Bike Check: Angel Suarez's Prototype CNC'd Unno Ever DH Bike

Jun 15, 2023 at 18:57
by Matt Beer  

We've seen the prototype of Unno's revised Ever downhill bike from afar, but this time, we were allowed to get up close and ask questions about Angel Suarez's downhill race rig. The Ever pictured here is fully machined from aluminum and the team is running an MX wheel setup. This manufacturing method glues the left and right half of the front and rear triangles together, allowing for faster turnaround times between iterations versus a carbon layup.

Angel has proved he and the bike have the speed necessary to win after qualifying third last weekend at Lenzerheide. Unfortunately, a spill took him out of contention but he's back on it for Leogang where historically he's performed well. Although they are moving quickly through prototypes using different geometry and kinematics, Angel keeps his setup relatively the same throughout the season.


Angel Suarez

Age: 27
Hometown: Vigo, Spain
Height: 186 cm / 6' 1″
Weight: 75 kg / 165 lb

bigquotesThe feedback from Angel was great from the very first pedal stroke, which was kind of surprising and satisfying – we were in the right direction from the beginning.Marti Rafols, Unno engineering dept.

UNNO Ever Bike Check. Photos by Nick Bentley
UNNO Ever Details

Frame: UNNO Ever Prototype
Fork: Fox 40, 93 PSI, 7 volume spacers
Shock: Fox DHX2, 525 lb/in spring
Wheels: Enve "Dark 6" carbon rims w/ Industry Nine Hydra hubs
Tires: Schwalbe Magic Mary 29/27.5" x 2.4", Super DH casing, Ultra Soft compound
Inserts: Tannus Tubeless Armor
Shifting: TRP Prototype derailleur and P3 shifter, SRAM XO1 DH cassette 10-24T
Crankset: E-thirteen LG1 Plus 165mm, Ochain damper, Burgtec Thick Thin 36-tooth chainring, MRP SXg chainguide
Pedals: Crankbrothers Mallet DH
Brakes: TRP DH-R Evo w/ 220/200 x 2.3mm rotors
Controls: Enve M9 31.8mm carbon handlebar, ODI Elite Pro grips
Post & saddle: Burgtec Xpress carbon post
Weight: N/A
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UNNO Ever Bike Check. Photos by Nick Bentley
These bolts clamp more than just the seat post. The front triangle is machined two halves, then glued and bolted together.

UNNO Ever Bike Check. Photos by Nick Bentley
The frame is smooth on the outside, but you can see the heavily machined areas on the inside of the rear triangle. Built-in zip tie clamps are an elegant touch.

UNNO Ever Bike Check. Photos by Nick Bentley
UNNO Ever Bike Check. Photos by Nick Bentley
A massive reach adjust insert is set to the forward position but the measurements were kept guarded at this point. The cables tuck in neatly via the port machined into the top tube.

UNNO Ever Bike Check. Photos by Nick Bentley
The dual link suspension can run on either a coil or air sprung shock.

bigquotesThe kinematics are quite similar to the previous Ever and the current Mith / Burn / Dash lineup. The progression is quite huge, translating into an ultra small bump sensitivity and to be “sagged” at 35% initially.Marti Rafols, Unno engineering dept.

UNNO Ever Bike Check. Photos by Nick Bentley
UNNO Ever Bike Check. Photos by Nick Bentley
Small markers indicate the torque spec is met without reaching for specific tools frequently.

UNNO Ever Bike Check. Photos by Nick Bentley
Angel likes a sensitive fork setup. The clickers are set to -11 LSC, -7 HSC, -12 LSR, -7 HSR from closed.

UNNO Ever Bike Check. Photos by Nick Bentley
Likewise, the rear suspension is dialled to match the fork at -14 LSC, -8 HSC, -13 LSR, -3 HSR.

UNNO Ever Bike Check. Photos by Nick Bentley
TRP takes care of the shifting duties with their DH Evo derailleur and its Hall Lock that clamps the B-pivot to the bolt, reducing chainslap.

UNNO Ever Bike Check. Photos by Nick Bentley
TRP's lever action is very light to the touch and Angel prefers them to engage immediately.
UNNO Ever Bike Check. Photos by Nick Bentley
All the prototypes...

UNNO Ever Bike Check. Photos by Nick Bentley
... including these TRP rotors.

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  • 92 1
 I don't mean to sound so controversial, but this bike looks pretty good
  • 9 0
 That frame looks clean and modern!
  • 14 0
 Leo is laughing now, again
  • 8 2
 I don’t mean to be contradictory, but this bike looks real good.
  • 16 0
 I had to do a triple take when I read that its an aluminum frame. Was convinced it was carbon.
  • 8 11
 But for the orange suspension.
  • 4 6
 Is this where we're at in this day and age?? People need to place a disclaimer prior to stating their opinion??
If you dig it, you dig it.
  • 2 0
 I don't think you'll get too much pushback on this one.
  • 5 0
 Numero unno
  • 6 0
 @jomacba: That's called humor. Or sarcasm...
  • 42 3
 I'm pretty sure the small paint mark's on the pivot points is to make sure they didn't come loose on a run not for torque specs lol. Always use a torque wrench every time!! Nice rig though.
  • 18 0
 I think you're right and if true, a thoughtful mechanic's touch. Simple and elegant way to visually check none of your bolts are loose.
  • 3 0
  • 10 0
 Witness marks! Very pro. #tricksofthetrade
  • 7 0
 You're correct. Also used on machinery in a factory, that bolts have been inspected. These marks are on most suspension bolts, on vehicles, for critical components.
  • 3 0
 Had my Dh bike bolts marked like that. A quick visual check is faster than a torque wrench. That way your bolts would last longer and look nicer. Even the rear wheel axle is marked in my bike,every time you put in the axlel it goes the same way with perfect torque.
  • 4 0
 @homerjm: What do you use to mark them? White out and just scrub it off anytime you adjust things?
  • 4 0
 @jalopyj: Just a white marker like in the photo. It would clean with alcohol. But the idea is to lube,inspect and assemble,then when everything is gucci and torque to spec mark the bolts. Next check and lube I would remove the marks and put new one´s.
It is much safer and faster cos you can check all bolts on demand in 10 seconds. You only need to align the marks to get the same torque again if something moves,very easy on the trail,nothing to think or wander around.
My trusted mechanic rides the same bike,a Demo and he knows the bike really well. Even got some Teflon tape over the threats in the main pivot bolt,that way it never gets stuck.
It works great for alloy frames.
  • 1 0

If you zoom the photo maybe you can see the little white marks in the pivots and even some Teflon tape in the main pivot hehehe.
  • 34 0
 Absolute sex missile
  • 15 0
 Someone called?
  • 3 0
 @BenPea: well played
  • 10 5
 Lets start with something we all can agree on: It looks amazing and milling a bike is kind of cool.

For the controversial part: Now that it has been done a few times, its enough. Milling a bike from a solid block of material just because you can is a waste of materials and machine tools.
  • 6 4
 It’s not though. There are no expensive mounds and all of the leftover material is recycled.
  • 4 1
 @Twenty6ers4life: Of cause it gets recycled. Doesnt mean it free though. I assume mounds is a typo and supposed to mean moulds. Aluminium/steel bikes dont require moulds.
  • 1 5
flag Twenty6ers4life FL (Jun 17, 2023 at 6:46) (Below Threshold)
 @endoplasmicreticulum: right it was a typo/auto correct, and I assume “cause” is a typo and you meant to say course. And I know there are no moulds with aluminum/steel. I was comparing CNC’d aluminum to carbon fiber which uses expensive moulds which are later discarded when they’re no longer used like when a new model comes out. Also carbon fiber isn’t commonly recycled either and CNC’d aluminum is a lot more efficient to produce and eco friendly than carbon fiber manufacturing. That was the point. And unlike carbon fiber, changes with CNC can be made on the fly and produced quickly.
  • 6 1
 @Twenty6ers4life: Material wastage of moulds is absolutely irrelevant. Thousands of frames will come out of that mould. In CNC only a fraction of the starting material makes it to each final product - a massive cumulative waste. From an engineering perspective it makes little sense to produce a bike frame solely from CNC. For the surface finish, okay, but CNC allows no control over grain direction and actual material properties. It makes far more sense to go down a different route.
It’s like 3d printing, it’s generally pretty rubbish unless for prototyping or extreme cases. Forged, cast parts etc are stronger.
  • 5 1
 These guys should check out this new tech called *checks notes* "aluminium tubes". Apparently the properties are fantastic, and its really easy to make prototypes. Truly the construction method of the future.
  • 4 1
 @gabiusmaximus: You can't weld 7075 AL. If you want the strongest and lightest it much be machined.
  • 5 1
 @flowfiend: In theory yes, in practice no. The minimum wall thickness for milling is much greater than the required wall thickness for many parts of the frame. This is what makes the frame heavy agin. You also need large flanges for the adhesive thats holds the two half shells of the front triange together. This extra material isnt needed in a welded tube construction. All the machined frames so far were very heavy compared to their peers.
  • 1 1
 May I refer you again to the wonder material called "tubing"
  • 10 3
 You had me at no battery!
  • 8 1
 I get that its machined, but its not effing ugly so I don't want one
  • 9 1
 Also Cesar Rojo has never personally insulted me so another red flag
  • 1 0
 Is this the first WC DH racer that Unno has ever sponsored?

Sort of Interesting that he's racing a proto, and never on the production one?

I wonder if that was Unnos goal from the get go (get WC rider, work with them to improve bike), or if it went the other direction (Angel rode, gave feedback, and now they're working on a new proto). Either way, a good sign for Unno.

Kind of curious what sort of Reach/Stack/WB/CS numbers he's using, but I guess given that huge reach adjust headtube, maybe they're still not sure what they want either Big Grin .
  • 2 0
 I'd bet that he has a big part to play in development of the new one. Listened to a vital gwin interview a while back and he talked about how much he enjoyed working with smaller brands because they were really into the feedback and creation process involving an athlete racing their stuff.
  • 5 0
 those trp rotors are a copy paste of the Galfer Shark without the fins
  • 2 0
 Oof they really are!
  • 4 1
 rad bike!

would also love to see a detailed check of the gamux (machined alu framed, electronically shifted gearbox bike) if possible.
  • 1 0
 Was the junior Gamux rider in the finals riding one of them, too?
  • 2 0
 if you look closely, you can see a little bit of the Fox Orange Coil Dust they sprinkle on the the Pro's bikes for that magic touch.
  • 2 0
 Them rims look new too, completely different design from ENVEs current range. External nipples and similar design to Zipp Moto Rims
  • 3 1
 wow, glad this bike was CNC'd. i wish my bike was computer numerically controlled
  • 2 0
 I'm surprised their not sponsored by Loctite, with all those bolts holding the 2 halves together.
  • 1 2
 This frame is a shame it looks carbon frame outset unless look so close not like the pole , gamux or actofive ,even the bolts up seat stay sticking out why looks so rushed and the bolt holes so deep near head tube gunna get filled with shit hope sort that if they make production ,no where near as good looking as there carbon bikes
  • 1 0
 Wanna try typing that again, in english?
  • 6 4
 How the hell are you 6’1 and weigh 165
  • 2 1
 Wiry build with very little body fat.
  • 9 5
 Normal body weight.
  • 3 10
flag 530220 (Jun 16, 2023 at 12:26) (Below Threshold)
 @endoplasmicreticulum: that is far from normal .. that’s known as a crack head in the states
  • 2 0
 That seems very light. That guy had muscles. So I heard..
  • 10 2
 @530220: Humans didnt evolve on 3500kcal of burgers and fries to get fat, or chicken, rice and roids to get crazy jacked.
  • 7 3
 How the hell are you 6’1 and weigh 165?

Taking care of yourself Wink
  • 5 7
 @endoplasmicreticulum: bro that’s a chics weight at 6’1 …
  • 3 0
 @endoplasmicreticulum: So Angel is about 21.8 BMI which is in the Normal range. Seemed light I guess I'm wrong.
  • 4 0
 @530220: I dont get your thought process. Maybe try to practice accepting facts without responding with laughable statements like "bro thats a chicks weight at 6'1..." as if they carried any (argumentative) weight.
  • 3 0
 I'm that height and roughly that weight. And I find it nearly impossible to get any heavier. And if you think that this means skinny...I would not be able to compete in welterweight in MMA as I'd still be a little too heavy.
  • 2 4
 @endoplasmicreticulum: you need to eat more Mc Donald’s and weight gainer … .. beef up … less pedaling
  • 1 0
 Those were my exact dimensions into my early thirties, when I filled out into the 170-175lb range. No drugs, just a slim build and fast metabolism.
  • 1 0
 Can anyone explain a carbon seatpost on a DH bike to me? Is it lateral stiffness? I’m dumb.
  • 5 0
  • 2 0
 I dunno, looks kinda slow
  • 1 0
 Wait, so Nino pushes a 38t ring in XC and this DH bike has a 36t? Come on…
  • 3 0
 38T hang pretty low on today's dh bikes. Ratios can be fiddled with the cassette also.
  • 2 0
 That’s a completely random comment, unless I guess you haven’t followed DH for like the last 15 years or so. 36 chainring and 7spd cassette is pretty much the standard.

They would go smaller in front if the cassette allowed it but it doesn’t.

FWIW road bikes use 50+ tooth chainrings, but that doesn’t really mean anything controversial unless you take it out of context. Or maybe you were just baiting ppl like me Wink
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  • 2 0
 *MRP SXg chainguide
  • 2 0
 Great design, terrible execution.
  • 1 0
 Hope the glue and bolts holds together or it'll be Ohno instead of Unno!
  • 1 0
 I hope he wins a race on that bike.
  • 1 0
 Hum... glued together? Crank brother Colbolt cranks all over again.
  • 1 0
  • 3 2
 CNC is not a verb
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