I still remember half the riders shitting themselves at how mental/difficult the track was the first time an NPS was held at innerleithen (’95?), it wasn’t realy anything too difficult/gnarly back then, the track is still pretty much intact (albeit a little blown out in places) and would be considered pretty tame by todays standards, it is indeed still regularly minced down on XC bikes without them breaking.
I actually oved Zaskars but happened to know a few riders who cracked them, they weren’t racing DH on them tho. 😉 later on LTSs were way worse for cracking.
Back in the day there were no synthetic trail centres and no one told us what we weren’t supposed to ride over either, so it was all fair game. My guess is that Steve Peat racing DH on a rigid explosif was giving the frame more stick than some neck-brace ninja at cannock.
Good clip! You can tell those guys have skills, if you saw someone riding a narrow-bar XC bike like that now you’d be impressed.
Makes me wonder why it took so long for things like wider bars and shorter stems to appear – they’re all riding with the saddles up too(pedally course tho). I guess there’s always reasons why what we have now is good and fashion / majority opinion is persuasive. Same thing for 150mm hardtails maybe – will we look back and wonder why?