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You may have already seen this, but, Gary Fisher built 1976 bike!
Cute story but a heavy chunk of hyperbole really. We had frankenbike MTBs like that in Europe well before 1976. Just look at bsa paratrooper bikes, flat bar cross bikes, trekker bikes and the like
We shouldn‘t fall for the myth that Gary Fisher invented mountain biking, he was just a great self publicist and promoter. We, and all of Europe, had a healthy off-road scene before hippies on bikes rode down Repack, we just didn’t make it look cool or give it a name other than the umbrella term ‘rough stuff’.
Just one example is Geoff Apps, who was converting bikes into off-road 26ers before 1976 and had made his first Cleland by 1979, a far more refined ‘MTB’ than any clunker that was really only designed to go downhill.
A brief history of Cleland Cycles by Graham Wallace The Chiltern Hills cover an area of natural beauty less than forty miles north-west of London, England. Geoff Apps spent his teenage years growin…clelandcycles.wordpress.com
The US were quick to market something that had been going on for more than a hundred years, as others have said all you need to mountain bike is a mountain and a bike, any mountain and any bike, but we are living through a unique period in human history, the age of the consumer and so everything now comes mass produced with corporate branding.Quite, I can remember bringing home my first ATB in 1990 and enthusiastically telling my Dad about mountain biking - and him just grunting and saying they used to call it rough stuff in his day and they didn't need special bikes for it either.
The US certainly managed to get ahead in naming and popularising mountain biking as we know it today though.