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American Elite Ladies’s XC nationwide champion Savilia Blunk has a brand new prototype Decathlon Rockrider Race 940S mountain bike to race on the World Cup cross-country circuit. Just one 12 months in the past we noticed the Rockrider Racing Crew on an up to date model of Decathlon’s finances carbon mountain bike, and now it appears like they’re again once more with a next-generation full-suspension XC prototype…
Decathlon Rockrider Race 940S World Cup XC mountain bike
What made the full-carbon Rockrider XC 900S prototype that the workforce raced final season distinctive was that it shared the identical carbon entrance triangle as Decathlon’s finances cross-country bike, solely changing the alloy rear finish with a brand new 1-piece flexing, pivot-less carbon rear triangle. Now, it looks as if the Rockrider Racing Crew’s bike could have simply been the analysis & growth venture aiming to refine the best experience traits for an all-new full-carbon XC race bike.
What’s new? Tech particulars
The brand new bike shares the identical fundamental single-pivot suspension idea with a linkage-driven shock positioned parallel underneath the toptube, however the execution is all-new – from the entrance triangle again to the rear finish. Primarily, the upcoming Rockrider Race 940S fully reshapes the now 2-piece machined alloy linkage design and structure. It strikes the body’s linkage pivot beneath the seatstay pivot onto a boxy vertical seattube, in entrance of a kinked part of the body that permits a dropper submit to increase beneath that higher body pivot. And the alloy linkage is pared down to cut back weight, with a second alloy strut connecting to the rear shock mount.
Moreover guaranteeing lengthy dropper compatibility, that new seattube association mixed with a dropped downtube and ahead extension on the backside bracket, collectively makes room for a second set of water bottle cage bolts contained in the fully reshaped entrance triangle.
On the again, the now-flattened seatstays get a singular twist of their higher half that creates a thinner part close to the outer diameter of the rear wheel that ought to higher management the place they flex, along with the carbon layup, in fact. And a brand new seatstay bridge presumably boosts rear-end stiffness whereas nonetheless permitting for loads of tire clearance to suit fashionable extensive XC tires – like these pro-only Hutchinson Racing Lab prototype Krakens.
Apart from the most important reshaping of the highest of the brand new rear triangle, the decrease predominant pivot appears to be in successfully the identical place – simply in entrance of the BB, and aligned with the chain on the highest of the chainring. It will get the identical uneven dropped chainstay structure and small vertical stub developing from the rear dropout.
The bike does keep on with standard inside cable routing via ports on the facet of the headtube – though it appears like that may be a 1.5″ higher headset cup that would permit for an angle-adjust headset or absolutely inside routing. However the cable routing does get a brand new design with forward-facing openings, and 4 ports to assist mechanical or digital 1x shifting, plus a dropper submit & distant rear shock lockout.
When will this Decathlon Rockrider 940S be out there to the general public?
We don’t have any official phrase from Decathlon of the Rockrider Bikes model about once we ought to count on this new Race 940S XC bike to be out there. However the Rockrider Racing Crew is now racing the brand new bike with out even overlaying the brand new mannequin’s title, and Rockrider itself is teasing the bike on its YouTube & social media.
We count on it can seemingly get an official debut on this season’s UCI XC World Cup racing calendar, possibly on the Nové Město na Moravě opener within the Czech Republic? However Rockrider is formally calling it a MY2024 bike, so hopefully shopper availability may come early as this summer time, however they promise it is going to be in Decathlon shops subsequent 12 months.