The Wilson got a few essential component upgrades this year. The frame is currently available with the 216-millimeter RockShox Vivid R2C back shock, and also Whistler-born-and-bred Chromag gets approval for bars as well as stem this year. The 780-millimeter-wide Fubars and the Director stem replaced the Truvativ Boobar and Hozfeller direct-mount stem.
The Independent Drivetrain suspension platform has been modified for 2014. The reasonably high main pivot supplies a rearward axle path so the suspension gobbles up hits while the drifting base bracket reduces the chain growth of the style. The outcome is an encouraging feel via the stroke, allowing the bike to be snapped around and also really feel endless, particularly on larger hits.
The Gambler we were sent out featured a 275-pound springtime on a Fox DHX RC2 rear shock, something that was apparent we should change immediately. I consider 76KG (absolutely not portly) as well as I was blowing through the traveling all too easily (something that resulted in a destroyed chain guide taco on the very first lap). This weight of springtime might suit lighter riders, however it wasn't enough for our demands. As soon as exchanged out for a 350-pound springtime, things became much, much better. The bike had the ability to sit up in its traveling, not drag its bottom (brace) on the ground or shed the front wheel somewhere right into following week.
Our testers had rather strong point of views when it came to fit and also some managing aspects. Motorcyclists reported that it felt cramped in the front, leading to a strange position that left you either standing high with short triangulation or reduced with your behind over the rear and also elbows down. It felt a little high and also steep, not necessarily because of the angles, yet as a result of a relatively long backside as well as brief front end.
Brief chainstays keep the back wheel confined, a reduced bottom bracket makes the bike seem like a slot car and also a low toptube offers plenty of room to move on the bike and devote weight where needed. Each tester said he instantly felt at home on this bike, since regardless of being an extreme extremist, the Demonstration 8 somehow has the manners of a moderate.
150-millimeter rear-end spacing, we were a little stunned to see 135-millimeter spacing. Nevertheless, the Standing II still won the hearts of all our testers, rate be damned.