Video: Flat Out & Wild 90s Racing at Thredbo

Nov 4, 2020
by Thredbo MTB  
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Thredbo Resort is celebrating 30 years as Australia’s Premier Mountain Bike Park this season! We’re really excited to launch our ’30 Years of Gravity’ campaign today with the release of our first episode of a three-part series.

’30 Years of Gravity’ is a deep dive into the rich culture and history of mountain biking in Thredbo…From trail development, equipment, events, characters and more. We’re covering the best of the best from three amazing decades of action and good times.

Thredbo is Australia s premier mountain bike park

The first episode unveiled today, focuses on the golden era of the '90s, when the sport first came to Thredbo and showcases just how far the sport has evolved since its early days! It'll make you feel grateful for modern brakes and suspension technology and get you stoked to get on your bike this summer.

The series features iconic mountain bike personalities including World Cup downhill racer Jared Rando.

"Suspension was simple at best. Thredbo was effectively a fire road top to bottom then. Riding down a fire road going 60-90 kilometres an hour with V-brakes, short travel, bad suspension and an ice cream bucket for a helmet, it was absolutely terrifying," Rando said.

From the gravel fire roads of the '90s, Thredbo has since transformed into a mountain bike mecca with an extensive 34-kilometre bike trail network spanning downhill, flow, cross-country and all-mountain to provide something for everyone.

Thredbo has 34 kilometres of mountain bike trails to explore.

Since 2013, Thredbo has hosted one of the biggest MTB festivals in the world, the Cannonball MTB Festival, which every year attracts more than 1000 competitors including world champions and rising stars from all over the globe.

The Thredbo Super Enduro has also become a stand-out event on the country's MTB calendar, a huge day of racing attracting some of the most skilled and grittiest competitors over a gruelling 5-hour race. Due to Covid-19 restrictions this summer Thredbo has needed to postpone the events until next year.

Cannonball MTB Festival

Thredbo is getting ready for a huge summer of mountain biking with the official summer season launching on 21 November. The Ricochet trail is already dialled in and ready for riding plus there’s a stack of new developments in the works for this summer.

Stay tuned for the remaining episodes of 30 Years of Gravity to drop over the next couple of weeks.

Thredbo is nestled in the Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains and is a 5-hour drive from Sydney and 2-and-a-half-hour drive from Canberra.

To pre-purchase your mountain bike lift passes, click here.


  • 18 0
 Great reminder just how young this sport really is. The narrow bars always get me.
  • 7 0
 That Yeti pic with Zzyyxx forks. The crapest forks I ever owned. Like scrapping you nails down a blackboard every time they compressed. They were crap even by 1999 standards.
  • 3 0
 Did you ever ride them in the rain? They would lock out completely and turn into the stiffest rigid fork in the world! Had to drill drain holes in them!
  • 1 0
 Had them and they worked well after a few modifications. People would say the legs looked like beer cans. Fast forward to cans are the standard.
  • 1 0
 Yes! I worked at the "DH" shop in my area at the time. We had a guy pseudo sponsored by Zzyyxx that would come in for work. That fork is the biggest piece of sh*t , even by the standards of the day.
  • 1 0
 Almost better than a flex stem, haha!
  • 1 0
 I had one of those on my Santa Cruz Bullit! Looked so cool, absolutely terrible on the bike. S&M actually made an ad where they made a bong out of one. Probably worked better in that capacity.
  • 1 0
 Love the fact when you rebuilt or put 20mm through axles on them the stickers never lined up properly like in the pic
  • 2 0
 Ah man, looking back at what we rode in the 90s how did we survive. Y-Frames and RST forks with VBrakes ????????????????????
Loved every minute, trying to recreate what we seen on MBUK and Sprung series VHS (I've still got them) GRUNDIG UCI Downhill on Eurosport watching Peaty Palmer and Missi.
  • 1 0
 I raced Thredbo MTB Nationals in 94 & 95 on a fully rigid Merida albontech ( bonded aluminium via steel luggs frame).

Back in the day, they had “DH, XC, Dual Slalom and UP HILL” ... Which we all did on the one bike. Now that was an action packed weekend of racing, seriously got your money’s worth!
  • 1 0
 The best part of the 90's is we didn't know how bad we had it. Crappy suspension was still better than the previously more crappy suspension. My original Rockhopper was sold without a suspension fork, but did have the new Aheadset already installed.
  • 5 0
 The golden years.
  • 3 0
 If only I'd started riding back then with my current bike - today's young'uns just don't know how good they got it..!
  • 3 0
 I lived and rode thru those times (yes I am older). Never trade it in, but never want to ride those bikes again. Haha
  • 3 0
 Still got my DX M636 pedals. Bought them in 1997 with my pocket money.
  • 1 0
 I bought mine used in 99. Still going strong.
  • 2 0
 Super exciting times in mountain biking in not just the growth of the sport but bike and part design!
  • 1 0
 I rode a few of those horrible bikes back in the '90's. But the leap forward the last 10 years is pretty amazing as well....
  • 1 0
 Yeeeah Scott! You look Sharp! Man I still need to improve my english, only understood that you talked about something like suspensions ^^
  • 2 0
 who is the guy with Giant tshirt?
  • 6 0
 Michael Ronning. Aussie Legend!
  • 3 0
 @Kurt1980: I met him along with some other Aussies here in the States(Northern Ca) in 98? He was on Trek, some prototype bike. The bike was insane for that time. Anyways, I traveled with a couple of the others racing(wish I could remember there names), great summer!
  • 2 0
 We've come a long ways...
  • 3 0
 That was great.
  • 1 0
 Vintage MTB Festival next summer in the Belgian Ardennes:

If COVID allows...
  • 2 0
 First TLD Daytona 1 full face helmet is still so beautiful!
  • 2 0
 young kids dont know how lucky they are with these new modern bikes!!!!
  • 2 0
 "soft ride, it ain't."
  • 2 0
 Love it.
  • 1 0
 Loving the old footage! 2000’s should be good too

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