One of the most anticipated bikes of 2011 is close to its official release. I caught up with James 'Dodzy' Dodds at the last Round of the NZ MTB Cup in Napier for a quick talk about his up and coming bike, the New Zealand designed Zerode G-1.Pics and Video inside....
It all started 4 years ago with the original designs and prototypes and finally they're at the very last stage of getting the bike out there into the real world.
Famous for the unique design and utilization of an in-frame gearbox, Zerode are finally on the last stretch of the process, getting together the last parts to get the first 100 bikes out to the riders.Watch the video below to get the key info on the new Bike
The first production bike fully built up ready to tackle the toughest terrain.
The on-board 8 speed gearbox that gives the drivetrain flawless shifting.
The minimalistic rear dropouts giving the rear end less sprung weight for better small bump compliance and maneuverability. Plus the lack of a rear derailleur means less stuff to break!
It may look busy, but it's far more simple than running chain guides and derailleurs. The cranks power a chain that drives the gear box, which then has another chain driving the rear wheel.
Low shock placement in the frame gives a lower center of gravity for better balance and the high pivot of the rear swingarm gives awesome bump absorption over big holes and rough terrain.
To keep up to date with the company check out their facebook page
and also their up website coming soon www.zerodebikes.com
.Photos and Video credit
: Tom Cuthbert/Shred-NZ