SPY SHOT! Unmarked Prototype 650B DH Bike Spotted at Crankworx 30

SPY SHOT! Unmarked Prototype 650B DH Bike Spotted at Crankworx

We spotted another unmarked prototype being ridden at Crankworx. The bike uses a 4-bar suspension design with a Horst link, and the shock is fixed at the lower shock mount (non-floater). Two rear wheel positions allow the use of both 26-inch and 27.5-inch (650B) wheels. When we saw it, the bike was in 650B mode and outfitted with the soon to be available DVO Emerald fork.

SPY SHOT! Unmarked Prototype 650B DH Bike Spotted at Crankworx

Rumors are circulating that it's a Rocky Mountain. Could they be updating their Flatline? The seat tube gusset and large bushings in the pivots look similar to those in Rocky's current lineup, and we all know the Flatline is long due for a refresher. More when we get it!

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  • garret.hunter

    8/18/2013 9:13 PM

    It's a rocky, some BC cup riders have been on these since at least the spring.

  • Capricorn

    8/16/2013 3:56 AM

    return of the Sunday anyone??

  • onenerdykid*

    8/16/2013 2:31 AM

    the rocker link reminds me of the one on Norco Aurum, which is also a 4-bar Horst link system. So if Rocky is doing this, they are going to look pretty similar imo...

  • Propy

    8/15/2013 9:32 PM

    looks like the new Aurom

  • zo

    8/15/2013 9:29 PM

    Rocky's suspension is called Smoothlink, and while it looks very similar to a FSR Horst link design, it is not one. With Smoothlink that chainstay pivot is located slightly above the rear axle and thus does not violate FSR patents.

  • erikthefatty

    8/15/2013 11:56 PM

    Except that's not really an issue they'd need to consider anymore.

  • bstens

    8/15/2013 9:23 PM

    looks like a Ghost

  • Ryan_Burney

    8/15/2013 7:09 PM

    that was at msa

  • pro-man-o

    8/15/2013 6:43 PM

    It is a Rocky Mountain. I saw something on Facebook but can't recall the link.

  • ardor

    8/15/2013 10:36 PM

    Yep. Looks like Biluk's Rocky. He's been riding it most of the summer.

  • chequamie

    8/15/2013 6:35 PM

    not sure why but I feel like this a LAWILL design of some sort?

  • Full Trucker

    8/20/2013 7:00 AM

    They're all Lawwills of some sort.

  • groghunter

    8/15/2013 4:39 PM

    This reminds me slightly of the On One Nail prototype they showed off sometime last year. and they are an FSR licensee.

  • ibeaver

    8/15/2013 4:21 PM

    nobody realizes that the shock pivots at the same location as the chain stay pivot... I think thats a first.

    of course its the new rocky :-)

  • Big Bird

    8/15/2013 7:24 PM

    As seen in the plots, it's clearly mounted just above the chainstay pivot.

  • ibeaver

    8/16/2013 8:39 AM

    ahh... seems I had a few beers and did not cover one eye.

  • Northwest

    8/15/2013 4:07 PM

    It's the new Rocky Mountain Supreme Operator!

    Kidding aside, it looks nice. And a 4-bar Horst link is not a bad way to go.

  • b-kul

    8/15/2013 3:56 PM

    looks like an ellsworth to me.

  • erikthefatty

    8/15/2013 5:59 PM

    Deifnitely not ugly enough.

  • b-kul

    8/15/2013 6:26 PM

    lol, but look at the seat mast, very similar to other ells models, plus it looks like the rockers for an ict design to me.

  • fishbone121

    8/15/2013 3:39 PM

    New Rocky Mountaine Flatline..!!!

  • Krispy

    8/15/2013 3:38 PM

    Rocky. 4 bar makes a comeback!

  • Unknown

    8/15/2013 3:35 PM

    It's the new rocky, un-named as of yet. And it will be carbon. Mmmmm

  • Krispy

    8/15/2013 3:26 PM

    Are those bushings? Needs a fendar.

  • tazer255zm

    8/15/2013 2:24 PM

    I'm gunna go for a wild card and say rocky mountain.

  • der_geistmx

    8/15/2013 2:14 PM

    That one looks more like a Banshee, http://bansheebikes.com/legend

  • shutter2ride

    8/15/2013 2:39 PM

    doubt that Banshee would go 4-bar when all their new KS link bikes work so well...

  • erikthefatty

    8/15/2013 5:58 PM

    Especially when Vital already posted this.
    Banshee Proto

  • ryan_daugherty

    8/15/2013 2:09 PM

    Saw that at GLC a few weeks back right next to a Darkside. Seemed like the place to drop off protos