The Gambler has 2 lower bracket height alternatives readjusted by the lower shock screw. The reduced opening supplies a 0 millimeter bottom brace decline, while the top opening offers a +10 millimeter base bracket decline.
This is a heavy-duty bike. It feels like it could endure being shaken off a 12-story roofing onto a carpeting made from land mines. This makes it an excellent candidate for being a bike park daily driver. However, that brawn comes with a rate. Weighing in at 40 pounds (with pedals and also tubes, right out of package) this bike is significantly in the heavyweight group.
This year, it has a brand-new carbon front triangle and also swingarm as well as a stiffer carbon upper web link. It has thoughtful touches like shaped protectors on both chainstays along with on the downtube, a threaded base brace, as well as fork stops with incorporated cord transmitting on both sides of the headtube. The front triangle makes use of a monocoque construction and has been slimmed down by 300 grams. Remove an additional 400 grams for the brand-new rear end and also you have actually obtained a sub-8-pound DH framework.
The pedaling performance speaks to the Split Pivot linkage design, which dishes out reliable overall traction and also rear-end stiffness. All this translates into a ground-hugging machine, yet, despite that, it begged to be taken off the ground. Aboard the Wilson, we were influenced to release jumps and devote to success.
The Bettor has 2 lower brace elevation choices readjusted by the lower shock screw. The lower opening offers a 0 millimeter base brace decrease, while the top opening provides a +10 millimeter base brace decrease.
The carbon Driver has inner cord directing. I could already see the hate remarks piling up, however let me discuss. Fishing wires through frames draws, which is why Kona glued in carbon overview tubes for the back derailleur as well as brake. Many thanks men. If you 'd choose to run your wires on the outside, you can do that as well. Every information was thought about. Inspect just how the change cable goes through the ISCG tab, keeping the derailleur housing far from the drivetrain. That evidently was extremely challenging to encourage the factory to do.
A couple of laps on the Gambler and also my arms would certainly start to burn out. A few more as well as I would certainly prepare to call it stops for the day. The bike's center of gravity is reduced and also main (a great point), but there's simply a lot of mass to this bike. And also, because the bike really feels so lively and also intends to go-hard/go-sideways/keep-going, you end up discovering its mass. You start to obtain comfortable, you begin to push the bike difficult and then you start obtaining fatigued.
Suspension arrangement was easy as well as damping control was easy yet effective, with a large range of adjustability, from pogo-stick quickly to molasses sluggish. Improvements? Much more powerful brakes would certainly have behaved. The Elixir Fives are effective for path brakes, yet not adequate for downhill rigs.
A few laps on the Gambler as well as my arms would start to get tired. A few more and also I would certainly prepare to call it stops for the day. The bike's center of gravity is reduced and main (a very good thing), however there's simply a lot of mass to this bike. And also, since the bike really feels so lively as well as wishes to go-hard/go-sideways/keep-going, you wind up seeing its bulk. You start to get comfortable, you start to push the bike difficult and then you begin obtaining tired out.
Kona will certainly supply two specs for the brand-new Driver. The one imagined right here, the Supreme Operator includes a full Shimano Saint team, Fox 40 Air fork and DHX RC4 shock, Hope hubs and also Mavic 729 edges, as well as goes for under $7,000. While that's not economical, compare that to the Specialized S-Works Demonstration 8 at $10,000. The other Operator, with the same specific structure, will certainly come in under $4,100 with Shimano Zee cranks, Sram Code brakes, and also Rock Shox suspension. We cannot wait to throw our leg over one.