I dont think that early. I did the DH circuit in 91 and there were hardly any FS bikes at that point in time. I dont even think Herbold had an FS bike in late 91. There was the Cannondale and the Boulder then but thats pretty much it I think.Shayne said:88-89?
1990...Offroad (original brand name) Proflex 550 and 750, the flexstem showed up on the Offroad hardtails the year previously, when the brand was created. 1990's got flexstems and rear suspension. They didn't start offering suspension forks until about 1993 with the girvin vector forks.Shayne said:88-89?
Ya, but I dont think you could get either until late 91 or even early 92 on the Fisher... If I recall correctly. I just remember nobody I knew used FS in DH in 91. FS bikes were still in their infancy until 94 I would say. That first FSR was a great design.Shayne said:The Paramount/Buell S.A.S.S was around as were the Fisher suspension bikes in 1991
Shayne said:..as long as you threw it out there here's a 1991 Mantis Pro Floater.
Just about every relavant suspension design was on the scene by 1991-1992. They have just been refined since then.
Michael Staab said:Hi,https://www.mtb-classic.de/assets/images/sotello_01082003.jpg[/IMG]
1991 Sotello CRS, fully rigid suspension bike
Did you ever get to ride that Shades? I always wondered how that thing rode.SHADES said:Doug Curtiss (Curtlo Cycles) built this for Danny Sotello. I painted it (Danny's scheme and color choices).
I had completely forgotten about that bike!
I do remember that one in 91 and I kinda wanted to use it on a few courses. Real flexy but an improvement over a hardtail at higher speeds on rough stuff. That high pivot had so much pedal feedback.Shayne said:Upgraded with suspension fork down the road but you get the idea
I did ride it, but the only thing that I remember was that it was built to fit Danny and that it wa too small for me even though it had a longish TT. I don't remember it being spooky or really comfortable or anything special though or otherwise I would of had Doug build me one.Fillet-brazed said:Did you ever get to ride that Shades? I always wondered how that thing rode.