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First Look – DMR Sled

UK brand moves into 160mm territory...

The Sled is an all-new design from DMR, their 160mm all-mountain ripper. With roots deep in the action of the UK riding scene, this new bike promises to hit the spot for big hucks as well as epic adventures.

DMR are best known for their great range of flat pedals (the Vault is one of our favourite designs) and dirt jump frames. Their Brendog designed Deathgrip grips have hit the spot too. You may think that the Sled is DMR’s first full suspension frame but it’s not – the shorter travel, Bolt has been in the range for a few years now, launched at the tail end of the 26” generation but with the ability to run 27.5” wheels too. With steel tubes, 125mm rear travel, and aggro angles the Bolt was in niche territory. But now, in 2017, with bikes like the Starling Murmur and Production Privée Shan No5 winning our hearts, was the DMR Bolt ahead of the curve?

The new Sled takes a different approach to DMR’s usual frame construction, using aluminium instead of steel, but with the same attitude. A bike for hardcore riding, week in week out, that’s tough and will go the distance in testing UK conditions. This 160mm travel bike is up against a tough fight though, with machines such as the Radon Swoop, YT Capra AL, Whyte G-160 and Giant Reign all offering dialled in geometry, a sorted spec sheet and an aluminium frame

FRAME AND SUSPENSION:

With a custom 6061 aluminium frame and swingarm, there’s no sign of carbon anywhere. Like the Orange Alpine 6, we’re talking tough and well built as a priority. DMR teamed up with David Earle from Sotto design (who worked on Yeti’s Switch system) for the Sled’s dual-link suspension system, which dishes out 160mm of rear travel. It’s a virtual pivot design, with the lower link rotating around the bottom bracket shell. Fork travel is either matched at 160mm with a 170mm Lyrik option when buying the built bike. Stiffness and durability is increased with collet style main pivot hardware. Boost 148mm dropout spacing is standard with a Syntace X12 axle and hanger system. The Sled frame carries a two year warranty.

GEOMETRY AND SIZING:

DMR are no stranger to bikes that are fun to ride. Messin’ about in the woods, dirt jumps and flat pedals have been their territory for many years. The Sled steps out of this world a touch and into the broader mainstream market and dare we say, the world of enduro racing. It’s refreshing to see four sizes from the start with this frame, an area often lacking with many brands. Take a size large Sled – here we see a 462mm reach and a pleasingly low 115mm head tube length. A good wheelbase of just over 1209mm and a chainstay length of 430mm (on all sizes) show that the DMR is bang up to date and comparable to similar travel 2017 production bikes. We have two sizes on test (L and XL) – we’ll report back on how these shape up on the trail and what they weigh in at.

SPECIFICATION:

DMR’s brand history is packed with tough long lasting components that measure up well. You’ll find stubby stems and wide bars as standard. The proven GX transmission, Guide R brakes, RockShox fork and damper and all from the SRAM stable. The cockpit dimensions and contact points are spot on but we’d ideally like to see a longer stroke 150mm+ dropper post as standard, especially on the two larger frame sizes.

FRAME: 160mm travel, 148x12mm, custom 6061 series aluminium

FORK: RockShox Pike RTC3 160mm or Lyrik RTC3 170mm (Boost)

REAR SHOCK: RockShox Monarch RT3 Debonair

TRANSMISSION: SRAM GX 1×11

CRANKSET: DMR Axe, SRAM 32T ring, 170mm

BRAKES: SRAM Guide R 180/180mm rotors

WHEELSET:  DMR  Zone 275, Boost

TYRES: WTB Convict 2.5 TCS Light HG, WTB Trailboss 2.4 TCS Light FR

HANDLEBAR: DMR Wingbar Mk3 35mm, 20mm rise, 800mm width

STEM: DMR Defy 35+

SADDLE:  DMR Stage 1

SEATPOST: X-Fusion Manic 125mm 30.9

PRICE: FRAME: £1599.99 BIKE: £3499.99

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