Garda Bike Festival: Past bikes, present bikes, future bikes?

The great thing about bike shows is there’s usually a bit of misty eyed nostalgia tucked away on one of the show stands to invoke the “Remember when it was simple” anecdotes and jumpers for goalposts stories.

At Riva, Specialized supplied the bike to do it, a McRoy-era FSR…

It used to be the future

It used to be the future

Need reach?

Need reach?

I remember them

SS7 and XC Pro? I remember them

Old skool stoppers

Old skool stoppers

8 Speed? It'll never catch on...

8 Speed? It’ll never catch on…

Triple. Still popular in Germany.

Triple. Still popular in Germany.

Insert Major Tom joke here

Insert Major Tom joke here

It's a fully, ja?

It’s a fully, ja?

GT embraced the now, with a Dan Atherton team enduro bike…

Dan's Sanction

Dan’s Sanction

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34t single ring up front

Tiny and ten speed

Tiny ten speed

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XTR levers

Saint calipers

Saint calipers

Piggyback

Piggyback

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If it’s good enough for your name it’s good enough to race on

Meanwhile Felt showed a niche but scary future, with an XX1 equipped electric fat bike that’ll be on sale in 2015…

Fat? Check, Electric? Check,

Fat? Check. Electric? Check.

Bosh

Motor and battery included

X0 Trail stoppers

X0 Trail stoppers and a Reverb dropper

XX1 drivetrain.

XX1 drivetrain.

Evidently it’ll do 45kph.

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