ELEMENT HISTORY TIMELINE
Element is one of the longest lasting and most prolific mountain bike platforms in history, winning races and putting smiles on faces all over the globe. Here’s a glimpse into its rich heritage.
- 1996 – First Element introduced. One of first lightweight cross country full suspension race bikes available.
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- 2000 – Element Race is chosen Bike of the Year by Mountain Bike Magazine Germany.
- 2001 – First Element offered with Easton Scandium tubeset.
- 2002 – Lesley Tomlinson and Gretchen Reeves win the TransAlp Challenge aboard Element.
- 2003 – Element again on top of the podium of the TransAlp with Karl Platt and Christoph Listmann.
- 2004 – Element pivots changed from top-hat bushings to sealed bearings.
- 2005 – Element wins TransAlp under Karl Platt and Carsten Bresser.
- 2006 – RMB releases limited edition 25th Anniversary Element Team Scandium. It was an instant collector’s item.
- 2007 – Element 70 wins Bike of the Year from Mountain Biking Magazine.
- 2008 – Element wins TransAlp under Pia Sundstedt and Alision Sydor.
- 2009 – Element Team bumped from 80mm to 100mm rear travel.
- 2010 – TransAlp win for Element with Pia Sundstedt and Daniel Gathof.
- 2011 – First ground-up redesign of Element since introduction with carbon fiber Element RSL & Element MSL. Introduction of ABC™ Pivots and SmoothLink™ Suspension to Element. Element RSL wins BC Bike Race under Chris Sheppard.
- 2012 – Element 29 RSL and Element 26 introduced featuring same frame configuration as Element RSL and MSL. Intro of RTC-29™ Geometry.