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    Indeed. Did brakes really suck that bad back then? I didn't think so but it has been a long time. The tires they're riding seem like garbage since they're sliding all over the place. And what the hell are their rims made of, pudding? I've never seen rims bend so easily and I've bent my share...especially in the nineties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockadile View Post
    Did brakes really suck that bad back then?
    Yes.....yes they did.

    Canti brakes could be set up to perform reasonable well under perfect conditions. Until pad wear degraded performance, you encountered any rain/mud/snow and your rims got wet/slimy. Even at their very best, they performed nothing like modern hydraulic discs.

    Steep head angles, crappy brakes, little or no suspension, 150 mm stems, super narrow bars with bar ends, seatpost jacked to the moon, skinny hard compound tires with too much pressure, pedals with toe clips. Those of us who rode during that era were lucky to make it out alive.

    Thing is, we pushed those bikes til we found their limit, or we found ours. And it felt like we were flying.

    Still.....the equipment was only a small part of the WTF going on in that video.
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    For some reason, back then, we thought we couldn't lower the seat.

    HS22s and 33s came along after a little bit and made things much better for braking.
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    You can always tell who the pioneers are from the arrows in their backs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twd953 View Post

    Those of us who rode during that era were lucky to make it out alive.

    Thing is, we pushed those bikes til we found their limit, or we found ours. And it felt like we were flying.
    Sik era to be part of. Seeing the evolution and where bikes are now, just crazy.

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    lol... 4 finger braking!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRage43 View Post
    lol... 4 finger braking!
    You have to take a closer look...
    only two fingers on each, come from motocross background.

    throttle/right hand: middle & ring finger

    clutch/left hand: index and middle finger

    it was good enough for 2nd place at the UCI WC


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    Quote Originally Posted by dc40 View Post
    You have to take a closer look...
    only two fingers on each, come from motocross background.

    throttle/right hand: middle & ring finger

    clutch/left hand: index and middle finger

    it was good enough for 2nd place at the UCI WC


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    Nice hardware! Thanks for sharing.
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    That was some fantastic shit right there!! Shitty brakes, skinny bars, terrible suspension, seats way up for climbing, no trail knowledge, what could possibly go wrong??!! Hilarious.

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    Classic shred! so sick love the old video. Even the music is super rad.

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    Awesome! One crazy yahoo after another right into the jaws of the beast.
    What a difference 25 years makes in the tools available for the job.
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