A lot of televisions on the brand-new Driver are round, with the exception of the seat tube. Kona shaped the seat tube to work as a mud guard for the shock, enabling it to stay secured enough to be situated inverted. Mud losing was a big factor in the industrial style of the bike. Notice the data sheet on the frame outlining everything from chainstay size to headset kind.
If there were an all-out pedal drag race in between all the downhill bikes we tested, the V10C would conveniently reveal them its seat rails; it exceled at finding speed, especially in position where various other bikes got stalled. It also attracted high marks for flexibility, as the back suspension is flexible from 8.5 to 10 inches.
This year, it has a new carbon front triangular and swingarm and a stiffer carbon top link. It has thoughtful touches like shaped protectors on both chainstays along with on the downtube, a threaded base brace, and fork quits with incorporated cable television transmitting on both sides of the headtube. The front triangular utilizes a monocoque building and also has been lost weight by 300 grams. Remove one more 400 grams for the brand-new rear end as well as you've got a sub-8-pound DH structure.
The wheelbase is long at 1,230 millimeters, yet the chainstays are a short 432 millimeters, which enables you to devote to the front wheel greater than numerous bikes, as well as it still feels responsive. We did doubt the high standover. Such crotch touching is a common quality of GT bikes that we wish would certainly transform.
While we 'd normally leave the limericks as well as whatnot for the Irishmen, we could not keep back on our appreciation of the GT Fury Group's straight-ahead steamroller sensibilities. Check it out right here:
While we delight in the point-and-plough nature of having such a slack bike, it does come to be difficult. Understanding edges does need mindfulness for the initial few trips on the Gambler. With the wheel up until now out in front, it is very easy to have it press out of turns and it's only as soon as you start doing some considerable bodyweight/position modifications that you tame the beast. Sure, you can say that this type of slack headangle functions better when going down steeper terrain, but just very high terrain and when there are no corners.