Your bike should have disc brakes on it, and this is the man who
invented the first one. While his design back then didn’t stick, it
did change the way we approach braking and has put disc brakes
as the standard. Rob is also the brains behind the ODS system
that 6D helmets are using.
We all know the French are fast on the mountain, but none
can compare to Nicolas Vouilloz. With 10 Downhill World
Championships and 16 World Cup Downhill wins, he is one of the
most accomplished racers of all time. Vouilloz began his career in
the early 1990s, but is still racing professionally to this day.
THE BRAD GROUP
The Lefty from Cannondale is one of the most polarizing pieces
of technology on the trail, and the Brad Group was the name given
to the three men responsible for it. Mario Galasso, Todd Sorzano
and Joe Bria were the minds behind the Headshok, which eventually became the Lefty.
There are riders out there who won’t ride anything other than
Fox suspension, and they have this man to thank. Bob Fox went all
in with Fox suspension and put quality manufacturing as the highest priority when it came to developing suspension.
She is still one fast lady and very involved in women’s mountain
biking today. Leigh was racing at the highest level in the 1990s
and even in the mid-2000s. Along with a couple other ladies,
Donovan has helped make mountain biking a more female-friendly
sport and continues to do so today with the Liv Bicycles SRAM
Racing in the United States
has had its ups and downs,
but Bill Cockroft has been
a major force in organizing
events at Mammoth Mountain
since 1985. The Kamikaze
Downhill is what he is best
known for and has been
resurrected as an adrenaline
junkie’s dream race.
There are few racers who are more recognizable than Tinker
Juarez. Tinker began his professional career at the age of 16
racing BMX and carried his skills over into mountain biking, where
he has become a legend and is still putting the hurt on young
up-and-comers in the pro field. Tinker has won multiple national
championships in cross-country and 24-hour events, cementing
his reputation in endurance racing.
There are few riders who appear to have as much fun as Hans
Rey. From trials riding, cross-country and even downhill, Rey has
done it all. He is an adventurer, riding epic landscapes from Asia to
Iceland and bringing attention to the sport of mountain biking.
“Mountain biking will be bigger, better and more popular than
ever; I believe it will be as popular in participation as current-day
mainstream sports. In the past 30 years mountain biking has been
mainly influenced by technology. Although technology will continue
to evolve, I believe the next 30 years will be more affected by the
way we ride bikes and where we ride them. Purpose-built trails will
have a big part in the fact that people will be drawn to mountain
bikes and that they get to experience the addicting sensation of
‘flow.’ Whether you like to hear it or not, I also believe e-bikes
will have a big market share—not to replace traditional mountain
bikes, but just as an alternative way to experience bicycles, nature
and transportation.” -Hans “No Way” Rey
The bike industry owes Koziatek several high fives for making
tubeless wheel and tire systems what they are today. After endless hours tinkering in his garage in Big Flats, New York, Stan
developed his Stan’s NoTubes system, which has become the
go-to tubeless system for most riders on the trail.