This racing legend has too many wins to name to count, including the first ever UCI World Championship in Durango, Colorado in
1990. He has been heavily involved in product development with
Specialized ever since, and continues to have a big impact on the
bikes we ride today.
“Thirty years is a long time when you consider mountain bikes
are only about 30 years old now, and we see how much it’s
changed since the beginning. I think it will continue to grow in mul-
tiple directions—XC, marathon, ultra marathon, single-speeders,
enduro, DH, fat bike on snow, bikepacking and crossover between
all these categories. Electric mountain bikes will be added to the
mix regardless of how people view it; they are coming. I guess
what I’m saying is, there are dozens of mountain bike cultures
now, and they will continue to proliferate.” -Ned
Ibis is one of the most
recognizable bikes on the
trail and is high up in the
“dream category.” Scot
Nicol founded Ibis in the
early ’80s from his garage
in Northern California and
has expanded his brand with
a loyal following of riders.
Frames were produced in
the bohemian wonderland of
Sebastopol, California, until
the late ’90s.
There were plenty of fast riders and product engineers out there
when mountain biking was getting its start, but Dean Bradley
helped give them a platform to tell their stories. He was the first
editor of Mountain Bike Action magazine and helped get mountain
biking the exposure it needed to grow.
Paul was the man who co-founded RockShox and helped shape
the future of suspension. Turner’s first fork was impressive from
concept to production and changed the standards for forks. Paul
started out in motocross and carried that knowledge over to the
mountain bike world effectively.
Most riders on the trail are sporting full suspension bikes, and
they have Bob Girvin to thank for opening that door for them. He
created a ground-breaking full-suspension bike back in 1990,
which later became the ProFlex in 1994. Mountain bikes have
never been the same.
Keizo Shimano set the standard on shifting performance and
really made it possible for mountain bikes to have gears when he
invented the first freewheel in 1921. During his lifetime he had a
strong passion for riding and pushed those around him to produce
better shifting drivetrains so riders could have a better experience.
She is one of the fastest ladies on a bike and has a history of victories to prove it, like claiming the first ever UCI World
Championship in 1990. From cross-country to downhill, Juliana
Furtado helped pave the way for women and mountain biking, and
continues to do so today with her line of bikes.
NICA has exploded in California, giving middle school and high
school kids the opportunity to race mountain bikes. Matt Gunnell
is the executive director of the Southern California league that has
introduced thousands of young riders to mountain biking.