Group Beast Energy-Specialized debuted this concept in 2010, and numerous racers have since attempted duplicating it with their very own less-ingenious customizations. Unfortunately, it doesn't work perfectly because the limitation screws on the derailleur don't stop over-shifting on top gear, although a synthetic guard does aid.
The wheelbase is long at 1,230 millimeters, yet the chainstays are a brief 432 millimeters, which permits you to commit to the front wheel more than numerous bikes, as well as it still really feels receptive. We did wonder about the high standover. Such crotch touching is a common attribute of GT bikes that we want would alter.
Kona will offer 2 specifications for the new Driver. The one visualized right here, the Supreme Driver consists of a full Shimano Saint team, Fox 40 Air fork as well as DHX RC4 shock, Hope hubs and also Mavic 729 edges, and also chooses under $7,000. While that's not inexpensive, contrast that to the Specialized S-Works Demonstration 8 at $10,000. The various other Driver, with the same exact framework, will certainly be available in under $4,100 with Shimano Zee cranks, Sram Code brakes, and Rock Shox suspension. We can not wait to toss our leg over one.
We rode as well as wrote about the Scott Casino player 10 for the 2013 Bible Of Bike Tests, and we liked it (See? Here's that evaluation.). In fact, we liked it a lot to make sure that we should make certain we liked it as high as we did. At least that was our justification for obtaining even more ride time aboard the Bettor. We had one delivered approximately Whistler for some bike park slamming throughout the summertime.
The Independent Drivetrain suspension system has actually been changed for 2014. The fairly high main pivot gives a rearward axle course so the suspension gobbles up hits while the drifting base bracket minimizes the chain growth of the layout. The outcome is an encouraging feeling through the stroke, allowing the bike to be snapped around and also feel bottomless, especially on bigger hits.
Of the six downhill bikes we tested in this year's Bible of Bike Tests, the Specialized Demonstration 8 II actually stood apart from the rest. All our testers concurred the geometry was ideal, as well as they quickly felt comfortable on the bike. And the traction? Unparalleled. Enjoy this video clip to discover why the Trial pushed our testers to bill tougher on our DH examination track near Flagstaff, Arizona.