The Norco Factory Team has been testing a new downhill bike this season, and we finally get to take a look.
It looks a whole lot like the new Range, doesn't it? Well, this downhill bike, which as far as we know is unnamed, uses the same carbon frame parts as the recently revealed Range, but uses a different shock link and dropouts to change the geometry, allowing riders to run a full-travel dual crown fork while keeping the bottom bracket height where it needs to be, making it an entirely different bike that's ready to take on World Cup downhill courses.
Sam Blenkinsop has had a big year. He snuck into the top 20 at Les Gets and Crankworx Innsbruck, raced some EWS, and spent some time at home in New Zealand for the birth of his son. Congrats, Sam! Now, he's back over in Europe for some more downhill racing.
Let's take a look at his downhill rig.
Like the Range, this DH bike uses a high virtual pivot design with an idler pulley to keep things in check.
Blenki's runs alloy bars adorned with Deity Knuckleduster grips and SRAM Code RSC brakes.
RockShox red to keep things smooth. They've lowered his fork pressure by 3 psi for Lenzerheide compared with Val di Sole to try to manage the chatter on this track. Rebound is fast front and rear, and compression will be dialed in over the next several practice laps as the course changes.
The lower link rotates around the bottom bracket and drives the shock from below.
The dropouts also help distinguish the DH bike from the Range. As for rotors, he's running 220 mm on the front wheel and 200 mm on the rear with organic brake pads.
Mallet pedals and a Deity saddle with an old-school angle round it out.
Tits on a Snake
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This Range frame with some stealth tools would be a WBP beast. I'm doing toss ups between Range and G1 currently.
Anyway; it's almost as if DH and EWS racers are the same.
Longer lasting too, although obviously that doesn’t matter for a WC bike
Thos are monstruous spring rates for a 176 lbs rider!
It's like they can read my mind, and release a new model before I purchased it.
You can use velcro over an over an over again, also making it cheaper
But, carry on trying to win the internet for the day...........
I'll bet if it was neon blue or yellow, had enduhhro written onit an cost 10 times as normal MTB'ers would LOVE it
Single use plastic means exactly that.
I am not going to debate anything with you. That would be futile. Please feel free to continue making an ass of yourself
PS: You're a needy little bugger. Aren't ya?
The zip ties are discarded, not him. Although now I come to think of it...
Please, continue HaHaHa
Just so you know, I am handicapped you ignorant POS. Do you have an issue with people with disabilities?
If you were in reach I'd give you the slap your father (if he even stuck around) should have years ago. Loser.
That's not a virtual pivot design. That's a link driven high single pivot.
The link (chainstay) that the wheel is attached to is not connected directly to the frame. The seat stay is connected to the frame and creates the horst link.
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