Let’s be accurate; Bernie Tusko’s
Coolhead visor was the first production visor for mountain bikers. Where
Troy Lee Designs got the jump on the
Coolhead was Troy’s custom-painting
of helmets for the sport’s early heroes,
including John Tomac, Greg Herbold
and Dave Wiens. The TLD visor, sized
perfectly and painted, totally integrated
into the helmet design and was the
product that gave mountain bikers their
signature look. We were no longer wearing helmet hand-me-downs from roadies
The Troy Lee Designs visor sent a
message to all helmet makers, and that
message was not to ignore the needs of
mountain bikers. We all have better helmets today because of Bernie and Troy.
R E Innovations
How many of you got your first
mountain biking blister, not on the
bike, but while changing a set of grips?
The ODI Lock-On grip set the standard
(and still does today) for ease of installation and removal while being never-slip tough. Don’t you wish every other
component was as easy to install as a
lock-on grip? Us too.
Again, dual-compound tires are not
the end game in the tire race, but they
were the starting point. Once tire makers began blending compounds so tires
would roll faster and grab harder in
corners, it ignited a fire under the desk
chair of every tire guru on the planet.
To get ahead of a great dual-compound
tire, it was necessary to, well, do something even greater—and that is what is
happening right now for mountain bike