We reckon this Redalp has to at least be in the running for that title, but what do you lot think?
It reminds me of an old Vario, but somehow the guys from Redalp have managed to beat this one even harder with the ugly stick. Could they get the weight any higher?
The rocking chain idler is a pretty unique touch, but with it still being considerably lower than the main suspension pivot I’d be surprised if the chain still doesn’t have a fair bit of influence on the suspension.
It looks on the steep side in this pic too.
Anyway, here’s the press release about the new bike…
REDALP DOWNHILL BIKES 2012
THE INVENTION of an articulated chain link (patented) allowed Redalp to go a different way in frame design. This configuration gives more rearward axle path for outstanding suspension performance, links the head tube with the rear wheel on a straight line for maximum stiffness and minimum weight and solves all problems associated with high pivot points.
* Chain link [Pro-Motion]. No chain growth, no squat, no pedal back kick!
* Lightweight – both models are less than 37lb (16.8kg)
* Reliable, robust aluminum/carbon frames in 6061-T6
* Increased rearward axle path dominates rocks and roots
* Single pivot point, reasonable production cost, competitive sales price
* Low maintenance
“Our flagship, Replica DH, comes with a Fox 40, UST compatible Deemax and a 10 speed cassette. We offer this bike for a very reasonable price” says Andy Wuthrich from Redalp. “The Team DH Bike is probably an even better value for money. Equipped with Easton Havoc UST wheels, a 10 speed cassette and a Boxxer R2C2, some riders may prefer this bike regardless of the 2’000 Dollar cost saving”
REDALP is a Swiss Mountain Bike manufacturer. The Company was founded in Crans-Montana, Switzerland in August 2011. For more information please visit www.redalp.com