Throwback Thursdays: 1997 Tahoe Fat Tire Festival

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Once upon a time, downhill bikes didn't have disc brakes.  There wasn't tubeless.  Forks had pinner stanchions.  Chainrings were huge.  This was 1997.

In 1997, WTB and Ventana Bikes sponsored a DH team based out of Montana that tore up the nation, subjecting courses to the fury of a whole host of hot tempered Raptor tires.  VelociRaptors, Primal Raptors, and Desert Raptors made their presence known along with tough 25mm wide PowerBeam rims, New Paradigm hubs, and several varieties of the SST saddle.  Times were good.

Enjoy the following photos, they're from the Squaw Valley downhill course in Olympic Valley, CA.  Two years later, in 1999, Steve Peat battled hard for 2nd place against Nico Vouilloz, a serious showdown.  Enjoy the following pics, they definitely show 1997 in all its glamour.


Shreddin'.  Notice the hair and the forward facing fanny pack.  Things definitely go in cycles, looks like something you'd find today in Hipsterville.

Drifting was fun in '97 too.

So, pretty sure the rider in question in the photos above is either Simon Elston, Tracy West, Aaron Lind, or Jake Kockler.  Call me crazy, but those are the names on the side of the trailer - yeah, smart like that.
1997 Fat Tire Festival 1997 Squaw Valley Downhill Mountain Bike Race Desert Raptor Fat Tire Festival New Paradigm PowerBeam SST Tahoe Fat Tire Festival V-brakes VelociRaptor Wilderness Trail Bikes WTB WTB Ventana Downhill Mountain Bike Team

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