The majority of the tubes on the brand-new Driver are rounded, with the exemption of the seat tube. Kona sculpted the seat tube to work as a mud guard for the shock, enabling it to stay protected adequate to be located upside down. Mud dropping was a significant consider the industrial layout of the bike. Notice the information sheet on the framework outlining whatever from chainstay length to headset type.
Group Beast Energy-Specialized debuted this idea in 2010, and many racers have given that attempted duplicating it with their very own less-ingenious customizations. Sadly, it doesn't work perfectly because the limitation screws on the derailleur do not stop over-shifting at the top sprocket, although an artificial guard does aid.
Our testers had rather solid viewpoints when it concerned fit and some managing facets. Cyclists reported that it really felt cramped in the front, leading to a weird placement that left you either standing high with brief triangulation or low with your backside over the back as well as arm joints down. It felt a little high as well as high, not necessarily as a result of the angles, yet because of a fairly long back end and also brief front end.
If there were a full-blown pedal drag race in between all the downhill bikes we tested, the V10C would handily reveal them its seat rails; it exceled at finding speed, particularly in places where various other bikes obtained slowed down. It likewise drew high marks for adaptability, as the back suspension is adjustable from 8.5 to 10 inches.
The Wilson obtained a few vital component upgrades this year. The structure is currently offered with the 216-millimeter RockShox Vivid R2C back shock, and also Whistler-born-and-bred Chromag obtains the nod for bars and stem this year. The 780-millimeter-wide Fubars and the Supervisor stem changed the Truvativ Boobar and Hozfeller direct-mount stem.
So, does this brand-new carbon Driver signal a shifting of the trends at Kona HQ? Yes and no. Kona is spending heavily in design and commercial layout, as well as it shows, however the structure on which the company was developed remains. Each layout component on the new Operator concentrates on providing better resilience, convenience of service as well as boosted trip experience.