Specialized didn't stint the Status' parts, either. Its 2.3-inch Butcher DH tires are fast-rolling and also instilled self-confidence in completely dry, wet, hardpack and loosened conditions. The RockShox Boxxer RC fork as well as Fox Van RC shock are additionally solid options.
At just under 40 extra pounds, the bike felt hefty in our hands by modern-day DH race-bike criteria, yet appeared much lighter underfoot. Though the Scott Bettor had not been every tester's favorite bike in the gravity group, some of us definitely liked it. It's a large bike created for red-blooded, white-knuckle activity and grins provided, of course, that you prepare and also able to forge ahead.
Kona will supply 2 specs for the new Operator. The one visualized right here, the Supreme Driver consists of a complete Shimano Saint team, Fox 40 Air fork and also DHX RC4 shock, Hope hubs as well as Mavic 729 rims, and opts for under $7,000. While that's not inexpensive, contrast that to the Specialized S-Works Trial 8 at $10,000. The other Operator, with the same precise frame, will can be found in under $4,100 with Shimano Zee cranks, Sram Code brakes, and Rock Shox suspension. We can't wait to toss our leg over one.
While we 'd usually leave the limericks and whatnot for the Irishmen, we couldn't keep back on our praise of the GT Fury Group's straight-ahead steamroller perceptiveness. Check it out below:
The Pulse rapidly became known as the brawler of the number. You didn't have to stress over it not being able to take a punch, although you did need to bother with it countering. You had to maintain the 'Eye of the Tiger' on it, relax and also leave the back. After that it came to be questionable about that was riding which. Remain on top of it, however, as well as you were rewarded with a secure, speed-hungry beast.
This year, it has a new carbon front triangle and swingarm and also a stiffer carbon top link. It has thoughtful touches like molded protectors on both chainstays along with on the downtube, a threaded bottom bracket, as well as fork quits with incorporated cord routing on both sides of the headtube. The front triangular makes use of a monocoque building and has actually been lost weight by 300 grams. Remove one more 400 grams for the brand-new rear end and also you have actually got a sub-8-pound DH structure.