Bike Check: Kellys Bike Noid 90 29er - European DH Cup 2018

Jul 1, 2018
by Rick Schubert Schubert  

One of the bikes that constantly catches attention is the Kellys Bike Noid 90. The Kellys Factory Racing team has been running this frame since last year but did some major changes during the offseason and is now using a 29er version. We caught up with Rastislav Baranek, team rider of the Kellys Factory Racing team, at the iXS European DH Cup in Abetone and took a closer look.

At first sight, the Noid 90 might look a little bit confusing to some of us. That's not because it is from a different planet but because of its unique shock mounting and the Think Link system. The Noid 90 seems to be an extremely versatile bike. With two adjustment options- one at the rear for chain stay and one at the rear shock for head angle and bottom bracket, Rastislav and the team can change the geometry of the bike for any kind of downhill course.

Rastislav is using Shimano Saint for his drivetrain and brakes along with a Pro Tharsis 9.8 handlebar, stem, seat post, and saddle. Schwalbe provides tires and Rastislav likes to ride the Magic Mary 2.35" with the ultrasoft compound. In the back, he also uses Schwalbe's ProCore. For suspension, Rastislav is free to use whatever he likes and is currently mixing a Fox 49 in the front with a RockShox Super Deluxe Coil in the back, both tuned by JC Suspension.
Rastislav and his Kelly Bikes Niod 90 29er
Rastislav Baranek // Kellys Factory Racing
Age: 23
Home: Slovakia
Height: (6'0")
Instagram: @rastobaranek36

With an height of 1.84cm Rastislav is using a large sized frame
With a height of 1.84 m, Rastislav is using a large-sized frame

Rastislav is running the 447mm chain stay option here in Abetone
Rastislav is running the 447mm chainstay option here in Abetone.

The rear triangle is really compact what make the bike extremly stable
The rear triangle is compact and helps make the bike extremely stable.

Another hidden adjustment option to slacker the head angle and to lower the bottom bracket
Another hidden adjustment option to slacken the head angle and to lower the bottom bracket.

bigquotes"My favorite thing about the bike is the rear triangle. It is super stiff and gives me immediate feedback about what is going on underneath me. Currently, I am riding 447mm chain stay which is really short for a 29er and it is just great to play with."Rastislav Baranek

Rastislav uses a 450lbs spring in his Rock Shox Super Deluxe Coil shock
Rastislav uses a 450lbs spring in his Rock Shox Super Deluxe Coil shock.

He is running 65psi in his Fox 49 which is tuned by JC Suspension
He is running 65psi in his Fox 49 which is tuned by JC Suspension.

Mozartt build a carbon chain guide just for the Niod 90 which is just 53g
Mozartt built a custom carbon chain guide for the Noid 90 which is just 53g.

The Shimano Saint brakes are combined with sintered Kelly Bikes braking pads
Shimano Saint brakes are combined with sintered Kelly Bikes braking pads.

Pro 50mm stem which can me changed to 45mm if Rasto wants to
Pro 50mm stem, which can be changed to 45mm if Rasto wants to.

Pro Tharsis 9.8 cockpit with an 800m wide handle bar
Pro Tharsis 9.8 cockpit with an 800m wide handlebar.

HT T1-SX clipless pedals
HT T1-SX clipless pedals.

The team is running Novatec Diablo XL 29 wheels
The team is running Novatec Diablo XL 29" wheels.

The Schwalbe Magic Marry is the tyre of choice. Pressure wise he is running 24 6psi in the front and 26 1psi in the back
The Schwalbe Magic Mary is Rasto's tire of choice. Pressure wise he is running 24.6psi in the front and 26.psi in the back.

Schwalbe Addix ultra soft compound to gain the extra bit of grip
Schwalbe Addix ultra soft compound to gain the extra bit of grip.

The team is currently testing a carbon version of the Think Link which is engineered by the technical university of Bratislava
The team is currently testing a carbon version of the Think Link, engineered by the Technical University of Bratislava.

MENTIONS: @KellysBicycles


  • 38 0
 That was the hardest Pinkbike article title to read, ever.
  • 5 1
 @Rick Schubert Schubert you cheeky little monkey. Went and changed the original title on me... now I look like a lunatic. Luckily the title's still in the original banner image for the article :p
  • 23 0
 24.6 psi is awfully precise
  • 29 0
 It's about 1.7 bar. I'm guessing they just converted it and didn't round...
  • 4 0
 you mean aBuut @Fresh1:
  • 21 1
 Theres how many photos and not a single clear shot non drive side. How does the suspension function?
  • 1 0
 It's a sort of VPP, they state that there is no chain growth at all, but i doubt that.
  • 2 1
 It's a vpp design. The rear triangle is connected to the main frame by two linkages the upper one drives the shock
  • 11 0
 Totally agree. Pinkbike needs more pictures of the non-drive side of bikes when doing this stuff.
  • 3 0
 Yes, any article highlighting a unique suspension design should show a side shot of the non-drive side.
  • 2 2
 @Stylexxx: VPP is counter rotating links. Closer to DW, Maestro, or the like.
  • 1 0
 We can see where the lower link connects to the frame in the 5th picture from the bottom up. It seems a bit similar to a Niner jet 9 (for the lower link only).
If there's not much chain growth I guess the wheelpath tends to go forward.
  • 1 0
 @Will-narayan: they say the following " totally independent rear suspension. It ensures no negative influence from drivetrain and brakes, no pedal kickback and constant rear triangle geometry with absolutely no chain growth." lol I'd love to see a linkage
  • 1 0
 @Stylexxx: I don't know, it seems possible, though probably a bit overblown PR.
If I copy/paste the wheel in photoshop and rotates it around the crank center, it fits just right under the saddle, my maths are old but if the 2 links mathematics are right, maybe you can keep the wheel on a perfect circle around the crank axle.
But as I said the wheelpath goes forward, you either have no chaingrowth and forward wheelpath, or rearward wheelpath and lot of chaingrowth.
But if you want both no chaingrowth and a rearward wheelpath you need a high pivot with a high cog.
  • 1 2
It is a Vpp design. Maestro is a Vpp design too. The point where the axle rotates around moves. So that point is virtual. Santa Cruz only have a patent on the name
  • 3 1
 @emptybox: if you want to get pedantic, Santa Cruz had a patent on VPP, which was described as having two short counter-rotating links. DW and Giant's systems may have a dynamic (virtual) pivot point, and so does Horst link and pretty much anything that isn't a single pivot, but that doesn't make them VPP.
  • 2 1
 @arden0: bingo.
  • 2 3
Well the pivot point is virtual right?
I guess you can say it's a virtual pivot point then
  • 2 3
 @emptybox: No, there is no virtual pivot. It's a different design engineered to do different things. I'm sorry, but you're wrong on this one. It moreso resembles suspension layouts like Niner's. The wheel path is massively different.
  • 2 1
There is a fixed axle path. Wich isn't linear or straight. It's a curve. Curves do have a centre. That centre can change trough the curve when the radius changes. Like the VIRTUAL pivot point on a giant for example. That pivot point is virtual because there is no real pivot at that location. You could also say "imaginary" pivot point if that makes you feel better. For this bike it's the same.for a Santa Cruz it's also the doesn't matter if the wheel path has an S shape or a C or whatever shape.
  • 1 1
On an S shaped axle path the radius changes from negativ to positive or the other way round. On a C shape it stays positiv or negative.
  • 2 2
 @emptybox: You can triple post again if you want; there's a reason DW and Maestro didn't infringe on the VPP patent. The reason is pretty simple, they're not the same suspension design. This isn't a debate.

But please, condescend to me some more with definitions that lack context...
  • 18 3
 Avoid the Noid...
  • 9 0
 Most of the people reading this are probably too young to know what that means! ????
  • 2 0
 @Triber66: first I was getting downvoted... maybe I should've included a winking smiley? Probably wouldn't have helped much. A quick Google search is all that's needed... oh well. Razz
  • 9 0
 Not to flare up the chain stay debate but how is 447mm short for a 29er?
  • 1 1
 It is not I think is the answer. Some of longest non-ebike stays seem to be mid 450's. The shortest you could reasonably get a 2.6 29er is probably around 425mm.
  • 3 0
 @RoboDuck: Canfield is a bit shorter 414mm
  • 7 0
 One of the Best Looking Bike Ever !!
  • 2 17
flag frix182 (Jul 1, 2018 at 16:14) (Below Threshold)
 Never heard abt the brand before though... Pretty identical to Knolly bikes though...
  • 28 0
 @frix182: there is absolutely no similarity between this and a Knolly.
Please try turning your eyes on, and off again to reset.
  • 8 0
 This is a really good looking bike, nice Sharp lines. I am surprised this aesthetic isn't more common.
  • 1 0
 @frix182: ...I don't see much all...
  • 2 0
 @YouHadMeAtDrugs: @ratedgg13
I was referring to the brand LOGO !
Not the bikes!!
Check them! They're pretty identical
  • 1 1
 @frix182: lol what????
  • 2 0
 Just bought one of those. After two rides I can tell it's a really fun bike, it even does go uphill (slowly but it does). May be slightly heavier than others but it doesn't affect riding at all. It jumps with ease, has a lot of pop, accelerates easily and the suspension feels very good on the rough terrain. I'll see what future brings but for the moment it seems like a great deal!
  • 1 0
 Actually it looks like they took the 27.5 frame and fitted it with longer and higher rear axle dropouts to fit 29 inch wheel, 29 inch fork, and maybe some modified suspension links to adjust the geometry. This is the original 27.5 inch wheeled prototype:
  • 4 0
 The bike has a great stance!
  • 4 0
 Paid for by dominos pizza.
  • 3 0
 It looks like a canyon sender and a bergamont straight lines baby.
  • 3 0
 And they say DH is dead.
  • 2 0
 29"....the wheel of choice for fast n fresh, on time pizza delivery.
  • 1 0
 That's a pretty nice bike, but the Commencal Supreme dh 29 is sooo much better looking !
  • 2 1
 24'6 psi.... Fuck. Love racing precise
  • 1 0
  • 2 1
 All that adjustable geo and the 49 still has 58mm offset. smh.
  • 1 0
 why a rock shox shock with a fox fork??
  • 1 0
 whats wrong with that?
  • 2 1
 Damn, looks like Kelly-Knolly.
  • 2 0
 In what was does this bike look like a Knolly?
  • 1 0
 What’s it weigh in at? Looks like a beast
  • 1 0
 Whoever fitted that fork didn't read the instructions
  • 1 0
 Never heard of them before, but that is one sharp looking bike!
  • 1 0
 Sexy piece of machinery
  • 3 6
 I'm sorry but what the hell is Bike Noid? Never heard of that brand.
  • 7 0
 Because Noid isn’t a brand. Kellys Bikes is the brand, Noid is the model.
  • 2 0
 not sure if joking...

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