This year, it has a new carbon front triangle and also swingarm and also a stiffer carbon top web link. It has thoughtful touches like molded protectors on both chainstays in addition to on the downtube, a threaded base bracket, as well as fork stops with integrated cord transmitting on both sides of the headtube. The front triangle utilizes a monocoque building and also has been lost weight by 300 grams. Remove an additional 400 grams for the new rear end and also you have actually obtained a sub-8-pound DH frame.
The Gambler is adjustable and also we did experiment with the settings to find a balance. The two adjustments either make the lower brace higher or lower and the rear end shorter or much longer; they don't lengthen the reach of the bike, which is just what we actually desired. Our trial model didn't included the required adjustable headset mugs that retail versions do, something that we would certainly have delighted in fettling with to steepen the headangle a touch without altering the lower brace or bar elevation (things that occur if you flip the chip on the shock mount or change the amount of stanchion in the fork crowns).
One gripe is the no chainstay defense; the chain whipping into the huge hollow tubes seems like a box of spanners being thrown out of a helicopter. Both the Shimano Zee brakes and gears as well as Fox 40 fork give bombproof sturdiness and also race performance at an affordable cost.
Specialized really did not skimp on the Condition' parts, either. Its 2.3-inch Butcher DH tires are fast-rolling and instilled self-confidence in dry, damp, hardpack as well as loosened problems. The RockShox Boxxer RC fork and also Fox Van RC shock are additionally solid options.
Among the hardest facets of screening gravity-oriented bikes is locating a program that truly presses these big beasts to their true possibility. As well as then, discovering a trail that straddles the fine line in between the spontaneity of freeride and the calculated imperative of DH-racing speed could be a complicated task. Did our testers discover the Devinci Wilson Carbon RC to be a bike with one wheel in each of these globes? Learn in today's 2014 Bible of Bike Tests 'Roundtable Reels' video.
This makes setup simple. Out on the route, the Demonstration had much more grip than other bike in our examination. The kitty-litter-over-hard-pack conditions asked for a deft hand, but our testers all felt they had substantially even more control while riding the Demo. This stability enabled them to strike turns tougher and also dedicate to and overcome lines that were unclean on other bike.