The Gambler is flexible and also we did play around with the settings to discover an equilibrium. Both modifications either make the lower brace higher or lower and also the back side much shorter or longer; they do not extend the reach of the bike, which is exactly what we really desired. Our trial model really did not had the needed adjustable headset cups that retail versions do, something that we would certainly have enjoyed fettling with to steepen the headangle a touch without transforming the lower bracket or bar elevation (points that happen if you flip the chip on the shock mount or change the amount of stanchion in the fork crowns).
The Wilson obtained a couple of crucial part upgrades this year. The structure is now available with the 216-millimeter RockShox Vivid R2C rear shock, as well as Whistler-born-and-bred Chromag gets the nod for bars as well as stem this year. The 780-millimeter-wide Fubars as well as the Supervisor stem replaced the Truvativ Boobar and also Hozfeller direct-mount stem.
A lot of the tubes on the brand-new Driver are rounded, with the exception of the seat tube. Kona formed the seat tube to act as a mud guard for the shock, permitting it to remain safeguarded enough to be situated upside-down. Mud shedding was a massive factor in the industrial layout of the bike. Notification the data sheet on the frame detailing everything from chainstay size to headset kind.
Add the X. 9 drivetrain, light-weight RockShox Boxxer R2C2 fork, new Avid Potion 7 Trail brakes, Mavic Ex Lover 325 rims with DT Swiss 350 centers as well as you've got a very sweet package for $5,800. The Wilson is also readily available in the state-of-the-art SL for $7,500 and the aluminum-frame XP for $3,700, or in three frame-only choices.
So, does this new carbon Driver signal a shifting of the trends at Kona HQ? Yes as well as no. Kona is spending greatly in design as well as industrial style, as well as it reveals, however the structure on which the business was built remains. Each layout element on the brand-new Driver concentrates on giving much better sturdiness, ease of solution and also boosted trip experience.
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 responsive. We did doubt the high standover. Such crotch touching is a regular quality of GT bikes that we wish would change.