This year, it has a new carbon front triangular and swingarm and also a stiffer carbon top link. It has thoughtful touches like shaped protectors on both chainstays along with on the downtube, a threaded bottom bracket, as well as fork quits with integrated cable directing on both sides of the headtube. The front triangle makes use of a monocoque building and construction and has actually been lost weight by 300 grams. Take off one more 400 grams for the new rear end as well as you have actually got a sub-8-pound DH structure.
The automobile market uses the term 'halo cars and truck' to explain a peak model that could offer in smaller sized numbers, however showcases the brand's capabilities. The V10C is something of a halo bike for Santa Cruz.
Short chainstays maintain the back wheel confined, a reduced bottom brace makes the bike feel like a port auto and also a reduced toptube provides lots of area to walk around on the bike as well as commit weight where required. Each tester claimed he quickly felt at home on this bike, since regardless of being an extreme extremist, the Demonstration 8 in some way has the good manners of a modest.
So, does this brand-new carbon Driver signal a moving of the tides at Kona HQ? Yes as well as no. Kona is spending greatly in design and also commercial style, and it reveals, yet the foundation on which the business was developed remains. Each design element on the brand-new Operator focuses on offering better toughness, ease of service and also boosted trip experience.
With an expense of more than $10,000, our examination bike is actually a dream develop, completely to the Enve wheels. There was some conversation as to whether carbon wheels belong on a downhill bike, but they are rigid as well as assist a currently nippy bike speed up also much faster.
Numerous rockers are bonded with each other down the facility, which calls for a lot more manufacturing actions. Carbon would have been much also large to give enough strength, so Kona discovered a means to bond both alloy plates to a carbon bridge.