Posted by Chuck
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Knolly debuted a new downhill prototype at Interbike this year that they’re hoping to have ready for the 2010 season. The first prototype they’ve developed embodies similarities between the Knolly bike lineage that should bode well for them.
Knolly DH race prototype (click to enlarge)
Noel from Knolly showed us some of the details of their unnamed dedicated downhill race bike. See the details in the video located above.
A lot of the features and technology from the current Knolly’s (V-tach, Endorphin) were put in to practice when they created this new bike. Some of the features are outlined below:
- Features Knolly’s dual four bar linkage
suspension detail (click to enlarge)
- Designed to have a low leverage ratio using a 9.5 x 3″ shock
- Has 5 angular contact bearings
- 150mm rear end
rear end detail (click to enlarge)
- Low foward idler pulley made of out 7075 and has a dual row angular contact bearing
- Idler pulley has multiiple positions in .5mm increments for multiple chain lines 56 56.5 57.5 and 58mm
- The pulley allows for decoupling of the chain a bit and helps maintain nimbleness as the chainstays are shorter than the linkage.
idler and suspension detail (click to enlarge)
- Similar travel amount as the V-tach, but designed as a DH race bike
- Aiming for 11.5lb frame w/coil shock
non-drive side detail (click to enlarge)
- 8.4″ of travel
- 64 degree head angle at the moment
- The dual four bar linkage is aimed at giving riders good active braking, great pedaling characteristics, and high lateral rigidity
dropout detail (click to enlarge)
- Linkages and other CNC’d parts are made in house right now, SAPA will be doing the tubing and welding
- Price will be available as a complete and a frameset but is to be determined. Looking to be about similar pricing to the V-tach.
- Available as a high end build kit or frame only