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Downhill Bikes of Sea Otter - Part 1

Apr 22, 2024 at 11:08
by Dario DiGiulio  
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Sea Otter typically feels more like the realm of the little bike, with road, gravel, and shorter travel mountain bikes taking up most of the booth space. This year felt different, though, as many brands came to the show with fully decked-out downhill bikes to display their wares. I caught a quick bike check on 13 of the more eye-catching options around the pits, which will hopefully tide us over until the season gets rolling in a few weeks.



Polygon Colossus DH9

Polygon Colossus DH
This bike doesn't technically exist yet, but as you can see it's just about ready for release.

Polygon Colossus DH
Polygon Colossus DH

Polygon Colossus DH
Same 6-bar linkage as their Colossus N enduro bike.

Polygon Colossus DH
Flip chip at the dropout.
Polygon Colossus DH
And at the lower shock mount.

Polygon Colossus DH



GT Fury

Continental GT Fury
We caught a glimpse of this new Fury at last year's Sea Otter, with the bike releasing to the public shortly thereafter.

Continental GT Fury
This one was camped out at the Continental booth, with an appropriately yellow color scheme.
Continental GT Fury

Continental GT Fury
I like the look of this layout.

Continental GT Fury
Unusual routing maneuvers.
Continental GT Fury

Continental GT Fury



Aaron Gwin's Crestline RS 205 VHP

Gwin Crestline

Gwin Crestline
Parked out in front of the TRP booth, for the moment.
Gwin Crestline

Gwin Crestline
SIlenced.

Gwin Crestline
Tukt.
Gwin Crestline

Gwin Crestline



Santa Cruz V10

Fox V10

Fox V10
I'm pretty into this color combo.
Fox V10

Fox V10



Forbidden Supernought

Forbidden Supernought
Frame only, but it still looks great.

Forbidden Supernought
Staying safe from damage at the Ride Wrap booth.
Forbidden Supernought

Forbidden Supernought

Forbidden Supernought
Forbidden Supernought

Forbidden Supernought



Commencal Supreme DH

Continental Supreme DH

Continental Supreme DH
Continental Supreme DH

Continental Supreme DH

Continental Supreme DH
Continental Supreme DH

Continental Supreme DH



Specialized Demo Prototype

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The velvet rope is a nice touch.

Specialized Demo Proto
Specialized Demo Proto

Specialized Demo Proto
Specialized Demo Proto

Specialized Demo Proto



That's all for now - stay tuned for part two.

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102 Comments
  • 101 0
 Glad to see Specialized and Crestline are finally catching on to my trend of having mismatched wheels from blowing up rears.
  • 20 0
 This is why all black dh rims should just have black graphics too. They will be mismatched eventually haha.
  • 1 2
 Gross
  • 2 0
 Funny enough Finn Iles right now on instagram posted his busted rear dt swiss wheel.
  • 79 9
 The new logo on the GT is embarrassingly bad. The old one had such motion and a slightly menacing feel. The new one looks like something I would buy at bed Bath & Beyond, if they still existed.
  • 8 0
 Actually, they do. Overstock.com bought Bed Bath and Beyond then rebranded with the bankrupt companies name. www.bedbathandbeyond.com
  • 6 0
 bikes need badges, paint just doesnt do it
  • 2 0
 @pisgahgnar: Not that BBB was even remotely interesting, but somehow I imagine this is what will happen to Kona... Ugh
  • 1 0
 That smaller GT logo was part of a collection of bikes to celebrate GT's 50th anniversary, however the regular GT logo will feature on all bikes going forward.
  • 35 9
 The new GT logo/ rebrand just doesn't look good. Maybe if the logo was moved lower on the downtube?
  • 3 10
flag jokermtb FL (Apr 22, 2024 at 11:48) (Below Threshold)
 at least you can see it......unlike Crestline and Santa Cruz......
  • 4 1
 ah, typical PBer Big Grin
  • 15 1
 The Fury is not a bad looking bike, actually. The logos don't matter to me, however.
  • 3 0
 Agreed, you can’t see the full logo on the Downtube. Looks out of place proportionally on such a horizontal canvas. You’d think you’d choose a logo that would really sing on the primary placement on your product
  • 17 15
 @valrock: So far nearly every single comment here (43 comments at time of posting) is about the aesthetics of the bikes. It's a sad time for a sport when it becomes overrun by vapid fashionistas. I truly can't wait for the next up and coming sport to become "the cool thing" so mountainbike design can go back to being about performance, and not just whether a certain bike matches your favourite handbag.
  • 8 1
 @gabiusmaximus: Agreed, what our industry is missing is accurate lab results, timed tests, performance metrics (I don't mean weight), quantitive analysis.
I couldn't give a monkeys whether a bike is vpp, horst or just single pivot. All that matters is how it performs. Like when a handlebar is released and claims to have superior flex and vibration absorption, let's see the data. If these results aren't reported then all we have to go by is appearance.
  • 14 1
 @gabiusmaximus: Guess what, you can have a bike that performs extremely well, AND looks good. You don't have to choose between the two. You could make the best performing bike products in the world but if they don't look good they won't do enough business to stay in business. Thats why heigh performance products also usually look the best. The GT is a fantastic looking bike, criticizing their logo is not criticizing the bike. It's just a silly oversight for something so easy to change vs the overall design of the bike.
  • 2 0
 @gabiusmaximus: did you offend a few handbag wearers?
  • 1 1
 @IsaacO: OTOH if you don't like a logo, you just scrub it off and/or replace it.

I would even say that you must be super stupid if logo and stickers comes into consideration when buying a bike. As a customer I want bikes that have no logo. Logos and stickers are advertising, they should pay us to provide free advertising, not the opposite! Same applies to clothing brands where I am usually looking for the least branding possible.
  • 1 0
 @suspended-flesh:
Rides unreal too. Paint gets lots of comments. Sleeper bike
  • 2 0
 @opignonlibre: y’all are taking this very personally…it’s a sick bike, not a sick logo…no one said anything about not buying it because of the logo. It’s not that deep Smile
  • 1 0
 @gabiusmaximus: my comment was more like... true PBer will always find something to complain about lol Big Grin

I don't give a damn about how bike looks like, as long as it doesn't look like Pole or Orange ahahahah Big Grin
  • 19 0
 Loving the color on that GT. From riding in the late 90’s/early 00’s, I also have fond associations for yellow DH frames of that era with red fork lowers (off the top of my head, something like a yellow Santa Cruz Super 8 or Intense, with red Boxxers / X-Vert Carbons up front)

Anyway, chapeaux to the paint department.
  • 10 1
 Danny Hart has been flying on it pre-season.....it's also a very quiet bike when at full-tilt
  • 9 0
 they should have made the rocker link painted like a banana
  • 15 0
 not sure about the linkage dangling down below the BB of the new Demo. Sure they tested it a lot, but it still feels like prone to catch a rock or smashing into stuff...
  • 7 1
 the production version might enclose it and double as a bash guard
  • 5 1
 It appears that the linkage mostly operates within the radius of the chain ring. Presumably it will be about as protected as your transmission by a bash guard.
  • 16 0
 @KJP1230:

I ride a lot of DH and there is a whole lot of satan going on in that zone on a regular basis. Yes your chainring/bashguard hang down lower as well, but with that dangly linkage you probably quintupled the width of dangliness?

I'm sure it rides sick, but I'm skeptical of dangly bits
  • 2 0
 @skimtb1: Totally fair. We'll see what happens when the new enduro and demo come out!
  • 2 0
 @KJP1230: if you look at the side view that link sticks out far beyond the chainring
  • 3 0
 @stephenzkie: Yes, but I saw a video of the suspension cycling on instagram, and the linkage moves up and back (almost like it's extending rearward) as the suspension moves. I bet even at sag it would be much more out of the way than what it looks like when stationary.
  • 2 0
 @KJP1230: I´d happily replace a bent chainring but smashing and bending the bikes backbone (or frontbone, is this even a word? sound funny though) is something else ;-)
But sure the guys at Specialized had that in mind and will provide some kind of protection, or if not it might not be an issue at all....
  • 2 0
 @betobi: Agreed. We'll see!

Frankly, if Specialized could keep essentially the same kinematics as the current Enduro, but reduce the chain growth/pedal kickback and move the weight of the bike even lower with that new linkage.... it's hard to imagine a better bike.
  • 1 0
 @KJP1230: also agreed :-)
  • 12 2
 1. The woman behind the Polygon spotted you. 2. The new Fury is beautiful, but I'm curious about the kinematics based on the angle of the rocker link relative to the shock. Reminds me of one of those intense prototypes from a few years back that faded away pretty quick. 3. Speaking of Intense, hopefully part 2 has some new M1 shots. That thing is beautiful. 4. Interesting upper links on that Demo - seems like they're intentionally allowing for some torsional flex across the rear end with two separate, minimalist rockers. sharp contrast to that massive chainstay and a fairly beefy, one piece seatstay.
  • 16 5
 Specialized bike looks like a gun. exactly as it should
  • 14 52
flag William42 FL (Apr 22, 2024 at 12:22) (Below Threshold)
 Really? I feel like it looks like a Highschoolers shop project - impressive for an 18 year old but maybe something to hang on your own refrigerator, not something for a multi billion dollar company to show up with as the flagship.

That chainstay is somethin.

Anyway, good for Specialized for giving some young up and comer high school design students a chance to showcase their stuff.
  • 26 0
 It's a ground-up prototype of a new suspension layout, made from either forged or printed metal and carbon bars. And it's strong enough to be piloted by actual WC racers. I'm skeptical that the new Enduros and Demos will actually look like that bike, but I think the industrial look is pretty rad.
  • 15 1
 @KJP1230: I think you've nailed it. From what I understand, they're using this layout to nail the kinematics they want as they can adjust the parameters more independently with it. Once they settle on their numbers they'll use a more conventional layout to bring bikes to production.
  • 16 2
 @William42: You've clearly never been a part of any engineering/prototyping design project of any level lol. That new shiny beautiful carbon frame you see at the bike shop doesn't just appear out of thin air haha.
  • 8 3
 @c0linmetz: comes from catalogues in taiwan
  • 10 0
 Holy Crestline, that's a one sexy bike!!!
  • 4 0
 Amazes me that people on these forums moan about affordable bikes these days. And rightly so. Polygon put out a rather superb looking bike which will be half the price of most of these on the same page, and probably equally well specced And it barely gets a mention.
  • 10 4
 I wonder what Tomaso Ancillotti thinks of that amazing new linkage ...... on the demo dh rig .. yawn ....
  • 15 0
 He probably is hoping he won‘t get sued for stealing specializeds‘ link through time travel
  • 4 0
 Good to see Polygon putting an affordable DH bike option out there (assuming it'll be relatively affordable compared to many current options). Would love to see more budget focused DH options
  • 3 0
 The handlebar alignment on that Santa Cruz is triggering. Also, trying to roll something I should drop, my clumsy ass would obliterate that weird shock link on the underside of that specialized.
  • 6 0
 Exo+ tires have no place on a DH bike - looking at you WAO.
  • 6 0
 I really like Ancillotti Demo ...
  • 4 0
 Make sure nobody cheers too loud for the racing, I would suck to get sued for a noise complaint
  • 1 0
 The demo really isn't any different than there existing one other than driving the shock ling from above its rotating it from below. Looks like kitamatics aren't really that different. The way that shock is driven looks the same.
  • 1 0
 What happened to the true downhill racing? seems like bling bling here in the states? more Bling than Berming or BOULDERING ? THE Proto's look like a flipping mail order sandrail or go kart kit i would put together with my kiddo. FYI::: GO SPECIALIZED DEMO 8! IF THAT HELPS. GO COmmencal! stoopid!!
  • 1 0
 that specialized, really what does that linkage where the seatstay is really do, surely you could just put the axle on that massive swinarm and do away with that linkage, the pivots are so close together at the axle anyway the effect it has must be near to nothing.
  • 3 0
 I feel an urge to click a hollow circle in a list of hollow circles based on these bikes
  • 4 0
 Is the Specialized linkage threaded to adjust bb height easily?
  • 3 0
 Can’t wait to see Gwin ride that beast. Still surprised that’s where he landed.
  • 2 0
 I think he is some how a part owner? or investor in the company???
  • 4 0
 That Crestline and the Commencal win in the looks Dept for me.
  • 2 0
 So many of these DH bikes have room for a water bottle. Can you fit a water bottle on any of them? Are there the holes / screws?
  • 2 0
 Crestline has water bottle mounts. Makes sense, you get thirsty doing laps of the bike park!
crestlinebikes.com/shop/rs-205-vhp-frame
  • 1 0
 Gt does under top tube
  • 1 0
 White FOX 40 brings me back to Atherton's DH Animal Super Team from way back... Always dlusted after a white Fox Kashima. Meanwhile, white DT EX1750 were trying to survive the first corner of the track. Ah !
  • 2 0
 If I was to ride the Forbidden Supernought I'd just have to listen to 1,000 Homo DJ's at full blast for every ride. f*ck yeah - sing it Al!
  • 5 4
 If Santa Cruz release the v10 in qll black soon I will be pretty pissed, having jist gotten a red one(the less color the better for me)
  • 34 0
 Thoughts and prayers for you in this tough time
  • 1 0
 Rainbow bikes are in to stay bro, get downvoted lol
  • 1 0
 Just get it painted
  • 1 0
 Just grab a can from spray.bike or send it to a profressionnal painter. Some automotive painters will paint your bike for very little, you just have to ask them to call you when they have a black car going back from body repair.
  • 2 0
 Finally enough gold to reflect the price. ex471 for the life on the other hand
  • 2 2
 Forbidden winning the aesthetic prize here imo. Nice lines on that thing. Can't say the same for the we are one unfortunately (would have been nice to have a Canadian 1-2 punch)
  • 1 0
 ever since someone mentioned plumbing under a bike with round tubes and lugs, thats all i think of. shame, bc i really liked the look before
  • 2 0
 DH bikes expensive af lately ... hoping for a new YT Tues to come out soon with a clever specced AL version
  • 1 0
 An AL Polygon is literally the first bike in this article, it will be comparably reasonably priced, based on every other bike they sell. They review well too, why sleep on it? The sticker? Is Euro availability bad?

Hope it doesn't have as many pivots as the single crown Colossus-es on release though.
  • 1 1
 How dafuq do you service the rocker pivots on the GT Fury? Nice looking bike... also looks like a nightmare. Same with all these other 6-bar and high-idler bikes. Nightmares, all.

Neko has it right.
  • 2 0
 Spesh just up here copying dirbike suspension now.
  • 4 0
 Yeah. Can't believe it spent so much time under a cover. Such an underwhelming reveal.
  • 2 1
 Im curious how the warranty policy will be on that demo with that link sticking out so much in front of the bb
  • 1 1
 That's impressive, all the DH bikes have a dual crown fork.
I was expecting the "DH" bikes that were racing, the ones with the single crowns.
  • 1 0
 Let's go Whistler! Let's go Whistler!
  • 1 0
 I've not ridden a DH bike since 2010 , now I really want to ride one.
  • 2 1
 Dat Polygon Looks Badass Dude AF.
  • 1 0
 new Demo suspension system very similar to Ancillotti "pull shock"
  • 1 0
 Yes it does, especially with the adjuster nut.

The shock orientation and that link also reminds me of the @Deviate highlander & claymore.

On my highlander it disappears upwards as soon as the suspension compresses and is much less in the firing line than the down tube, cranks, chainrings etc.
  • 1 0
 That goldtooth vader v10 looks very nice!
  • 3 2
 That Demo be noice
  • 3 4
 Looks like an Atherton
  • 1 0
 Mondraker in round 2?
  • 1 1
 GT guarantees the biggest cable rubs on both sides of the headtube.
  • 1 0
 Not much actually.
  • 1 0
 Ha ha, "velvet rope" :-)
  • 3 6
 Are we ready for bonded bikes, they aren’t pretty,
  • 2 1
 V10 looks like it floats over stuff standing still
  • 1 0
 @Dogl0rd: that’s a nice looking bike for sure
  • 2 0
 What are you about? They look badass
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