Mountain Bike Action magazine takes a look at the history of our sport every month in its “Down the Trail” feature, so we wanted
to offer up a little history for those who picked
Offroad: We had a lot of great miles on the Offroad Pro-Flex (that was also branded as the Girvin and later K2). This
early Pro-Flex 750 used an elastomer bumper to give the rear end a little give and a Flexstem that was a comfort
enhancement more than suspension. The bikes were widely popular for their durability, but the brand lost traction
against the onslaught of Specialized, Trek, Cannondale and Giant.
Klein: An early champion of aluminum tubing, Klein offered bikes
that were fun on the trail and very competitive on the racecourse.
Gary Klein was the master of painting his bikes, and that caught
the attention of Trek, who purchased the company. The brand
was slowly dissolved into the Trek brand.
Nishiki: The $1220 Alien AL was a beauty, with its elevated chain-stay frame designed to eliminate many drivetrain issues of the
day. The frame did not prove to be durable, and flex was an issue.
In the small mountain biker community, the word spread fast. The
brand lives on without elevated chainstays in Denmark, Finland
up the buyers’ guide. We take a look back at our 1991
Buyers’ Guide with a bit of sadness. While the majority of
brands have survived, a handful of bikes featured 20 odd
years ago have gone on to the great singletrack in the sky.