Prototyping, Testing & Sending It on the New Knolly Podium
Rarely, to our knowledge, does a designer of a premium DH rig see the bike manufacturing process from front to back. Everything from designing the bike on the computer to riding the finished product on the terrain it was built for. Noel Buckley, owner and designer of Knolly Bikes, has been designing bikes for over ten years. His first frame design was the V-Tach in 2004 followed by Endorphin, Delirium, Podium, Chilcotin and just recently the new Warden. His original V-Tach design was simply to build himself a bike for terrain he enjoyed riding on the North Shore Mountains of British Columbia. That same design, or at least the patented & proprietary 4x4 suspension, is what has led to the current Podium DH frame.
Noel is the very first rider to test any new model. He takes his bikes, such as the Podium, to the terrain he wants the bike to perform on, specifically in this case Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver. We often get asked how the Podium came to fruition and what makes the bike what it is. So we thought we would get it from the man himself as he talks about the journey of the Podium, a couple technical features about the design and his thoughts on the future of Knolly Bikes:
Don't just take his word for it, though. Watch as Garett Buehler and Linden Finiak get their shred time in on the Podium:
Cheers for checking out the Podium. For more info, visit knollybikes.com.