I agree. The "flexy" thing is dumb. I would love to ride a steel dh bike sometime. I just found some more info in this thing at http://dirt.mpora.com/uncategorized/bike-test-k9-full-package.html
Seems like it would be a great bike for someone who knows exactly what they want out of a bike and knows alot about suspension tuning. Or at least thats what I got out of some of the reading. Hopefully you would get exactly what you want for $4,400.00 for the frameset.
For those who are not aware.... the "looks flexy" thing goes back a year or so on the forums. Do some research and find the thread where the guy posted his bike with severly loose and improperly routed brake/cable lines. Who-ever posted the "looks flexy" in that thread had legendry timing! just fyi.... lol
Right, since no one has chimed in about this bike, I will.
This bike is designed by a very intelligent engineer and all around nice guy named Luis Arraiz with a race car engineering / dynamic background. He has done probably the most data logging on bikes since the days of BOS and Nico. The bike is designed for form over function as a pure bred racing machine.
The bike uses a high virtual pivot that places the IC close to the center of the bike, and the IC doesn't move dramatically through the travel. This is by design and Luis would probably tell you that it makes the bike more predictable, but I'm putting words in his mouth. (And I'm not so sure about that theory myself.)
There are a few of these floating around the UK race circuit. I did the parking lot test on one and was very surprised at how well it pedalled. Luis mainly uses the CCDB and his specialty is getting it set up exactly how you like it. He will data log your runs, run the data through some algorithms and then tune the shock to maximize traction and absorption while maintain pedaling ability. I believe this kind of setup comes with the purchase price of the bike, and if you know anything about the advantages of proper shock set-up, then you know that this is just about as valuable as the bike itself in terms of getting the proper performance out of your bike on race day.
Luis has invested a lot in downhill racing and you'd be hard pressed to find a nicer or smarter guy in getting your ride dialled if you've got the money. He's like having your own setup engineer on hand at the races. I'm sure his bike would not disappoint either.
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