Mountain biking is an activity enjoyed by thousands. Bike shops are filled with the latest models of every colour and type, there’s gear galore, and RedBull’s coverage of various races and events is all over the internet.
But all this interest is only a snippet of the coverage and popularity of the sport back in the 90’s when it was brand new. RedBull? Hell, Nike, Reebok, MTV and Volvo were all in on the act back in the day. Our big brothers at Dirt Mountain Bike have been in the industry since the early days and last year celebrated their 20th anniversary with an anthology of MTB.
So let’s take a look down memory lane where the kit, the trails and the bikes just look terrible…
MTB trail centres were basically unheard of, so if you wanted to ride, you went and dug a track in your local woods. When it came to racing, cross-country and downhill were where it was at, but the courses were a far cry from the near-vertical rocky, mud caked courses riders face today.
Here’s MTB legend Missy Giove riding her heart out in a section from MTB video ‘Chainsmoke’. And yes, that’s video as in ‘VHS’ – remember that?