It is longer in the rear too and visibly stretched out – there are times you need a hot hatch and times you need a limo. On today’s high-speed, rough, bike parky courses, there’s a definite advantage to Jack’s longer wheelbase. But then, it took its first big win at the final round of the BDS at Llangollen, one of the twistier tracks out there.
“This is one of the few bikes we believe to be a ‘correct’ size large
Despite being the biggest production downhill bike, it only comes with 193mm travel, a bit down on the conventional 200, and apparently Chris Porter thinks it should be even less.
In our opinion, this is one of the few bikes we believe to be a ‘correct’ size large that reveals the continued inconsistency within the bike industry regarding sizing – it’s a large, it should fit people who are six foot tall.
Throw away the spreadsheet though and take a look at what’s in front of you. One of the finest finished aluminium downhill bikes in the world. There’s no doubt it’s a bit of a weighty beast, even Jack’s race bike was pushing 40lbs, but the debate about how light a downhill bike needs to be will no doubt roll on for years.