Unno Launches the Primal Unno Project Race Team

Feb 24, 2023
by Ed Spratt  
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Unno is back racing downhill World Cups as it launches the Primal Unno Project with Angel Suárez, Ike Klaassen and Team Manager Niko Velasco.

After being revealed on this year's UCI team list we finally have the official word from Unno that they are returning to World Cup racing in 2023. We now have the answer as to what bike the team will be riding as the press release reveals Unno is working on a fresh prototype downhill bike.

The Ever is the new prototype downhill bike from Unno, with engineers at the brand working on this project for the past year. The bike will be initially set up as a mullet and has 125 different geometry possibilities for the team to test that can change the head angle, reach and wheelbase. Unno says that while initially the bike will use a smaller rear wheel there is a likely possibility of a 29" rear triangle being developed. Although the team will be racing the bike this year Unno says that there are no short-term plans of selling the new bike to the public.

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bigquotesI never rode a bike so balanced. It’s a super agile rig and has the perfect balance between stability and handling, with a lot of ground sensitivity and a composed stiffness.

It’s super progressive at the beginning of the travel, but once you’re between sag points it gets firmer so it’s easy to carry a lot of speed with it. The feeling is very similar to the Burn, a bike that I adored since the first pedal stroke
Angel Suárez

Alongside Unno the team also features Primal as a title sponsor, the team press release says this is a yet-to-be-launched components/accessories brand. The team will also be supported in 2023 by Alpinestars, Enve, TRP, Schwalbe, Fizik, Fox, Crankbrothers, Tannus, Ochain and Ridewrap.

Finally, the team has also revealed plans to create a documentary to showcase the project and development of the new bike.

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87 Comments
  • 315 13
 The thumbnail made it look like an ebike ... thank God it´s just his left leg (a biological motor Smile
  • 34 1
 Activated by electrical impulses Smile
  • 4 0
 100% yea
  • 16 0
 I thought so too at first. Then I thought it was a huge down tube protector. Only until your post did I see it's his leg.
  • 3 22
flag singlespeedman (Feb 24, 2023 at 3:45) (Below Threshold)
 same here. in any way, as fugly as an ebike
  • 8 34
flag MCBuckeystarbreaker (Feb 24, 2023 at 7:35) (Below Threshold)
 Who is your God that you are thanking?! You know they have a bad to the bone e-bike as well right? Rob Roskopp raved about it. You E haters kill me.
  • 1 3
 Ya thought finally an E that can be co figured with dual c.
  • 11 5
 All you have to do is mention God in a quip and angry atheists will appear...
  • 1 0
 Those downtubes are getting squarer and squarer and bigger and bigger ... go figure!
  • 5 0
 @Jacquers: That is a very good point. The heart is powered by electricity, so I am basically a carbon-based Ebiker no matter what I ride. I might have to turn off the Ebike filter.......
  • 2 0
 powered by getaway sticks...
  • 2 0
 @MCBuckeystarbreaker: yeah. I thought the same at first. But there is a light in the darkness after all!
  • 2 2
 @danielfloyd: I can't tell if you are joking or not. The number one rule in atheist club is the G is lower case. Since he used an upper case G I would have to conclude his response had nothing to do with the word god.
  • 1 2
 @MCBuckeystarbreaker:
@Sscottt:
There is a personal reason I put the capital G on God, but after all it’s just a phrase… it’s likely much more my opinion that I put “on God” than his opinion
  • 1 0
 I though my E-filter wasn't working . . . .. ha ha
  • 83 1
 According to Unno rules you get on the podiumm or you draww 25
  • 5 0
 If I don’t get a podium can I throw a reverse card? Or enough skip card until I do make it?
  • 22 1
 So they are looking to race and be numero unno.
  • 4 0
 Un no more puns incoming I guess?
  • 16 1
 Dos aluminum pieces for a Unno -> 1+1=1
  • 15 0
 Chainstay protection Check Check Check
  • 12 0
 Excited to see Ike and Angel riding this year. Killer riders and stunning bikes.
  • 6 20
flag nozes (Feb 24, 2023 at 3:25) (Below Threshold)
 StUNNOing bikes. ... I'm so sorry.
  • 4 2
 @nozes: To pun or to punnot. That's the question.
  • 1 1
 @mi-bike:
You Nozes what’s up!

Shame about the negative puns err… props
  • 12 3
 "Unno says that there are no short-term plans of selling the new bike to the public"

Anyone know the rules around racing prototypes? From what I understand you have to sell the product within one year but maybe this doesn't apply if you only race it for one season before launching a new prototype?
  • 9 0
 That was always just a rumor. They don't have to sell anything within a year
  • 5 0
 Yeah I was wondering about that. Specialized has the proto that Loic and Finn are running too. Not quite sure exactly how the rule works
  • 10 0
 In DH there is no such rule that you have to sell anything at all, They can race whatever they want. AFAIK the rule people always site is not applicable to MTB.
  • 5 1
 that is not the case , a clear example is Intense with their prototype for years now. also Neko Mullaly with his own frame. it is not like in rally when they need to do their street version of the racer car to be legal to race.
  • 7 0
 Another example was Honda that never planned to sell any bikes
  • 1 0
 Intense only race proto’s
  • 6 0
 Bike appears to be built like the Pole bikes are.
Made from two halves then glued/bolted together, you can see the threaded bosses for the clamping screws on the headtube and downtube. Neat idea but certainly not cheap or very modular when it comes to a prototype.
  • 4 0
 I think the bolts on the headtube are for head angle adjustments… easy swapping of cups. Not sure about the ones on the down tube but there doesn’t seem to be a seam of any sort that would indicate two halves?
  • 1 0
 Unno is not known for cheap.
  • 1 0
 @bkchef2000: I think @Aem221 is right tho - there appear to be seam-lines down the middle of the underside of the top and down tubes, and those bumps on the down tube are likely post/pin machined alignment connections (obviously they’re not for cables, so why else would they be there?) and there would be no purpose to cast those from carbon (and no reason to hide their insanely gorgeous carbon layups under paint). The inside of the shock tunnel also appears to have some thin walls/rib sections which says aluminum to me.
  • 2 0
 … same detail with the seat post clamp
  • 1 0
 … and top of down tube near the head tube. I do bet that the head tube bolts are for angle adjusting cups too.
  • 1 0
 @Tarka: as my wife would tell you, I’m often wrong… never thought I’d see the day where there would be a carbon bike made of two larger halves bolted together! Must have to do with the 120+ different Geo configurations
  • 6 1
 ""I never rode a bike so balanced". Glad one of the 125 geometries worked out for him. Would've been awkward if he'd needed one more.
  • 2 0
 Haha same thought. Instead of designing the correct geo, just allow any geo combination possible
  • 2 0
 Lol, somewhere Colin Chapman is rolling in his grave.
  • 2 0
 @TTASS: Unno to the racers: "Here, YOU design the bike"
  • 4 0
 Damn it ... why was i hoping for a gearbox bike ... where did that idea come from?
  • 2 0
 It was vinnay, bro
  • 5 0
 new ENVE prototype "à la ZIPP"?
  • 2 0
 A lot of the Commencal instagram stories have been talking about the prototyping process with ENVE. Lets see if UNNO gets a say.... Hope so.
  • 1 0
 It looks similar to a CB synthesis rim
profile. Which IIRC was designed by one of the enve engineerings, as well as bouwmeester wheels (the original single wall carbon rim I believe?). Would make sense if enve has started to experiment with a lower profile design.
  • 5 1
 i got 125 problems and b*** ain´t unno.
  • 1 0
 Almost, Jay-Y
  • 5 1
 Ooh enve rims for racing DH… I also like to live dangerously
  • 3 0
 for the regular consumer...you could either buy this...or a porsche boxster....your choice...
  • 1 3
 Looks like you missed the part where they wrote that there are no plans of selling the bike to the public.
  • 2 0
 @mi-bike: nope just prognosticating
  • 2 0
 Showing your age man, it’s called the 718 now
  • 3 0
 Zero mention about Suárez in the comments, this guy is a top 10 DH rider with style...
  • 2 0
 So stocked for Angel and Unno! can't wait to see you in the podium again! so much potential!
  • 1 0
 cool to see Unno coming out with cheaper frame options with less noble materials like aluminum
  • 2 1
 with what they cost they have the courage to throw them down??????
  • 2 1
 Looks like a Sess... sorry, a symmetric Specialized Demo 8?
  • 1 0
 Great move all round looking forward to seeing what pans out
  • 1 0
 I thought this was the announcement of their invisible bike
  • 1 0
 So rich. I bet they drink champagne out of water bottles.
  • 4 3
 Hope these guys have a good year. Angel seems like a good kid!!
  • 3 0
 Not only good, but also a very old (27) and tall (1.86m) kid
  • 1 0
 Agreed. Stoked for Angel. Stoked for Unno
  • 1 0
 @mi-bike: 27 His Just getting to his Own, He'll be a east on this Bike watch!!
  • 1 0
 I really like those shoes ! Who makes them ?
  • 1 0
 I believe they are Crankbrothers shoes. Stomp boa or something like that
  • 1 0
 There e-bike is really cool!
  • 1 0
 i can't not see the ebike now. someone please photoshop his leg Big Grin
  • 1 0
 seems the bike has a new or not known rear deraileur
  • 1 0
 Great to see Angel Suarez competing in DH again. Great news.
  • 1 0
 Wish the Team their frames Last longer than my Unno
  • 7 6
 his shoes are dirty
  • 1 0
 Rare PUPRs
  • 1 0
 OH YEAH \m/
  • 1 1
 It's not an Ebike who cares?
  • 1 4
 Who’s gonna tell them they can’t race an e-bike in downhill?
  • 1 4
 Unno! Anyway.
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