Kona has long been referred to as the blue collar bike brand, which is no accident. The firm was built on providing extremely trusted bikes at budget-friendly costs. Sure, at times, Kona has actually excluded some bells as well as whistles in order to do so, and they've typically been a bit heavy, yet being the lightest or the flashiest brand name on the block has never ever been Kona's mission. Kona has actually generally concentrated on making bikes that ride well and also last forever, something we can all value.
While we 'd generally leave the limericks as well as whatnot for the Irishmen, we could not hold back on our praise of the GT Fierceness Group's straight-ahead steamroller perceptiveness. Examine it out below:
Nukeproof's three-stage Fallout Link suspension provides 210 millimeters of rear-wheel traveling as well as, when combined with the Walking cane Creek Dual Barrel shock, annihilates whatever in its path. Most of us agreed that components are stellar. Out of the box you need not change a thing, although you might intend to go to Walking stick Creek's web site for pointers on adjusting the shock.
Of the six downhill bikes we tested in this year's Holy bible of Bike Tests, the Specialized Trial 8 II actually differed from the rest. All our testers agreed the geometry was perfect, and also they immediately felt at home on the bike. And also the traction? Unparalleled. View this video clip to find out why the Demo pushed our testers to bill more challenging on our DH test track near Flagstaff, Arizona.
Kona will use two specs for the brand-new Driver. The one pictured below, the Supreme Driver consists of a complete Shimano Saint team, Fox 40 Air fork and DHX RC4 shock, Hope centers and also Mavic 729 rims, and goes with under $7,000. While that's not cheap, compare that to the Specialized S-Works Trial 8 at $10,000. The other Operator, with the exact same precise frame, will can be found in under $4,100 with Shimano Zee cranks, Sram Code brakes, and also Rock Shox suspension. We can not wait to toss our leg over one.
Is it a bike park everyday chauffeur for a person that desires a reliable, spirited, do-anything bike? Or is it a race tool that could go on a diet regimen to obtain the absolute the majority of it? I 'd say it's both. Despite what seem like rough criticisms of the Gambler I actually, deeply appreciated my time aboard it and also was sorry to see it go. Extreme objections are much easier to hand out to bikes that we feel are so close to success. I really wish that the Gambler will certainly be beautified soon. A bit of weight loss and also a tiny bit of a form adjustment and this bike would certainly be a classic. Currently, it's simply very good.