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3/24/2016 1:25 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/24/2016 1:59 PM

With all the "crazy/next level" new developments being made in the bike industry. I wish I could get this bike with enve 27.5 wheels and a carbon frame. From a theoretical and functional standpoint, this bike is still leagues ahead of anything that I currently see in the industry.Photo


3/24/2016 1:29 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/24/2016 1:47 PM

You can think that, but more than likely its just a high single pivot bike driven by either a gear box or "derailleur in a box". Its not that special.

The suspension on the other hand I bet is on par with the better DH stuff these days, though heavy.

Overall, I'd bet there is more technology in my 28 pound trail bike than this bike however...(though we'll never know.)

As far as cool factor, this is a collector bike of collector bikes!


3/24/2016 2:09 PM

from greg minnaar in our "bikes then and now" feature
"Everyone focused on the Honda Gear Box of the RN-01, but to me there was a lot more to the bike than just the gear box. Every nut and bolt was accounted for, from what material it was made from to the torque setting. And then you had all the carbon bits, which was not common at the time. Don't forget the suspension. Suspension was everything on the bike. To me it made the bike and we were on fully custom Showa forks and shocks. We worked a lot on the rolling speed of the bike. Because we had 2 chains on the bike, I felt it didn’t coast very well, there was just too much drag. I still think this is an amazing bike and what Honda brought to our sport changed the way we look at drivetrains. It also helped hype up the gear box craze, which when not done properly like Honda, wasn’t very successful." - Greg Minnaar

2006 version w/ white carbon fork legs #drool