Waki-Leaks' Down-Duro Conversion Kit

May 27, 2016 at 4:13
by Wacek Kipszak  
Back in 2008 Downhill Racing was probably the most vividly growing genre of MTB. We could finally watch our sport on live stream thanks to Freetoaster TV. Sam Phill was the king, dominating the racing scene on flat pedals and Bob Warmer was still allowing himself to burp and pee in the commentator's booth. In this post huck-to-flat era, owning a DH bike was something to be proud of, it was the best weapon of choice to dominate rocky (technical) terrain and send any jump. Simply put, the Cool Aid used to have Downhill flavor.

Waki-Leaks DOWN-DURO conversion kit
  Converted Socialized Emo

But those days are gone, we have God-only-knows (or Richard Dawkins only knows) how many hub standards and wheel sizes, nearly each brand sells a full carbon frame. COOL AID business shifted to those weird small bikes that used to be ridden in bike parks by people in full body armor and Meth Para helmets. I-only-ride-park mentality has further deteriorated the authority of gravity heroes (as if that wasn't the case all along before Matt Denison made his masterpiece video) So... you may want to have one of them super capable 6" bikes now. The problem is that they cost a fortune while you have a perfectly working, stout Downhill bike from the flat pedal days. You have a bike that has almost no resale value on the second-hand market. Selling a DH bike from 2010 won't even buy you a 6" Enduro fork or a metric large volume air shock. You may buy a decent 2012 DH bike on the Buy&Sell, take a flight to a bike park and leave it there to rust - it will still be cheaper than renting a modern one for a week.

Despair NOT, though! Enter DOWN-DURO - a start-up company that allows you to keep your fantastic machine, stay trendy and keep up with friends that probably betrayed you. After all, Enduro bikes of today have geometries even more radical than your old trusted DH bike. They too can handle the technical terrain. Down-duro sells Enduro conversion kits for 26" DH rigs like the Socialized Emo, the Comical DH-Supreme or the Copper Horse Saturday. The kit includes:

1. Headtube enhancer:
Making your reach super cool (read: longer) and head angle even better for technical terrain (read slacker).

2. Lock-out kit:
For the shock that will come in 3 different options to fit Faux DHX 3-5.0, Marz-foxchi Rockon, and all Manatee Singers

3. Down-Duropper:
A dropper post with a negative setback, steepening a relatively slack seat angle of a DH bike to extremely effective 74 degrees or more.

4. 47-tooth Cassette Expander
A kit that does not violate any newly filed patent because it works ONLY with 8 or 9-speed drivetrains.

Waki-Leaks DOWN-DURO conversion kit
  Waki-Leaks DOWN-DURO conversion kit

Down-duro conversion kit
  DOWN-DURO lockout kit for non-metric shocks

All this comes at an interesting price point of $899 which seems like a lot, definitely, but is nowhere close to buying an SLX level Enduro bike. Of course, you may need to buy a new cassette and medium cage rear mech for climbing, which will set you back for another $100 or so. Climb up and ride down that technical terrain. Down-duro also recommends a tightening strap to be fastened on the lower crown of the fork and the arch of the lower leg assembly for climbing. You compress the fork while your friend tightens the strap for you. You cannot do that on a single crown fork. It will make your fork harder and lower the travel - simple but very effective. The whole kit adds about 4 pounds to the weight of the bike, but since you have 3-pound tyres on your bike, that won't do too much, will it. Especially on technical terrain.

So fear NOT, your 26" DH bike can be cool again! You can be a bro again. Since when were 6 inches better than 8 inches on technical terrain?

Arguably yours,
Wacek Kipszak

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Disclaimer: This article is meant to be a satire. My very intention with it is to entertain you and eventually provide some food for reflection in case we treat our sport a bit too seriously. I honestly do not wish to insult or harm anyone or any company. The resemblance to persons, names, and places might be coincidental.


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151 Comments

  • + 248
 I'll stick with my Klein Mantra.
  • + 16
 this made me laugh out loud in real life Smile
  • + 38
 @treble: Oh, man, I only cyber laughed...
  • + 3
 75º head angle FTW
  • + 2
 @treble: how you do it?
  • + 6
 @szusz: Its totally missing the requisite decal kit and fashionable matching gloves and goggles. You'd be shamed away at the entry gate.
  • + 1
 @cerealkilla: DOH! I knew we were forgetting something.
  • + 174
 Still a better idea than those wtb grips
  • + 15
 Aint nothing gonna beat those.
  • + 57
 Since when have 6 inches ever been better than 8 inches.
  • + 509
 in prison...
  • + 36
 don't endur-drop the soap
  • + 4
 Ha ha that bit made me laugh
  • - 2
 going uphill
  • + 2
 Cell phone screens? I'm grasping at straws....
  • + 7
 @rocky-mtn-gman: best response I've seen in a while... There really needs to be a BROD poll on pinkbike
  • + 3
 @rocky-mtn-gman: You sir should win any bike of your choice for the post. I am throwing down the gauntlet now give him a bike for his wit and humor and hopefully not experience......
  • + 2
 @rocky-mtn-gman: At first glance, the downtube on that bike says SODOMIZED
  • + 1
 @rocky-mtn-gman: That has got to be the best comment I've ever seen on this site, pure brilliance!
  • - 1
 @rocky-mtn-gman: so good cuz! just spat my cornflakes all over the computer!
  • + 1
 @jaydubmah: Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, bro...Smile
  • + 39
 I'm the kinda guy who knows enduro or am would be about a 1000 times better option for my terrain but damn, nothing compares to the look and feel of a true downhill bike. And that double crown kashima goodness turns heads Wink . I guess enduuuro could have a kashima dropper now though, better than nothing.

That conversion kit is epic, though it wouldn't lighten my 40 lbs DH bike a bit, lol.

Overall, a fun read.
  • + 14
 I'll up vote you just because Estonian's are such great people.
  • + 44
 I'm up voting because you admitted out loud that kashima is for turning heads.
  • + 12
 @hbar314: if they only offered kashima cables life would be complete. LOL.
  • + 2
 I'm in Estonia right now - totally feel your pain wrt any sort of mountain/hills! But hey your so close to Finland, and Anneke chocolate is the best I've ever tasted.
  • + 1
 @properp: and open hub bearings which totally not going to get destroyed
  • + 1
 Enduro has has the Kashima 36s. Head turners, for people who like shiny things. Marzs coffee in my opinion looks better. Not to mention the black of boxxers uppers. I'd say for anyone who likes flashy forks, just go with rockshox domains.
  • + 2
 @hucktoflannel: jokes aside I can say one thing about Enduro racing. Go, show up on a training day, ride all the tracks for a whole day, with all the climbs and then show up next day ready to race. I assure you that 90% of people who show up on DH races as tough seasoned racers, are almost dead on after the climb to the first stage, come the race day. Yes Enduro jokes are fun, I make them myself, but I am slowly growing some horns for DH community. There is not enough jokes about downhillers, I must start hitting closer to home... Big Grin

Happy destroying the trails - Cheers!
  • + 1
 How about a thing nobody is allowed to complain on; two guys kissing with neck braces on and their fullface helmets pulled up to the top of their heads. Subtitle: "Feeling pumped after a day at the park, share the stoke with your best friend". It's just a picture of two homosexuals who happen to do downhill mountain biking. Nothing to see here.
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: The only reason there's no jokes about DH racers is that we are by far the most serious bikers out there. There's not one person with a downhill bike who doesn't take what they do extremely seriously because it's the seriousest form of mountain biking. (This was said in total seriousness and should be taken very seriously. seriously)
  • + 1
 @hucktoflannel: don't forget that Downhill is the only discpiline of MTB where bikes still use 20mm axles. Oh I got started... I want to make drawings... Like a chest cam of an arriving Cleveland steamer...
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: could there be a downduro kit that ads a few inches to the chainstay, making a 26" bike become 27.5" or 29". I would order a downduro kit if it gave me a better head angle, my current ones a bit too slack :p (This comment is being said with complete seriousness, because downhillers take this sport VERY seriously)
  • + 34
 finally something entertaining after a day of UK leaving EU news... thank you
  • + 17
 Tell me about it. Actually don't.
  • - 3
 @alexhyland: please let meSmile
  • + 3
 First I need to see that happening to be bummed about it... do you know how many times I've said I quit? Yea right, The likes of Lord Sugar are just going to let their business get messed up with customs while government is getting rich on duties from their imports and exports.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: engineer Scotty tusk to captain junket "she won't take it cap'n..she's gonna blowwww.KABOOOMM!Smile
  • + 0
 @WAKIdesigns: yes I know where your coming from,did rather enjoy the guardinistas of londinistan sweating in their paninis and pumpkin mochas as the votes come in.folk were up on the hills of closed coal fields last night with pitchfork in one hand, a jug of home brew in the other having a merry old singsong.jocks look worried.
  • + 0
 @Earthmotherfu: Aaaaahhhaaaa....I propper laughed out loud....
  • + 5
 @Earthmotherfu: Scotts are worried aboot mass immigration from the English Smile
  • + 1
 @nojzilla: mmm real mountains...right to roam...
  • + 3
 @nojzilla
I genuinely thought about moving to Scotland when I heard the news
  • + 3
 @nojzilla:can hear angus now down at the local caf "pumpkin coffee ya want eh? Get tey f*ck ya english bastard"Smile
  • + 3
 That reminds me...since the pound is now in the toilet, will I be able to get Shimano parts even cheaper from Chainreaction's site?
  • - 1
 @ReformedRoadie: CRC is Irish so........
Who knows
  • + 12
 Well you started a trend. Australia is going to quit the AU and become 'Stralia.
  • + 1
 @alexhyland: they can try!! ????
  • + 3
 @ReformedRoadie: maybe maybe not.but does this mean we can now f*ck the Eurovision Song Contest off?Wink
  • + 1
 @nojzilla: HAHhahahahaha.... I laughed out loud in real life after I read your comment!!!
  • + 1
 @nojzilla: don't they have a store in belfast?
  • + 1
 It's been quite a BREXIT in the match with Iceland today...
  • + 1
 @Wesselized: They're in NI. So yes, you should be getting a great exchange rate ATM!
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: lol it was woeful. Luckily the English do a lot better in certain other sports that I could give a care about!
  • + 1
 @alexhyland: like downhill mountain biking. Or darts. You got bad at empire-ing though... US and now even Russia kicks your butt.
  • + 2
 @alexhyland: I've learned thru a contact that Roy the boy was spiked with europhile mind bending drugs as soon as he got to France.being as football is the sport of the working class,they upped the dosage on him forcing him to make up these delusional formations."we vwill teach zee English basterdz who decided to upset zee euro gravy train..,
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: haha we ARE good at darts. And snooker. But I'm not as invested in those sports as the other one you mentioned!
  • + 2
 The sun never sets on the downhill world cup
  • + 1
 I've never considered darts or snooker as sports.
More pub games.
Anyone?
  • + 1
 @randybadger: Yeah it is a bit of a stretch. Tho snooker has an element of endurance (especially when I play).
  • + 1
 For me watching other people do sports is an exercise in endurance... no matter how good they are, I just can't stand such form of onanism. And if I feel like doing it (like DH World Cup) I also prefer to be alone. I do not appreciate some dude next to me going: did you see that?! Soccer of all is the worst. 11 men strong party composed of metrosexuals and men from poor neighborhoods who haven't yet become ones yet, are running around failing to score a goal. Yes, I know what some think, it is a process of seeing how it happens. Well, when I watch porn, I am interested in getting entertained with the fun bit, I do not want to see the guy meeting the girl for the first time and dating her, sending messages, buying flowers. I don't.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: they're ain't no porn anymore where he buys a box of black mavic first Smile
  • + 1
 Or Terry's eagle gold for that matter
  • + 27
 'Socialized Emo' Give this man whatever prize is the most honoured for Satire! Brilliant!
  • + 3
 I literally couldn't stop laughing for five minutes
  • + 4
 Copper horse Saturday did it for me Big Grin
  • + 15
 It can't be a complete Down-duro conversion kit without a water bottle cage adaptor and anti-hydration pack slogans!
  • + 8
 Anti-hydration pack slogans belong a bit more to Trail and Trail PLUS trends I am affraid... Smile
  • + 5
 and dont forget the ever essential googles, that alone can make you look 'duro-legit
  • + 2
 Oh yeah, we need the full rundown on the apparel and other gear/accessories now too, heh heh.

Thanks Waki!
  • + 12
 Where is the POC helmet and goggles holder for brown pow bro expeditions? Or perhaps an additional accessory?
  • + 4
 I have foreseen your question and It shall be revealed... in it's own time...
  • + 5
 Don't be forgetting the bright socks that don't match anything and the "Craft Beer" the most important essential of any advertising campaign within Enduro....
  • + 3
 This is classic, I've actually done something similar with my 2010 Glory, threw faux air 36 floating kamikazes on, swapped the DHX Arsey hoar to something Vividly clair, a stealth bomber seatpost, and 1x11 (32 with 10-44) Sharknado ST/ XavieR drive bits. Lastly squeezed in 27.5 carbon hoops (to the Envy of my mates) and went tubeless on some Maxxed out rubber I think ver highly of due two their great rolling ability. From hence forth she is know as, Gloriegn, amen.
  • + 3
 Im actually a fan of the concept here....instead of trashing, re-use... Even though its a joke, it has merrit...

Could do this and send em off to those south that dont have bikes at all...or use them for newbs to learn on instead of trashing a 5000$ rig that dad bought because they have the money.
  • + 2
 I have already done something similar to my DH bike for those pedally bits that connect some sections on Cypress. 28 tooth chainring, 11-36 cassette, reverb post. At 64 degrees it is already slack enough. My Marzocchi fork is even 650b compatible. My friend went one step further and ran a 42 tooth cassette. Thinking of throwing on an X2 so I have the lockout. Only issue is the slack seat angle.
  • + 2
 If you're not too worried about how stupid it looks you can actually fit some oldschool 25mm setback posts backwards. Only issue being the result is just as handsome as Wakis drawings...
  • + 1
 Ditto on my DH bike. 160mm Van 36s with 32f 11-36 cassette. Head angle is now 65 degrees or so. Rear is quite progressive so kinda works. I can steepen my seat angle but TT is too short to do that but chain stays are relatively long. I realise @WAKIdesigns article was complete satire but with the right frame it can work if you're on a budget.
  • + 4
 Another quality tongue in cheek view of our sport. Thanks for reminding us the best thing to laugh at is ourselves. Well done!
  • + 1
 thanks for the thoughts of records just some new ideas for panacea - bike now I just need money and a chance bennutzen industrial machines I am an unemployed precision mechanic you can write to me for more Detaits of me in German
  • + 1
 Ironically I am doing a custom bike for one of my customers.
He's got a Scott Gambler frame and we're building it up as a 27.5" bike.
Custom drop outs being made for the rear.
Only has a 44mm head tube so having to use a Cane Creek lower cup to fit the tapered fork as all 650b SC forks are tapered.
If it all works well then may look at selling the drop outs.
  • + 2
 Isn't it cheaper to buy a 650B YT? Big Grin
  • + 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Nope not at all the guy is a retired engineer who know what wants and we have designed the new dropouts and have the prototype dropouts being made now.
The frame was a very good condition second hand item and being 26" wheel and out of vogue not that expensive any more. We deal in high quality second hand parts so the build isn't going to cost the earth + He managed to get a very nice set of 650B Rockshox forks for £75 off eBay.....Bargin!!!!
So a second hand YT cheaper.....No I don't think so!
  • + 2
 @GTruckus83: 650B Boxxers for 75 quid?! That sounds like fisherman's story even before the BREXIT Big Grin
  • + 1
 @GTruckus83: tell your friend to be sure he's buying the complete fork man because at 75 he may be buying only the crowns and it will still be a bargain... ha. just saying.
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns:
Sorry missed out a 2 there.
Meant to read £275 but couldn't edit it.
  • + 1
 At first I started reading this like it was a serious article. I very quickly realized it was a joke. I was like WTF is this "headtube enhancer" that is some dangerous trash.... Ohhhhh hahaha. I mean it could work if the piece was made of titanium but of course then it would add an extra 30lbs to the bike. Good times... LOL
  • + 1
 when I heard about the 7 8 or 9 speed cassette expander I was like I want that! The dropper could work on old cross country bikes that are slack as well! I have passed on so many DH and slope style bikes because they just don't go up.
  • + 1
 I like old down hill bikes on the cheap ! But wouldn't want to climb a bunch with any form of satirical hybrid contraption. We are currently having a blast hucking around a $350 dinosaur down hill craigslist purchase . My 1800$ "all mountain , 1x, trail bike " is just as fun and bit more flexable , but solar to fun ratio has to the retired down hil/free ride tank.
  • + 1
 Hah! Spotted a Specialized BigHit on local kijiji last night, only wants $225.00 CDN Smile Smile But wasn't the least bit tempted, just not my style. It's gotta go up and down, not just down Smile
  • + 1
 @GT-CORRADO: Good thing too.... last thing you want is a 10-year old DH frame that is likely to break on the first big hit.
  • + 5
 Satire was so March 2004 but you draw pretty pictures.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns the down-Duropper is my fave dude, feel like you should be offering more offset and preferably in 46/ 51mm designs to properly address the overly slack nature of dh bikes seat tubes.
  • + 1
 Funny thing is that could actually work.
  • + 3
 sad thing is from the drawings, it looks like that could actually work....wtf are we even doing....
  • + 4
 You forgot to say how great it was for riding the latest flow trails!
  • + 1
 @wakileaks: Fantastic read.. I so seriously laughed my ass off.. the azonic eliminator in the corner still has 24" double wides on it and it doesn't need anymore upgrades still a perfect machine
  • + 4
 Nice Waki thanks for the lulz! Great drawings as always.
  • + 3
 What about dropouts for 650b?
  • + 3
 this is fucking awesome! great job!!
  • + 3
 《First in line》"yay! Now I don't need to start that Nomad build!!!"
  • + 2
 Always impressed by your technical drawing skills. You seem to be quite the dynamic fellow, Waki
  • + 2
 I think the companies should be proud you chose them. This is great for them
  • + 1
 Just recently I got i brilliant advice what to do with an (old) DH-bike that isn´t used that much anymore:
- buy an Ego-kit (de.ego-kits.com)
not cheap though
  • + 1
 Each one of those frames would make a great band name. I can already see the cover for the self titled Comical DH-Supreme album.
  • + 3
 i know one place where 8inches is better then 6.. ha ha ha ..
  • + 14
 Fort William?
  • + 4
 Autobots Rollout!
  • + 2
 Waki, your best idea yet, but I'm worried about how it might affect the front and rear wheel axle path balance.
  • + 1
 No worries. But You can be sure that something special is coming in the DH bikes department before the World Champs.
  • + 2
 Needs super boost conversion. Even without the super boost, very well done.
  • + 3
 Does it include saw blade to cut extra stanchion off a dual crown fork?
  • + 3
 Is it Brexit compatible?
  • + 8
 It is. But you're gonna be on your own to figure it out.
  • + 3
 Yep. it's gonna take 2 years to develop, by which time people will probably decide they don't want it anymore.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns didnt you post this like 3 weeks ago? Why is it just now on the front page?
  • + 2
 Confirms what I suspected, PB is simply a comic book for children.
  • + 2
 Talk about mental masturbation...
  • + 1
 Haha,ya can I pre order the kit please
  • + 1
 Nice read. I have a freeride bike though so I'd need a free-duro kit.
  • + 1
 I like to have a bike that's been used at the rampage, no excuses
  • + 0
 All of these satire posts are trying way too hard to be funny that they aren't actually funny.
  • + 1
 Wicked drawings, Neat idea as well
  • + 1
 SOCIALIZED EMO... I'm definitely getting one of those!! Hahaha
  • + 1
 get you a girl who can do both
  • + 1
 It's not enduro if it isn't 27.5.
  • + 3
 you're right, the kit needs to include an optional 20mm spacer to reduce fork travel to an more #Enduro 180mm and allow running #SoEnduro 27.5" wheels.
  • + 1
 Okay....I sorta liked this one.
  • + 1
 fog clear as usual lol. good on you waki fight the power!
  • + 1
 Manatee Singers... I died laughing
  • + 1
 Waki at long last, it's been ages. Cheers
  • + 1
 Wiki you are a true talent.
  • + 1
 A demo can be versatile, but don't make in any slacker.
  • + 1
 Is it 1st of April again?!
  • + 1
 I'm sold.
Where do I send my cheque to..!!?
  • + 0
 the frame itself is probably to heavy for enduro, but love the drawings
  • + 1
 Well done
  • + 1
 Wow
  • + 1
 all manatee singers.
  • + 1
 What, no Boost-plus?
  • + 1
 29" when???
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