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Spotted: Frameworks Racing DH Bike with Electronic Fox Shock & Unreleased Enve Rims

Apr 19, 2024 at 22:51
by Dario DiGiulio  
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Sitting idly underneath the Continental tent was this Frameworks Racing frame, freshly bonded by Faction Bike Studio for the show. Hanging off the sleek aluminum frame are an assortment of some of the nicest parts you can buy, as well as a few that you can't.

Namely, this downhill bike features a Fox Factory damper that is controlled by a wireless remote, with some sort of bump/position sensors attached to the front and rear of the bike. The shock has a battery, and an atypical adjuster layout. Additionally, the Enve carbon rims are different than anything in their mountain lineup right now, both in name and appearance.

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Beyond the mystery parts, the rest of the build fits the Frameworks sponsor list. Ochain, SRAM/Kogel drivetrain, 5Dev, Continental etc.

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Classy embossed logo.
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And a bold headbadge.

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Lots of material has been removed from this link since the early versions of the bike.
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Alternate angle + shock battery.

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Shiny!

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Some sort of sensor mounted to the brake.
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As well as the rear of the bike.

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New Grip X2 damper in the dripping gold 40.

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Clean little junction.

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Shock remote?
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The top of said remote.

Mike and I hopped on the bike, and found out that the left-hand lever acts as a sort of remote lockout for the shock. I can see this being useful in short mid-race sprint situations.

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Rebound adjuster looks typical.
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Shock tune code and some prototype stickers.

The shock appears to have low speed compression and rebound, as well as something called "firm mode adjust." LSC and LSR are the only adjustments present on Fox's DHX, so perhaps that's the base architecture.

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The battery situation.

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Something fresh from Enve.
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"Dark 6"
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Sticker also says they're handmade in the US.
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The bead edge appears to be quite beefy.


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89 Comments
  • 94 3
 That red Boxxer has never looked better.
  • 5 1
 He could "Paint It Black".....For them that knowWink
  • 3 0
 The carpet kinda matches the curtains on that gold + kash fork.
  • 1 0
 @likeittacky: Well played.....well played indeed.
  • 69 1
 Quick scan of serial number of shock. 2026, DHX Live Valve Neo, F-S, FOX, Prototype, FMA, LSR, LSC
  • 1 0
 Somebody give this guy a prize.
  • 47 3
 Looks beautiful, but for a 'Spotted' article I would like the photos to look a bit more clandestine.
  • 46 0
 If the pictures aren't taken from under a vehicle at least 100 feet away, then I don't want it
  • 1 0
 you'd feel more comfortable and safe looking at these pictures right?
  • 6 0
 If you squint your eyes real hard, it almost becomes a spy shot
  • 5 0
 @boozed: needs more jpeg, for a "spotted" photo I should be able to count the individual pixels
  • 4 0
 @boozed: needs more potato filter
  • 1 0
 Secret stuff spotted on display stand at huge public bike show. First ride article drops tomorrow
  • 40 5
 Hooooleeeee sheeeeeet that is a good looking bike!
  • 12 1
 Ahm… u must complain about the gold fork.
  • 4 0
 @Roost66: Nothing against welds but these bonded aluminum frames look incredible
  • 20 0
 Be interesting if that shock/switch combo could store suspension settings for you. Have a set up for different terrain, by a push of a button you could set all your clickers at once.
  • 25 1
 Would also be great if it could whip me up a mojito every time the button is pressed. 5 Mojitos has GOT to make me a better rider right...? RIGHT?
  • 1 2
 @bigtim: or sloppier
  • 1 0
 Idk the remote just give me wireless transfer vibes
  • 19 0
 I appreciate the attempt at a Kona tribute, but those rocker arms need more length to truly convey that 03 Stinky vibe
  • 2 0
 There is a 90s vibe on the rocker for sure.
  • 13 0
 Fox- How can we make cosumers cry even more when they scratch their kashima stacions?

Fox-Release the kashima lowers!!!!
  • 1 0
 If only they had…
  • 1 0
 Wait till you hear how hard it is to get a replacement set of lowers if you do scratch them..
  • 11 5
 I sincerely think the kashima/gold lowers look cool. Fox should drop the signature orange color and start with Gold and Black lowers as standard options.
  • 1 0
 I'll be sincerely honest as well...new Fox gold lowers look (somehow) worse than a 2011 Kashima'd out Fox 36 float with the white lowers. Absolute trash.
  • 6 0
 Asa- heal up, we wanna see this bike go plaid!!! Nice work on a sick bike Frameworks.
  • 5 0
 Do those rims appear to be a lot more flat almost like the 3zero single walls..?
  • 2 1
 They were somewhat ENVEous of the design
  • 5 3
 Those rims have been on the WC DH circuit for at least a year….. commencal muc off had them last season, maybe even before, been spotted several times, hell even Rob Warner has them on his bike, angel rode them last year on his Unno
  • 2 0
 Angel
  • 3 0
 Nah, those were Dark 9 rims.
  • 5 0
 Beautifully clean and simple. This is how CNC'ed and bonded aluminum frame should be done.
  • 2 0
 So active suspension was to good and is now banned in F1. I like the part where they connected front and rear suspension hydraulically, and then judges were nah this is movable part to improve aerodynamics. Baned.
  • 1 1
 @Ha22y: F1 sounds so gay
  • 3 0
 I dunno...I think thats gotta be one of the sexier DH bikes on the market. I'm all about that clean looking raw frame with the fox mega gold on the front and matching chain. That thing is lit!!!! Send it!
  • 5 0
 I wouldn’t kick it out of bed.
  • 5 0
 Dominion Domination
  • 3 0
 If I had all of the money, I’d have both Frameworks trail bike and a Framework gravel bike.
  • 4 0
 Kona is dead, long live Frameworks
  • 3 0
 Where can I buy some prototype stickers?
#Need
  • 3 2
 The best looking frame there is, hands down. FOX gold.... please kill all of it and make kashima silver or black. I would pay more to nuke the gold.
  • 1 0
 I wonder if it would work well to lockout at certain power/duration. @ 300w it gradually applies over a few seconds, then opens when watts drop.
  • 5 3
 Looks like a Continental ad to me Smile
  • 2 0
 The whole Sea Otter is and that's OK - that's how this works. BTW I rode up a hill with Gee Atherton this afternoon.
  • 1 0
 Installing the shock upside down sets it to Wumbo, not wombo. It's first grade, Spongebob.
  • 2 0
 Holy shit, the rim has external nipples
  • 2 0
 Mismatched brake rotors reeeeeeeee
  • 1 0
 Prefers the bite from the wave up front and the heat management of the shark out back.
  • 1 0
 The devices on the brake calipers probably measure velocity and or g-forces.
  • 2 0
 Bearing on the spring collar? Cool!
  • 1 0
 The FW head badge had me thinking of Frank the Welder. Ironic, I thought....
  • 1 0
 I honestly think the cane creek top cap's lizards should face fore aft.
  • 4 0
 Fore eft
  • 2 0
 That bike is perfect
  • 1 0
 Will frameworks last longer than Pole?
  • 1 0
 As long as there is a lock on it !
  • 1 0
 I'm sure I would kick that shock with it hanging out sideways like that
  • 1 0
 This is what probably pops up when you tipe "make it right" on google..
  • 1 0
 Wait, is that a cast iron weight/protection plate?
  • 2 0
 The rick wagon
  • 1 0
 That fork….. I just can’t
  • 7 7
 Really hope the electrics are banned for competition.
  • 1 1
 they wont be
  • 3 1
 @2004hyuandielantra: that's for sure. DH is supposed to be a bit like F1, a combination of the best and newest bike tech in the hunt for faster times.
  • 1 0
 Already been used last year by Minaar at least and probably some of the Commencal team
  • 1 1
 I don't see a point in banning them at this stage. I think it would be weird if consumer products end up more "advanced" than the racers.
If one day they start to tune shocks for each bump on the track and people have multiple engineers just to set up the bike it will be time to ban them. With the rider operating a switch to choose from small amount of different settings (as currently the case), I don't think this technology takes anything away from the sport.
  • 2 0
 @IMeasureStuff: On the hunt to be faster for sure but i'd argue F1 has been boring to watch for over a decade now with more tech than ever. Moto GP is the same. Too much tech can take away from the rider skills is my problem. It also makes competing more difficult for people with less money.
  • 2 0
 @finnspin: I understand where you're coming from but i'd argue too much tech can take away from the riders skill. As you say when it gets to that point it should definitely be banned. Auto shifting and self regulating/adjusting suspension takes away from rider/racer inputs too much imo
  • 1 1
 Ellsworth Dare?
  • 4 7
 I just wonder how much Pinkbike gets for this incessant Continental advertising...
  • 9 12
 I know we’re supposed to love these FW bikes but they just don’t do it for me.
  • 6 1
 Beauty is in the eye of the beholder for sure. I’m on the other side of the fence. I love everything about the way it looks. I’ve always been a sucker for raw aluminium bikes having owned 2 of them.
  • 8 0
 You're not "supposed" to like anything, really.
  • 4 2
 Same boat-just has a jank garage project vibe with a wee bit of polish and not much different than 50 other frames on the market.
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