GT BIKE RIDER wrote:
Project Two, the first straight leg MTB production fork is introduced.
The biggest problem with some of these is they tend to tell the truth how they want it to be told.
There where plenty of other straight bladed fork (Tange, Syncros and even as far as RockShox)
They Jacob.. sorry 'Kona' probably define 'Production' in their own little technical way.
As for sloping top tubes well as we know they've been around for many many decades.. (search for the longish thread on sloping top tubes) was quite a good one, Cunningham was doing them before 'Brodie' did at Rocky and I forget the rest
They did make a good choice on the name change though.
thats history for you,,,,,,history books were only written by the victor...a well know phrase.
obviously , all over the world there are people, talanted people, frame builders, designers, engineers, techheads, whizz kids, guys in the pub with a pen and a beer mat, they all live in different parts of the country the world...etc........for example the states.......a bloody big place, guys on one side with a beermat, guys on the other side in a shed, they are at the begining of sumthing new....but the gear they ride is not srong enough, they tweak what they have, untill they think....hang on we can do it better, its simple law of averages a couple of people or groups of people are goina come up with a good idea thats similar, at a similar time in history...........and im dam sure, that the period in time we are talking about rockshox hadnt quite got to mass market.lol....and the tange fork, i could be miles off here, but wasnt that a legendary fork design by our good friend kieth bontrager.......didnt he sell the rights to that design to both tange and the rockshox boys(fork crown)...(both of which took product to market via production in taiwan).....see what i mean....its easy.. two totally different areas of the country,at a similar time, so who did it first?????????? who cares the product got to market and stayed because we think its good......
as for the top tube decades comment, back it up with sum pics for me, we are going back to 1988, and talking generally about a mass produced range of bikes that got to market and stayed,especially in the uk, actually in the shops i cant think of a single one........and a decade before this we had choppers............now they were cool........................