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