. I always got looks when riding it, but mainly because it was an '05 and it was the year 2018 at the time haha!
-Katy Tarr, Sales
2012 SPECIALIZED CRUX EXPERT CYCLOCROSS
I built it up from a frameset and loved this thing, raced it a few times locally, and rode the gravel roads before it was a thing. It handled like a dream, was super comfy, and was just one of the best bikes I had ever owned, why sell it? Who knows, we all do silly things once in a while. If there is one bike I wish I would have kept, it would be this one.