wooly pluto wrote:
Most of my bikes are from the 1990's, and I have a lot of fond memories from that time...a time when mountain bike shops and companies were exploding...to the point that it became an Olympic sport in 1996.
walking into a bike shop, and every bike mfg had their own distinct look/geometry/colors...
I read Zappata Espinoza's Op Ed piece in Mountain Bike magazine every month, along with the rest of the mag from cover to cover.
biking 60 miles of trail and street in a day was nothing, and hanging out at the LBS was a great way to pass the time.
I could go on and on, but ah yes, it was the Golden Era for Mountain Bikes
Yup, that is true mate. In the middle of '90 I was about 15-16 and rode my steel Mongoose Hilltopper everyday (I still regret selling it, stupid me...). Back then I had a friend in Germany who was sending me Bike magazine every month which was like a Bible full of anodised parts and very special bikes. At school age these were things which we could only dream of (some even were on exhibition in local shops with enormously huge price tags), so now I make my young dreams come true
Yes! I had a black Mongoose Hilltopper SX as well. Bought it in 1994, and promptly swapped out the Alivio Groupset for a Deore LX set that was all black like the bike, along with a control tech quill stem. I sold it in order to get my first Stumpjumper.
A couple weeks ago, there was a Hilltopper from the same year in almost NOS condition on ebay...yes, I bid on it, but let it go when it went over $140- I'll just keep my memories.