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There's something about the Zerode downhill bike that just keeps us coming back for more and more. The combo of a gearbox, high pivot, and absolutely zero chain noise make it seem like a bike that'd absolutely rip on wide open runs, and we like to go fast. We also love the way it looks.

For 2013 they're making a few changes to the frame and progressing the design from the Zerode G-1 to G-2 designation. The changes are a result of two seasons of ride time, lots of rider feedback, and a new manufacturer. Here's a run down of what to expect...


1) The geometry has had an overhaul for the G2. Three sizes, shorter head tubes, longer top tubes and slacker head angles mean a race ready chassis for all body shapes and sizes.

2) With lessons learned from the G1, Zerode shaved over 300 grams off the frame. Some of this is unsprung weight in the chainstay, axle and rocker further improving the Zerode suspension performance.


3) The down tube yolk has been redesigned to increase ground clearance by 20mm, increase chain ring clearance for a better primary chain line and incorporates a sturdy shock guard mount so your shock and frame are protected from stray rocks.

4) Each Zerode will come with two shifters. The standard Alfine unit and a modified SRAM unit. You choose which one you feel most at home with.

5) A new rectangular down tube is stiffer, lighter and stronger than the old round tube.


6) The chainstay has been redesigned to increase tire, crank and chain tensioner clearance.

7) Reduced travel from 9.25 to 8.3-inches. With less unsprung weight and an efficient axle path they felt a little less travel would give it a more lively feel, reduce weight and make a great pedaling chassis even better without sacrificing its superb bump eating ability.

8) New colors - The G2 is Bead blasted and anodised in Black or Charcoal with four decal options. Custom Anodizing is also available.

And there you have it. Eight updates that should add up to a big difference. If you're curious how the old version rode, check out this video with stars and bars fanatic, test pilot, and super fast guy, Mikey Haderer. Hit up or for more details.

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