That was a great read, it all came flooding back.
A couple of things struck me:
For all the 'developments' in bike design, Furtados Yeti bike looks basically the same to the very best xc bikes on the market today. Even the weight is not much different.
The innocence / honesty of John parker at Yeti in changing the gears on Furtados bike. It would have been easy to keep the distinctive Campy brakes and put campy stickers on the Shimano stuff. No one would have noticed. Furtado would have won and Parker could have kept the Campy sponsorship deal going a little longer.
Campagnolos attempt at the MTB market is probably a good story waiting to be told. We take Shimano dominance forgranted but Campag were sponsoring Tinker Jurez (sp?) at Klein as well as Fat Chance and Yeti. For all Campags mistakes they chose some cool bike brands to associate with.
'91 Specialized Hardrock (6/10)
'93 Kona Cinder Cone (10/10)
'92 GT Karokoram (2/10)
'96 Roberts SLX (6/10)
2001 Stumpjumper (5/10)
2001 Colnago Oval Master (10/10)