This design was the first mass-produced mountain bike. It came with a lugged-steel frame, knobby 26-inch tires, powerful cantilever brakes, “bull moose” handlebars, a “biplane” front fork, and a 15-speed wide-range drivetrain. When traditional European and American suppliers showed no interest in mountain bikes, Japanese companies such as SunTour, Shimano, and Dia-Compe stepped in to replace them.
Specialized is famous for its motto, “Innovate or die”, a philosophy that has served them well.
Designer/builder: Tim Neenan / Specialized Bicycle Components
Country of Origin: Morgan Hill, California, USA
Weight: 13608g/ 30lbs.