THROWBACK // MOUNTAIN BIKING 23 YEARS AGO // TRICK BIKES & TOP RIDERS
In 1999, John Tomac was nearing the end of his professional racing career. He took third in dual slalom at the Sea Otter that year. Son Eli is now a professional Supercross and motocross champion.
THROWBACK // MOUNTAIN BIKING 20 YEARS AGO // TRICK BIKES & COOL RIDERS
Brand-new bikes and the start of another season of top-level racing dominated the news in our July 1999 issue. On the racing front, both the Sea Otter Classic and first World Cup race of the year were covered in the July issue, with many of the world’s top riders showing up for both events.
Mountain bike frame designs from 20 years ago look like they might have been designed to appeal to the eye first, with performance being a secondary concern. Most of the visually striking frame designs of the late 1990s have long since been discarded. It makes you wonder what the mountain bikes of the future will look like.