DOWN THE TRAIL
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There was a time when the most important part of our “Buyer’s Guide” was not which wheel size to buy, how
much travel to ride or what suspension
design would work best, but, instead, how
to trick out your bike with the coolest anodized trinkets. Sound a little silly? Looking
back, it certainly seems that way to us.
However, 20 years ago, you simply weren’t
the coolest kid on the trail unless you had
a fully rebuildable billet derailleur or crank
that was made in the good ol’ US of A.
Dean/Rhino: Claimed by the company
to be comparable with a Shimano XTR
derailleur, this $300 part featured 6/4 titanium hardware and worked on a slant parallelogram design to make shifting smoother.
Paul: Paul claimed this little beauty was
lighter than an XTR unit at 170 grams and
was completely serviceable. We’ve seen
these things fetch some hefty price tags
on eBay, especially in the signature Rasta
Gorilla: The Precision Biller Pro Shift
included a four-page manual and an isometric breakdown for every part in the
darn thing. The company claimed they
were ready to turn out about a thousand of
these a month. We wonder where they all
Derailleur by Joe: This high-tech derailleur
(by 1995 standards) was completely
American-made and featured self-lubricating aluminum matrix bearings at all of the
16 pivot points. It was the heavyweight
contender at 200 grams, which is still
lighter than the claimed weight for a cur-rent-model Shimano XTR Shadow Plus. ❑