Prototype 29" DH Bike From KHS

Feb 14, 2014 at 14:00
by Mike Kazimer  

Prototype KHS 29" DH Bike

The Mob 'n' Mojave race takes place this weekend at Bootleg Canyon, Nevada, and KHS rider Kevin Aiello has been seen taking laps aboard a 29" DH bike. KHS was already one of the first companies to have their racers on 27.5" wheeled DH bikes, and now it seems as if they've taken things a step further.

The bike looks to use the same 'Neutral Link' suspension design as the 27.5" version we've seen before, a dual link design that compresses the shock from both the top and bottom. A Manitou Dorado allows for enough clearance to run 29" wheels, and Maxxis Minion tires, which are now available in a 2.5" width, provide enough grip to be DH bike worthy. Will this big wheeled rig give Aiello the edge over his competitors? Stay tuned for race results and coverage from the Mob 'n' Mojave.

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455 Comments

  • + 449
 Just no
  • - 64
flag dhmad (Feb 14, 2014 at 14:05) (Below Threshold)
 Why not ?
  • + 29
 Agreed
  • + 179
 26 for life. Simple
  • + 50
 If I remember right KHS tried this a few years ago
  • - 39
flag MCMbiker (Feb 14, 2014 at 14:13) (Below Threshold)
 They should do a 39.5 next
  • + 42
 Idk I feel l ike this could have some potential.
  • + 51
 Its the track times that make the decision.
  • + 243
 News flash: DH racers don't care at all about how much fun they have on a run. They care about the time. If a 29er is shown to be faster in training runs, then it makes sense for race runs. Of course it won't catch on in a larger market, but that's not the point, the point is to get from top to bottom as quickly as possible. I'll let the results be the judge.
  • + 20
 Like it or not, it's useful. Stop hating please.
  • - 7
flag donch15 (Feb 14, 2014 at 14:17) (Below Threshold)
 26" for show...29" for dough.
  • - 40
flag freeride-forever (Feb 14, 2014 at 14:18) (Below Threshold)
 Hmmmm, mnorris, I thought the point was also to sell bikes, that people want. In really rough stuff the 29" will probably be faster. That is the only place it has an advantage. In every other regard, it is shit.
  • + 86
 Kevin is like 6'6". Him on a 29er seems appropriate
  • + 9
 i really dont understand why ppl are still negative about 29ers...they are good! way better then 26! and consider i am a Dh rider...i even sold my dh rig and ride dh now with a 29 inch specialized enduro...for 200mm travel maybe 29 is too much, but 27.5 would be awesome..
  • + 35
 regardless of any of the typical 26" vs 29" points, I'm not for or against it but the bike just looks goofy. i hear circus music in the back ground.
  • + 20
 for sure on some tracks 29" would work better...i just wonder when the UCI is going to step in and make rules about wheel size
  • + 218
 Step 1. Pick a favorite wheelsize. Step 2. Be a dick about it.
  • - 32
flag AZRyder (Feb 14, 2014 at 14:30) (Below Threshold)
 This is the future. Deal with it.
  • + 25
 AZRyder It's not going to be my future thats for sure haha
  • + 13
 I wonder what the travel is, did they duplicate Specialized with the 155mm back end or go bigger. Of course even if he wins people will be saying "well its only bootleg canyon and nobody good was there..."
  • - 3
 @piggy789 My thoughts exactly.
  • - 4
flag tankzaclover (Feb 14, 2014 at 14:40) (Below Threshold)
 If they are only fussed about speed, why not wear lycra and not baggy gear. Because it just doesn't look good.
  • + 18
 I don't think lycra is allowed by UCI. The Athertons used to wear it a few years ago
  • + 6
 Because you need someplace for sponsor logos that is large enough people can read it when a rider whips past at 30mph, and that fits over the body armor (that covers the lycra they're also wearing usually) they have on. Lycra is allowed but the UCI banned skin suits so the days of Darth Vader are past.
  • + 4
 Haha now they're finally gonna make downhill bikes for clowns! Lol
  • + 3
 Deeight ^^^this made me chuckle
  • + 60
 Hi i'm 6'6" and i for one would love to be able to buy a DH bike that could actually fit me
  • - 10
flag lightningskull (Feb 14, 2014 at 15:09) (Below Threshold)
 Kill it with fire
  • - 14
flag tankzaclover (Feb 14, 2014 at 15:10) (Below Threshold)
 I could sell you some magic beans
  • + 11
 Id compare this to sandals and socks, some people do it, some people like it, but in reality its just damn wrong
  • + 58
 they aren't trying to sell you people the damn bike, ride what you fucking want to ride and don't hate on people who prefer something different. some of you people are fucking morons.
  • - 3
 Its a well known fact that I don't play well with morons.
  • + 5
 Lycra was banned by the UCI
  • - 1
 Remember Steve Smith did timed training runs on the 27.5, but never raced it. But I can see FLY1HGFISH's point for riding. Is the KHS pic skewed or is the HTA degree crazy.
  • + 3
 @wiglebot He won the Air DH at Crankworx on the 27.5 didn't he? Not a WC race, but not a local club race either.
  • + 40
 Mountain bikers hating on something new?


Well, I never!
  • + 7
 On all the tracks last year where bigger wheels were supposed to be hypothetically faster, they weren't.
  • + 0
 Its not only the circus music ,its the clowns riding the bikes!
  • + 8
 I predict big time failure in a race with this bike. 29" is a dying format, 27.5 is the way to go, but agreed with everyone else, 26 for life!
  • + 2
 27.5 is already little accepted in the DH world, 29 wouldn't even be bought.
  • + 4
 Didnt intense prototype a 2951?
  • + 9
 Haha if you put riders to scale:
tall guy on a 29er=short guy on a 26er

Some tall dudes on 26ers look like they are on BMX bikes. Just a funny observation. Other than that ride whats comfortable and makes you feel confident.
  • + 1
 i'm completely laffin .. to the bike & to this deadly debate Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin
  • + 10
 Hey Rocky-Urban,

Francois Bailly-Maitre just overtook Clementz at the Andes Pacifico Enduro on his BMC TF01. Those dying format bikes sure are fast as f*ck.

29" for life!
  • - 3
 jclnv, nobody vaguely cares
  • + 3
 Yes he did, but was almost 5 seconds slower than 2012. Could have been the conditions thoughWink
  • + 5
 Good luck at Windham next near with that contraption.
  • - 2
 You guys are sheep. Change is good.
  • + 5
 why is everybody hating? its called a PROTOTYPE. i think they just want to be the first guys to do it, just do it. for the sake of doing it first noh ?
  • + 11
 28.2 for the win
  • + 2
 People are forgetting that people buy what advertising and pros ride. If the concept takes off with the top athletes it will take off with the public. For sales Ultimately the athletes will determine if this take off for a certain discipline and marketing. What will determine if the 26er becomes out dated will be track development, if the tracks start changing to suit the larger wheel size the benefits of the 26ers maneuverability is lost as track changes. I think 27.5 is the sweet spot right now for dh, 29 for tight awkward tracks might be a bit much.
  • + 3
 well yeah. They brougth this out some time ago, and intense made a 29 er version of the 951 around 2008, so we are no doubt in a fashion rush for big wheels. But truth also is, that the option should be there anyways, for taller riders, or simply for the ones who actually enjoy it. The options should be there anyhow, and you can just choose whatever it is you prefer to ride, and not be a dick aout it.
  • + 9
 Just wondering how many riders who slag the 29 wheels off to death have actually ridden one, As a dh racer and 26 inch wheel lover I thought I was on that side of the fence but recently borrowed a spesh 29 stumpy for a weekend. Sold my giant reign x0 and Bought one two weeks later and it's amazing, the BS about handling, no fun, strange looks bla bla is crap and simply not true. The big wheels will get to DH very soon no doubt, If you don't ride one or at least try one then you can't really have a decent opinion other than one based solely on ignorance, if you are happy being ignorant then that's cool....for you, just not for those around you.
  • + 5
 Wow ! Really impressed to get neg propped that much just asking why not...
  • + 3
 It all starts with a prototype, then all it takes is for a Pro with fans to give it a try and fall in love with it, then it goes to mass production and before we all know it everyone here's talking about 29er like they always loved them... I'll give it a couple of years...
  • + 15
 I would like to point out the every bike people here ride has technology that is an advancement from an earlier design that was marketed as the "next best thing" before. I have been cycling for over 30 years, and each new advancement is met by whiners who say the old stuff is good enough, and its just a money grab. Turner cycles says he has 26" frames in stock but they don't sell. He also says he will make more if people but them, but they aren't buying them. If you aren't riding a penny farthing, or klunker STFU!!! You are just stuck on the stage of development you entered this game in. For all you guys who said 9 speed is good enough, there were people saying 8 speed is good enough, and before them it was 7 speed is good enough. Cantilever brakes were good enough before v brakes were good enough, before cable disks were good enough, before hydraulic brakes. 2.1" tires were good enough too. Threadless stems were going to fail you know, they would all slip and cause massive injuries. Suspension was for dentists who didn't have enough skill to ride a rigid bike. Its just marketing you know. I could go on, but you get the point.
  • - 21
flag Zalevsky (Feb 15, 2014 at 7:30) (Below Threshold)
 Some people just dont want to look gay on their bikes. I love ride my bike but before i started, the reason i brought the bicycle wasn't riding aspect couse i didn't know too much about that. I was just stoked about how awesome this whole sport looks, agressive bikes, tons of riding style... 29 will make extreme mtb much less attractive. And dont say that visual aspect of sport is not important, it's about style too.
  • + 15
 @zalevsky: homophobic slur aside, that is probably the dumbest comment that's ever been made on pinkbike.
  • + 2
 agree
  • + 4
 If a wheel size decides your sexual orientation, then is not a bike you need, but professional help you should seek.
  • + 4
 Zalevsky knows what mtbing truly is about... it's not about the ride, it's about how cool your gear looks while you ride! Brilliant gaper logic!
  • - 5
flag tjet (Feb 15, 2014 at 9:04) (Below Threshold)
 @scott-towens I know right, the fashionista guy calling gay everybody else, just cause they have different wheel size preferences. Talk about irony... And by the way, it is gay people who focus more on fashion than normal straight man. You should get your issue checked before it becomes a problem to everyone around you This idiot sounds like the gay man who gets married, never comes out of the closet and lives to make everybody's life around him miserable...
  • - 5
flag Zalevsky (Feb 15, 2014 at 9:35) (Below Threshold)
 Said by people who spent 400 extra bucks for nice looking tld d3 or fox v3, hypocrities. If u can't understand the point dont write there, i said that this sport would be less attractive for new people and for spectators couse 29ers dh bikes are ugly at all.
  • + 4
 No...you said riding a 29er makes you, "..look gay".

And again...you are a moron.
  • + 2
 @willie1 gets it
  • - 5
flag corywilliam (Feb 15, 2014 at 9:46) (Below Threshold)
 NO NO NO NO NO NO! its the beginning of the endFrown
  • + 3
 how about we all shut the hell up and ride bikes. stop destroying my dashboard please.
  • - 5
flag Konanemia (Feb 15, 2014 at 10:19) (Below Threshold)
 What about cornering? 29 eats sh*t on dat
  • + 3
 @Konanemia: Nope...wrong. Try again.
  • + 1
 it doesnt matter what bike you ride. its all about the rider.
  • + 1
 Definitely not about the rider! how else would you look cool at the trail head with out a rad bike?
  • - 1
 Just why hasn't everyone decided 26 inch wheels for dh only
  • - 5
flag zanek012 (Feb 15, 2014 at 20:27) (Below Threshold)
 That is because you are not going fast enough. If you piddle along like granny then 29er is fine on a Dh trail but of you really rip t is impossible to the the corners on a 29er and the forces will ruin the wheels
  • - 2
 I will ride whatever the f*ck I want to but I don't want to hear crap about things that 99% of people know is a stupid idea
  • - 1
 I still think 26 is the sweet spot for dh but really I think that people do want to ride what the pros ride but if they all start doing something stupid like 29er dh rigs then the people won't follow
  • + 2
 This guy got second after Aaron Gwinn!!
  • + 5
 Anyone who says riding 29" makes you look "uncool" has obviously never seen Mitch "rope-a-dope" ride. Style for days!! He's not that tall either.
  • + 2
 Anyone who thinks that 29 cannot make you look uncool has never seen anyone riding a 17" frame 29er
  • + 1
 All these sizes are getting really boring... And then what... 27? 27,5? 28? 28,5?
  • + 1
 He did but I remember him saying he put 26" wheels on it to lower the BB height since A line is super smooth
  • + 4
 zanek012, You'll look really cool on your kids wheels when a 29" is railing past you...
  • + 0
 I'm not riding my kids wheels though, I am riding 26 because I enjoy dh, am and dirt jump riding. Ever tried dirt jumping on a 29er?
  • + 1
 ^^ dirt jump riding, that's the shit.
  • + 0
 It's pretty great riding dirt jumps with 6" of full suspension travel
  • + 3
 Dirt jumping on a fat bike is where its at…. 26" for life!
  • + 1
 Fat bikes are stupid
  • + 1
 *cough* no more than 29ers
  • + 0
 26" are kids wheels.
  • - 1
 29" are xc wheels. This kid rides 26" wheels www.dannymacaskill.co.uk
  • + 1
 Get with the times...
  • + 4
 @zanek012 - awkward cause he rides 24".
  • + 0
 Even smaller- even better
  • + 1
 Intense were the first to try it in 2007 I think.
  • + 0
 @ zanek012 you must have a 12" girls dolly bike… must be so rad.
  • + 0
 I am sure if intense dropped it that it wont last. What about the Lenz Sport PBJ I think they called it?
  • - 1
 @Hammm you must ride a 36er because no one told you that wheels that are too big suck!
  • + 0
 @zanek012
Dont give out more wheel size ideas. They might prototype that next.
  • + 0
 They already have that idea
  • + 0
 A 36er dh. Lol.
  • + 0
 @ Zanek… I ride a penny farthing you git
  • + 0
 You would ride a penny farting.
  • - 1
 Your a tool if you ride a penny farting and don't call me a git
  • + 1
 Yep i ride a penny farthing not a "penny farting" if your going to insult someone…. at least do it correctly you illiterate git.
  • - 1
 I spelled it penny farting on purpose, this thing called a pun. And don't call me a git you wanker
  • + 0
 Now your an aggressive, illiterate git…
  • - 1
 Nope, I am a smart literate *git*, and at least my name isn't a food
  • - 1
 Well at least my username doesn't reflect the level of my IQ. Yours clearly being "12" which places you far below the classification of "severely challenged" and secondly it actually isn't my name - it's my username (again if you are going to insult someone - do it correctly).

So you clearly you are an ignorant, uneducated, aggressive person who likes to callow in their irrational thoughts… or put simply a "git".
  • + 0
 It doesn't directly reflect the level of your iq but merely implies. And btw, educated people don't use the word 'git'.
  • + 0
 According to whom that educated people don't use the word "git". People can say whatever they feel - except for you, because, you have no value what so ever in the justification of you not being a "git".

In fact you should take me saying you have an iq of 12 as a compliment.
  • + 0
 STOP F*CKING SPAM.
  • + 1
 ^^ Good Plan
  • + 0
 why so much negativity !!!! WHO here wouldn't like to try that ??? I'd like to, you must feel like your riding on a planed brandnew road while in fact being in nasty rockgardens ... but yeah .. unstability due tu 29" is something else .. to try!
  • + 1
 I'd try if they would pay me a new frame and fork... But I think nobody heres has tons of money to waste just to adapt to their new standards.
  • + 67
 KHS go home you're drunk
  • - 8
flag orastreet1 (Feb 14, 2014 at 17:11) (Below Threshold)
 Morgoth - for the WIN! Still laughing.
  • + 9
 I gotta give props to KHS. When they did the 650b thing, everyone thought it was stupid and now we see big companies like Trek making 650b DH bikes for their riders. Now KHS is pushing it again with a 29er DH bike, and people hate on it, but I guarantee that if it makes the riders a half a second faster down a track, in 3 years all the major brands are gonna have 29 DH bikes. and if it doesn't work out, well good for them for trying something new, where nobody else will.
  • - 3
 I think that there is a reason that the big companies have tried 27.5 dh already but never tried 29 dh
  • + 3
 Yeah, cause they've been waiting for someone else to take the risk of testing the market. Just like with 27.5. The big companies only jumped on it recently
  • + 0
 The big companies only recently jumped io 27.5, but it hasn't been around as long as 29er. If the big companies had thought 29 would catch on for dh bikes they wouldn't have jumped straight in but they would have by now
  • + 1
 Maybe you're right, or maybe they think the public is more receptive to 27.5 than 29, regardless of performance. There has been (a bit) less whining with the tweener size.
  • + 2
 There has definitely been less wining because 28.5 is a happy medium for people who can't decide. The difference between 29 and 26 is huge so a nice in between size is good. That brig said I am sticking with 26 because I wasn't on the fence about 29er. I don't want bigger wheels because of what I ride
  • + 45
 Prepare. Pinkbike is about to explode!
  • + 37
 Pinkbike would explode if Graves would keep on riding 26" wheels and win the whole EWS against a field of 27.5 and 29ers... But this here? Pfff... KHS is obviously desperate for attention, they should do their own version of the Wrecking ball video with their riders twirking a narrow wide chainring...
  • + 1
 KHS is the definition of desperate for attention. Do they even make any bikes that aren't weird prototypes?
  • + 42
 Tall riders need big bikes! I'd totally ride that!
  • + 15
 THIS.
  • - 6
flag orastreet1 (Feb 14, 2014 at 17:12) (Below Threshold)
 Tall guys need 27.5.
  • + 5
 6'8" here. I look (and feel) just as silly on a 650b bike as I do on 26". 29er for life please, everything else feels like riding one of these www.commonwheel.org.uk/files/shopper%20with%20bag.jpg
  • + 4
 i'm 5'6" tall. I'd like to ride this for the same reason I'd like to drive a baja trophy truck, just because! (definitely wouldn't buy one though)
  • + 2
 yes! as well as frame sizes, wheel size, crank lenght, bar widght... they mainly have to do with size!!!!!
  • + 2
 Jut because it has 29 wheels doesnt mean they are gonna make the frame XXL BTW...
  • + 4
 @bigburd, true but its more about sitting in the wheels versus over them.
  • + 1
 /agree^
  • + 37
 That is a fake smile for sure..
  • + 4
 this is why he's wearing sun glasses.
  • + 10
 fuck id have a fake smile too if i had to ride that.
  • + 1
 It's like Gee Atherton when he loses, except there's a smile on his face. Gee just slaps the sunglasses on and looks like a complete douche.
  • - 4
flag gs4designs (Feb 14, 2014 at 15:25) (Below Threshold)
 cause gee is a douche. one of the gnarliest dudes on a bike but a complete douchebag.
  • + 5
 Not a douche, just really, really focused.
  • + 8
 Yep it's definitely a smirk, "watch me meltdown Pinkbike".
  • - 2
 hes a douche
  • + 1
 is he 7'6"?
  • + 3
 lol the guy is like shiiiiiiiiiiit i need to find a new sponsor
  • + 2
 He knows he's gonna get lots of crap for being a tool and ridig a 29er dh bike
  • + 2
 ya lol
  • + 2
 Everyone knows that is his koala face.
  • + 0
 He is such a tool
  • + 1
 he probs has to ride it, seems like a good option for really tall people, but 26 in wheels for my height are perfect, but for someone who is a lot taller and feels more comfortable on bigger wheels, then thats fine by me.
  • + 1
 define "really tall people". I am 6'1", ride 26" and love it. My dad is 6'4" and rides 26". For him to ride 29" with the same wheel size to heigh proportion that my dad rides 26" he would have to be 7' tall.
  • + 1
 I'm just saying that a lot of people who are taller have said that they prefer to have a bigger wheel and I don't have a problem with that, but for my height 26 in wheels work fine for me. Just another aspect in choosing wheel size from what i've heard and seen.
  • + 1
 That is because they like xc riding. 26er is just better for DH and jumping no matter how tall you are
  • + 1
 yeah i agree with that, but all i'm saying is i've heard from some people who are like 6'4" that they would prefer 29 for DH. Just mentioning what i have heard and trying to see some positives in this bike that they are prototyping
  • + 1
 fair enough but I am not inclined to be positive towards 29ers in any way
  • + 1
 yeah i see where ur comin from, but if someone likes them then i don't have a problem with that.
  • + 1
 its not the people who use them that annoy me, it is the people who tell me that I should use 29er because its better (yes, I know i am being a hypocrite). You should watch the video 'things that mountain bikers say'. Part of it is to pick a wheelsize and be a dick about it
  • + 1
 Oh yeah ik i've seen that, haha, but I just think that we shouldn't really care what wheel size others choose and we should feel free to make our own decision on what wheel size we want to use.
  • + 1
 The problem is that very few people feel that way
  • + 1
 yeah too bad
  • + 27
 I don't think you short people understand how good you have it. when you're tall, its a total pain in the ass to find a bike that will fit you. I'm 6'6" and they really dont make DH bikes anywhere near the frame size i need. so i'm not looking at this bike as something with a different tire size, i'm looking at its cockpit length, so that maybe there'd be a DH bike frame that would actually fit me. (personally, i'd rather ride a 29er Enduro anyway but that's just me, there's plenty of tall riders out there that have been praying for a full-on DH bike they can fit on.)

TL;DR, just because you don't want/need it doesn't mean other people don't. live and let live, ride and let ride.
  • + 1
 I'm 6'4'-215 lbs on a 2013 XL V10C and it fits me really well
  • + 2
 Us short people have it just as bad with the super long top tubes of modern trail bikes. Discrimination I say!! Smile
  • - 1
 @FLY1NGF1SH - Why are you hating the guys who don't like 29ers when you have a quote on your profile stating "26ers are sooooooo gaaaaaay"? Up your's mate!
  • + 2
 @joe-falconi - it's called sarcasm, bro
  • - 1
 aaaaaand 6"7 guys ride the same 20in BMX that all the other pro bmx riders use.

Your argument just fell on its face.
  • + 1
 yeah because BMX riders care more about being able to do double tailwhips than, you know, like, handling characteristics, or arm fatigue from being in a cramped cockpit, or almost going OTB whenever you grab the brakes (you know, since theyre riding on smooth ground with no brakes, not on a downhill track with hydros)... comparing MTB and BMX is ridiculous. what am i supposed to do, put a handlebar with a crossbar on a DH bike? screw that.
  • + 1
 5'6" 29er all day
  • + 1
 And you look like an idiot sitting in between your huge wheels all day
  • + 0
 how do you know what an idiot looks like? do you see one in the mirror every morning? come up to CND and we''ll show how to ride any size wheel!
  • + 2
 I see them all the time when I take a look at the cross country field across from my favorite DH trail
  • + 2
 29er RULES, there is nothing better in the whole wide world.
  • + 1
 @trailstar2danman - Have you ever ridden a 29er Downhill Bike. No you haven't. This article is about a 29er Prototype Downhill Bike, not a 29er XC or Enduro Bike. Saying "29er Rules" is like saying MX wheels rule. It pointless because you've never ridden a DH Bike with 29" wheels or MX wheels for that matter. We get you like your 29er but go ride a 26" and a 29" DH bike down a proper Downhill Trail and compare the two. Then come back to this discussion and say "29 RULES" if you still believe so.
  • + 2
 29er RULES, yes i DH on a 29er (TranceX29er 160mm float) and yes i DH on 26"(Glory), they both have pros and cons.
  • + 2
 Should You Be Riding Instead of Ranting?
  • + 3
 Riding on the weekend...can't wait!
  • + 2
 @trailstar2danman knows what wheel size should be used for DH
  • + 2
 @FLY1NGF1SH my friend has something to say to you
"f*ck you mate, I race bmx and have more control over my bike than you have over your mouth."
  • + 30
 Pick a wheel size. Be a dick about it!
  • + 3
 Or ride all of them equally and don't give a shit.
  • + 1
 this is fun, 29er RULES everything else sucks. lol
  • + 1
 26er rules! 29ers are for people who want to look all pro but just can't pedal hard enough so they need all the extra rollover help they can get
  • + 2
 Zanek shouldn't you be in school?
  • + 1
 I am in school
  • + 16
 I think everbody who hates on the 29er is just full of shit. Ive ridden 26er , 29er , and 650b. the 26er through the tight stuff is more nimble and fast but for flow and rolling over rock gardens the 29er is gonna win. I ride a 26er on the daily basis and then hop on a 29er to race and I don't care what anybody says the 29er will smoke the 26. uphill , downhill, and they corner just fine. if your riding between tight trees where there is only one tight line the 9er is gonna stuggle however I think the benefits outweigh the negatives. A 29er dh bike is whats to come so stop your bitching and let it happen. If you don't like the 29er DH rig DONT BUY IT. nobody is asking you to. Besides it just a prototype.
  • - 5
flag rotek (Feb 14, 2014 at 17:30) (Below Threshold)
 But if you make everybody race 26ers and stop worrying about gaining a second in a 5 min race for the price of fun. Then there is no advantages to 650b or 29ers and people keep having the most fun they can on a bike, including racers. I can see if your getting older and need a smother ride for joints and muscles but me still being at a point where I don't need that I will take playful and fun over a second of time.
  • + 1
 Except why should you limit the technology advancement that is sure to come in time anyway? For the majority of racers the fun part is going fast. So to them that extra second is absolutely worth it.
  • + 7
 Rapit2theredline is bang on. 29" destroys 26" and is quicker than 650bs. The kids on here saying 26" for life crap probably haven't even ridden a good 29".

Just noticed Francois Bailly-Maitre has overtaken Clementz at the Andes Pacifico Enduro. 29" for life...
  • + 2
 I sold my CF Stumpy a few months ago simply because my Tallboy c is faster and just as snappy.
  • + 1
 Yea Talboy! I love my LTc!
  • + 1
 race geo 29er downhill bikes, all about the speed,... guess people will have to bring back dedicated freeride bikes to their lineups for the playful side! shorter wheel bases and steeper head angles for a slightly more fun ride, leave the wagon wheels for racing.
  • + 2
 Rapit2theredline said it all, he ride his 26er on a daily basis but switches to his 29er for racing, if the 29er was more fun would you not be riding that everyday?
  • + 1
 nope couse its ugly as fu*k.
  • + 0
 downvoted you because your opinion is bad and you should FEEL bad.
  • + 12
 The bike looks great!! Now, the minuscule tiny rider holding it cannot possibly win anything.

COMMON GUYS!! Stop this. I have ridden 29 and 27.5 and some are ok, and a few are great. However, there are things that a 26" simply does better and this insanity is killing all the 26" great bikes. In 2013 the YETI SB66 Carbon was reviewed as on of the best if not THE best bike around. Jared Graves took 2nd in the super competitive EWS and finished 2nd in the last round of Worlds DH, and guess what, this year YETI had to discontinue a brand new bike because of this marketing madness. I for one scrambled to get a SB66 Carbon frame last week before they run out even though my current Rocky Mountain is not even two years old and I still love it. I see the SB66 being the last of generation of great 26" that may never come back. Manufacturers are no longer developing new 26" bikes while a fair chunk of people keep saying they like them best but may not be buying at this very moment because they already have a good 26" that will not need replacing for another couple of years. This is cannibalizing the clientele. I can see how my preference and that of many others is getting squeezed out of the market. I don't think they should stop producing 27.5 or 29, but the mentality that this is the next best thing will kill the sport and turn it into a costumer based commodity market instead of driver by "Riders".
  • + 2
 2012 SB66 = 50% + of the bikes sold by yeti.

2013 SB66 = 5% of the bikes sold by yeti.

They then discontinued the entire range. Too bad
  • + 4
 Exactly... best bike around as claimed in a magazine means nothing if people don't keep buying it.
  • + 8
 just bought an evil uprising (26er) to add to my stable of the already existing 2011 ibis mojo HD and 2014 intense uzzi...all 26ers...screw the marketing machine of 27.5 and now 29...i was perfectly happy with all my 26 inch bikes...
  • + 2
 No ,in Europe you can still get one. Here on the States if demand continues they Will make them.
  • + 2
 From what I have read on the Evil Uprising they kind of defy the norm due to an awesome rear suspension setup.
  • + 14
 NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 8
 Pinkbike, so many of you need to open your minds. Let companies TRY things. Embrace it. Change happens for a reason. Embrace it. If you don't want that 29" DH bike, don't buy one, but don't spout out about how terrible they are.
  • + 3
 They be scared of the future 29er dominance
  • + 4
 That bike does look flamingly fast and bisexually pieced together!
  • + 8
 I want a 29" DH bike. I'm 6'4" and it would look normal next to me. If guys can throw around 250lb mx bikes, I'm sure this could be thrown around too with a little practice. My biggest concerns would be wheel strength, and that every damn rider at the mountain would want to try it out, regardless of what they've said here.
  • + 1
 I have 29er Down hill bike for more info call 787 967-7575
  • + 10
 Big man - Bigger wheels. makes sense especially on a course like Mob 'n' Mojave.
  • + 6
 Wait till one of your heroes starts winning on a " thing" like that then all you lame-ass fanboys will be lining up with wads of cash in hand.
If no one thought out of the box we'd all still be bombing fire roads on beach cruisers with coaster brakes.
  • + 10
 They see me rollin', They hatin'
  • + 11
 Is it April 1st already?
  • + 9
 kill it now before it produces offspring
  • + 8
 NO NO NO NO NO O NO NO NO NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
  • + 7
 I love how anything related to a wheelsize other than 26" makes all you clowns lose your shit faster than you can say 26 for life. Cracks me up everytime.
  • + 4
 Note to the bike industry: stop spending time and money developing shit no one needs or wants. If you want to sell more bikes spend some money and develope ways to manufacture what already works for a cheaper price. You might just sell more bikes and actually attract more people to the sport.
  • + 0
 Totally agree! Nuff said!
  • + 1
 agree though I am happy that there are limited people that want to dh as trails are not buisy.
  • + 5
 everyone has at 26 inch downhill bike, how do we get the downhills to buy new bikes. let's change everything to 650 be in 29 inch. then you need new front shocks, wheels frame ect... SEND ME YOUR MONEY
  • + 9
 So much anger...
  • + 8
 I've been dreading this day..
  • + 0
 Embrace the future :-)
  • + 4
 Does anyone give a fly f*ck about KHS? I'm a bit outta the loop these days (years), anyone ever let any f*cks fly for KHS? Maybe they've run out of goofy idears to use for squashing a shock so this was the next step for "new"?
  • - 1
 i saw one KHS bike in the whole NoVA area....so...who knows...i dont really care about it..
  • + 9
 Is nothing sacred?
  • + 8
 "i wish my girlfriend sucked dick like 29ers suck the fun out of riding"
  • + 6
 Cuurse video preview is up btw...

www.pinkbike.com/news/Video-Mob-N-Mojave-Track-Preview-.html

Sketchy. And boy those rocks look sharp.
  • + 12
 Anti 29ers take a look at this course it will be running. Very few tight corners. Lots of stuff you want to be able to roll over. I don't think this bike is everyones future ride but it may actually do well here.
  • + 7
 I agree with you. That course is fast and flowy and a 29'er will carry speed over it faster than a 26. I own both wheel sizes and I would pick the right tool for the job.
  • + 8
 29" is gonna chew up that course and spit it out.
  • + 6
 We as the consumer have the ULTIMATE POWER!!!! JUST DONT BUY THOSE RETARDED BIKES! NUFF SAID
  • + 7
 So much insecurity from so many fanboys.
  • + 1
 see, already 2 butthurt fanboys with their panties in a wad over something different
  • + 3
 Fuck off with this shit. This looks retarded. Mountain biking is at the centre of its own personality disorder at the moment. It's embarrassing. This guy looks like he just lost the toss and said hey man, if I gotta be the chump to Vanna White this piece of shit there's no way I'm gonna let it out dork me...I'll just hike up these tube socks. Garbage.
  • + 7
 i know, lets have a debate about wheel size, that'll be refreshing
  • + 4
 What does this tell you? They went to 650b wheels, and now they figure building a 29er rig is worth it. One might deduce they are getting better performance on a wheel that is bigger than 26".
  • + 7
 DH is sacred! Destroy this blasphemous object!
  • + 3
 Facts of 29er life:
-No one should be worried until Mavic releases dee max 29er wheels....
-This is epic news for Tall riders
-bigger question: are single pot 203s powerful enough?
- fork options!!?
- what path is that rear wheel taking as it goes through it's immense migrant happy travel.
- anybody know perfect fork offset for 29ers at steep rake?
  • + 0
 -Manitou Dorado
-Gary Fisher's G2 works really well for my bike (Trek Cobia, handles better at low speed than a 160mm 650b trail bike). That's 51mm offset.
  • + 3
 PinkBike, have a poll and settle this dispute for good.
1.) As a DH racer, would you prefer a DH Bike with a wheel size of A.) 29" B.) 27.5" C.) 26"
2.) As an DH rider, would you prefer a DH Bike with a wheel size of A.) 29" B.) 27.5" C.) 26"
  • + 7
 29ers are gay
  • + 2
 Guys get over it!! Big wheels are here to stay and if it works with 29 wheels then good for them! It'll be very surprising if most teams aren't on 27.5 this year anyway and if 29 is faster on some tracks then so be it. Move on!!!!
  • + 2
 Not going to listen to anyone. I would like to take this bike for a test run down a dh course. Could have that weird "ya, it's fun" feel going on. But let's face it, my chances of getting my hands on one.....not gonna happen!
  • + 4
 F1 cars all have the same size engine so why should people be running larger wheels in comps, bring in some proper rules I say. + it's ugly as sin, just looks wrong
  • + 1
 Agreed.
  • + 1
 A completely inapposite comparison. Maybe more research needed before typing and vilifying? Ten to one on a thread about UCI or USAC your first comment is to bitch about too many rules and heavy-handed enforcement.
  • + 5
 Giant and spesh are like hmmmm right now-should we have done that?? Answer-no!!
  • + 6
 This is night mare...I hate 29`.
  • + 4
 This would be a great product for the oversized rider. But it will not have any place in the dh bike market for an average sized rider.
  • + 5
 Even if it is faster I can't imagine the mtb community ever giving it a fair chance...
  • + 1
 thank you
#26AINTDEAD
#26FORLIFE
  • + 2
 29ERS NEED TO STAY WAY OUT OF DH AND STAY WITH THE LITTLE XC GUYS IN TIGHTS GOING UPHILL IN GRANNY GEAR WHILE WE JUMP OVER THEM WITH 26 INCH DOWNHILL TYRES IN THE FASTEST GEAR ON THE MOUNTAIN
WE RIDE TO THE EDGE AND BEYOND AND HAVE THE RISK OF BROKEN BONES WHILE THE MOST DANGEROUS THING THAT WOULD HAPPEN TO THEM WOULD BE TO FALL OVER AND GET THEIR HANDS DIRTY CUSE THEY HAVE HALF FINGER GLOVES
I have ridden a 29er before (I made sure no one was looking) and it would have been easier to turn a train with out power steering I will never be caught riding a 29er on the mountain I might go to 27.5 but I will always be riding a 26
my santa cruz v10 will turn on a dime and give you 9 cent back and not let it go until to stop and get off the bike I couldn't get it to break the rear end lose going around a flat turn
#26AINTDEAD
#NEVER29ER
#26DH
#NO29ERSDH
  • + 1
 So, how you feeling about 29er DH in 2017?
  • + 7
 Potatoe chip wheels ??
  • + 6
 And the bullshit cycle starts again..
  • + 2
 I have no bad feelings towards the bigger wheel especially having not tried it. However I do feel a bit disappointed that this is almost being forced upon us in the sense that this is the new thing and to fit in with the crowd you need to be on bigger wheels. There is a point coming where the elitists will down on us for our darkages little wheels. The hate comes from the favt this sport is expensive enough wighout feeling forced into buying not only bigger wheelset but a whole new frame and forks. Give me a payrise to cover my upgrades and i'll happily embrace it!
  • + 1
 Racing is a speed contest – not a beauty contest. Different strokes for different folks. Fast is as fast does. The course here at the Mob n Mojave is wide-open, very rough, and has lots big sharp toothy rocks. Will the 29 stand up to the abuse? Right near the finish line of this course there's a solid 4 to 5 foot drop to flat. Bike and rider have survived multiple practice laps and a qualifying run so far without harm. As for size, the picture neither lies nor deceives. Kevin is one tall dude.

And for all of you posters who've been commenting to the effect that KHS is forcing Kevin to race this bike as opposed to something else from his stable of race bikes, I spoke with him at some length following the qualifying runs on Saturday afternoon. He is quite happy with the bike and he is racing it by choice. Kevin is also looking forward to thrashing other DH tracks this season with this bike. If you need further proof of the lack of coercion here, simply consider the fact that Kevin's teammate at KHS factory racing, Logan Binggeli, is back in the saddle on his 650B DH bike following his super rowdy crash at Red Bull Rampage last October.
  • + 2
 Wow, a whole 5 feet
  • + 4
 showing the PB community a 29r seems to me like showing an ipad to an amish .
  • + 5
 Why not just make a 40" F****n wheel an be faster than anyone!?!
  • + 1
 Diminishing returns maybe???????
  • + 4
 29ers are cool, and I don't mind climbing! Straight testing my skills on all the black diamonds!
  • + 1
 Wow that's a lot of comments on wheel size, I think the main reason people get so upset when they a see a dh bike with big wheels is because we all spend a sh*t load of money on our bikes, then the bike industry comes along as says sorry your stuff is now outdated if you want to keep up (which most of us do) your gonna need to get a new frame, forks, wheels, tyres hell might as well get a new bike, and now your old bike isn't worth anything because no one wants a 26" I can see why people get upset I'm in the same boat:/
  • + 3
 I switched over my AM bike this year to a Rocky Instinct 29 , it's very easy to hate 29 when you don't have one until you actually ride it and realize 26" is dead .
  • + 1
 I like this idea just like when Intense did it a few years back. I have always wanted back to back testing 29/650b/26 on DH bikes. Personally I'd like to try a 29in DH bike. I agree it looks strange but that is because we are all used to 26in. It took me a while to adjust to my new front 650b wheel and now when I go back to a 26in front it just looks weird, haha!
  • + 1
 A 26" wheel to someone who is 1,7 meters tall is the same as a 29" wheel to someone who is 1,9 meters tall. So, unless you are relatively short, proportionally speaking there is nothing new in using a 29" wheel for downhill. It's also likely that in the future, bikes with frames of different sizes will be sold with wheels of different diameters.
  • + 2
 Why are people hating so hard on this? Jeez, what is bad about having more options.. no one is forcing anyone to give up their current wheel size... Have an open mind to new things.
  • + 1
 NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO NO GOD PLEASE NO NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
  • + 1
 Why is this such a big deal? They're trying it out. Like most things it'll turn out that it's actually pretty great for some things and not so much for others. If anything it might offer some learning that takes us in another useful direction. Or help offer some better options for taller DH riders. A bike doesn't have to win a World Cup to be of value to a segment of the market.
  • + 5
 I thought dh was about the skill of the rider?
  • + 1
 Based on the comments here people are pissed about this bike because it ain't pretty. if the bike is shit from an engineering standpoint then it won't last long so quit your crying. If it proves to be good then stop worrying about fashion.
  • + 2
 Purple suede shoes, white socks pulled up, black blue white horribly garish nylon shorts. f*ck the bike, he's the one who looks like a clown. When is someone with a good sense of style going to start making riding gear?
  • + 2
 I think 32" is possible too.

But if i would want to ride a ferris wheel i would f*cking not go to the mountains!!!!! Capiche? So please stop building 29" Garry Fisher bikes. I would not ride 'em.
Never!
  • + 1
 Never been a big 29" fan, mainly because i'm a short dude (5'1") and I really can't say anything about how full 29" bikes handle terrain; but I can say that DH is about quanitative AND qualitative efforts. From what I hear the 29" fits just right in the "qualitative" effort section leaving only the rider to break time. This, however comes with some downsides. I think myself that 650b can handle the days worth and then some. I just can't fit on the bike...
  • + 3
 Sort of in line with tracks like pietermaritzburg.
Is this the death of Downhill?
  • + 1
 it;s all about this shitty world cup tracks - bring shladming champery maribor pila back and everyone would stay with 26. I;m sure they are change this real dh tracks for some reason $$$. That is all...
  • + 5
 Kill it before it breeds
  • + 4
 Cunningly using the bike to hide his dress sense.....
  • + 4
 I DONT WANT TO LIVE ON THIS PLANET ANY MORE
  • + 5
 Oh my...
  • + 2
 Word has it they are developing a 31.5 and it's going to be called the Taintsmacker! There must be some conspiracy and prejudice against riders under 6 ft!
  • + 1
 sounds like somethig the EVIL bike company is working on....nice kid, ncie!
  • + 4
 There is a whole lot of negativity in this thread.
  • + 0
 Yep talk about being scared of something new
  • + 1
 Scared because it seems like the archenemy of fast fun descents is taking over the bike worlds
  • + 1
 Of course.. they roll better throgh/over obsticals..
But my worries are always about the stiffnes off the 29" wheels..
anyways, twentysixforever in DH and FR.
even though I build up a 27,5" AM rig..
  • + 1
 Another shot of that beast a href="http://www.snmba.net/2014/02/khs-29er-prototype-piloted-by-kevin-aiello/">here./a> Kevin said that it handles awesome, both in the air and in corners.
  • + 1
 Bah. It butchered my link and won't let me edit. Here it is.
www.snmba.net/2014/02/khs-29er-prototype-piloted-by-kevin-aiello
  • + 1
 Looks like one of those cruiser bikes that are supposed to look like a chopper. The only thing this is good for is Kamikazi DH. Big open fire road. Probably do 70 mph. No switchbacks on this.
  • + 1
 I heard Mick Hannah say that the problem with the big wheels is that they're not that stiff when you corner hard which makes sense. Dunno if I can feel that but I'm sure these guys can...
  • + 1
 29er will never be as quick or have as much snap that a 26in bike will have..and 29er wheels will always have more flex than a 26.. wagon wheels belong on a wagon not a dh bike!!!
  • + 4
 If Kevin is a giant, this bike will be perfect.
  • + 3
 The day I can only buy a 29" Dh bike is the day I switch to riding scooters
  • + 2
 That thing is hilarious! Do you need big red clown shoes to ride it? 26 for Life!
  • + 4
 khs go home u r drunk
  • + 4
 Never go full retard....
  • + 1
 Couldn't give a f*ck either way, it's not my business and affects me and my riding about 0.0000000000000000001%. But thanks for letting me know.
  • + 2
 Such interesting....but the spokes will handle a big fast drop? Does it came with the orthopedic direct phone line?
  • + 2
 the spokes probably won't handle a big drop or any rocks or even hard cornering. I had a 29er and wacked both wheels out of true riding slowly on a dh course. When i went back to 26 I went 10% faster and my wheels were fine
  • + 2
 If KHS doesn't make either of these big wheel DH bikes in a proper XL then they have missed the point.
  • + 3
 the world does not need 29er downhill bikes end off
  • + 2
 They do everything to take the money out of our pockets.....29r DH, what a waste of resources!!
  • + 3
 so 29" are taking the fun out of DH as well now Frown
  • + 1
 This is why I hate then
  • + 3
 don't do it! don't do it !
  • + 0
 This frame with a set of ENVE 29" wheels... I'm thinking wheel stiffness just wouldn't be a problem.
This tall guy would be all over that setup like a fat kid on cake. Bring it on KHS!
  • + 1
 NO NO NO sometime the 29er fans will have to admit that 26er is just better for downhill because it is lots of fast sharp cornering and jumps. Stop trying khs
  • + 3
 Fast is fast... and 29er are just freaking fast..
  • + 0
 If you are going in a straight line with no corners
  • + 2
 Intense had a 2951 Prototype a few years ago.....
www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7vWn-xUHPg
  • + 3
 Well i know what my next DH bike won't be haha
  • + 3
 KILL IT! KILL IT WITH FIRE!
  • + 4
 $10 he wins
  • + 1
 man i wish they made a Dorado 170mm for a normal bike with 26" wheels Frown My mini Ontario dh bike does not need 180mm or 170, 160, ya maybe 150 sounds correct.
  • + 1
 My 29" bike must be broke because I have hella good fun every time I ride it.
  • + 0
 That's cause you don't go fast enough
  • + 2
 Oh boy I better grab my popcorn for this.
  • + 1
 Has there ever been a longer comments thread???? Lets hope those rims are strong
  • + 2
 Kill it, before it lays eggs Frown WTF
  • + 1
 Erm as the post says they where the first to go to 27.5........ didn't they learn from their mistakes?
  • + 2
 It's about time. Progress is inevitable!
  • + 2
 29er dh bikes aren't progress. Someone who thinks that has never ridding a 29er and a 26er back to back on a true dh trail
  • + 3
 TwentyNein
  • + 3
 super gay
  • + 1
 I wonder how hard that back wheel is gonna hit him in the ass at full compression....
  • + 2
 *repeatedly smashes head against wall*
  • + 2
 It matches the purple shoes perfectly.
  • + 3
 god help us !!!
  • + 1
 If everyone rides 29ers and 650b there will be no slow riders on the trail. Lol.
  • + 1
 There won't be any uninjured ones either because every time they try to go around a corner they will crash
  • + 1
 The reason that XC riders think they are fast is because they can't hear all the people stuck behind them over the howling of their badly broken in brakes and skidding
  • + 1
 your gunna die on a 29" ffs,im 6"4" and ride a 26" medium frame ...why why why ...
  • + 1
 looks like they could lower the BB somewhat. or does this have 12" of rear travel? maybe its just the angle of the pic...
  • + 1
 GOD DAMMIT! first was 27.5 for DH now 29ers?? what else they have in mind?! 36ers for DH too?! my mind is being raped!
  • + 2
 I don't know what they mean but for me is sick and stupid
  • + 2
 Bad 29er! Go back to cross country!
  • + 2
 Kill it before it lays eggs
  • + 2
 So sick of the wheel size debate
  • + 1
 We wouldn't be having t if people kept trying to push new wheel sizes for new disciplines when we all know that it won't work
  • + 2
 The white socks explain everything.
  • + 2
 Call it the KHS korky cause that thing retarded looking
  • + 2
 Hahaha... Money comment. This piece of shit is fucking retarded!
  • + 1
 idk a 29" DH bike is pretty enduro, only way this thread could get more up in arms is if there was a DVO fork on it...
  • + 0
 29ers shouldn't even be in enduro
  • + 0
 29ers shouldnt be anywhere. ever. of course 29er riders are gonna take offense but seriously get off the lame horse and ride something that isnt as lame as my grandmas honda.
  • + 1
 Those wheels make his socks look acceptable. Jokin'.I love my 29er, and my white socks - but I'm 40.
  • + 2
 Looks like a chopper. I'm interested how the race will go down.
  • + 2
 PUSS BOY'S stop being scared that sheet is 100!!!
  • + 2
 Looks like an 11-year old with his first 26-er...
  • + 2
 Burn it before it breeds!
  • + 2
 I knew it would come to this...
  • + 1
 All about having the right tool for the job. May be that this is the bike for some courses.
  • + 3
 LOUD NOISES!!!!
  • + 1
 I actually like this bike....KHS, if those don't sell to well, send a couple size Mediums over to mi casa!
  • + 1
 Size medium wouldn't work with 29er, the wheels would be too big for the frame and it would look ridiculous
  • + 1
 When I saw this I thought oh another dh bike I can't afford
  • + 0
 Lmao haters gonna hate :-) been wondering when 29ers would step into the dh world cant wait to try it
  • + 1
 Can't believe that you would want a 29er dh bike. It must be a sad existence never having tried 26. If you did try it you would never ride 29er again
  • + 1
 Just RIDE!!
Shut the f*ck up! :-) x
  • + 1
 He doesn't look like being a dick about his bike, does he?
  • + 2
 NOPE
  • + 2
 Why not ffs!
  • + 1
 opened this strictly for the comment section
  • + 1
 No... 650B but not 29er DH...
  • + 1
 I come from future to say that every little thing it's gonna be alright
  • + 1
 I just can't wait to see the results of the first races on 29érs DH
  • + 2
 26 please Frown
  • + 1
 I would ride that.. Switch out the fork though.
  • + 2
 Nope!
  • + 1
 Headline on Mad Biking dot Com - Aiello wins it on proto 29er DH bike
  • + 1
 Binggeli wins on 27.5". Aiello is over 25sec behind him a 29er - True Story www.vitalmtb.com/news/news/2014-Mob-n-Mojave-Downhill-Results-Logan-Binggeli-Wins-Pro-Men,712
  • + 1
 I looks like an ironhorse Sunday
  • + 1
 I thought KHS were all about 27.5.
  • + 1
 Just so god damn ugly!!!!
  • + 2
 Just looks so wrong!
  • + 1
 Kill it with fire, before it lays eggs.
  • + 1
 KHS unveils prototype 29" DH bike. Pinkbike comments section explodes.
  • + 1
 for good reason. we must burn it before it lays eggs
  • + 1
 I'm too busy enduroing on my enduro specific 26" enduro bike to care about 29ers in DH.
  • + 1
 Why not just put a small engine on it and call it done.
  • + 1
 Omg... Soon, we'll ride in 36".
  • - 3
 If 29ers do become a major player in DH, I see them making different classes for 26ers and 27.5's and a separate class for 29ers. I can't picture someone under 5'5" riding a 29er and being in complete control of such a huge bike at speeds. If they are faster like they say they are, it just wouldn't be fair to the smaller rider.
  • + 1
 naaah 26 still look better
  • + 2
 Thrasher 29 ear's
  • + 1
 That is the most tarded thing I've ever seen!!!!!
  • + 1
 Go home KHS you're drunk.
  • + 1
 no no no no! please wheels stahp
  • + 1
 Look at all the butthurt.
  • + 2
 flickable that looks not
  • + 1
 Let's forget about 29" dh, let's focus on 650b
  • + 0
 why don't they push them giant wheels on the motorcycle community and leave us mountain bikers alone?
  • + 4
 Motorcyclists don't live in fear of one tire size replacing another.
  • + 0
 Because they don't get forced and pushed and pulled into a new wheels size when prying is wrong with the last one
  • + 2
 oh no... it´s coming...
  • + 1
 What ever next ! I know spinners.......
  • + 1
 Groung clearance up to your knees.
  • + 1
 It looks like a fancy iron horse sunday
  • + 2
 nooooooooo......
  • - 1
 In two years all important riders will use 29" wheels. Ever ridden a Specialized 29 Enduro?
Give it a try and you will know.

I was a 29 antagonist until I tested one....
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 The kids on here are still getting pocket money off mum and jumping pallets down the local park. I doubt they've even seen an E29.
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 ew ew ew ew
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 But really though, just look at that head tube angle.
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 Es horrible!!!!
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 Helll no, damn ugly thing too
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 evolve or die
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 30inch would be faster!
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 FUGLY !
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 Kill it quick
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 Before it lays eggs
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 26 for life indeed!
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 Nocker knows where it's at
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 This is a brilliant display of engineering
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 29" just no not for dh anyway it just looks retarded
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 una mierda
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 Kill it with fire.
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 Can you imagine someone doing the rampage on it
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 form learn to be a mountain biker " pick a wheel size and be a dick about it"
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 NOPE
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 So are those special dorados? Or just bump stopped internally?
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 so much nope
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 Lololololol
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 We have 29er down hill bikes for more info call 787 967-7575
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 BURN THE WITCH
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 They just had to ruin the ride
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 Leave it to KHS
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 I am imaging the end of Matrix: Revolution when Neo blows everything up...
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 unimportant comment
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 29rs Still Suck!
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 At least someone around here is still same! 26 for life.
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 stop trying to change mtb
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 the rider looks tall. the 29" dh bike fits him just right
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 Not so sure about that- it still looks like a standard frame size that you could get with 26
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 Thats awesome!
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 If you have never tried riding a 29er on a dh course(Trudy me, I've tried)
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 yeah a 29er downhill bike? cool mate
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 Not cool at all. When I ditched the 29er I was more than 10 percent faster and had lots more fun
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 I went downhilling on a 29er and broke my wrist and got a concussion. I don't think I'm going to be riding this bike anytime soon.
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 ^^^ I was riding with him when that happened. Don't ever ride a 29er on a DH course
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