Video: Myles Rockwell’s 1998 and 2000 DH race bikes

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Ahead of its time? Or bad idea?

Ahead of its time? Or bad idea?

From the sport’s beginning, downhill mountain bike racing has been an epicenter of technological development for all fat tire bikes. The NORBA and World Cup courses of years past were the ultimate proving ground for frame and suspension designs. Some were wild successes, others abject failures. And others were just plain weird. In this pair of videos from The Pro’s Closet Museum Series, we go back in time with Myles Rockwell, 2000 world downhill champion and one of the most exciting racers of his time.

First up is Rockwell’s 1998 Cannondale Fulcrum a bike so unique (and a little odd) it must be seen to be believed.

In video No. 2 we see the bike “Smyles” won his world title on, a 2000 Giant ATX One DH bike. Make sure you check out the brake rotors and “wood” derailleur.

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympics, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the Mtbr staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.


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