IRON HORSE FS-WORKS
DAVE’S RIDE TO GLORY
Our May 1993 issue had tests of two bikes that couldn’t be more different. One had almost no history and went on to make history, while the other had a checkered past but rode
on to some redemption.
Dave Cullinan is a racer serious about winning.
So, although he was sponsored by Iron Horse in
1992, when he saw a Marzocchi prototype dual-suspension bike at that year’s Mt. Snow NORBA
National, he had to secretly take it out for some
Dave’s test runs resulted in a panicked call to the
brass at Iron Horse. The call went something like
this: “Hey guys, it’s Cully. If you want a mountain
bike title in your war chest, you better work a deal
with Marzocchi and let me race this thing.”
Iron Horse wasted no time taking the FS-Works
from a Marzocchi prototype to an Iron Horse pro-
duction bike. So, did Dave deliver on his promise? In
spades. Dave won the 1992 World Championship on
the bike. The next year, any downhiller could race it.
Proto to production: It is hard to imagine a faster route from
prototype to production bike than the one the FS-Works took.
The midyear model (released between the ’ 92 and ’ 93 model
years) was made in Italy for Iron Horse.
Nice route: The attention to detail was like that of a works
bike. Even the cable routing was special. The massive pivot
bearings helped reduce flex in the rear suspension. The bike
sold for $3600.
Surefooted: The FS-Works brought
something to the table that others
were missing: lateral rigidity.
Compared to the flexy fliers of the
day, the FS-Works held its line and
didn’t handle like a hook-and-lad-der truck in the corners.