DOWN THE TRAIL
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Holy titanium, Batman: Litespeed took the floating drivetrain concept to the most
expensive level known to man with their radical-looking Machete prototype. The
Tennessee-based company incorporated 6/4 titanium top and downtubes with a bizarre,
curved and interrupted seat tube.
Speed Racer Mach 5: Manitou came
ready to launch a special new version of
their previous elastomer-sprung Mach 5
fork. The new twist? Titanium coil springs.
At the time, this was about as high tech
as any front end available and a huge step
forward in the suspension world.
Racer man: Robby Gordon, an ex-motocross racer turned off-road truck jockey turned
Indy driver, was just starting to take up mountain biking in 1996. Brent Foes built him
this handmade bike with all the bells and whistles, including a sweet-looking custom
No more Mr. Nice Guy: Answer showed
up with the gnarliest downhill bike at the
Cactus Cup: an “ultra-long-travel” version
of Manitou’s downhill linkage suspension
bike with a radical triangulated swingarm.
The tires and rims were 17-inch motocross