We caught up with Diamondback pro Sam Pilgrim
just before he took off to compete in the Crankworx Best Trick comp and got a closer look at his prototype slopestyle bike.
Inside you can see all the photos and watch a video giving you the lowdown on this possible 2012 production bike!Read on...Like the look of Sam's 2012 slopestyle bike? Watch the video to learn more about it!
Sam Pilgrim and his prototype Diamondback slopestyle bike. Don't go looking for this bad boy in your local shop anytime soon, if and when it goes into production it will be a 2012 model year bike. Think of Pinkbike as your own personal time machine!
Pilgrim's bike is set up as a pure slopestyle bike; singlespeed with a tensioner, only a single brake that uses a small 5" rotor, and fast rolling Geax tires. As you can see from this photo, the bike has an incredible amount of stand over clearance that keeps everything out of the way while doing tricks.
Sam's bike uses Diamondback's Knuckle Box suspension system as found on their other high end offerings. The Knuckle Box link lets the engineers choose a shock rate that best suits the bike's application, in this case its super booters and slopestyle courses. This prototype has a jump friendly 4" of rear wheel travel.
The front of Sam's bike is burly! massive hydroformed tubing, a tapered headtube, and huge weld area coverage ensure that he has the utmost confidence when throwing down.
The green machine is a bike nerds wet dream. Hung off the prototype slopestyle frame are FSA's prototype Gravity Light cranks.
An assortment of NS Bikes parts are hung from Sam's Diamondback, including the stem, bar and sweet looking pedals. He holds onto comfy Sensus grips.
Sam uses Halo's burly Freedom Disc wheels that he says holds up great to all the abuse that he can dish out, which is a hell of a lot more then you or me I'd imagine!
Head over to the Diamondback website
to see their entire lineup, although Sam's prototype won't be there because its from the future! You can also check out Sam's website
to catch up with him and his travels!I think Sam's bike is going to make a wicked 4X and slopestyle rig, but lets hear what you thinka bout it below!
Big thanks to Lens Rentals Canada
as well for sending through some lens's that have allowed me to take some unique shots. In these photos I used a Canon 70-200mm 2.8 IS II, and a 24mm 1.4L II, two very nice lens's! Thanks again to them!