Trek was an early adopter of carbon-fiber technology. In 1992 it unveiled its first US-made, full carbon-fiber-framed bicycles, the 5200 and the 5500, featuring a new technology called OCLV. This stands for Optimum Compaction, Low Void and refers to Trek’s proprietary process for creating carbon-fiber structures that exceed aerospace standards. 1992 marked another first for Trek: its first full-suspension mountain bike, the 9000-series.
The “Y” frame mountain bike was introduced in 1995. In both design and construction, it was unlike any full-suspension mountain bike ever seen, and the lightest mountain bike frame ever made. It won an “Outstanding Design and Engineering Award” from Popular Mechanics magazine. Trek’s inventive use of carbon fiber influenced the design of mountain bikes for years to come.
Designer/builder: Trek Bicycle Corporation
Country of Origin: Waterloo, Wisconsin, USA
Weight: 12247g/ 27lbs.