The Bettor we were sent had a 275-pound springtime on a Fox DHX RC2 back shock, something that was apparent we should change right now. I weigh 76KG (absolutely not portly) and also I was blowing with the travel all as well quickly (something that led to a ruined chain overview taco on the very first lap). This weight of spring might fit lighter riders, but it wasn't sufficient for our requirements. As soon as switched out for a 350-pound spring, things ended up being much, better. The bike was able to sit up in its travel, not drag its bottom (brace) on the ground or shed the front wheel somewhere right into next week.
Of the six downhill bikes we evaluated in this year's Bible of Bike Tests, the Specialized Trial 8 II really stood apart from the rest. All our testers agreed the geometry was best, and they quickly felt at home on the bike. And also the grip? Unparalleled. Enjoy this video clip to learn why the Trial pushed our testers to charge more challenging on our DH test track near Flagstaff, Arizona.
One of the hardest facets of screening gravity-oriented bikes is discovering a course that truly pushes these beefy monsters to their real capacity. And even after that, discovering a trail that straddles the great line in between the spontaneity of freeride and also the calculated imperative of DH-racing rate can be a complicated undertaking. Did our testers discover the Devinci Wilson Carbon RC to be a bike with one wheel in each of these worlds? Discover in today's 2014 Bible of Bike Tests 'Roundtable Reels' video.
Our testers had quite strong opinions when it pertained to fit as well as some managing elements. Motorcyclists reported that it really felt confined in the front, resulting in a weird position that left you either standing high with short triangulation or low with your backside over the rear and also joints down. It felt a little high and high, not always as a result of the angles, however as a result of a reasonably long backside as well as brief front end.
Every component on the Trial looks like it was hand-selected for its utmost objective, as opposed to draped as a second thought. Custom Avid Code X0 Globe Cup brakes utilizing X0 bars and also Code calipers demonstrate an obsessive focus on information. The drivetrain is an one-of-a-kind 7-speed configuration that makes use of a SRAM 9-speed shifter as well as derailleur on a micro 7-speed Shimano cassette. Why not just supply all nine equipments? Our wager is that Specialized wished to bring World Cup information to Sunday combatants.
DH bikes are a significant investment, as well as it's nice to know that if you accidentally backed over it with the truck that you could actually do more damage to the truck.