150-millimeter rear-end spacing, we were a little surprised to see 135-millimeter spacing. Nevertheless, the Standing II still won the hearts of all our testers, cost be damned.
If you look closely, you could see that the pivot screw uses a 12-point hex head, which uses an extra durable tool interface, stopping removing on the alloy bolt. Big diameter pivot bearings offer longer life span, while the inside transmitted cable television is safeguarded from the elements.
Kona will certainly offer 2 specs for the brand-new Driver. The one envisioned right here, the Supreme Driver consists of a complete Shimano Saint team, Fox 40 Air fork and DHX RC4 shock, Hope hubs as well as Mavic 729 edges, and also goes with under $7,000. While that's not cheap, contrast that to the Specialized S-Works Demonstration 8 at $10,000. The other Operator, with the very same specific frame, will can be found in under $4,100 with Shimano Zee cranks, Sram Code brakes, as well as Rock Shox suspension. We can not wait to toss our leg over one.
Sure, 5 years ago 40 extra pounds was taken into consideration sensible for a downhill bike however that was five years earlier. Forty pounds is a great deal nowadays. I do not adhere dogmatically to the regulation that less is extra not constantly however the problem is that the Gambler does feel like a lot of bike. A long lap on the Gambler as well as the weight ends up being a drag.
The Fury has actually gone through an extreme transformation. It dropped its carbon skin as well as 'went back' to a light weight aluminum framework. This is not only more economical and much less time-consuming than carbon, yet permits kinematics as well as geometries to be changed throughout development. That does not indicate the existing design isn't a lot more dynamic as well as innovative than it ever before has been. Actually, most of the testers felt this Fierceness was an improvement over previous models.
A lot of our testers were stunned at the flight high quality of the Standing II and also immediately really felt comfortable on it. At 38.5 pounds, it's absolutely not the lightest of the lot, but that really did not maintain it from feeling really dynamic and spirited. The cockpit felt spot-on and the bike's instinctive geometry lends it a secure, yet manoeuvrable feel.