History of the FW Evans ATB
FW EvansATB/Saracen ATB? (Manufactured by Bluemels).
In 1982/3, Richard Ballantine asked London bike shop F.W. Evans Cycles to build up two Ritchey frames he had brought from the U.S. for Tim Gartside's and Peter Murphy's ,February 1983, Saharan expedition.
Evans were curious and later persuaded Bluemels to build some bikes based on what they had seen. The resulting FW Evans ATBs were mostly silver and branded under the shops own marque. The Bluemels’ own Saracens bikes were identical, apart from being painted black.
The first mass-produced British' mountain bike?
In the spring of 84 I hired a rare, black framed, FW Evans ATB from Kingston Cycles. According to the receipt its frame number was 0001. Possibly the first Blumels' produced mountain bike? Or even the first mass-produced British' mountain bike?
Early 1984 F.W. Evans
My first Mountain bike an FW Evans ATB ( i.e. Ritchey copy, with drops, these were fitted from new). Photo taken Summer 1984 (I rode from Liverpool to Southport and the back along the coast and across Liverpool without seeing another mountain bike all day).
The drop bars/stem, stronglight 99 chainset, rear rack and mudguards were all non-standard changes/ additions made by Kingston Cycles before purchase.
What an Amazing picture and story, im glad this thread was brought to the surface..