Brevard, NC US
2/11/2020 5:11am Edited Date/Time 10/17/2022 11:50am
Wanted to start a thread for new bike tech and rumors. Recently, the racing rumors page has turned into an Ebike debate so lets get this thread started off right!
First up, Santa Cruz Heckler
First up, Santa Cruz Heckler
spec'ing a mixed bike in large scale seems like a PIA for brand managers or OEM orders w/ sku's and wheel/tire size options.
wonder how many more (or less) we'll see on race day in lousa this year.
posts w/o pics or vids are kinda boring, so there's this until new stuff comes out.
some intro text says
It’s here! Thanks for bearing with us. We had planned to make our bikes available sooner but it turns out that creating a bike that we’d love to ride ourselves wasn’t as fast as we’d hoped. We’ve done it! It’s been our life’s dream to create the ultimate range of bikes. Using ground-breaking additive manufacturing technologies we’ve transformed the potential for perfect fit and nailed a ride quality that you won’t believe with a strength that stems directly from the design. 21 prototypes tested to the limits have led us to a point where we are proud for these bikes to carry our name. They descend amazingly yet they’re still enormous fun on the general trails. The DW6 platform is awesome and our co-founders ensure we’ve covered all the bases in terms of rider ability! But most exciting of all is that we can offer factory- level fit to every rider. The pressure to launch a product that was 95% ready was very real. It will surprise nobody that all three of us are total perfectionists and that after 15 seasons of World Cup racing our demands for our bikes are off the scale, but race team decisions made on gut instinct now need to be backed by hard scientific evidence. So we are majorly excited to offer the first two bikes in the Atherton Bikes range, to those people who have stood by us and supported our vision.
here's a screenshot of the DH and enduro bike layouts. spec lists are in the link
Frame- Orbea Monocoque Race Carbon, suspension technology 160mm and size L
Shock- Fox DHX2 Factory Kashima
Fork- Fox 36 Float Factory Kashima 170mm Grip2
Cranks- Race Face Next R 170mm
Chainring- Race Face 34t
Headset- Acros Alloy 1-1/8 - 1-1/2" Integrated
Handlebar- Race Face Next R. 750mm
Stem- Race Face Turbine R. 32mm
Grips- Race Face Half Nelson
Shifters- Shimano XTR
Brakes- Shimano XTR
Discs- Galfer Brakes 203mm front and y 180mm rear
Brake pads- Galfer Brakes Red front and Green rear
Cassette- Shimano XTR 10-51
Rear derailleur- Shimano XTR
Chain- Shimano XTR
Wheels- Race Face Next R front and Turbine R rear
Tires- Maxxis DHR Double Down 2’5 front and Double Down 2’4 rear
Seatpost- Fox Transfer Factory Kashima Series 150mm
Saddle- Fizzik Alpaca Gravita
Pedals- Crankbrothers Mallet DH
Chain guide- One Up
Mini tool- One Up
Atherton Bikes release #FirstFifty bikes whilst gearing up for full launch
Atherton Bikes have released the first fifty build slots for their additive manufactured bikes to early followers of the brand.
After more than 12 months of intensive development and getting on for 20 different prototypes made possible through additive manufacturing technology, Atherton Bikes is ready to release two limited edition products with custom fit available on all models.
Gee Atherton said “2019 was an amazing year for us, with the new bikes moving from a CAD design to three World Cup wins in a matter of months. Since we announced that we would be building our own bikes we’ve been overwhelmed by demand to make them available for sale but we were determined that the bike that we released would be 100% ready. After 13 months we’re excited to say that we’ve finally reached that point, we have two awesome products that we’re itching to get out there. “
The initial product offer will be a DH bike and a 29” Enduro bike with 150mm travel
Prices will start at £3,400 (£2,883 exc VAT) for an Enduro frame with full bikes from £5,500 (4,543 exc VAT). DH builds start from £6000 (£5000 exc VAT)
The limited edition product will retain the raw carbon tubes and black lugs that were so well received in the prototype stages and feature a unique 3D printed limited edition number
Rachel Atherton said “Being a start up company we’ve had to prioritise resources and it was clear from the start that product always came top of the list. Being honest this leaves us a little behind with our website and production facility. So while we catch up and before a full launch in Spring we wanted to offer something to those people who have been there from the start.
Priority for the first fifty build slots will be given to those who are signed up to our mailing list. We’ve connected with some great people over this last year and this is our way of saying thanks for that support.
This is a huge journey for us all, it’s been fun, exhausting and hugely emotional at times. Ultimately we’re building this company from the ground up and we want to ensure we do so at a pace that doesn’t compromise the product or the service we offer. So a huge thanks for being patient with us but we’re confident that it’s been worth it!”
To sign up and get details of the bikes head to www.athertonbikes.com.
As for this incarnation, it's a high pivot! With a small idler pulley! Should be nice and quiet Otherwise, the rocker link looks like a picture from the dictionary accompanying the 'rocker' term, the shock is nicely integrated, but that and the masts for the rocker pivot will be a PITA to implement in aluminium.
I think i'll stick to the boutique brands that are experimenting with the geometry, not the suspension layout
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