DH bikes are a considerable financial investment, as well as it behaves to recognize that if you inadvertently backed over it with the truck that you may in fact do more damages to the vehicle.
One complaint is the zero chainstay protection; the chain whipping onto the large hollow tubes seems like a box of spanners being thrown away of a helicopter. Both the Shimano Zee brakes and equipments as well as Fox 40 fork give bombproof durability and also race performance at a practical price.
At simply under 40 pounds, the bike felt heavy in our hands by contemporary DH race-bike requirements, but appeared much lighter underfoot. Though the Scott Casino player had not been every tester's preferred bike in the gravity category, several of us definitely enjoyed it. It's a big bike made for red-blooded, white-knuckle action and also grins provided, of course, that you're ready and also able to push the envelope.
The Wilson obtained a few key component upgrades this year. The frame is now offered with the 216-millimeter RockShox Vivid R2C rear shock, as well as Whistler-born-and-bred Chromag obtains the nod for bars and also stem this year. The 780-millimeter-wide Fubars and the Director stem replaced the Truvativ Boobar and also Hozfeller direct-mount stem.
Kona will supply two specifications for the new Driver. The one envisioned below, the Supreme Driver includes a full Shimano Saint team, Fox 40 Air fork and DHX RC4 shock, Hope centers as well as Mavic 729 rims, and chooses under $7,000. While that's not low-cost, contrast that to the Specialized S-Works Demo 8 at $10,000. The other Driver, with the same precise structure, will certainly be available 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.
Many rockers are bonded together down the facility, which needs a lot more producing steps. Carbon would have been a lot as well large to supply adequate toughness, so Kona located a way to bond the two alloy plates to a carbon bridge.
Wide Funn bars and also direct mount stem, Fox 40s, Shimano Zee groupset, all great. The Zee brakes and drivetrain are completely equivalent to it's extra pricey Saint sibling. Schwalbe Muddy Marys? Although not a negative tire, they do measure in very vast and also bubbly, making it really feel a little bouncy and not as foreseeable as some. Schwalbe's Magic Mary can be the ticket.
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.