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Troubled by what I knew were many internet rumors, I felt I needed to get answers from the man to end some of them. Don't ever believe anything just because you read it on the worldwide web.

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/?p=1501

You know I'm pretty sure I could get hime to do a round two of questions if you want to submit some.
 

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Dude, this is awesome. You're still awesome when it comes to Gt knowledge. I'm glad I had a chance to meet you and continue on with a friendship.
 

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So am I to believe this or not? It is on the internets after all. ;)

Thanks for taking the time to put this together.

A million things come to mind for other questions you could have asked. Would have been interesting to know if he owns any today or what year/model was "the one" in his mind.
 

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Here's a question for him:

Does he think GT would have continued development of the LTS system instead of the i-drive if Specialized had not forced their hand by buying the Horst patent?
If not, was the i-drive "rushed" to market because of the Specialized patent situation?

Guess that's 2 questions, but related...
 

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That was a good read... thanks for sharing.
 

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The story I heard...

vis a vis Horst Link patents, iDrive, etc., was that in '97/98-ish the new suspension platform was slated to be the Lobo system (with its chainstay pivots) - it was going to replace LTS across the board.

However, around the same time Jim Busby was riding some all-popular-at-the-time Y-bikes (and assorted URT's) and decided that the concept had some merit, except for the bottom bracket being attatched to the suspension bit; thus, the iDrive concept was born. I used to ride w/ a OE Product Mgr from Rockshox at the time and remember seeing some of the early prototypes, first one took me about an hour to get my mind around what was going on!

Combine the timing w/ Specialized's Horst Link lockdown and iDrive takes over. The rest, as they say...

Subject for another thread, but in the last few months I've had opportunities to ride the latest & greatest-generation 5-Spot, Nomad, Mojo HD, Enduro, and Remedy - not all-day rides but enough to get a basic impression and overall feel. I can honestly say that as great as all the new stuff is (face it, $5-8k buys you a damn nice bike no matter who makes it) I have yet to feel anything that knocks my socks off compared to my Force. Even my eccentric generation 'Drives, though they don't have modern era stiffness-to-weight, geometry, etc., still hold their own alongside newer designs. Until someone has spent some time on the ID system it's tough to sell, especially given GT's recent turbulent past; but once you get used to its 'independence' it's tough to be impressed by other designs.
 
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