If there were a full-blown pedal drag race in between all the downhill bikes we tested, the V10C would conveniently reveal them its seat rails; it exceled at discovering speed, specifically in position where various other bikes got bogged down. It additionally drew high marks for versatility, as the rear suspension is adjustable from 8.5 to 10 inches.
The Pulse quickly came to be known as the fighter of the lot. You really did not have to bother with it not having the ability to take a strike, although you did need to fret about it hitting back. You needed to keep the 'Eye of the Tiger' on it, relax as well as get off the back. After that it came to be suspicious regarding that was riding which. Stay on top of it, however, as well as you were awarded with a stable, speed-hungry beast.
So, does this new carbon Driver signal a changing of the trends at Kona HQ? Yes and no. Kona is spending greatly in engineering as well as commercial design, and also it reveals, but the foundation on which the business was built remains. Each style aspect on the new Driver concentrates on offering better sturdiness, convenience of service and also boosted ride experience.
The wheelbase is long at 1,230 millimeters, yet the chainstays are a brief 432 millimeters, which enables you to devote to the front wheel more than numerous bikes, as well as it still feels responsive. We did doubt the high standover. Such crotch touching is a regular attribute of GT bikes that we wish would change.
The Independent Drivetrain suspension platform has been changed for 2014. The reasonably high main pivot gives a rearward axle course so the suspension gobbles up hits while the drifting base brace reduces the chain growth of the style. The outcome is a helpful feel with the stroke, permitting the bike to be flipped around as well as feel endless, particularly on bigger hits.
Suspension setup was very easy and damping control was easy yet efficient, with a large range of adjustability, from pogo-stick quickly to molasses slow-moving. Improvements? Extra powerful brakes would have behaved. The Elixir 5s are effective for path brakes, however not sufficient for downhill rigs.