You Probably Haven't Seen These Bikes - Whistler Crankworx 2015

Aug 15, 2015
by Richard Cunningham  


Knolly Delirium


Knolly Delirium 2016
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.

Knolly Delirium 2016
Beautiful welding and internal cable routing.

Knolly Delirium 2016
Clamp-style rear dropouts and post mount brake.
Knolly Delirium 2016
Two position shock mount.

Knolly Delirium 2016
Four by Four linkage and Cane Creek DB Coil shock.



Lars Sternberg's Transition Freedom Flyer


Lars Sternberg s Klunker

Lars Sternberg 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!

Lars Sternberg s Klunker
Shimano disc brakes, cross-braced steel handlebar.

Lars Sternberg s Klunker
Odyssey Chromoly Crankset.
Lars Sternberg s Klunker
Lars added disc brake tabs to the seat stays.

Lars Sternberg s Klunker
Transition Revolution 32 wheels.



Specialized Rhyme FSR Expert Carbon 6Fattie


2016 Specialized Rhyme Expert Carbon 6Fattie from the Ladies line up. 6500 USD
2016 Specialized Rhyme FSR Expert Carbon 6Fattie is an elite-level 27.5-plus trailbike that will slate into its female-specific bike range. Travel is 130mm/rear and 150mm/front, and it shares the same carbon frames and sizes with the male version - with some of its cockpit accessories modified for smaller framed people. The MSRP is expected to be $6500 USD. Tyler Maine photo



Carbon Fiber Transition Patrol


Transition Patrol - do we smell Carbon
Transition's carbon fiber Patrol in all its glory, closely guarded by some excellent paint ball targets. Tyler Maine photos

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.
The crew at Transition was looking alive today. Good to see the whole crew out and working the booth.
Transition's employees left cardboard models of themselves to stand guard over their tent at Crankworx Village while they spent most of the week riding the park.





108 Comments

  • 141 3
 That Transition gives me the happy feeling.
  • 19 1
 My next bike is going top be either the scout or smuggler. Incredible bikes!
  • 15 0
 The Scout is the best bike I have ever ridden. I would be quite tempted to upgrade to a carbon one when it comes along.
  • 6 0
 Saw transition in yellow with red hope components and red stickers on the bike at my lbs, i think I'm in love
  • 19 35
flag travass (Aug 15, 2015 at 14:47) (Below Threshold)
 Might look great but every transition I have owned has ended up bent or broken - never again!!!
  • 7 1
 @travass that's sucks to hear. My friends has had a transam for 6 years now and it still look as good as it did when he got it!
  • 3 1
 The stickers were yellow not red my misstake
  • 5 0
 Great guys and they make great bikes.
  • 2 6
flag alarmclockmedia (Aug 16, 2015 at 1:56) (Below Threshold)
 it looks lil bit like trek ticket
  • 2 2
 I'm pretty sure you meant it looks like a session
  • 60 7
 the purple knolly is soo sexy
  • 9 1
 I don't know about you but I feel like I shouldn't like the way it looks, but I really do.
  • 17 4
 Looks like every other Knolly, it's beautiful.
  • 7 0
 Only just noticed the 16 purple spokes, that's a cool touch.
  • 2 0
 The Delirium will have 65 - 64.2 Degree Headangel with a 180mm Fork.
  • 3 0
 Bike more realistically weighs in at 32 pounds. Very doubtful it's 30 with that burly of a build.
  • 2 0
 ran into a guy riding one on boulder's boondocker line in revy, for a little bike that can take a big whipping!
  • 1 0
 and how would change the geo with a 160mm fork ??? (i am talking about the Deliriun of course)
  • 45 7
 A $6500 female-specific full carbon fatbike? Specialized will sell literally two of those.
  • 193 3
 One for you and one for your wife?
  • 8 8
 No, a female specific Plus bike. They're calling them 6Fatties but they're neither 26ers nor fats. Tires aren't wide enough for it to be used as a fat bike, and the diameter is in the upper 28 inch range.
  • 6 1
 Get ready for 26+
Told ya so........
  • 4 0
 I bet they sell a lot. Plus bikes are especially appealing to wealthy hobbyists.
  • 3 1
 Fat bikes alone already outsell all gravity-oriented (so DH,FR,Enduro,Slopestyle,dirt jump, etc) bike categories combined and plus bikes are shaping up to outsell fat bikes in a year or two. You can negative that fact all ya want but its an industry fact of life that gravity oriented categories are generally money losers in sales and are only pursued for the advertising value.
  • 5 0
 @deeeight the "six" is for 650B and being plus sized, they are fat(ish). Specialized almost has their own language when it comes to their bike names. I think the idea is that six fattie almost rhymes with six fifty if you stretch your imagination a bit.
  • 37 1
 If that knolly is 30 lbs I'm Elvis on a world tour on the titanic with my pet dodo in tow.
  • 21 0
 not sure what it means but I read "pet dildo" in your reply.
  • 2 0
 Me saw dildo 2.
  • 10 0
 Mauritius did have several species of dildo once, but Portuguese sailors made off with them all...
  • 25 2
 That transition looks awesome
  • 1 0
 almost as good as a Norco range C! tranny got em beat with that carbon linkage tho(if it is)
  • 23 7
 You see Lars ripping it on a clunker and you still think: I need carbon to be that good. Every tenth of a second counts. Youuuu Idiot.
  • 2 6
flag tobiusmaximum (Aug 15, 2015 at 14:57) (Below Threshold)
 Lars might've been better off with some though, by the sounds of it.
  • 26 6
 Yea put tubeless tyres on carbon rims on a frickin' Klunker and experience a new level of clunking... that sht would make more noise than two skeletons screwing on a metal roof.
  • 2 1
 I wasn't serious. He broke his three times? Sounded like a worse reliability rate than a carbon-fearing sorts worst nightmare.. Nevermind.
  • 3 2
 it's cool
  • 1 0
 @tobius - His problem wasn't the bars really, it was the rigid fork. I used to break and bend stuff all the time back in the 90s before I got a suspension fork. Forks, bars, cranks, BB spindle, wheels, etc. Almost gave up on MTB entirely. Got a squishy fork, stuff stopped failing.
  • 3 0
 It's all good bud, I get it. I was only making a connection between Lars breaking three sets of bars and waki stating carbon is unneccesary. It was tongue in cheek. But three f***wits didn't grasp that it seems. And they say IQ isn't going down...
  • 15 3
 Clunker dude should have bought some decent FGFS bars. The only reason he bent his is because he ran shit bars. Most FGFS bars would last for years. Nothing wrong with steel crossbar bars, look at how freaking big many bmx riders go on those types of bars. Don't blame the category of bars, blame only the shit bars you had Other than that, that clunker bike looks like so much fun with these disc brakes mounted!
  • 4 3
 Yeah well, the trannys on the lines you are talking about are really steep.....
You ever ridden the crabby line?
Not really much forgiveness there.
Carry on
  • 9 2
 "Clunker dude?" What are you, new?
  • 1 1
 Been riding for 11 years, but since we have no mountains here only street and my track bike. I do own a Stinky for DH/FR, but don't follow the DH racing scene (guessing he is a DH racer?)
  • 4 1
 @Mattin

Renthal braced Moto-X bars would have been perfect on that clunker!
  • 2 0
 no, just givin props to Lars. That shit had to be burly on that bike.
  • 2 1
 His bars bent because of the rigid fork. With nothing to cushion the impacts, parts fail. I'd be amazed if any bars could survive Whistler on a fully rigid bike. You might get away with a rigid bike at low speeds on nicely manicured trails, but not ripping down on DH trails.

Narrow BMX bars would probably have the best chance (because less leverage), but how miserable would that be?
  • 2 1
 Untrue. I've been riding rigid forks for many years on a semi-pro level for street. As long as i had decent bars it didn't matter. Even rode some alu bars for 2-3 years without any problems. Also bmx riders have no suspension either and often go very big.
  • 1 1
 It would indeed feel miserable on dh but decent bars would easily last 2 seasons on rigids
  • 4 3
 @Mattin: So what you're saying is "yes, yes I am new."
I'm sure there are better bars out there, but what Lars put that bike through at Whistler is not comparable to any BMX or any street riding. Period. It's okay that you don't know what Whistler is like because you haven't ridden it, but dude, what you know about riding street and BMX just doesn't apply to Whistler. Riding the park at Whistler is a DIFFERENT SPORT - the only things that might be shared between disciplines are grips and pedals, maybe. Really, you should make a trip so you can gain some perspective, it's awesome. But bring the Stinky, and be prepared for it to break.
  • 3 0
 Its rather the other way around. I've ridden some decent DH trails all over Europe during trips in the summer (for example Bad Wildbad and Hinterglemm pro line). I would never want to ride that on rigids, but that doesn't mean it is so much harder on your bike. Many bmx riders nowadays are doing 3m high 360 drops to flat(!) on a daily base and can ride their bars for years. You guys apperantly have no idea what kind of impact street brings to your bikes and how big many bmx cyclists huck.

It is indeed a different sport, but the fact is that Lars rode shit bars and blamed it on the category (falsely) instead of on his shitty model.
  • 2 0
 Average DH bars didn't even last 6 months underneath me. Just to give a comparison about how much street abuses your bike.
  • 2 0
 Narrow bmx bars?? They average 29.5" now. Those bars were not quality. They are made to match the look of the bike, kinda trashy but still fun.
  • 12 1
 The Knolly looks like it has a prototype DB Coil CS (climb switch), also to be officially launched at Eurobike.
  • 6 7
 DB coil
  • 1 0
 The "extra stuff" above the concentric compression/rebound adjusters looks a lot like a prototype shock I saw from Cane Creek a few days ago in the village (here, with a standard DB Coil for comparison):

imgur.com/PSlFtiP

Regardless, I'm excited at the possibility of a DB Coil CS!
  • 2 0
 I talked to a rider with a ccdb coil cs as well, he said they will be out soon!
  • 1 0
 The adjuster dials are definitely different than the current DB Coil.
  • 3 0
 All you need to make one is a DB AIR CS and a DB, because the dampers are the same, so you take the damper part of the Air CS off and put it onto a DB Coil, so that you end up with a DB Coil CS and a DB Air, there is no need for prototyping because it is simply putting an existing part onto another one, because it all fits together.
  • 9 1
 I'm glad they told me the Delirium is an enduro(tm) bike; before I read the caption I though it was a mountain bike.
  • 6 0
 been riding the alloy Patrol ----- L O V E IT!!!! best new design for TBC ever
  • 1 0
 I agree ...been riding an alloy one all season. Great bike park bike...but pedals well and descends great.Looking forward to the Carbon.
  • 4 0
 Damn! Worst thing about already having a bike I really like is that it's harder to dream of having either that Patrol or the Delerium! Sickness!
  • 6 0
 God, that Patrol is frickin' gorgeous!!! I need a sugar momma/daddy.
  • 4 0
 It's unreasonable how much I want that Knolly just based on the fact it's purple
  • 2 0
 Can't wait for my new Carbon Patrol, trading in my Covert. Word is, the size L is coming in late 2015, size M should be out soon.
  • 1 0
 Hope there's an XL...
  • 1 0
 Hope there is a small
  • 4 0
 You two just discovered the biggest downside to carbon fiber frames...
  • 3 0
 So, bike boffins, what's the slotted tab/fin under the chainstay for? Probably gonna kick myself for this one...
  • 2 0
 It's for a coaster brake.
  • 2 0
 Coaster brake
  • 2 0
 It is a coaster brake mount. Old school!
  • 5 0
 Thanks. Nice choreography.
  • 1 0
 On the Klunker? that'll be for pedal brakes won't it
  • 1 0
 Coaster brake
  • 3 0
 more specifically its for the brake arm, actual coaster brake is in the hub. keeps the wheel straight, otherwise the force from a coaster brake would pull the wheel sideways. didn't know what it was when i got an old coaster bike and took it off, my tire was rubbing the chainstay after 1 stop.
  • 3 0
 I'm pretty sure it is to counteract the braking forces. When you apply the brake, the outer part of the hub is braked against the inner part, so the inner part wants to keep rotating. Without the brake arm (which is attached to the inner part) there would only be the axle bolts preventing the inner part from rotating. It is long so that it is a longer lever.
  • 16 0
 boaster cake.
  • 4 0
 Lars is just nuts. In the best possible way.
  • 11 7
 Yes Knolly....not bloody carbon fibre shit .Thanks for keeping it real!!
  • 5 6
 even though CF is stronger and lighter than aluminum....hhhmmmm......jelly?
  • 11 3
 if they were keeping it real they would of kept it 26"
  • 7 2
 if they were keeping it real it would have one speed.
  • 6 1
 Nah, jelly would be no good for making frames. Good damping but a bit wobbly.
  • 8 0
 If they were keeping it real they would still be made in North America.
  • 3 0
 If they were keeping it real it would be a penny farthing.
  • 3 0
 If they were keeping it real it would be a velocipede.
  • 2 1
 Real men ride penny-farthings. Velocipedes are for beginners.
  • 2 0
 Want shredded forearms with bulging veins? Put down the dumbbells and buy a clunker. Lars' arms are freakin' jacked! Gotta be to be breaking 3 sets of bars like that.
  • 4 1
 Knolly DH light ! like itSmile )
  • 2 0
 I want more info on the new Turner RFX. Saw it up there before the EWS race while riding the park. Looks amazing.
  • 4 1
 I think i will Transition to a new bike.
  • 2 0
 Lars N Bars nickname fits for a new reason: handlebars.
  • 2 0
 Almost looks like a crack in the weld on the Knolly seatstay...
  • 2 0
 I think that is just a line from the clear plastic masking to protect the paint. They have it on the underside of the downtube too. I put it on my bikes to save the paint on both the seatstays (from heel rub on my shoes), and on the downtube to protect from rock spray off the front wheel.
  • 3 1
 Please please please everyone- don't let 27.5Plus become a thing...
  • 2 0
 I feel for Lars bars
  • 2 0
 soon TR501 Smile
  • 1 0
 I'd say that Transition is ripe for some heavy climbing duties.
  • 1 0
 Bet that cruiser can hit some sick kicker Ramps
  • 1 0
 I have a suppressor on order now in blue, this picture makes me happy
  • 2 0
 Klunkin ain't easy!
  • 1 0
 Hell no! Am I the only one that saw the damn veins sticking out of his arm? He's probably still icing his forearms after riding that thing all day. hahaha
  • 1 0
 is the plus sized womens bike for big plus sized women?
  • 1 0
 Knolly mini DH..
  • 1 0
 Maybe even a freeride bike. Hmmm
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