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 The late transition years of mountain bikes brought goodies such as these, the 1998 Kona Caldera. Fully built aluminum and titanium bikes were the rage, while these old steel machines seemed to get barely even get a nod.

 Still cro-moly built (and with light tubing I might add), this XC bike was made for the average rider who now could get a full-blown suspension fork. Of course full-suspension bikes were already on the market but yet to have the necessary refinements that today's dualies do.

 Best of all, these bikes still hold their longevity better than almost any other. The "Steel for real" slogan we all chanted like religious zealots back in the early 90s held up, it's 2012 and this oldie is holding its own quite nicely.
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The very first post by Team Tomato aptly shows what happens when one experiments with drilling hole/slots in a modern Cinelli handlebar. This bar broke on my Surly right AFTER I had just finished descending into Ballard from Wallingford on Market Street.

Total life of the bar was just over one and a half years....
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I love it! Breaking parts rocks, except for the cost...Just picked up a new pair of bars at Vancouver's MEC yesterday. The celeste bar tape was only one day old. No, unfortunately am not on Twitter. Don't even have a true cell phone yet!
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Repost from Steens Mountain last October. Elevation 9500....
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Just under 9700 feet here, David. Sure kicked my butt just riding from the lower section where we parked the car. In the upper left of this pic is the Alvord desert and sea, well a mirage at the moment.
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Team Tomato, twenty five years and counting.
Introduction
 Team Tomato is a long standing amateur mountain bike racing and off-road riding group founded in Davis, California in August 1987.

 The the three original members are Shawn Houk, Andrew Reid, and Tony Pawley.

 
The teams first somewhat official ride was on Jim's Rd. right next to Lake Berryessa and Monticello dam in the summer of '87. Andrew's crank arm on his Trek 8000 fell off halfway up the first climb. In usual fashion he pushed the rest of the way.