In the beginning, all mountain bikes were steel. And it was good.
But some people were not satisfied with this. They knew there were other, lighter metals that could be used. Specifically, aluminium.
In the late 80’s though, the process of welding aluminium was in its infancy, so builders looking to utilize its weight savings, resorted to bonding the frames. Raleigh’s Technium bikes are probably the most well known of this style. Their bikes were apparently made by Reflex in Salt Lake City. From about ’88 to ’92, Reflex sold their own bonded bikes. Continue reading