The Most Influential Gear of All Time: Rock Shox RS1

1989

The original Rock Shox     Photo: Courtesy of SRAM

In 1987, Paul Turner, a motocross factory mechanic, showed a full suspension bike at the Interbike tradeshow with the help of bicycle parts manufacturer Keith Bontrager. No one was interested; the crowds passed him by. But just two years later Turner and his wife, Christi, were manufacturing suspension forks in their garage with parts bought from Steve Simons. Simons, who had developed suspension for motorcycles, soon partnered with Turner in Rock Shox.

Greg Herbold became the first world champion in biking on one of the first suspension forks made by Rock Shox for mountain bikes. In August of that year the company manufactured its first 100 suspension forks, the RS-1.

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