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That's right. Downhill is rad and also all, but too-slack head angles make the various other parts of the trip suck. Kona's second generation Refine 153 is still plenty aggressive, but by allowing up on the head angle by a half-degree, making the seat angle more upright, and also enhancing the bike's pedaling effectiveness, the brand-new 153 seems like a much shorter travel bike all over else. I've constantly enjoyed coming down Refine 153s, yet this one has me loving climbing it, as well.
And it just telescopes 115 millimeters, though the rear of the saddle goes down a complete 150. It shares the reputable mechanical locking mechanism of Command Posts we're utilized to, with ratcheting adjustment up until you get to the very bottom 25 millimeters.
Kidding apart, in real Kona style, the purpose with this carbon structure was not to make it extremely light, it was making it strong, tight, and also last a long time. That's why you'll discover large 20-millimeter axles on the major pivots expressing on big, resilient bearings, and 3-piece securing equipment to prevent pivots from coming loose. All stated and done, the carbon Process frame isn't really a load lighter compared to the aluminum one, however it's truly, really tight, it moistens route sound far better than aluminum, and also most significantly, it's carbon, which, you recognize, individuals desire.
Modern "lockouts" use a stronger pedaling platform, however in many cases, the shock ceases to behave like a shock. In the Trigger's Hustle setting, the back suspension remains active and also the geometry doesn't feel modified. It's merely going from 5.7 inches of traveling to 4.5. The Trigger's polished single-pivot layout and low-speed compression tuning choices make for a stylish pedaling machine when the path turns upwards.
The View's suspension seems like a Tempur-Pedic mattress. Bear with me on this. The softest, plushest mattress really feels wonderful at the bed shop, but makes your back feel like shit over time. The Tempur-Pedic cushion does not feel outstanding at first, once you obtain made use of to it you recognize exactly how having support and regulated cush is where it goes to. Suddenly you're awakening feeling rested, missing down the road like a frickin' kid.
Which brings me to my favorite upgrade, the geometry adjustability. After riding big-wheel brawlers like the Evil Wreckoning, Orbea Rallon, and Expedition Slash, the Enduro appeared nearly tame comparative. The slack setup allows you to establish this year's model closer to the frequently stated "mini downhill bike" category. I invited it on the weather-worn tracks of Whistler in late summer season.
All the gen 2 Process 153s, carbon and aluminum, obtain a vertically-positioned trunnion-mounted shock, which permits that room for a container cage, as well as more importantly, provides the bike method much better suspension feel. Given that the trunnion install uses bearings instead of a standard eyelet bushing, the off-the-top sensitivity is boosted. It's visible in tiny, stuttery trail sound. Plus, the place likewise enables a longer-bodied shock with even more stroke within the very same room, so Kona has the ability to obtain higher executing suspension without impacting standover.
Modern "lockouts" use a firmer pedaling system, but most of the times, the shock stops to behave like a shock. In the Trigger's Hustle setting, the rear suspension continues to be active and also the geometry does not feel altered. It's merely going from 5.7 inches of traveling to 4.5. The Trigger's refined single-pivot style as well as low-speed compression tuning choices create a snappy pedaling machine when the route transforms upwards.