– [Man 1] Neil, times have really changed
over the last couple years, and I don’t only mean our age difference,
but also in the bikes. – [Neil] Yeah, that’s true. You may have
seen my recent video where I rode a Proflex 957 to see how far bikes have come
in the last 20 years. Well, today we’re putting it to the clock
to see exactly how far they’ve come. – Well, so again, I’m racing you. – Yep. 997 retro bike against a
modern cross-country bike. ♪ [music] ♪ – Today’s retro ride is a 1997 Klein Pulse, 26 inch wheels, alloy frame.
According to the Klein catalog, it’s got a full-on, trademarked, race
geometry that gives it a nimble but aggressive ride in the most demanding
conditions. The gradient chain stays… – Shut up, granddad. I’ve never
heard you get so excited about a bike before. I’ve got this Canyon. It’s a Grand
Canyon, full carbon fibre frame, 29 inch wheels, Rockshox SRAM fork, and
it’s got electronic shifting. – How many gears you’ve got?
– 11. – I’ve got 24.
– Yeah, but you’re stuck in the Stone Age. – What ball ends you got? – None.
– Rubbish. ♪ [music] ♪ – Back in 1995, I actually started
racing on a bike not too dissimilar to this.
Back when there was just mountain bikes, no cross-country, no downhill, just
whatever. Aw, the good old days. – Yadi, yadi, ya. You finished
reminiscing yet? You said you wanted to race. So let’s get down to it. – All right, let’s do it. – Before we go, don’t forget to
start your computer. ♪ [music] ♪ – Hey, grandad. Get a lot of dust
for your lungs. Come on. – Cheeky bugger. ♪ [music] ♪ – These gradient chain stays aren’t quite
as much of a pleasure as I’d hoped on the climbs. Luckily, I’ve got a full-on geometry help
me get some time back on the descent. ♪ [music] ♪ – Well, I think the results speak
for themselves, really. Clearly the Canyon’s a lot faster. I mean, we’re still waiting for Neil. Anyway, for
more great videos on GMBN, why don’t you click just up there for the
top 10 most important bikes of all time. And if you click down there, you’ll get to
our modern versus retro with the Proflex. – I’m beat. You know what? The thing
about nostalgia is it’s not what it used to be, though. Anyway, if you
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