-Floating Brake System Eliminates Brake Feedback on Long Travel Bikes-
KonaWorld – See Jack disappear. The engineers at Kona and Brake Therapy put their heads together, took some input from back-to-back World Champ Fabien Barel, Overall World Cup Champ Tracy Moseley and the Clump Freeride Team and came up with the Drop Out Performance Enhancement system, a floating caliper brake system that effectively kicks brake jack to the curb, giving riders more control and eliminating brake feedback on long travel bikes while the suspension is working.The D.O.P.E. system, which has helped Kona’s gravity riders top podiums around the world, comes as standard equipment on the Stinky Primo and Stinky Deluxe, and is available as an upgrade kit for use on all 2007 Stinky, Coiler, Coiler Deluxe, CoilAir and CoilAir Supreme “Dope Ready” bikes and frames. The system features a light, machined floater body with thrust bearings that eliminates side to side play, and remains in the frame during wheel removal.
Another benefit of the D.O.P.E. system is the flexibility to use various combinations of QR wheel vs. 12mm thru axle wheel, and fixed brake vs. floating brake setups. The system effectively gives riders a variety of brake and wheel options to choose from depending on their personal preference. The system will retail for $350 US.
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So, keep your eyes open for D.O.P.E. system equipped Konas on a hill near you. They’ll be the ones at the top of the podium.
D.O.P.E. system images courtesy of Shimano.
About the Kona Bicycle Company:
The Kona Bicycle Company designs, manufacturers and distributes more than 60 models of purpose-built, high-performance mountain, road and urban bicycles. Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Ferndale, Washington, USA, Kona bicycles are distributed worldwide in more than 60 countries through independent specialty bicycle dealers. Kona funds several professional road, mountain and cyclo-cross racing teams that include World Cup Champions, World Champions and National Champions. www.konaworld.com