Joe Murray (cyclist)

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Joe Murray (born December 4, 1963) is an American pioneer in the mountain bike movement. Starting out as a professional mountain bike racer, he later moved into bicycle design. Murray was one of the original inductees (1988) into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame.[1] He was the first mountain biker inducted into the United States Bicycle Hall of Fame in 1999.

Racing highlights[edit]

  • 1980 Zero's Notch Race, 11th overall, 1st novice, first race.
  • 1984 NORBA National Champion
  • 1984 8 straight wins
  • 1985 NORBA National Champion
  • 1985 12 straight wins (to date, unmatched by any male mountain bike)
  • 1989 Winner NORBA National Points Series Crystal Mountain, WA
  • 1989 6th overall NORBA National Points Series

Other achievements[edit]

  • Raced 400 races in over 10 years
  • Over 73 victories
  • Five-time winner of the Rockhopper Race (the first popular mountain bike race)
  • Three-time winner of the Whiskeytown Downhill (one of first "classic" mountain bike races)
  • First widely recognized mountain biker since the sport began.
  • First mountain bike cyclist inducted to the US Cycling Hall of Fame.

Research & design achievements[edit]

  • Designed ten tires for three different companies.
  • Product designer for Marin, Kona, and VooDoo Cycles.
  • Official product test rider for Shimano.
  • Designed the first titanium mountain bike frame for Merlin.
  • First to race extensively on off-road titanium frames.
  • Designed the 1993 Mountain Bike Magazine "Bike of the Year"
  • Designed titanium stems, seat posts, bottom brackets, bar ends, fork and other components.