1998 Garry Fisher Tequila (Aquila in the USA, because they are less cool than us). Gary Fisher's were always weird, and that is saying something in the 1990's which was probably the single most strange and innovative time in mountain bike history. My close friend bought one of these brand new in 1999, I always thought it was a cool looking bike, with its strange, off-colored green frame and white tires. One of my top 10 bikes of all times.
1990 Rocky Mountain Summit. No one at Rocky Mountain would admit it (or maybe they would, who knows), but this is basically the Canadian version of the first prupose built mountain bike the Breezer 1. It's alright though, Rocky Mountain has gone on to make some amazing products... They were also smart enough to snap up "www.bikes.com" at the dawn of the internet, and that should count for something!
2017 Calibre Bossnut. This bike has been making waves since 2015, for it's entry level price, with high end performance. A shortlist bike for any trail Rider in the market for a new bike.
2009 Giant Trance X0. Lovely bikes that are wonderful to ride in most anything you throw at them. Also quite elegant looking, there is a reason this frame design has lasted in production so long.
1999 Norco Team Ti. I bought a Norco Charger in 1999, but this bike I spent hours drooling over in the brochure. Titanium was so expensive and rare at the time, there were really only a handful of people worldwide that were skilled and prepared to make a Titanium frame.
GT Zaskar Carbon 100 Niner Expert Bike 2012 I just got this baby - WoW!
2018 Marin Wolf Ridge. Price no object this is on the short list of bikes I would buy right now. From what is being said about it so far in the press, the suspension is probably the best on the market for all round riding. It is apparently equally adept at climbing as it is at descending. It is a line we have heard may times before (and it's rarely, if ever, true) but if it is, it's R3act suspension is set to change the way we ride.
2000 Santa Cruz Chameleon. These bikes are still around today, but they were beasts back in the day. I remember my friend getting one, and riding it for the first time was an absolute revelation. To me this bike signals a sign of things to come. This is also still the best colour for a Chameleon too.
1995 Rocky Mountain Suzi-Q. This bike was way ahead of its time. It was an aluminum bike when aluminum bikes weren't known for their durability. The right chainstay was elevated to prevent chain slap on rough terrain and descents; which was a result of the yet-to-be-famous North Shore style of riding.
1997 Rocky Mountain Blizzard. Still Looks good after 20 years. Always thought this was a great looking bike, and time hasn't diminished it at all.
1999 Norco Charger. Not my first mountain bike, but the first mountain bike I owned that I fell in love with. This bike is still with me to this day, and I hope I never have to give it up.