2006 – Carbon everywhere: Ibis unveils its new Mojo prototype,
which turns heads and shows how truly beautiful a carbon frame
2007- Dropper seatposts: The Maverick Speedball dropper post
was a product ahead of it time utilizing a hydraulic actuation and
an optional remote. The remote lever could be pushed or pulled
to lower the saddle height a full three inches and was available in
30.9- and 31.6-millimeter diameters. This post along with many
others started a conversation about the benefits of a lower saddle
height. Soon after the Speedball’s release, dropper posts began
to show up from other manufacturers as well. Today, you could
consider them as standard equipment on trailbikes.
2008 – First true wheel-size comparison: The 29er was long
established, but we were finally able to put all three wheel sizes
head to head. We also coined the term “ 27. 5” this year—truly a
monumental year for the bike industry.
2009 – Trek goes ABP: Trek had many prototypes of its Active
Braking Pivot in the works prior to this, but 2009 was the year this
design took hold. Prior to this, Trek had struggled with suspension
designs; however, the new ABP design proved Trek was serious
about the mountain bike world.
2010 – Enduro bikes come into their own: The term “enduro”
had hardly been invented, and there certainly hadn’t been an official enduro race yet; however, the seed was planted. Specialized
designed its X-wing fighter-style enduro, which is one of the first
bikes we can say truly defined the needs of the category.