Friday, February 28, 2014
The rear link was even called the "Horst link" since it was on the AMP bike it was first used and AMP had the patent which was later on sold to Specialized. Last year the patent went out so now everyone can build their own Horst link bike. You would think it was Horst who invented the Horst link since his name graces it but apparently it was the founder of Nicolai frames who invented the Horst link when he worked at AMP. And he had to pay royalties to AMP to use his own invention.
When the freeriding fad came at the end of the 90'ies AMP bikes went out of style since nobody wanted lightweight XC bikes anymore, preferring 5 inch freeriding monsters. AMP bailed out, licensed the bikes to Mercedes, left the bicycle industry and invented some weird accessories for flat bed trucks and made millions.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
But Bontrager did also experiment with different materials and setups even after shutting down the frame production at Trek. I don't know if this frame is pre or post Trek (I suspect post), but it is an interesting concept trying to reduce the amount of pivots by using a flexible board over the bottom bracket (same principle as in the Slingshot frame I think). Maybe there was a reason this frame never showed up with a Bontrager (or Trek or Gary Fisher label).
These days, Klein is no more and nobody competes in Trials anymore, how sad.