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    1st Gravity Dropper?

    They say most of the modern technology we have on our bikes was pretty much invented a loooong time ago... we're just seeing/enjoying improved versions. Gravity droppers with a remote switch were available back in 1931

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    Yes it was invented, but there were no 8"+ downhill full suspension bikes in the 1930s, or any suspension bikes for that matter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CannondaleF9 View Post
    Yes it was invented, but there were no 8"+ downhill full suspension bikes in the 1930s, or any suspension bikes for that matter.
    There were definitely various forms of suspension bikes going back to the 1800's. Here's a patent for front suspension from 1890:


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    In concept form, yes, in mass production? I was referring to mountain bikes which were not even invented until the mid 1970s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CannondaleF9 View Post
    In concept form, yes, in mass production? I was referring to mountain bikes which were not even invented until the mid 1970s.
    ..And what does that have to do with the origin dropper posts? There were dropper posts on MTBs before there was suspension on MTBs.
    Cool topic empty beer, btw!

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    I opened that link and noticed that Repack Rider commented on that MM article a couple years ago. Anyways, interesting to see old ideas that are new in our era.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OCtrailMonkey View Post
    I opened that link and noticed that Repack Rider commented on that MM article a couple years ago.
    Ha! I hadn't noticed that. RR has to be the premier mtb historian of our time. I love sifting through his website.

    CdaleF9- you might be amazed by how popular cycling was in the late 1800's. People could finally go places not on foot or on horse or in a carriage/wagon. It was big. Then the automobile got invented and bicycles weren't so popular anymore. Popularity and innovation has ebbed and flowed for over a century.... I can't imagine what bikes will be like in another 50 years.

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    Weren't the original bicycles ridden on dirt roads and horse trails? Suspension would have been a great improvement for those bikes.

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