SPY SHOT! Prototype Specialized DH Bike 29
The annual Crankworx Whistler festival is well-known for abundant prototype sightings. It's a time when pro riders and companies converge on some of the best terrain in the world. Terrain that's perfect for testing new rides and banging out back-to-back runs.
Over the past few days, Brad Benedict, Specialized's official in-house product development thrash tester and former World Cup ripper, has been riding this prototype in the bike park. We've been casually chasing him around trying to capture the rig, but only Jacob Carmichael could come close enough to snap a photo (Update: more photos added!).
Specialized says they are using the bike as a mule to test out geometry, stiffness, and other developments. It's a bike that certainly won't go to production in 2014. The company is constantly testing out new bikes and new concepts, and this one may or may not make the cut. Even so, it's still fun to speculate!