The late 80s and early 90s were an amazing time for mountain biking, especially for the rapidly growing component cottage industry in the US. Aluminum was king and any design seemed possible, thanks to application of CNC machining to component manufacturing.

Starting lines at major NORBA or Grundig World Cup races featured bikes adorned with components with wild anodized finishes that would make anything from the I9 catalog look bland by comparison. Frame design, however, was still fairly traditional and the concept of a functioning full suspension design still seemed beyond the horizon.


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