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.
Thanks to the tremendous time waster Pinterest, I found this very old feature about even older bikes. It’s a review of a 1995 book called Pro Mountain Biker, and it’s posted on Singletracks.com.
Reading this feature, I get the impression that the writer is knowledgeable of old bikes, but he often skips over important details. Details of the kind that makes me think he’s not that knowledgeable of old bikes.
It is very confusing!
I’ve thought about which four manufacturers you’d put on the Mount Rushmore of Vintage MTBs, and narrowing down to four would be very difficult. Do you go with the fathers of the sport like Ritchey and Breezer? Or maybe the ones that really ran with the ball like Klein or GT? It’s a very tough call.
Yeti would have to get serious consideration.
Tomac’s 1990 FRO
Why? For starters, they were big into racing. I think they were the first team to show up at races with a big box van, rather than a regular passenger van. Yeti was run by John Parker and he saw early on the value of racing to his brand. And not only were they a big presence at NORBA events, their teams features some of the most well-loved racers in NORBA history.