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THE MOUNTAIN BIKE OF THE FUTURE, 1988

Most mountain bikes had no suspension when this bike was displayed at the annual Long Beach bike show 35 years ago

The Kestrel Nitro was a full-suspension, carbon fiber bike that Kestrel debuted at the January 1988 Long Beach Bike Show. In those days, most mountain bikes had either steel or aluminum frames and no suspension. Now, 35 years later,…
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CARBON OR ALUMINUM—WHICH IS BETTER?

Bike parts are lighter and offer better performance than ever. The gains are largely due to improvements in material technology, such as switching from metal to carbon fiber parts. These lighter and “better” parts come with a…
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Review – Spot Mayhem 29

Ready to wreak havoc on your local trails

Spot Brand is a family-owned bicycle company located in Golden, Colorado, that is passionate about high-level engineering. The family founded Avid in 1991 and grew the component company into one of the largest brake manufacturers in the…
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Throwback Thursday: July 1988

The Specialized Stumpjumper Epic of 1988 had carbon fiber frame tubes and Biopace chainrings. They only made 400 of this model that year. It was priced at $2400. We're not sure now who the test rider was on the Stumpjumper Epic, but…
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Review – Rocky Mountain Instinct Carbon 70

Rocky Mountain’s R&D facility is nestled at the foot of Vancouver’s North Shore Mountains, home to some of the most well-known trails in the world. The company started in 1978 when a few soon-to-be founders were working at a bike…
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