Catching his breath alongside a road near Seattle, WA USA
1999 K2 OzM, 2001 Aegis Aro Svelte
Hmmm... doubles have always been quite popular on MTBs for specific applications. Take a look at some of the DH setups from the past which favoured larger rings or some of the FR setups lately which favour smaller rings and a bash guard.
Here's a Kona Stinky that comes stock with a double (bash/36/26).
And here's a replica of John Tomac's bike that he rode to his 1990 World Championship DH win.