Mountain bikes originated in the United States. In 1974, Gary Fisher, Charlie Kelly, and Tom Ritchey wanted a bicycle that could be ridden off the road, away from “police, cars and buildings”, so they began to install accessories and motorcycle parts. To the sturdy single beach buggy before World War II.
In the same year, Gary Fisher and his friends fearlessly died in the “Tamal Pass Mountain Tour” that paved the way for the birth of a new riding style. Following Gary Fisher’s huge response in the mountain area, his Klunker was subsequently selected as one of the “Top Ten Mountain Bikes in History” by Mountain Bike Action magazine.
In 1976, Charlie Kelly started to promote a new downhill race, which was the first great mountain biking event. Charlie Kelly commissioned manufacturer Joe Breeze to design and develop cross-country bikes, which were the first “mountain bikes” ever manufactured and named “Breeze”.
Joe Breeze used Breeze as the prototype to complete the design and manufacture of 9 series of models between 1977 and 1978. The prototype of Breeze is now in the collection of the National Museum of the Smithsonian Institution in the United States.
Mountain bikes are bicycles specially designed for cross-country (hills, trails, wilderness and gravel roads, etc.). It was born in San Francisco on the West Coast of the United States in 1977. At that time, a group of young people who were keen to ride beach bikes on the slopes of the mountain, suddenly thought: “If you can ride a bike down the mountain, it must be very interesting.” So they started the design of the cross-country bike and officially named it as a mountain bike. It was after two years. Since then, “downhill competition” has emerged as a new event in sports competitions. Athletes ride mountain bikes to downhill at a high speed along a prescribed downhill route. The faster one wins, attracting many fans. Although bicycles started in Europe, the mountain bikes invented by the Americans have swept away the traditional concept of bicycles, blowing a new wind all over the world. Now it has been liked by more and more Chinese young people, and it has become a healthy and fashionable sport and is welcomed by people.