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By Seth Lightcap
Get ready for more than 20 freeride and slopestyle frames straight out of Interbike 2009.
It’s by no means all the available models in the genre, but a decent assortment of single-pivot, DW-link, Four-Bar, VPP and other suspension platforms.
All these bombers have eight inches of travel or more, most have 1.5 in or tapered head tubes, and many have 150mm rear hub spacing compatible with SRAM’s Maxle rear frame axle. I tried to list a few such pertinent details in the caption for each frame, but again, this is not a comprehensive gallery of images nor specs, only a fresh smattering of a fair bit.
So take a close look. There’s always something to be gleaned about a full-suspension design from the line it cuts on your eyeballs. And beyond that, the first step towards conquering a technical trail obstacle is visualizing yourself cleaning it. So if after viewing these slideshows you have dreams of boosting tranny to tranny over the ultra-mega double-jump pimping one of these beauties in particular, pony up for it. Rationalize the six-grand purchase to your wife – or yourself – as fulfilling a prophecy from the cycling gods.
Check out a slideshow featuring more than 20 downhill bikes.