Well, let's see.
Radmeon knows my opinions pretty well already, but for the rest of us, I'll post some stuff here...
Way back in the dark ages, I had a nice (but small) Univega that I bought used from a school friend. That sucker was TOUGH as we used to ghost-ride that thing off the "dirt pile" in my best friend's (John) front yard into a tree over head. It never broke.
Later John got himself an X20-R, which was pretty shit-hot for a toy store bike.
I saved my penies and got me a Haro FST after a several-month lay-away (I still have the receipts, but not the bike...). it was a 1985 model (I'm about 99%sure of that) in chrome. And it was a very nice bike. I kept it minty fresh...
Later, while on vacation in RI, I found a 1986 Master frame and fork set in the luschious and classy white/chrome finish. I immediately borrowed the balance needed from John (he was always the high roller) and began swapping parts over right there. The geometry was the same, so aclimation was short. What a great ride.
Not to be outdone, John had to up-grade from the now dated and quite heavy X20-R. He always wanted a Kuwahara Magician (in accident yellow and black, of course), but opted for a 1985 Sport (in white!). he got a great deal on it, and knew the quality from my FST and Master. So, between the two of us, we had the entire Haro line represented.
I always liked the look of the RL20-II, and wanted to get one. The prices were just too high back then (as now). I did finally get one (a nice 1985 in rare teal color) and built it up with the sickest color scheme ever devised for a 20-II (I think there are still photos on here somewhere...). I also rode it. And you know what? It rides like a truck. It is way too big (and I'm 6'2" tall mind you) and heavy and just feels WRONG. I also had the fortune to grab an original (but a bit beat) 1987 Team Sport (which has been restored and will be shown this weekend). Now the 87-up Haro line had a steeper (quicker) head angle on them. I don't particularly care for it. It's OK, and I can ride it, but I prefer the 85-86 geometry.
Working with Radmeon, I had the chance to try just about everything the freestyle bike manufacturing community had to offer. And of all those bikes I tried, I also liked the Dyno Pro Compe. That had a nice ride and good geometry. When I rode Radmeon's personal ride from back in the day (A pro freestyle tour I think) I did not care for that either. The head angle was too steep for me, and it felt small and heavy. I will say this: it was STIFF. It has a very solid feeling to it, which I think adds to the heavy feeling. If I remember correctly, it was actually lighter than the 86 master I ride today (Ol' Rusty) but felt heavier. Haro's flex, and absorb the shock of abuse. it's a softer ride.
So, All that being said...
1) I think the look and feel of the 85-86 Master is the shizzle. The '86 is particularly nice with the 1/2 chrome look that was not on the '85 models. I'm looking for an original pink 1985 master if anyone knows of one (originally pink, regardless of condition- not one re-created in pink. That's no good for me)
2) The 87 Team model Haro's (both Sport and Master) had a great look. I don't care for the geometry change (but I could probably get used to it).
3) Dyno Pro Compe. Great ride, clean, understated looks (but not too plain) cool vibe
Now, the worst:
1) Hutch Trick Star. Just because. Actually, they LOOK like they were made in a garage (and they were). The graphics had absolutely no imagination at all, in a time when it was OK to wear flourescent pink clothing on days other than Halloween. What were they thinking? A little too late, was the later Wind Styler (I think) which finally had some '80's style graphics, but it was like '89, and the '90's were closing fast!
2) MCS styler et all. All the frames that were weird just for weirdness's sake. Some did have practical use to the various things welded on and tubes-a-plenty; however most did not. Now no offennse to the MCS fans out there (Radmeon) but the 'weird' bikes just rubbed me the wrong way. Sales reflected this, which is why they are worth a mint now. No one bought them back then!
3) I was torn with this choice, but I have it as my "least-worst" pick because they look so right (but they ride so wrong- and it's all about the ride) the legendary Redline RL20-II. It was my dream bike, but once I had the dream bike (and set-up with all the right parts) it just wasn't all I had imagined it would be. It carries a commanding presense that makes everyone in the room take notice, but it just doesn't do it for me...
There it is! Enjoy!
Let the hate mail flow in!