DOWN THE TRAIL
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Santa Cruz Heckler: Santa Cruz was a hip skateboard
company that fell for mountain bikes in a big way back in the
late ’90s. Santa Cruz jumped into the mountain bike market
with both feet, but unlike most companies, Santa Cruz ignored
hardtails. The Heckler was its single-pivot suspension design.
It worked quite well and took advantage of a coil-sprung Fox
Vanilla shock and RockShox Judy fork with a whopping 3
inches of travel.
Ellsworth Absolute Truth: The Absolute Truth was at the top of
the Ellsworth food chain when we tested it. It looked much like
a classic hardtail, and that’s exactly what Tony Ellsworth had in
mind when he penned the first drawings for the bike. The bike
proved to be a perfect pick for amateur racers who liked to both
play and race on the same bike. It could be scaled down to below
26 pounds for someone who took the racing scene more seriously. This was one of the first lightweight trailbikes.
Moots Mootaineer: Moots was no stranger to the mountain
bike world, even back in 1998. The Mootaineer was a full-suspension machine built from the ground up with titanium, which
was hand-welded at the Moots factory in Steamboat Springs,
Colorado. After testing, we decided that the unconventional-looking suspension linkage actually worked, and we liked the
bike. We also mentioned that with the full-titanium construction,
the bike would last a long time. We wonder if there are still any
Mootaineers on the trails today. ❏
Ventana Terremoto: Ventana was one of the first companies
to embrace full-suspension cross-country bikes. Ventana was
also one of the first to build a dedicated downhill chassis. The
Terremoto was the first bike that was designed to handle both
cross-country and downhill. Think of it as an enduro bike that
was way ahead of its time. The bike was capable of both up- and
downhill riding, but XC riders would likely find it a bit too heavy
and downhill riders would find the handling a bit too twitchy. Still,
it was innovative for its time.