The bike's suspension performance can be placed down to having a high primary pivot which works well for big hits as well as square edge bump absorption (rearward axle path). On top of that the use of the Floating Link suspension design develops a suspension curve which is direct for the very first 50 percent and also dynamic through the last half of the travel, enabling excellent small bump compliance and enhanced support when the route needs or when a motorcyclist presses on the bike (preloading on departure, for instance).
So, does this new carbon Driver signal a shifting of the trends at Kona HQ? Yes and also no. Kona is spending greatly in engineering as well as commercial style, as well as it reveals, but the foundation on which the company was built remains. Each style aspect on the brand-new Operator focuses on offering better longevity, convenience of service as well as enhanced flight experience.
While we 'd normally leave the limericks and also whatnot for the Irishmen, we couldn't keep back on our praise of the GT Fierceness Team's straight-ahead steamroller perceptiveness. Inspect it out right here:
Kona will provide 2 specifications for the brand-new Driver. The one imagined below, the Supreme Operator consists of a complete Shimano Saint group, Fox 40 Air fork and also DHX RC4 shock, Hope hubs and Mavic 729 rims, and opts for under $7,000. While that's not economical, compare that to the Specialized S-Works Demonstration 8 at $10,000. The various other Operator, with the same precise framework, will certainly can be found in under $4,100 with Shimano Zee cranks, Sram Code brakes, and Rock Shox suspension. We can't wait to throw our leg over one.
Nukeproof's three-stage After effects Affiliation suspension provides 210 millimeters of rear-wheel traveling and also, when integrated with the Cane Creek Double Barrel shock, decimates everything in its path. All of us agreed that components are stellar. From package you require not transform a thing, although you may want to most likely to Cane Creek's web site for suggestions on tuning the shock.
A couple of laps on the Bettor and my arms would certainly begin to burn out. A couple of more as well as I would certainly prepare to call it quits for the day. The bike's center of mass is low and main (a very good point), however there's simply a lot of mass to this bike. Plus, because the bike really feels so lively and also wants to go-hard/go-sideways/keep-going, you end up observing its bulk. You begin to obtain comfy, you begin to push the bike hard then you start obtaining fatigued.
Previous Operators had a pinch bolt on the non-drive side alone, yet screening showed that benting pressures were enduring the axle. Including a pinch screw to the drive-side also increases rigidity and toughness. The front runner version is spec would certainly with Hope centers, which are sure to last at least as long as the bike.
Our staff was entirely divided on Santa Cruz's front runner DH equipment. With back to back World Champion pedigree, and a just as outstanding price tag, the largest dispute was on value. Make sure to focus when the testers point out fit, as this bike operates on the little side.