April 1, 2011

Back to the Future!

Aaron brought his old WW from 2004 or 2005 (I don’t remember exactly) with him when he came to pick up his new bike, so I snapped a quick picture. A lot has changed – suspension, through axle, disc brakes, 10 speed, tubeless tires, direct mount front derailleur. Neat to see how things have evolved (ok, to be fair, Aaron’s old bike was a bit anachronistic when it was new, but still). Or devolved. Depends on your point of view, I suppose.

As an aside, I think the two most important things that have happened to mountain bikes in the last 15 years or so are – 1) tubeless tires and 2) 29″ wheels. I was arguing with a friend just the other day – if you had to give up one of those, which one would it be?

Personally, I was pretty torn, and I initially said I’d give up the big wheels to keep tubeless… but now I’m not sure. Luckily, I don’t need to actually make that decision!

Edit: Buzz says he’d ditch suspension. I’m not sure that counts, since the first suspension forks are considerably older than 15 years, but for what it’s worth, I agree. I’d happily ride rigid in order to keep my big wheels and tubeless tires.