White Bear (1987–2005)
White Bear operated from 1987 - 1999, went broke and was then restarted by the
parents of a Junior factory rider based out of San Francisco (Merced?).
5 model frames Micro, Mini, Expert, Pro & Pro XXL. The pro was called
the 'T-bone' after then factory pro Shawn T-Bone Texas. The T-bone frame
was unique with a small extra stay welded between the seat pillar and the
gusset between the chainstays. Not long after the release of the T-bone
shawn went to jail, the frame was dropped and within months White Bear went
by the way side.
I also found something in a magazine, that Ron Anderson (at the time a White Bear factory pro)was behind the forks with the huge gap, and that the production forks were NOT like that. I am still interested in getting a pro sized frame set, if anyone has one out there?