DMR's Prototype Dirt Jumper - Eurobike 2019

Sep 4, 2019
by Mike Levy  
Eurobike 2019


When I hear DMR, I think steel hardtails and platform pedals, but that's not what I saw in their booth today at the Eurobike show. Instead, they had a new, yet to be named aluminum dirt jumper that's lighter and stiffer than their usual offerings. The frame sports the same geometry as their Sect, but it weighs about a quarter-pound less, according to the guys at DMR.


Eurobike 2019
Eurobike 2019
The aluminum prototype weighs less than the steel Sect, and it'll also feel much different on the trails.


The lower weight is one thing, but this bike will also ride quite differently than their steel offerings due to the relative lack of flex. Think poppier and pumpier (that's a word now), but the tradeoff for that is a harsher, less forgiving ride. The chainstay length is adjustable via aluminum inserts, and you'll also be able to bolt on a derailleur if you want some gears to choose from. There's no word on pricing or availability yet.


Eurobike 2019
Eurobike 2019
Can't decide if you like to clip-in or use platform pedals? The Versa could be for you.


The other new addition to DMR's catalog is the Versa pedal that employs a clip mechanism on one side and a standard platform pedal on the other. That in itself isn't a new idea - there are similar commuter and low-end pedals out there - but the Versa is designed to take the kind of abuse that mountain biking dishes out. The clip-side uses a fixed version of the same mechanism employed on their other pedals, whereas the platform side is more in the style of their V12 pedal.

Who would use such a thing? DMR is thinking that e-bike riders might want to clip-in on the way up the mountain, but then use them as platform pedals on the way back down. You could do the same on your analog bike, of course.


45 Comments

  • 33 0
 Seems Pinkbike don't know how to read stickers...
  • 9 0
 Or, pure defiance.
  • 2 2
 Or, DMR knows how to make sure the media takes pictures and actually publishes them. Pretty sure DMR will always outclever the media.

Next year they'll have a banner "top secret stuff, please don't look". Their closest competitor has a banner "mainstream stuff ready for publication, please have a look". Let's see who gets more attention.
  • 7 0
 I once saw @mikelevy rip the "Do Not Remove Under the Penalty of Law" tags off a mattress.
  • 15 1
 that black sticker: "am I a joke to you?"
  • 9 2
 Props for chain tensioning.
  • 2 0
 Many props.
  • 1 0
 Would it still take the same SWOPout plates. That would be a nice oasis in a desert of changing standards.
  • 2 1
 Ok down vote my last comment classic didn't look closely enough. Seems that the cutout on these maybe generous enough to allow the cleat to sit out of the way. Maybe if you used them with a 5:10 clip in shoe but one that had stealth rubber they might work ok?
  • 10 9
 Alloy isnt fun for a hardtail.

“Think poppier and pumpier”. Nah m8. Alloy feels dead AF compared to a good steel hardtail. Especially on jumps. Hated my alloy bmx race frames, plus when Id ride em at trails you het stress cracks at the welds every 3 months. Steel is just better and wtf dmr - you guys do steel great!
  • 6 0
 It's fun for mine.
  • 3 0
 Titanium would be amazing, best of both. Just a little pricey.
  • 1 0
 @froman82: This thing is deadly amazing, so unique trust me!
www.pinkbike.com/photo/17697248
www.vitalmtb.com/community/qblambda,44173/setup,34337?ptab

Pricey yes, but have it for almost 10 years so really worthy!
  • 3 0
 There is a huge difference between an alu BMX frame, and a well made alu MTB hardtail frame.
  • 1 1
 Cro-mo forever on a dirt jumper.
However out of the 3 popular DJ forks Fox 831/ Pike DJ/ Manitou Circus you are left with 2 since RS don't make a 1-1/8 steerer anymore for the pikeDJ and as far as I know all cro-mo frames are 1-1/8. Fox is pricey and it's very hard to find a 100mm 36 831. So you kinda have to run the Manitou Circus and if for some reason you don't like the inverted arc on that fork you're screwed if you're running a cro-mo frame.
  • 1 0
 @shredright: Please explain.
  • 2 0
 @SupraKZ: almost every steel dirt jump frame on the market these days has a tapered or 1.5 headtube. I've had a Deity Cryptkeeper since 2015 with a tapered headtube, and just got a Chromag Monk. Transitions bikes all run tapered headtubes now too.
  • 5 1
 I really wish people would stop saying alloy as a synonym for aluminum... every metal you see used in mountain bike applications is an alloy... that includes steel and Ti!
  • 1 0
 The overall size, size of tubing, and shape of tubing all makes a difference to how it feels and responds, and you get the best of this on a well designed MTB frame. This claim that they feel dead is bullshit really. Sort your riding style out if you think that's the case!
  • 1 0
 Things have changed over the years I prefer steel most of the time but aluminum has its place and can be better in some regards to steel it has also gotten a lot better. Also aluminum bmx frames when I was younger were really designed to be ridden hard at races and scrapped fairly soon we always thought it was wastfull but the racers would say I won who cares and bitch about the price of racing in the next breath.
  • 2 0
 why would e-bike riders want to clip in going up hill? not like they are gaining efficiency lol the motor is already doing most the work anyway...
  • 3 0
 Rear dropouts are exactly the same as Radon Slush.
  • 3 0
 straight after i bought a commencal absolut Blank Stare Thanks!
  • 3 0
 I just checked out your absolut. No DMR will ever be that sick dude...
  • 2 0
 Let me rephrase that. I’ll give you £500 for it, to go towards your new DMR?
  • 2 0
 That Commencal Absolut looks perfect to me.
  • 1 0
 @opignonlibre: @tobiusmaximum gee cheers dudes. I love the bike. Was just wishing there was more choice when i ordered haha! I agree with DMR. for some reason every time you go into a LBS and ask about dirt jump stuff they always try and get you to order something from DMR, Yet their bikes have always been lacking? It's the go to brand for kids too. But what ever this no-named bike is that frame looks great!
  • 3 0
 f*ck DMR making more DJ bikes. Where the f*cks the 4X bikes at??
  • 1 1
 Same place as 4x. History... Frown
  • 1 0
 I undrerstand companies have to make there new bikes seen amazing and diffrent but, its a DJ you can f**k it up that hard right?
  • 1 0
 It looks alright, apart from that gusset. Other companies really should be making these frames again.
  • 2 0
 I think Airdrop beat you to this one DMR
  • 2 2
 "dirt jumper"

"trail"

"but the tradeoff for that is a harsher, less forgiving ride"

@mikelevy do you really know what dirt jump really is ?
  • 2 1
 yes trails are smooth, but there's still going to be small bumps which steel forgives for and aluminium would not, causing a harsher ride.
  • 1 0
 Can I just have a steel DMR with the ability to run a bolt through rear end and a mech hanger please?!
  • 2 0
 Looks like a Banshee Amp
  • 1 4
 Problem with pedals like that is you need to use the flat side with your cleats and the crappy not sticky rubber that is on SPD shoes (it doesn't need to be as good because obviously you're clipped)that makes then rubbish to use with SPD shoes on the flat side.

These pedals are only good for bikes where sometimes you'll ride clipped and other days you just grab your bike and ride it to town with whatever shoes you have on
  • 3 0
 Lots of the new clip shoes have great sticky rubber. Try a non-cross country shoe, go enduro brah!
  • 2 0
 My 5 10 clip in shoes are amazing on flat pedals even with the cleat.
  • 2 2
 Looks like a Session with no water bottle mount. There you go thank me later.
  • 1 0
 Late to the party. 100s of good DJ frames out there!
  • 1 0
 Look for those pedals in a chain reaction sale in about 6 months..
  • 1 0
 Bring back the 898 with the steeper head angle! Best dj ever
  • 1 1
 Looks like it has a new wheel size?
  • 1 0
 Looks as ugly as hell

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