Check your facts Sombrio.Sombrio69 said:the Howler is a 4X/DS bike. it is in the DH bike section cause it is ment for the 4X/DS aspects of DH racing. it is basicly the same frame as the Cowan FS except that the Cowan has Gyro tabs, and on the Cowan FS the the main pivot at the BB pivots around the BB asaposed to pivoting in top, thus allowing you to go SS w/o a chain tensor (but that doesnt really matter cause ull need a tensor any way cause it has vertical drop outs)
You're confusing the Howler with the Cowan squishie dirtjumper. Cowan pivots around the bottom bracket, meaning no chain growth, which means no chain tensioner needed.KONA_in_SB said:The Howler is a full suspension dirt jumper. That is why it only has four inches of travel. I am not sure why it is in the DH section on the Kona website except maye they expect it to be used for slalom or 4X too.
It looks pretty sweet though. I think it pivots around the BB so it can be ran sinlge speed as well. Kona seems to be at the forefront of desiging bikes for particular riding niches.