E ThE FivE Most INFlUENtial BiKEs Because you’ll always remember your first ride
The MBA wrecking crew has been testing mountain bikes for over 25 years, and that’s something we’re very proud of. You
might think we’d get a little jaded by the sheer
number of new bikes coming through the door,
viewing them as just another test assignment,
but nothing could be further from the truth.
We typically find ourselves cherry-picking the
bikes that push the development envelope and
fiercely debating over who gets to take them out
for their virgin ride. We’ve been fortunate to
watch the mountain bike develop since its infancy, and we’ve had our share of firsts.
Looking back on our years of testing, it’s a perfect mirror of how the sport has progressed.
We’ve tested plenty of new technologies—some
with wild claims, some that have come and gone,
others that lost relevance over time, and some
that were torturous to ride. We’ve also tested
the ones that were groundbreakers, with technology that revolutionized the sport.
These are the bikes that we remember bringing something new to the table. We’re not going
to quibble over who was the first to come up
with these innovations. Instead, we wanted to
see who was the first to trust the crew with
First Mountain Bike We Tested
“Riding the Rocky deep in the outback is not the Rockhopper’s strong
suit. Steepish angles ( 71 and 73. 5
degrees, head and seat) and skinny
(1.5-inch) tires offer less than cush in
the rough but stronger push up the
hills. Like a lot of things, it’s a trade-off. If affordable race-like performance
is what you’re looking for, the rowdy
Specialized Rockhopper corners the
market and roosts on command.”
Rockhopper, July 1986