Several rockers are welded together down the center, which requires more producing steps. Carbon would have been much also big to give enough toughness, so Kona located a way to bond the two alloy plates to a carbon bridge.
This year, it has a brand-new carbon front triangular and also swingarm and a stiffer carbon upper link. It has thoughtful touches like shaped protectors on both chainstays in addition to on the downtube, a threaded base bracket, and also fork stops with integrated wire routing on both sides of the headtube. The front triangle utilizes a monocoque construction and also has been slimmed down by 300 grams. Take off another 400 grams for the new rear end and you've got a sub-8-pound DH frame.
Our team was completely separated on Santa Cruz's front runner DH device. With back to back World Championship pedigree, and also a just as remarkable cost, the biggest discussion got on value. Make certain to take note when the testers mention fit, as this bike operates on the tiny side.
If you look carefully, you can see that the pivot screw utilizes a 12-point hex head, which offers a much more robust device interface, protecting against removing on the alloy bolt. Big diameter pivot bearings provide longer service life, while the inside routed cord is safeguarded from the aspects.
Previous Operators had a pinch screw on the non-drive side alone, but testing revealed that benting forces were enduring the axle. Including a pinch bolt to the drive-side as well boosts tightness and toughness. The front runner design is spec would certainly with Hope hubs, which make certain to last a minimum of as long as the bike.
The automobile market utilizes the term 'halo auto' to describe a peak design that might offer in smaller sized numbers, yet showcases the brand name's capacities. The V10C is something of a halo bike for Santa Cruz.
Numerous rockers are bonded with each other down the facility, which requires more producing actions. Carbon would have been much also large to offer sufficient toughness, so Kona found a means to bond both alloy plates to a carbon bridge.
The majority of our testers were stunned at the flight high quality of the Condition II and instantly really felt comfy on it. At 38.5 extra pounds, it's certainly not the lightest of the lot, but that really did not keep it from feeling extremely lively and playful. The cockpit really felt spot-on as well as the bike's user-friendly geometry offers it a secure, yet manoeuvrable feeling.