10 Exotic or Unconventional Downhill Bikes Spotted in the World Cup Pits

Apr 20, 2020 at 13:26
by Ross Bell  
With the race season on hold, we've been left to trawl through the archives looking for our World Cup downhill fix. Here's a look at ten downhill bikes from the past few seasons that are a bit unconventional or are just simply more exotic than the norm:



Cavalerie Falcon



This Cavalerie Falcon equipped with an Effigear gearbox was raced by AM Dorval's junior Emilie Rilat in the 2018 season. It certainly stands out from the crowd in the World Cup pits, we took these shots in 2018 in Val di Sole and, while one did grace a tech randoms gallery, it never went much further than that. Here's a little more in-depth look.

Cavalerie are based in France, this Falcon was raced by French junior Emilie Rilat in the 2018 season.

At the heart of the bike is a 9-speed Effigear gearbox.

We haven't spotted another Cavalerie Falcon on the WC scene.

Raw aluminium is always a winner in our eyes!



Kellys Noid 90



Kellys are no strangers to the World Cup circuit but their flagship downhill model, the Noid 90, is definitely a little more unconventional when compared to most of the other rigs in the WC pits. If you want to take an even closer look you can read our bike check of Rastislav Baranek's Noid 90 29er.

The Noid 90 is built around a unique shock mounting and the Think Link system.

The rear triangle is really compact what make the bike extremly stable
The team is currently testing a carbon version of the Think Link which is engineered by the technical university of Bratislava
When Rick Schubert shot these photos at a European DH Cup round in 2018, the team was currently testing a carbon version of the Think Link that was engineered by the technical university of Bratislava.

The Noid 90 seems to be an extremely versatile bike as there are two adjustment options, one on the chainstay and one at the rear shock, which alter the head angle and bottom bracket.



Cannondale prototype



This bike speaks for itself and caused quite the stir in the run-up to the 2019 season as we were teased with glimpses of a twin shocked Cannondale downhill bike being ridden by Matt Simmonds. The first round in Maribor offered us a clearer look at what Cannondale had been working on before we were able to get some more information out of team manager Daniel Hespeler and mechanic Tom Duncan.

This bike was one of the biggest stories of last season but it doesn't look like we'll be seeing it in the pits again this year with the project seemingly on hold.

The bike could be run in both a twin/split shock and single shock configuration. Simmonds ran the split shock in Maribor (left) before using a single shock at the following round in Fort William (right).

The bike had a huge amount of adjustability with various linkages, geometry chips, headset cups, and chainstay lengths.

Cannondale opted to use an idler on the bike too.




Unno Ever



Unno is the brainchild of one of the industry's leading designers in Cesar Rojo. What would later come to be known as the Unno Ever first came to most people's attention after being ridden to first place at masters World Champs in Andorra in 2015 in the hands of none other than the man who'd designed it. The all-carbon Ever is one of the most drool-worthy and exclusive bikes on the market, it's laid by hand in Barcelona in limited numbers and has a price tag to match.

The Unno Ever belonging to Scottish racer Greg Williamson sitting pretty in Andorra last season.

Cesar Rojo has designed a lot of top downhill bikes over the years but with Unno he gave himself a blank canvas that was free from the constraints of other companies' demands.

Limited production numbers and a price tag on the higher end of things make the Unno Ever one of the most exclusive bikes on the market.



Nicolai 29er Prototype



We only saw this bike for one race with it popping up at the end of 2018 season finale in La Bresse in the hands of Jack Reading. It shared similar geometry to the 27.5" G19 that he was on previously with the biggest change a 10mm drop in rear travel to 180mm. That combined with a change in the position and angle of the seat tube ensured the bigger wheels didn't make contact with the frame under bottom out.

Jack Reading Nicolai 29er Proto
No carbon to be seen here.

Jack Reading Nicolai 29er Proto
Jack Reading Nicolai 29er Proto
The geometry remained pretty similar between the 27.5" and 29" model with one of the biggest change being a 10mm drop in travel to accommodate for the larger wheel size.

Jack Reading Nicolai 29er Proto
Jack Reading Nicolai 29er Proto
There's something beautiful about the craftmanship on the Nicolai frames.

Jack Reading Nicolai 29er Proto



Pole Machine 200



The longest downhill bike to grace the World Cup circuit? Quite possibly. Isak Leivvson rocked up to the 2018 Fort William World Cup aboard this monstrous Pole Machine 200 proto, the bigger brother to its trail going sibling. Although the two shared similarities in both the unique manufacturing method used and the Evolink suspension design, the bike's wheelbase measures in at a huge 1360mm with the chainstays ticking over 460mm. All of this combined with the 29" wheels and 830mm bars made for a roomy ride for Leivvson who stands at 187 cm tall.

Pole Proto
There was no missing the Pole Machine 200 rolling through the Fort William pits in 2018.

Pole Proto
Pole Proto
The Machine 200 utilises Pole's Evolink suspension design much like it's trail going sibling.

Pole Proto
Pole Proto
Pole uses a unique manufacturing method where two machined pieces of 7075 aluminium are bolted and bonded together.

Pole Proto
The chainstays measure up at 460mm.

Pole Proto
*insert joke about a long Pole here*



Antidote Darkmatter



We spotted this Antidote Darkmatter belonging to Polish racer Agata Bulska lurking in the SRAM pits at the 2017 Leogang World Cup. The Darkmatter is far from a common sight at World Cups but we kinda wish it was... I mean just look at the thing!

The Antidote Darkmatter is far from a common site at the World Cups.
The Antidote Darkmatter is handmade in Poland.

Bike porn
Bike porn?
The Darkmatter uses an idler pulley to try minimize pedal feedback.
The Darkmatter uses an idler pulley to try to minimize pedal feedback.



NS Fuzz



The NS Fuzz isn't too far from the norm but it also isn't exactly a mainstream bike on the World Cup circuit, despite the NS Factory Racing Team existing for a couple of seasons before it morphed into Gamux Factory Racing last year. The clean frame design built around a 4-bar horst linkage is certainly easy on the eye and has some neat features tucked away out of sight, like offset cups that can be used to adjust the reach.

This was Noel Niederberger's World Champs bike in Lenzerheide a few seasons ago.

The bike is built around a 4-bar horst linkage.

Unfortunately we didn't much of the NS Fuzz on the WC scene last year as the team they'd previously sponsored move onto pastures new.



Norco Aurum



The Norco Aurum in its current guise has been around for a few years now but it still cuts a unique silhouette when lined up to its competitors. It first came to our attention towards the end of summer in 2016 as Sam Blenkinsop pushed it through the lift queue in Whistler and the wild-looking suspension layout and idler position was a big departure from the previous Aurum. It has since been refined and now has a 29" equivalent which the likes of Sam Blenkinsop are running on the Norco Factory Downhill Team.

Sam Blenkinsop's Aurum HSP 29" at Crankworx Rotorua earlier this year.

Sam Blenkinsop on a prototype Norco DH bike
The first (albeit blurry) photos of what would later be known as the Aurum HSP.
Sam Blenkinsop s modified Aurum.
The sign of things to come. Blenkinsop tested the old Aurum with an idler pulley in early 2016.

Spotted - Sam Blenkinsop s prototype 29 wheeled norco dh rig and 29 BlackBox Rockshox boxer fork
We then spotted the 29" version at New Zealand National Champs in Wanaka in 2018.

The HSP and idler give the Aurum a unique look.



Santa Cruz V10 29er



Okay, I can already hear the comments... "How is a Santa Cruz exotic or unconventional?!" Well, because this was the first 29" downhill bike to be raced on the World Cup circuit, and it certainly seemed like Santa Cruz left everyone scrambling after they pulled the trigger on the bike for the start of the 2017 season. Their riders dominated qualifying in Lourdes but they, of course, were all caught up in the race day washout. The point was made, 29" wheels had arrived in downhill and they were here to stay. They came in thick and fast after that but Santa Cruz had already stolen a march on their rivals.

Greg Minnaar V10 29er
Greg Minnaar was a big advocate for the move to the bigger wheels.

Greg Minnaar V10 29er
Greg Minnaar V10 29er
The move to 29" wheels meant Santa Cruz's partners like Fox, Maxxis, and Enve had to step up to the plate with suitable 29" components.

Greg Minnaar V10 29er
Greg Minnaar V10 29er
The V10 was one of the most refined 29ers we saw in that 2017 season.

Greg Minnaar V10 29er
Santa Cruz came out swinging with their V10 in Lourdes and dominated qualifying with Loris Vergier 1st, Luca Shaw in 3rd, and Greg Minnaar in 6th.



183 Comments

  • 141 10
 What y'all got for best looking bike of all time? For me that Unno is hard to beat...
  • 80 36
 for me it's the Nicolai
  • 13 2
 unno for me as well - looks so awesome
  • 13 3
 the Antidote that came before the Darkmatter, I can´t recall its name but that thing was just beautiful
Edit: I just googled it. it was called Lifeline carbon, but it somehow doesn´t look as good as I remember it
  • 11 11
 Honestly, the Commencal Supreme V2 can't be beat for me. Gee sure had a sexy bike back in his glory days
  • 3 0
 The prime bicycle DH bike is a good looker
  • 15 3
 propain rage
  • 5 1
 Kingdom Vendetta.
  • 48 1
 Honda RN-01
  • 5 2
 @mnorris122: 'do not pass go, do not collect £200'
  • 18 25
flag ybsurf (Apr 24, 2020 at 4:39) (Below Threshold)
 And once again Cannondale for ugliest most useless bike
  • 9 0
 @sewer-rat: Nicolai is kinda ironic, a carbon downtube protector in an aluminum bike built like a tank XD
  • 8 3
 @sewer-rat: The Nicolaï, definitely! It`s raw, brutal, quite simple, completely aggressive yet seductive. Completely the opposite of the Dark ``Vador``Matter actually. I always prefered Mad Max to Star Wars anyway :-)
  • 5 3
 Do you mean it is the best Unno EVER?
  • 5 1
 Intense 951. Kona operator 2011-12 doesn't look good in pictures but is up there too
  • 2 0
 @F22: The Antidote Lifeline. There were actually 2 versions of it. The first one had a front carbon triangle in 13k, with rear bases in CNC'ed aluminum. The second was full (3k weave?) carbon-vectran. There used to be a full Alu version as well. To date, the first carbon version is the biggest wow I ever had on a bike.
fotos.mtb-news.de/p/1033154
  • 7 0
 Giant ATX One DH and Santa Cruz Super 8 (2002)
  • 5 0
 @softsteel: Totally agree about the Nicolai. I wish more companies would build bikes like this.

Probably an unpopular opinion, but however I might feel about the company, that Pole looks awesome. I really wish they could get their attitude and customer service sorted out, because their product looks sweet.
  • 3 0
 @wrc21: I don't know if it's the most beautiful, but if I could own any bike to put on my wall: it'd be the Honda RN-01.
  • 16 8
 ATHERTON BIKE MISSING!
  • 6 0
 Based on Pinkbike comments alone... I think everyone would say the Trek Session.... I mean doesn't everything just look like a session? lol
  • 3 0
 Latest iteration of the gambler for me. I liked v10's till I saw these.
  • 1 0
 @sewer-rat: They've managed to make it look utilitarian and sexy at the same time.
  • 10 0
 I’d like to get laid by hand in Barcelona.
  • 5 0
 Banshee Legend
  • 3 1
 The Unno and the V10 are pretty good looking, but I really like, and have never seen before this, the Noid.
  • 5 4
 Y'all are forgetting the OG carbon Wilson 26". Best looking bicycle of all time.

p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/2/photos/61337/s600_SS_n3x1172.jpg

It had gentle curves, no harsh lines, and just looked low and fast. Just follow the lines from the rear axle forward to the main pivot, where it kisses the teardrop front triangle. It had a curved downtube without the "belly" that so many bikes of the time had (like the Demo). It looks light and fast while looking neither willowy nor free-ride burly.

2nd place is the original Evil Wreckoning, but thats a different conversation for a different time.
  • 1 1
 Commencal Supreme. That or the V10
  • 1 0
 @ybsurf: haha good one, seems like they made a lot of shite for that bike.
  • 2 0
 The Noid and the Antidote both look fire
  • 1 0
 polygon colossus
  • 2 0
 @cmcc: always the problem with cannondale they make a lot of shit for nothing... haha
  • 2 1
 As an engineer, the Cannondale is awesome, even if it was just a test bike, super cool to see a company experimenting like that. On a looks standpoint, the UNNO without a doubt.
  • 3 0
 @MCsession7: too bad their experimentation never works in the real world
  • 4 0
 Superco Silencer proto!
  • 4 0
 I dunno, but I want that Unno and the Nicolai to have a baby.
  • 3 0
 The Turner DHR or the Rocky Mountain RMX.
  • 3 0
 Avoid the Noid.
  • 4 0
 That Unno gives me feelings I haven't had since coveting exotic cars as a teenager...
  • 1 0
 joint 1st for unno and the dark matter, if I was rich I would have one of each, but I'm happy with my 2016 Norco aurum c7.1
  • 3 0
 The Unno is beautiful - flowing lines, especially the top tube, and the rear triangle - nothing to disrupt its form. For me though it is far better in its raw carbon weave, like when it was first revealed.
  • 1 0
 2016 Summum Pro in Austrian World Champs livery Wink
Unno
Darkmatter

Ironhorse Sunday back in the days Big Grin
  • 3 0
 Starling Sturn
  • 2 0
 @rufus26: ya those Starling bikes are beautiful, but in a different sort of way compared to the Unno. LIke a perfectly restored 80s rx7 VS a Koingsseg (however you spell it)
  • 1 0
 Looks like a sender
  • 1 0
 Tied between the Nicolai and the Unno!
  • 1 0
 @F22: I had this frame, it was beautiful !
  • 1 1
 2016 Rocky Mountain Maiden Pro (Black) or 2014 Norco Aurum 6.3, also black. And the 2015 Pivot Phoenix Carbon was pretty nice, too.
  • 1 0
 @bok-CZ: Underrated pick. The Legend 29er is one of the best looking bikes I've seen.
  • 2 0
 @hamncheez: Yeah the Devinci Wilson is a looker for sure.
  • 2 1
 I may as well throw my VX8 in the mix


m.pinkbike.com/photo/12167463
  • 1 0
 @gafoto: for me from the first generation it is just how dh bike should look like
  • 1 0
 They're all winners but even tie between the Cannondale and the Pole. Nicolai and antedote both a seriously equal second place.
  • 1 0
 Forbidden Druid is the only frame I've seen that made me tingle enough to have to walk away.
  • 1 0
 @sewer-rat: Not seen an Empire for a while! Really nice-looking bit of kit, especially in that colour scheme. A real sense of mechanical purpose. Wink And a definite hint of Honda RN01. Big Grin
  • 2 0
 ellesworth
  • 30 0
 The Darkmatter is just beautiful. The Unno is borderline artwork and even if it cost half as much I'd be scared to ride it in fear of damaging it. I still love raw aluminium the most for some reason. All of the raw Al bikes speak to my soul. With the trend moving to more wide open tracks and 29er land barges it would be interesting to see some really tight old school tracks mixed in. It would mix up the Podium a bit I'd imagine. Make things interesting with different bike setups.
  • 9 19
flag WAKIdesigns (Apr 24, 2020 at 3:44) (Below Threshold)
 It rides better than it looks, especially with EXT Storia. DM feels like my 160 Carbon Jack when ridden in chill mode and gladly provides when pushed. Most DH bikes provide only when pushed.
  • 1 5
flag dirtyburger (Apr 24, 2020 at 3:51) (Below Threshold)
 @WAKIdesigns: God I want a DM so bad. The unno is a similar level of sex buttah. Drool.
  • 6 12
flag WAKIdesigns (Apr 24, 2020 at 3:55) (Below Threshold)
 @dirtyburger: Since it feels so nimble, I’d change my CJ for it but it has 142 rear. Which makes perfect sense for DH, but I wanted a Downduro bike.
  • 3 0
 @WAKIdesigns: That's what I'm leaning towards too, Downduro. The Canfield One.2 (27.5) is top on the list at the moment. A bit worried about the super low BB that going 27.5 would bring but short stroking the shock might help, we'll see...
  • 4 2
 Metal for mountain, carbon for road. That's how I am doing it at the moment. Metal is heavier and just not as nice, but you're smashing it into rocks at the end of the day.
  • 4 7
 @mtbgeartech: canfield one - exactly
  • 5 7
 @jaame: thick carbon works well in the front triangle. There's very little to win in the swingarm unless you have a one piece swingarm like anti or SC.
  • 1 0
 @mtbgeartech: short-stroking the shock will not change geo at all, just travel. Eye-to-eye is the same so all geo remains the same. That said, you should only be sitting about 19mm lower with 27.5 vs. 29-inch wheels, so, approx. 13.3 inches bottom-bracket height w/ 27.5 vs. 14 inches with 29.
  • 2 0
 @canfieldbikes: Right but at 30% sag or so with the shorter stroke the BB will be slightly higher (3mm) which could help a tiny bit with pedal strikes. 13.3 isn't bad.

Hopefully the One.2 is so fast that I'll be scared to pedal anyway, eliminating the concern for pedal strikes all together lol.
  • 3 0
 @canfieldbikes: I salute you for the Canfield One; It's on top of my list for my next bike. Can't wait to see how offended people will be on group rides to see a DH bike keeps up with them on climbs.

@mtbgeartech: pedal timing. No way around it. Sure it sucks to start pedalling and realize you are in a too low gear but still. When there's gravity, there's alwasy an opportunity to pump the backsides.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Yeah, I can deal with it. The benefits outweigh the drawbacks.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: " Can't wait to see how offended people will be on group rides to see a DH bike keeps up with them on climbs." - SO MUCH YES!
  • 17 0
 Unconventional?

Why no polygon, then?
  • 49 5
 Because it is way to hidious to look at.
  • 5 5
 @Helmchentuned: For f*cks sake, it really is ugly as sin.
  • 7 12
flag softsteel (Apr 24, 2020 at 4:55) (Below Threshold)
 @Helmchentuned: This Norco Aurum is quite as ugly as a Polygon. It looks so awkward, so weird...
  • 1 7
flag Whipit101 (Apr 24, 2020 at 5:37) (Below Threshold)
 The thing is an abortion
  • 4 0
 @Helmchentuned: I kinda like it. Space age tron cycle.
  • 3 2
 @softsteel: beauty is in the eye, but yours is closed Wink
  • 2 1
 @BenPea: Y`a pas pire aveugle que celui qui ne veut pas voir... ou qui ne peut pas voir. Hein Papa? Wink
  • 2 1
 @softsteel: hmmm... nan, je vois pas :-D
  • 16 0
 Where is the Honda? The most unconventional bike from the last 20 years and the most beautiful for me.
  • 16 5
 Good to see you spelled 'aluminium' correctly
  • 13 4
 Excited for article coming out on chewsdee, kinda sad we gotta wait innit?
  • 3 1
 Now to see if they can pronounce it properly.
  • 1 5
flag iamamodel (Apr 24, 2020 at 16:29) (Below Threshold)
 @Ajorda: Don't y'all mean Toosday?
  • 7 0
 "The all-carbon Ever is one of the most drool-worthy and exclusive bikes on the market, it's laid by hand in Barcelona in limited numbers and has a price tag to match."

Isn't every carbon frame "laid by hand"? (genuine question)
  • 10 0
 cannondale need to release some bikes that look that good!
  • 2 1
 Excluding road product, when can you say they had a good looking bike? Judge dh?
  • 4 0
 Sure they've made some stinkers over the years, but some of their stuff is stunning (admittedly, mainly the older stuff!). The blue'n'yellow Team Volvo Cannondale F800 with Headshok is still one of the best-looking hardtails of all time IMHO. Also the 2005 Prophet in Siemens team colours and raw alu (bit biased, I used to have one!). Carbon Leftys. Wink The Raven maybe? Was pretty striking at the time anyway, back when carbon was super-exotic! Big Grin And their welds on any of the pre-Dorel frames have always been amazing (looks-wise, not crack-wise!).
  • 6 0
 Yes!!
Thank you for that!
At least Pinkbike gives us good content to read and drool over in these times.

And:
None of the above look like a Session!
  • 5 0
 Can we please get more photos of interesting designs from the left hand side? Looking at the chainring isn't that much of a turn-on, I want to see what their doing with pivots and links!
  • 5 0
 2006 World Championship Junior winning bike.
Carbon Fibre. Check
Gearbox. Check.
Lahar. Just so far ahead of it's time.
nsmb.com/articles/3463-readers-rides-lahar-m9
  • 1 0
 Still remember seeing those at local races back in the day.
  • 1 0
 Ugh, carbon dh bikes? That'll never fly.
  • 5 0
 Also, not really unconventionnal, but what's up with the 29er Banshee Legend ?
  • 3 0
 Funny, you look through all these innovative bikes with interesting changes to the previous models etc etc. Then you come to the Santa Cruz, which looks exactly the same as it has done for last 20 years!
  • 6 1
 I feel like Pole needs to build a very playful and sexy trail bike... and call it Dancer.
  • 1 0
 Well, they've attempted the Bushmaster.
  • 4 0
 Antidote Dark Matter. Hands down, sexiest frame ever. Drooled over one at Fort Bill couple of years ago.
  • 1 0
 "Greg Minaar was a big advocate for 29 inch wheels" YA DONT SAY! Finally someone was will able to make a complete bike that wouldnt explode (well, one kinda did) to fit his ten foot 3 inches frame lol. Kinda looks like a normal person riding a 26 inch wheeled bike with him on a 29er now.
  • 4 1
 Some beauties there... The C'dale without the top shock would look mint AF. Darkmatter is smik.
  • 2 0
 „B ut it doesn't look like we'll be seeing it in the pits again this year with the project seemingly on hold.“

This whole season is on hold Frown
  • 6 3
 I forgot the Pole was bolted together. Now not only can I lose my cockpit bolts, I can lose my frame bolts as well...
  • 1 0
 I think they don't bolt anymore. As they ha: "improved the bonding process"
  • 2 0
 The bolts are unable to be removed. They are glued into the frame.
  • 1 0
 They were with bolts, now they've gotten a mesh design to put more area on each side to the adhesive to bond. If you think it would be unsafe, just remember the Lotus Elise has aluminum bonded chassis/unibody with rivets.
  • 4 0
 @phops: joking mate, joking...
  • 3 0
 What about the first DH 29er made by Lenz at least 10 years before the Santa Cruz?
Didn’t somebody took it to Rampage?
  • 1 0
 Say it louder!!!
  • 3 0
 That Pole Machine makes me think of a Lincoln limousine trying to navigate in tight city streets!! Wow!!
  • 3 0
 Pinkbike come on!!! First spot should have just said any NICOLAI ever!!! Remember the gearbox/chainsaw bar link in 03?
  • 1 1
 That cannondale is a bit of a rip off really. The Corsair Crown ran the same system in a slightly different configuration and was 8-10" travel depending on shock size and 1 or 2 shocks. I had one, a bit too extreme for me and heavy but it was helluva plush ride.
  • 2 0
 Here's to hoping more frame manufacturers start using Effigear- it has the most important thing Pinion doesn't- trigger shifter.
  • 2 0
 That Nicolai is really cool in that they didn't polish the welds; you can still see evidence of the cleaning action of the DCEP phase on the tig torch. Fine craftsmanship!
  • 1 0
 1. Antidote Darkmatter 2. Kelly's Noid 3. Cannondale Prototype... who the hell thought Cannondale could make a good looking bike! But the only one that I could likely ever afford is the Norco which I want to love but...
  • 3 0
 „Raw aluminium is always a winner in our eyes!“
Nuff said ????
  • 4 2
 "No carbon to be seen here." Except for the carbon downtube protector that's visible in that very photo.
  • 1 7
flag aljoburr (Apr 24, 2020 at 5:53) (Below Threshold)
 Really?
LOOKS to me that more than 1/2 these bikes are CARBON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 5 1
 @aljoburr: that's the caption under the first Nicolai photo. Sorry if that was too hard for you to understand.
  • 2 5
 @thegoodflow: HA HA, Yes the Nicolai is Aluminium, That is easy to see,, But Maybe you do not understand the difference?
  • 5 1
 @aljoburr: no I don't understand. Please explain it to me.
  • 1 0
 @thegoodflow: its an ESL situation.
  • 3 0
 Oh man I could go for some new WYN TV episodes right now!
  • 2 1
 If Effigear can have a trigger shift gear box why hasn't pinion done the same? Everyones main complaint with the pinion is that stupid grip shift!
  • 1 0
 Every time I hear or see Bratislava all I can think of is the movie Eurotrip. I know its is nothing like that now, I have been there in last few years.
  • 2 1
 That V10 is an abomination tbh, They always sound like a bag of hammers going down the hill and with a frame as strong as a wet tissue I'd give em the swerve!!!
  • 1 0
 That Dark Matter is one of the best looking DH bikes I've ever seen but the tig welder in me says the Nicolai. I could look at those welds all day long!
  • 2 0
 the darkmatter has some proto vee tire on the rear, anyone know what that is?
  • 1 0
 nevermind I found it, its the vee gravity flow R 2
  • 3 1
 i think that Nicolai was up for sale in the pinkbike classifieds
  • 6 11
flag WAKIdesigns (Apr 24, 2020 at 3:37) (Below Threshold)
 Yes, the owner was happy how long it was but now he wants stiffer.
  • 1 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Shit, you`ve ruined the stiffy I started to get with that Nicolaï`s picture.
What did you hear about their stiffness eventual issues? Thanks
  • 8 8
 @softsteel: nowhere, I didn’t even mean they are flexy. I made a joke about guy who needed a longer penis and then figured out he also wants it stiff. You never know with these rational people, one day they want the most rational geometry and the other day they wake up wanting different tubing or realize they must have carbon for compliance.
  • 2 1
 @WAKIdesigns: wow, how did you get to be so much smarter than everyone else?
  • 5 7
 @thegoodflow: No I am stupid, disgusting and irrational. Aged 5
  • 2 0
 Nicolai is always cleaning up..
  • 1 2
 Only 2 have full internal routing. A now common argument for 29ers for all is "look at all the pros using them!" Where's the same argument for external routing, at least for brakes...
  • 3 1
 v10 has got to be one of the ugliest bikes
  • 1 0
 Raw aluminum looks so good, it makes me want to strip the paint off my frame.
  • 2 0
 santacruz unconventional? hahaha

nicolai is the best
  • 1 0
 This is the official doesn’t look like a session bike « répertoire for connoisseurs ». Still, somewhat.............
  • 2 0
 Yeah...miss WC racing!
  • 4 2
 that pole tho insane
  • 1 2
 Cannondale had so much potential with that. Then they release the high fog, heavy AF jekyll. Guess us a modern gemini to fight the Scott ransom.
  • 4 3
 "No carbon to be seen here."

Mother nature will thank you.
  • 22 9
 Yeah sure. Because Pole is made of recycled cans from organic soy beans
  • 3 5
 Maybe you cant tell the difference, but more than 1/2 of these bikes are Carbon?
  • 4 0
 Cease all recreation!!!! She'll thank you even more then.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: I thought those cans were made of steel.
  • 2 1
 @Notmeatall: thank you for proving my point
  • 3 1
 2 shocks? please no
  • 4 0
 Should i buy a EXT or a Push shock? or both?
  • 2 0
 Not conventional for the average joe rider, but Cannondale like a lot of other company's want to win races.
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 @kazwei: there's only one Holy Grail, the FAST one
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 The f*ck are there doing Kellys ? Looks like someone payed hell of money for promo ???? just kidding.
  • 3 6
 I don’t know how it rides but I saw it in person and it looked rather refreshing considering all the Session look alikes.
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 @WAKIdesigns: I actually bought the Noid in late November last year. It's definitely one of the best priced DH 29ers in central europe, I paid 3000€ for a modern geometry - top of the line shimano and rockshox build that looks super nice too. I haven't ridden it that much since buying it, but the few times I took it to my local DH track it worked super well, and got many compliments too.
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 @Floho: My first thought when I saw it was that the mainstream bike industry is in crisis when Kelly's makes bikes that look sexier than most stuff out there... Also Noid would be phonetic for Swedish "Nöjd" which means "satsified" Smile
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 cannondale needs a lefty 80 to complete the madness
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 Lefty 200 would be something
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 @WAKIdesigns: 80mm stanchion 200mm travel would be kind of sick maybe not good but would look crazy different look like a bloody storm down pipe diameter
  • 1 0
 Of all these bikes, I'd probably avoid the Noid
  • 1 0
 You should always avoid the Noid.
  • 1 0
 Noice.
  • 1 0
 Great article and pictures, thank you.
  • 1 0
 amazing how stunning aesthetically these brutes are
  • 1 2
 When anyone says anything about the welds on an Orange, show them the pictures of that Nicolai. That Aurum suspension layout is hideous too.
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 Hm, One of them is example of welding perfection, one of them looks like drunk englishman was learning how to weld and it didn´t go well, not sure what they have in common. f*ck even my own welds looked better after 4 week training course.
  • 1 0
 i quite like the polygon colossus
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 None of them look like a session.
  • 2 1
 The V10 is the most iconic bike to me. It just -is- mountain biking.
  • 1 0
 That Cavalerie Falcon is my dream bike!
  • 1 0
 What is the rear tire on the Antidote?
  • 1 0
 Warm and fuzzy
  • 1 0
 So good..
  • 1 3
 Good to see some nice DH Bikes, but without racing even more impractical & Who wants a bike that cant go up hills without help or walking?
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 I do. It really depends on financial situation and local trails. I drive 20 mins to a superb DH track, and can afford two relatively nice bikes, so I ride a Trail bike on the weekdays and have a DH for party on the weekend.
  • 2 0
 I do! Did a jump session yesterday at my local trail on the dh bike. Bikes are fun! Work cubicles are practical if that’s your bag...
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 I do! I walk up mountains in the winter for one good powder run and I don’t mind doing the same in the summer because when I ride my DH bike it’s like a powder day, until I fall. Haha.
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 "Okay, I can already hear the comments... "How is a Santa Cruz exotic or unconventional"

cause they pay well?
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 looks like a session
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 i love Cannondale ....
  • 1 0
 Doesn’t everyone?

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