SPY SHOT! Unmarked Prototype 650B DH Bike Spotted at Crankworx 30

We spotted another unmarked prototype being ridden at Crankworx. The bike uses a 4-bar suspension design with a Horst link, and the shock is fixed at the lower shock mount (non-floater). Two rear wheel positions allow the use of both 26-inch and 27.5-inch (650B) wheels. When we saw it, the bike was in 650B mode and outfitted with the soon to be available DVO Emerald fork.

Rumors are circulating that it's a Rocky Mountain. Could they be updating their Flatline? The seat tube gusset and large bushings in the pivots look similar to those in Rocky's current lineup, and we all know the Flatline is long due for a refresher. More when we get it!

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C50_profile_1487817150 bturman 8/15/2013 1:57 PM

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the rocker link reminds me of the one on Norco Aurum, which is also a 4-bar Horst link system. So if Rocky is doing this, they are going to look pretty similar imo...

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Rocky's suspension is called Smoothlink, and while it looks very similar to a FSR Horst link design, it is not one. With Smoothlink that chainstay pivot is located slightly above the rear axle and thus does not violate FSR patents.

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It is a Rocky Mountain. I saw something on Facebook but can't recall the link.

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ardor

This reminds me slightly of the On One Nail prototype they showed off sometime last year. and they are an FSR licensee.

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nobody realizes that the shock pivots at the same location as the chain stay pivot... I think thats a first.

of course its the new rocky :-)

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lol, but look at the seat mast, very similar to other ells models, plus it looks like the rockers for an ict design to me.

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It's the new rocky, un-named as of yet. And it will be carbon. Mmmmm

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brydonboutin

doubt that Banshee would go 4-bar when all their new KS link bikes work so well...

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