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Go behind the scenes to secret R&D sessions that created the 2015 Specialized S-Works Demo DH cycle.
On UCI World Cup Series – downhill hill cycle race's many elite level – speed could be the title of game. New gear is tested on a regular basis, hoping that mechanical benefit will gain time from the racetrack.
The terrain of the seven-race tournament is diverse, through the season-opening, lung-buster sprint through the South African jungle woodland into newest round presented regarding the treacherously high Austrian Alps of Leogang. Next up, the show heads to Canada when it comes to renowned Mont Sainte Anne racecourse.
On the weekend at MSA, two-time UCI World Cup Series champ will contend on an all-new, 200 millimetre-travel bicycle: The 2015 Specialized S-Works Demo.
[view the movie above to start to see the new bike for action]
“I've been regarding the bike for approximately a month today, " states Gwin about the completely redesigned World Cup cycle he and team-mate Troy Brosnan will be debuting at Mont Sainte Anne on the weekend. "We got onto it immediately after the nationwide Champs because we wished to access it it immediately for contrast to your old cycle on a single track."
The framework's masked appearance in last R&D session © Ryan Cleek/Specialized
Gwin and Brosnan initially got the opportunity to put a knee over the new 27.5"-wheeled bicycle rigtht after the 2014 American Cycling Gravity MTB National Championships in Angel Fire, New Mexico, and discovered it to be a familiar, but quicker, Demo.
It’s a truly playful bicycle, but it’s a battle cycle through and through
"the one thing we noticed right-away was so just how quickly it had been, " claims Gwin. "It’s a truly playful bike, nonetheless it’s a race cycle through and through." Gwin believes this cycle "reacts faster than just about any bicycle he is ridden prior to."
The 2015 Specialized S-Works Demo DH Bike © Specialized
Utilizing an asymmetrical design – producing the visually-absent chair pipe in the non-drive-side – the radically-new approach to carbon frame building is supposed to lessen the centre of gravity and keep the framework as stiff as it has become.
You can easily plant it and alter instructions really quick due to exactly how your feet lay on the bicycle
"It accelerates quickly due to the [lack of] fat as well as the stiffness." Gwin states. "You can grow it and alter directions truly fast because of just how your feet take a seat on the cycle... you can find few people like going pivots then when you put power into the bicycle it reacts right away."
Among the interesting points Gwin tends to make towards brand new Demo is how the single-sided seat pipe permits easy in-and-out access to a corner shock.
The drastically brand new assymetrical frame design © Specialized
"The switch was really easy and establishing suspension system ended up being effortless, " says Gwin. "It really is some thing non-racers might not have to cope with frequently. But whoever races really knows how many times you will need to program, establish and take away your bumps. The access from the Demo makes it so easy, plus i simply believe it looks rad."
a floating seatstay keeps the pedalling and braking causes split, whilst the standard dimensions 12x135 millimetre axle happens to be engineered to stiffen the rear end with a square design. But Gwin says any rigidity gained when you look at the buttocks have not included weight. "it is light when you look at the tail, that allows the cycle to remain agile. I enjoy a stiff bicycle so it's great never to must compromise any rigidity for the added agility."
See Aaron and also the bicycle perform together throughout the . To find out more towards brand-new S-Works Demo,