Hyper, a well-known name in the BMX world, had been showing a few different prototype mountain bikes a few years ago, including a mid-travel all-mountain rig being developed by Eric Carter, and a burly looking downhill sled that saw action under Cam Zink before the Reno native made the move to YT. It seemed to end there, however, with no further news from Hyper on the mountain bike front. But walking by Hyper's Interbike booth would have you believing otherwise, with three different bikes on display, including their 203mm-travel 650B DH sled.
650B DH Details
• Intended use: downhill / freeride
• Wheel size: 27.5''
• Rear wheel travel: 203mm
• Frame material: aluminum
• Floating lower shock link
• Frame weight: TBA
• Availability: 2017
• MSRP: TBA
The frame was treated to an eye-catching paint job, done by a local custom painter, that was working as intended - everyone was stopping to snap a photo - but if the bike looks very similar to the prototype that we saw at Rampage a few years ago, it's because it's the same design. Hyper's Eric Carter explained that when they first designed the bike, they wisely chose to build it around 27.5'' wheels that have obviously taken over the market since then. He also said that they're still extremely happy with the bike's performance, and that the production version will be unchanged besides stepping the head angle out from 64-degrees to somewhere in the 63-degree range.
The 650B DH's suspension appears to be a simple yet extremely solid looking single-pivot design that employs a large rocker arm to compress the Fox shock, but taking a look from the non-drive side of the bike reveals a compact linkage hidden just above the bottom bracket shell. So while the rocker compresses the shock from above, a short link attached near the bike's chainstay yoke pulls up on a link to compress the shock from below.
Not bolting the shock to the front triangle isn't a new thing - Trek and others before them have done it for years - but Carter did explain one main advantage when we last talked to him about the layout.
Their approach, he says, give them the ability to make changes to the bike's suspension characteristics by swapping out lower link components rather than having to replace the bike's rocker arm, which is a cost-effective method of suspension tuning during the bike's development. Right now, the linkage is designed to provide some extra ramp-up at the end of the stroke.
Hyper has no plans to pursue a carbon fiber version of the 650B DH, instead focusing on hitting a reasonable price point when the bike does become available sometime in 2017. There will be three sizes - a small with a 547mm toptube; medium with a 572mm toptube; and a large with a 596mm toptube - and all three bikes will share the same 440mm rear-end and 350mm bottom bracket height.
@KooKilla your comment was great, I'm talking to the people who seem genuinely negative
Of course each company adds their own special touches, and not everyone follows that recipe, but I don't see manufacturers deviating from this path anytime soon.
(*Disclaimer: I don't hold any fancy engineering degrees. everything is under assumption)
What came first the session or the DH bike?
Does that answer your question?
Troy's bikes are painted by the same artist who originally designed this paint scheme.
The paint job on this Hyper is a total hack.
This "paint scheme" has been around longer than most anyone painting these bikes have been alive. The Hyper job, while in your opinion may not be your cup of tea, is pretty spot on for a lowrider type custom candy and flake job, heavy flake, paneled in multicolor fades and lace. If you doubt this… google is your friend: lowrider lace candy flake. Who ever painted this is not a hack. Personally I like this better than most of Troy's creations on things bike related, though I am still a huge fan. Matter of taste IMO.
I wasn't discrediting the skill of the guy who painted the hyper. He is obviously very talented and know how to lay down paint. I'd never argue that either. I called this a hack job because of the similarities in a few of the tube junctions and the nearly-identical rear triangle.
Also, no need to be a c*nt with the google comment. -- Very original, btw -- Did you even google "lowrider lace candy flake" as you suggested because when I did, you know what I saw? A lot of cars with a similar paint style but still look very unique because of the way the the painter and/or car builder applied that style with their personal spin.
I love this style of painting, do you do the work?
go drunk pinkbike you´re home!
"The 650B DH's suspension appears to be a simple yet extremely solid looking single-pivot design that employs a large rocker arm to compress the Fox shock, but taking a look from the non-drive side of the bike reveals a compact linkage hidden just above the bottom bracket shell"