Even at the beginning of his career, Mike Kluge was sure of one thing: the right bike is crucial to
health, fun and success. From the very outset, he saw critical feedback on material as just as much a
part of his responsibility vis-à-vis sponsors as winning races. Dissatisfied with the time it took to
implement any suggested improvements, he decided to take matters into his own hands. At the
time, he had won countless German championships and two world champion titles in cyclocross at
amateur level. However, in 1990, when he lost the unofficial mountain bike world champion title in
Italy by a whisker as a result of a material defect, he decided something had to give.