Carbine with 275 G1 dropouts
Introducing 83mm and 100mm Chris King Bottom BracketsDo you spend your ride time bombing root sections on a downhill bike?
Is your ideal weekend spent pedaling a fat bike through the idyll wilderness?
It’s no secret that downhill and fat bikes experience a tremendous amount of abuse putting significant wear and tear on their components. With the introduction of the new Chris King downhill (83mm) and fat (100mm) bike bottom brackets these off road titans can now rely on the precision and reliability built in to every Chris King component.
Our peerless bearings lie at the heart of our bottom brackets. Starting with high quality domestically sourced materials we create our own angular contact bearings in-house. This design virtue allows Chris King sealed bearings to wear in rather than wear out. Our bottom bracket features a specifically designed sealing system that integrates with our injection tool allowing the system to be purged and re-greased quickly and easily. This combination of strength and serviceability gives us the confidence to offer an industry leading 5-year warranty. Like the slippery smoothness of ceramic? All of our bottom brackets are also available with ceramic ball bearings.
New Mod Disc is a new disc brake version of their Mod cyclocross bike. It also gets the belt drive and Kobe dropouts.
Has their carbon fork with straight alloy steerer. Out of the box it’s 18.5lbs. Frame is steel and is disc specific with guides for cables I you wanna swap dropouts and run gears, same with the Rocker.
Spot Brand’s new Rocker Ti SS has an oversized 3/2 titanium frame that’s made specifically for Gates’ belt drive.
Uses an updated Kobe dropout with dual tension screws to fix belt/chain tension and prevent pull back from braking forces (shown below). Dropout has a shaped, snap-in cutout that pops the wheel into place, giving a tactile feel letting you know the wheel’s all the way in. It also let’s the belt tension hold the wheel in place while you tighten the skewer or axle bolt. It’s a little touch, but something that’s sure to be appreciated when fixing a flat trailside.
Frame has a 44 headtube and PFBB30 bottom bracket.
Same geometry as their steel Rocker bike, but the frame is about a pound lighter. headtube is 69.25° with a 100mm travel fork.
By Adam Newman
Moots has built suspension bikes before, but for the Divide (26-inch) and MX Divide (29er), they started with a clean slate, partnering with The Sotto Group, a design and engineering firm, to develop its own single-pivot Fusion Link design. The frame is naturally made in-house in Steamboat Springs, Colo., with a carbon-fiber link made by the same folks to make Moots’ carbon forks and an aluminum chainstay assembly made by Zen Fabrication in Portland. The bike packs all the latest fittings that you’d expect: 44mm headtube, PF30 bottom bracket, and 142mm rear thru-axle. It’s built around 100mm of travel front and rear and comes with a Fox RP23 shock.
So enough about all of that. How does it ride? I was pretty happy to be able to flog this thing on my favorite hometown trail, and it didn’t disappoint. In fact, it may have been the fastest bike I’ve ridden there. I certainly felt like it. It feels long and stable, perfectly suited for quick climbs and long days in the saddle. The longish 17.8-inch chainstays keep things planted while climbing and the front wheel stuck to the ground. It’s not a twitchy race bike or a playful bike—it has more of a gentlemanly character. It did take a bit of muscle to get the front wheel up over logs, but I didn’t have time to play with the fork’s rebound setting to help much.
Pedaling efficiency is extremely stable, too. I left the Pro Pedal off on the shock and could easily stand and mash up climbs without any bob. Some fast, downhill rock gardens were enough to really push the limits of available travel, but the stout rear end never felt out of sorts.
Only a few production bikes have been put together so far, but Moots said they have 85 pre-orders for the $4,995 frame and they’re building them as fast as they can. Better get in line now if you want to enjoy one this summer. We’re hoping to get one for a long-term review soon, so keep an eye out in a future issue.