bikes that defined the all mountain category?

bluechair84 Posts: 4,352
edited January 2010 in MTB general
I keep seeing this tag on certain bikes - 'defined the all mountain category'. The Nomad in this weeks mountain bike bargains article on here for instance. But what bikes set up the genre for Specialized's Enduro and Trek's Remedy to follow? Who was the original?

A rough definition; lighter than DH, heavier than XC, close to 6inches of travel and exotic materials. Full suss of course.

My top trump, the Schwinn Straight 6!

Could be adapted to have 6 or 8inches on the rear. Cabon fibre rear swing arm. Regularly seen built up with triple clamps for DH and Judys for XC. Was a winner on the DH circuit under the Yeti brand.