I ride bicycles in the mountainous, bumpy terrain since 1998, I got my first real bike in 2001, it's the end of 2014 and a lot has changed for good since then, industry made more than a few leaps forward, oh yea. 2008-2012 was a boom in innovation and development that only a few could keep up with, even those with the fattest wallets struggled. But as Mike Levy points out in his article
things started to slow down recently and it's hard to see the next big thing. I agree with him that we may not see any technological breakthrough in close future, rather tiny adjustments. As a young grump, snob and aesthetics fetishist I don't like seeing that many bikes looking very similar - for me "Looks like a session" is not only an overused joke but also a symptom of a disease called "uniformity" caused by segmentation and optimization. I don't care about the suspension design details, geeky stuff - I care about what a regular bloke seeing a few bikes next to each other would think, would he understand why there are different brand names on Genius LT and Zesty? Enduro and Capra? What about bikes from same brand? Can you quickly spot the difference looking at a 5010 and a Bronson? Camber and Stumpjumper? But anyhow, I don't like whining without proposing a solid alternative and this is my take on break throughs, how cool could bikes look like in the future. In this article I present you: 2018 Cannon Rail Jeronimo
Jeronimo embodies everything that an informed and trend conscious mountain biker might want. Not so long ago we had very capable "all-mountain" bikes, that maybe could not offer confidence inspiring stability at DH speeds, but they could ride everything relatively well, from XC track to DH track. These days, the Enduro World Series has set the bar very high, people race their 6" bikes on tracks that are gnarlier than most World Cup DH courses so to cope with the challenge, the new breed of Enduro bikes must be able to provide similar handling characteristics as a full on DH rig. Jeronimo has all the hottest numbers, that is a super slack head angle, adjustable between 61-63 degrees, the Uber long reach at 450mm for a Medium and efficient 76,5 degree seat angle. Everything is topped out by monstrous wheel base and conservative 436mm chain stays, harmless to a career of any World Cup Champion.
I guess the most outstanding feature of the whole bike is the single sided swing arm. Design has been successfully executed by the legendary Alen Millyard
but no big company has picked it up yet. Advancements in carbon fiber technology made it possible to create a system that is as stiff as symmetrical designs, yet lighter, shaving dramatic 150g of unsprung mass. However construction was not the only challenge, the design could work only with the use of Gearbox as there would be no way to mount a rear derailleur. The narrow wide rear cog is mounted like disc rotor on the outside of the hub. Chain tension is achieved via roller on clutch equipped rocker arm. On the front, Jeronimo sports the Cannon Rail Hefty
fork that I presented in one of previous Waki-leaks installments
. Unsprung mass and low stiction at it's best!
Suspension is controlled by a command unit at the top of the top tube, right behind the stem. Accelerometers in the crankset, fork and shock provide the system with all the necessary information how much compression and rebound damping will be needed to effectively ride across the obstacle. A rider can also manually adjust the level of compression and lock the suspension via one of many shifters mounted at the handlebars as well as touch LCD screen in command unit. There will be many presets available, tailored to particular tracks and riding styles. Cannon Rail uses similar features as 2017 Sheman-oh Corsair stem
but Cannon Rail is so conscious of trends that it uses 35mm stem and the shortest stem from Sheman-Oh is 70mm which seems a bit old fashioned. Gearing is done by much anticipated Gearbox, controlled via hydraulic cables, just like the first ever, integrated dropper seat post, with internally controlled base height.
The last feature worth mentioning is the upcoming Envic G35 wheel set, using a mix of graphene and composites, which make the wheels not only lighter and stronger than carbon ones, but as compliant as aluminium. Thanks to that no spokes are needed, the wheel is super strong while allowing regular flex. Rims are as wide as 35mm on the outside providing perfect balance between stability, roll over and rolling resistance for tyres between 2.25 and 2.5".
As you can see, this bike has so many custom proprietary parts that commenters will have many essays to write about in 2020 when it comes out! Price will surely reach 15000 dollars. Thank you all for reading and for this year. I would like to thank Pinkbike for giving me the opportunity to show my art work and have my share of legitimate trolling. Big thanks to you guys - Pinkbike readers and commenters checking out my articles, I have received a great vibe from you in the comments and messages, they made it a pleasure to create all those wacky ideas.
I wish you all a peaceful and calm Christmas time. Please don't make any New Years resolutions... you'll buy tons of bike stuff anyways, enjoy it.
Wacek Kipszak Waki