The MBA switchboard is already
lighting up with angry riders protesting our choice of the Horst Link rear
suspension design above all others for
our “ 20 Innovations That Are Still
Shaping Mountain Biking.” Tough.
It was the Horst Link that signaled
to mountain bike designers that if
they were going to slap an elastomer
bumper on a pivoting swingarm, they
were not going to be in business long.
The Horst Link made all rear suspension designers up their game. There is
no such thing as perfect rear suspension, but because of the Horst Link,
there are plenty of people still trying.
R E Innovations
No, we didn’t run out of ideas at number 19. The
smartphone has changed mountain biking, and, friends,
it is just the beginning. Suspension companies offer apps
to set sag. Apps track our rides, heart rates and calories
burned and compare us to our buddies. Smartphones
keep us from getting lost and, if we do get lost, can help
us find our way out. You can photograph or video the
places you ride, and you can record the sounds, or lack
thereof, of your favorite “secret” spot. You can even
order pizza while you’re still on the trail so it’s waiting
for you when you finish your ride. Heck, if we had to
choose between giving up lock-on grips and giving up our
smartphones, we’d probably go back to getting blisters. ;
An iPhone cradled in a RokForm
case with stem mount.