Downhill and slopestyle practice kicked off today at Crankworx in Rotorua. I caught the Kiwi resident, course builder and hucker Kelly McGarry leaving this evening with this prototype YT Slopestyler bike.
A full carbon chassis is an interesting choice for a machine getting regularly launched and thrown from heights.
There's 100mm of travel from a concentric bottom bracket pivot, controlled by a Marzocchi damper.
Placing the pivot around the bottom bracket means no chain growth. Horizontal dropouts allow for a single-speed set up, although there is also a mech-hanger.
Nobody panic. The Hope/Atomlab wheelset is trusty old 26", with a 135mm bolt-thru axle at the rear and up front there's a standard width 20mm axle too. The frame is likely to be one size only if it goes in to production.
Kelly was running this new 'Grid' handlebar and stem from Gravity.
Custom etching on your Lock-Ons lets you know when have made it in to the big league.
A mixture of Shimano Zee and Saint products to finish off the build