If you’ve spent any time here you know I’m not a fan of Specialized. I know this puts me in the minorty, but I don’t care. I don’t think their bikes are particularly…… special – Specialized, Giant, Trek, whatever. Plus their actions as a corporate entity don’t serve the industry or the community – just their brand and their bottom line.
Yes I know it’s a business and businesses have to behave in a certain way in order to stay businesses, but other companies don’t do the things that Specialized does, and look at them – they still exist.
Anyway, I digress. Stay on target!
The Specialized Stumpjumper debuted in 1981 and was hugely important to the fledgling sport of mountain biking as it was the first production mountain bike. Prior to the Stumpjumper, you needed to custom order a frame from Tim Ritchey or Joe Breeze, try to round up the right touring and motorcycle parts, and then put it together. But now, you could walk into a shop, and ride out minutes later on a fully functioning mountain bike.
What is the greatest hardtail of all-time?
This is a hard question to answer, and I don’t think that even I can say for sure what I think it is. I can come up with a top five though, with the caveat that the five bikes are pretty interchangeable.
So, let’s get right to it shall we?
I recently found this video detailing the The Ten Most Important Mountain Bikes of All Time. Now, when I say “recently,” I mean “at some point this year,” since it’s been several months since I’ve even logged in here. I had to deal with 1200 comments before I could even start on this post.
It’s an interesting list for sure;
– Joe Breeze Breezer
– Specialized Stumpjumper
– Kona Cinder Cone
– Yeti C-26
– GT Zaskar
– Verlicchi FS Works
– Mountain Cycles San Andreas
– GT LTS
– Intense M1
– Honda RN-01
Some good choices, and some real WTF moments too. Let’s break it down, and then look at my 100% correct list of The Most Important Mountain Bikes of All Time.
Recently, we reached the 40th anniversary of the first timed races organized by Charlie Kelly in Marin County, CA. These are the legendary Repack races, so named because you had to repack the grease that melted away from the blistering fire road downhill.
A lot of people – myself included – would consider these races to be the birth of mountain biking as we currently know it in 2016.
There are people will argue this though, and that’s fine – but they’re wrong.
Let’s explore why.