That's actually an older model...earlier stage of proto development. The bike was just raced up in canada last weekend, and then overnighted to LA. We took it up to Snow Summit monday to do some ride evaluations. I'm hoping that it goes into production....it works f'in awesome. Only thing is that price may be a little steep for the average racer....but we'll see.
Surely a Downhill bike, Martin.
But you'd get alot of attention in Venice.
And it being a prototype from Honda and all, a price tag of about, hmmm, anywhere between$8k to 15k.
Keep in mind, your average "off the shelf" (Foes, Intense, Turner, Dirt Works) DH bike loaded is gonna run you an easy $5-$6k, so...
I couldn't see the pic of kritter posted, but if it's still a painted frame, it's the old one. The new one is all polished.
As for what it pedals like.....it kicks ass. It's super smooth, flawless shifting. As for the brakes....they're unbelievable. I've spent hours trying to get my hope 4 piston dh brakes to feel good, and the brakes on the honda bike put them to shame, effortless one finger braking without the feeling that you're going to lock up the brakes.
It's a full on race ready bike. It's performance is definitely better than some of the factory bikes out now. I'm trying to get everybody here fired up on producing it so that I can become the MTB segment test leader and go to Big Bear everyday instead of doing the watercraft deal.....even though I can't complain too much about that!
No....I wasn't out there testing. I did go out there one day a couple of months ago just to see the operation.
It isn't testing for new motors....it was just a deal where the EPA wanted to inspect 8 engines after they acquired 125 or more hours. I did meet and interview a few of the "riders" and boy were they some interesting people!!!!
kbach- there is no energy loss while pedaling? Are they using a rear suspension lockout for that? If it is a downhill bike, then the pedaling isn't that big a deal. I have seen some of the rider systems to lock the rear suspension while cros countrying, but think there has to be a better way. On another tangent, why hasn't anyone tried a monotube fork assembly with a one sided hube to save weight?