At simply under 40 extra pounds, the bike felt heavy in our hands by contemporary DH race-bike criteria, but seemed much lighter underfoot. Though the Scott Bettor wasn't every tester's favorite bike in the gravity group, several of us definitely enjoyed it. It's a huge bike designed for red-blooded, white-knuckle activity and also smiles offered, of course, that you're ready as well as able to forge ahead.
The majority of televisions on the brand-new Driver are rounded, with the exemption of the seat tube. Kona sculpted the seat tube to work as a mud guard for the shock, enabling it to stay secured adequate to be positioned upside down. Mud losing was a huge factor in the commercial layout of the bike. Notice the information sheet on the framework outlining whatever from chainstay length to headset type.
Several rockers are welded together down the center, which requires a lot more making actions. Carbon would have been a lot also huge to offer sufficient toughness, so Kona discovered a method to bond the two alloy plates to a carbon bridge.
The Bettor is flexible and also we did play around with the settings to discover an equilibrium. The two adjustments either make the lower brace greater or reduced and also the rear end much shorter or longer; they do not extend the reach of the bike, which is exactly what we truly desired. Our demo version really did not featured the required adjustable headset cups that retail versions do, something that we would certainly have appreciated fettling with to steepen the headangle a touch without changing the lower bracket or bar elevation (things that occur if you turn the chip on the shock place or change the amount of stanchion in the fork crowns).
The automobile market uses the term 'halo vehicle' to describe a peak design that may market in smaller sized numbers, yet showcases the brand name's abilities. The V10C is something of a halo bike for Santa Cruz.
The wheelbase is long at 1,230 millimeters, but the chainstays are a brief 432 millimeters, which allows you to commit to the front wheel greater than many bikes, as well as it still feels receptive. We did wonder about the high standover. Such crotch touching is a regular attribute of GT bikes that we want would certainly alter.
The Fury's toptube appears as thick as a bent thigh as well as the rear triangle is so stout that look tells you this bike prepares to exchange impacts. The front end is large and the hindquarters small. GT pushed the front end out, both at the axle using a 63-degree head-angle, and at the cockpit. The 438-millimeter reach on size medium raises security, allows area for handling and also creates a feeling of safely anchored wheels.
Nukeproof's three-stage After effects Linkage suspension supplies 210 millimeters of rear-wheel traveling and also, when incorporated with the Walking stick Creek Double Barrel shock, annihilates every little thing in its path. We all concurred that elements are excellent. From package you require not transform a thing, although you may intend to most likely to Walking cane Creek's website for ideas on tuning the shock.
The Bettor had a lively nature, stood out off lips well and simply frolicked in the roughest components of the route. The bottom-bracket elevation is flexible from 13.6 inches to 14 inches, which in mix with the reduced center of gravity and short rear end gave it an enjoyable feeling. The extremely rigid framework and also limited back side make it feasible to devote to the terrain as well as obtain more traction.
Kona will supply 2 specs for the new Operator. The one envisioned here, the Supreme Driver consists of a complete Shimano Saint team, Fox 40 Air fork and also DHX RC4 shock, Hope centers as well as Mavic 729 rims, as well as chooses under $7,000. While that's not cheap, compare that to the Specialized S-Works Demonstration 8 at $10,000. The various other Operator, with the exact same exact frame, will can be found in under $4,100 with Shimano Zee cranks, Sram Code brakes, and Rock Shox suspension. We can't wait to toss our leg over one.