Mike Kazimer photos
The new long-travel Delirium enduro bike
from Knolly was hiding in plain sight at the Cane Creek tent. No hard facts are forthcoming until the official launch at Eurobike this month. Knolly has reached out to Asia for its aluminum manufacturing and the construction appears to be even better than the bikes they made in North America. The welding looks like the perfectly spaced silvery fish scales of vintage Yetis. Rectangular frame tubes, as well as the suspension's CNC-machined 4 x 4 linkages are true to the original Knolly designs. Suspension was shared between Fox and Cane Creek, with a Float 36 up front and a DB Coil out back. Wheels are 27.5 inches. Weight seemed around to 30 pounds and the bike's profile suggests that Knolly has lengthened the cockpit, while keeping the stays short and its head angle near 66-degrees (all educated guesses). We will fill in the blanks when the official press release arrives.
Lars Sternberg's Transition Freedom Flyer
entered the Crankworx whip off competition (held on the infamous Crab Apple Hits DH run) on an unsuspended steel-framed klunker. Sternberg also starred in a video edit earlier this week that documented the wild man's exploits as he shredded the park
riding the same bike. Sternberg said that his bike, the Transition Freedom Flyer, held up fine, but he burned through three handlebars during the festivities. Evidently, landing impacts were too much for the cross-braced steel bars and they bent or cracked near the junctions of the brace. Animal!
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Carbon Fiber Transition Patrol
Transition made news with its aluminum framed Patrol
, a 155-millimeter AM/enduro-class chassis that has garnered a reputation for shredding features and steeps. After riding it, the first question that came out of our mouths was, "When will the carbon version appear?"
When we approached their tent, it appeared that everyone who worked at Transition was there to welcome us. To our surprise, however, the crew had propped up cardboard copies of themselves and were out on the mountain doing laps on the jump lines. We spied a beautiful carbon fiber Patrol leaning against the back wall, completely unchaperoned and decked out in baby blue. With nobody around to say nix, we popped off a quick spy shot of the bike for your viewing pleasure.