Marin Meets Crested Butte
It was not too long, until the Pearl Pass introduced the spread of what we know now as modern mountain biking. During the Pearl Pass ride, not only did the Marin County riders learn new techniques and mechanics to further forward the innovation of mountain biking, but it also allowed other people outside Marin County to realize and begin the question the sport that is mountain biking. It gave a chance for fellow mountain bikers not from the same areas to communicate and also, reaffirm the fact that what the Marin riders were doing was not crazy. That there were others similar to themselves. This not only gave them more ideas to further innovate and improve mountain biking, but gave riders motivation to realize that this was not just some silly death ride they were spending all their time with.
The Marin County riders brought some innovative ideas of how to build and modify their Klunkers to make them ride faster on the Pearl Pass trail. They had sophisticated bikes, the best klunkers found in the world. Their bikes were more evolved because they specifically designed them so that they can ride down the roads in Marin County. They rode bikes with a 12-speed, thumb-change gearing and fore and aft centerpull brakes. They could actually ride up the pass, unlike the locals' bikes who had to push their first-generation, one-speed Schwinn klunkers. Their bikes were hand-brazed and had light machines, thin-walled, with chrome-moly tubing and this really impressed and intimidated the local riders in Crested Butte. The locals' bikes were basic klunker bikes (town bikes) having only the basics of a bike – fat tires, handlebars, pedals, and a chain. They helped the Crested Butte riders fix up their bikes to make it more efficient for riding on the rough trails of Pearl Pass. The Marin County riders weren't better riders, they just had better bikes.