Knolly Bikes: Delirium Versatility With Mark Matthews - Video

Jul 5, 2016
by Knolly Bikes  
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Knolly’s most notorious model has eluded proper classification since its launch back in 2008…. and that’s just the way we like it. Whether you're into freeride, slopestyle, shuttling DH, or if you only ride Park…the Delirium is the rig that will take you to the next level, and in massive style. Versatility. This has been the cornerstone of the Delirium concept since day one. Striking the balance between ‘tough as nails’ and ‘playful’ on the trail is a tall order. The Delirium delivers. The newest version of this 'shape shifter' allows the pilot to configure this model in many different ways, including adjustable geometry, and it's cleared for take-off with dual crown forks accompanied by Knolly's famous dual geometry settings as you can see from Factory Team Rider, Mark Matthews, in the video...

The ability switch between a DH fork and a regular single crown fork was a key design pillar and if you are lucky enough to have two forks you can quickly adjust the Delirium to suit specific terrain and we offer two build kits with the single crown fork.


2016 Knolly Delirium

2016 Knolly Delirium



Fore more info: knollybikes.com/bikes/delirium

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50 Comments

  • + 45
 Dual crown with dropper is here.
  • + 4
 Fair call, but I'd say the Canfield One (RIP) was before it. Dual crown approved, yet most ran a single crown, and was relatively pedal friendly.
  • + 13
 I have the black/cyan 2016 one set up as a 26" with a brand new 180mm RS Totem and a CCDB CS. I run it with an external headset to get the front end up. I also run it with 26x2.5 Butchers. It comes in at almost the exact same if you were using 27.5 w/ 2.35 tires. The bike is extremely versatile. One of the things that amazes me most is ho well it climbs. I use it way more than I should for rocky, hilly trails. It is an absolute BEAST on the downhills. I have went down several Double black diamonds on it and it handles them with zero problems whatsoever! It jumps great and just is an excellent handling bike overall. This is my 6th bike this season and it holds a special place in my heart!
  • + 1
 Looks pretty sick dude.
  • + 1
 Does using 26 wheels mess up the geometry or warranty at all?
  • + 2
 @ctmtb98: Not really. Like I said, I pit an external headset to raise the front up 13mm and the Rock Shox Totem has a rather high Axel to Crown. Pair that with 26x 2.5 tires and it sit right at where a 27.5 with a 180mm fork would sit. Since the Delirium is rated for a 170mm-200mm DC fork, I can't imagine it would mess the warranty up. All I know is I LOVE it in this configuration. I have built it up for a friend to test with all his 27.5 wheels and Fox 36 170mm for and I much preferred the 26" wheels and the 180mm Totem fork. I lucked up and got a brand new tapered steerer tube Totem and that's what se this whole project in motion. If it "messes" up the geometry.... I LOVE IT! PS. I did have this built to 29.8lbs at one point before I settled into this build.
  • + 12
 That was some awesome riding.
Knolly boys have been a bit quiet recently, maybe working on something big that will blow our eye balls out their socket!? Smile
  • + 1
 It's called the carbon warden
  • + 2
 I love the Delerium because it fills the "beefy enough to ride down, light enough to ride up" category that I think very few bikes fill. Cannefield the One, Norco Truax, and maybe the Trek Scratch are the only other bikes that fit that bill.
  • + 2
 Put a 180mm fork on a santa cruz nomad and it will fit the bill too
  • + 3
 Devinci Spartan
  • + 2
 Forgive my ignorance but was a DC fork really needed for that? Speaking specifically on the terrain . looks like the same riding with SC. I know they wanted to show it could be done but just wondering.

2nd question what was the 2nd knolly on the stand in the background (red one) when they were swapping forks?
  • + 2
 the second knolly that you said is the Knolly Podium
  • + 4
 I think it's a matter of individual preference or comfort.

I, like others here, have a single crown 180mm fork on an an AM rig (mine is a '15 Canfield Balance with a Durolux RC2) and I've found that this setup can handle 90% of what my Operator with a Groove 200 can. That said....

*) How much faster do you want to go that would justify a full on DH bike?
*) How you ride is a big factor. Do you hop and pop over as much tech as you can or tend to plow? If you plow a lot in the chunder, that extra .78 inches of travel (from 180 to 200) may be just the ticket. Especially on a fork with good bottom out control and/or you are a big kid.

Lastly, there is the fact that some just feel more comfortable with a dual crown.

There's no wrong or right way here. Just go figure out what you like then proceed to rip and scare yourself to giggles!
  • + 1
 Had bought my first knolly last October, a chilcotin, and love it all around. Avalanche woodie rear shock makes this rig unstoppable and feel bottomless. As much as I love the delirium, I would have to opt for the podium since the chili is just too close. But if i didn't have a chili,this would be in my sights!
  • + 1
 I do love my 2016 Delirium. Its set up with a 180mm Fox 36 and a CCAir CS. Coming from a Podium, Santa Cruz Driver 8 and previously a BigHit I gotta say its a very versatile bike. Over the past 10 years of riding, mainly with DC forks, I felt comfortable at the park right away. Ready to fly. The Delirium will never be a full on DH bike though, thats what DH bikes are. As a compromise and now family man it does an awesome job of blurring the lines between the two, DH Park & AM. Just what Knolly says it is. I can ride with my family and my friends on one bike. Probably pick up a used DC fork for the park and use the SC for the Shore.
Thank you Knolly.
PS - Can I get a better discount next time???
  • + 3
 I am riding your podium now for 3 years and it's insane ! Considering to buy a delirium too Big Grin keep up the good work
  • + 3
 @live2ride429 great cameo appearance! Wish I had 10% of Mark's skill and style while riding my Endorphin!
  • + 3
 I nearly missed this- it seemed to appear way down the homepage. Really glad I caught it- great work from virtu media.
  • + 1
 here is a whole set of the 2016 Delirium setup as a 26" BEAST with a Rock Shox Totem!
www.pinkbike.com/u/ryanholio/album/Knolly-Delirium-2016

Enjoy!
  • + 1
 hello guys someone has the Suntour Durolux R2C2 installed in his bike and can report in detail ? Boxxer Team 180mm or Suntour Durolux ?
  • + 2
 I just don't get the inclusion of slopestyle as something this bike shreds... Not a slope bike by any stretch of the name.
  • - 1
 Can you Suntour Durolux R2C2 recommend , I would like to replace the fork against my Boxxer Team . The fork is to be installed in a Specialized Enduro EVO , 2015. Seeking a fork with 180mm and 20mm thru axle Greetings Marco
  • + 0
 I got the new durolux and I love it! Awesome fork for that pricing. Sorry 4 the rating misklicked on my phone. If you got questions about the fork you're welcome to ask.
  • + 1
 @Zany2410: Ok in which bike you have installed the Suntour Durolux ?
Do you want to response and say the stiffness ?
  • + 1
 @Sushi0809:

ATM its in my new NS Soda Evo Air. The Fork feels really great and i cant complain about the "noise" others are talking about. The Performance and Stiffness is great, i really like it. Awesome Fork for the pricetag! Next week i get my 2nd bike set up with an 2013 Fox Float. After riding it a couple of times i can compare these. But the features of the durolux are great!
  • + 1
 Nice bike, nice riding. Repeating the same section or trick from three different angles is fucking annoying. Keep that shit for the Matrix fans.
  • + 2
 Any thoughts on using this as a pedal xc bike? With an airshock like the x2 with climb switch?
  • + 8
 Then you can better get an Endorphine or Warden
  • + 2
 It can and will, you would be better off with a Warden though. This a Bike made to tear----it---up! 170mm rear end is deep. If you want to do a lot of Bike park days and lots of really hard sketchy down hills, the Delirium is for you though!
  • + 1
 If you want to do xc then get an endorphin, even warden is too much for xc.
  • + 1
 I'd say as long as you don't expect it to be A SUPER FANTASTIC NINO-SCHURTER-DREAMS-ABOUT-IT-AT-NIGHT XC rig, then go for it. But that's also based on the expectation that you are planning on also planning on ripping descents and visiting a park from time to time.

I firmly believe a 170mm travel bike can be made to pedal very, but that's all in the shock setup. If you want a setup that can be made to pedal well AND DON'T WANT TO HAVE TO FIDDLE WITH IT, get a Monarch RC3 plus!!!! If you don't mind having to tweak it some (and perhaps even add volume spacers) to get the best out of it when you get to the bike park, CC DB Air CS.

That said, does the X2 have a climb switch?
  • + 1
 @BDKR: Yes the 2017 has a climb switch and can be retro fitted to 2016 shocks - I've got a couple of friends on 170 scott genius bikes and they have no trouble on the xc loop. I switched from a DH bike to a slack 120mm 29er a while back but really miss the balls to the wall riding you can do with extra travel. This bike looks awesome, yes the Warden would be good, but there are still limits to what a 150 bike can do - i'm looking for this to be my only bike
  • + 1
 and when i say xc, I mean chug to the top and slay on the way down
  • + 1
 @graeme187: the genius LT is a special bike. I ride one as well and although it's a 170mm travel bike it is also a 27 lbs. bike! Not your typical long travel trail rig. This thing will not climb as well: guaranteed.
  • + 1
 What was the song? And I love my new delirium, Noel has done a great job with his bikes and his passion.
  • + 1
 Song is Pretty Pimpin by Kurt Vile
  • + 2
 Such a sick edit... Style and Speed!
  • + 1
 looks like its short and hangs up? my perspectve but a talented rider indeed
  • + 2
 I think he had it setup quite stiff
  • + 2
 Loving the idea of the sc/dc fork setup in the same video
  • + 1
 Has anyone here compared it against a Chili?
  • + 1
 I would like to know the same being a chili owner.
  • + 2
 EXCELLENT song choice!
  • + 2
 Great video !!
  • + 1
 Mmmmm drooool!
  • + 1
 That was "Knolly" Dude!
  • - 3
 i think they are working on an aggressive 29er similar to the jeffsy or the following.

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