The pedal friendly 6" travel bike may be the perfect rig for the most riders out there. Ready to shred on any occasion and any terrain, they may very well be the answer to the question "what is a mountain bike?" Enter the 2009 Mongoose Khyber Super.
Full HD video inside!
Eternal ripper Eric Carter also fills us in on how, what and where he's been riding lately!With 165mm of travel and a solid and well thought out parts spec it looks like the Khyber Super will be a great weapon if you are looking for a 'do it all' mountain bike.
Frame and Size
Mongoose Khyber Super (Black Nickel) •165mm of travel •FreeDrive Suspension •135mm dropouts
Marzocchi Roco Air R •Oversize air can
2009 Marzocchi 55 ATA Micro •15 mm Tool less removal •125-165mm Travel
Shimano 22/36/Bash Guard
Shimano Hollow Tech ll
Crank Bros. Acid
Sram PG-950, 9 Speed, 11-34
Shimano XT Shadow
Gravity Light, Triple Butted(31.8mm) •710mm width
Gravity Light(31.8mm) •50mm reach
Hayes Stroker Trail
Stan's ZTR Flow rim 32h, Formula 15 mm thru-axle hub, DT Comp spokes w/ aluminum nipples
Stan's ZTR Flow rim 32h, Formula Sealed, DT Comp spokes w/ aluminum
SDG Bel Air RL
Cobra R Adjustable height w/ Remote
•MRP Long Range Patrol chainguide
Deciding to spec the Stan's ZTR Flow rims (and even with aluminum nipples!) is a great choice in my books. Light, and more importantly strong, they are an easy way to bring a 6" travel bike to life on the trail. The I-Beam seat and post combo is also a win-win: light and strong. Other neat bits include the remotely adjustable seat post and carbon air can equipped ROCO shock. Bling!
Mongoose FreeDrive suspension features a high pivot and floating BB unit
I don't need to point out that the Kyber's FreeDrive suspension does look a bit odd. What I should mention though (for those that didn't watch the video anyway) is that it is not a URT design, despite slightly resembling it. FreeDrive pivots off a relatively high single pivot and uses a floating BB system to prevent chain pull and keep things neutral.
I had a great time aboard their DH bike, the Boot'r. The FreeDrive system proved to be quite competent and excelled on the longer travel go-fast bike. I didn't get a chance to ride the Khyber Super but it looks like it's ready to rock!