Brought to the public in 2004, Bear Trucks started in order to fill a void in the market for a high performance, high quality downhill truck. Bear began by producing precisions that could withstand and perform well with larger wheels and higher speeds and this led to the development of the Smokies. These went on to dominate the downhill racing circuit and allowed riders to push themselves outside of the race course. This progression prompted the creation of the Grizzly; a cast aluminum version of the successful downhill truck. Still pushing development, the Grizzlies receive design upgrades yearly and in 2012, after four years of development, Bear released the Polar Bear, a conventional geometry truck to meet the demands of hybrid and crossover riding.