I’d have to agree. Let’s face it, love them or not, you can’t deny them...even the haters gotta admit they were an important part of MTB back then and still are now in the retro scene. Yes they’re not cheap (overpriced?), but everyone’s heard of them, they were around throughout the ‘golden age’ of MTB’s (80’s to early 00’s) and had many innovative features- superlight alu frame, internal cable routing, square to round chainstays for strength and rigidity, oversized headsets, superlight/oversize alu forks, alu bar/stem combo and that’s before we even get to undoubtedly the most recognisable paint jobs on the circuit (everyone would recognise a ‘Dolomite’ even at over 100m).
The thread asked for most famous btw, not a personal favourite.
But famous, most these are only famous to us at retrobike or people of our ilk, many haven't got a clue what a Klein or Amp, Cunningham or the original MountainBike (which honestly must top them all) is.
More know of Suntour as they had a good Road scene too and go back further, still young'uns will know the 'name' under the new company SR-Suntour, which isn't the same company.
Produce mediocre parts and crap to actually getting decent suspension forks.
RockShox could be counted for me, it no longer exist, it's just another wing of SRAM ;-)