Wednesday, March 2, 2011

1984 Hanebrink rear suspension

If you ask most people, they would probably guess front suspension came first......but they would be wrong. The earliest suspension bikes used rear suspension about 6 years before suspension forks surfaced. The builders often used motorcycles parts. The damping on this bike was actually adjusted by tightening the quick release skewer on the top of the shock! We've added this one to our Descender and Hanebrink SE Shocker which makes for a nice display of the evolution of the design.

More pictures and details HERE


  1. Yeah - that early era was a bit strange. Rear suspension and rigid fork. The early Cannondales (early '90s) were similar - 'cept they arrived with Girvin suspension stems.

    Still really cool to look at this old school stuff. Thanks for posting.

  2. Yep, we have one of the EST Cannondale bikes as well.